Best of September
It's safe to say that September was one of the best months for me, personally, in the history of this blog. Not only did September bring the release of new music from some of my favorite artists, but I was also given the kind of unparalleled access and opportunity (for me, I mean) to see some of those artists perform that's normally reserved for "real" music journalists. So here's our list of the best of the month, specially designed for those who don't have the time or desire to read my nonsense everyday.
(photo: garrison reid)
We got two new Sufjan Stevens songs this month, both of which suggest that his best work is yet to come, and these should silence naysayers who whine that Sufjan has become boring and predictable. The guy is a genius and has cemented himself as one of the best songwriters/composers of our generation:
Sister Winter mp3
"Majesty Snowbird" (live)--download here
We also got highly anticipated (by me) new songs from two of Austin's best bands, Voxtrot and Peter & the Wolf, and they didn't disappoint.
Voxtrot Trouble mp3
Peter & The Wolf Safe Travels mp3
Dana Falconberry (photo: Chad Wadsworth)
The next grouping of songs is sort of a response to a commenter (anonymous, of course) who stated, "you always find the most stunningly beautiful yet questionably talented women for your blog." You're right about the "stunningly beautiful" part, but I couldn't disagree more with the "questionably talented" part. In addition to posts on favorites St. Vincent and Joanna Newsom, the following artists that we talked about this month (who happen to be women) are extremely talented, and all of their albums have been in constant rotation around here all month.
Dana Falconberry Sadie mp3
Alela Diane Pieces of String mp3
Susan Christie For The Love of a Soldier mp3
Niobe Give All to Love mp3
The Austin Mixtape was one of my personal favorite posts, and we got some great comments refuting my claim that Austin currently has the best independent music scene in the country. I still stand by it, though.
Finally, as I mentioned before, we attended a ridiculous number of amazing shows this month, and were lucky enough to get decent photos from most of them. Here's a list for those that missed them the first time around:
show photos: Sufjan Stevens (twice), Joanna Newsom, The Polyphonic Spree, ACL Day 1, ACL Day 2, Sufjan + The Raconteurs ACL Taping, Cat Power ACL Taping (and her ACL set), Ratatat