Tag Archives: tegan and sara

Night Terrors of 1927

Night Terrors of 1927 (Jarrod Gorbel and Blake Sennett) have a new single, “When You Were Mine,” featuring Tegan and Sara on vocals:

Comments Off on Night Terrors of 1927

Filed under New Music

Yellow Bird Project

Yellow Bird Project is an organization that partners with indie rock musicians to create and sell t-shirts to benefit an array of charities, each chosen by the musicians.

In addition to the original t-shirt designs, Yellow Bird Project has two books out — the Indie Rock Poster Book and the Indie Rock Coloring Book.

Bands involved in the project include:

Andrew Bird, Au Revoir Simone, Beach House, Bon Iver, Devendra Banhart, Laura Veirs, Metric, Ra Ra Riot, Rilo Kiley, Stars, Tegan and Sara, and Whispertown 2000.

Comments Off on Yellow Bird Project

Filed under Music Discourse

The Art of the Set List

A set list is a sheet of paper, usually taped to the floor of the stage, that lists the order of songs that a band intends to play during a particular concert.

Band members use set lists so that they can briefly glance down and determine what song to play next.

As we’ll see below, set lists can look quite different from one another — some are handwritten, some are scribbled messily, some have misspellings, and some are typed.

In addition to ticket stubs, set lists can be great souvenirs of a concert, and people at the front often snatch the set list when a show ends.

Some set lists include pre-determined songs for the encore, indicated below by the dotted line and the diagonal line:

Figure A:

Figure B:

As we see in the above set lists (Rooney and Ben Kweller, respectively), it’s interesting to see how an artist will abbreviate certain song titles. For instance, “ISHBAY” in Figure A is shortened for the song “I Should Have Been After You.” Similarly, “Tree” and “Sun” in Figure B are short for the songs “Family Tree” and “Sundress.”

Another interesting abbreviation is the portmanteau in the second song, called “Badd Business,” in Phantom Planet’s set list below. The question marks also leave flexibility to cater to either the performer’s whim or suggestions from the audience.

If you’re lucky enough to be at the front of the crowd (and are able to read upside down), you can know what song the band is going to play next before anyone else in the crowd. Even more useful, you can determine if you should hold out hope for an encore (or encores), as the Nada Surf set list below indicates:

One band can have variety in its set lists from show to show. How rushed a band is before the show can mean that song titles are further shortened, as they are in the first set list below.

Set lists can also be typed and display the band logo, requiring the use of a printer which may not always be available at the venue. A good example of a professional-looking set list from Eisley:

Finally, the most intricate set list I’ve ever seen belongs to Kaki King. In addition to listing the songs, it has alternate guitar tunings next to each song as well as the different instruments (ovation guitar, banjo, 7 string guitar) needed for each song:

1 Comment

Filed under Music Discourse

Album Art Game: Answers

Here are the answers to the album art game:

Album #1:

Album #2:

Album #3:

Album #4:

Album #5:

Album #6:

Album #7:

Album #8:

Album #9:

Album #10:

Comments Off on Album Art Game: Answers

Filed under Games

Gulf Coast Benefit Concert Recap

Rachael Cantu, Carina Round, Ben Lee, the Silver Lake Chorus, and Kaki King played at the Mint in LA on Thursday for the Gulf Coast Benefit Concert. Kaki King organized and emceed the concert.

Highlights:

-Ben Lee playing his song “Pop Queen” with Kaki King playing the guitar solo.

-Ben Lee playing “We’re All In This Together” with the Silver Lake Chorus singing back-up vocals.

-Kaki King covering “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” by The Smiths.

Also in attendance were Clea DuvallTegan Quin of Tegan and Sara, Zooey Deschanel of She & Him, Lara May of El May, Ione SkyeLiz Feldman, and Kate Moennig.

4 Comments

Filed under Concert Review

Steel Train Cover Album

Steel Train’s upcoming album will be released along with an all-female companion album (called Terrible Thrills, Vol. 1) featuring covers of each of the new album’s 12 songs.

Steel Train chose the artists, and the choices are great — Scarlett Johansson, Holly Miranda, Tegan and Sara, Alia Shawkat (didn’t know she sings), and Amanda Palmer are some of them.

Comments Off on Steel Train Cover Album

Filed under Covers