Looking at Lindsay Fuller, you'd never guess that the mild-mannered singer-songwriter can harness harrowing depths and howling pain. But when Fuller opens her mouth to sing, every head in the room turns in her direction. Championed by the likes of Amy Ray and Dave Matthews, Fuller quickly established herself as one of Seattle's most exciting new singers on the strength of a raw, powerful voice and her Southern Gothic-influenced storytelling.
Can a song that's about the fragility of life and the struggle to survive make you want to bounce around merrily? Somehow the Spinto Band's new song, "The Living Things," does just that. The song's lyrics that on their own could seem depressing — "true to life and in the flesh / though hanging on by just a thread" for example — are pushed aside by the jangly afrobeat-like melody. It's a song that, even though lead singer Nick Krill's voice wails about how he'll "be no good," leaves you with your toes tapping and a smile on your face.
Sometimes Stephin Merritt's dry demeanor can be misconstrued as standoffish or apathetic, but he was very friendly and engaging when he stopped by WFUV for a live session in Studio A. He played a few favorites from The Magnetic Fields' catalog, as well as a couple of songs from the band's new album, Love at the Bottom of the Sea, but his solo, ukulele performances have a different feel.
Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 9:17 am
The Ryan Montbleau Band makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College. Based in Boston, the group spends much of its time on the road, playing hundreds of dates every year.
I haven't kept an official ticker, but if government agents kicked in my door and forced me to pick the one album I've listened to more than any other, I'd have to say Neil Young's Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere. It came out 43 years ago this week.