Wednesday, September 29, 2010

In the beginning it was the noise.

Great review on LCD:

I Am in Need of Music

I am in need of music that would flow
Over my fretful, feeling fingertips,
Over my bitter-tainted, trembling lips,
With melody, deep, clear, and liquid-slow.
Oh, for the healing swaying, old and low,
Of some song sung to rest the tired dead,
A song to fall like water on my head,
And over quivering limbs, dream flushed to glow!

There is a magic made by melody:
A spell of rest, and quiet breath, and cool
Heart, that sinks through fading colors deep
To the subaqueous stillness of the sea,
And floats forever in a moon-green pool,
Held in the arms of rhythm and of sleep.


Kurt on this song: "if i ran to this, i'd get lost in it and probably run off a cliff by accident ... "


Interesting fact: Keller uses a Gibson Echoplex Delay System when he performs, which allows him to play a riff, record it, repeat it, and then build on that throughout the song. This delay system, of course, is what makes Keller alone sound like a band of eight people.

If you don't have love handles, well... you should get some.

glowstick worthy (courtesy of Gavin):

Are you a Beatle maniac?

Kay's awesome suggestion...

My "getting ready for work in the morning" song...

Friday, September 24, 2010

Don't know, dont really care. Let there be songs to fill the air.

Short review on new Gorillaz album.

When faced with "dat new new," especially having already loved "dee old gold," many of us find ourselves initially resistant to change. "Why would this band change their style when their previous work had us coming back for more in the first place?!" Well, be easy and let the music explain.
The Gorillaz provide an important opportunity, as well as a crucial reminder that music evolves; sound sampling and layering has grown exponentially since their discography began back in 2001. If you've listened to Plastic Beach at all then you'll notice their sound has morphed into an even more down-tempo "fictional universe," with slow orchestral intros and spooky synth cycles. Even though you may not enjoy every song off a new album (as I certainly don't with this one), it's a good mental exercise to force yourself to listen to it anyway. Listening not only forces us to discover the maturation of a musical group (for better or worse), but also prevents us from becoming closed-minded musical farts that demand "da same old."
Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see this group live in Boston on October 6th (NERD is opening), especially considering The Gorillaz consists of Damon Albarn of the 90s band, Blur, and a British cartoonist and comic book creator named Jamie Hewlett...?

baby Gorillaz off of "Gorillaz" 2001

Teenage Gorillaz- off of "Demon Days" 2005

Mature Gorillaz? new album "Plastic Beach" 2010

And other good weekend tunes minus the chit chat...have a good one!

RL Burnside - Someday Baby- Thanks Mallika

more RL

last one i promise..

sick song, courtesy of Raf per usual

Ratatat (coming to Boston in a couple weeks)

Off Dub Kewli (ee get the CD from Sam Goodie hehe)

Some Soul courtesy of J. Posada herself... Mavis Staples

Also off the burned Brookline Public Library collection

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Escuzame? es Tuesaday?

Stevie Ray Vaughan Day?

Although he may have resembled yankee doodle and sweated profusely during performances, SRV managed to inspire guitar players of all walks of life. Only living to age 36 (died in a plane crash), SRV banged out 18 albums and countless earth-shattering performances, such as those posted here. The level to which SRV stays on key borders on genius. They say in order to become an expert at anything, you have to have done it for at least 10,000 hours. For some reason that is the number of hours that consistently appears when cognitive neuroscientists test brain function and skill level. Think SRV played more than 10,000 hours? Um. Yes. Also, on a side note, Stevie Ray Vaughan concert DVDs are THE BEST. Sound quality is always fantastic and if you can see your TV from your kitchen, it's a great DVD to throw on while cooking a scrumptious meal. ENJOY!

Also, for those of you interested in the business behind the music industry- this is probably one of the best articles I have ever read (Give this to Kevin!)

Morning Riff? Stevie Ray Vaughan- Give Me Back My Wig!!! (honey let your head go bald)

DOWNLOAD THIS ALBUM OF MASH UPS! so good courtesy of V$

I can show ya ha ya do it!! (nice one RT)

lil electronica dance party thanks to Zero 7 and Adam Kott

They should have been blasting THIS on a megaphone during that 9 day traffic jam in China..

And.. a WTC shoutout to the Brookline Public Library's kick ass music collection

To all you Phish Phans... the band is slowly growing on me...

Friday, September 17, 2010

Imma get up and do my thang...

The bar- Cantab Lounge. The band- The Chicken Slacks. The day- Thursday. The night- Funky. The mood-Elated. The evening- oohhhhhh sssoooo grroovvyyyy.
What could be better on a Thursday night than a trumpet, a sax, vocals, electric guitar, tambourines, cow bells, bassists, pianists, drummers, magicians, balloon makers (?), and a bar full of noticeably attractive people wearing plaid, jiving in unison, and sipping on cold Octoberfests? That's right. Nothing is better. Which is why everyone should go to Cantab Lounge on Thursday nights. The band, The Chicken Slacks, were far from slackers. Not only did they jam until 2am, but also Jeremy (sax player) could be seen smiling while billowing into his horn and lead singer, (didn't catch his name), took us so far around the musical map that our thighs were sore upon our exit. If you ask me, nights like funk night at Cantab are what life is about, something we can't forget about, nights that improve our musical clout, and get us shuffling our feet for next week, to prevent ever again falling into any kind of Funk drought. And by the way, get there early... I'm talking 830pm early.

