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Sleepover Show #95: Lydia Loveless
You never really know someone until you drive around with them looking for parking. If that adage, which we just made up, holds any truth, we really know Lydia Loveless. During the colder months, you’ll notice a distinct lack of sunlight in many of our videos, for Miss Loveless we would have none of that. We met up with the Ohio-based singer-songwriter in the afternoon before her show in Cambridge. Immediately we knew the best spot for us to film her songs; however, this did not stop us from driving around Cambridge for 20 minutes looking for parking.
Once we finally arrived, Lydia took center stage inside of the unnamed MIT statue (ed. unnamed by MIT, not unnamed by us). Underneath the statue, she treated us to More Like Them and Learn to Say No from her 2011 album Indestructible Machine, which we discovered is actually a lyric from her song Learn to Say No. Her performance was marred by a couple false starts due to noisy busses and a sensitive car alarm. I guess that’s what we get for filming by a busy street.
Along with vocal automobiles, Miss Loveless also drew a bit of an audience. We sometimes get crowds when we film outside. However, today there was a particularly friendly MIT student who asked us if Lydia had time to “jam” with him in his dorm before her show. The singer was very gracious in turning him down.
For her last song Bad Way to Go also off Indestructible Machine, we found a quiet spot away from cars. Lydia played her final song of the set as the sun began to hang low in the sky.