I might have missed the release of her debut EP – “Why You Runnin'” – back in November, but I’m definitely trying to make up for lost time with Lissie. From her soulful cover of “Wedding Bells” by Hank Williams (Sr) to the lush, aching deep of “Everywhere I Go,” Lissie’s music just makes your breath catch and your world slow down. It’s a rare enough feeling that I’ve decided not to cloud it with too much exposition. But if you want a little bit more, here’s an excerpt of Sean Moeller’s biography of Lissie over at Fat Possum’s site:
She lives by herself, with her dog, in a farmhouse in Ojai, Calif., where she tends to drink wine and will, on a whim, go to the store to buy paint for her rocks so she can construct a medicine wheel in her big backyard. She has all the time to listen to what’s happening in her inner chambers, what’s turning on and off her lights, what’s giving her goosebumps and where she thinks she’ll be led tomorrow.
You can find some of her songs on her myspace page, on daytrotter, down below this text, and wherever else fine music is served. The EP (on vinyl and cd) is out on Fat Possum Records. Go and check it out!
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When I was much younger, I used to enjoy riding around in my car and playing (performing) music with my friends. I think this might be something that many people in high school bands go through, and it certainly was great fun. Since then, I’ve loved finding clips of people playing in their bedrooms, basements, cars, etc. Small club shows are great, but there’s nothing quite like the immediacy of performing in a strange place (parties count, too, I’d imagine). So, it’s a great pleasure to stumble across Black Cab Sessions. The site’s motto is “One Song. One Take. One Cab,” and that’s exactly what you’ll get. From Bon Iver to Dawn Landes to Fleet Foxes, the site features great musicians riding around and improvising around their songs. Go have a look!
You can see one of my favorite clips after the cut:
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I’m sure that it’s one of the more common adjectives to describe Laura Gibson, but, nonetheless, there’s something truly haunting about this Oregonian’s music. From her debut album If You Come to Greet Me to her superb 2009 effort Beasts of Seasons, Laura has kept me enthralled with each new track. With its complex depth of emotions, hers is the perfect sort of music to slide into on a lazy Winter’s afternoon, or whenever else you’re feeling contemplative.
Imagine, then, my immense delight at discovering that Daytrotter has posted a collection of six live tracks for listening and download. You can also find her original session there – with five more tracks to listen to and download.
P.S. While looking for a photo, I came across this unusual live version of “Spirited.” Check it out.