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MBG: Death Vessel

MBG: Death Vessel

“Obadiah was a cripple and a grump, on the beak of a bald-headed bird”

Some lyricists are able to delicately transcend cohesive thoughts into imaginative worlds of abstraction. The latest such songwriter-talent to come across my ears is Joel Thibodeau, he is the man responsible for Sub Pop’s latest offering of neo-folk. He has a voice like a boy angel, but Death Vessel’s greatest strength is in the diversity of genre. Bluegrass, blues, rock, and folk scurry over Nothing is Precious Enough For Us with complete awareness of schizo-variety. And yet, the album does not spin into unfocused musical free-for-all. The result is an interesting and unique take on the indie-folk sound. One that has been growing on me heavily for the past month or so.

Joel’s appearance as Music Blog Guest is brief, but he is worth getting to know:

Dylan: Hi Joel. What’s your favorite CD today?

Joel: The Congos “Heart of the Congos”… because, for starters, the bass line on Congoman…

Dylan: I will listen to that. How about your best memory from Death Vessel’s last tour?

Joel: Discovering that some people enjoy eating cockscombs.

Dylan: I don’t know what that is, but it just might lead into my next question. What is a philosophical/theological thought you’d like to share with the ReleBlog?

Joel: Expect less in return.

Dylan: Thank you for that. What are you reading these days?

Joel: Brian Evenson’s “Dark Property”

Dylan: What are you wearing right now?

Joel: Boots, jeans, belt, t-shirt, watch and undergarments.

Dylan: Fascinating. Since conducting these interviews for the ReleBlog, I’ve deduced that most musicians don’t wear watches, nor do they mention undergarments.   Why are you making music?

Joel: Because no one asked me to.

Dylan: Before we go, what else would you like to add the interview?

Joel: I’ve moved to a new residence fifteen times during the past fifteen years.


Death Vessel is currently on a headlining tour of the United States. For an intimate little show of sincere musicianship, try to catch Joel if he’s in your town:

Sep 3 2008 10:00P
Media Club Vancouver, British Columbia
Sep 4 2008 9:00P
The Tractor Tavern Seattle, Washington
Sep 5 2008 9:00P
Doug Fir Lounge Portland, Oregon
Sep 6 2008 10:00P
Bottom of the Hill San Fancisco, California
Sep 7 2008 11:00P
Spaceland Los Angeles, California
Sep 9 2008 10:00P
Modified Arts Phoenix, Arizona
Sep 11 2008 12:00A
Rubber Gloves Denton, Texas
Sep 12 2008 10:00P
Emos Lounge Austin, Texas
Sep 13 2008 10:00P
Spanish Moon Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Sep 14 2008 10:00P
The Earl Atlanta, Georgia
Sep 16 2008 10:00P
Local 506 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Sep 17 2008 10:00P
Black Cat Backstage Washington, Washington DC
Sep 18 2008 10:00P
Johnny Brendas Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sep 19 2008 9:00P
Mercury Lounge New York, New York
Sep 20 2008 11:15P
Union Hall Brooklyn, New York
Sep 21 2008 10:00P
BAR Nightclub New Haven, Connecticut
Sep 22 2008 7:00P
Che’s Lounge Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts
Sep 23 2008 10:30P
The Living Room Providence, Rhode Island
Sep 24 2008 11:00P
SPACE Portland, Maine
Sep 25 2008 10:45P
Harpers Ferry Boston, Massachusetts
Sep 26 2008 10:00P
The Rendezvous Turners Falls, Massachusetts


“Send me permanent ultra-marine,

scratching the surface from in-between

i love you’s”

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