There are a ton of new recordings to check out on the GraffitiRadio.com podcast page from our broadcast at this year’s Wilmo Rock Cirucs. This year’s edition was bigger and better than last year’s, featuring some of the highest-caliber bands in the Delaware area.
They’re all worth your time, but you’d be remiss if you didn’t take a listen to the angular rock of A New Dakota and Me and This Army, Tail’s rifftacular psych journey, or the shout-out to 2013 and beyond in my interview with Sylvan Wolfe. Plus, there are always-excellent performances from local standbys like Bullbuckers, New Sweden, and the Joe Trainor Trio.
David Boone of Dawns joined me in the Graffiti Radio studio to record this session on a Sunday morning. Upon meeting him, I quickly learned that we’d both stayed up a little too long on our respective Saturday nights. The weather was very nice that day and we both had the half-giddy energy that comes as a result of the combination of the two.
This is to say that I had a lot of fun interviewing David, and I hope that some of that comes across in this recording. We talked about his life as a touring musician, the origins of his debut EP, and he did acoustic takes of “Taillights” from the EP, and a preview of “The Firefighter” from his forthcoming Dawns full-length.
While Andrew Bird’s not breaking any new ground for himself or the listener on Hands of Glory, it’s an excellent opportunity to see what an artist of such a high caliber is like when the pressure’s off. There are times when we don’t need a finished product; watching a master at work is impressive enough.
—Graffiti Radio Top 5 at 9
David Boone of Dawns wanted to do two interviews on Graffiti Radio in the same month, which I thought was a bit much. I’m all about supporting independent artists like David who are trying to do it all on their own, but two interviews with the same dude so close together is just poor radio programming.
As an alternative, I decided to have him as guest host on our daily Top 5 at 9 feature, which turned out to be a huge success. He picked “American Songwriters” as his theme and obviously put a lot of thought into his choices and what he had to say about them. It was great talking to him, and I suggest you guys keep an eye out for his Graffiti in-studio session, which airs Thursday 10/25 at 8:30 PM.
New GraffitiRadio.com blog post up about this week’s Featured Album, Lightning by Matt & Kim, complete with requisite linkage to Andrew W.K. YouTube videos.
[Matt & Kim] take in elements of anything that can be described as “fun,” run them full speed into each other, and spit out a Technicolor display composed entirely of awesome.
Check out Jeff Gorcyca’s GraffitiRadio.com blog post about this week’s Featured Album, Band of Horses’ Americana-inspired Mirage Rock.
While it may be different than what longtime fans were expecting, Band of Horses have delivered a cohesive folk-rock album. At it’s worst; you’ll still be getting pleasant harmonies over acoustic guitar. And for me that’s a great end to summer.
This week I wrote about Grizzly Bear’s new album Shields for my GraffitiRadio.com blog. It’s the first album of theirs I can say that I genuinely like.
On Shields, the band is louder and more raucous than before, without sacrificing the attention to detail that has become their signature…It’s exciting to see the group make a move that expands their appeal without sacrificing what makes them unique in the first place.
“Sleeping Ute” live on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon:
Here’s an interview I did on Graffiti Radio last month with Hannah Miller, an up-and-coming singer-songwriter from Nashville. We talk about her childhood dream of being a musician, moving across the country for your art, and listen to “Say You Feel the Same” and “Little Bit,” two songs from her new EP, Doubters and Dreamers.
Centipede Hz confirms that Animal Collective will continue to do exactly what they want, when they want to, with few concessions to new or old fans. In 2012, the music industry is less likely than ever to get behind that kind of group, so it should not go unmentioned that the band, and their most recent album, have succeeded because of sheer talent and unbridled creativity, in spite of the odds.