Archive | March, 2009

Record Release: Mirah

12 Mar

MirahSorry for my absences as of late, life has been a little crazy.  As a result I am a few days late on this one, but the supremely talented Mirah has finally released her first full length of original material since 2004’s “C’mon Miracle”.  The new album, “(a)spera” was released on (surprise, surprise) K Records and has been recieving copious amounts of praise.  Nearly every mention of it I have so far seen has been in a positive light, with most tipping their hats in commendation to her growth both as a lyricist and in the instrumentation of her material.  Enlisting the work of talented producers such as Tucker Martine (Decemberists, Laura Veirs) and Bryce Panic in addition to long time collaborator Phil Elvrum, the album has a scope larger than those of her previous releases and yet manages to remain consistant and unmistakably Mirah.  

I’ve only had the album myself for about a day, so it is a bit too early for my two cents just yet.  Though I will say it is all I have been able to listen to and it so far sounds better than anything I have heard in quite a while.  In fact so far my only negative reaction has been to the album’s artwork.  After a string of wonderfully designed and resonant cover images, this one kindof smacks you in the face.   (a)speraIs it just me or does this scream 1970’s conceptual prog rock.   I cant help but think of Genesis or something else along those lines.  Not thoughts I’m generally inclined to associate with Mirah.  And what on earth is that weird glass structure in front of her?  Call me crazy but I think it was a bad choice.  If you feel differently or that I am a moron please feel free to let me know, I am rather curious to hear other thoughts on the subject.  Anyway, I promise, more posts soon to come and if you haven’t ever heard Mirah’s beautiful voice than take this as your excuse.  To that end here is a video of her performing “Pollen” using the audience as instrumentation.

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Favorite Things: Kim Schifino

5 Mar

Kim

This is yet another exciting moment in this young blogs history.  Kim Schifino of Matt & Kim fame has graciously taken time out of their post release mayhem to fill out our little survey.  Check it out.

 

band: TI
fictional character: barney from how i met your mother
color: black or red
animal: i really want a dog
artist: any of the german expressionists
president/prime minister: really… come on OBAMA
food: italian
phobia: i hate water on my face, being in the dark, confined spaces, my belly button being touched
place: brooklyn
article of clothing: my red hoodie

 

Kim, I share your love of Barney Stenson and hoodies of all varieties and thanks again for the kindness of your response.