Girl Talk @ Forecastle 7.28.07

I’m glad this weekend’s Girl Talk show wasn’t my first of his. If it had been, I probably would have written him off, due to a combination of (relatively) quiet music and the nightmare that the stage became. Before the show started, security told me that no one would be allowed on the stage. But sure enough, once Gregg pressed PLAY, the entire front row jumped on stage. Followed by the second, third and pretty much every row. I followed suit, but was quickly ejected, along with about a third of the people there. “The stage is collapsing” the guard told me. Right.

So I watched most of the show from the back and side stages, feeling somewhat like a concert voyeur — watching people have fun, but not getting to partake.

Little Names: “Tracy & I”

Here’s a very quick way to get me to listen to your CD: “…recalls the heyday of Sarah Records and Belle and Sebastian.” Yes, indeed.

MP3: Little Name – Tracy & I
Remember Gruff’s Candylion from earlier this year? Well take that and add a bit of Camera Obscura and you’re armed with the tastebuds you’ll need for “Tracy & I.” It’s a classy, lit-hipster’s love song right down to the references (“we both lived in a film, and she was Annie Hall”)

Little Name on Myspace

The Features @ Forecastle 7.28.07

I was sure the universe had aligned against me when I found out that the Features’ van had broken down on the way up to Forecastle. Luckily they were able to play the second stage, only an hour later than their original (main stage) slot. They were ferocious, as always, and were positively a joy to see. They did a shortened set, but it was almost worth it to get to see Matt and the gang looking like gods, with the Louisville skyline as their only equals.

VIDEO: John Vanderslice’s “The Parade”

John Vanderslice’s great new album Emerald City came out last week. To celebrate, John and the gang recorded themselves playing the entire album live at his Tiny Telephone studios.

John Vanderslice Tour Dates
7/28 Seattle WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party
8/3 Long Beach, CA @ Fingerprints (instore)
8/4 San Diego CA @ M-Theory (instore)
8/11 San Francisco, CA @ Amoeba (instore)
8/17 Brooklyn, NY @ Soundfix (instore)
9/6 Los Angeles CA @ Troubadour
9/7 San Diego CA @ The Casbah
9/8 Phoenix AZ @ Modified
9/9 Tucson AZ @ Plush
9/11 Austin TX @ The Parish
9/12 Norman OK @ The Opolis
9/14 Dallas TX @ The Loft
9/15 Baton Rouge LA @ Spanish Moon
9/17 Orlando FL @ The Social
9/18 St. Augustine FL @ Café Eleven
9/19 Tallahassee FL @ Club Downunder
9/20 Atlanta GA @ The Earl
9/21 Chapel Hill NC @ Duke Coffeehouse
9/22 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
9/24 Philadelphia PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
9/26 New York NY @ Bowery Ballroom
9/27 Cambridge MA @ The Middle East
9/28 Cambridge MA @ The Middle East
9/29 Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Icon
10/1 Toronto ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
10/2 Ann Arbor MI @ The Blind Pig
10/3 Cleveland OH @ The Grog Shop
10/4 Athens OH @ Ohio University, Baker Theatre
10/5 Bloomington IN @ The John Waldron Art’s Center
10/6 Chicago IL @ The Empty Bottle
10/8 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
10/9 Omaha NE @ Waiting Room
10/11 Denver CO @ The Hi-Dive
10/12 Provo UT @ Velour
10/13 Salt Lake City UT @ Kilby Court
10/15 Vancouver BC @ The Red Room
10/18 Portland OR @ The Doug Fir
10/20 San Francisco CA @ The Independent