It’s both a trick and a treat — a beautiful song for listening to on a fall day, but also a little deceptive since it has nothing to do with the holiday it’s named after. In fact, Alternative Press just called out “Halloween” on its list of “10 Essential Massively Misleading Song Titles.”
As if I wasn’t already bummed enough that I had to miss what was apparently an insane CMJ showcase (including Owen performing as Oasis — what?? — and our publicist Seth crowd surfing — double what??) Andy finally recovered enough from the night to send me these stellar pictures he shot. Take a look!
Seth and Andy are flying cross-country tomorrow morning for the Polyvinyl CMJ Showcase in NYC. I know Andy is stoked to see Cale Parks and all our other great bands playing the festival, including James Husband, Headlights, Owen (featuring Mike playing an electric guitar while backed by a full band) and Japandroids.
If you’re going to be in the city that never sleeps this weekend, be sure to stop by the Bell House in Brooklyn on Friday. Get there early because doors open at 6 and stay late for a DJ set by Asobi Seksu after the concert.
My whole family’s from the borough, but I can’t go so say “Hi” to my grandparents for me!
Drove up to Chicago this weekend to watch Japandroids play the second of two headlining shows there. It’s been a long time since I watched a concert at 3 in the afternoon, but Schubas was packed and even though the band had just played to a sold out crowd a mere 15 hours before, the music sounded great.
Afterwards, my girlfriend and I headed about a mile down the road to Reckless Records, where I picked up a few CDs from Lifetime, Hot Water Music and Seaweed.
I was also hoping to stop at the used bookstore we parked next to (because of its awesome window sign), but sadly it was closed by the time we got back to the car after eating.
I first heard of The Ivoryton Piano Factory (Justin Veatch) when Owen (Mike Kinsella) posted a cover of the song ‘ESRT Page 14’ on his Myspace page. I am a huge fan of Owen and I really enjoyed that cover, so I went to the Myspace page for The Ivoryton Piano Factory. I enjoyed the songs posted there, but I was sad to learn that Justin had passed away.
The album ‘Permagrin: The Music of Justin Veatch by The Ivoryton Piano Factory and Friends’ collects the completed Ivoryton Piano Factory songs along with covers of these same songs by a wide-range of artists. The proceeds from the album go to the Justin Veatch Fund, started by Justin’s father to provide scholarships to college-bound students pursuing music education. Here is the tracklisting of the album:
01. The Ivoryton Piano Factory - ESRT Page 14 02. Owen - ESRT Page 14 03. Hard Calibers - ESRT Page 14 04. The Ivoryton Piano Factory - Clean 05. Vinicius Cantuaria - Clean (Translated to Onda Pura) 06. The Ivoryton Piano Factory - Can’t Afford the Color 07. Moving Mountains - Can’t Afford the Color 08. The Bensen-Scott Big Band - Can’t Afford the Color 09. The Ivoryton Piano Factory - Jersey City Homecoming 10. Stay Home - Jersey City Homecoming 11. The Ivoryton Piano Factory - Broken Angel 12. Caterpillars - Whispering Spirits 13. The Ivoryton Piano Factory - Whispering Spirits 14. Anthony Melillo - Justin’s Song
Here are the highlights in my opinion: * ESRT Page 14 - This is probably my favorite song by The Ivoryton Piano Factory. It is a simple song that keeps building and building. It really gets stuck in my head. The Owen and Hard Calibers covers of this song are really good. * Whispering Spirits - This song is a close second to ESRT Page 14 in my opinion. It is a slow song, but still catchy. The Caterpillars cover is also good. * Clean - This is another good song by The Ivoryton Piano Factory. It is more upbeat than Justin’s other songs. * Can’t Afford The Color - This piano-driven song really gets into a groove. The original version and the Moving Mountains cover are both good. * Jersey City Homecoming - This may be the one song on the album where I like the cover version better than the original. The cover by Stay Home is significantly slower, which I like, but both versions are good.
Overall, I’m really enjoying the compilation. It is surprisingly cohesive with such a wide array of artists involved, but I suppose that is because all of the songs (except the last one) were written by Justin Veatch. I would really recommend checking it out for the music, but it’s also nice that it goes to a good cause. Justin’s family and friends should be very proud of his music and their effort to have it heard.