I have a soft spot for whimsical folky acoustics blended with electronic overtones and Whitley does just that. He started out in hardcore and punk bands, but had an epiphany after being dragged along to an alt-country show by a friend’s dad. He began listening to traditional country and the result of all these influences is what we now hear: a folktronic sound all of his own. My favs are I Remember, Bright White Lights and Poison In Our Pockets. New music!
I was introduced to singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten on Jimmy Fallon tonight and looked her up… I’m loving her song Piece Signs, as well as a few others. I like her melancholy tone and the way she sings.
The iVictrola merges an antique Magnavox phonograph horn with two pieces of American walnut along with your iPad/iPhone to create what’s basically a giant megaphone. Love the contrast of something old and new all in one design. I’m pretty sure these are made by the same guy because both products are named iVictrola. I’m not sure how you’d find and buy either of these gadgets. Both products link to pages where they have been sold or to a website that doesn’t sell either. So let this be a tease or an inspiration :]
Our last night in Portland, Kim and I sat at the bus stop for over an hour, with no bus in sight. Then we ran into Tim Perry and family, who happened to be headed in our direction and generously offered us a ride. Tim is the lead vocals and guitarist in a local band, AgesandAges. Not only did he give us a ride, but a CD of their debut record, “Alright You Restless.” The music is pretty special…but we might be a little biased. We’ll remember our first hitch hike in Portland every time we press play. Thank you Tim (and family).