[guest post] 2009 In Review, Vol. 3 - Secondstar

As I’ve done for the past two years on PHW, I’ve asked a handful of the artists I’ve blogged about over the last 12 months to reminisce, musically, on 2009. I asked a mix of my favorite local artists, as well as several more nationally recognizable acts, with the hope of having a diverse assortment of reflections on the music that mattered to the artists that mattered to me. In the coming 2 or 3 weeks there will be a series of “guest” posts from some names you may recognize, if you were paying attention this year…

I was given a copy of Secondstar’s debut EP, Teeth, by a friend over the summer, and listened to it a few times on my way home from the Wilco show at Keyspan Park this past July. After a night of glorious ear-ringing rock & roll from one of my favorite bands, the gentle, hymn-like melodies and soft acoustics of Secondstar provided the perfect comedown. Teeth found its way into regular rotation around here for much of the summer, and remains a harbinger of good things to come from the talented young singer-songwriter behind it, Liam Carey.

Liam sent along the following words to sum up his busy year:

I tried to write a year-long music blog at the beginning of the year. It lasted until March 6th [ http://www.yearlongsongs.blogspot.com/ ]. I failed miserably. But this has been a good year. Moving to NYC at the tail end of last year, it took some getting used to the cold again, re-making friends. But it's feeling pretty good now....

Favorite Things Done : trip to The Bronx Zoo on my birthday; first ep/album release party at Bar 4 in June; trips out of town to visit friends & family; watching Geoffrey Rush in 'Exit the King' & shows at BAM; walking across the Brooklyn Bridge at dusk to watch 'Raising Arizona' in the park; lunch at Per Se;

Favorite Music : Tim Fite (Change of Heart); A.C. Newman (Get Guilty ); Patrick Watson (Wooden Arms); rediscovering old Jorge Ben albums (Africa Brasil, Forca Bruta); Nick Jaina (A Narrow Way & Wool);

Brooklyn locals : Matt Singer, Casey Shea, Paul Basile, Dinosaur Feathers

Funny how long a year is when you look back. Always feels like it disappears so quickly...

Happy Holidays!

MP3 :: Ravens
MP3 :: Tied To The Mast
(from Teeth. Buy here)

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