June 30, 2010

Oh, it’s the last time we’ll fall in love

I’ve been enjoying the lazy warmth of summer these weeks, filling my off-hours with outdoor adventures (and, okay, an inordinate amount of soccer viewing in pubs). Partly because I’ve been working feverishly on my summer mix for 2010, but all I seem to want to listen to these days is airy, lilting, easygoing music to soundtrack the gorgeousness outside.

During the winter, I’m all about good-to-be-sad albums like Love Is Hell or Midnight Organ Fight, but dang it feels good to open up the windows and air out the other half of my musical collection. When I lived in California, it was almost always nice outside and I do believe I appreciated it less. Now I look out the window and remember when everything was covered in ice and snow, and I listen to songs like this new one from Philadelphia trio Good Old War. Last summer they kept me happy for months with their song “Coney Island,” and here they do it again with a visit to the Sargent House’s Glassroom Sessions.

It’s effervescent, and summery, and lovely.

My Own Sinking Ship – Good Old War

374241417-1Good Old War’s self-titled sophomore album just came out at the beginning of June on Sargent House Records. Stream the whole thing. The band is on tour all this summer (with Brandi Carlile, the Xavier Rudd, then someone else cool) and I hear from someone who just saw their show that “it felt like a campfire,” with everyone singing along to all the words.

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August 20, 2009

I go crawling back to the city I love, ’cause it’s already taken everything


This toe-tapping song sparkles effervescently, with just the smallest hint of a western Texas twang. It’s peppered liberally with fantastic handclappy percussion (it kicks into full glory about 1:15 in) that reminds me of my favorite Simon & Garfunkel moments — or actually, Art and Paul with a fresh twist, like the Local Natives playing the backyard. It’s also thoroughly drenched in golden ’60s summer surfing harmonies.

After listening to it a handful of times, I was already singing along.

I counted twenty-seven birds up there today; I’m thinking that’s why I still love it here, I’m thinking that’s why I still love it here….”

Coney Island – Good Old War

only-way-to-be-aloneGood Old War is a trio from Pennsylvania, and this track is off their 2008 album Only Way To Be Alone. A few folks have written to me, urging me to take a listen, including one fella who breathlessly declared it his favorite album of the summer, maybe the year. Okay, I’ll happily bite, if this is a sample of what’s to come.

w/ The Honorary Title & Cory Branan

Aug 26 – Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone
Aug 27 – W.Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
Aug 31 – Tallahassee, FL @ Big Daddy’s
Sep 02 – Little Rock, AR @ Sticky Fingers
Sep 05 – Tulsa, OK @ Marquee
Sep 06 – Dallas, TX @ The Prophet Bar
Sep 07 – Shreveport, LA @ 516 Soundstage
Sep 08 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
Sep 09 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
Sep 11 – San Diego, CA @ Epicentre
Sep 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory
Sep 13 – San Francisco,CA @ Bottom of the Hill
Sep 14 – Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
Sep 16 – Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
Sep 18 – Boise, ID @ The Venue
Sep 19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon Theater
Sep 20 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
Sep 22 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
Sep 24 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
Sep 25 – Dekalb, IL @ House Cafe
Sep 26 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
Sep 27 – Covington, KY @ The Mad Hatter
Sep 29 – Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot
Oct 02 – Harrisburg, PA @ Whittaker Center
Oct 03 – Allston, MA @ Harpers Ferry
Oct 04 Rockville Center, NY @ The Vibe Lounge
Oct 06 Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s

[thanks Joe for the tip, song originally posted over at Tympanogram]

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Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
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"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
—Nick Hornby, Songbook
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