So if you're a faithful follower of our fine publication, you likely read Dustin Allen's pick for The Silent League show tomorrow night at The Basement. According to Mr. Allen, "their latest, ... But You've Always Been the Caretaker, has the Brooklyn outfit poised for reemergence." And what's the deal with Paper Hats? Why, that's lovable local guitar guru William Tyler's one-man experimental outfit, and I once wrote about it in a blurb for the paper that we had to can. Perfect time to resurrect said pick, you say? Here are my thoughts on Paper Hats:
As the virtuosic but tasteful sideman for acts like Silver Jews and Lambchop, in-demand guitarist William Tyler has remained mostly in the shadows, content to let lyrical masters like David Berman and Kurt Wagner take the spotlight. But with Paper Hats, the Nashville native's solo project, Tyler has begun to let his lush, free-range picking do all the talking. Warm and enveloping but never wanky, Paper Hats' shows typically feature the capably strummed Telecaster of Tyler with occasional accompaniment from cello or some other beautifully moody and subtle instrumentation. More sonic landscapes than conventional songs, Paper Hats' compositions swirl in and out of focus, providing casual glimpses at the sleepy vistas constructed in Tyler's mind.
The "sleepy vistas" part is a bit much, right? Whatever ... that's beside the point. The point is, due to some sort of unspecified mix-up, the Silent League/Paper Hats show tomorrow night has been moved up to 7 p.m. To quote Mr. Tyler, "The show is now being moved EARLY to seven. This sucks eggs in a Cool Hand Luke manner, but I am trying to do some damage control. To quote Donald Rumsfeld, 'freedom is messy.' " That it is, Rummy. That it is.