A few months ago, I received a nice surprise in my email – a promo copy of the new Heyward Howkins album, about a year after the debut. An unexpectedly quick follow-up, it quickly became one of my favorite records of the year. I reviewed it right around the release date here, and still have it in my regular rotation. I recently had the chance to catch up with Heyward and we had the chance to talk about music, Philadelphia, and you guessed it…coffee.
In late 2011 I had the opportunity to visit Philadelphia, PA for a week of catching up with old friends, hanging out with family, and longing for a stronger cup of coffee from my adopted hometown of Seattle, WA. Visiting where you grew up can be a very stressful experience as people who haven’t seen you in ages insist on seeing you, people you were close to are suddenly out-of-town, and you find yourself as the star of your very own version of the film Garden State. Fortunately I had the chance to sit down for lunch with an old friend, Shilough Hopwood, in a quaint little eatery in Doylestown, PA – he also happens to front a very special band called Honeychurch.
Earlier this year I had the opportunity to listen to and review the latest album by Brighton, England‘s Birdeatsbaby. I was absolutely blown away what I was listening to – it reminded me of some sort of hybrid between Tori Amos and Rasputin – but with an edgier stance at times. I had the chance to have extensive email chats with lead singer, Mishkin when she let the bomb drop – the band would be in Seattle within the next few weeks, would I like to meet up with them? Uh…of course!