Sunday Brunch: Nov. 24, 2013

sundaybrunch_nov24aCourtney Barnett– “Avant Gardener” (from The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, 2013)
Sharply observed commentary on the minutiae of daily life or simply stream of consciousness? Maybe both. Either way, this is packed full of funny lines, all delivered in a speaking/singing style that reminds me of Lucinda Williams…if Williams was from Australia and in her 20’s. And not singing country music. Well…you get my point. This is my current favorite song.
“I’m not that good at breathin’ in…”

Midlake– “Antiphon” (from Antiphon, 2013)
“Antiphonal music is music that is performed by two semi-independent choirs in interaction, often singing alternate musical phrases.” Thanks, Wikipedia!  I find I’m using the word “psychedelic” a lot lately to describe music. How ’bout “kaleidoscopic”, “vibrant”, …”psychotropic”? This music is all that, and I’m looking forward to hearing some more Midlake, who I’ve somehow managed to miss all these years.
Funny how “antiphon, antiphon” can sound like “ant farm, ant farm…”

Kevin Morby – “Slow Train” (from Harlem River, 2013)
Something mellow and early 70’s singer/songwritery for our last Brunch item on the menu today. Even his album cover has a great retro look. Music that would fit well on the shelf next to Danny O’Keefe, early Jackson Browne, Townes Van Zandt, Leonard Cohen.

“By eliminating the need to get up early on Sunday, brunch would make life brighter for Saturday-night carousers. It would promote human happiness in other ways as well. Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting. It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.” – from Brunch: A Plea, by Guy Beringer, in “Hunter’s Weekly”, 1895.

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