Monthly Archives: September 2015

CD Monday

Jason Mraz

Another Baby YHT pick.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under #features

Positive No

Positive No

While running along a barrier- and spectator-lined section of Monument Avenue, I found the perfect album to pair with UCI Road World Championship racing: Positive No’s Glossa.

My rationale:

Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under #nowplaying, #rva

Dawes

Dawes

I really liked “All Your Favorite Bands” when I first heard it, though I have to admit it felt a tad sentimental. Then I saw the video, at which point shit got real.

Continue reading

2 Comments

Filed under #nowplaying

Cave In

Cave In

My brother-in-law Brian knocked the birthday present baseball out of the park with a colored vinyl copy of Cave In’s Tides of Tomorrow EP, the front cover of which is pictured above. It’s excellent on its sonic merits, but it has some especially intriguing art on its inner sleeve. Check it out:

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under #nowplaying

CD Monday

Romeo and Juliet

Been eyeing this one with CD Monday in mind for weeks. It’s Mrs. YHT’s copy — note the PA-based radio station sticker in the top right corner. Side note: Flipping through a high school CD collection that’s not yours is just about the funnest thing ever, especially when you’re in a friend’s room that was left alone since the start of college. You get to laugh at the crappy music time wasn’t kind to, shake the dust off the good stuff and pop it in whichever boombox they had, marvel at how many flashing lights there were on boombox displays… The 90’s were a wild time, man.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under #features

Spencer Strickland

Mandolin article

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Spencer Strickland, an award-winning mandolin player who’s part of the Church Sisters — one of the groups featured on the amazing Orthophonic Joy album that you need to hear immediately if you haven’t already — and the Virginia Luthiers, which is a group of instrument makers who play what bassist Gerald Anderson calls “Doc Watson kind of music.” But Strickland isn’t just an award-winning player — he’s also a record-setting one, as he was among the 493 pickers who came together at this year’s Old Fiddler’s Convention and successfully broke the Guinness World Record for largest mandolin ensemble.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under #interviews

Young Rapids

Young Rapids

I had a fantasy football draft scheduled for last Wednesday night, which happened to be the same night as a Broadberry show I’d been looking forward to for some time. Lucy DacusYoung RapidsManatreeAvers… So I did what any music-loving perennial fantasy failure would do: I went to the Broadberry, found a place to sit, opened up Yahoo’s fantasy app and neglected to pick a running back until the fourth round.

Did I mention I’m terrible at fantasy football? Fortunately, the onstage lineup fared better than my virtual one.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under #live, #rva