Thursday, December 25, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
I'll let this disturbing news settle in.
You know of course this means I can no longer go shopping without the fear that there will be a JoBro sighting and I could be killed in the ensuing mayhem and crushing hordes of screaming teenage girls. I just hope they stick to shopping in Southlake and won't come to Grapevine Mills, Galleria, or Northpark [I like those places].
I actually feel mean and am thinking about going to a mall and shouting "OMG!!! It's the Jonas Brothers!!" and seeing what happens. I'm evil. lol
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Locksley was next. The frontman was a slick fast talker with a polished stage presence that reminded of That Thing You Do or Ed Sullivan-era Beatles. Their songs were poppy and fun like those great 60s bands. It wasn't what I was expecting from a band named after Robin Hood's hometown.
Rooney was great as always. They played a lot of song from their first album and few off the new record. They did a few great covers. The encore really impressed me when they switched up positions, drummer Ned to vocals, singer Rob to drums, and keyboardist Louie to guitar. All this to roar through Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World." Awesome!
Forever The Sickest Kids are on The Warped Tour. It's already made it's pass at Dallas, but for the rest of you out there, you still have a chance to catch them.
Jul 24 2008 Darien, New York
Jul 25 2008 Camden, New Jersey
Jul 26 2008 Uniondale, New York
Jul 27 2008 Scranton, Pennsylvania
Jul 28 2008 Englishtown, New Jersey
Jul 29 2008 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jul 30 2008 Cinncinnatti, Ohio
Jul 31 2008 Noblesville, Indiana
Aug 1 2008 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Aug 2 2008 Tinley Park, Illinois
Aug 3 2008 Shakopee, Minnesota
Aug 5 2008 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Aug 6 2008 Calgary, Alberta
Aug 13 2008 Fresno, California
Aug 14 2008 Chula Vista, California
Aug 15 2008 Mountain View, California
Aug 16 2008 Marysville, California
Aug 17 2008 Carson, California
If you haven't had a listen to Jesse McCartney's new album, it's worth a listen to hear him go from Disney Radio sugar pop to grown up R&B/Pop ala Justin Timberlake.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
I will say that you should keep your eyes on this here blog. I've got news on G Love, Forever the Sickest Kids, Jessie McCartney, and a concert review of the Rooney show tomorrow night at HOB.
Lots of music blogness to start the holiday weekend off right.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
That being said, Death Cab for Cutie is slowly growing on me. I'm pleased to see former-indie darlings being successful in the major league. Ben Gibbard's voice is sweet and charming, and the music speaks for itself. Although, Nokia Theater in Grand Prairie is too big a venue for the music, but I suspect that anywhere else would have sold out in minutes due to the sheer popularity of Death Cab.
Last time I saw them, I had just been blown away by Franz Ferdinand, who totally dominated the night, and the switch in gears to Death Cab left me sleepy in the back of the pit.... not kidding (don't shoot!). This year, Rogue Wave set the tone that matched the mood of Death Cab's music almost perfectly. Still very relaxing music, and I enjoyed the night sitting down for most of the night. Until the uber fans arrived and blocked my view with enthusiastic jumping.
The thing that annoys me the most about Death Cab isn't their music. It's their fans. I'm fine with the music nerds [hello, I am one]. I'm fine with the scenesters and hipsters. I'm annoyed by the "Abercrombies" who are only there to be seen at a cool concert, talk through the entire show, prop their feet up on an occupied seat, or fan girly squeal like annoying teenagers [boys and girls].
*ahem* I think this time around, I have a greater appreciation for Death Cab's music. Really listening to the lyrics and getting caught up in in the music finally punched a hole in my defenses. I will endeavor to obtain their albums to fill the gaping void in my cd shelf post haste, and I will wear my new tshirt proudly [and I will try not to laugh at myself for doing so].
I present to you a sample of something that will be stuck in your head for the rest of the year, if it wasn't already from watching Darjeeling Limited.
Typewriter Tip, Tip, Tip
Saturday, June 14, 2008
First... apologies for the quiet around here. I finally got a job. I'm a promotions assistant for Movin' 107.5, and it's the best job in the world. Seriously, what could be better than getting paid to act crazy and draw attention to yourself? It's been keeping me busy. I'm really thankful for getting such a great job that will definitely lead me somewhere. I'm getting closer to my goal of moving to England to work in the music industry there, which is pretty exciting for me. :-)
Did anyone catch the Akira Kurosawa marathon last weekend on the Ovation channel? Kurosawa is one of the most amazing filmmakers in the history of cinema. I watched Seven Samurai twice on Sunday.
Monday, June 2, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Sigur Rós will be releasing their new album worldwide the week of June 23. It is called Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust.
You can download the first track "Gobbledigook" and watch the video right now on SigurRos.com.
