Last May, Reptar was the opening band for Grouplove at the Metro. What a stellar show. What a killer pair of new acts. By the fall, Reptar was out on their own, touring with an opening band called Rubblebucket. Having previously dug Reptar as an opening act (and eventually declaring Body Faucet 2012’s Album of the Year),... Read more »
For a few weeks now I’ve been having the same debate with a good friend (I think we’re still friends) over what should be the Album of the Year for 2012. It’s a toss-up between two bands — we agree they’re both phenomenal — but he says I’m crazy for picking the one I’m about to over... Read more »
Hello, friends. This is a scheduled post, as I am having surgery today. Probably right now. It’s on my right hip, much like the one I had on the left side back in February. What I was diagnosed with is Avascular Necrosis — basically, the hip joint bone slowly becomes not-round-anymore, and flattens-out at the... Read more »
There’s plenty of actual freestyle jamming going on when The Annual Jam Band gets together. It’s how we were born. It’s what we do best (and love). J., Taller J. and I spend borderline-inappropriate amounts of time neglecting work, exercise and calling our poor, worried mothers to craft unique and jammable chord progressions. And spending any... Read more »
Chicago is a special place to see a show. I lived in Peoria for six years, and even though they had a solid venue that brought great acts in The Madison at the time (I saw Bela Fleck and 311, summer of 2002), it didn’t have the same vibe. It was a party, for sure,... Read more »
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 »
Check out one of Grouplove’s best songs stripped-down. (You know the songwriting is good when they hold up like this.) This is a pretty solid example of their music: lots of story, good harmonies and a groovy, mellow rhythm. I could listen to this over and over (and have).
I found this to be an extremely exciting year in music. Quite a variety of sounds have gotten to me. I’ll run through what’s still at the top of my head. . . 311 – Universal Pulse I can’t tell you how happy it makes me that my favorite teenage band can still rock when... Read more »