Sunday, Tucker got to play some prerelease cuts from Our One Mistake, new plastic from The Old Ceremony, on the new Teen Spirit Show on WCOM. Django Haskins and TOC are one of the bands that we both like a lot and have even gotten to see together.
I like how Django draws from Elvis Costello and REM and Leonard Cohen. The last LC is the source of the band name — from “New Skin for the Old Ceremony.” In “Radio Religion,” we get a nice homage to Elvis C’s “Radio Radio” in a couple of places even tho the tone of the song is much sweeter than LC’s. A bit of John Lennon vocals in another song. And witty Costello-ish, rather than overheavy Cohen-ish, writing throughout. (Yes, I’ve managed to hear the new collection a few times now).
Over on his News and Observer Music Blog, David Menconi writes about the band name, tells a quick story from Django and lets us know about the plastic release party on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Cat’s Cradle, which will be followed by a Sunday matinee performance at the Shakori Hills Grassroots Fall Festival.
This YouTube Live TOC Show from NYC this summer features these new songs: “Poison Pen,” “Papers in Order,” “Radio Religion,” and interview with Django and two other Ceremonials.