m|h’s short and sweet guide to fmf09

Are you in Madison, WI this weekend? Then get yourself to Forward Music Fest. Buy tickets here, print out the schedule, and then check out a few of these performances (our top recommendations are linked to music, starred are the acts we’ve seen live before):

THURSDAY

Blake Thomas*
Richard Buckner

FRIDAY
Dan Wilson
Daniel and the Lion
Punchline*
El Valiente*
Archie Powell & The Exports
Princeton
Cougar*
Daredevil Christopher Wright*
Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s*
YACHT*
Decibully*

SATURDAY
Antlers*
Low
Crane Your Swan Neck*
Pale Young Gentlemen*
Maps & Atlases*
Andrew Bird*

If you’re only buying a single show ticket, and we had to pick just one thing to see, we’d say Cougar. They don’t play the midwest very often, and their shows have always delivered. They’re one of our favorite live acts, hands down.

To see our coverage of the inaugural FMF, check out our guide and review.

the minor fall and the major lift

In the last few weeks I’ve noticed an explosion of late 90s/early 00s nostalgia on the radio. As a result, I’ve had some pretty ridiculous¬† songs stuck in my head. Because my inbox is overwhelming, and because I can’t get the album I planned on reviewing to download, I bring you a review of some decade-old hits (and some of their lesser known lead-ins or follow-ups).

SEMISONIC
Major – “Closing Time
Minor – “Secret Smile

FASTBALL
Major – “The Way
Minor – “Out of My Head

STROKE9
Major – “Little Black Backpack
Minor – “Letters

NINE DAYS
Major – “Absolutely (Story of a Girl)
Minor – “If I Am

SAVE FERRIS
Major – “Come On Eileen
Minor¬† – “The World Is New

I could keep going (I’m actually a little terrified by my recall), but I’ll quit with two randoms:

Gob – “I Hear You Calling
Jimmy Ray – “Are You Jimmy Ray?

Seriously. I could torment you with this kind of nonsense for days.