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Rachael Yamagata

PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 12:00 am
by PCStuff
I keep going to her site and seeing the coming soon video teaser. I always loved her previous Happenstance, Live At The Loft, & EP releases. Anyone heard any "skinny" on this new release?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:52 am
by RightOverThisMess
Rachael blows my mind, and she needs to come out with something new soon. Happenstance is a perfect album.

PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 3:35 am
by PCStuff

PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 6:56 pm
by RightOverThisMess
Thanks so much for posting that! I purchased it today and am sooo happy to have some new Rachael tunes to listen to!

PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 2:25 pm
by Mis
Supposedly Rachael has signed with a different major label and her full-length album is set to be released in October. So FINALLY, some news! :)

PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2008 7:47 pm
by mattimus
I completely adore this woman- her talent is mind numbing.

In addition to the 3 track EP (none of which will be on the album), there's a new EP on iTunes featuring 4 songs off the new record. Check them out. "Sidedish Friend" is ridiculously good.

PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 9:22 pm
by Mis
I saw RY last Wednesday night here in Philly before heading to ACL on Thursday's the review I posted on a coupla other sites (in short - GO SEE HER....NOWWWWW):

Just back from the RY show at a TIIIIINY little club in Philly. I had such a shite-tastic day at work that I considered just giving it a miss, because I didn't get home until nearly 7. And I needed to leave here a bit after 8 to catch the train uptown to make it. And I hadn't finished packing for my trip to Austin. But I just knew I would absolutely HATE myself if I missed it, so I caffeinated myself, put the rest of my stuff together, and caught the train. Thank the LORD.




You peeps in the PNW MUST go to her shows out there (Oct 4 in Seattle, Oct 5 in PDX). RUN, do NOT walk, to get tickets.

She's better than ever. I had forgotten how fuck fuck fucking amazing she is live. And in a 150-capacity club, standing about 6 feet from her, I got the up close and personal view. She literally channels's incredible. And I'd forgotten how fucking sexy that woman is. Not tiny (praise GOD) but deliciously curvy, and the flowing hair, and the Liv Tyler smile and the piercing eyes, and LORD! Ok anyway...

Kevin Devine opened - he opened for KT on part of her US tour a couple years ago. He was good - I liked him better solo than with his band. Got to briefly say hello to him after Rachael's set and then my cab showed up, so yeah. Anyway...RACHAEL...

RY played a good mix of older stuff and stuff from the new album. The 21 + maybe a day - old gaggle of drunk girls in front of me (who kept backing into me eventhough there was about a 4-foot space in front of them. GGGGGRRR!) grabbed all the setlists. But here's what I remember (not in order):

Known for Years
Letter Read
Be Be Your Love
Meet Me By The Water
Sidedish Friend (new - getting a lot of play on WXPN here in Philly)
I Want You
Worn Me Down (electric version - ROCKED - crowd sang along)
Faster (again, new, and getting a lot of play on WXPN)
What if I Leave (new)
ELEPHANTS -(new - BEEPING GORGEOUS, you've all seen the video above)

There were several other tracks from the new album in here - but I don't know the names of them - the rock ones are ROCKING, electric wonders, the slow ones are wrenching and heart-wringing.

THEN she played the SECRET TRACK from the new album - The Only Fault - and kind of vamped and whispered into the microphone about a guy hitting on someone in the corner until everyone quieted down to the point that you could've heard a pin drop. INCREDIBLE. Soft, quiet, fingerpicked on a tremello-y Gretsch.

Then they closed with Sunday Afternoon - a new kind of old song, from what I've heard. It's on the new album. OMG...blew the damn roof off the place.


The Reason Why - the whole crowd sang along at the top of their lungs, and Rachel LOVED it. People were yelling out stuff like "man, that guy was an ASSHOLE!" and interjecting other stuff in between the verses, and it was totally cracking Rachael up. After it was over, she said it was the most fun she'd ever had playing that song. It was her birthday yesterday (the 23rd- the day after mine! woop!) so we all sang Happy Birthday to her, as well.

She mentioned several times that she's "lived in Philly long enough now to say that I'm from Philly. It's great to play at home!" How did I not know this??? Is this serious? Does anyone else know? If this is true, she should be playing around town a decent amount, and that is happy news!

Anyway - it was SOFA KING AWESOME. And I have to say I'm proud of myself, because the place where she played is up in kind of a shady neighborhood in north Philly and I went on my own and got there and home alive and well. LOL

PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 9:29 pm
by outta
Mis, sounds like a fantastic time! I'm usually running on caffeine ... and nerves (or nervousness!).

Yet another artist I'm unfamiliar with ... for now!

PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 4:11 am
by PCStuff
LOL! MIS, it sounds like you are smitten! I fully understand.

I love this YouTube video of her at the piano.

PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 7:38 pm
by Mis
^ That is a good one, PC. I recently found the one of her doing Be Be Your Love at ACL in 2004, and spotted myself in the video a couple of times - fun. :)

I REALLY love the new record. It's incredibly melancholy, then jarringly badass. I am definitely smitten! :)

PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 8:40 pm
by mattimus
LOVE the new album. She's grown so much in the last four years. "Duet", "Brown Eyes", "The Only Fault", "Faster" and "Don't" are my initial favorites.

PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 10:58 am
by Mis
The more I listen to this record, the more I love it. I literally get agitated if I don't listen to it at least once a day. LOL!

PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 1:59 am
by PCStuff
This is remaing a very powerful album. Rachael takes me off into a journey of places I don't understand, but more feel them. Just an amazing artist.

PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 8:19 pm
by Mis
PCStuff wrote:This is remaing a very powerful album. Rachael takes me off into a journey of places I don't understand, but more feel them. Just an amazing artist.

Completely and totally agreed. I'm absolutely obsessed with this record. I'm going to see her at the First Unitarian Church in Philly here a week from tomorrow and it's an amazing place to see anyone, let alone her. I can't wait. :)

PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 9:02 am
by RightOverThisMess
I saw Rachael in Seoul tonight! Read my blog entry: ... tands.html