Today’s Indie: Alone / Trampled by Turtles
‘it’s a coffee stained earth ever’ time it happens / liven up honey it ain’t that bad’
Since my dad found himself in a family of four women, we figured the least we could do growing up was have male pets, including a tortoise, Thaddeus. Thaddeus was a faithful tortoise for many years, roaming in the backyard, nomming on mealworms, and exploring our basement, sometimes hiding out for a few days before resurfacing. One day Thaddeus got sick and so we took him to the vet, and while prescribing medicine she gently let us know that we had been misinterpreting Thaddeus’ anatomy and that all this time the he was a she. Thus Thaddeus carried out the rest of her life as Sally– at that point my dad had long given up on any chance of an upper hand anyway.
What does this story have to do with a bluegrass band named Trampled by Turtles? Very little, except that they have the most awesome band name that I have heard in some time, and that their music has all the fixings in it to have me stirring for home and earlier times, including those shared with Thad– er Sally. Wait So Long is a foot stomper off of 2010’s Palomino, while Alone is a wistful slow burner off of the Minnesotan quintet’s new album, Stars and Satellites. ‘You come into the world alone / and you go out of the world alone / but in between, there’s you and me.’ Sounds about right. To close out the hat trick, check out their great recent cover of an Arcade Fire classic. #indie/tory