for June 17, 2002
ALTROK Ordinals 39
Rosie Thomas - When We Were Small (Sub Pop)
Jeff says: You may have recently noticed a wispy little girl's voice singing about her
favorite white dress and $2 shoes at alternative stations like 90.5 The Night. Well that song is
called "2 Dollar Shoes" and the voice belongs to a young Seattle-based
songwriter named Rosie Thomas. From what might seem like an unlikely
source, Sub Pop Records of Seattle, the seminal indie label that has
brought us everyone from Nirvana to Sunny Day Real Estate, comes one of
those records you feel great about "discovering".
Part-time stand-up comic Rosie Thomas has created a simple, innocent,
reflective little (it clocks in at just over 36 minutes) masterpiece here.
10 songs tastefully arranged with not much more than acoustic guitar,
piano, and cello. Rosie's crystalline voice and reflections of a Detroit
childhood and her family are the focal points here. There are even
tape-recorded samples of her actual childhood sprinkled in throughout the
record. Though released in January of 2002, "When We Were Small" is just
now starting to find it's way onto radio playlists (the few that matter
anyway). She's just back from a short tour of England supporting Jewel and
will hopefully soon be spreading the word back home in the US this summer.
Shhhh...for now she's our little secret.
(This week's Ordinals courtesy Jeff Raspe.)
All material ©2001-2014 Sean Carolan, except as noted.
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Friday, August 23, 2019
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Old Dominion at Stone Pony Summerstage
Surfer Blood and The Morgan Freemasons at The Saint
Spring Heeled Jack at Stanhope House
Matt Wade Band at Langosta Lounge
Little Vicious, Candy Cavity and Damn Jackals at Asbury Park Yacht Club
Muscians On A Mission presents Songwriters & Storytellers: Channeling Woodstock (Open Mic & Food Drive) at Monmouth Museum (6:30p)
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