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League of Inveterate Poets

The out-of-context contextuality of a foolish sage

I’ll Bet You Money That the Song Was “This Year”

| July 17, 2011

Ben turned around and offered me his fist. I punched it softly, even though I hated that greeting. “Q!” he shouted over the music. “How good does this feel?” And I knew exactly what Ben meant: he meant listening to the the Mountain Goats with your friends in a car that runs on a Wednesday […]

Bulltown Strutters Mini-Documentary Video

| April 13, 2011

Back in October I became one of the founding members of Durham’s newest community band, The Bulltown Strutters. Patterned after the famous “second line” bands of New Orleans, but drawing inspiration from street band traditions around the world, we have been playing and strutting to Dixieland, old time standards, spirituals, and even Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” […]

Eric Whiteacre “Sleep” – 2000 Voice Virtual Choir

| April 12, 2011

One of the things I love most about music is how it is often birthed out of human collaboration. My favorite moments in my band The Bulltown Strutters, whether at rehearsals or on stage, come when musical magic happens as band members weave something that is bigger (and more wonderful!) than the sum of its […]

Death Cab for Cutie: No Sunlight (Acoustic) in a Cab

| April 2, 2011

Oh Death Cab, how ironic of you.

Arcade Fire Blogotheque Take Away Shows Video

| February 12, 2011

Recently I wrote in praise of the Take Away Show series at Blogotheque (“Spoon Videos on Blogotheque’s Take Away Shows“), and how their videos exemplify the theme of this blog: reveling in out-of-context contextualities. Blogotheque accomplishes this by taking bands off the stage and having them play in places or situations where you would never […]

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