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