Monday, November 26, 2007

Transition day!

I'm still making good with Jacquelyn's graduation gift from last May - a hefty CD Alley gift certificate, truly a gift that keeps on giving. I keep it in my back pocket for a monthly reward as I stumble through residency rotations. Today being my transition between the Emergency Department and Labor & Delivery, here's what I wanted and here's what I found:

Hoping to find:
The Foxymorons, Hesitation Eyes - I stumbled onto these folks with a Pandora "Wilco" or "Band of Horses" entry - can't remember which. I like 'em.

Harbours, Second Story Maker - Maybe another Pandora find, but I think it's divine intervention. They hail from the Mission, my favorite "place in the world where I don't live" and they add the "u" in their name like Sara did for our nifty blog.

Woulda bought:
Rilo Kiley - the first of two good tips from Sara, maybe a little too polished for me? They do have a tight, late 70s pop sound that my ears want more of.

Great Lake Swimmers, Onigiara - this sounds great - nice and laid back, but then Sara told me I should pick something local, which reminded me of what I saw at the Carrboro Music Festival...

Too impatient to place an order for the above, so I bought:
Kingsbury Manx, Aztec Discipline - these guys rocked the Farmer's Market stage back in September. I initially held off on a purchase because Ryan, the drummer, owns CD Alley and for some reason that would be weird at the register. Hope they'll play again soon.

Big Star, #1Record/Radio City - out of Stax in the early 70's and something that I should have bought a long time ago. Crisp and clean and a whole lotta soul. It was a tough call between this and the Live CD - there's always next time.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Session #1

Out first Music Parlour was a huge success if not in quantity, then definitely by quality. Our inaugural compilation includes the following songs, and their contributor.

Cinematic Orchestra – To Build a Home (KJ)

The Boy Least Likely To – Rock Upon a Porch With You (Jacquelyn)

Brian Jonestown Massacre – Open Heart Surgery (Dave)

Tyler Ramsey - Ships (Sara)

Alela Diane – My Tired Feet (Jimmy)

Edit 11/26/07: Compilation #1, now available in .zip

Looking ahead - we'll have our next session at KJ and Dave's place, probably the first or second week in December. Details will be posted here.


Welcome to the Music Parlour, a group of music aficionados in Carrboro, NC. We'll use this blog to discuss new and old music, and we'll also hold monthly meetings to eat, drink and discuss music.

Parlour, from the french "parler," denotes a room or audience chamber for the discussion of current events, past events, or simply intelligent dialogue. Simone de Beauvoir and Jean Paul Sartre used to sit down for examinations on life in such a parlour setting.

What I am proposing is far less existential, but I think we should develop a sort of weekly/monthly music parlour. Cooler than a book club, it will invite the notable music minds (eg. us) of Carrboro/Chapel Hill to come prepared with music, new or old, that they feel other people simply must hear. Inevitably, it will result in the free exchange of great music, heads up on shows in the area, maybe even films about great music. We could rotate locations, the only requisite is a fairly decent stereo such that the music can be enjoyed by all.