"Winter Ghosts" is a very bleak, lonesome, beautiful track from the songwriter, Jesse Marchant. He's a Canadian, classically trained on guitar, rootsy but not hokey. So far, he's operated mainly, under the radar, but he is starting to get some comparisons to Bon Iver (and NPR nods, see above). His second full-length, Stray Ashes, is out May 22 on Western Vinyl.
You can also listen to "Only Now", if you want.
Bon Iver is the gorilla in the room, but you could also easily draw connections to Damien Jurado's spooky, echoey melancholia, actually you could do that side by side, on the fly, when the two of them come to your town. (Or someone's town...not mine, unfortunately.) Here are dates for the Jurado/JBM tour:
5.16 Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern w/ Damien Jurado
05.17 Pittsburgh, PA @ Andy Warhol Museum w/ Damien Jurado
05.18 Somerville, MA @ Radio w/ Damien Jurado
05.19 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge w/ Damien Jurado
05.20 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's w/ Damien Jurado
05.21 Washington, DC @ Black Cat w/ Damien Jurado
05.22 Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade w/ Damien Jurado
05.23 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl w/ Damien Jurado
05.25 Nashville, TN @ The Basement w/ Damien Jurado
05.26 Bloomington, IN @ The Russian w/ Damien Jurado
This has been another terrible week for stuff running...I wrote four reviews this week, BTW, most of them for a print issue of Blurt which not appear online for probably three or four months.
In personal news, also bleak, I am supposed to be coaching track again, but for reasons that are too complicated to go into (and really not very good reasons, if you ask me), I have to wait until I get Homeland Security clearance AGAIN, which may take two weeks, and in the meantime, i cannot have any contact with the kids. Our season is about a month and a half long, so the bureaucrats are essentially killing it. I passed homeland tests four years ago as a volunteer, but am getting paid this year (a very little bit, actually), so must go through the whole fingerprint/background check again. I also had to have a physical, which is a joke; I estimate that I am probably the third fittest person in the system, after one national class runner who happens to teach fifth grade and the XC skiing/running coach. There are coaches who weigh at least 300 pounds. (Football, naturally).
Anyway, I spent the whole day running errands for the Fall Mountain School District, and am just sick at heart about not being able to participate. We have a huge team this year -- 82 kids -- so obviously we are doing something right. Every town has a handful of people who make things happen...and an army of people who try to stop them.
So yeah, I'm working really hard, all the time and have basically nothing to show for it, across, really, all aspects of my life. Any suggestions?
My son turns 17 tomorrow, so that's something happy, anyway.