Archive for January 2012

A word or several on band names, Part 2: Who has your name?

One of my many college roommates played bass in a band called Wanderlust. He hated it (the name). And even though it was mostly none of my business – but I hated the name, too (the band? It was pretty good) – I informed the kid that I had heard of another major label band... Read more »

‘90s Albums I Still Rock

‘90s Albums I Still Rock
What is it about the music you listened to when you were a teenager? How does listening to one song from that era (whichever it is) make you happy? Does it bring back better thoughts and feelings? That old idealism? Or is it because it’s the music you used to shield yourself from the inevitably... Read more »

Karma Police - Gianni and Sarah (Radiohead Loop Cover)

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Here is another brand of tunes to come rocking out of the YouTube, “free” music era on the up-swing: loop artists. You may have seen all five members of the band Walk off the Earth playing “Somebody I Used to Know” on one guitar like everybody else did last week ( http://youtu.be/d9NF2edxy-M ). Here’s a couple... Read more »
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TV On The Radio - You

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Speaking of bands figuring out how to sell albums in the age of free music, there are also bands figuring out how to make a decent video in MTV’s post-music era. If you haven’t yet seen what the Beastie Boys did last year ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evA-R9OS-Vo ), I suggest you get two friends on Skype, pour up... Read more »

Al DiMeola & Paco DeLucia - Mediterranean Sundance/Rio Ancho

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I heard about Al DiMeola from my doctor, of all people. And just look at this crazy jam. I wear shirts with guitars on them wherever I go and talk about music constantly.. because you never know who you’ll end up chatting with about what. It results in things like your Doc furiously scribbling jazz... Read more »

One musician's anti-SOPA / PIPA tirade: Please keep my music free

We went to Best Buy to pick up Portugal. The Man’s new album not too long ago. Well… We tried, because it wasn’t there. We had seen this band perform “So American” on Conan (for free) and then investigated their music on YouTube (also for free) and were now left without a way to actually... Read more »
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Cults "You Know What I Mean" Live on SiriusXMU

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Cults (no “the”). If you look them up on YouTube, you’ll find plenty of She and Him also suggested on the right rail. The similarities are obvious: girl-fronted band bringing back classic kinda sounds — it’s sorta soul, sorta bluesy, sorta… well, timeless. Both gals have great voices (the reason I chose this cut). But... Read more »

Selling-out: Now a necessary evil for musicians?

Selling-out: Now a necessary evil for musicians?
Grouplove. That’s the band in the most recent iPod commercial (“Take me to your best friend’s house!..”). This is a band I’ve been selling my friends, cats, countryfolk and anything else within a few hundred feet of my stereo on for months. “Never Trust a Happy Song” is the collection of beautiful, masterful tunes that... Read more »

Hot Chip performing "I Feel Better" on KCRW

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Have you met Hot Chip? Guys, Hot Chip.. Hot Chip, guys. They put out this pretty tight little album (their fourth) called One Life Stand in 2010 and I still can’t get some of these songs out of my head. Hot Chip takes keys, samples and a bevy of percussives and makes rock danceable again... Read more »
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Are there ugly rock stars?

We payed $5 to stream Louis C.K.’s new “Live at the Beacon Theater” yesterday (from his website LouisCK.net (which I highly recommend you do as well while you happen to be on the internet)). He said something that got us thinking – that there are no ugly rock stars. I forget the context of the... Read more »
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