Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile: “You can’t save the unsavably untogether” – Fox Theater in Oakland (Oct 18, 2017)

Written by Erica Andreozzi

I find it SO FREAKING EERIE that I immediately compared Courtney Barnett to Kurt Vile nearly 4 years ago when I first saw her at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton (review here) and NOW, they are TOURING TOGETHER after the recent release of their collaborative album, Lotta Sea Lice. Kurt Vile was someone that I had been following since his ‘Smoke Ring for My Halo’ days (review here) thanks you his brother Paul Vile who directed me to his set at Sasquatch 2012 (arguably the best lineup of any US festival I’ve been to yet). Courtney and Kurt reminded me of one another in so many ways – stitching songs together with threads of rock, grunge, and folk, and doing so with a carefree, nonchalant charisma that plagues all who listen. I am in awe of their ability to whip up to witty narratives about obscure observations of the mundane. Their collaborative albums is a testament to the beauty of a creative, comfortable companionship between two eclectic music makers that complement each other’s chords finished each other’s sentences (literally). Their charming ‘Continental Breakfast‘ track has Courtney and Kurt singing back and forth about the frustration of maintaining their long-distance friendship (“I cherish my intercontinental friendships; We talk it over continental breakfast”) and the monotony of life on the road (“In a hotel in East Bumble-wherever; Somewhere on the sphere, around here.) I also really loved their song, ‘Fear is Like a Forest’ (“Fear is like a forest, The dark of the unknown; Love is like a promise, That you’ll never be alone”), which was actually written by Courtney’s wife, Jen Cloher (talented musician who opened the show). I also enjoyed the manifestation of Courtney and Kurt covering each other’s songs, with Courtney’s version of Kurt’s ‘Peepin Tomboy’ (‘Peepin’ Tom’ on this album) paralyzing me with the arresting apathy of her delivery. I also really enjoyed Kurt’s take on Courtney’s ‘Out of the Woodwork.’ But, the MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS OF THE NIGHT were when Courtney and Kurt covered Belly’s ‘Untogether’ (“You can’t save the unsavably untogether”) and Gillian Welch’s ‘Elvis Presley Blues’ (“I was thinking that night about Elvis, Day that he died, day that he died”). Courtney’s vocals absolutely SHINE on this on, and the bread and range of the vocals are more apparent than ever. My heart was gushing a bit with the beautiful harmonies between her and Kurt. I’m sure Mr. ELVIS PRESLEY himself would have definitely approve. It was so refreshing to watch the playful banter between such seasoned musicians and I kept smiling when I saw Kurt’s classic yelps (“Whoop!”) making Courtney laugh throughout the set. He then had the entire audience laugh when he said that “Lotta Sea Lice” is the “only sea lice you want to have.” A powerhouse performance by a powerhouse pair of proper pals.:D ❤

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The War on Drugs: “I resist what I cannot change, But I wanna find what can’t be found” – Greek Theater in Berkeley (October 6, 2017)

Written by Erica Andreozzi

The War On Drugs certainly gave me A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF WHO I AM at the Hearst Greek Theater in Berkeley last Friday. They mentioned being super excited to headline the Greek (it being the place where they first saw one of their greatest idols, Neil Young), and we certainly felt that energy. Having listening to their new album (‘A Deeper Understanding‘) non-stop for the past month, I was SLAYED when seeing it COME ALIVE last night with standout performances of Up All Night (LOVE THE KEYBOARD INTRO), Pain, Holding On, Nothing to Find, and Thinking of a Place (among many other hits). One of my favorite lyrics from the album is “I resist what I cannot change, and I wanna find what can’t be found,” and could not help but BELT IT OUT when the time came. I was in a serous tizzy the entire 2-hr set (continuous, no breaks), just STUNNED by Adam’s insane guitar work and the ethereal sounds emerging from his extended jam sessions with the bassist, keyboardist, drummer, and saxophone player (especially cool). His signature yelps (“Whoop!”) heightened all of our senses and kept us smiling (and yelping back!) the whole way through. MAD PROPS to The War on Drugs for keeping me UP ALL NIGHT, LOST IN A DREAM, THINKING OF A PLACE, DISAPPEARING with RED EYES (TO THE WIND), and HOLDING ON to zero PAIN with NOTHING TO FIND AN OCEAN BETWEEN THE WAVES. They certainly didn’t leave “Tangled Up In Blue” (it was one of BEST SHOWS I’ve been to ALL YEA), but this epic Bob Dylan cover did. It so happens to be my favorite Dylan’s track, and I made it known in my serous sing-a-long. It fills me with pride to think that the musical genius that is Adam Granduciel is also Philly born and Bred. Him and Kurt Vile PHEED PHILLY the PHINEST music PHEVER. He said that he was happy to be back in ❤

 

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Capsized (Playlist: Sept 24, 2017)

