In 2009, The Avett Brothers became one of the surprise hits of the year. Paste Magazine considered their I and Love and You the best album of that year, calling it "an overpowering acoustic album brimming with sadness and soul."
That sadness took on new meaning recently. Bassist Bob Crawford took a temporary leave from the band to tend to his infant daughter, Hallie, after she developed a brain tumor.
Next month, The Avett Brothers release a new album, The Carpenter, which explores the delicate balance between life and death.
Galactic Travels Podcast #8 is an interview with Dean De Benedictis and Vic Hennegan. In September of 2011, Dean De Benedictis and Vic Hennegan came from L.A. to perform on some radio prograns and at some concerts on the east coast. The first of these was a live radio concert from the studios of WDIY on show #756, broadcast on September 29, 2011. This interview came from the beginning of that broadcast.
Galactic Travels Podcast #7 is a radio concert by Dean De Benedictis and Vic Hennegan. In October of 2008, Dean De Benedictis and Vic Hennegan came from L.A. to perform at a concert on the east coast. Prior to that, they played a live radio concert from the studios of WDIY on show #602, broadcast on October 16, 2008.
"My favorite location is Miller Park, bar none," Scott Summers says. "Go Brewers!"
Summers is a saxophone player based in Milwaukee. He's been blowing the horn for 30 years — and about 10 years ago, he started playing on the street. Summers says performing outside the ballpark has brought him loyal followers.
This week was a lot. We were busy, you were busy and even though it's August, musicians, music writers and fans aren't taking a break. There were several Twitter spasms, somebody broke into LL Cool J's house, the Pussy Riot verdict continued to reverberate and we took our regularly scheduled, but heartfelt, moment to mourn Aaliyah.
Galactic Travels Podcast #6 is an interview with Radio Massacre International followed by a radio concert. In June of 2008, Radio Massacre International performed at NEARfest 10. Prior to that, they played a live radio concert from the studios of WDIY on show #585, broadcast on June 19, 2008. The concert was preceded by a short interview. Of special note, this concert debuts Gary's first use of harmonica in concert.
Galactic Travels podcasts make special moments from the show available for your on-demand listening pleasure.
In June, 2007, Robert Rich was touring the east coast and two of his concerts were in the WDIY vicinity. While at NEARfest in Bethlehem, I caught up with Robert who granted me an interview which aired on program #535, broadcast on June 28, 2007.
Galactic Travels Podcast #4 is "The Lost Interview." It took quite a while before it finally aired on Galactic Travels because it was so old when I finally found the minidisc that contained it and transferred it to my computer's hard drive. But it certainly needed to see the light of day.