Saturday, June 26, 2010

Review on The Beehive Music Venue/Restaurant-Boston


I decided to be a critic today and write my own review on The Beehive. The Beehive is a restaurant/bar/venue in the South End of Boston. Every time I walk away from The Beehive at the end of a night, I am stung with a whirlwind of thoughts and ideas about how the Beehive has an enormous amount of wasted potential. Although the Beehive d├ęcor may be tastefully Victorian-Greenwich Village, with ornate chandeliers dangling from exposed piping and an amber-lit warm ambiance, something has to be said for where the Beehive comes up short. The idea is there—a cave-like hole in the wall “hive” where free minded musical individuals can nestle underground to not only listen to live talent, but also where they can go to indulge in creatively delicious food and perfectly proportioned cocktails. Unfortunately, The Beehive layout is its own Achilles heel when assessing the fun-ness factor in this buzzing music saloon. The stage for performances is completely surrounded by dining tables; patrons can order a glass of wine, relax, and watch the musicians from an arm’s length away. But what about those of us who come to the bar hoping to stand, talk, drink, listen to music, and maybe see the band? Strung out type-A bouncers sequester us into corners, shuffle us towards the bar, and discourage us from standing anywhere conducive to seeing the stage. The only area for dancing happens to be underneath the staircase, roped off, and directly in front of the kitchen door where fluorescent light filters in and wait staff continually oscillates. This layout leaves anyone without a table feeling musically stifled and utterly tired of being nagged and those with tables feeling trapped in their seated positions if they want to continue to witness the performance. In my opinion, it would serve The Beehive well to forgo either section of seating to be replaced by standing area, namely the area closest to the bar. By getting rid of the dining area closest to the bar, patrons could ease-up, watch the music, and maybe even dance to encourage a livelier atmosphere. As is, The Beehive makes me wonder why they even advertise the live bands to people who do not plan to eat because seeing and/or enjoying the music from any standing area available is next to impossible. Moral of the story: if you ever decide you want to own a venue, go to The Beehive and look at the setup—that is how you should NOT design a layout.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

a hodgepodge



A little something for everyone today because I've been compiling.

Electropop
Hot Chip
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW94AEmzFhQ

Super happy - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjFaenf1T-Y

Folk:
Folkie Old Country Stomp -- Originally by Henry Thomas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-cT6FmubxI

Blues:
Filthy Children- Butter (can't stop listening to this one)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WifgVp3f0BU

Indie band/Hip Hop Mashup
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tbi9hfThV0

Chill
Cloud Control- Gold Canary
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDULAuG8FgA

Future Roots Music/Progressive Reggae
John Brown's Body
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAOVAzGoPfU

Hip Hop
Kid Cudi
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Pr-WA4qAvY

Bluegrass:
Leftover Salmon
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugiXQ-ULhww&feature=channel

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Lifestyles of the broke and the not famous


Lovely are the weekends when you wake up in bed (with a leftover mustache) next to your best friend, gather the troops, and stroll down the street for a delicious sausage egg and cheddar on a croissant over the paper and breakfast laughing-banter. Throw around some jokes. Maybe do a little sidewalk chalk, some stick-on pirate tattoos. Tune the guitar. Slap some keys on the piano. Nap. Wake up to watch some World Cup, shoot the shit, and tap the rest of the keg with the neighbors.

Here are some happy tunes, suggested by Frances. The band: The Devil Makes Three. Very soulful and smooth, The Devil Makes Three is a blend of bluegrass, old time music, country, folk, blues, ragtime, and rockabilly. Difficult to classify but certainly not difficult to listen to.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aRuN0DY41s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNJowyYkoOs&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fE4zdYtHJG0&feature=related

And Rawlin's suggestion, which is downright lovely:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Urp0OmTqpVo

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Let's party like we're young again. Wait. We are young.



Some sick remixes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fej8ROYKwXg&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktAc5GC2R6k&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50HvCTN73S8&feature=related

Reggae:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrBpewHG-wI&feature=related

Fist pump:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjUBjnNKje0

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Hippity Hop Bippity Bop


William Leonard Roberts II, better known by his stage name Rick Ro$$, got his name from the drug trafficker "Freeway" Ricky Ross. Signed on with Slip-n-Slide Records (under Def Jam umbrella). The second single, "Push It" off his debut album "Port of Miami", was taken from the theme song off the gangster film Scarface. Not bad, Rick Ross. Not bad.

Fantastic baseline in this number:
http://www.100bestrapsongs.com/tag/rick-ross/

Tracy Long reminded us of this old gold...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_P4iySgzsE

Which reminded me of this bold Belly intro...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vCzgG_jTo4


And then I randomly found this. Which is good.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JSi1C8PSlE&feature=PlayList&p=37104394EA864F43&playnext_from=PL&playnext=1&index=37

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Thursday Evening Jams


Old School Reggae Selection:
Here's some relatively old school reggae but it's a classic and I can't stop listening to this song lately. Taken straight off wikipedia (sorry I'm being lazy): "'Israelites' is a song written by Desmond Dekker and Leslie Kong that became a hit for Dekker's group, Desmond Dekker & The Aces. Although few could understand all the lyrics, the single was the first UK reggae number one and the first to reach the US top ten. It combined the Rastafarian religion with rudeboy concerns, lyrically comparing the travails of the Israelites with the overwhelming toil of modern-day poverty, to make what has been described as a "timeless masterpiece that knew no boundaries".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWv9sraaCVA

Lyrics: http://www.lyricsdownload.com/desmond-dekker-israelites-lyrics.html

Experimental Rock Selection:
LCD Soundsystem:LCD Soundsystem is the musical project of American producer James Murphy, co-founder of dance-punk label DFA Records. The group's style is a mix of dance music and punk, along with elements of disco, experimental rock, and other styles. They have released three critically acclaimed albums, with 2010's This Is Happening also charting in the Billboard Top 10.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7NapIkIiIk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-7DDHmWWqk

Hip Hop-ish courtesy of Prizio:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VadVv1OTNa0

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Sunderday


Here's a couple of chill beats that should ease the pain of another impending Monday.

Beat-boxing harmonica combo:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHUuqsSCn5g&feature=fvw


Gangsta harmonica:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qp_RklNtFeg

Saturday, June 5, 2010

SATURDAY JAMS


So it's the weekend, it's 10am, I am still wearing the clothes I wore out last night... and eating a cupcake for breakfast.

Wonderful is the weekend when you have a tune that just seeps into your soul and themes yours and everyone's Saturday night. Here are a few grooves I've been getting lost in lately.

PHOENIX (the band, not the mythical bird) was started in Versailles, France-- they began their musical careers doing Prince covers on the Paris bar circuit. What a sexy way to start.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HL548cHH3OY

Second song-- courtesy of Kevin Hawkins (per usual).

HERE WE GO MAGIC- an American indie rock band started in Brooklyn, NY. The whimsical loops and eerie vocals in this number will send chills up your spine.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKLKszXzHts

Enjoy the weekend... Monday sneaks up on us oh so quickly.