This is the official announcement sent out by the record labels today…
Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
(English spelling: Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust)
Sigur Rós will be releasing their fifth album, Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust (English translation: with a buzz in our ears we play endlessly), worldwide the week of June 23. The first track from the album, entitled "Gobbledigook," is available worldwide for free download via SigurRos.com. The video for the song is also on the website.
A pre-sale for the album will begin on SigurRos.com on June 2. A special deluxe edition of the album to be released later in the year — featuring a "Making Of… " book, a film and more — will also be available to pre-order on the band's website as of June 2. A stream of Með suð í eyrum… will be available to hear on SigurRos.com on June 9. Lastly, a plethora of Sigur Rós goodies — exclusive clips, information on tickets for upcoming shows throughout the year, etc. — will be available to those who sign up for the mailing list on SigurRos.com.
Með suð í eyrum… was co-produced with the band by renowned producer Flood, and was recorded in New York City (at Sear Sound Studios), London (at Assault and Battery Studios and Abbey Road), Reykjavík (at Álafoss, the band's studio, as well as a church in Reykjavík), and Havana, Cuba. Whereas Sigur Rós' last release — the critically-acclaimed documentary Heima, chronicling their free tour throughout Iceland — took the band to their homeland, their newest creation, Með suð í eyrum… is the first album in the band's career to be made outside of Iceland. It is also their first album to feature vocalist Jón "Jónsi" Thor Birgisson's vocals in English on one track (the remainder are sung in Icelandic).
Inspired by the unfettered feeling of the acoustic performances filmed during Heima, Sigur Rós decided to adopt a looser approach in the writing and creation of their brilliant fifth album. The material for the album was written, recorded and mixed entirely in 2008 and is being released just one month after its completion. The album glows with the perfect imperfection of live takes, the sounds of fingers playing guitar strings, cracked notes, and a stark, upfront presence not found in previous Sigur Rós recordings, moving away from reverb-soaked guitar sounds towards something altogether more affecting. The record also contains some of the most joyous music the band has ever recorded.
Opener "Gobbledigook" sets the tone for Með suð í eyrum… with its shifting acoustic guitars, playful vocals, time signature swings and swirling percussion, while "Inní mér syngur vitleysingur" ("Within me a lunatic sings") sparkles as one of the most anthemic songs Sigur Rós have ever written. "Festival" is epic in its elation and scope, "Illgresi" features one of Jónsi's finest vocal melodies over a lone acoustic guitar, and "Ára bátur" is the largest musical undertaking in the band's career, as it was recorded live in one take with the London Sinfonietta and London Oratory Boy's Choir, a total of 90 people playing at the same time. The band also utilized the talents of their string-quartet friends Amiina, as well as a five-piece brass section on certain tracks, in addition to introducing the Mellotron into their writing/recording process for the first time on this album, highlighted on one of the most tender and beautiful songs on the record, "Fljótavík."
The spirit of Með suð í eyrum… is best captured by the album's stunning artwork, contributed by acclaimed visual artist Ryan McGinley. McGinley first met the band when he photographed Jónsi six years ago; the album cover was taken from a flyer for McGinley's most recent exhibit, "I Know Where the Summer Goes," which happened to find its way into Jónsi's inbox just as the band was deciding on how to best visually represent their new collection of songs. The result is a perfect synergy of the aural and the visual.
The tracklisting for Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust (with a buzz in our ears we play endlessly) is…
2. Inní mér syngur vitleysingur
3. Góðan daginn
4. Við spilum endalaust
6. Með suð í eyrum
7. Ára bátur
11. All Alright
Sigur Rós will be playing shows all over the globe throughout the summer and fall to preview material from Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust, including a special set at this year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The tour dates are:
The June tour dates…
6/5/08 Guadalajara, MEX @ Teatro Degollado
6/7/08 Tepoztlan, MEX @ Festival La Colmena
6/8/08 Tijuana, MEX @ Planeta Tijuana
6/11/08 Omaha, NE @ Orpheum Theater
6/12/08 Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
6/14/08 Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
6/16/08 New York, NY @ Grand Ballroom
6/20/08 Neuhausen ob Eck @ Southside Festival
6/22/08 Scheesel, Bremen @ Hurricane Festival
More worldwide tour dates will be announced soon.
Sigur Rós is: Jón Thor Birgisson (vocals, guitar), Georg Holm (bass), Kjartan Sveinsson (keyboards/piano), Orrí Páll Dýrason (drums).
I would normally post the video at this point, but everyone in it completely naked and I wanna keep this blog kid friendly. The track doesn't really sound like your usual Sigur Ros, but I kinda like it. I'm a bit excited about the English track.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
If you don't know, Saturday is National Record Store Day. It's a lovely day designed to give thanks and love to your local independent record store. Dallas' own Good Records postponed their birthday bash until this Saturday to make for a huge celebration. There will be tons of music in-store (pun intended lol).
Dallas, TX 75206
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Kevin Jack is an Austin-based rap artist who brought up a live band to accompany him and his rhymes. The whole room started bouncing and groovin' with his songs. What a way to end an Austin daytrip!
