Titus Andronicus

May 7, 2010

Reasons that Titus Andronicus rock:

1.  They are from New Jersey.  That right there makes them something special.

2.  Their lyrics (“You never been no virgin, kid/You were fucked from the start”) have the right mix of humor and pathos.  It is worth the time to listen closely and decipher them.

3.  Titus Andronicus may be the most completely over the top band I have ever listened to, and also the most serious.

4.  Their last album, The Airing of Grievances, is excellent, and worth seeking out.

5.  Their new album, The Monitor, is a concept album about the U.S. Civil War, the first battle between ironclad ships (the Merrimac and the Monitor), and also the existential dread of living in suburban New Jersey in the 21st Century.  That combination should be a complete disaster, but TA pull it off.  The Monitor is without question the best album of 2010, and might be the best album since Kids in Philly by Marah.

6.  I have not seen them live yet, but every review says they are scorching in concert.

7.  They sound like Bruce Springsteen fronting the Ramones or Levon Helm backed by the Wooden Shjips, but those comparisons do not really do them justice.  They have songs that are ten minute punk rock riffs that never get boring, they quote speeches by Abraham Lincoln in between tracks, with their high school history teacher reading the speeches on the recordings, and they can drone on with the best of the post-rock bands and at the same time rip the most searing guitar hero rock god solos you can imagine.

8.  I love this band.

Roadside Graves interview and “Liv Tyler” video

April 29, 2010

Check out this Roadside Graves interview from SXSW. The interviewee is John Norris, formerly of MTV.  The clip includes the video for ‘Liv Tyler’ from the new Roadside Graves record.

Bob Dylan singing “Hard Times” by Stephen Foster

April 29, 2010

More Music in Jersey City

April 20, 2010

Short clip of a saxophone player on Grove Street, on Monday morning shortly after 9:30 a.m.

Music in Jersey City

April 13, 2010

Some music I came across while riding my bike in Jersey City. The first clip is a group from a synagogue singing at a ceremony honoring Jewish Veterans of WWII. The second clip is a bagpiper outside a wedding in the Catholic Church down the street from me.

Marah interview and performance from the Late 90s

March 25, 2010

Marah has a new record coming out in a few months.  In the meantime, check out this interview and performance from around the time Kids in Philly was released.  You don’t have Kids in Philly? YOU DON”T KNOW WHO MARAH IS?!?!? Shame on you!

Roadside Graves: Far and Wide

February 23, 2010

Great Band, great song, sweet story about the performance.  The young boy who appears in the video had asked his parents if he could see the band play his favorite song, Far and Wide.  Being a club band, the band’s performances were usually well past his bedtime, except for this show in a book store in Metuchen NJ.  The band put on a special performance for their young fan, which was recorded by the boy’s father.

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