Enjoy!!!! And have a funky weekend.

Fox comin' in clutch with the Funky Monkey... Fox I can totally see you dancing around to this lol

Some Reggae NNaaahhh drop di tiinnggg

This is some people's "get ready for work in the morning" song lol... you know who you are.

Here's a ridiculously fresh and chill track courtesy of Choniski.

Another chill one with a great BB King loop through. Suggested by my boss, who, needless to say, is the man.

Lastly. one of my faves

I like to travel, I like you. I like the morning, I like you. I like to sleep, I like you. I like the ocean, I like you. I like to eat, I like you. I like the rain, I like you. I like the mountains, I like you. I like the night.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

OK I'd like to thank Kanye...

If you haven't had a chance to listen to the Grateful Dead American Beauty promo (its a bonus track at the end of the album), I suggest you do that, because it is the surf and turf of promos.

The Grateful Dead bonus track promo from their 1970 LP American Beauty:
"Now Tricia [Nixon] loved the Turtles and feared long hair. Tricia wasn't schizophrenic, just senile at 23. She had no fun, she didn't neck, only short kinky-haired boys called her; they were ashamed of their bodies. (Truckin' intro). Now I'd like to tell you that Tricia heard the Grateful Dead and left home and joined Fanny and now can be seen skinny-dipping at the Tropicana motor hotel pool in your town, but you're no fool. You'd complain, we'd get in trouble, Jerry Garcia probably would get busted again. So, if you don't have the Dead's American Beauty album, we can say you're missing 42 minutes of pleasure in a world that's owned by thousands of little Tricias. American Beauty on Warner Brothers. Make your duck a Grateful duck."

So good. Courtesy of Lyons.

If you're feeling like a little hard rock...

Some comericial ISH. Kid Cudi sah simple

Albert Collins (Master of the Telecaster)- was an electric blues guitarist from Texas, who gained his initial fame in Houston. Eventually, of course, he toured the world and influenced artists from Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughan. He loved Fender Telecasters and was often nicknamed "Master of the Telecaster." With his soulful rhythm and jovial stage presence, Collins's performances are uplifting to watch and a good jive to listen.

For those of you who like Country, this was a good recommendation from Nick.

Wu Tang Beatles Mashup- Release yo Self!!!!!!!!!!! Kinda harsh but the sax loup through smoothes this pretty decent rap out...

word up latin america... get your dance on.

Legendary John Fahey- Yellow Princess. If you don't know about John Fahey, well ... you should. He was kind of the Edgar Allen Poe of fingerstyle guitar and steel string acoustic.


Friday, September 10, 2010

It's Better to Burn Out, Than it is to Rust

Beantown Jazz Festival starts next week.
Check it out!!

and the Concert Lineup as of now:
9/11 Disco Biscuits with RJD2
9/28 LCD Soundsystem
10/3 Talib Kweli and Mos Def
10/5 Ratatat with Birdman at House of Blues
10/6 Gorllaz Aganis Center?
10/14/10: Avett Brothers at House of Blues
10/16 Carolina Chocolate Drops
10/18 Phoenix
10/20/10: Citizen Cope at House of Blues
10/22-10/23: Black Crowes at House of Blues
10/29 Yonder Mountain String Band
11/5 Pretty Lights House of Blues
11/19: Furthur at the DCU Center in Worcester
11/18-11/20: Allman Bros, three nights at the Orpheum
11/21 Wiz Khalifa
12/30-12/31: Soulive playing two nights at Paradise

Any other concerts coming up? add em to the list!

some classic Jethro blues

Great Disney Lion King Remix courtesy of Weidman

I want to be on the back of this truck clapping with these people. Beats from the Bay Baby!! So good.

Chiddy Bang- The Good Life

Evan brought up this throwback to the Belly Soundtrack. Siiicckkk.

And of course, last but not least, I was having a Neil Young day when I wrote this blog so I had to include this awesome video and song. How many harmonicas can one person keep in their pockets?! Good lord!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Damn, errybody in the bank act friendly

I think I already put this up on a different blog but it was stuck in my head.

Damian Marley

Great happy song

And Raf's old video that I rediscovered

Monday, September 6, 2010

Rock is so much fun.

"Rock is so much fun. That's what it's all about--filling up the chest cavities and empty kneecaps and elbows." - Hendrix

Beno suggested this stellar song. Thanks Beno!

Andrew had a great suggestion as well- the band Eagles of Death Metal and described them as being very White Stripes-esque. I think you if you like the Black Keys, you'll like this band and this song.

You know how I love the mashups. The smoothness of Nas's voice (and lyrics) and the melodies made by John Smith's acoustic are practically enough to put you to sleep. These KMT remixes are freakishly good. If you like them, download them at the link below this video. You won't regret it.

To Kay Maloney: The Sea and Cake -- this might be my favorite so far. ALMOST makes me want to be 14 again.

Southern Rock sampler courtesy of Mahoney

Tom Waits- Ice Cream Man
Tom Waits, born in 1949, has a voice aptly described as sounding "like it was soaked in a vat of bourbon and left hanging in a smoke house for a few months." He has done practically everything imaginable with his music from writing for musical plays to winning an Academy Award for his album "One from the Heart." His all-encompassing sound and soulful musical storytelling make Tom Waits a unique and timeless composer.

Ice Cream Man from islanddog68 on Vimeo.