Anyways... get yourself over to his myspace and check out his tunes.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Feist is going on tour and bringing her wonderful, musical magic to a venue near you. I would highly recommend you go see her if you have a chance... or the money. Clap along with "Sea Lion." Dance your way through "I Feel It All."
She'll be hitting Dallas on Wednesday, April 16th at the Palladium Ballroom. I might be poor, but I'm gonna find a way to get to this show. I'll be darned if I miss it.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
April 01 - Houston, TX - DOXA Student Center (Spring)
April 02 - Ft. Worth, TX - CCAG Student Center
April 03 - Dallas, TX - VCI Student Center (Parker)
April 04 - Norman, OK - In-Studio Set for "The Wire" (OU Radio)
April 05 - Albuquerque, NM - UNM Lobo A/B Room (SUB)
April 06 - Phoenix, AZ - TBA
April 08 - San Diego, CA - The Kava Lounge
April 10 - Los Angeles, CA - Hotel Cafe
April 11 - Visalia, CA - TBA
April 12 - San Francisco, CA - TBA
April 13 - Portland, OR - The Tonic Lounge
April 14 - Seattle, WA - The Greenhouse
April 15 - Spokane, WA - Empyrean Coffe House
April 16 - Missoula, MT - Rob’s Field
April 18 - Salt Lake City, UT - TBA
April 22 - Cheyenne, WY - TBA
April 24 - Evergreen, CO - Little Bear
April 25 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
April 28 - Omaha, NE - PS Collective
May 02 - Kansas City, MO - Korruption
May 03 - St. Louis, MO - UMSL Pilot House.
May 15 - Toronto, ON - Cameron House
Monday, March 24, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
- Too Shy - Kajagoogoo
- No One To Blame - Howard Jones
- Do You Really Want To Hurt Me - Culture Club
- Poison Arrow - ABC
- Save A Prayer - Duran Duran
- Careless Whisper - WHAM!
- Hold Me Now - Thompson Twins
- If You Leave - OMD
- Blasphemous Rumours - Depeche Mode
- Tainted Love - Soft Cell
- It's My Life - Talk Talk
- More Than This - Roxy Music
- I Ran (So Far Away) - A Flock Of Seagulls
- Promises, Promises - Naked Eyes
- Perfect Way - Scritti Politti
- West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys
- Only You - Yaz
- Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
- Safety Dance - Men Without Hats
- Love Plus One - Haircut 100
- True - Spandau Ballet
Friday, March 14, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
I would suggest that you take advantage of the chance to watch "Heima" for free. It's remarkably beautiful. Shot on location around Iceland, it's visually stunning and the music of Sigur Ros will sweep you away. Although, I will warn you that this is a very relaxing movie and could lull you into a peaceful nap.
Sigur Ros "Heima" on YouTube.
Friday, March 7, 2008
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
What a great record. I'm really pleased this one was recognized. I'm surprised that it beat out Radiohead's In Rainbows in this category.
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
I found these guys on My Space almost a year ago. Crazy, cool, and Christian... the way it should be in my opinion. ;-) They make me want to dance like Jamiroquai, so I'm really happy with this outcome too.
FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
I'm a bit disappointed Emma Pollock didn't win this category.
MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
INDIE ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam
Arcade Fire, Of Montreal, or The National might have been my pick for this category. A Speak'n'Spell had to die for these guys to win. :-P
AMERICANA ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
I'm pleased here. :-)
METAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
The Dillinger Escape Plan - Ire Works
HIP-HOP ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass
PUNK ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Gogol Bordello - Super Taranta!
Haha! Let's here it for fun and funny punk rock!
ELECTRONIC/DANCE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Justice - †
DJ ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Hot Chip - DJ Kicks
AVANT ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Liars - Liars
I was pulling for Eluvium because their music reminded me of Sigur Ros [I like sleepy time music].
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Would you expect any different? Brilliance deserves reward.
SONG OF THE YEAR
The National - "Fake Empire"
LIVE ACT OF THE YEAR
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Battles - "Atlas"
I'm thinking that Justice's video was pretty freaking awesome.
ALBUM ART PACKAGING OF THE YEAR
Menomena - Friend And Foe
I'm laughing more at the category than the winner. It's listed under "obsessive." Much?
RECORD LABEL OF THE YEAR
I voted Sub Pop because I love just about everything I hear off that label.
LIVE MUSIC VENUE OF THE YEAR
Texas gets no love.
MUSIC FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR
Again no love for Texas. Both Austing City Limits Festival and SXSW were up in this category.
MUSIC WEBSITE OF THE YEAR
MUSIC BLOG OF THE YEAR
I was pulling for Brooklyn Vegan. Reading that blog was one of the inspirations to start this blog you're reading now.
MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR
ONLINE RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR
RECORD STORE OF THE YEAR
No love for Waterloo in Austin. Sad.
ZINE OF THE YEAR
ONLINE RECORD STORE OF THE YEAR
Easy win. iTunes blasts the competition.
