Quiet Life [Band]

Good old fashion down home and Neil Young inspired tunes to sip whiskey from a cup made of tin. This is what you can expect from a Quiet Life song. So, break out the flannel and let these Portland based Americana masters take you down a grassy trail littered with pain, love, and a prestigious sense of what is natural and/or necessary to continue on breathing. For all the eighties babies out there that truly believe they were screwed from conception by being born far to late, here is a group that can bring forth the nostalgia you wish you could have. Here is old school storytelling dubiously running through a new school musical disobedience.

One of Quiet Life’s finest tracks has to be the harmonica driven & twanged out “Cave Country”. It would be entirely impossible to feel like shit when you listen to this song. In fact, the line “Feels so good” is constantly repeated for reinforcement. Nicely played. “Big Green” takes you on a dusty path slightly skewed from the previous mentioned track. This is old school folk to the core. The difference between these tracks perfectly demonstrates the awesome versatility these lumberjacks of indie rock have. They portray a sense of respect for the past that often goes untouched. What a well rounded batch of pine forest folksmiths.

Catch Quiet Life on tour this winter all over the eastern side of the country!

11/8/2011

Fayetteville, AR

George’s Majestic Lounge

with Dr. Dog

11/9/2011

Oxford, MS

Proud Larry’s

with Dr. Dog

11/10/2011

New Orleans, LA

Tipitina’s

with Dr. Dog and Felice Brothers

11/14/2011

Charleston, SC

The Music Farm

with Dr. Dog and David Vandervelde

11/15/2011

Athens, GA

40 Watt Club

with Dr. Dog and David Vandevelde

11/16/2011

Knoxville, TN

Bijou Theatre

with Dr. Dog and David Vandervelde

11/17/2011

Boone, NC

Legends @ Appalachian State University

with Dr. Dog and David Vandervelde

11/18/2011

Chattanooga, TN

Track 29

with Dr. Dog and David Vandervelde

11/20/2011

Philidelphia, PA

World Cafe Live

w/ Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside

11/21/2011

Easton, MD

NightCat

w/ Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside

11/22/2011

Brooklyn, NY

The Bell House

w/ Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside

11/23/2011

New Haven, CT

Cafe Nine

w/ Scott McMicken of Dr. Dog

11/25/2011

New London, CT

venue TBA (iamfestival@gmail.com for more info)

w/ Scott McMicken of Dr. Dog

11/26/2011

Manchester, NH

138 Listening Lounge

12/2/2011

Durham, NC

Duke University

with Cotton Jones

12/3/2011

Asheville, NC

Broadway’s

with Cotton Jones

12/4/2011

St. Augustine, FL

The Original Cafe Eleven

with Cotton Jones

12/6/2011

Atlanta, GA

The Earl

with Cotton Jones

Women Asking Men Out For a Date?

Too much to lose, to ask her out,

I want her to choose, there’s no doubt.

For if I ask, and she rejects,

she’ll drop me, our friendship next.

She’ll think I’m a creep, a horny guy,

wanting one thing, and that’s a lie.

All I want, is her with me,

to treat her nice, like a lady.

So I’ll rest, and quiet I’ll be.

playing the game, of wait and see.

Our friendship to risk, so I sit and pout,

till she gives me a clue, or asks me out.

-From the Pistolero Poet.

What a profound question! Yes, profound! If it’s 1957…

So I’m talking to my roommate the other day about dating. I shared my (often humorous) experiences in the dating world. Being gender-variant clearly never helped my case… Ever. Primarily because having a more feminine mindset is a pretty terrible thing to have if you’re trying to pick up women. This is probably because we were both thinking the same thing; “I’ve given them every indication that I like them, why wont they ask me out?” And thus, we eventually walked away feeling like the other person just wasn’t all that into us when in all actuality, we were crazy about each other. Me with my crippling shyness, and her not wanting to impose or step on my toes wasn’t a good combination. I often wondered why my friends consistently tried to hook me up with other shy people. What happens when you put two shy people in a room together? No one speaks! Oddly enough, my shyness is what attracted many of those same women to me, but due to our cultural axioms, they never thought about making the first move. I related to my roommate that I could have had many more relationships had the girl just taken the first step. I’m not saying she should have swept me off my feet and paid for everything, but a simple “I like you” would have been enough for me to see that she had the same feelings for me as I had for her and would have given me the confidence to ask her out without fear of ruining a sterling friendship. What is the deal with women never wanting to make the first move? They joke about how unobservant, unintuitive, unempathetic and emotionally detached we are, but in the same breath they expect us to know what she’s thinking and if the mood is right.

