Brandi Carlile: New Album, Tour Dates & New Song “The Joke”!

Brandi Carlile has long been one of my favorite artists, her song, “The Story,” is one of my all-time favorite songs, and her last album, The Firewatcher’s Daughter, is one of my all-time favorite albums. So I’m very excited that she just announced her new album, By The Way, I Forgive You, will be released on February 16th. It’s definitely my most anticipated album of 2018. Below are Brandi’s live performance video, audio, and lyrics of the new album’s first single, “The Joke,” the album’s track list, and tour dates.



“The Joke” by Brandi Carlile Lyrics:

“You’re feeling nervous, aren’t you, boy?
With your quiet voice and impeccable style
Don’t ever let them steal your joy
And your gentle ways, to keep ’em from running wild
They can kick dirt in your face
Dress you down, and tell you that your place
Is in the middle, when they hate the way you shine
I see you tugging on your shirt
Trying to hide inside of it and hide how much it hurts
(Chorus)
Let ’em laugh while they can
Let ’em spin, let ’em scatter in the wind
I have been to the movies, I’ve seen how it ends
And the joke’s on them
You get discouraged, don’t you, girl?
It’s your brother’s world for a while longer
We gotta dance with the devil on a river
To beat the stream
Call it living the dream, call it kicking the ladder
They come to kick dirt in your face
To call you weak and then displace you
After carrying your baby on your back across the desert
I saw your eyes behind your hair
And you’re looking tired, but you don’t look scared
(Chorus x 2)”

By The Way, I Forgive You Album Tracklist:

1. Every Time I Hear That Song
2. The Joke
3. Hold Out Your Hand
4. The Mother
5. Whatever You Do
6. Fulton County Jane Doe
7. Sugartooth
8. Most Of All
9. Harder To Forgive
10. Party Of One

Brandi Carlile Tour Dates:

December 13—Anaheim, CA—House of Blues
December 15—Stanford, CA—Memorial Auditorium
December 16—Davis, CA—Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
December 17—Grass Valley, CA—Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Auditorium
January 12-14—Cancun, Mexico—Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds Riviera Maya
February 4-11—Cayamo, A Journey Through Song
March 3—Vancouver, BC—Commodore Ballroom
March 4—Bellingham, WA—Mt. Baker Theatre
March 30—Seattle, WA—Moore Theatre (on sale 11/17)
March 31—Seattle, WA—Moore Theatre (on sale 11/17)
April 5—New York, NY—Beacon Theatre (on sale 11/18)
April 6—New York, NY—Beacon Theatre (on sale 11/18)
April 21-22—North Charleston, SC—High Water Fest
May 4—Boston, MA—Orpheum Theatre (on sale 11/17)
June 15—Chicago, IL—Chicago Theatre (on sale 11/17)
August 12—Denver, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre (on sale 11/17)

Brandi Carlile Official Site

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Pre-Order CD @ Amazon (Autographed!)

Lorde: Melodrama

That feeling when your cool, kindred Goth friend abandons you for the cheerleader squad. Former champion of the outcast Lorde’s sophomore album is heavily and obviously influenced by her joining the Taylor Swift pop tart party squad.

It’s not bad for what it is, but it’s not my Lorde. If not for a few good tracks and the bizarrely gushing praise elsewhere, I wouldn’t even bother writing about it.

The lovely, melancholy ballad “Liability” is by far the standout track, and “Writer in the Dark” has a nice Kate Bush vibe.

“Green Light” and “Sober” take a more interesting approach to catch dance music than the rest of the album. Sadly, Lorde’s exquisitely distinctive voice and lyrical poetry is otherwise watered down with Auto-Tune and mediocre beats.

Unlike her addictive, uniquely spectacular debut, Pure Heroine, I doubt I’ll bother listening to Melodrama in the future.

The new releases by Deap Vally, The Company Stores, and Amanda Palmer are far more interesting.

Amanda Palmer & Edward Ka-Spel: I Can Spin a Rainbow (Album Review & Stream)

I’m so happy to hear my beloved Dresden Doll get all creepy and goth again! If, like me, you adore The Dresden Doll’s “Perfect Fit,” Amanda’s string-infused Bowie tribute, the Stranger Things theme, The Legendary Pink Dots (duh, it is Edward Ka-Spel after all), and Bauhaus, this is the album for you. If you don’t like them, well, I question your music taste and you should probably move on.


The standout track is “The Jack of Hands.” Other favorites are “Beyond the Beach,” “The Shock of Kontakt,” and “The Changing Room.”

The entire I Can Spin a Rainbow album is a delightfully eerie, spreading shadow.

Bishop Briggs

Bishop Briggs is my new obsession. It takes an extraordinarily impressive artist to break through the chaos of life as we now know it and lure me to listen to a full album—let alone write about it. Bishop Briggs’ new self-titled release is that album.



Bishop Briggs is the stage name of 25-year old British musician Sarah Grace McLaughlin.

Her music is truly unique. You can compare elements of her robust voice and trippy beats to Lorde, The Mynabirds, VV Brown, and Ibeyi, but there’s no one artist that sums up her complex and alluring sound.

“Wild Horses” is the album’s spectacularly multi-faceted centerpiece. Other standout tracks are “River” and “Dead Man’s Arms,” but it’s an album I’ve enjoyed listening to all the way through on repeat. Definitely one for my best of the year list.

Buy @ Amazon (only $4.74)

Bishop Briggs Twitter: @thatgirlbishop

Sonya Cotton: When I Go Home (Album Review & Exclusive Mp3)

No one so beautifully interprets heartache as Sonya Cotton. Her new album, When I Go Home, continues where her exquisite previous album, It is so, left off. Sonya’s lovely, otherworldly lilt narrates the loss of loved ones and nature over melancholy, multi-instrumental folk melodies in the classic, masterful way of Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez.



By the banks of the Yuba river
I received the dreaded call
that began the slow unwinding
of the life that I had known

From the mystery comes beauty
from the mystery comes strife
every moment at the mercy
of a force we cannot describe

The standout track is “Bloodroot.” Sonya says: “‘Bloodroot,’ in addition to being about a polar bear, is also about my mother’s losing fight with cancer. (As you may know, bloodroot is a plant that some claim can be used to pull tumors out of the body. Others believe there is no scientific/medical merit to this.) Though my mom never used Bloodroot, for me it was a symbol of the last strand of hope or last ditch effort in her battle with this illness.

That kind of metaphorical depth is a trademark of Sonya’s lyrics, particularly on this album and its predecessor. Every Sonya Cotton song is like a rich, poetic book.

Other highlights are “Yuba,” “Time Shows No Care,” “Don’t Want to Say Goodbye,” and “My Heart Lives,” but the entire album is truly, extraordinarily beautiful.

Sonya was kind enough to grant Muruch an exclusive mp3 download of “Bloodroot”. If you like what you hear, please support this talented independent artist by purchasing the full album at Bandcamp.

Sonya Cotton – Bloodroot (mp3)*

*posted for limited time w/ artist’s permission

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