If the two hours of Hello Pretty City radio could be a movie I would want it to be this one.
Now it’s a lovely Monday afternoon listening party with this little album gem.
Listen/purchase: Smoke Thin by The Firs
Nothing except this has so deeply catapulted me back to my little trip to see Damien Jurado play a small black box theater on a Thursday night in Paris as much as these 27 minutes.
He does such a good job of transforming a psychedelic, electrically wonderful album into a secret-telling acoustic performance. I wasn’t super taken with it in person. I was sad to realize I felt that way but this World Cafe recording changes that feeling. Now it’s a treasure.
Even in the first few moments this whispers “play me all day.”
Stream Bradford Cox: Teenage (Original Soundtrack) on Pitchfork Advance
I’m almost scared to hit “play.”
Sharon Van Etten “Taking Chances,” from Are We There (out May 27).
Gritty, gritty sun salutation from Jolie Holland. YES!
It’s not tender indie but I wouldn’t hesitate to play this on the radio show. It’s a stunner in The Great Beauty.
My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here,
My heart’s in the Highlands a-chasing the deer -
A-chasing the wild deer, and following the roe;
My heart’s in the Highlands, wherever I go.
Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North
The birth place of Valour, the country of Worth;
Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,
The hills of the Highlands for ever I love.
Farewell to the mountains high cover’d with snow;
Farewell to the straths and green valleys below;
Farewell to the forrests and wild-hanging woods;
Farwell to the torrents and loud-pouring floods.
My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here,
My heart’s in the Highlands a-chasing the deer
Chasing the wild deer, and following the roe;
My heart’s in the Highlands, whereever I go.
A new important movie in my life: The Great Beauty and thankfully it’s still playing at The Spectrum for a little while longer. (I was ready to see it again the moment it ended with these credits full of bridges and skies.)
It’s nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and I will secretly hold my breath all night hoping it wins because I know that every time I watch it throughout my life it will mean something new. And that’s the measure of an Oscar, right?
Oh Hamilton! Your voice jolts me alive morning, noon, and night, with and without The Walkmen.
Hearing this song in the opening credits to this movie made me glow the entire time I watched it! Long live Mercury Rev! I’d play it every week on the show if I could.
All the songs from the 2/23/14 Hello Pretty City radio show.
Already found my jam on this album.
Stream Sally Seltmann’s Album Hey Daydreamer
The Artist: Melbourne native Sally Seltmann
The Album: Hey Daydreamer, out March 4th in North America, was recorded with husband and fellow musician Darren Seltmann of The Avalanches.
Fun Facts: Seltmann co-wrote the 2007 hit “1234″ with Feist, and Bon Iver is among the artists that have covered her songs.
Songwriter Says: “I wrote most of the songs for my new album Hey Daydreamer on my piano at home, and songs like ‘Seed Of Doubt’ came out very naturally. When I write for my own albums, it’s all free flowing emotion,” Seltmann notes. “I usually have visual landscapes inside my mind when I create a particular chorus or lyric. It’s like I have an internal world in my imagination that I then try to capture and share through my songwriting. I had been listening to a lot of Australian composer Sven Libaek’s underwater documentary soundtracks, and was so inspired by the colourful arrangements, and all the layers of flutes, brass and percussion. This was a real influence on the production for the album.”
Each word I read of any article on her life chokes me up, especially the small details included in this one from The Jewish Daily Forward.
A former concert pianist, Alice, who died on February 23, made her old upright piano into the centerpiece of her one-room home, which she decorated with pictures of her only child, Raphael, a cellist who died in 2001. She kept two diaries from pre-Holocaust Prague and a few mementos from her post-war life in Jerusalem in shoeboxes stored in a cabinet behind her single bed.
And then there’s this from NPR. (Knowing the small details of how extraordinary people live their lives is one of my favorite things to discover.)
In the 2006 interview, she shared with the Guardian her secret to a long life: "My temperament. This optimism and this discipline. Punctually, at 10 a.m., I am sitting there at the piano, with everything in order around me. For 30 years, I have eaten the same — fish or chicken. Good soup, and this is all. I don’t drink — not tea, not coffee, not alcohol. Hot water. I walk a lot with terrible pains, but after 20 minutes it is much better. Sitting or lying is not good."
Hmmm…I don’t know what could be better than Jason Molina singing his own songs but I will try to keep an open mind.
Last year Jason Molina, best known for his work in Songs: Ohia and the Magnolia Electric Co., passed away as a result of alcohol abuse-related organ failure. On April 22, a number of Molina’s musical friends and contemporaries will release a special tribute compilation titled Farewell Transmission. Among the mix of contributions are My Morning Jacket, who have shared a cover of the album’s title track.