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The Brazen Youth sit down with Will Orchard (LBBHoB) for Q&A

The story of how Will Orchard, Nicholas Lussier, Micah Rubin, and Charles Dahlke make music is almost unbelievable, almost too idyllic to be possible. The four friends live together at Ashlawn Farm in Lyme, Connecticut — a three-hundred year old farm that now serves as a creative community for likeminded DIY artists. Orchard, who goes by the name LittleBoyBigHeadonBike, premiered his hundredth release, Big Blue Butterflies, on The Deli Magazine - New England. He is currently on tour (as he almost always seems to be,) but recently filled in on bass with with Lussier, Rubin, and Dahlke, who make up The Brazen Youth, while they were promoting their LP Primitive Initiative. Rather than leading a discussion with the four musicians, The Deli Magazine took a step back while they interviewed each other about the different ways they make music, the impact of the farm, and the experience of touring with friends. - Lilly Milman

Nicholas Lussier: As an artist, in what ways do the real-you and the ideal-you differ?

Will Orchard: It’s hard to say what those are in relation, because sometimes I think one is the other. Sometimes, I look at what I’ve created and what I’ve done and I think that’s who I am as an artist. And I guess that’s good, because that’s a self-loving thought. Whereas sometimes I think the ideal me is something that I actually am. But I don’t see it. When I don’t think about the ideal me as an artist — that’s when I am the ideal me. And when I do think about it — that’s when I’m not.

Nicholas: The year is 2038. You’re sitting in a bar in Flagstaff, AZ. I don’t know why it’s Flagstaff. It just is, okay? Somebody sits down next to you, you start talking, and they eventually ask what you were up to in your early 20s. What do you want future Will to say, in retrospection?

Will: The farm was the single most direction-changing, life-changing thing in my entire life so far. Possibly forever. And I didn’t realize it would be that at all. It showed me all these ways that my life could be — and not just the farm, but all the things the farm brought. Touring…

Micah Rubin: Friends?

Will: Yeah, totally! Friends. And the farm allowed me to see so many different lifestyles, and the millions of ways life could be. And it made me, maybe not unafraid, but much less afraid to do those things. It had a sense of freedom within a safety net — a sort of bubble. And it all happened so randomly. I don’t actually recall being invited to live here… I just remember being in the room as you guys decided to do this and saying “yeah, I am so down for that!”

Charles Dahlke: I feel that Thoreau quote of stables pushing the barn before them, and I don't know how I was born into this, and it’s a burden and a privilege.

Will: I have a question for Micah. What do you think the farm is going to be like for you in so long, because you didn’t go to college first  you probably made the boldest decision out of all of us. How do you think this will all change your view on things?

Micah: I don’t know what it’s gonna be like in the future is my first answer, but I was talking to Nick today about how I’m simply excited to have these experiences and be able to tell the stories to my children. I’m waiting patiently for the nostalgia of the farm to set in. In a way, I hope I never have to feel 100 percent nostalgic because that could imply that I’d be removed from the farm for a long period of time. In terms of the question about college: I was always planning on taking a gap year. So, for me, it fell into place very early on.

This is a story about the first day I ever got to the farm. This was the morning after Nick and Charlie picked me up in Providence for their show with Will. That show was actually the first time I met Will, as well. We pulled up to the front of the house and Charlie was in the studio. Right as we pulled up he opened the door and looking grave said, “Guys, someone hit Crystal.” I was like “Who the fuck is Crystal?” Charlie mentions that Crystal was one of the goats on the farm. Some jackass smashed her with his car and didn’t stop. It was a hit and run.

About an hour had went by when Nick was like “Yo, we should take the Mule [an ATV] and show Micah around.” Charlie was like “Yo, totally,” but then realized that Crystal’s body was in the back waiting to be put in the compost pile. My first drive around the front field was very interesting, considering we were accompanied by Crystal. Within 15 minutes, we had successful dumped the goat near the edge of the field, near the woods. We drove back and chilled for another hour or so until Charlie’s mom called. She was pissed that we just dumped the goat and told Charlie that we all had to go back and retrieve the goat and put it back where it was. A few minutes after Charlie got off the phone, he told Nick and I what his mom had said. We looked at each other in a bit of disbelief, but were like “I guess we gotta do this.”

