eTown Live Radio Show Taping w/ Jack Johnson & The Weather Station

  • When: August 11, 2017 Time: 5:45 pm - 7:45 pm
  • Where: eTOWN HALL / 1535 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302
  • Cost: $50 Plus Applicable Service Fees
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More than just a regular concert, eTown is a unique live experience! Audience members will watch the eTown Broadcast recorded before their eyes, complete with performances and interviews with both of our visiting artists, as well as the eChievement Award segment, eTown's opportunity to honor everyday heroes who are doing their part to make the world a better place. You won't want to miss it!

Doors: 5:15pm
Show Start: 5:45pm

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Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson - eTown

When choosing a title for his seventh studio album, Jack Johnson lifted a lyric from the opening track: a warm and wistful meditation on keeping perspective in frenzied times.

All the Light Above It Too refers to the sun and how it shines in all directions,” says Johnson, a Hawaii-based, multi-platinum-selling singer/songwriter. “It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the things happening in the world today, especially when a reality-TV host becomes our president. When my mind goes to that place of feeling like everything’s falling apart, it’s good to remember that there’s this beautiful world and that it’s not meant only for us—we’re just part of a bigger experience, and we’re so lucky to have that.”

The follow-up to 2013’s From Here to Now to You, All the Light Above It Too finds Johnson returning to the stripped-back, homegrown feel of the four-track recordings that launched his career over 17 years ago. “Whenever I listen back to demos or sketches for songs, there’s a spirit there that I really love, even if it’s just recorded on my laptop or my phone,” he says. “This time around it was important to me to get the recordings down in a way that keeps that raw feeling from when the song was still fresh and new.”

Produced by Johnson and Robbie Lackritz (Feist, Bahamas), the new LP came to life at the Mango Tree Studio, the home recording space where he’s created each album since 2003’s On and On. While his longtime bandmates accompanied him on several tracks, Johnson handled most of the instrumentation on his own, sculpting many of the songs around his graceful guitar performance. But despite the simplicity of that approach, All the Light Above It Too emerges as an album that’s undeniably rich in both texture and emotion.

In shaping the emotional terrain of his seventh studio album, Johnson drew from life-changing experiences like his recent sailing trip through the North Atlantic Ocean with 5 Gyres (a nonprofit organization focused on fighting plastic pollution). “Being out on the ocean with no distractions, no TV and no cell phones, that really kickstarted the songwriting process and helped me work through things that had been on my mind,” notes Johnson, whose journey was chronicled in the 2017 documentary The Smog of the Sea.

With his soulful melodicism and heartfelt storytelling, Johnson turns the album itself into a lovely respite from modern-day anxieties, even as he muses on the many troubles at hand. The album opens with “Subplots,” which begins by bringing lilting guitar work and serene harmonies to the easy wisdom of its titular lyric (“All the light under the sun/And all the light above it too/It don’t shine for you”). The tracklisting continues with the lush and atmospheric “You Can’t Control It” which speaks to the pain and beauty of surrendering to collective experience. On “Sunsets for Somebody Else,” Johnson’s tender vocal delivery delicately contrasts his worrying over our nonstop media exposure (“Can this world not afford to sleep anymore?”). And on lead single “My Mind is for Sale,” bubbly rhythms and cascading guitar tones build a brilliant backdrop to the album’s sharpest lyrical barbs (“I don’t care for your paranoid us-against-them walls/I don’t care for your careless, me-first-gimme-gimme appetite at all”).

At the center of All the Light Above It Too are a pair of tracks offering escape from everyday life. Laced with slice-of-life images of an idyllic getaway—feet up on the dashboard, campfire lazing—“Big Sur” perfectly captures a longing to preserve that blissed-out headspace. “It’s about driving away from all these things we can’t avoid, taking off with your best friends to a place where you can get into those endless conversations that only ever stop because you have to go to sleep,” explains Johnson. Next, on “Love Song #16,” he delivers a sweetly self-effacing serenade to his wife, Kim. “In the middle of writing that one, I started counting how many love songs I’ve written for my wife over the years, and got to 15 at least,” he says. “A lot of the lyrics are joking about how she’s always been cooler than me, like how she was onto the Pixies before I was, and how she was reading beat poetry in high school when most people don’t discover that until college.”

In its final few tracks, All the Light Above It Too unfolds with some subtle commentary on the bright and dark sides of human behavior. On “One Moon,” with its hypnotic slide guitar and intricate folk flourishes, Johnson reflects on the absurdity of casual greed. “I was on a camping trip with the family, and we were talking about how other planets have more moons than we do,” he says. “It kind of became a joke about being jealous of those other planets—that mentality of always wanting whatever your neighbor has.” Driven by nimble drumbeats and a bass-heavy groove, “Gather” twists a caveman-versus-modern-man metaphor into what Johnson describes as “a back-and-forth between people who are thinking about basic survival and people who are thinking about going out for coffee.” And on the album-closing “Fragments”—a slow-burning track complete with blistering guitar soloJohnson transforms his restless frustration into a gently powerful message of positivity.

