18
Oct

Just heard “Not For You” on @thecurrent & now I sorta want to go to PJ tomorrow..

18
Oct
Successful @codfish_hollow trip round trip. May everyone experience merriment, camaraderie, & dedication to the arts here at some point. Just lovely.

Successful @codfish_hollow trip round trip. May everyone experience merriment, camaraderie, & dedication to the arts here at some point. Just lovely.

17
Oct
Shout out to @scullness for always being on his best #brunch game.  (at Our Kitchen)

Shout out to @scullness for always being on his best #brunch game. (at Our Kitchen)

16
Oct
Puppies in autumn. Maybe a hopeful solo record title?

Homeruns & adequate fielding today at kickball. @orcacolony swims at 10 In  Acadia #westbank

LynLake night capping (with a stop to Corn at Nomad on way back) (at Brackett Park)

Puppies in autumn. Maybe a hopeful solo record title?

Homeruns & adequate fielding today at kickball. @orcacolony swims at 10 In Acadia #westbank

LynLake night capping (with a stop to Corn at Nomad on way back) (at Brackett Park)

16
Oct
The world stopped. Chocolate carrot cake that melts in your mouth. Sportea. #intoit #autumn (at Birchwood Cafe)

The world stopped. Chocolate carrot cake that melts in your mouth. Sportea. #intoit #autumn (at Birchwood Cafe)

15
Oct
So I guess NE has a Ferris wheel? 

Jaros rooftop parties are now a spectator event.  (at Tony Jaros Rivergarden)

So I guess NE has a Ferris wheel?

Jaros rooftop parties are now a spectator event. (at Tony Jaros Rivergarden)

14
Oct
Action shot. Circa 1972 Hawaii. @fieldreport amazing. Songs sounding fresh & full.  (at Varsity Theater)

Action shot. Circa 1972 Hawaii. @fieldreport amazing. Songs sounding fresh & full. (at Varsity Theater)

13
Oct
11
Oct

Field Report - Marigolden

THIS. @wakethedeaf - @fieldreport #marigolden

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The last time we wrote about Milwaukee’s Field Report, concerning their 2012 self-titled debut, I was highly complementary of Chris Porterfield’s writing (I’m loathed to use the term songwriting because that doesn’t do it justice). His literary lyrics offer a genuine narrative, glimpses of characters with long histories and complex emotions. Using only a small handful of words and smart turns of phrase he can paint not only a vivid scene but also describe interactions and dynamics, placing him on a level of writing that few contemporary songwriters can match. After releasing the aforementioned debut, the band toured and toured, got some pretty impressive critical acclaim and lost two members. Eventually, in December 2013, they locked themselves away amidst an Ontario snowstorm and recorded their sophomore album, Marigolden.

Despite the changes in personnel, it seems my original praise applies more than ever. Each track provides an interesting, nuanced narrative of American life. When a band is described as ‘literary’ the first thought is some group of lit students who quote Camus or Kafka or Kerouac, but Field Report aren’t that. They are literary in the sense that their music and writing seems to be on a par with books and poems, their work possessing the relevant weight to become important and meaningful beyond the noisy escapism that typifies much music. Written down this sounds pretentious or grand but the reality is just the opposite. Like the most successful fiction, Porterfield’s writing is humble, real, able to be all shades of sad and beautiful. He leaves it to the listener to decide what they take from it, be it comfort or disturbance.

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11
Oct

A wonderful autumn collection. Keep the windows open, breathe easy for song or 27.

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