We recently had some great shows in Pennsylvania with along with Your Midway Host. I've been meaning to tell you about Your Midway Host for a while. For me, most of the time, life feels like a movie. Sometimes people float into your life like they just stepped off a cloud. This past summer, this guy Nich Bazik started hanging out at Phil's alot, working on his first full length record. We' see him when we got to rehearsal, he'd hang out, sometimes poring over old history books, sometimes running out to grab beers. Nich is sort of timeless. He did Civil war re-enactment as a kid. He's both young and ancient at same time. His wardrobe is like a cross between Dylan's rolling thunder review regale and the costume of some hipster robin-hood.
His record, Our Cities Could Grow, is a really wonderful debut. I love it. I'm particularly enamoured with a song called "Josephine." You'll have to wait till the album drops to hear that. There's also another still unreleased song called "Red Shirt" that i had the pleasure to sing on, and i haven't been able to get it out of my head since. Nich has made several tracks available through his website. You should go download "Oak Tree" now. It's the kind of song that stops time when you listen to it, when you really listen. It reveals more each time. I don't know too many people who can do that.
There's lots of wonderful performances on the record from people you'll surely know if you read this blog often, including Phil Jimenez, Vanesa Alvero Jimenez, and Brian Ver Straten, and some more of the Easy Anthems crew. It's an exciting time to be around Phil's place. Phil and Brian are also playing in the Your Midway Host live band. Nich also sings on the Easy Anthems Holiday record. We're hoping to bring Nich up to NY and do some more shows together soon. There's a pretty wonderful review of our Philadelphia gig over at Lost in Your Inbox and also a cool review of Our Cities Could Grow over at Herohill.