Taking a page out of the excellent Steve Smith’s book, and keeping this blog alive while the ink has been taken out of my critical pen for the summer. I’ll try to post a new one twice or three times a month.
Kate and Rich – s/t (Bandcamp)
Tamaryn – “Cranekiss,” “Hands All Over Me” (Bandcamp)
Einstein’s Little Homunculus – Balancing Act (Spotify)
I heard them play for a contra dance in Boston, Massachusetts, and they immediately shot to the top of my list of favorite bands to dance to. Most touring contra dance bands, the bands that get booked for the big festivals, meticulously arrange their sets. They sometimes sound very heavily produced (look to Perpetual E-Motion and Great Bear for examples of this) even while projecting spontaneity and joy onto the dancers. ELH had rough edges that the “pros” didn’t have, but they had that spark in spades.
Titus Andronicus – “Dimed Out,” “Come On, Siobhan” (Soundcloud)
Kirk Pearson – A Flickering in the Woods near Waycross, GA – Austin Lewellen (Soundcloud)
Kaija Saariaho – Petals for Violoncello and Live Electronics – Imke Frank and Gary Berger (Youtube)
Dmitri Shostakovich – String Quartet No. 9 – Emerson String Quartet (Youtube)
Laurie Anderson – “Another Day in America” (Youtube)
Sufjan Stevens – “Fourth of July,” from Carrie and Lowell (Asthmatic Kitty > Bandcamp)
It’s raining in Lenox.
Charles Ives – Three Places in New England no. 3, “The Housatonic at Stockbridge” – Eastman-Rochester Orchestra (Youtube)
Charles Ives – “He is There!” – Michael Cavalieri (Youtube)
Gustav Holst – Nunc dimittis – The Sixteen (Youtube)