Married musicians Josh Ritter and Dawn Landes entertain with a performance of “Southern Pacifica” in their Brooklyn apartment. The song is from Ritter’s new album, So Runs the World Away, just released this week.
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Not sure when summer officially begins, but the Pains of Being Pure at Heart have already kicked off what they’re declaring as “The Summer of Say No to Love” by announcing a new 7” and a short June jaunt of the east coast and south with one of this year’s most hyped newcomers, Surfer Blood. The new single “Say No to Love”, steaming over at Pitchfork, is just what you’d expect from the Brooklyn band, a perfectly sunny, strummy, breathy number that gets you even more in the mood for a vacation. Slumberland releases the single proper on June 8, while the tour begins in Milford, CT on June 3.
Thu June 3, 2010—Milford, CT—Daniel Street
Fri June 4, 2010—Rochester, NY—The German House
Sat June 5, 2010—Buffalo, NY—Tralf
Sun June 6, 2010—Cleveland, OH—Beachland Ballroom
Tue June 8, 2010—Memphis, TN—Hi Tone Cafe
Wed June 9, 2010—Birmingham, AL—Bottletree Cafe
Thu June 10, 2010—Tallahassee, FL—The Engine Room
Fri June 11, 2010—Orlando, FL—Club at Firestone
Sat June 12, 2010—Miami, FL—Grand Central
Sun June 13, 2010—Jacksonville, FL—Jack Rabbits
Tue June 15, 2010—Carrboro, NC—Cat’s Cradle
Wed June 16, 2010—Washington, DC—Black Cat
All dates with Surfer Blood and Hooray for Earth
Theresa Andersson may be Swedish, but she has Americana deep in her bones. So, it’s fitting that she uprooted herself from Scandinavia and planted her flag deep in New Orleans at age 18 to play her fiddle with Anders Osborne. On “Oh Mary”, a classic black spiritual from the pre-Civil War era that Mike Farris recently virtually claimed as his own in a smokin’ version, Andersson takes a jazzier, but still soulful approach to the tune. She loops her emotive fiddle licks through a synthesizer and does the same thing with her voice towards the end to achieve a choral effect. This clip is from the recent DVD release Theresa Andersson: Live at Le Petit, available at theresaandersson.com.
Perennial PopMatters favorite Talib Kweli returns 18 May in a new Reflection Eternal release with his cohort Hi-Tek. Kweli’s patented smooth and clever flow and rhymes are fine form on this collaboration with UK soul singer Estelle.
5/10 - Kansas City, MO - Midland Theatre
5/11 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s
5/12 - Houston, TX - Warehouse
5/13 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
5/15 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
5/16 - Denver, CO - Bluebird
5/19 - Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
5/20 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove
5/21 - Phoenix, AZ - The Clubhouse
5/22 - Tucson, AZ - DV8
5/23 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theatre
5/24 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore
5/25 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
5/26 - Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst Nightclub
5/28 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theatre
5/29 - Seattle, WA - ShowBox at the Market
A little less than a year ago, PopMatters columnist Rob Horning eloquently revisited “the listening conditions of (his) 11-year-old self” in a piece that celebrated the simple pleasures of playing records. While the surge in vinyl interest has these days surfaced in more mainstream media trend pieces than we can count, it’s reassuring that people are buying and enjoying music—and are even frequenting their neighborhood’s independent record stores.
Director John Lyle doesn’t attempt to hide his authentic appreciation for LPs in a 90-minute “musicmentary” he calls To Have & To Hold: A Film About Vinyl Records. Lyle’s film is still in the production stage, but its interviews with musicians, collectors, label chieftains (such as Bruce Lundvall of Blue Note), and more will likely prove to be an enriching experience—like dropping the needle on your all-time favorite record.