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Biweekly Album Picks
K's Choice ~ Echo Mountain
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Mumford & Sons ~ Babel
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End of Summer Musings
Hello. My name is Holly. I have hobbies. Remember me?
Summers are insanely busy for me. I tend to hyper-(I know, right?)focus on my
work as a director of summer programs for kids with social challenges to the
exclusion of some of my biggest distractions (AKA hobbies).
To see what I've been up to this summer, take a look at this slideshow from our
summer camp! It is my love..my passion..my calling.
Now that the smoke of summer has cleared, I am in full-on distraction mode...and
1. We headed to Seattle, WA to host our 4th Annual Raise the Roof Benefit for
Brandi Carlile's Looking Out Foundation. Earlier this year, Bert and I got
invited to be on the Board of Directors of the foundation as it transitioned
from a private charity to a public charity. Little did we know back in 2009 when
we first did this benefit for a group of AgainToday.com members and uber-Brandi
fans that we'd be watching Brandi sing Wild Horses while (THE) Mike McCready
played along on guitar. No big deal. HUGE DEAL.
Plus, Brandi agreed to play a cover tune voted on by her fans ($1 per vote with
proceeds going to her charity). The winner, by a landslide, was Jolene by Dolly
Parton. It was brilliant.
Ultimately we raised just over $30,000 for the Looking Out Foundation. Also
check out the following organizations that were showcased that night and that
Looking Out Foundation will support financially over the next couple years:
The If Project (http://www.theifproject.com/)
Looking Out Across America (http://www.lookingoutacrossamerica.com/)
Why Hunger - Artists Against Poverty and Hunger (http://www.whyhunger.org/artists)
P.S. Brandi Carlile married her partner, Catherine Shepherd, on Saturday,
September 15th, in Boston, MA. All the best to them both!
2. Um, GLEE is back! I loved Kate Hudson's debut and I really am digging Marly.
She has an amazing voice. Looking forward to seeing how this season handles the
'high school' story lines and the "post high school' story lines. Missed seeing
Brittana in the first episode. Did not miss Finn, however. :)
3. The Voice is like crack. No, wait...Xtina is a train wreck that I can't turn
away from...and Adam Levine is yummy. My favorite, though, is Blake Shelton. I
love his goofiness. I want to be his friend. The blind auditions are my favorite
- mostly because contestants are chosen on vocal ability alone.
4. Who is watching the new show "Revolution"? Dare I say it hints a bit of The
Hunger Games ever so slightly?
5. Can't wait for the new Mumford and Sons album and I am really digging the
Avett Brothers' new album.
6. New music fave of the summer is Shovels and Rope. Check them out when you
can. They hail from Charleston, SC (HOLLA!). They sweat more than any band I've
ever seen play live and it's because they sing their damn hearts out EVERY
7. I have a crush on The Property Brothers! That is all.
So, Little Hens...what have you been doing all summer? Fill me in. I missed you
all to pieces.
This Buzz for You: Adrien Reju, Lucky Ones
I'll never forget the first time I heard Adrien Reju sing, just her and her guitar, on a Friday in May 2008 at the Tin Angel in Philadelphia. The first notes of "Seasons," a song from The Lowlands Bark & Twine album, came out and I smiled one of the biggest smiles I can smile, simply blown away by the depth and strength of a voice I knew I wouldn't forget. Out of all the shows I've seen (and heard) since that night four years and a bit ago, I really can't remember being as struck hearing someone live for the first time as I was then.
If you've not yet heard Adrien and need your first listen of her music, you should very much explore her latest EP, Lucky Ones, released August 15th. In some respects, Lucky Ones is a bit of a departure in sound, more pop than either her debut EP Reju or her full-length album A Million Hearts, thanks to a greater variety of instruments behind her and a heavier sound on drums and bass lines. Though a departure from what longtime listeners would expect, Lucky Ones shows evolution and growth, and doesn't fall into the trap of overproduction and kitsch when trying to make something new within a genre of many voices that sometimes all sound the same. On songs like EP's opening track "All to Myself" or "Good Man" we hear a harder and edgier sounding Adrien Reju, but there's nothing displeasing about that and, perhaps more importantly, it doesn't sound out of place. Lucky Ones still has echoes of Adrien's earlier albums--"Crazy" and "The Lucky Ones" will sound familiar to those who enjoyed "Fire Away" and "Heartless" on A Million Hearts--but shows a fantastically gifted artist growing her style with a big, full voice that truly separates Adrien from a very crowded field of singer-songwriters.
Lucky Ones is available now.
For Adrien's upcoming tour dates, keep an eye on her website: http://adrienreju.com/
Biweekly Album Picks
Sea Wolf ~ White Water, White Bloom
Shovels & Rope ~ O' Be Joyful
Cat Power ~ Sun
Sharon Van Etten ~ Tramp
Father John Misty ~ Fear Fun
Dirty Projectors ~ Swing Lo Magellan
Holly lands interview, and several Buzz About Staffers and friends share photos taken during the 2012 Olympic Summer Games. We are happy to share smiles, and a few laughs!
Holly Lands Exclusive Interview
Our very own Levo during the semifinal U.S. Women's soccer match, "Watching full screen at lunch break and then half-screen while I "should" be doing doing work..."
Steve willing softball to return to the Olympic Games, plays a competitive game of his own!
Lisa, from our interview's section, "I did some sort of somersault when Misty May Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings won their match against China sending them to the Gold Medal Match. I landed a quarter of an inch from furniture, so scored the somersault a ten!"
The Great State of Texas
From Sarah, "While the rhythmic gymnasts gracefully did their routines, I learned I should never try to copy them. Ribbons mean business, people!"
Julia sports Buzz About gear while watching the U.S. Women's Soccer Gold Medal match!
New York, New York
While most of our staff was watching the U.S. Women's Soccer take Gold in their match against Japan, Vincent was hanging out with Janeane Garofalo!
From Bert, during the U.S. Women's Soccer final, "Unfortunately, Ranger was not impressed. I, on the other had, was glued to the edge of my seat."
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