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  1. And we’re back.

    We did it: Tour continues into the South this weekend, powered by a million favors.

    Playing Friday in Durham, NC with Bryan Rahija (ex-Bombadil) and The Genuine …
    https://www.facebook.com/events/550322165111525/

    … And Saturday night in Fredericksburg, VA with The Anatomy of Frank, A Sad Rainy Day and my main man Spoonboy.
    https://www.facebook.com/events/823848120980732/

    If you helped, thanks. I am psyched and humbled.

  2. Currently.

    A VERY IMPORTANT TOUR UPDATE:

    After three killer East Coast sets, my tourmate and friend Dibson T. Hoffweiler is heading home today to tend to a family emergency. He is beyond bummed and sends his regrets; if you believe in prayers or vibes, please send them his way.

    I am hopeful that the remaining shows will go on, and am working right now to make it happen. News on the southern dates will come soon. In the meantime, tonight’s DC show at Maybelle’s is in need of a third act. The wonderful marianmclaughlin will be filling in in DC tonight.

  3. showspace:

FLYER OF THE WEEK
Flyer by Sara Lautman showspace:

FLYER OF THE WEEK
Flyer by Sara Lautman
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    showspace:

    FLYER OF THE WEEK

    Flyer by Sara Lautman

  4. Y’know, Martha, for a bunch of anarchists you’re pretty cute. So in love with these kids.
Watch the new “Present, Tense” video. Y’know, Martha, for a bunch of anarchists you’re pretty cute. So in love with these kids.
Watch the new “Present, Tense” video.
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    Y’know, Martha, for a bunch of anarchists you’re pretty cute. So in love with these kids.

    Watch the new “Present, Tense” video.

  5. Older Boys is here. LISTEN. Older Boys is here. LISTEN.
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    Older Boys is here. LISTEN.

  6. A note on “Spaceship”: The lyrics contain several references to lines by other artists, whose work I was learning from when I first started performing. If you like it I suggest you check out these songs (and see if you can spot the connections):

    Double Deuce, "You Tour My Heart Out, Tucker Smooth"

    The Festival, "The Sky Falls Fast"

    Major Matt Mason USA, “Misdirected”

    More about this song over at DCist.

  7. "Spaceship" premiered today at DCist. Go listen. "Spaceship" premiered today at DCist. Go listen.
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    "Spaceship" premiered today at DCist. Go listen.

  8. At the first Older Boys session in December 2012. Persona Non Grata Studio had only just moved into its Arlington location and it was freezing in the unfinished space. We were tense, unsure of ourselves, flummoxed by how to play spare, lyric-driven songs without being able to hear the lyrics — and yet in retrospect, the tension was an asset, a dark rumble swirling through the room that made the performances feel fragile and alive.
In the final hour on Sunday night, before we had to pack everything up, drive it back to my place in DC, and get Josh downtown in time to catch his bus back to New York, we pulled out something I’d brought on a lark: an old Polaroid camera loaded with expired film. I took a photo of Josh tracking his last parts for the weekend, and he returned the favor. At the first Older Boys session in December 2012. Persona Non Grata Studio had only just moved into its Arlington location and it was freezing in the unfinished space. We were tense, unsure of ourselves, flummoxed by how to play spare, lyric-driven songs without being able to hear the lyrics — and yet in retrospect, the tension was an asset, a dark rumble swirling through the room that made the performances feel fragile and alive.
In the final hour on Sunday night, before we had to pack everything up, drive it back to my place in DC, and get Josh downtown in time to catch his bus back to New York, we pulled out something I’d brought on a lark: an old Polaroid camera loaded with expired film. I took a photo of Josh tracking his last parts for the weekend, and he returned the favor.
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    At the first Older Boys session in December 2012. Persona Non Grata Studio had only just moved into its Arlington location and it was freezing in the unfinished space. We were tense, unsure of ourselves, flummoxed by how to play spare, lyric-driven songs without being able to hear the lyrics — and yet in retrospect, the tension was an asset, a dark rumble swirling through the room that made the performances feel fragile and alive.

    In the final hour on Sunday night, before we had to pack everything up, drive it back to my place in DC, and get Josh downtown in time to catch his bus back to New York, we pulled out something I’d brought on a lark: an old Polaroid camera loaded with expired film. I took a photo of Josh tracking his last parts for the weekend, and he returned the favor.

  9. "It’s sort of like comparing making a fire and building a house. A song is fire. You react to it primally, instantly. You don’t have to decide whether you like it, and you don’t really have to sit down and think about it much after you’re done listening to it. It really does run through you like wind. Whereas a book is a journey: It’s a thing you agree to go on with somebody, and I think every reader’s experience of a book is going to be different. There are scenes in the book that feel very song-like to me, but I do think it’s a different sort of ride. It’s more of a marathon. My songs tend to sprint toward some epiphany and then explode."

    johndarnielle, discussing two art forms he’s made a career of intertwining, drives a railroad spike into what sets them apart. For someone who remains two big steps outside the mainstream even after 25 years, the dude is amazing at being interviewed.