Hey! This is neat: I got to introduce the second addition to the Newport Folk Festival 2013 lineup this morning, and it’s Shovels & Rope. I’ve been covering the Newport Folk Festival since its 50th anniversary in 2009, and over the course of the past few years it’s become one of my absolute favorite things to write about. (Thanks for thinking of me, guys. See you at the Fort!)
Can we please just reexamine Mikey’s photograph of John McCauley opening a beer with his teeth in the background because YES.
Anyways, here’s my Deer Tick feature for BlackBook!
The only thing lovelier than Caitlin’s photos from the Head and the Heart show at Royale the other night is the Head and the Heart live. That “Ghosts” song won’t get outta my head and I’m not gonna force the issue.
FOTOBOM via DigBoston.
— Adventures in editing with Mike Basu. #weareworking
Hearing this live was a particularly lovely #NewportFolk moment.
(Look out for Sunday’s coverage on DigBoston tomorrow. In the meantime, Imma go pound some coffee, put on some mascara, go to Deer Tick, again, and wake up tomorrow to meet my deadline. BUSINESS TIME.)
+ Denim all day errday. Canadian tuxedos and cut-offs galore.
+ Many babies running around with those massive Princess Leia headphones
+ Guthries Guthries Everywhere
+ Matt Vasquez showing up wherever Dawes or Deer Tick are playing and either standing on things (pianos) or belting out things (namely the chorus of “When My Time Comes”)
+ Surprises guaranteed as far as sit-ins/cameos, as all the band’s are either friends or fans of each other. Faves today included Apache Relay/Ben Sollee, the Dawes/Deer Tick/Matt Vasquez love fest, Taylor Goldsmith supporting Jonny Corndawg on guitar and Conor Oberst/First Aid Kit & Brittany Howard/My Morning Jacket, even though I missed those last two.
+ John McCauley’s gold tooth
+ I mean really
+ Moms and elementary school art teachers DANCING THE SHIT OUT OF PATTY GRIFFIN SONGS
+ Jeff Tweedy’s guitars. Dear lord.
More or less.
The “mythology” or “legends” of Newport Folk always come up in conversations with bands playing the festival this year, in that they feel like they’re contributing to the fabric of Newport Folk and the legacy its established. SO! I took “mythology” pretty literally and basically drew up a comparative book report using the 2012 Newport Folk lineup and Greek myths.
Newport Folk is around the corner and I am likely going to get all skip-to-my-lou-stoked all over Fort Adams this weekend and make an ass out of m’self in front of Jeff Tweedy and Jackson Browne and Jim James and these guys and a bunch of other people whose brains I’d love to pick in the name of music journalism.
29 days until four straight days of my favorite music with my favorite people in one of my favorite places on my favorite weekend.
I NEED NEWPORT FOLK. I NEED. IT.
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