My roommate said that most guys are intimidated by girls asking them out. That their fragile ego would prevent them from accepting the experience as a positive one. She went onto say that most guys want a more submissive girlfriend, and asking them out would show that they were too assertive. Obviously, I disagreed. She said that my experience as a male wasn’t a typical one and that other people would agree with her. Luckily, I just happen to work in an environment that is packed full of macho bravado. So, off I went to work to ask what everyone thought. I wanted to ask everyone I could to get a good cross-section of what the popular male opinion was on the subject. Without fail, every single guy said the same thing… They were totally fine with a woman asking them out. Some preferred it, most felt that the concept of the old tradition was outdated and irrelevant. A surprisingly progressive outlook for such a traditional area! I asked the question outside of work, in casual conversation. Again, everyone said that it was fine, some even went so far as to say that the whole idea of men asking women out was silly because women are more picky, thus if women asked men out you could eliminate much of the risk of rejection.

A history lesson from an old timer really put it in perspective for me. He related that back in the old days, women didn’t work (unless they were a teacher or nurse). So women were seen as not really bringing anything to the relationship. More of an object, something that needed to be taken care of. Since the man was the only provider, it would have been seen as imposing or vain for a woman to ask a man out. Something like the old adage, “beggars can’t be choosers”. I told him that it sounded incredibly sexist, he agreed but added that it was a common belief back then. Everyone thought that way. After I heard that, I couldn’t understand why women would want to perpetuate such a negative tradition.

Some of the comments I’ve heard after asking the question; How would you feel if a woman asked you out?

– Flattered.

– It would be refreshing, I’d really like that.

– Even if I didn’t like her, I’d still take her out just for asking.

– The best relationship I ever had started when a girl approached me.

– I’d be all about that. It takes all the guess work out of it so you have nothing to lose.

– Some guys may be intimidated by that. But they’d have to be really weak to be intimidated by a girl who liked them.

So, it seems the verdict is in. Girls take heed… If you want a guy to ask you out, get over yourself and ask him. It’ll be ok, really. You’ll probably win some cool points in the process.

I would ask that we keep this going. Is anyone out there offended by the idea of women asking men out? Anyone at all? I’m interested to hear what other people have to say about this subject, just leave your comments in the section below.

Mammoth Life: Kaliedoscopic Art Pop [Album]

photo by Rebecca Dreyfus

Somewhere in the Land of Make Believe in the sky, Mr. Rogers and Shari Lewis are taking a bath in warm red wine and dropping heaven acid as all their magical friends watch in confusion. Lambchops is freaking out. And playing on the dusty old CD player is Mammoth Life‘s prolific debut album Kaliedoscopic Art Pop. This album is described perfectly by it’s title. This is one of the happiest freakin’ albums of all time. This is the Disneyland of art pop. It also has the soul of an expressionless hermit. With these powers combined, something wonderful is sure to happen.

Bobby Sauder and Elizabeth Mead trade vocals better than honest teenagers traded baseball cards in the mid nineties. The harmonic “I Have Lost” pushes their capacity to 11. And “First Semester of College” will leave your head spinning in directions you never thought possible. These are songs for the light hearten and endearing spirit in all of us. Any given Mammoth Life track is a trip through a consciousness once only found in a C.S. Lewis children’s book (not those silly adult Christian books).

Yes this album is an almost traumatic display of artistic expression and possible LSD paranoia. When a group puts their entire being into something as special as this, the hard work shows. Mammoth Life can bring out the child and/or activist in all of us. And Kaliedoscopic Art Pop is one of the best pop spectacles to emerge in last decade.

Check out Kaliedoscopic Art Pop and more great work from Mammoth Life on their WEBSITE.