I saw 'em last weekend in Minneapolis and it is easily one of the top five best shows I have ever seen. Insanely great musicians!!
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The New Yorker posted a new live video of the PB at the Rockwood Music Hall, in New York City, on February 20th.
Regarding lack of solos, I see this is as a move to make things more about the songs and not the musicians. I enjoy solos, but one thing I like about older music (old-time, old country and folk, etc.) is that when people did take a solo, it stayed very close to the melody and didn't go off into outer space with blistering speed and virtuoso-style chops. Solos like that are one of the reasons I can only listen to about two or three hardcore Bluegrass songs in a row. All the notes people pile into solos reminds me of the flashy singing you see on American Idol.
To my ear, simpler is better and much more desirable to listen to. I like to hear Thile cut loose every now and then, but honestly I'd rather watch him carefully execute a beautiful rhythm and walk a chord progression around on cat feet. The little nuances in his playing are what truly fascinate me.
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I wondering what happened to their song (at least it sounds like an original) titled "The Full and Empty Hour". They played it at a few shows during the year before Who's Feeling Young Now? was released, and I was hoping it would be on the record. Perhaps it didn't make the cut for the new album for some reason. Does anyone know if they've played it at a show since Who's Feeling Young Now? came out?
I got my Vinyl yesterday. Roses are Blooming in the Dark is straight ahead bluegrass with a Monroe-esque mandolin solo. Moonshiner is a ballad with similar feel to Bury me Beneath the Willow from Thile Daves. Knock me down is kind of a funky bluesy tune. Shhh, Just Let Me Do This is only about a minute long minor key slow song... really liked it and wish it was much longer. Overall the extras are cool, and it's great that they do something extra for us vinyl fans. They did put the best material on the actual album, that's for sure.
I love the sound quality of the whole album on Vinyl, seems like they pushed the levels a bit and there is some sweet overdrive here and there. I don't know if this album was recorded and mastered in the analog domain but I wouldn't doubt it could have been. I think this album has the warm, edginess that Thile Daves was going for, but with more high frequency left in there to give the instruments and vocals definition. The album came with cool pictures from the recording session, looks like they used RCA77 Ribbon w/ U87 Condensor right next to each other for just about every vocal and instrument, blending between them to get the best of both sounds. Some of the instruments (fiddle) had additional microphones too. Looks like they did it all at once as a band with no overdubs.
I think Chris really nailed it on WFYN, building on what he learned from production of Thile Daves.
I finally got my LP in the mail last week. It hasn't left the turntable since.
Can't wait to see them at the Newport Folk Festival this summer.
Also picked up a Chris Thile and Michael Daves 45 from third man records. So. Good.
Any one out there made an attempt to tab out some songs? Maybe a couple chord progressions?
Throw a dog a bone! Please!
Suggest some others.
Hey Mark- I was able to get soon or never just by ear, you think you could give clara a shot? You know any chord progressions?
Thanks for the heads up. Seems like this kind of thing belongs in Song Projects anyway, so I started a new thread there:
I don't see any comments on lyrics on this forum, but has anyone a clue to what the Punch Brothers "Clara" is about? There's a dark melancholy/menacing vibe to it and the lyrics seem to imply some kind of wife-o-cide (uxoricide) or daughter-cide (fiilicide), which is especially creepy such an emotional pretty tune. Any theories, interpretations, facts? By the way, I had to look up those "cides".
I thought that Clara was about Chris' fake wife who gave birth to his fake kid Clara and he wants the wife to rest up so he will take care of the kid and bring her to her if she gets hungry.
Patchwork girlfriend is pretty obvious but dark and funny.
Hundred Dollars? I have no idea... Gabe wants to pay $100 to see you cry then another $100 to see her cry again instead of singing??? Then the building fell down and some good men got hurt or something... ??? Alex may have a point about the lyrics, at least on that one.
I'm seeing their documentary tomorrow night here in Phoenix. Looking forward to their December show here in town. I'd be curious to hear what other bands Punch Brothers fans are listening to. What do y'all recommend?
My current favorites are the New Young Fogies cd,
....and PSY, which is perhaps the weirdest and most wonderful thing my eyes have ever experienced: