Articles by Jeu-Hee Hahn
Nov. 4, 2011
Yamagata returns to World Cafe
Rachael Yamagata returned to World Cafe Live Oct. 31 after her last Free-At-Noon performance Sept. 30. This time around, Yamagata headlined the performance, with friend and album collaborator Mike Viola as her opening act. About a week and a half prior to the show, Yamagata began her U.S. tour for her new album, “Chesapeake,” which was released Oct. 11.“Chesapeake” is Yamagata’s third album, and it embodies a shift in composition and message. Firstly, the album was put together under Yamagata’s independent label, “Frankenfish.” Yamagata discussed her thoughts behind “Chesapeake”, saying that developing a finished work under an independent label had a great impact on her approach toward the music. “There were huge amounts of freedom, huge amounts of work,” Yamagata said. “We were left to our own devices. … It made all the difference in the world.” In terms of personal recollections, Yamagata stated that the album “had a tremendous effect on me … reaffirmed my confidence … extremely empowering. That’s how it’s changed me.”
Oct. 14, 2011
Street vendors, eatery reps at Night Market
Our generation has witnessed the rise of a new type of writer: the foodie. Through the ever-expanding world of online journaling and blogging, people from all parts of the world have been freely able to express their appreciation of food in all its forms. Here in Philadelphia, crowds of these passionate writers swarmed Chinatown Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. for the Night Market in Chinatown.
Oct. 14, 2011
Yamagata shows Philadelphia love
At World Cafe Live, Yamagata played numbers from her previous album, “Happenstance” (2004) and performed songs from “Chesapeake” such as “Starlight” and “Miles on a Car.” A couple times between songs, Yamagata noted that in “Chesapeake” there would be “happier” songs. She stated that positive or cheerful songs were a bit difficult for her in the past, as she worried they would seem “fake.” In spite of this, Yamagata displayed an air of humble cheerfulness that charmed audience members and made her performance warmly pleasant and openhearted. Yamagata tweeted on her webpage shortly after the performance, “Philly! … Love to u and XPN!” Yamagata will be returning to the World Cafe Live on Oct. 31 for another Philadelphia performance.