That rare balance of quiet introspection and thoughtful observation has driven much of Johnson’s songwriting over the years. Born and raised in Hawaii, he grew up surfing and playing guitar, and released his debut album Brushfire Fairytales in 2001. Since then, Johnson has released 6 more studio albums and 2 live albums that have sold over 25 million copies worldwide. His Brushfire Records label and touring crew have been leaders in the greening of the music industry and his All At Once social action network connects fans with local non-profits at each tour stop. In addition, Johnson and his wife Kim co-founded the Kokua Hawaii Foundation to support environmental education in Hawaii’s schools and communities, as well as the Johnson Ohana Foundation to foster environmental, art, and music education worldwide.

Recently, LA Weekly said he “remains one of the more influential singer-songwriters of the 21st century.”   With All the Light Above It Too, Johnson has created an album that invites listeners to carve out their own space away from the chaos, to shift perspective and restore hope. But, as he explains, his main motivation for making the album was far more straightforward. “Every time I make a new album, I try to create something true to where I’m at in life, and hope that that truth will resonate with people. If an album ends up really speaking to someone, then I feel like I’ve succeeded.”

The Weather Station

The Weather Station - eTown

The Weather Station is the fourth—and most forthright—album by The Weather Station, the project of Toronto songwriter Tamara Lindeman. Her most fully realized statement to date, it is a work of profound urgency, artistic generosity, and joy. Self-titled and self-produced, the album unearths a vital new energy from Lindeman’s acclaimed songwriting practice, marrying it to a bold new sense of confidence.

“I wanted to make a rock and roll record,” Lindeman explains, “but one that sounded how I wanted it to sound, which of course is nothing like rock and roll.” The result is a spirited, frequently topical tour de force that declares its understated feminist politics, and its ambitious new sonic directions, from its first moments. On past records, Lindeman has been a master of economy. Here her precisely detailed prose-poem narratives remain as exquisitely wrought as ever, but they inhabit an idiosyncratic, sometimes disorderly, and often daring album that feels, and reads, like a collection of obliquely gut-punching short stories.

Her previous album Loyalty was recorded at La Frette Studios in France in the winter of 2014 with Afie Jurvanen (Bahamas) and Robbie Lackritz (Feist). Nominated for the 2015 Polaris Music Prize, it earned praise from The GuardianPitchforkNPR MusicUncut, and MOJO, among many others, who celebrated its delicate, carefully worded verse, filled with double meanings, ambiguities, complex metaphors, and rich details of the everyday.

Lindeman and her band have toured extensively in North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan, both as a headliner and as support for artists such as The War on DrugsThe Mountain GoatsDamien JuradoBahamas, and Basia Bulat.

“Timeless… Measured, perceptive storytelling. A singer with an unmistakable & communicative voice, able to convey hope & hurt with equal clarity.” – Pitchfork

“She writes literate songs with unusual precision & sings them in an understated, open-hearted way that lends good poetry the directness of conversation.” – Uncut

“Bob Dylan aside, the singer-songwriter I’ve listened to most over the past year, & to whom I expect to be paying attention for many more to come, is Tamara Lindeman, who, under the name the Weather Station, performs songs notable for a conversational fluency, a diarist’s powers of observation, & a quiet refusal of emotional simplicities.” – Richard Williams, The Guardian

Interview Guest: Jeff Orlowski - "Chasing Coral"

Jeff Orlowski - Chasing Coral - eTown

Filmmaker | Photographer | Entrepreneur | Problem-solver.

FILMMAKER JEFF ORLOWSKI served as director, producer, and cinematographer on the Sundance Award-Winning film, Chasing Ice. Orlowski’s feature length documentary was invited to screen at the White House, the United Nations and the United States Congress and has captured over 40 awards from film festivals around the world. It went on to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song, and has screened on all seven continents.

As founder of Exposure Labs, a production company geared toward socially relevant filmmaking, Orlowski, 32, has served as director and producer of short film projects and online/broadcast commercial work. He has worked with Apple, National Geographic, Netflix, Stanford University, and the Jane Goodall Institute among many others. His work has aired on the National Geographic Channel, CNN and NBC and has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, NPR and Popular Mechanics. He has traveled on tour representing the Sundance Institute, President Obama's Committee for the Arts and Humanities, and the National Endowment of the Arts.  Orlowski most recently produced the award-winning film Frame by Frameand earlier this year received the inaugural Sundance Institute | Discovery Impact Fellowship for environmental filmmaking. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.