Nick and Charlie were the ones who hoisted the goat back into the back of the Mule. We drove back and left it beside the compost pile. In retrospect, this was a very funny moment, even though Crystal did die an awful death. It’s what made me fall in love with the farm. I just loved the weirdness of it from the start, but also the sense of belonging and home. The farm is just this huge body that hugs all the people in its presence.

Charles: How do you compare touring for your project and touring as a bass player for The Brazen Youth?

Will: It’s easier to put intensity and passion into my own music, but a part of me feels really inspired seeing the people come on tour with me in my band and seeing the intensity that they put into my music — even if they have no reason to feel connected to it. And seeing that made me think “Wow, I can do that with somebody else’s music.” For you guys, it's your band, and when you're on stage with another band it’s just this formless collaborative experience. It becomes everyone’s experience — regardless of who created the music. So, much of my journey as a bass player has been learning to feel connected to everyone — detaching any sense of ownership while in the midst of a song.

Will: Whats it like just having one person, myself, that’s not a part of the creative process?

Charles: It's just so useful having someone help lock in on stage.

Nicholas: It's really helpful on tour when someone in the band’s feeling discouraged. It’s just nice to have somebody who isn’t really even being credited for it, who just wants to give us their time and energy, simply for the sake of doing so. Like, Will, you probably get into it more than any of us do. The only way I can really explain it is that it’s just this very necessary external energy coming in. It’s very validating and it’s good to have that coming from someone you seriously respect. 

Will: When you feel discouraged because it’s your music and it’s so personal, and something isn’t going well, it can feel good to be with someone who is less attached to the music but they’re still having a great time with it. What’s it like having someone (Micah) in the band who is part of the creative process, but isn’t a songwriter?

Nicholas: I feel like as soon as they play, it’s no longer a song I wrote. It doesn’t really matter whose song it is, since there’s an immense amount of musical trust.

Charles: Micah's performance is probably one of the most artistic performances out of all of us. Micah will want to stay in the booth for hours and keep running tapes. Like, when I was listening to Primitive Initiative, I saw that what Micah was trying to explain throughout the whole year was explained in the album, and that is the most incredible thing to see.

Listen to tracks by both of these artists on The Deli New England's brand new Spotify playlist, Cold Cuts: Sounds of New England.

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Lilly Milman
Subtitle (brief and awesome): 
LittleBoyBigHeadonBike and The Brazen Youth ask each other about living on Ashlawn farm, touring with friends, and differences in their creative processes.
Excerpt (short interesting quote from the Q&A): 
"The farm is just this huge body that hugs all the people in its presence" - Micah Rubin, The Brazen Youth
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Samia Releases New Single 'Milk,' Plays Rough Trade on Thu, Sep 27th

With her boundless voice and blistering lyricism, Samia has a special knack for revealing big situations through intimate details. Whether discussing her hamster's name in '21,' or getting a rock star to listen to her music on 'The Night Josh Tillman Listened To My Song,' Samia finds lyrical perch by baring her soul through an itinerary of the everyday.

I thought of this while watching the video for her latest single, 'Milk.' Despite Samia's repeated assurances throughout, I get the impression that the mess she is referring to here is more than 'just spilled milk.' No matter how often she tells you not to worry, or how many interesting details she confesses throughout (bathing in the grease on the McDonald's floor, jumping off the pier at the seaport) you know there's also something left unsaid, lingering like a suggestive gloss under the track's shadowy contours and pulsating tension. It also marks an exciting turn from her previous work. Samia's voice was never a stranger to the anxieties of growing up in a world that tends to shame the thoughts, voices, and bodies of outspoken feminists. But on 'Milk,' the emotional dial is turned up even louder, revealing what in other singers would be vulnerabilities. For Samia, these serve as forceful reminders of just how potent an artist she is becoming. Watch the video below, and see Samia perform at Rough Trade on Thursday, September 27th. - Mike Levine (@goldnuggets)

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D.D. Island releases warm EP 'Last Summer'

 Brandon Rhodes makes love songs in his bedroom. Or, at least, that's what the "about" section of D. D. Island's Facebook page tells us. His new EP Last Summer is indeed very love-ly. Frontman Rhodes has a divine, Elliott Smith / Bright Eyes vocal timbre- most of the time it sounds as if he's either just woken up, or is lounging in a hammock. The same could be said about the rest of the arrangement, especially of "Lover Girl," which features a lightly strummed acoustic guitar and washed out, plucked electric guitars. "Watching All My Days" also reminds me of early Tennis, with that slightly beachy, vintage sound. Overall, Last Summer is a great EP for a nostalgic September day- we know those are slipping through our fingers. -Geena Kloeppel

