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Ripchord

Friday, September 28th, 2007

We went to a see Rilo Kiley a couple weeks ago at the Riveria. Blake did a lovely version of Ripchord on the ukulele. I was pleased because the song was recorded on guitar on the album, but I always thought it would sound good on the uke. About four fifths of the way in, he duets with a guy he had introduced as his brother. I wish the duet part actually lasted longer because it was quite excellent. The video’s not so good since we were in the very back of the balcony, but the sound is good anyway. Enjoy!

Young Folks

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

Midlake was excellent at the Metro on Wednesday. I took a few videos, which I’m uploading to YouTube now. I learned an important lesson about bootlegging videos though. If you are standing really close, you get great video, but bad sound. The drums were so loud that the audio is distorted on every beat. I’ll post the videos anyway, for those curious what Midlake is like live.

Anyways, the purpose of this post is to spread some praise about the opening act — the cowboy-booted, pony-tailed, (and extremely cute!) Kentuckian Dawn Landes. The band’s name, she told us, is different each night and that tonight it was Maker’s Marker, after the Kentucky bourbon. I’d say they were an art rock band with country leanings. I’d say art rock only because they have a cellist, rather than a bassist.

Here they’re playing a cover of Peter, Bjorn and John’s “Young Folks.” Rather than whistling the “asian riff” chorus, they played it simultaneously on flute and kazoo.

A cool song called “Straight Lines.”

Bonus: While uploading the Young Folks video, I discovered this awesome bluegrass version on YouTube that she did with some “old folks.”

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