With a fan base as loyal as a Marine
battalion and a catalog littered with nine sparkling gems of diverse
Folk/Pop/Rock, including the ebullient Dick Van Dyke
parks-and-recreational swing of last year’s Let’s Fly a Kite,
singer/songwriter Eleni Mandell had no desire or inclination to subject
her creative methodology to any severe course corrections.
In 2004, when Chapel Hill, N.C. resident
Django Haskins lifted the name of his new band from the title of one of
Leonard Cohen’s most beloved albums — the ’70s classic New Skin for the Old Ceremony
— it could have been viewed as foolhardy bravado or a case of brilliant
To hell with bachelors and bachelorettes
dry-humping their way to faux decisions about potential partners for the
rest of their lives (or the season). For real drama, we need a reality
show about the travails of actual bands.