COLLEGE/NON-COMM RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR
SPECIALTY SHOW OF THE YEAR
Sirius: Left Of Center - Blog Radio
Now, I should remind you that the Brit Awards will be broadcast for all of us stuck on this side of the pond on Sunday at 8pm E/7pm C on BBC America [you may want to check to see if your cable or satellite provider is cool enough to carry it].
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Go check it out yo!
In essence, Pop is short for popular, and doesn't every musician want to be popular? But how do you get the ordinary musician, slugging it out in bars and open mic nights, to rise to a level of popularity that will bring success? A song.
In my opinion, and let me add that I dove back into some of my producing text books for inspiration, is that a popular song has to leave an impression. Your audience has to leave the venue singing your songs. Everybody and their grandmas knows what a hook is. It's a little bit of melody that is repeated and memorable. When I think of the Rolling Stone's "Satisfaction," I think of that famous guitar riff. The hook can be anything really, just as long as it's repeated and memorable.
Another thing that I've found important, to me, in a popular song is "singability." I've got to be able to sing along with a song for me to really like it. This a very huge reason why I've never like that thrash metal whatever they call growling, grunting, and screaming into a mic. [Don't get me wrong, metal is cool. Metalica... I can sing to that.] Most of the most historically popular songs are relatively easy to sing along with. "At Last," "Moon River," "Hard Day's Night," "Imagine," and "Proud Mary" are all examples of hugely popular songs, instantly recognizable, and easy to sing along with.
Along with "singability," there has to be musicality. Inherently, everyone knows when a song is just a little off. Something that is just not quite right and makes you squirm a bit in your chair. We've all heard it, and most likely during the auditions segment of American Idol. Sometimes I come across an artist on My Space that could be really really great if maybe their song was a bit smoother.
I'll just add that I'm a sucker for a clever and thoughtful lyricas well. Radiant is one of my favorite local bands here in Dallas, and Levi Smith writes some of the best lyrics. Lyrics that I want to quote and that inspire me. That makes an impression on me as a listener.
Of course, all the spit shine polish that a snazzy producer can bring won't make a lick of difference if the song is a dud.
Now I turn it over to you, Reader. I want to know what you think are important elements to a POPular song.
Monday, March 3, 2008
The H Is Silent
Friday, February 29, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Another award show of interest is the Brit Awards. It was last Wednesday, but BBC America will broadcast it for those of us stuck on this side of the Pond on Sunday, March 9th at 8pm E/7pm C.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
"The point of list like this is to stimulate debate."
And debate they have, the comments board under the article it steaming. Every one's a critic. The poll was of the public, so you only have the British to blame... who, by the way, provide that same music for your listening pleasure. Don't bite the hand that feeds you.
Again, I'm not disappointed by this list, my top favorite albums by my top favorite band of all time occupies the top 2 spots. I feel quite vindicated for 12 years of support. After all, Oasis is the band that changed my life as a lowly freshman. They gave me the dream of working in the music industry, as well as that not so far off dream of moving to England someday. So yah, I'm well pleased.
Here's the article in all it's musical glory.
The Brit Awards are this Wednesday. While they may not be telecast here on the day, I'm sure BBC America or some other cable/satellite channel will give us some love here in a couple of weeks.
The music poll closed today. UK took the lead with "Somewhere Else" taking second. Again, well pleased. :-)
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
May 5 - Cruzan Amphitheatre - West Palm Beach, Florida
May 6 - Ford Amphitheatre - Tampa, Florida
May 8 - Lakewood Amphitheatre - Atlanta, Georgia
May 9 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - Charlotte, North Carolina
May 11 - Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge - Bristow, Virginia
May 14 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - St Louis, Missouri
May 17 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion - Houston, Texas
May 18 - Superpages.com Center - Dallas, Texas
Pre-sale for the above dates will begin February 14 via W.A.S.T.E. with general on-sales following on February 16.
The second half of the North American tour will follow the band's summer tour of the UK and Europe.
While I am beside myself with excitement... where in the freakin' H-E-double hockey stick is Superpages.com Center?!
Question answered: Superpages.com is the new Smirnoff.
Well dang. I kinda liked Smirnoff.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
I'm really happy that the WGA decided to allow the show go on for the Grammys.
I've just gotta say... Alicia Keys "playing" with Frank Sinatra was a spectacular kind of awesome. I gotta give this girl props for giving props to God first in her acceptance speech for Female R&B Artist of the Year. That always sits cool in my book.
Carrie Underwood had something that looked like Stomp going on behind her that was kinda cool, and yet a tad distracting.
Amy Winehouse made it out of rehab in time, but her visa wasn't ready in time for her to get to the Grammys. Good on her for snagging Best New Artist, even though I was pulling for Feist, I'm well pleased. I'm thrilled for her winning Song of the Year.
Jimmy Jam reuniting with The Time... oh goodness, I felt like a kid again!
