13 June 2007

The Drought Is Over

I went to a show last night, after six dry weeks without live music. FBB (favorite blog buddy) Scrivener and I caught Great Lake Swimmers at The Earl last night. It was a damn good show.

Not familiar with Great Lake Swimmers? I wasn’t, either, until Scrivener mentioned them. I checked ‘em out on eMusic and liked the band immediately.

If you’re addicted to MP3s like I am and you don’t have a subscription to eMusic.com, you’re doing yourself a disservice. I get 90 downloads for $19.95 per month (although I think those signing up now get 75 each month). eMusic doesn’t have your Bruce Springsteens or Justin Timberlakes, but it’s a great spot for discovering new bands. That’s where I first heard The Decemberists, The New Pornographers and Neko Case, Iron & Wine, Beulah, The Pipettes, Of Montreal, and many more indie bands. eMusic has great selections in most genres. Try it today — and tell ‘em I sent you.

Great Lake Swimmers, from Toronto, remind me a bit of Sufjan Stevens, more so Iron & Wine. Tony Dekker has the most sublime voice, a voice that hooked me with the first listen of the first song, a voice like cool summer evenings under the trees. (Too corny? Okay, yeah. But it does.)

Great Lake Swimmers' Tony Dekker,
playing at The Earl last night
Shot by Scrivener, using my camera

One of the cool things about Great Lake Swimmers is they have a banjo player … but it doesn’t sound like a banjo, not in the traditional sense. It’s almost as if the banjo is played like a rhythm guitar.

Dekker was a bit shy on stage, but I was charmed by his song introductions, such as “This is ‘I Am Part of a Large Family,’ about being part of a large family.”

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At 6/14/2007 12:53:00 PM, Blogger Dan said...

Six weeks is a dry spell for you?? :) Wow! I guess I shrivelled up a long time ago by your standards!

eMusic? I checked them out a while ago and decided to wait. But you're making them sound awfully nice right now.

Do I have to buy you a latte for your recommendation?

At 6/14/2007 12:56:00 PM, Blogger Barbara Bruederlin said...

I ADORE Great Lake Swimmers. I saw them for the first time last summer at the folk festival, and I think it was Dar Williams who summed it up best when she asked Tony Dekker:
"do you make your mother cry everytime you open your mouth?"

He has a heavenly voice, innit?

At 6/14/2007 01:10:00 PM, Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

Tag, you're it...

At 6/14/2007 01:45:00 PM, Blogger BeckEye said...

I'll have to check them out. Yes, that song intro is totally inspired!

At 6/14/2007 06:15:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

DAN: A lot has happened since 1985, my friend. You need to get out there and get your dance on. And, yes, you have to buy me a latte — nonfat, extra shot.

BARBARA: Oh, I love that quote! Doesn't his voice make you melt? I'm glad I got the BB thumbs-up!

WRITE PROCRASTINATOR: And just when I have out-of-town company arriving. Sheesh. But for you, anything ... even if I'm last choice.

BECKEYE: He's no Glenn Tilbrook, but Tony Dekker's voice is magnificent.

At 6/14/2007 06:26:00 PM, Blogger Allison said...

Barbara B actually got me hooked on GLS, and they took up my playlist this winter. I love I Saw You In The Wild, gets me everytime. Haven't had the chance to see them live, my dry live music spell has been 4 months. I need to fix this fast!

At 6/14/2007 06:58:00 PM, Anonymous m said...

6 weeks??! were you in a coma? stranded on a desert isle? fallen and couldn't get up?

glad you are 'back'...!!

At 6/14/2007 10:52:00 PM, Blogger Dale said...

Because they're from Toronto, I oc course know next to nothing about them but the song is good! And you, Barbara and Allison all have great taste so I'm in.

At 6/14/2007 11:46:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

ALLISON: You need to get out there and end your music drought, too. GLS are definitely worth watching the concert calendar.

M: Yes, M, I was a nerd for the last several weeks. Life got in the way. I need my priorities straightened. Maybe Wilco will do that for me on Tuesday.

DALE: You are a smart man indeed.

At 6/15/2007 12:00:00 AM, Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

"even if I'm last choice."

Ms. Coffey, you are telegraphing your punches...though I am still reeling. ; )

At 6/15/2007 12:00:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

Anything to get your attention, WP.

At 6/15/2007 08:24:00 AM, Blogger Dale said...

Yes, I am, please note my spelling prowess. oc = of

At 6/15/2007 08:25:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

I thought that was Canadian slang.


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