The Welcome Wagon - Remedy
I love the little details: the way they always face each other when they sing, the easy chair and the sofa with the throw pillows in the sanctuary, the random guy with the pirate hat.
Denison Witmer - Brooklyn With Your Highest Wall, from The Ones Who Wait
Denison Witmer’s debut with Asthmatic Kitty Records will be released next Tuesday, March 6. I’m tempted to see him live later this month for old times’ sake.
Helado Negro - t 2º Dia (Piano Version), from Pasajero (free download)
I seem to have temporarily lost my retail-selling mojo today, but I did manage to turn a customer onto this EP when I played it in the store. Score one for Asthmatic Kitty.
Written for Asthmatic Kitty in 2010.
MusicNow, snowstorms, and the muse.
I love this essay. It’s as vivid and simultaneously mysterious as his lyrics.
Three times I came in visual contact with the angel itself: first in the form of a sunfish swimming towards me through a squall just north of Dayton, about the size of a bicycle tire. The second it was in the form of a snake with antlers and it scuttled along the rumble strip in front of me. The third time it formed out of a heap of fast food trash, a fox lying on its side.
Shannon Stephens with DM Stith - Cold November
Free download at Shannon’s website.
“Cold November’s covered me
with her dark and dripping wings,
carried me from cheer and light—
out of mind and out of sight. “
Source: SoundCloud / asthmatickitty
What I thought was a felt sleeve inside the My Brightest Diamond LP (based upon someone else’s photo I reblogged on fymybrightestdiamond) turns out to be a felt frame for what appears to be a beautiful little hand-signed drawing from Shara Worden. I got a CD, so mine is smaller. I just opened the package and it was such a delightful surprise to find it wrapped up with the CDs. It’s even numbered on the back (99). Just another reason to love Asthmatic Kitty Records!
Julianna Barwick performs “Bob In Your Gait” at the Fox Theater Oakland, 6/22/11
I know I just posted a video of this song, but I thought a couple of you would like to see this.
Julianna’s performance was mesmerizing. I understand why her album is called The Magic Place, because the Fox Theater was transformed into that place for the 35 minutes of her performance. The only words she said were beginning hellos (not even sure she said her name) and, “Thank you. Have a great night.” at the end. She isn’t one for in-between-song banter, but I wonder if it would break the spell if she did talk. She did say thank you at the end of each piece because they fade out gradually and, I have to give the crowd credit, everybody waited (mostly) respectfully until she let us know she was done. I wish my videos were clearer, because I was struck by the emotion on her face as she sang. I’m not sure if this is the case, but maybe the way she holds her head up and to the side is to project her voice, and her voice is just beautiful. Maybe it just comes naturally when she concentrates on singing? It could also be shyness.
I’m glad she came back to the Bay Area. I tried to see her in April, but there was a torrential storm the day of her show (nearby Capitola was flooded that night), and I couldn’t bring myself to get in the car.
Julianna Barwick performs “Prizewinning” at the Fox Theater, Oakland, CA 6/22/11
If you make friends with the security guys, they will pretend not to see you when you shoot video from the front row. Also, I think they found it amusing that I was the only person over age 18 that showed up early to get a great spot. This is so different from the album version, I almost didn’t recognize it. The video quality isn’t great, but the audio is pretty good. “Bob In Your Gait” is uploading right now. I may comment a bit more tomorrow.
Heather Polley Photography
This blog explores my fascination with art and music, and with juxtaposing them in unique ways.My photos, photos by others, Baroque painting, Andy Goldsworthy, Japanese prints, the occasional silent film, opera and classical music, Sufjan Stevens, DM Stith, whatever I'm listening to right now.