Cirque de Sole is always wonderful to see, especially when combined with the timeless music of the Beatles. The soulful gospel rendition of Let It Be made me misty-eyed. [Seriously thought about breaking down and having some church right then. Phew.]
Holy snappin' crackers!!! Kanye and Daft Punk doing "Stronger".... *falls over* I seriously don't think I have words for the awesomeness witnessed when Daft Punk hits the stage. Kanye also did a touching tribute to his mom singing "Momma."
Fergie was ok. She's never really stood out in my opinion. Over-marketed mediocrity if you ask me. Possibly the musical equivalent of chicken broth, not that great on its own, but good when you cook with it with other ingredients. [If that makes sense to you. I tend to make strange associations.]
While I was absolutely pulling for the soundtrack to Once, George and Giles Martin getting the Grammy for Love is a fitting tribute to the lads from Liverpool. Ringo is so cool, and it was a treat to see him get up there with the Martins.
Beyonce paid tribute to some of the awesome soulful ladies of music, but then Tina Turner had to come out... and damn... she looks good for her age. I've always preferred Tina's version of "Proud Mary," especially when it gets "nice and rough."
Burt Bacarach winning a Lifetime Achievement is one of those "it's about time."
My choice for My Grammy Moment won. Anne Marie Calhoun got her Grammy moment with the always great Foo Fighters. What's funny is that I'm sitting here with my parents, and my scifi lovin' dad doesn't get the UFO reference of the Foo Fighters' name. Pat Smear was on stage too! I've always liked Pat.
I might be Texan, but I'm not the biggest fan of country music. Thanks to Brad Paisley (God bless his cute country heart and paisley print guitar), I now have more ammo against country music. Brad, I'm sorry, but a song about ticks will not win points with the ladies. They're only screaming because "I'd like to check you for ticks" is the worst pick up line in the history of worst ever pickup lines. In the words of Virgin Radio UK's Anabelle Port, "It's really badly rubbish."
Aretha. If I didn't have to stop and have church before, I had to now. Never gonna break my faith! That was some powerful stuff. Israel Houghton always writes some fun worship tunes. Makes you wanna dance.
Who didn't love the stripped down acoustic "1,2,3,4" by Feist? I think that's the test for great songs. It's in how they sound in the most basic form.
I love big bands and jazz, and I'm just tickled that Kid Rock was up there singing jazz... and fabulously might I add.
Gershwin always ranks high in my book. That was a superb performance of Rhapsody In Blue. Piano music has a special place in my heart.
*COUGH* Sorry, Chevy has been cramming Malibu commercials down my throat all night.
It's a quarter til 4am in the UK, and there are actually people up watching the Grammys and Amy Winehouse. I'll give it to her, Miss Winehouse can rock. Very interesting to hear her perform "Rehab" after her recent stay. She obviously got the irony because she was smiling through the song. It's safe to say that she was gobsmacked to win Record of the Year. She looked like she was about to cry.
Josh Groban and Andre Bocelli singing "The Prayer" was magnificent!! If I had thought the Celine Dion version was good, this one just blew it out of the water. Wow.
Jerry Lee Lewis can still churn out the "Great Balls of Fire," but man, I don't think it had the original umph. But good golly Miss Molly, Little Richard can still kick it like it's still 1955! John Fogerty is always cool.
It's a nod to all the greats that Herbie Hancock's River: The Joni Letters got the top award. Amy Winehouse had a great night getting 5 awards.
Here's a link to the complete list of winners.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
First thing was the acoustic set on Wednesday, courtesy of Switches and my friend Carissa. The crowd was smallish, and we all stood behind the racks so as not to crowd the band. The lads played songs that I recognized (because I did my research beforehand, thank you very much). I really enjoyed the harmonies. Joel was right about the touches of Franz Ferdinand and Supergrass. I heard a fair amount of British Invasion influence there too. The songs are hooky, and I am still singing them days later. I think my favorite was "Lay Down the Law." "Drama Queen" is fun, as well as "Snakes and Ladders." Fast forward to the concert at Granada with all instruments plugged in and electrified. I stood front row as I had been instructed earlier in the afternoon. They are very energetic and fun to watch on stage. I really enjoy bands who write music you can dance along to.
Wednesday night was a good night to be at Granada. Electric Touch was the first band of the evening. I think, with the exception of The Bravery, it was British night (and I'm certainly not complaining! lol!) Electric Touch is from Austin, except the singer, who is British. I thought they sounded like a rocked up version of Keane with guitars. I liked the song "Saved" which is about the singer living in England. They did an awesome cover of "Come Together." While they may have sang about "putting the fire out," Electric Touch set Granada on fire for the night.
Your Vegas, from Leeds, was next up. I enjoyed hearing them, even though the singer was extremely sick from the flu. I liked their song "This Is Your Vegas" as it makes a great intro to the band. They reminded me of David Bowie and a dash of The Smiths, with a smattering of those fabulous bands from Manchester's famous Factory Records [see the movie "24 Hour Party People" for your education]. I can't wait until they make it back to Dallas firing on all cylinders. They have an album coming out April 22nd.
