Phil From Accounting: a special project from yours truly
If it seems like my recent posts have been getting shorter, there’s a reason: I’ve been busying recording music with my band! I play guitar in Phil From Accounting. We’re a punk-rock trio where we all sing and write songs together. We just released our first single, “Carrie,” last week, which you can listen to below.
Our debut EP will be out next month. Stay tuned!
From our Bandcamp:
“‘Carrie’ from ‘If You’re Reading This, Please Call Mom,’ out September 2017. Released August 18, 2017. Written by PFA. Brady Gerber: guitar, vocals. Amanda Webster: bass, vocals. Jamie Williams: drums, vocals. Produced, mixed, and mastered by Oliver Ignatius at Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY. Logo by Scott Carr.”
If Figure 8 was Elliott Smith’s LA album, then XO was his New York album. These songs were recorded after Elliott’s brief stink in Brooklyn and were inspired by his many nights hanging out and writing in the Luna Lounge club in the Lower East Side. “Bottle Up And Explode!” is also the sound of rainy Manhattan as you’re walking the streets late morning and feeling calm and overwhelmed by the skyscrapers around and above you.
What a sad, beautiful song.
From: New York City
Sounds Like: A soft-spoken, jazzier Regina Spektor singing with Seu Jorge aka the guy who played the David Bowie songs in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.
Kavita Shah is a New York-based jazz singer of Indian descent who sings original arrangements based in her Indian origins along with some clever pop covers. Her partnership with West African guitarist virtuoso Lionel Loueke, who also co-produced her excellent debut album Visions, gives her music an interesting edge, which at many times combines traditional Indian tablas with West African koras while sounding like a jazz quintet.
Visions is out now on Spotify and iTunes, which also includes a great jazzy cover of M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes”.
The new Coen Brothers movie Inside Llewyn Davis follows the fictional Llewyn Davis as he tries to find success in the early 60s New York folk scene. Davis is loosely based on the legendary Dave Van Ronk, the Brooklyn-born folk singer who was one of the early leaders of the famous music era. Ronk might not be as well known as he is critically acclaimed, but his music career is rooted in the same folk tradition of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, and he was a mentor and friend to many young musicians, including a young kid from Hibbing, Minnesota who came to New York knowing no one and who would find guidance from Ronk.
Ronk was nicknamed “The Mayor of MacDougal Street”, the street within Greenwich Village that was home to all the coffee houses where most of the folk music was being rediscovered by a new generation. He was a highly respected spokesman of the scene who knew and shared nearly every folk standard that was being played, and even today he is still consider one of the most important musicians of folk music.
Bob Dylan describe Ronk in his Chronicles like so:
“I’d heard Van Ronk back in the Midwest on records and thought he was pretty great, copied some of his recordings phrase for phrase. […] Van Ronk could howl and whisper, turn blues into ballads and ballads into blues. I loved his style. He was what the city was all about. In Greenwich Village, Van Ronk was king of the street, he reigned supreme.”
Very kind words from the man who usually gets most of the credit for the 60s folk revival, a revival that many argued was furthered thanks to Dave Van Ronk.
And here’s the trailer for Inside Llewyn Davis.