Greetings friends and lovers, and welcome to another all-new episode of Secretly Timid. On today’s show Jon smells, Paul screams, and Danielle professes her love of the mustache ride. The timid trio discuss the Academy Awards (and judge the fashion) and the latest episode of The Walking Dead.
*correction!!! Jon said on the show that Jason Somerville is the first openly gay poker player. Of course he meant to say first openly gay MALE poker player. Vanessa Selbst is also a poker player, and is a lesbian, and is all sorts of awesome. I swear this was just a gaffe. I love Selbst and Somerville.
This week’s featured song is “Nights in Nante” by Goldroom
Happy Valentine’s Day!!!! The show is just a true Comedy of Errors. We’re talking phone rings, bumpers running amok, and chords being unplugged left and right. We could edit all that shit out…but we believe that it is the flaws that make you beautiful.
On today’s show Diane is Between Here and Cool, Danielle is not easily offended, Paul apologizes to Alonso Duralde, and Jon wants to get tasered.
Fair warning : This review is not fair and balanced because I swallowed the Carsie Blanton kool-aid, and like her third album, Idiot Heart, it went down just fine. Blanton’s voice is equal parts chanteuse and girl next door; inviting, subtle but not a wallflower.
On this week’s episode of Secretly Timid Danielle asked me if Blanton was country…and I stumbled before answering ‘no.’ Some tracks like “Idiot Heart” follow a pop-country model, yet Blanton is one of those artists that is not easily labeled; and to do so would be a waste of time. The Virginia native/Philadelphia resident sonically references that great Americana music, and it is no wonder that she counts artists like Patti Griffin and Billie Holiday both as influences.
Blanton is a gifted singer-songwriter living in a time of electronic samples and catch phrases. On “Backbone” Blanton sings, “you give your heart but I want to see your backbone.” The song tells an all too familiar story; but her approach is special. Although the lyrics tell a somber story the bass line is funky and the vocals cheery. Another stand out track is “Smoke Alarm” which you can check out below:
The connection between love and loss, sex, life and death, is explored in Idiot Heart.
“That connection was the spark that lit up all these songs,” Carsie says. “The concept came to me about a year ago and then I started seeing it everywhere: la petit morte, the femme fatale, ‘looks that kill,’ incubi and succubi, vampires… all these ideas imply that there is a relationship between sex and death. I think the relationship is that people feel most alive during sex, and in some deep part of our brain, it reminds us that one day we won’t be.”
Blanton is no stranger to critical praise. If you are looking for an album full of great stories, tight arrangements, and stunning vocals then this album is worth the cost. Check out some of her live performances below as well as the awesome video for “Baby Can Dance.”