I have a confession to make. Until this week, I'd never really listened to The Bravery. I know! I know. Before you string me up by my toes, let me try to make amends. I will endeavor to listen to a newly acquired cd, and report back later in the week. It's fitting that my favorite song of the night was "An Honest Mistake." I will say that I enjoyed their set. I wanted to dance along, but it was a tad cramped for room up in the little box in the back. They have a cd coming out soon... that is a remix of their last cd.
All in all, it was a great night. I recommend going to see Switches if you get the chance. They are a blast to hang out with and fun to dance and sing along to. Switches and Electric Touch will be at SXSW, so Texas, you have no excuse not to be there!
And now for something completely different...
Friday was another early music day. There was a luncheon with an acoustic set by Ludo at the Universal offices. For those of you who are not children of the 80s, such as myself, you may not remember a movie starring David Bowie, Jennifer Connolly, and a ton of Jim Henson's muppets called "Labyrinth." There was a rather large furry and friendly creature named Ludo, and he found himself stuck in the Bog of Eternal Stench (Yah, I still have the storybook, so back off!)
It's safe to say that this band does not share their namesake's fate. Ludo is clever, sarcastic, and hilarious! They remind me of Relient K and Weezer. Their single, "Love Me Dead," is witty, tongue-in-cheek, and sour like a mouthful of Sweet Tarts. Andrew Volpe is a riot to watch perform with crazy faces and snarky lyrics. Their cd "You're Awful, I Love You" comes out Feb 26th.
Lots of pics over at the ol' Myspace (You do have to be logged in to Myspace to see these. Strange Myspace policy)
Electric Touch & Your Vegas
Switches & The Bravery
Thom from Switches
Ollie and Steve from Switches
Ludo! These guys crack me up!!
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Here's the list.
There are the obvious heavy hitting musical greats that everyone is beside themselves to see, but here are a few that I'm personally giddy about seeing (with appropriate links).
Sons & Daughters (loud, gutsy, and Scottish!)
The Russian Futurists
Tokyo Police Club
Peggy Sue and The Pirates
The Ting Tings
The Pillows (I have a strange love for Japanese music since I went to Tokyo)
The Black Keys
British Sea Power
People in Planes
Those are just a few. I keep finding more every time I go through the list.
Monday, February 4, 2008
The Answer, as in a loud, classic rocking, need a shovel to scrape your face off the floor, band from Northern Ireland with a kick @$$ cover of Aerosmith's "Sweet Emotion."
They sound like Led Zeppelin, Motley Crue, Aerosmith, and Van Halen on the rocks, shaken, not stirred.
Give'em a listen.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Yes, I was only 8, and I was going with my older cousin and my mom, but that was the point when I found my own tastes in music. It was the point when my parents' music wasn't all my music. Granted, I still loved the oldies and what little bit of the 80s New Wave that came through the lite rock station, but I broke away into the pop/dance/r&b world of the early 90s. New Kids on the Block paved the way to where I am today. [I won't go into my parents falling into the NKOTB marketing ploys to decorate my room, get me a Joey doll, an NKOTB boardgame, or the fact that I loved the cartoon. Yes, I was a born a geek.]
Ladies, Donnie, Danny, Jordan, Jon, and Joey are reuniting!
I was watching the announcement on Good Morning America, and I wanted to laugh because they got some of the facts wrong. They said that Jordan was in real estate when it was actually Jon who went into real estate. Jordan actually did some solo stuff in the late 90s, and I have the cd to prove it. *ahem*
It's kind of exciting that they are getting back together. Donnie will have a chance to climb back up and out of his brother Mark's shadow (does anyone remember when Mark Wahlberg was Marky Mark, he had a Funky Bunch, and posed in his Calvins?)
I'm sure I'll be there with millions of other ladies of a certain age reliving our youth and screaming like we did when we had The Right Stuff.
Now if you'll excuse me I'm going to go watch Hangin' Tough Live.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Well, he's back at it again. A friend pointed me in the direction of the Coconut Records myspace to have a listen. The songs remind me of Phantom Planet. The same sunny SoCal happy beach blanket and palm trees kind of pop. "West Coast" is the single. The album is available through iTunes and eMusic, or you can check the myspace to see where it's available near you.
Jason's brother Robert (I forget what surname he uses these days), from Rooney, also is up to new things under the moniker Solobob. He's only got one song one his myspace called "The Victim," and it reminds of early incarnations of Rooney's "Blue Side."
I'm happy to see these talented brothers bringing forth more great music.
As always, I shall point the way...
