Matt Rector is back to guest host the podcast again with an entertaining and thoughtful interview with O Ryne Warner of Ohioan. Download Podcast Here Stream Podcast Here Download in iTunes Stitcher Ohioan Website- http://infinitefront.com/ohioan/ Bandcamp- https://ohioan.bandcamp.com/ Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ohioan/123094281043479Read more "Old School Record Review #54- O Ryne Warner of Ohioan"
Matt Rector guest hosts again for part two of his podcast coverage of the Green River Festival with two tremendous guests: Arc Iris and The Suitcase Junket. Download Podcast Here Stream Podcast Here Download in iTunes Stitcher Arc Iris Website- http://www.arcirismusic.com/ The Suitcase Junket Website- http://www.thesuitcasejunket.com/Read more "Old School Record Review #52- Arc Iris and The Suitcase Junket at the Green River Festival"
There have been plenty of times in my life when a variety of obstacles, issues of space or time or income versus expenses or psychology, would have kept me from doing something like driving a couple hours out to Massachusetts, staying in a motel, and going to a music festival. I’m sure some of those […]Read more "The Green River Festival, Part Two of Two – Saturday, July 11th and Sunday, July 12th, 2015"
Matt Rector guest hosts the podcast this week and hooked up with two wonderful bands at the Green River Festival: Twisted Pine and The Stray Birds Download Podcast Here Stream Podcast Here Download in iTunes Stitcher Twisted Pine Website- http://www.twistedpinemusic.com/ The Stray Birds Website- http://www.thestraybirds.com/Read more "Old School Record Review #51- Twisted Pine and The Stray Birds at the Green River Festival"
Apparently there was a time, when I was in elementary school, when the main attraction at The Green River Festival was hot air balloons. The balloons are still there twenty-five years later, but now they just provide a fantastical and prohibitively expensive[i] diversion from a lineup of some of the best bluegrass and indie rock […]Read more "The Green River Festival, Greenfield, MA, Part One of Two – Friday, July 10th and Saturday, July 11th, 2015"
I guess I didn’t think Punch Brothers would ever last. When Nickel Creek announced they were going on indefinite hiatus after their farewell tour in 2007, it was welcome news that mandolinist Chris Thile had a new project. I heard on NPR that he had composed a four-movement suite that would blur the boundary between […]Read more "Stuck in My Head #17 – Punch Brothers “Familiarity”"
Did you ever watch The Kids in the Hall? Remember the intro where The Kids hang out in a club with a collection of cute girls and circus-freak-type extras while a band plays a repetitive riff heavy on the wah-wah bar?[i] Well, I loved that show when I was a kid, and that intro is […]Read more "Stuck in My Head #15 – The New Pornographers “Myriad Harbour”"
What is the essence of rock and roll? Let’s begin with the agreed-upon narrative: It was laced into the hard stops between Jimmy Rogers’ shrieking guitar licks and Muddy Waters’ growling pronouncements of his manhood when they performed “Mannish Boy” back in 1955. It launched from there into clubs in Chicago and Hamburg. It reached […]Read more "Never Heard of ‘Em #22 – Cy Dune"
By the time Olivia Quillio took the stage, the crowd at The Hangar had already taken in three hours of female singer songwriters. She took a quick peek to see if there were any children in the audience, and her face lit up in a smile: “What a fucking great night this has been, am […]Read more "Olivia Quillio, Caroline Mother Judge, Lonesome Val, and Ashley Sofia at The Hangar, Troy, NY – Friday, June 12, 2015"
Once upon a time, there was a band called Railbird. They were from Saratoga, NY, and they played a lot of shows in and around the Albany area, where I live. Railbird had a bunch of guys who all seemed to play about a dozen instruments, and a pretty singer-songwriter whose voice was quirky and […]Read more "Never Heard of ‘Em? #21 – Lip Talk"
The music of Delicate Steve is not at all easy to describe. It bothers me when someone writing about music drops the names of like six other artists to describe a performer, as in: “[Insert band name] sounds like Fleet Foxes combined with Yo La Tengo, with a little bit of Hot Hot Heat and […]Read more "Stuck In My Head #14 – Delicate Steve “Afria Talks to You”"
Listen to the Youtube playlist “Songs For Your Summer” while you read the article: If you’re anywhere close to my age, you probably remember when that song Santana wrote for a dude from a band called Twenty Matchbooks or something was so ubiquitous that there pretty much was no other music? You couldn’t hide from it. […]Read more "Some Songs For Your Summer"
Matt Rector guest hosts this episode of Old School Record Review as he got together with singer-songwriter Sean Rowe before a show in Hudson, NY. Sean has a new EP out entitled Her Songs that’s available for purchase on iTunes. Download Podcast Here Stream Podcast Here Download in iTunes Stitcher Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/seanrowemusic Twitter- @sean_rowe ANTI- […]Read more "Old School Record Review #44- Sean Rowe"
It had been a couple years since I’d visited North Adams, which is a shame. It is home to a couple places I would go every day if I could. First, Mass MoCA, which is pretty much the best place I know of to see the work of really good new artists if you want […]Read more "The Lone Bellow and Arc Iris at Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA – Saturday, May 23, 2015"
Ten years ago, we thought Sufjan Stevens belonged to all of us. When he produced two state-themed albums, Michigan and Illinois, and announced a career plan to make an album for each of the remaining forty-eight states, we thought he would be our Walt Whitman. He would turn his unique musical and literary gifts over […]Read more "Darkness and Light and Oregon"