School and impending sickness (go away, sniffles!) have taken over my life, so I haven’t gotten my Railroad Revival Tour review done yet. Massive fail, I know. Pictures are on my flickr (see the sidebar), and this video of the three bands singing Woody Guthrie’s “This Train Is Bound for Glory” just came out today. Enjoy!
In preparation for the Royal Wedding, I am currently drinking London-imported tea from my Union Jack teapot while wearing a Union Jack t-shirt and a Cambridge sweatshirt. I tried to find crumpets today, but Safeway didn’t seem to have them, so I’m stuck with English muffins. And did you know England’s favorite dish is actually chicken tikka masala? Guess what I had for dinner.
If this all sounds crazy and/or pathetic, you’re entirely right. I haven’t gone far enough into wedding insanity for it to be legit and slightly impressive, but I’ve probably thought about it more than the average Californian. As my Facebook news feed gets filled with other study abroad “I miss London” statuses, though, I feel a bit validated: for this one day, we’re all allowed to feel like pseudo British expats.
As such, I’d like to honor the couple (and my own fond memories) by compiling a short England playlist. These songs may not have an iota of meaning for Will and Kate, but they do for me.
“Goodbye England, Covered In Snow”–Laura Marling
“Eyeless In Holloway”, Johnny Flynn
“Say No!”, The Agitator
“Oh England”, King Charles
“Mistress England”, Emmy the Great (duh)
“I Love London”, Crystal Fighters
“Monsters Under the Bed”, Eugene McGuinness
“A Foggy Day (In London Town)”, Ella Fitzgerald & Joe Pass
“Mornington Crescent”, Belle & Sebastian
“London Town”, Laura Marling
“Memory of a Free Festival”, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros (David Bowie cover)
“A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square”, Vera Lynn
“Bad Things Coming, We Are Safe”, Emmy the Great
“Queen of the 21st Century”, Golden Silvers
“Wayne Rooney”, Johnny Flynn
“London”, Ben Howard
“We Are Free”, Jay Jay Pistolet
“Bonkers”, Dizzee Rascal (this will not make ANY sense unless I studied abroad with you)
“Winter Winds”, Mumford & Sons
And finally…“London Calling”, The Clash
Enjoy the festivities!
I just got back from the kick-off show to the Railroad Revival Tour, featuring Old Crow Medicine Show, Mumford & Sons, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. It was an unbelievable gig, and I am completely exhausted! Pictures and a review will hopefully be up sometime Saturday.
To those of you excitedly awaiting the Railroad Revival Tour with Mumford & Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, add new city-specific Facebook groups to your list of sites to monitor.
Mumford & Sons cover Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel” for BBC Radio 2.
Mumford & Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros are taking to vintage trains and riding across the Southwest. They’ll be recording tracks on board and playing a variety of gigs over the course of their week, starting in–WAIT FOR IT–Oakland, CA. If I don’t get tickets to this, my sobs will be heard ’round the world.
“The Railroad Revival train is 1,500 feet long and consists of 15 vintage railcars from the 1950s and 60s, pulled by two locomotives. The bands will eat, sleep, and record on the train as they travel across the American Southwest, bringing their collaborative vision to fans from California to New Orleans. The bands will have equal billing and equal time on stage, in an environment that encourages creativity and cross-pollination. The entire tour will be the focus of a documentary that captures the spirit of the journey and gives intimate insights into the creative process…..
Tickets to The Railroad Revival Tour go on sale Wednesday, March 9 at 9 am PST (10 am MST, 11 am CST, 12 pm EST). Tickets are available exclusively through http://railroadrevivaltour.com. Each ticket will include an MP3 download of live recordings from the tour as well as a commemorative ticket custom-designed for each site, with no additional service fees.”
Check out more information at railroadrevivaltour.com.
UPDATE: Be warned that they only let you purchase two tickets in the presale!