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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

A song-a-day? No way... OK.

Posted By on Tue, Mar 13, 2007 at 3:18 PM

I don't feel like working on the club listings, so you get two posts in one day. Hope it makes up for the dry spell.

Lately, I've noticed that there's a new spate of songwriters composing and recording a tune a day for some predetermined amount of time. I can't name all of the artists I've heard about who are doing this, but there are at least four. And I just got an e-mail about another one today.

Exhibit A:

Hey Casey,

Just a little note about a new artist I've been working with, who is coming your way soon.

He's solo artist who goes by the name of Paleo. For the past 300-something days, he's been living out of a van, playing a show nearly every day, booking the tour as he goes, and writing and recording a song each day for a project that he calls The Song Diary.

You can check out the 330 songs he's written so far here: http://www.paleo.ws.

So I listened to a few of them, and they're not bad; definitely part of that New Weird America/Fried Troubadour thing that the kids are all tunin' in and droppin' out to.

Still, when you write that many songs, they can't all be good. It takes me like, three months to record a tune, and even then I hate it. Which means I either suck (which I steadfastly refuse to accept) or my standards are too high.

But this Paleo kid, well, he's alright with me. He's playing Fort Nest in Burlington  — whatever the hell that is — on April 8. Also on the bill: Pretty & Nice, Anna Pardenik, and These United States, who I also just checked out. They're good. Go here for more (or less) info.

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Casey Rea

Casey Rea

Casey Rea was the Seven Days music editor from 2004 until 2007. He won the 2005 John D. Donoghue award for arts criticism from the Vermont Press Association.

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