September 3, 2009

and I don’t wanna break your heart, but I probably will


Langhorne Slim is quietly building a solid backbone of fans through relentless (and scaldingly impassioned) live shows and substantive songwriting. His newest album Be Set Free is out at the end of this month on Kemado Records. The album was produced by Chris Funk (of The Decemberists) who also played various instruments on the record, and was mixed by Tucker Martine who has worked with folks like Sufjan Stevens and R.E.M.

This track from the new album is gorgeous, and rich, and my new favorite from him. And as usual, it was the lyrics that grabbed me primarily and viscerally. It’s always about the words with me.

Back To The Wild – Langhorne Slim

Sit all day pissing away my time
looking into a crystal ball and I don’t know why

Living too fast to live too long
and I don’t wanna die, but I don’t know yet where I belong

I’ve had it better than some, and I know I shouldn’t complain
though my grandfather told me once that all pain hurts the same

Your bottle is empty, but your glass has been filled
and I don’t wanna break your heart but I probably will

Some are born to be good, some are born to be bad
most did the best that they could, and others wished that they had

If I could return to when I was a child
I’d forget what I’d learned and go back to the wild
…back to the wild

Man, I love that song. I am hotly anticipating this album.

Slim has just finished some tour dates with Josh Ritter (and swung through to headline a night of our Underground Music Showcase), and will be doing an eTown taping up in Boulder next Tuesday. I think I’mma gonna have to go.

9/08 – eTown Taping – Boulder, CO
10/15 – Bell House – Brooklyn, NY
10/17 – TT The Bears – Cambridge, MA
10/21 – Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
10/22 – Blind Pig – Ann Arbor, MI
10/24 – High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
10/25 – 400 Bar – Minneapolis, MN
10/26 – Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
10/28 – Jackpot – Lawrence, KS
10/29 – Hi Dive – Denver, CO
10/30 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
11/02 – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
11/03 – Media Club – Vancouver, BC
11/06 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
11/08 – Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA
11/09 – Rhythm Room – Tempe, AZ
11/11 – Mohawk Outside – Austin, TX
11/13 – The Basement – Nashville, TN
11/15 – Cats Cradle – Carrboro, NC
11/16 – The Southern – Charlottesville, VA
11/17 – Rock N Roll Hotel – DC
11/19 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA

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  • I stumbled across Langhorne Slim at a recent Josh Ritter show and was tossed into a lyrically mesmerized state that I hadn’t felt since first seeing the Avett Brothers play at this very venue years ago. I had to have their music and can’t wait for the new album.

    Mike — September 3, 2009 @ 10:48 am

  • i LOVE langhorne slim!!! ya i heart about him when i saw he was playing with josh ritter..

    too bad none of these tour dates are close to me :(

    kevin — September 3, 2009 @ 1:03 pm

  • Although I did walk around after listening, singing “damn Sam, I love a woman that rains…”

    Graham — September 4, 2009 @ 1:19 am


    browneheather — September 4, 2009 @ 10:05 am

  • [...] “Back To The Wild”, from Langhorne Slim’s upcoming Be Set Free. and i don’t wanna break your heart but i probably will. [...]

    nc state farmer’s market « brand new kind of photography — September 4, 2009 @ 3:04 pm

  • Very very nice music!I’m sold. Reminds me of someone who’s music I love although I’m not quite sure who it is.

    Kid In The Front Row — September 5, 2009 @ 2:15 pm

  • Great song!! Thanks for sharing. Reminds me of Cat Stevens a bit…

    Termeh Mazhari — September 8, 2009 @ 8:01 am

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