>> Featured Artist: Suzanne Vega
It's been a busy week for Mister Toaster, trying to keep up with music business as _ + _ business keeps him in the office 12 to 14 hours a day. He travels to the Big NYC this weekend for the Save Darfur Now rally in Central Park (Sun., 2 p.m.).*
Suzanne Vega is the latest performer confirmed for the rally, and she came highly welcomed by the thirty-somethings on staff. Still, it's important to note she became the "first established musician to perform live in an online 3D world," according to the love of our life.
"Luka" and "Tom's Diner" showed us all that Vega could write a damn-fine pop song, however atypical the subject matter. And we really wanted to post "Tired of Sleeping" for obvious reasons. But in the end "Gypsy" was begging to be posted. Good enough to end a genocide? We'll let you know next week.
Yeah, The Toaster featured The Long Winters on the lovely Bro disc. And at the time, we promised to give a "lookout" to the band's 2006 release - which, for the record, is a keeper. For a band that has existed primarily on the peripheral of our attention spans, Putting the Days to Bed solidifies them in, at the very least, a role of indie-rock consistency that is rare enough to be noteworthy.
While "Ultimatum" is both on the album and an Oct. 2005 EP, it serves as the glorious climax before an absent come-down and thus requires posting. And, you know, the title sends a message too.
* Thanks to Joe for putting the Toaster up for a weekend. (Hug)