is really shit.
Hadestown got perfect scores pretty much across the board though I'm sure I was the only guy in the UK who had heard the record for most of the year. Then like 3 others did
no major releases alongside it and incredibly strong record at that and I don't think anyone other then the 4 of us that listened to Hadestown knew about it.
And when she tours, my when she tours, you don't find about the gig until the thing has started.
and he had such heavy involvement in it makes it all the more shocking that the album didn't garner as much attention as it deserved.
My friend (and very occasional DiS poster) Arfie introduced me to it in July of that year:
still am, it's working, I think I've done the PR persons job for them tbh
Hardly any reviews in the press.
And spot on re: Bon Iver. In 2008 they were playing the same game... couple of appearances on Jools and some press coverage later and now he's playing arena tours and she's playing cellars/former strip clubs (Ruby Lounge).
but yeah, you'd think they could've ridden on his success just a little bit
Given the huge disparity between their press coverage/ticket sales and the actual quality of the music, he/she is clearly an absolute fucking genius.
Also she's playing Sheffield soon for the second time in a year (at a time when practically no one plays Sheffield) soon. Both times have been in odd venues that have never had anyone notable play there before. It's just really weird.
They have no other notable artists. I'm not sure why she didn't change after Hadestown did well - that was a total fluke, everyone caught onto it late. I only listened to it after it ended up in my post pile and I noticed the Bon Iver/Ani DiFranco names on it. I think Young Man in America wound up in Uncut's albums of the year, but I haven't spotted it elsewhere. The new one is fantastic.
Scroll down a bit http://anaismitchell.com/news/
Very, very excited for it.
except that the plethora of similar (in terms of marketing), but younger/trendier/easier to understand acoustic females have just diluted the space.
I'm assuming that she must've played in Leeds at some point in the last 18 months and I've missed it - I can't understand how.
I saw her at the Brudenell sometime earlier this year.
Everything else he does should be considered a bonus.
Hadestown was a masterstroke. I've introduced one or two people to it, who've loved it. But not like I do (obvs). Still need to check her latest album out properly, plus I believe she's playing Celtic Connections again at the start of 2013.
DiS gave the record a nice review
And interviewed her.
she lives in Burlington Vermont, which is about a 2 hour drive from Montreal, yet the last time she was here (that I know of) was in 2010. Even then she was low on a bill to a small festival no one had heard of.
I absolutely loved that album. But I find her latest album utterly boring and don't understand the like for it. So so many other beautiful female sung albums I've loved this year, but am so indifferent about Young Man In America.
It grew on me in a big way though, particularly after seeing her live. It's in my top 5 of the year now.