Posts Tagged ‘music’

October 28, 2009

Also, this was an amazing show!  Thanks to everybody who came out!  Still feeling kind of high off of it.  Look at that glowing laptop…4047224918_59d6a27081

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Amethyst Amulet

January 11, 2009

If you haven’t yet, you should be listening to Adam & the Amethyst’s Amethyst Amulet. I received it this fall as a gift from the Amethyst himself, and it’s totally awesome!!!!  Definitely my favorite album of 2008 that was released after, say, 1975 (it came out in June). It was up in the favorites over on False45th, too, before RIAA forced them to take their mp3 list down.

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It’s just really high quality pop.  And lovely psychedelia.  And it’s all about Thunder Bay, Adam’s hometown, which is on the northwestern shore of Lake Superior in Ontario.  It’s all about trying to figure out where you came from, and why, and what it means, and what you do if you went back there.  A topic I’m quite interested in myself!

I’m no music critic, go listen to it yourself!

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And then go buy it at the POME RECORDs site.  While you are there, you might as well pick up the the Luyas‘ record too.  They have a sweet two for $20 (ca) deal right now, and the Luyas surely require listens as well.

Personal angle: they are super nice people, with whom I shared some delicious garlic knots last fall after a truly excellent MIRACLE FORTRESS show in Burlington.

Day two

January 8, 2009

In the snow

That’s from our lovely snow/sleet storm yesterday.

It’s day two of listening only to the Shangri-Las.

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No matter how I screamed, I prayed, I cried, she told me it was not really love, but only my girlish pride.

Blues for a snowy afternoon

December 21, 2008

I spent this afternoon working at the store and listening to about 60 tracks from a Charley Patton box set.  We were having a crazy snowstorm all day and so it was slow — I shoveled twice.

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More Christmas!

December 17, 2008

I am lucky to have in my possession some fine Christmas music played by none other than the old-timey genius (I don’t want to say American Primitive because I may take issue with the word “primitive,” but let’s not get into that here), John Fahey.

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Oh it’s lovely.  Especially on a snowy morning when you wake up and do some stretches in your living rooom!

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We have another Christmas album too, but I can’t find the cover picture online — it must be a repackaging.  But there he is, looking like a high school history teacher.  It’s officially now the start of my second intense John Fahey phase! The first phase was just on CD, and this phase is on vinyl.  The first phase went hand in hand with a Skip James phase, and the second phase does too.  The first phase was all about The Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death, and this phase is about Yellow Princess and Christmas albums.  It’s mostly about the Holly and the Ivy.

The Holly and the Ivy

On Yellow Princess, he also dedicates a song to his cat.

The Music Tapes come caroling!

December 12, 2008

We received a magical visitation on Sunday night here in the Old North End, when the Music Tapes came caroling!

The Music Tapes!

The Music Tapes!

The Music Tapes, aka Elephant Six and and Neutral Milk Hotel member Julian Koster, came up with a brilliant idea for a tour this fall — a caroling tour, of living rooms around the U.S.!  You email in advance, and he shows up at your house, plays and sings a few carols, and then he’s on his merry way.  He’s been on the road since early November!  On Sunday night, we received word that he’d be arriving in Burlington, at the nearby abode of our good friends Joey Pizza Slice and Miss Marbles.  It had suddenly become the first day of winter, and it was crazy cold and the roads were slick.  We assembled in the living room, nervous that the guys were caught in the snow and ice someplace.  Until we heard a knock at the door, and in they came — Christmas sweater and all!

Joey Pizza Slice is a Music Tapes superfan, and it was fun to see him get all flustered and excited and earnest.  For me, as a currently-very-burned-out-DIY-show-booker, having someone just come to your house and play in your living room, with no money changing hands or promotional worries, seemed like the BEST TOUR IDEA.  (Disclaimer: at least for people like Julian Koster.  It’s wonderful to see musicians being able to perform in the way they want to.  I don’t have a problem with musicians making money, obviously).

We made some chit-chat while Julian’s saw and banjo warmed up from the car.  Mostly I talked with Julian’s Canadian photographer friend about the wildness and beauty of the martime provinces (very beautiful!).  It turned out later that Joey Pizza Slice was crazily resentful of me keeping him from full Music Tapes musical connection chit-chat access.

And then the show began!  Julian picked up his tiny bow, and serenaded us with some Christmas carols played on his musical saw, badger.  I didn’t take any photos or video, but here’s another youtube video from his caroling tour in Atlanta:

Here he does O Tannenbaum AND Hark the Herald Angels Sing.  Each song was prefaced by a bullshit fantasy story about how the song came into being, and closed with a tender and demure bow by the saw.

He also played a few self-composed carols, which is a genre I am fond of, in fact.  After about six songs, they had to be on their way — other houses in Burlington to visit!  I had to go to bed, but almost everyone else tagged along to the next visit.

Brilliant and beautiful!  Best of all, he played my favorite carol last — The First Noel — and yes, he did the way-up-high super-formal ending.

Go ahead and buy his album, The Singing Saw at Christmastide, here!

Burr oak

December 10, 2008

Last week, I traveled down to southern Vermont for a work conference.  It’s the part of Vermont that I’m not very familiar with — usually I make generalizations about it being overrun by second home owners from New York City and swanky outlet shopping, but while all those things are there, it’s also very beautiful.

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I stayed at the swanky conference hotel, and I do mean swanky — so much that I felt insecure.  I felt like someone was going to see me in the hallway, guess that my coat lining was ripped, and point.  “Hey, she doesn’t belong here!”  I was equally afraid that a valet was going to offer to bring my tiny rental car “around.”  The Equinox at night

On the drive back I took many pictures of the sky, while driving, which is sort of true photography — all about chance.  Probably also dangerous.

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But I managed to take this picture of what I believe is a bur oak.  They don’t grow so much in the Northeast Kingdom, but you often see them out by themselves in the wide fields of the Champlain Valley.

Burr Oak

Which made me think of the song “Bur Oak,” by the Bowerbirds.  I guess they go for the single “r.”

Mavis Vintage!

December 9, 2008

Welcome!  This is my new blog that compliments my ebay and etsy Mavis Vintage stores (still only a twinkle in my eyes).  I’ll be posting about auctions and sales, new and wonderful clothing, as well as music, gardening, and other things about Vermont, my home state and current residence!

For now, I’ll keep posting as I get my stores up and running.  There’s some measuring and photographing, some store-policy writing, some logo designing, and some screen-printing of packaging, all to be done!

mavis-vintage-posterThis perfume poster is what you get when you google “Mavis Vintage.”  Beauty!  I’m not much for perfume, but I am much for posters!