Friday, January 25, 2008
TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS announce an upcoming summer tour that will take the band through the U.S. and Canada. The news comes as the Heartbreakers prepare for the biggest show in live entertainment, the SUPER BOWL XLII HALFTIME SHOW, broadcast live on FOX Sunday, February 3. All tour tickets, with a few exceptions (see below) will go on sale February 4th, the day after the Super Bowl festivities. Watched by nearly 140 million people in the U.S. and one billion in 230 countries and territories worldwide, the Halftime Show will give the world a preview of the legendary live act that will storm the U.S. and Canada in a few short months. This summer tour continues Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' tradition of great musical packages, with legend Steve Winwood opening every show. For more information, people can go to tompetty.com or simply pick up tickets at ticketmaster.com.
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2008 TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS TOUR WITH VERY SPECIAL GUEST STEVE WINWOOD
May 30- Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
May 31- The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI
June 03- Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
June 05- Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA
June 08- Nissan Pavilion, Bristow, VA
June 10- Post-Gazette Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA
June 11- New England Dodge Music Center, Hartford, CT
June 13- TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA
June 17- Madison Square Garden, New York, NY %
June 18- Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
June 21- Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, NY
June 22- Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
June 25- Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
July 02- United Center, Chicago, IL
July 03- Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, IN
July 08- Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
July 09- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Atlanta, GA ****
July 11- Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC
July 12- Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, Raleigh, NC
July 15- BankAtlantic Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
July 16- St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, FL
July 19- TBD, Denver, CO ****
July 20- Quest Center Omaha, Omaha, NE
July 22- Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
July 23- Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
August 07- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights, MO
August 09- MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB
August 11- Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary, AB
August 12- Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB
August 15- The Gorge, George, WA
August 16- The Gorge, George, WA
August 20- Jobing.com Arena, Glendale, AZ ****
August 22- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA
August 23- TBD, San Francisco, CA ****
August 26- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Selma, TX
August 27- American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
August 29- Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Woodlands, TX
**** Tickets for these shows on sale TBA.
% Date/Time Subject to change.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
I like Chuck Lorre. He produces great tv shows. If you watch all the way to the end of the show, there is usually a white screen with a lot of writing on it which is his signature "vanity" card at the end of his shows. If you are lucky enough to have digital cable with a dvr box, pressing pause allows you to read these cards.
Normally, one of my parents has the remote and/or I forget to press pause because I'm still laughing at the last joke, so I miss them or only catch the first few words. The first time, it puzzled me that it wasn't legal mumbojumbo. They're actually kinda funny and odd.
I have discovered the library of vanity cards on Chuck Lorre's website.
Go forth and enjoy!
Daddy must not think that Amy Winehouse is okay any more because she's finally going to rehab. She's finally broken down and found the 17 days to get some help that don't come in a shot glass.
Apparently, her dad tried to have her "sectioned". If you don't know how the British mental healthcare system works, it's the equivalent of being committed. However, a person can only legally be "sectioned" in the UK if they are a danger to themselves. Unfortunately, the authorities do not view drug abuse as a personal danger.
I think it's great that she's finally going. She's got to be at her best to appear at the Grammys.
Amy, I wish you all the best, lady.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
When I created that option, I was trying to squeeze Africa, Middle East, and South Pacific into one little catagory while also thinking that maybe you could find good music on another planet. The geek in me thinks the Cantina Band on Tatooine rocks.
Anyways, now I'm curious. Explain yourself, sir or madame.
I have a small feeling that curiosity will kill the cat.
I know I've mentioned before that Kate Nash is one of my new favorite artists. She posted a blog in her myspace yesterday, which I find refreshing that it was a true blog post. It wasn't one of those posts generated by some intern advertising a tour or some other promotion. She talked of her tour, posted pics, and fun little comments to the pics. She seems like a sweet and amazing lady, and I wouldn't mind making her acquaintance someday.
Anywho, I was intrigued by a schedule in the background of one of the pics which featured the name of an opening act. This inspired me today, and so I went in search of some of her musical myspace friends.
I highly recommend this practice if you don't already go rifling through your favorite artists' myspace friends looking for similar artists.
I digress. My fruit of the morning myspace rifling has caught a few great artists. Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly (that's a mouthful) is one guy with some nice accoustic songs. I listened to "Call Me Ishmael"
Peggy Sue and the Pirates is really just two ladies who sound a bit like Bjork and Billie Holiday trying to do punk or imitate Eux Autres (yet another myspace find from rifling a year or two ago). They will be at SXSW on March 14th, and I'm planning on setting aside some money to see them.
Talk Taxis is another one of those artists that caught my eye from one of Kate Nash's photos. First listen sounded a lot like the Clash, but what can you expect. They are all from England, which solidifies my theory that the water in England is a lot more potent than the water in Texas.
I'm off to do more rifling. Go forth, dear readers, and rifle for yourself!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
RIP Heath Ledger
Friday, January 11, 2008
I was itching to see this movie after I caught the preview at the Angelika one night. A Guy and a Girl meet on the streets of Dublin and spend two weeks together writing and recording songs. They become entwined in each other's lives. The Guy is a vacuum repairman by day and a street musician by night. The Girl is a Czech immigrant that sells roses and cleans houses.