Capsized

CREATED BY ERICA ANDREOZZI

FRESH NEW PLAYLIST (56 songs) inspired by recent shows/sets (Sylvan Esso, Flock of Dimes, Wild Cub, Future Feats, Maggie Rogers, Plini, Haim, Milky Chance, Manchester Orchestra, Tigers Jaw, Foxing, Henry Jamison, Gracie and Rachel, The Decemberists, Asgeir, Public Service Broadcasting). There was additional influence from recent track/album releases by The National and War on Drugs (Both are SO FREAKING GOOD), as well as Trevor Hall, Frightened Rabbit, The Head and the Heart, Fatherson, LCD Soundsystem, Good Old War, and my friend Alexa-J! I also included tracks by new discoveries: Future Feats (opened for Wild Cub), Sinkane, Vista Kicks (opened for Milky Chance), Foxing (opened for Manchester Orchestra), Tusks (opened for Asgeir), and Frendship (whose CAPSIZED TRACK I CANNOT GET ENOUGH OF and who I can’t wait to see next month in SF).

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Previous Playlists: Creature Comfort, I Know You Know, Feeling Electric, Wake Up, Oceans Away, and more…

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  1. Up All Night- The War On Drugs
  2. Alaska-  Maggie Rogers
  3. Just Past The Point Of Breaking- Fatherson
  4. Capsize- Frenship
  5. The Fruitful Darkness- Trevor Hall
  6. Somewhere- Wild Cub
  7. Birthplace- Flock Of Dimes
  8. Cities in Wonder- Future Feats
  9. Real Peach- Henry Jamison
  10. Right Now- Haim
  11. Day I Die- The National
  12. 1000 Nights- Frenship
  13. Always- Fatherson
  14. Semaphore – Flock Of Dimes
  15. Holding On- The War On Drugs
  16. Firebird- Milky Chance
  17. Gotta Get Away- Vista Kicks
  18. Don’t Dream It’s Over- The Head and the Heart
  19. Speak- Wild Cub
  20. Pain- The War On Drugs
  21. Nights like tonight- Future Feats
  22. Everything Is Happening Today- Flock Of Dimes
  23. Forest- Fatherson
  24. Through a Glass- Henry Jamison
  25. Fire- Wild Cub
  26. The Pit- Public Service Broadcasting
  27. What I Know- Trevor Hall
  28. Follows- Tigers Jaw
  29. Roadless- Frightened Rabbit
  30. The Joke- Flock Of Dimes
  31. The Moth- Manchester Orchestra
  32. Fires- Future Feats
  33. Oh Baby- LCD Soundsystem
  34. Cold Blue Rain- Milky Chance
  35. Sons & Daughters- The Decemberists
  36. Dog Years- Maggie Rogers
  37. June- Tigers Jaw
  38. The Medic- Foxing
  39. Turtleneck-  The National
  40. Knives- Matoma & Frenship
  41. The River- Good Old War
  42. Sleeping Over- Fatherson
  43. (Un)comfortable- Gracie and Rachel
  44. Walking Away- Haim
  45. Favorite Song- Sinkane
  46. My Heart, Your Heart- Trevor Hall
  47. Nobody Else Will Be There- The National
  48. The Grocery- Manchester Orchestra
  49. Toronto- Tusks
  50. Every Piece Matters-  Plini
  51. Down By The Water- The Decemberists
  52. All Out- Public Service Broadcasting
  53. Rewind-  Sylvan Esso
  54. Part of Me- Good Old War
  55. Electricity (feat. Alexa J)- Muzikm4n
  56. Dreaming- Asgeir

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Asgeir: “Oh, how I long for light.. A light that won’t leave me.. Never to go away”: The Fillmore in SF (Sept 1, 2017)

Written by Erica Andreozzi

It had been 3 years since I last saw Asgeir, the incredibly talented artist who was my initial hook into the Icelandic music scene. Amped by the recent release of Asgeir’s beautiful album (‘Afterglow’) and his slay-worthy covers of Adele, Abba, Nirvana, The National, and others as part of his unique #asgeirstraigttovinyl project (taking requests from all over the world and recording them straight to vinyl for 24 hr straight), I could hardly contain myself for their show at The Fillmore last night. They delivered a flawless performance from start to finish (75 min) without any interruption, making it easier for the crowd to be whisked away to another world (including the security guard who told me his mind wandered to a far away place). I think we all sported an Asgeir “afterglow” after hearing ‘I Know You Know’ (“Oh, how I long for light.. A light that won’t leave me… Never to go away”) and ‘Torrent’ (my favorites across both albums) come alive right in front of our eyes. Torrent was the first song in Asgeir‘s collection that had me hooked, and the fact that he saved it for the encore was super special. The drums and keys in that one are so freaking awesome! I am so happy that they came to San Francisco to serenade us with their “stardust,” and I look forward to more of it at Iceland Airwaves Music festival in November! Check out my previous review of Asgeir from 2014 and my recent playlist inspired my his track ‘I Know You Know.” 😀

 

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Sylvan Esso: “I was Gonna Die Young, But now I Gotta Wait for You”: Fox Theater in Oakland (Aug 23, 2017)

