But guys what Taylor is doing for us is so unbelievably special. Seriously, which artist sends their fans Christmas gifts, invites hundreds of fans to their house to listen to their upcoming album, or just stalks their fans on social media? I don’t think any artist has ever done this much for their fans. We are so lucky our idol does those things. Even though I haven’t been noticed, I am so so happy many of us has been. It’s a very good time to be alive thanks to @taylorswift@taylornation and I can’t believe how lucky I am to be part of this Fandom ♥ ♥
It’s been three years since the last release from the Rhode Island band Deer Tick, and the quartet is back with two new albums, titled Deer Tick Vol. 1 and Deer Tick Vol. 2. The first is mostly quiet, the second mostly loud, and rock critic Ken Tucker says both have songs well worth paying attention to.
“If the motive behind putting out two albums with contrasting volumes was intended as a demonstration of ambition and range, well, mission accomplished.”
Here’s the extended interview with Joe Parillo from last week’s Decoding Rhode Island. In the extended version, you can hear much more of Joe at the piano as he talks about the experience of playing jazz.
“History has a way of coming back to you. In the case of Janis Joplin appearing at the festival in 1968, her performance affected the life of a Bostonian who is now a member of the Newport Festivals Foundation Board of Directors. Ward Mooney was so affected and emotionally involved in Janis’ performance at Newport, that when he heard the festival was going nonprofit, he knew wanted to become a part. Janis was beautiful, gracious and respectful, and the power of her Newport performance continues to live on.” – George Wein