worth getting up for in july

Worth getting up for in July: seeing the Orioles with the Paternal Unit and the Unc; seeing the Orioles, for a second year in a row, while they were over .500 in July; Chris Davis hitting home runs; FLOPPY HAT NIGHT; seeing Young Vic’s latest version of HMS Pinafore with the parentals; the baritone who…

two sentences reviews of reasonably new albums i listened to in july

Two Cow Garage — The Death of the Self-Preservation Society: not out until September, and obviously given my history there will be a big fat wordy full review later, but basically, if you’ve never heard of Two Cow Garage, this record is about to find you your newest favorite band, and there’s not a band out…

video share: kingsley flood – sigh a while

Kingsley Flood’s Battles is one of my favorite records of 2013, and one of the most overlooked. Watch their latest video, for ‘Sigh A While’, below, and if you’re going to be at Newport this weekend, catch them on July 26 at 2:30pm on the Fort Stage.

goathouse cat refuge: MONDAY HAPPY KITTIES

BECAUSE MONDAY NEEDS KITTIES TO MAKE IT HAPPY, DAMN IT. KITTIES WITH FACES TO KISS. And once you’ve made all your smoochy noises at them, may I recommend this NYT feature on Siglinda and Goathouse? Please?

from the archives: holy ghost tent revival – the blood beneath

Back in 2008, I met a bunch of kids from Greensboro who called themselves Holy Ghost Tent Revival, and with whose music shep. and I immediately fell in love with. Over the next two and a half years, we saw HGTR play probably upwards of 50 times, all over the Southeast. We drove to Norfolk…

family: redheads downstairs

Putting together some test shots for branching into family photography — unlike musicians, who are lovely humans but also almost always broke, families have money for photos. Just a supplement, not a replacement. This adorable 18 month old lives downstairs. She and her parents let me do a test shoot with them, where we all…

video share: frank turner tiny desk session

Someday I’m going to tour Europe with Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, and when I get back, I will die happy. Tiny Desk Session: Recovery; The Way I Tend To Be; and a version of Photosynthesis that seriously made me so happy at work that I did that thing where I hiccup, make a…

video share: the julie ruin – ‘oh come on’

Kathleen Hanna has been one of my idols since I was a teenager, and this video for the first real single off the Julie Ruin’s upcoming full length debut just makes my heart glow with happiness. A glorious new one from the original queen of brat punk. Look for an interview with Julie Ruin guitarist…

baseball: blue jays @ orioles

5. A quality start from Tillman, two Earl Weaver specials, Chris Davis’ 35th, and that Machado kid sure is something, isn’t he?