I’ve long abandoned most modern and pop music labels, thinking of them as nothing more than marketing teams testing clever ways to sell products to people with little understanding musical evolution. In the broadest sense, general terms like Indie Rock are perfectly acceptable provided that critics don’t simply slather additional meaningless labels . . . → Read More: More Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll…and String Quartets – A Review of Dutch Uncles’ Out of Touch In The Wild, By Peter Dysart
MH: OMG, I almost managed a morning start! Not quite pre-noon, although I did manage to get back down to 6th Street in order to catch Feathers play a lunch-time slot. I was curious about these. Their PR image is of a very glossy 4-girl band, almost too glamorous to be real, and . . . → Read More: SXSW Conclusions – Saturday and the Aftermath, By Mike Hughes and Peter Dysart
PD: Friday morning came like a dull thud. Fell out of bed and down to breakfast just before the kitchen shut. The morning was more challenging than any previous that week, and I hated missing perfectly good sets starting at noon, but there are only so many 03.00 roll-ins one can manage without . . . → Read More: SXSW Friday – “Hells teeth but it was a huge charabanc, and it needed to be,” By Peter Dysart and Mike Hughes
Mike Hughes: Thursday was another hot one in Austin. I was playing with that ‘SXSW conundrum’ — do I go and see British bands, especially ones that are going to be playing down the road from me in a few weeks? The decision today was a resounding yes, so I said farewell for . . . → Read More: SXSW Thursday – We Still Don’t Know the Name of the Fetching Mancunian Blonde on Bass, By Peter Dysart and Mike Hughes
Tegan and Sara
Mike: Wednesday was going to provide no respite on the sleep front. You gotta have a plan for SXSW and mine was to aim for one or two main ‘must-do’s per day, then fill in the rest. Today’s first imperative was to see Tegan And Sara, who I last saw in . . . → Read More: SXSW 2013 – No Respite on the Sleep Front, By Mike Hughes and Peter Dysart
A review of Wolf’s Law by The Joy Formidable
By Peter Dysart
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” — T. S. Eliot
Risk is essential to a strong and thriving creative process, but it’s also central to the survival instinct. Popular . . . → Read More: The art of adaptation and survival… The land of milk and evolution… Fuck it. Let’s just see how far they can go.
I can’t recall the last time a song had me at a single listen. No, that’s not true. I do recall and it just so happens it was from same band. So what is it, exactly, that’s going on here? “This Ladder Is Ours” is the third new release from TJF and the . . . → Read More: Climbing a Different Ladder – A Review of The Joy Formidable’s “This Ladder is Ours,” By Peter Dysart
This is a job for… Binder Woman! Enforcer of the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, defender of office moms who cook but don’t use assault weapons.
- Peter Dysart
Binder Woman will make sure that all women have the right to affordable contraceptives, even those who work for Catholic universities. Up, up and away!
. . . → Read More: The Birth of Binder Woman, By Peter Dysart and Randy Rendfeld
It’s been nearly a year since the debut of Ben Howard’s Every Kingdom album and less than that introducing the young Devon, UK native to American audiences. But already the evidence of his success is clearly visible. The more obvious signs are his sold-out gigs and teams of Ben fans cropping up . . . → Read More: Ben Howard, The Vic Theatre, 26 Sept 2012 – A review by Peter Dysart – Artist Currently on West Coast Tour
Of course, leave it to Joni Mitchell to bring together one of the hippest ensembles of jazz musicians to her Shadows and Light tour. Jaco, Mays, Alias, Brecker and Metheny showed their American R&B chops like few rock groups before them.
Back in 1980, this was as big of a sonic production as anything . . . → Read More: Joni Mitchell – Shadows And Lights Live 1980, By Peter Dysart
Going on three years now, my favourite band has been The Joy Formidable and I have done little to hide that fact. They are easily one of the highest energy and emotionally satisfying acts on tour and the gigs are mounting, each one better than the last. One hardly notices that their debut . . . → Read More: The Joy Formidable – Wolf’s Law – A Review By Peter Dysart
Photo by Mike Hughes, Catshoe.org, all rights reserved.
Happy accidents are a rare pleasure in music. However your marginal propensity of discovering a good new band are roughly multiplied by a factor of 100 when you attend a major music event like SXSW. So luck was running high when my colleague Mike Hughes and . . . → Read More: Dead Sara, Happy Accident, Rare Pleasure, By Peter Dysart
Ridley Scott has thrilled and frightened audiences for more than 30 years through a mixture of rich storytelling, diametrically opposed characters, and complex environmentally driven plots that clash in varying degrees of discovery, conflict, destruction and resolve.
Prometheus is another fine example of this type of film making, and without going too far into . . . → Read More: Prometheus – One of Ridley Scott’s Finest Sci-Fi Films, By Peter Dysart
[Update 4/19/2012 - On his website, the family of Levon Helm has announced, "Levon Helm passed peacefully this afternoon. He was surrounded by family, friends and band mates and will be remembered by all he touched as a brilliant musician and a beautiful soul." The material below was posted earlier in the week, prior . . . → Read More: Levon Helm’s Last Waltz, By Peter Dysart
Williamsburg hipsters from Greenpoint to Bedford-Stuyvesant have been flocking in droves to hear tributes to The Ink Spots at local watering holes and music venues. From what we can gather, a full-scale revival Ink Spots revival is in progress.
“This has gone critical,” sneered one local Williamsburg hipster standing outside the Trash Bar. “Yeah, . . . → Read More: Williamsburg Proclaims The Ink Spots Revival Latest Indie Craze, By Peter Dysart – 1 April 2012
Photo by Peter Dysart. All Rights Reserved.
I met with The Joy Formidable this past December prior to their last show of the year at the Vogue Theater in the Broad Ripple, Indiana. With my better half in tow, Pam and I sat down to a lengthy discussion with a band on what has . . . → Read More: Truth in Music, the New Album, and Travels with Fans: An Interview with The Joy Formidable, By Peter Dysart
This is a good article about a great band. The second I heard Closing Time there was no doubt this song would be a keeper. On the flip of that, I scratch my head why FNT and its massive hook weren’t just as big.
The first time I heard Semisonic (then Pleasure) at . . . → Read More: In Grantland – We Are All ‘Closing Time’: Why Semisonic’s 1998 Hit Still Resonates, By Peter Dysart
Of all the great choral works of Christmas, the many compositions of “O Magnum Mysterium” including those by Poulenc and Victoria stand apart in their power and beauty. But Morten Lauridsen’s more recent composition of “O Magnum Mysterium” has an inner emotional strength and beauty that I’ve seldom experienced in sacred music. This is . . . → Read More: Morten Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium Sung By the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers, by Peter Dysart
Over the decades and centuries of Western culture no other holiday music has proliferated or endured like Christmas music. From old English carols to the present favourites, Christmas music can make up a considerable portion of your average collection, which is such the case with my own.
When we’re all tired of hearing the . . . → Read More: Happy Christmas Exotica, by Peter Dysart