Sunday, September 27, 2015

Avett Brothers - "Kick Drum Heart" (spotlight)

Happy birthday Danette!  Continuing the long tradition of birthday mix tape songs, this year's entry is The Avett Brothers "Kick Drum Heart", from their 2009 major label debut "I and Love and You".  It's a fun song and a fan favorite at concerts, but it makes the Danette birthday list for two reasons.  First, it poetically captures of the ecstatic moments of breathless young love:
Mother Mary heard us approaching her door
Though we didn't make a sound
and second, it fast forwards and nicely describes the small wonders of everyday love:
There's nothing like finding gold
Within the rocks hard and cold
I'm so surprised to find more
Always surprised to find more

I won't look back anymore
I left the people that do
It's not the chase that I love
It's me following you
With Danette I'm lucky enough to continually & simultaneously experience both aspects.

"Kick Drum Heart" -- a sweet fan video, an animated fan videolive version 2014-12-31 (from the NYE concert we attended in Raleigh, from which the image above was taken), live version 2015-01-03 (Austin City Limits), live version 2010-11-11 (sans drums!)

Previous birthday songs:

2014: Ani DiFranco - "32 Flavors"
2013: The Green Pajamas - "Kim the Waitress"
2012: The Cure - "High"
2011: Blink 182 - "Josie"
2010:  Dead Milkmen - "Punk Rock Girl"

Monday, September 14, 2015

Waxahatchee - Live KEXP 2015-05-03 (concert)

This is really just a stopgap post; I really should take the time to review Waxahatchee's 2013 LP "Cerulean Salt" (it's great) or the recently released "Ivy Tripp" (it's good).  Both are a departure from 2012's excellent "American Weekend" which was basically a solo Katie Crutchfield LP, with the last two as proper "band" LPs although the band members are largely shared with sister Allison Crutchfield's band, Swearin'.

While waiting for those reviews, you get this four song (all from "Ivy Tripp"), live-in-the-studio promo from KEXP.  Aside from being a great performance, this performance features Allison on guitar  & keyboards.  Of course, this begs the question "did P.S. Eliot actually break up?"

And once again, you should check out KEXP's awesome YouTube Channel.