8 Years

Today is our 8th anniversary! One year ago on this day we got married in the park.

I’m in Los Angeles today, and Ali is in Philadelphia. That’s the way it goes with our work schedules. Knowing we weren’t going to be in the same place at the same time today, we decided to celebrate this anniversary a few days ago in New York.

We squished into the photo booth at the Ace hotel to capture the moment…

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Fall 2014 Tour Dates with Bahamas

The new Bahamas album is about to be released!

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Afie, Felicity, Jason and I will be piling into the van soon to do some shows. Here’s where we’ll be playing over the next few months:

September 10 – Fredericton, NB
September 12 – Portland, ME
September 13 – Allston, MA
September 15 – Philadelphia, PA
September 17 – New York, NY
September 18 – Washington, DC
September 19 – Carrboro, NC
September 21 – East Atlanta, GA
September 22 – Nashville, TN
October 1 – Chicago, IL
October 2 – Indianapolis, IN
October 3 – St. Louis, MO
October 4 – Kansas City, MO
October 6 – Colorado Springs, CO
October 7 – Denver, CO
October 10 – West Hollywood, CA
October 11 – San Francisco, CA
October 14 – Portland, OR
October 15 – Seattle, WA
October 16 – Victoria, BC
October 17 – Vancouver, BC
October 18 – Kelowna, BC
October 20 – Calgary, AB
October 21 – Edmonton, AB
October 22 – Saskatoon, SK
October 23 – Winnipeg, MB
October 25 – Minneapolis, MN
November 5 – Toronto, ON
November 6 – Montreal, QC
November 7 – Sherbrooke, QC
November 8 – Quebec, QC
November 15 – Leeds, UK
November 16 – Manchester, UK
November 17 – Birmingham, UK
November 18 – Brighton, UK
November 19 – London, UK
November 21 – Amsterdam, Netherlands
November 22 – Paris, France
November 23 – Brussels, Belgium
November 24 – Zurich, Switzerland
November 26 – Berlin, Germany
November 27 – Copenhagen, Denmark
November 28 – Oslo, Norway
November 29 – Stockholm, Sweden

To get all the details and tickets, go to www.bahamasmusic.net

Discography: Mia Sheard – Curse of the Vorus

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  • Mia Sheard
  • Curse of the Vorus
  • lap steel on Curse of the Vorus, Part I, Kitten, and Curse of the Vorus, Part II.
  • Buy

Curse of the Vorus is a twisty, dynamic, epic and enveloping album. It swivels seamlessly between full-on rock and more intimate moments with up-close vocals and guitar.

This is the kind of album you want to listen to while reading the lyrics, wearing big headphones, lying on the floor. (She doesn’t have the lyrics available on her bandcamp page…but maybe we can persuade her to add them).

Get it here!

 

Stuff I Like – July 2014

A LETTER TO A YOUNG ARTIST – GRETCHEN PETERS

This is from a series of posts on CD Baby’s The DIY Musician blog. I guess I’m biased because Gretchen is my friend, but this really is some solid advice. And more than that, it’s a kick in the ass to be courageous enough to make art that stands for something.

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In the pre-internet world, I used to rip out the rare articles like this from musicians I admired and I’d glue them into a notebook or onto my wall where I could reference them again and again. Some of those words of advice shaped my beliefs, helped me to make decisions, and just generally inspired me to keep going in the right direction.

Now we’re used to skimming things online, maybe stopping for a second to appreciate something valuable, and then moving on. This article deserves to be printed out and taped to a wall.

ISLA CRAIG – BOTH THE ONE…

I recently got to play a couple tunes at with Isla Craig at a Sam Cooke tribute night. Since I only really know Isla from soul music nights at Holy Oak, I thought I should look her up online to see what her music is like. I downloaded her album Both The One… from Bandcamp and I think I’ve listened to it about 30 times since.

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There are two albums to check out here: Both The One…& The Other. Same songs (with one exception), different treatment. & The Other is all loops and Isla. She then took those songs and arranged them for vocals (with Felicity Williams, Daniela Gesundheit, Tamara Lindeman, and Ivy Mairi) and minimal piano. It’s mesmerizing and soulful. Buy it on bandcamp.

THIS ONE SUMMER – JILLIAN TAMAKI & MARIKO TAMAKI

This is a beautiful graphic novel about a young girl and her family at a summer cottage.

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I got sucked in immediately and ripped through the whole 300 pages in one sitting. I don’t think I can do it justice with my words here. Just go get it!