you know the past will stay

After several years away, Mae made their return to Madison, Wisconsin. Joining them at the Majestic were The Honorary Title, Between the Trees, and Far-Less.

Openers Far-Less and Between the Trees were both rather good at what they do, but both were reminiscent of previous Mae opening acts (The Snake, The Cross, The Crown and Copeland, respectively) and of something I would have been much more into three or four years ago. Far-Less had a darker sound, while Between the Trees offered up earnest and hopeful power-pop that is so popular in the Christian rock scene.

The Honorary Title's JarrodUp next was The Honorary Title, who kicked off their set with “Stuck at Sea“. The band played a good mix of material from both of their LPs, reworking a few of the older songs to give them a fresh feel. The newer material went over well, being uptempo and laden with the ever-infectious cht-cht-cht of the hi-hat. Mae's Dave

Rounding off the night was Virginia’s Mae. This time around the band has employed a light & image show to accompany their set. The effect was slightly surreal, especially during the extended instrumental jams.

Though the band recently experienced a slight line-up change, the sound remains wholly the same and the new members fit seamlessly. Despite their latest release dropping just last summer, Mae’s set leaned heavily toward their first album, Destination: Beautiful, including “Embers & Envelopes”, “Soundtrack For Our Movie”, and “Summertime”.

Following the band’s main set was a small benefit show in the Majestic’s upstairs bar. For a $5 donation supporting Habitat For Humanity, fans got to sit up close and personal with Zach, Dave, and Jacob and request their favorite songs in an intimate, acoustic setting. Unfortunately things were cut short due to lead vocalist Dave verging on losing his voice, but the band stuck around to take pictures, sign autographs, and have some one-on-one time with the crowd. Mae will be using the funds raised on tour through these acoustic sets to fund a mission for the band with Habitat to build a house where it is needed. For more information on Mae’s Habitat for Humanity benefit shows, check out their website.

Zach, Dave, and Jacob play an acoustic set

listen up: fall asleep with your headphones on

Here is a new mixtape for your listening pleasure. It’s kind of a cheat as it’s 1.25 years old, but most of you have never heard it before. It’s called Fall Asleep With Your Headphones On and I made it for my friend Tim (though it is about someone else entirely). It is an excellent breakup playlist.


Fall Asleep With Your Headphones On
01| Death Cab for Cutie – Marching Bands of Manhattan
02| The Postal Service – Brand New Colony
03| Frou Frou – Let Go
04| Brand New – Jaws Theme Swimming
05| Matt Pond PA – The Summer Is Coming
06| Between the Buried and Me – Colorblind
07| The Honorary Title – Everything I Once Had
08| Dashboard Confessional – Remember to Breathe
09| Rocky Votolato – Suicide Medicine
10| Colin Hay – I Just Don’t Think That I’ll Ever Get Over You
11| Motion City Soundtrack – My Favorite Accident (acoustic)
12| Fall Out Boy – Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner (acoustic)
13| Saves the Day – Take Our Cars Now
14| Ted Leo – Since U Been Gone
15| Rhett Miller – Your Nervous Heart
16| Ben Lee – How To Survive A Broken Heart
17| The Beatles – You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away
18| Jamie Cullum – High & Dry
19| The Format – A Mess to Be Made
20| Dog’s Eye View – Umbrella

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