Written by Erica Andreozzi

The amazing Sylvan Esso making sure that we PLAY IT RIGHT before leaving the Fox Theater – Oakland after their stacked set, including hits from their new album, ‘What Now‘: Die Young, Radio, Glow, Kick Jump Twist, Just Dancing, and Signal. Their epic encore triggered a massive dance party after the closing of the show. First time I’ve ever witnessed such a phenomenon at that venue (and I go there ALOT). Amelia and her fluid, infectious moves had us all wishing we could “just dance,” for not many people can GLIDE ON STAGE the way that she does (not even close!). It was cool to also meet two videographers beforehand that were filming footage for a Sylvan Esso documentary. What an awesome idea! It was also cool to learn that Amelia’s family was originally from the SF Bay Area. Towards the end of the set, she mentioned that the Fox Theater was “her grandfather’s favorite,” and that many of her cousins (he had 11 grandchildren!) were in the audience that night. The unique lighting design on stage (<< >>) is tattoo that Amelia, Nick, and Jen (of Flock of Dimes and Wye Oak) all have. Speaking of Jen, it was such a treat to have her on tour with them. In fact, I first discovered Sylvan Esso when they opened her her as Wye Oak in March 2014 at the Lexington (tiny venue!) in London. I guess things really do come full circle!

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Creature Comfort (Playlist: Aug 15, 2017)

Creature Comfort

CREATED BY ERICA ANDREOZZI

PERFECT SUMMERTIME PLAYLIST inspired by San Francisco’s very own Outside Lands music festival (Mondo Cozmo, RAC, Bleachers, K. Flay, Jacob Banks, Porches, James Vincent McMorrow, Joseph, Grace Mitchel, Vance Joy, Young the Giant) last week and by recent shows I rocked out to within the last month or so: Portugal. The man, Local Natives, Benjamin Booker, Alvarez Kings, The Trims, Run River North, Saint Mesa). There was additional influence from recent track/album releases by Arcade Fire (LOVE THEIR NEW ALBUM), Geographer, Wild Cub, Allen Stone, Overcoats, Haim, Foster the People, Amber Run, Daughter, Mogwai, and Zach Winters. I was also happy to include tracks by new discoveries: Betty Who (touring with Geographer), Charlie Cunningham (playing with Low Roar in October), Jeremy Loops, and Jaws of Love (gorgeous solo project of Local Natives’s Kelcey Ayer).

“Saying
God, make me famous
If you can’t just make it painless
Just make it painless” 

Arcade Fire (‘Creature Comfort‘)

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Previous Playlists: I Know You Know, Feeling Electric, Wake Up, Oceans Away, and more…

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Live In The Moment- Portugal. The Man
Creature Comfort- Arcade Fire
Human Touch- Betty Who
Witness- Benjamin Booker
I Fall Over- Wild Cub
Where You’re At- Allen Stone
No Answers- Amber Run
Everything Now- Arcade Fire
The Beautiful Game (feat. St. Lucia)- RAC
Easy Tiger- Portugal. The Man
Thunder- Mondo Cozmo
I Saw You Close Your Eyes- Local Natives
Everybody Lost Somebody- Bleachers
Tell-Tale Heart- Alvarez Kings
High Enough- K.Flay
Read My Mind- Geographer
Feel It Still- Portugal. The Man
Hollywood (Feat. Penguin Prison)- RAC
Peter Pan- Arcade Fire
Chainsmoking- Jacob Banks
Hold Me Close- Overcoats
Rich Friends- Portugal. The Man
Plastic Soul- Mondo Cozmo
Heartbreak Summer (feat. K.Flay)- RAC
Cold Conscience- Alvarez Kings
Tidal Wave- Portugal. The Man
Imagination- Saint Mesa
Mother Emanuel- Local Natives
Higher Stakes- Jeremy Loops
The Future- San Holo & James Vincent McMorrow
Infinite Content- Arcade Fire
Don’t Take The Money- Bleachers
Burn It Down- Daughter
Run Or Hide- Run River North
Jellyfish- Local Natives
Nighttime Hunger- Overcoats
Party in the Dark- Mogwai
Nothing’s Wrong- Haim
So Young- Portugal. The Man
I Wish I Could Say- The Trims
Motivation- Benjamin Booker
White Flag- Joseph

Sit Next To Me- Foster The People
Lights Off- Charlie Cunningham
Jaws of Love.- Tasha Sits Close to the Piano
Run River Run- Run River North
Truth Is Heavy- Benjamin Booker
No Resolve- Alvarez Kings
Coolverine- Mogwai
An Opening- Charlie Cunningham
Hate That You Know Me- Bleachers
Nolo- Grace Mitchell
Hold On To Me- Mondo Cozmo
10 To Have You Around- Zach Winters
Monster (Feat. Avelino)- Jacob Banks
Lay It On Me- Vance Joy
Blood In The Cut- K.Flay
Silvertongue- Young The Giant
Faithful (Bonus Track)- Allen Stone
Car- Porches

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