Monthly Archives: August 2015

CD Monday

Rilo Kiley

I’m pretty sure a post-mortem B-sides compilation is the most backwards route to becoming a fan of a band, but here we are!

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Lanikai

Lanikai

Did y’all know that world’s biggest ukulele brand is headquartered in Richmond? Isn’t that wild?

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Bob Dylan

Somewhere along the way, I developed a disinterest in gear that bordered on distaste.

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CD Monday

Carolina Chocolate Drops

For more than 20 years, with only a couple of interruptions, my family has done a summer beach week in the Outer Banks. We’ve rented houses all over the place down there (as I type I’m subconsciously rewriting the lyrics to “I’ve Been Everywhere” and swapping in names like Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores, Kill Devil…) but we’ve spent the last bunch of years in Corolla. It’s become my happy place — as much a soothing thought as a geographic location. My favorite pizza place and bar are there, and it’s hard to get to, which is good, because it keeps us from making plans that would require driving.

What I didn’t realize until this year is how much of that happy place feeling had to do with the luxury of being a kid.

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Beach Week

Took this at the turnaround point of yesterday’s run (back at the beach this week). This fence separates the rest of the Corolla beach from the northernmost 4WD-only part, which cracks me up because it makes me think of Jurassic Park, like the trucks and SUVs are going to break out and wreak havoc when they find out the fence isn’t electrified. Whenever I want to run a little further and need to wriggle through the cables, I half expect this to happen.

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Commonwealth of Notions Vol 5 2

The Commonwealth of Notions is a reaction to the idea that good music is dead in the city of Richmond.

So starts the description of Shannon Cleary’s radio show on WRIR’s site, and every time I see that sentence, its meaning changes a little.

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CD Monday

Juno

As John Cleese used to say … and now for something completely different.

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Positive No

Positive No

What a fun week to be a Richmond music fan, y’all.

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Daniel Clarke

Daniel Clarke

I had the pleasure of shaking hands with Daniel Clarke on Sunday when I went to Hardywood to fill a growler.

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CD Monday

Ray LaMontagne

At a wedding in Baltimore this weekend, I ended up in a conversation with one of the other guests about Ray LaMontagne — about how I’d been gifted a vinyl copy of Gossip in the Grain a few years back, and then about how much I love Till the Sun Turns Black. 

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