Sunday, September 30, 2007

in rainbows

oh, RADIOHEAD, let me count the ways...

more great ideas from guys with great ideas.

Monday, September 24, 2007

le premier

hey, look! it's my first (and quite lovely) endorsement en francais at

le monde, il est tout petit.

okay, just one more time

buy your tickets. they will sell out.
Mute Math

Friday, September 21, 2007

Monday, September 17, 2007

Erin Ivey Live at Antones

damn, that looks good, doesn't it?

playing at the legendary antone's was incredible. i loved all the bands there and just had a great time. the Sean Calahan Band took first place for their beautiful set of melodic pop. here are some pictures:

with John Pointer, who kindly lent me his guitar and joined me onstage for an a capella version of "Eyes on the Prize"

One of my best friends and biggest fans:

Some people give me their heart to wear on my sleeve... and flowers to throw at me. Well, near me. I highly encourage this.

Thanks to everyone who voted and came out to show support! This has been such a wonderful experience. I am humbled by it and very grateful.

ACL Festival : DAY TWO

highlights from day 2:
Zap Mama - pronounce in your best French accent. the beautiful Marie Daulne is the force behind Zap Mama. with two white-clad backup singers (each amazing in their own right) and a full band, ZM performed an impeccable worldbeat set of urban-american and african grooves with tight, complex vocal harmonies. beautiful in every way.
favorite song from the set: "Bandy Bandy"

Muse - it is no secret that i love Muse. now, though, i am IN LOVE with matthew bellamy, the lead singer/guitarist/pianist/rock god. i mean, in real life, i'm sure he's a bundle of problems, but on stage, he is PERFECT. this show rocked me. how so much sound can come from three guys and an invisible synth handler is beyond me. all i can say is, get a record and turn it up loud, dance around in your underthings with the shades pulled (or however you like to do it). you won't be sorry.
favorite song from the set: "Stockholm Syndrome"

Saturday, September 15, 2007

ACL Festival : DAY ONE

Crowded House - last show of their 6-week US tour promoting the new album, Time on Earth. they played a great mix of new and old songs (including Weather With You, Distant Sun, Locked Out, Don't Dream It's Over, World Where You Live, and Silent House). they sounded good, especially for having played some of those songs a hundred million times. it pains me to admit that CH is from a dated era of pop. i love them all the same. mostly i love neil finn. he had a collection of beautiful guitars with him, like this vintage Gibson:

Favorite Quote: "Thanks, Austin. You're very attractive." -Liam Finn (Neil's son)

M.I.A. - the sri lankan dancehall darling put on the second-most-inspiring show i saw today. i wish i had my camera for this one. it was just her (in a hot pink sweatsuit-type thing), a DJ, and a backup singer/dancer named Cherry. i didn't GET IT before, about MIA... but now i get it. the grooves are infectious, she's all over the stage, and she is constantly connecting with the audience. i loved watching her dance, especially when she and cherry danced in unison. this would be an awesome club show.

Queens of the Stone Age - i was just there because my chair was there and i needed to chill out for a bit. turns out, though, QotSA is not a chill show. i bailed after a few songs, but my brother loved their set "because they rock." i must admit, they had my body moving. it was an unusually hard rock band for ACL and i felt like it should have been later in the day, when the sun went down.

Gotan Project - i'm gonna call it Neo-Tango. French and Argentinian musicians, mostly, in white suits and gowns. classical instruments and a couple of DJs. i'll bet their albums are perfect for a breezy Sunday morning. (i have a friend who didn't like this show. he called it the Gonad Project.)

Bjork - this was the most inspiring show i saw today. it was operatic. there were DJs, a large horn section, costumes, lights, etc... but never at the expense of the music. take all that stuff away and it was still an amazing show. watching bjork is electrifying, but, in the end, she's all about the sounds moving through and around her. her voice has taken a beating over the years, but she is still masterful in using it. her set included Joga, Hidden Place, and Army of Me.

is MUSE the root of the word MUSIC?

Muse plays the Festival tomorrow. I will be there.

Friday, September 14, 2007

4 Steps to Mastering the Austin City Limits Music Festival

1) Carpool - Even if you're taking the bus, waiting in line is a lot more fun with friends. And there will be lines.
2) Set up camp - Decide what stage you will be in front of the most and stake your claim as soon as you arrive. Set up folding chairs and a blanket. You can always venture closer to the stage, but your home base will be there when you need it and everyone comes back to it eventually.
3) Bring binoculars - Best $25 I've ever spent. It's just you and the band in your own little up-close world.
4) Wander - You need to eat anyway and you're sure to hear some amazing music you didn't know you'd love.

As an aside, I advise the ladies tempted to wear platform heels (I saw several) to quiet that insane voice in your head and slip on some flip flops.

Not in Austin? Stream the festival (well, some of it) live... with only slightly annoying video latency.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Austin City Limits Festival Kickoff

i'll be singing at Maggie Mae's on 6th street tomorrow (THURSDAY) from 6-9pm.

come on by, enjoy the courtyard, say hello, have a beverage. so much to do. it will be good.


Link to the Letter

Bob Lefsetz says so much of what I believe about the state of today's music business.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


i have developed some serious artist crushes. and i am playing with them on sunday night at Antone's for the Unsigned Artist Competition finals.

Estrum - "female fronted, progressive, melodic metal"
John Pointer - makes my jaw drop
Sean Calahan - alt. rock

Thursday, September 06, 2007


What a gorgeous night! Thanks to everyone out at Triangle Park this evening. The winner for Best Picnic goes to the folks dining on grapes, fancy cheese, and Chardonnay. Now there's no denying I have classy fans.

(later that night...)
Bryce Clifford rockin it at the Hole in the Wall


playing this evening at Triangle Park:

i played my first song-swap on monday night at latitude 30. thanks to andrea marie for organizing it! this is her, jennie kay, wesley lunsford, and seth forster on electric guitar. (see my guitar up front?)

i'm playing wednesdays at Flipnotics (at the Triangle) this month with nathan hamilton. check out his new album, six black birds, and come see the show. there's nothing you'd rather do on a wednesday and nathan is awesome live.

(all photos taken and used without permission)

special thanks go out to jill and keith, who provided the raw materials for a makeshift guitar strap last night when i couldn't find mine in it's usual place. fletcher did SUCH a fantastic job of making sure it wasn't going to come off that if i ever lose an arm, i want to be brought directly to flipnotics so she can re-attach it for me.

after all that, of course, as i was putting my guitar away, i found the strap in the guitar case. this is typical.

typical also being the current MUTE MATH single... they're on tour now and YOU SHOULD SEE THEM! i just bought my ticket for the austin show. (putting what little money i have where my big mouth is.)