A collection of musically themed musings by Brendan Bush in Burlington, VT

Bands you probably already love without knowing: Freelance Whales

Filed Under: Standout Albums
Written by Brendan
Thursday January 6, 2011

I’m continually impressed with the musical choices ad makers are using, from Langhorne Slim or The Black Keys to Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, my favorite bands are popping up all over television these days. I do find it strange that the ads rarely, if ever, identify the band or song they are using, but hopefully they are making up for that in cash to the artists.

An ad I’ve seen a lot recently (I ditched cable TV a couple of months ago, so I’ve seen the ads mostly on hulu) is another great example, and a song I’m sure any reader of this blog would like. Without further ado, here’s an ad for the 2011 Chevy Volt, featuring “Generator 1st Floor” by Freelance Whales:

If you like that little snippet, I suggest listening to the song in full in the video below, and if you like that even more, I suggest picking up their most recent album Weathervanes (currently just $5 on Amazon).


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Wrapup: Langhorne Slim @ Higher Ground 12/1/2010

Filed Under: Concert Reviews
Written by Brendan
Thursday December 2, 2010

It’s not often that I have such high expectations as I did last night for Langhorne Slim, who I’ve wanted to see for at least 5 years. It’s also not often that those expectations are exceeded, but Langhorne Slim did it last night. The band put on a performance that easily ranks in my favorite 5 of the year, and has had me listening to Langhorne albums all morning. Here are some photos from the show, with more wrapup beneath them:

The only slightly negative aspect of the night was the slim attendance (couldn’t resist the pun). I wish I knew what it took to drive people to shows, as I can almost guarantee that everyone there last night had an amazing time. That was easily the best $10 show I’ve been to, and if you missed it, you blew it.

Anyhow, the band consists of Langhorne Slim (born Sean Scolnick) on guitar & lead vocals, Malachi DeLorenzo on drums, Jeff Ratner on upright bass and David Moore on keyboard & banjo. The upright bass adds such a presence onstage, and such a richness to the music. And Ratner knows how to work it.

Moore was animated on the keys, and a downright animal on the banjo. In one particular maelstrom of strumming, he managed to both break a string and rip the accompanying tuning key right out of the banjo head. The volume on the banjo could have been turned up a bit for the whole show, but it was played with such zeal that even with minimal amplification, it was still a presence.

DeLorenzo also attacked his instrument with a particular fervor, all four of his limbs moving so quickly they were almost hard to see. It seemed like he was working to contain himself from jumping out of his seat for most of the show.

And Langhorne Slim himself left it all on stage, ending the night covered in sweat and stripped down to a tank top t-shirt. His songwriting is so forthright and easy to relate to that it doesn’t take much for him to have an immediate connection with the audience. And his stage presence only amplifies that feeling. They played a fairly long setlist, featuring material from the most recent release, Be Set Free, as well as songs from several of their previous albums. My personal favorite was “She’s Gone,” but then that’s also my favorite song of their whole catalog…

If you don’t own any Langhorne Slim, it’s time you gave it a listen. And if these guys play anywhere close to you, go see them. I promise, you won’t be disappointed. Along with Midlake, Langhorne Slim now tops my list of bands I need to see again, and as soon as humanly possible.

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Advertisers love indie rock

Filed Under: Random Thought
Written by Brendan
Wednesday December 1, 2010

Earlier this year, I posted on the growing trend of car companies using indie rock songs in their TV ads.

As a tool to expose good music to more people, I think the use of this music is great. I just wonder if it pays off for the bands (beyond the obvious financial payoff for the rights to the song). Do people really follow up and figure out who that awesome band was on the TV? I hope so, but just in case you are someone who doesn’t, here’s just a sampling of the wonderful bands you likely listen to every day without knowing it:

Langhorne Slim
Worries
From Langhorne Slim

The Black Keys
Tighten Up
From Brothers

The Morning Benders
Excuses
From Big Echo

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Upcoming Shows in Burlington

Filed Under: Live Shows, Local Bands
Written by Brendan
Sunday November 28, 2010

There are a few good shows coming up that I recommend seeing.  If you were to only go to one of them, I highly recommend Langhorne Slim.  He made my Favorite Music 2006 list, and I’ve been dying to see him live ever since.  His live show is supposed to be outstanding…

Wednesday, December 1
Langhorne Slim @ Higher Ground

Tuesday, December 7
Miniature Tigers w/Maga @ Monkey House

Maga is one of my favorite local acts, and sure to put on a good show. They alone make the cost of admission worth it, though I also recommend sticking around for Brooklyn’s Miniature Tigers.

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