Now, for you romantic hopefuls like me, I'll warn you now that Once isn't really a love story. It is a musical with a heart-warming story about strangers finding an unexpected friendship in the midst of their mixed up lives.
It's shot kinda like a documentary, and one of the things they mention in the DVD was that people would come up to the actors after screenings and ask about how things turned out for such and such. The really awesome bit is that the lead actors are not professional actors, but rather musicians. Glen Hansard plays The Guy, and he is in a band called The Frames (which I would recommend checking them out).
The soundtrack to this film is amazing. "Falling Slowly" is a sort of hopeful love song that has quickly become a favorite. All the songs in the film are fantastic, and you'll have a great time seeing them come together through the movie.
Anyways, it's tough to find good music to get your sweat on to. I tried the dance music channel from the selections offered through my local cable provider. Passable for background noise and the occasional sing-a-long. Next, I tried shuffling my iTunes playlist. Again, background noise and necessarily conducive to workout mind frame. Especially when Sigur Ros comes on.
Yesterday, I pulled out a CD from my stereo. I chose Mantaray by Souixsie. I love her voice because it's really sexy, and it makes you want to strut on the treadmill. I think it's a great mental inspiration for a workout because don't we all want sexy bodies.
Come on... Admit it... Yes you do.
I highly recommend this album for your next workout.
Next on workouts with music: Yoga with Sigur Ros.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Intrigued, I went out to the web in search of their music, found it, listened, and fell in love. It was brilliant. "Coming In From the Cold" grabbed me and is still my favorite song by them. It features Emma Pollock on vocals. I love her voice, the way she sings. I really connected to The Delgados and their music, loving the fact that a chick could rock along with the boys. [I've always loved bands with girl singers]
Sadly, it wasn't too long after I discovered them that they disbanded. Stink. Somehow I knew to keep an eye, and ear, out for Emma. I was pleased to note that she was at SXSW back in March. Anyways, she's got an album out called Watch the Fireworks (Available on iTunes!!). I haven't got it yet (no money, lol), but I will be getting it soon. I know it'll be brilliant just from what I've heard on her myspace.
Here's a video so you can have a taste.
Here's some links.
Frankie says Relax.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
I've been watching a lot of High Fidelity lately (great movie, btw, lots of music), so in honor of that and the new year, let's look back at some Top 5s of 2007.
Top 5 Albums of 2007
In no particular order
- In Rainbows - Radiohead
- A genius marketing tool to offer the album online at whatever price you feel like paying. Even people who aren't Radiohead fans participated in support of the brave strategy. Besides, it's Radiohead, so you're guaranteed bloody brilliant music at any price. I have a hard time choosing one song that I like because they are all suberb. I would have to say it's a toss up between 15 Steps, Bodysnatchers, and All I Need.
- Sky Blue Sky - Wilco
- Seems like Wilco took a hint from Moby's Play and licensed the heck out this album. I will say that it made some of those car commercials enjoyable. Brilliant album. One of those albums you can turn on and relax to. Shake It Off is probably my favorite track because of the kind stop/start of the chorus. Impossible Germany is one of those titles that will stick in your head.
- Easy Tiger - Ryan Adams
- I will admit that I am late getting on the Ryan Adams bandwagon as many of my friends have been fans for a good long while. I finally got around to this one out, and I'm sold. It's another feel good record to relax to. Goodnight Rose, Halloweenhead, and Rip Off are my faves. Rip Off has a really interesting melody that continues to intrigue me everytime I listen to it.
- Mantaray - Souxsie
- Absolutely awesome. If you remember how cool Souxie and the Banshees were in the 80s, then you will adore this album. Heck, you'll love it anyways. It's one of those kick ass girl albums. Sexy, confident, and cool. So many great tracks on this one too. Heaven and Alchemy is a song that could just go on forever. Into a Swan kicks ass as the opening track and sets up the awesome.
- The Reminder - Feist
- Another awesome lady of 2007. Feist has a uniquely beautiful voice. I love how she uses her voice on some of the songs. On Honey Honey, she uses her voice to sound like the doldrums. Sealion Woman drags you in to chanting sealion along with her. Of course the singles are awesome. 1234 is a fun little ditty, and is a great introduction to her music thanks to the Apple commercial. My Moon, My Man is one of my faves. The Limit to Your Love is a wonderful song. I want to say that this album is my top fave right now just because I feel like it describes me and my personality.
Now... looking forward to the new year. Kate Nash is a lady to look out for. Her London accent and very simple melodies make for great simple girly music. Her single Foundations is available here in the States, and it has some great songs you won't find on the upcoming album. Caroline Is a Victim is fun and catchy, but it's Habanera that will have you singing it long after it's over. The single Foundations is a fun dig at a dying relationship. There are some great lyrics in the song. "Yah, intellegent input dahlin'" and the bit about lemons are some of my fave moments in the song.
Hope yall have a great 2008!