I only got about 4 hours of sleep last night. Funny thing is, I’m wide awake right now and sure, if I wanted to, I could go back to bed… but I don’t want to because I’ve got tons of work to do.
“Tons of work?” you ask? “How much is TONS of work?”
It’s a lot. A whole lot. Like this much:
I would never use that toilet.
You’re probably wondering what that picture has to do with the amount of work I have, and the answer is nothing. What, you want me to make sense this morning? I only got FOUR hours of sleep last night, man!
Last week we brought you the first part of Brenda Xu’s Frontloader Session. I had mentioned how eager I was to post that session to you all because of the sound we captured that afternoon. Here is the second part of those recordings.
I have to admit that I have been listening to these recordings on a regular basis. The performances were top notch, and I’d like to think that was captured through the music. If you like what you’re hearing/seeing, you should definitely pick up Xu’s latest album, For the Winter. This record undoubtedly suits this time of year, but as Xu pointed out in this short clip, the record has a deeper meaning than the title suggests:
Very cool. If you’d like to read more about the making of For the Winter, check out this interview at UnsignedUnleashed.com. She explains the use of silence in her music… go read it after you’re done watching the videos!
“Snow” is a song that isn’t off the album. I could be wrong, but I don’t think this song is off any of her albums, so you’re in for a treat! Love the chorus… simplicity at it’s best:
Last up is a medley they play in their live sets. “Light Me Up” is a Xu original, while “Start a War” is by The National, off of their 2007 record, Boxer.
“Light Me Up –> Start a War”
I’d like to thank Brenda, Ben, and Kacy again for coming to do the session. I truly had a wonderful experience and will absolutely continue to listen to not only the recordings from this session but her studio albums as well. As of this writing, I don’t see any upcoming shows on Brenda’s website, so be sure to stay updated on her happenings through the links provided below.
Oh, and I had to share this photo… Sherman claims it’s not “photobombing” if it’s him. Whatever that means.
Dig it, share it, and be ready for more Frontloader Sessions coming soon!