Considering my mix this week was inspired by Josh Ritter’s “Another New World,” I suppose it’s only appropriate that I went on a bit of a journey to make it.  At first I was thinking that I would stick to American poetry references that were vaguely about adventure and exploration – immediately settling on “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost.  Just as quickly I decided that “Woods” by Bon Iver needed to be on it.  Then, however, I found myself veering farther away from the poem, focusing more on the theme of discovery and the unknown.  I tried to stick with songs tonally similar to the Bon Iver track, but it was hard to commit to one genre so thought I would at least strive for an “offbeat edge” for a common thread.  And so, like any long journey (at least any journey of mine) I probably got lost a few times along the way, but I’m pretty please with where I found myself in the end.

What do you think?

Upcoming shows…

Juliette Commagere will be at the Echo on August 26 with Papercranes, Luke Rathborne, and Estelle Raskina.  Tickets $7 at the door.

Catch The Delta Mirror at Spaceland on Friday September 3.  Tickets $8 at the door.

Enjoy The Low Anthem?  Then check out the interview I did with Anthony of The Needle Drop a few months ago on his NPR radio show.  He asked me to select three songs around a theme and, after an agonizing amount of thought, I settled on “journeys.”  There was The Departure, embodied in “Home” by Villagers.  Then “The Horizon is a Beltway” by The Low Anthem to capture the grind of the road.  Finally, I ended with “The Tailor” by Blitzen Trapper for the phase of the return Joseph Campbell might call “Master of the Two Worlds.”