Election Buzz: Women's Health

Journalist Tara Murtha joins us to share her insight and opinions about issues, namely women's health, before the majority of the US take to the polls on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 in a tightly contested presidential race.



From all of us at The Buzz About, we wish you a safe voting day. Exercise your right to vote. It is a great privilege.

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This Buzz for You: Admiral Fallow

I don't usually get involved tweeting musicians. But in June (the 30th, to be exact), I tweeted to the universe (and, well, Admiral Fallow) that Admiral Fallow needed to come to Philadelphia, simply because I really wanted them to (really, really). Let this post be a lesson that, sometimes, the universe comes through for you. Admiral Fallow came to Philadelphia's Johnny Brenda's on October 16th, and, after having listened to their sophomore release Tree Bursts in Snow for the better part of three months leading up to the show, I left in the early-morning hours even more excited about Admiral Fallow than when I entered.

Tree Bursts, released in the U.S. in May, follows their 2010 debut Boots Met My Face in admirable fashion, and their live show was equally split between the two albums. The quintet--Louis Abbott, Sarah Hayes, Kevin Brolly, Joe Rattray, and Philip Hauge--has a sound that's common among modern British folk-pop, but has both a lyrical and instrumental depth that separates them from the rest of the noise in their genre. "The Paper Trench," the first single from Tree Bursts, obviously has pulsing drums and strong, roaring guitars that add up to an infectious beat and an equally catchy hook in "Holy Moses, holy cow." But Tree Bursts combines strong drum, guitar, and bass lines with the clarinet, flute, keyboards, and complex lyrics, giving listeners a full, whole sound throughout the album. In its quieter moments, like the title track or on "Beetle in the Box", or in its more riotous ones, like the album's second single, "Guests of the Government," or "Brother," which was really fantastic to hear live with everyone getting into the percussion near the end of the song, Admiral Fallow proves that while five may be few, they can sound entirely mighty.

Tree Bursts in Snow is an album you'll love rocking out to for its sound, but also for the quality of the lyrical turns of phrase. Its songwriting and arrangement are complex, not gimmicky; it's real, honest music and Tree Bursts is an album you should not miss.

Tree Bursts in Snow is available now.

Admiral Fallow has limited U.S. tour dates remaining, and European dates forthcoming. Tour information can be found at: http://admiralfallow.com/live/

But, don't worry: if you've missed them in the States this time around, I'll work on building up karma for my tweets forthcoming in 2013, when, hopefully, they'll be back.

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Biweekly Album Picks

From Holly:

K's Choice ~ Echo Mountain

Visit: www.kschoice.be


From Sara:

Tift Merritt ~ Traveling Alone

Visit: www.tiftmerritt.com


From Jenn:

Beth Orton ~ Sugaring Season

Visit: www.beth-orton.net


From Ben:

How to Dress Well ~ Total Loss

Visit: www.howtodresswell.blogspot.com


From Kim:

Mumford & Sons ~ Babel

Visit: www.mumfordandsons.com


From Vincent:

Liz Phair ~ Exile in Guyville

Visit: www.myspace.com/lizphair

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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.

http://share.snacktools.com/576FDE6BDC9/pzcl63mp

Now that the smoke of summer has cleared, I am in full-on distraction mode...and
happily so.

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
SINGLE TIME.



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.

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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/

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