3hree Things: Songs I've Heard Almost Every Day For The Past Two Months That You Need To Hear Immediately (If You Haven't Already)
And by "it," I mean the camaraderie of being with bands and crews, unified towards a singular goal of putting on the best show we possibly can, every single night. I miss the budding friendships with the bands we were out with, and hate that after being totally immersed in those friendships for nearly seven weeks, we now have to battle the forces of incompatible schedules and inconvenient geography in order to ever have what we just had. (The best way I can think of describing this to someone that hasn't toured before is to have them think of the separation anxiety you'd get after a week of summer camp when you were a kid--subtract the youthful cluelessness, add adult social competency, wit and humor, and multiply by seven.)
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The Dig, "Look Inside"
These guys were the band I was least familiar with prior to the tour, but if the past 24 hours is any indication, they'll be the band I listen to the most from here on out. I cannot stop listening to this record. I saw these guys play this track 40 times (maybe more if we're counting soundchecks) over the past seven weeks, and since I got the Electric Toys record on Monday night, I've listened to this track (no exaggerating) 33 times. I'm not sure I can give a more ringing endorsement. It's got everything--energy, outstanding drums and percussion, an infectious melody and impassioned vocals, a ridiculously good bass line, gritty distorted Rhodes, atmospheric synths, a dark hypnotic bridge, and a cathartic outro. Genius. In the 11 years that we've been touring together, I'm not sure if we've ever played with a more talented group of musicians. Buy this record.
Bad Veins, "Crosseyed"
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Kevin Devine, "I
Could Be With Anyone"
They're one of the kindest, wittiest, most thoughtful, and most positive groups of people we've ever toured with. I think Kevin (a brilliant lyricist, in my opinion) summed this tour up better than I could ever hope to in a text he sent me early yesterday morning, when he wrote, "..the great thing I feel with you guys is that due to the gradual way that our friendships developed over its course, the tour feels more like the beginning of actually being friends, rather than a self-contained thing to be shelved upon completion." So true. And that's exactly why I'll always look back on this tour fondly. We could have been with anyone, but we chose to tour together, and now we all have friends, music, and inspiration that will last us a lifetime.