I have been waiting for this opportunity for a long time. It was March of this year when I saw Leiah Webb for the first time. She was warming up for Brian Bethke at the Hallie Bar. Ever since that time I tried to align my schedule with Leiah's solo dates but it never quite worked out. Most of the time she was busy playing mandolin in the Evergreen Grass Band, not really playing solo very often. I felt like her talent would get buried in a band the size of Evergreen. Her solo gig was worth the wait.
I noticed immediately when we walked into the Haymarket Grill there was a change in Leiah since I had seen her last. Where previously she had been shy in her playing and singing, she now exhibited the confidence only stage time can deliver. And, though she mentioned being sick and thinking her voice was off, I thought she sounded great. In most of her songs she has deeper voice, harder edged, than what you think of with your standard female folk vocalists. At times she is able to work in a hint of whimsey. There are other times times when she sounds just like Ani Difranco. I guess it is this ability to cross over styles that makes her the exciting young artist she is.
The number of well known (at least by me) covers are limited. I walked in just in time to hear the song Bubbly by Colbie Caillat, and made famous as a song of the iPod in Apple Computer commercials. …and, in all honesty, it might have been New Soul by Yael Naim. It was some Apple song anyway. At the moment I had lost my pen and had to get one from the bar so I didn't get the title written down. It was done well and was a perfect example Leiah delivering the whimsey Apple must have loved in the original ...
Check out the rest of Leiah's review over at the Freaks & Geeks blog, originating from somewhere in Chippewa Falls, Wis.
OK, so there was no actual talk of “evil plots” or “satanic conspiracies” or “godless agendas” but Palin seemed pretty peeved about previous US coinage designs while talking to some Wisconsinites last Friday. From The Huffington Post:
- Sarah Palin didn't allow press at her speech Friday at a Wisconsin Right to Life fundraising banquet, and attendees were barred from bringing cell phones, cameras, laptops, or recording devices of any kind. But Politico managed to get a few reporters in to hear the former Alaska governor again raise the specter of death panels and claim an anti-Christian conspiracy in the redesign of U.S. coins.
- … In Wisconsin, Palin also expressed fear over the moving of "In God We Trust" to the edge of American coins. "Who calls a shot like that?" she demanded. "Who makes a decision like that?" She added: "It's a disturbing trend."
I'm sick of hearing about death panels, but that coin stuff is funny. Or maybe I just love imagining famous people imagining conspiracies. Or all of the above.
The big OK Go show this week. In case you’re too out-of-touch with pop culture or just too damn cool to know, here’s a quick description of OK Go that, yes, uses the word “sensibilities” in describing the bands sound:
- OK Go, the band that created the decade's most viewed music video – the treadmill-choreographed "Here It Goes Again" – will appear in concert with a special guest to be announced. The Chicago band combines off-kilter guitars, geek rock and straightforward power pop sensibilities to produce eccentric, catchy songs. Details.
So the band will be at UWEC’s Zorn Arena on Thursday at 7pm. You know, everyone loves that treadmill stuff, but this earlier video was way funnier. If you follow Volume One on Facebook or Twitter, keep your eyes open, as we’ll be giving away tickets soon …