“Half-convinced the singer of Vacationer is Kenny from The Starting Line.” I received this text from a friend who was at Spotify House last month during SXSW. It turns out she was totally right. M|H had featured Vacationer last year on the Summer Jams mixtape, completely unaware that it was fronted by Kenny Vasoli. Having been in love with The Starting Line for a number of years, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see Vasoli’s new, beachy project when they opened for The Naked and Famous on April 14, 2012 at the Majestic Theater in Madison, Wisconsin.
As “the Eastern seaboard’s foremost relaxation specialists”, Vacationer is about more than just the music – it’s about the vibe as well. Vasoli kicked things off by telling the crowd, “this is like a big cuddle in music form.” While the band may have intended for the crowd to chill out, the audience had a different idea. Madisonians are a dance-y people; when we like what we hear, we’re going to move. Remarked Vasoli, “this may be our danciest show yet,” and, “we’re going to pick up the pace because you guys are great dancers and we want to take advantage of that.”
Playing a good portion of their debut album, Gone, singer Vasoli radiated joy throughout. From the bass thump of the earnest “Great Love” to the sweet longing of “Be With You” the message was love, love, love – and dancing. “The window to dance to our music is closing but that’s okay because the next one’s a banger. It’s called ‘Trip’.” While yielding more of a blissed-out sway than a body-shaking dip, it was high point of the band’s set.
For tour dates, a free download, or to book a trip of your own, visit Vacationer’s website.
Click either photo to see more shots from the show.
Instead of a “Best Of” list, M|H is presenting you with a favorites list. There were too many purportedly great albums, songs, and shows we didn’t get around to hearing/seeing. The albums are listed chronologically, but other than that there’s no particular order to our selection. Please point out our glaring omissions.
Jon Kjarsgaard (that’s pronounced cares-guard) of Jonk Music acts as a daily curator/aggregator for songs and writing clips from around the internet – he sorts through it all so you don’t have to. Jon was kind enough to volunteer to make us a mix while chatting over drinks a couple weeks ago, and compiled this lovely ode to sand, summer, and being in love. Whether you’re in a cubicle or oceanside, this mix is the sonic equivalent of salt-spray on summer skin.
SUMMER JAMS ’10
01| Dom – Living in America
02| The Pass – Cross Walk Stereo
03| Best Coast – Boyfriend
04| Wavves – King of the Beach
05| Beat Connection – In the Water
06| Beach Fossils – Daydream
07| Superhumanoids – Hey Big Bang
08| Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks
09| Evan Voytas – I Took A Trip on a Plane
10| Rai Knight – New New
11| The Naked and Famous – Young Blood
12| Lemonade – Lifted
13| Sleigh Bells – Rill Rill
14| Tennis – Marathon
15| Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – Vocal Chords
16| Cults – Go Outside
17| Twin Sister – All Around and Away We Go
18| Wild Nothing – Summer Holiday
19| The Suzan – Home
20| Minks – Funeral Song