last summer my dad and i went to la jolla and during that time i saw gabriel kahane perform and it was the first time i had heard his music and i love love lurvvvedd it. and then later by the pool he and i discussed dumplings over steak and though i really can't support his vanessa's habit, i still think he is mondo cool and his music is sooo pretty. i listened to his album where are the arms all throughout last year's sweater weather and it became this sort of grown-up sufjan situation because every autumn during high school i listened to sufjan's illinois on repeat as a rite of something, a rite of fall? anyway, even though i really hate comparing people's music to other people's music for fear that people will disagree or kvetch or get offended or whatever, i am going to go ahead and say that if you don't know gabe's music and you like sufjan (or, heck, if you simply are into beautiful tunes and poetic lyrics that burst with nostalgia), you will like gabe and you should check him out.
here are his things to see, hear, eat, and not do:
see: everyone should go hear american soundscapes on thursday at zankel where they are doing andrew norman's try which is just the best thing, and then come back on saturday to carnegie to hear my piece gabriel's guide to the 48 states with genius orpheus chamber orchestra and witness all the things i stole from andrew.
hear: i am so late to this party, but everyone should really listen to j dilla's DONUTS.
eat: okay i made up this very straightforward pasta water/emulsion situation: guanciale, brussels sprout leaves, shallot, chilies, pecorino. you know the drill!
don't: don't accidentally wear the t-shirt for your own musical to someone else's theater opening.