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Monday, August 16, 2010

Shafts, Can Ya Dig It?

I've spent the last two weeks or so digging into Revelation Skirts, the new album from VT ex-pat Dean Wells, otherwise known as the Capstan Shafts. The album, his first proper studio release and first with another musician, hits stores on August 24. So I have a short feature on Wells and his new musical partner Matt Lemay — who, incidentally, was the critic who first reviewed Wells' music for Pitchfork back in 2007 — in this week's paper.

Anyway, in doing some poking around for the piece, I stumbled across this video from Wells' first-ever live show, an acoustic performance at the Stannard Church, shot by Brian Murphy of late, great False 45th renown. It's a good one and, especially in light of the polished brilliance of Revelation, provides a fascinating contrast and a glimpse at just how far Wells has come. Enjoy.



Soooooooo looking forward to this album. And thanks for the tip of the hat. By the way, at the end of that clip, you can hear Dean ask someone in the crowd if they want to sing. I'm pretty sure that was Matt Lemay that he was talking to. Lemay had driven up from NYC for the show.

Here's the link to the of my review of the show. There are some extra clips in there too.

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