Monthly Archives: July 2015

Lianne La Havas

Lianne La Havas

Happy release day to Lianne La Havas!

I spent about an hour of my Outer Banks vacation running on the beach while listening to NPR’s First Listen of Blood and was made deliriously happy. “Green & Gold” and “What You Don’t Do” jumped out as early favorites before “Wonderful” stole the title away for good with its masterful pacing and phrasing — the way languid recollections morph into staccato choruses with lyrics that toe the line between clever wordplay and emotional precision. I found myself thinking back on old relationships, trying to identify which parts of them were “kind of wonderful.” It was fitting for a beach trip I’ve been taking with my family for more than 20 years — decades in which I was trying to figure out what a wonderful relationship was.

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Landlady

Landlady

On repeat. All day. Can’t wait for tonight’s show at The Camel.

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CD Monday

JR JR

Congrats to JR JR on the new name! I loved the NASCAR reference, and I’d be lying if I said their old name wasn’t part of why I started listening to them, but it’s definitely not why I’ve kept listening to them. The Speed of Things was an excellent follow up to an excellent debut, and I know that spinning the copy I picked up at BK Music a while back is going to make my week markedly better.

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Outer Banks

OK, so we’re technically in Currituck County, but you get the idea.

Catch y’all wonderful weirdos next week.

James Taylor — “Carolina In My Mind” [Spotify/iTunes]

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Sound Gaze

Sound Gaze

So I was on Sound Gaze again! I’m a huge fan of Doug Nunnally’s WDCE show, and I’m extremely thankful to have been invited back last Saturday. The full episode is posted below.

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Robbin Thompson & Steve Bassett

Sweet Virginia Breeze

I’ve lived in Virginia all my life. In fact, I’m fairly certain I’ve never been outside of the state (JK it’s a commonwealth — just testing you) for more than two consecutive weeks. You could call me a homebody, and you’d be right, but that’s only part of the reason why I tend not to wander. I really, really like it here, and that sense of pride led me to interview Robbin Thompson and Steve Bassett about their song “Sweet Virginia Breeze,” which the General Assembly recently named the state (ahem, commonwealth) popular song. The interview just went up over at Richmond Navigator.

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CD Monday

Mermaid Avenue

I haven’t gotten too wrapped up in the 2016 election yet, but this week’s CD Monday was chosen in reaction (protest, honestly) to a certain someone announcing his candidacy.

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