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

More artists added to Osheaga lineup

Filed Under: Live Shows
Written by Brendan
Wednesday May 26, 2010

Well, two months after picking up tickets to this summer’s Osheaga Music & Arts Festival in a dizzied state of excitement, the good news just keeps on coming. Osheaga just announced another dozen or so artists, including Ra Ra Riot and Still Life Still.

I think actually we’re now getting into the situation where there might be too many bands that I want to see, such that I’ll end up having to miss some sets. I guess in the grand scheme of things, that’s a pretty good problem to have.

So far, my ideal schedule would include the following artists:

Arcade Fire
Stars
Metric
Ra Ra Riot
Still Life Still
The National
The Black Keys
Beach House
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Blitzen Trapper
The Morning Benders
Horse Feathers


and if it works out, I’d also be interested in checking out:
Devo
Pavement
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Seu Jorge (of Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou fame)
Sonic Youth
Cage the Elephant
Japandroids
Galactic

p.s. Osheaga folks, if you’re reading this, I’ve applied for a media pass (hint, hint…)

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This week’s music purchases

Filed Under: New Releases
Written by Brendan
Friday May 14, 2010

Better late than never – too many other things to write about this week, so this got pushed back til Friday instead of Tuesday or Wednesday (new music comes out on Tuesdays, for those of you unaware).

Anyhow, this week’s releases happen to come out directly in the middle of two epic release weeks, so I kept things reasonable. I picked up “High Violet” by The National and “Sea Of Cowards” by The Dead Weather (one of Jack White’s side projects).

I’m still settling in with The National effort – as with their previous two releases (“Alligator” and “Boxer“), it’s taking me a while to digest. And like the previous two, I’m sure that once I’ve been able to spend enough time with it, I’m going to be a big fan.

The Dead Weather album I’m not so sure about. Full disclosure: I’ve found the White Stripes releases to be pretty hit-or-miss, and I really loved the previous album from The Dead Weather (“Horehound“), so I think I might just be a sometimes-fan of Jack White. But I just didn’t get the same visceral response from this record as I did for the last, and what I liked most about “Horehound” was indeed that raw emotional connection and subconscious head nodding/foot stomping.

p.s. The National has four previous albums on sale for $5/each on Amie Street right now.

The Dead Weather Sea Of Cowards The National - High Violet


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Holy exciting shit!

Filed Under: Live Shows
Written by Brendan
Thursday March 25, 2010

Just bought tickets for Osheaga. We’ve wanted to go for the past couple of years, but it always seemed like the lineup was missing that one extra special band that would make the trip worth it. So what did the good folks at Osheaga do? Well they got LOTS of extra special bands.

Seriously, this is ridiculous. Arcade Fire, Stars, Metric, The National and Black Keys all in one place! And just a short 90 minute drive from Burlington. I went to a wedding last summer on the same island where they hold Osheaga, and it was absolutely beautiful. If the bands above weren’t good enough incentive, Blitzen Trapper. Pavement, Jimmy Cliff and Beach House are all going to be there.

Holy exciting shit. I’m now counting down the days…

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