 

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Weekend Warrior, September 14 - 16

The freak-folk collective of On the Water whimsically taps into one’s imagination. Ornate, tightly-bound instrumentation and refined harmonies create a nuanced sonic fabric – one that flourishes in its intricate attention to detail and simultaneously remains attached to its guttural, ground-swelling reality. The band accesses personal circumstances, while hedging toward an alternative fantasy. Tonight, On the Water will celebrate the arrival of their latest EP Failing Upwards, with a release show at West Philly’s The Mothership. They’ll also be supported by the tumultuously eerie punk of Northern Liberties, the glam-psych, space invasion of STARWOOD, and the funky dance-punk of Van Goose. – Michael Colavita

Other places where Hurricane Florence won’t hit this weekend…

The Mothership (602 S. 52nd St.) FRI On the Water (7-inch Record Release), Northern Liberties, STARWOOD

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Jay Laughlin, Roger Harvey, Lowercase Roses, SUN Rylan Brooks

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Deadfellow (Record Release), Sean Danger Smith

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Only On Weekends, Nobody Yet, Danger Club/Night Drive, SAT Trash Beach/DJ Cousin Mike, SUN The Helicopter Scuba Divers, Tinmouth, Los Ricos

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Americanadian

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Dean and Company Presents The Philly Spectrum Series, SAT Shannen Moser

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Mt. Joy, Petal, SAT Pinkwash

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SUN Big Handsome, The Fainz, John Brown and the Hatchets, The 1940’s, Steel Crowes, Nipper the Band, Shock Value

TLA (334 South St.) SAT Year of the Knife

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) FRI  So Far Gone: Dirty South Joe, Magglezzz

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Lör

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT Greg Sover Band

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Year Of The Knife, SAT Snow Villain, Cowbell Superstar, The Mojo Machine, Gibbous Moon, SUN Jackson Howard

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Behind Deadlines, SAT Sonni Shine (Album Release), Vessna Scheff, Fawz

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Laura Lizcano, Sophie Coran, SAT Tiny Vices, SUN Desperate Living, Josh Agran

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Andorra, Palatine, Teeth, SAT Camera Thief, Love? said the Commander, Jacopo De Nicola

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Sylo, Astro 8000, SAT DJ Deejay

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Triage, SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Jesse Ruben, SUN Lisa Chosed, Rachel Eve

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Supreem Da Rezarekta’, Artimës Prime, Orlando RsrJuice Jackson, M.A.S , SAT Palatine, Knightlife

The Tusk (430 South St.) SAT Apertures, Misfit Holiday, Monoceros

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI DJ Mighty Mike Saga, Elijvh Vrms, SAT Amora, Flowercrown, SUN Traitor, No Nothing

Century (1350 S 29th St.) SAT The Company Corvette, SUN Trashcats, Fucksake

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) FRI DJ Beatstreet

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) SAT A Vacation

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI The Madeleine Haze (Farewell Show), In The Presence of Wolves, Nakama, SAT Jordan Flaherty 

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Jordan Caiola, Katie Frank, SUN Stanley Clarke Band, Ernest Stuart Trio

No Face Studios (5213 Grays Ave.) FRI Bandit, A Virgin, SAT Lester, Buster, Gender Work

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SUN RunHideFight, No Thank You, Wildflowers of America

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Aphid Daughters, Michael Norris, SAT Teenage Bigfoot, Assemble, SUN Hallowed Bells

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN FLNG, Mud Guppies, Overwinter

The Music Ward (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Overwinter, Mattress Food

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New Mothers LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Render Another Ugly Method is the new album from Georgia transplants Mothers, and is out now via ANTI- Records. Whether subtlety set adrift or racing toward an undeclared destination, the band occupies a semi-chaotic, heady space that follows Kristine Leschper’s vocal lead. There’s an unpredictability to the release, as the band shifts between a chilly serenity and frenetic flashes of energy. Supported by Mega Bog, Mothers will be headlining Johnny Brenda’s on Saturday, November 3.

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