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Never Too Late to Turn Cool

Local CD Review

I, Audience

Last Man Standing

Go.

Never Too Late to Turn Cool

Local CD Review

After the demise of The Swamis, Tilson went on to create the delightfully quirky and subversively sharp-witted ukulele band, Vacationist League . His new album, Feed the Kitty , stands as a tribute to everything that Swamis musical philosophy once stood for, as a former MP editor once put it, “fearlessness in the face of deep embarrassment.”

Tune into “My Last Meal,” a song that takes a deceptively bleak look at the sting of love, and how we get over it. Thank goodness for this one, because we’re tired of love songs written by kids who don’t know what they’re talking about. Tilson has been around, and it comes out in his lyrics: I’m gonna take it all back/ Not to beg forgiveness/ I’m gonna take it all back/ Not to say I’m sorry/ I’m gonna take it all back/ Not because I still love you/ I’m gonna take it all back/ You’ll end up with nothing that’s mine.

There are moments of brilliance on this album, hidden behind a kind of happy-go-lucky veneer. Peel it all back to get to the good stuff.

I, Audience

Last Man Standing

Go.

Friday, Dec. 15: Seriously. Don’t even ask. If you don’t know where you ought to go tonight, then we just can’t do this anymore. O-V-E-R. You get one hint: Blue Cats. Look it up in the Calendar. Yes, you’re invited.

Saturday, Dec. 16: Tall Paul . Still tall. For the love. Go see this man play at Paul’s Oasis around 9 p.m. Ask to hear “Sitting in a Bar.”

Sunday, Dec.18: The East Tennessee Concert Band will be at the Knoxville Museum of Art at 3 p.m. Talk about pleasant things to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Throw in some sangria, and you’ll have yourself a day.

Monday, Dec. 19: I’m sorry, did you say something? I wasn’t listening to you.

Tuesday, Dec. 20: In addition to Matt Woods , who will play around 10 p.m. at the Downtown Grill and Brewery, there is a special thing that happens there on Tuesdays. It rhymes with “ear messhals,” and it’s $1.50 a pint. 

Wednesday, Dec. 21: T-minus-ten-days-till New Year’s. Take it easy, champ. Catch Christabel & the Jons at the WDVX Blue Plate Special at noon. Go to bed early.

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