Thursday, December 15, 2011
I have been wanting to talk about this band for a long time now. I had the privelage of seeing them near the end of 2011 in Brooklyn and have been listening to them regularly since. It is great eclectic hipster rock that draws from many traditional folk wells. The inclusion of the accordion is an awesome touch and brings a longing and pain to the words that few modern (computer instruments) can. find the link to their EP Here. You will not be sorry for checking them out. Enjoy my friends and let me know what you think.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
I don't know if any of you have had time to listen to Tony Bennett's new album Duets II. Quite frankly it is amazing. It marries classic Tony Bennett lounge music jazz with masters of the their current genre. Each song is basically amazing in its own right and requires a level of talent from each vocalist and musician. No slouch could possibly participate. This is possibly why the record was number one on the charts for a time in 2011.
I chose this particular song because two masters of their craft collide head on for almost three minutes of true perfection. For those of you that don't know Willie Nelson all that well, in another life he would have sang and performed strictly jazz. Alas fate and fame would only allow he conquer the world of country first. So he ponytailed up and he is now arguably the king of outlaw country and he now sings whatever he damn well pleases. In the past he has released several jazz albums and they did become a mild success, but never quite the success that I believe this duet with Tony Bennett has established. This version of On The Sunny Side Of The Street is truly the work of Two Living Legends.
A few years ago I worked on a show where Tony Bennett was the talent and daily I regret that I had to miss it to "put out a fire" on another part of the project, but because he was a part of it he had donated one of his paintings and one of my jobs was to ensure its safety and to have it framed. It was pretty fun walking the street of Manhattan with an original Tony Bennett painting to the framer of his recommendation in midtown. Possibly my best midtown memory to date. I'm glad to see that after 60 some years in the music business he finally got his number one album. Go Tony Go. We want a duets 3 asap.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Now, I have to preface this conversation with some context. I am a Beatles fanatic. I recorded the late 90's Beatles Anthology on VHS and watched it (and by "it," I mean parts 1-2... ...starting with Rubber Soul, which I consider their tipping point... ...which is when they started doing drugs.... ...which was TOTALLY cool.... ...or at least i thought... ...think... ...thought... ...think... ...thought... ...) weekly.
What i thought as i watched this awesome documentary was:
1. Brian Epstein and George Martin wore suits and ties to the studio every day. EVERY day.
2. I can't imagine what it would have been like to be a teenager during the 60's. Your teenage years are undoubtedly when you are most impressionable in all ways. Music is no exception. In fact, I would argue that the ages of 12-16 are the years when you are more likely to develop your lifetime musical tastes than any other period in your life.
For me, this period was dominated by Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam, and the aforementioned Beatles.
When I was watching this film, I couldn't help but think "this is my parents' band." I just happened to embrace, relate, and adore them. It made me wonder if I could ever really love the Beatles the way my parents did...
The first time I heard the Strokes was 2001. At that point, they were pretty new, and the SOUND was something that our Coldplay/Dave Matthews/Bob Dylan/Pavement world had not yet heard. It's not that I am better able to relate to Julian Casablancas than a kid who graduates high school on 2012... ...it's just that for 2001 Clay, it was new, exciting, and groundbreaking. For 2012 kid, "Is This It" is probably a really great album that also has some killer Girl Talk remixes.
None of these thoughts diminish my view of the Beatles in any way. If anything, it fills me with more of a sense of wonder about them. It makes me wonder, "what is my Beatles-love ceiling?"
Eric Clapton said it best when he was asked if he was ever jealous of one of his best friends in the world, George Harrison (keep in mind that this was during the "Clapton is God" phase - there was no single force bigger than Clapton at this point in time).
Clapton's reply? "It was the BEATLES. Come ON!"
I have no Idea what the point of this was, except maybe a small tribute to the best band of all time, and an expression of my awe that it's possible that I could love them MORE than I do now.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
2119161843 by YardieGoals
September 15th, 2011
Jenn is totally wiped out for Jay and I'm up and unable to sleep yet. I make it all the way through Leno and he presents LMFAO. This means nothing to me, but I stay tuned in on a hunch. At this moment in entertainment history Music, Comedy and Wieners collide in a cosmic moment that sent me laughing so loud the downstairs neighbor started banging on the ceiling. That signal to shut up failed miserably as I continued to uncontrollable laugh at these party anthem clowns. They definitely rocked the party that rocks the party and these guys would be nuts to see live...literally...you would probably see their nuts. There are already reviews and opinions of the song and video all over the internet and they were pretty much accurate. A lot of nearly naked dudes prancing around and shaking it. Pretty funny stuff.
This entire topic brings me to the point of the comedic wiener...I thought about saying, "the tip" but this is already a weird enough subject. I don't know when it was, but in the last few years there have been as many wieners in movies and mass media as there have been boobs. This seems a little strange to me, but I do think that most of the wiener scenes in mainstream media are all jokes...graphic jokes, but jokes none the less. I definitely am a person that finds wieners and fart jokes and basically any other crude comedy funny...to a point and there is definitely a line where those jokes get boring. I believe it was my friend Kyle that said wieners are the new boobs. I can't say I agree as boobs are no where near as funny (except for the ole' lady boobs in There's Something about Mary) as ding dongs. I'm not really sure if this line of joking is appropriate for everyone, but I don't have kids yet so I figure I'll keep laughing out loud until I do and who am I kidding probably after that as well. Peckers are just funny things. Way to capitalize on having wieners LMFAO. They are all pretty much a joke these days as women are currently running the world. I guess females aren't so AMAZON and they don't reside on the moon any more, which makes me happy. They are way better organized than I am, along with a whole slew of countless better qualities. I guess for now I'll just continue to laugh at the wiener jokes and be a dude.
On a final note the best part of the whole video is when Jay does his standard go out and say hi and shake the band member's hands. This time he shakes the band member's member. Subtle, but hilarious.
LMFAO you probably won't be remembered for much, but when the human species is extinct (probably soon) and aliens discover our planet they will find a copy of your music video during their archeological dig...and I'm ok with that.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
PS: I wrote the title as Girls Vomit without any punctuation in between and I thought that might be a little misleading. Made me chuckle.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Friday, September 2, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Thank you BrettyC for hipping us up to this one. I myself also love me some Ryan Adams. He speaks to Southern Western Plains Outdoorsman Country Boy Part of Myself I always wish I was. I can barely wait for Oct. 11.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
So this is one of the strangest things I've seen in awhile. Weezer covers Paranoid Android in this video. Not a bad cover by any means but its just really bizarre seeing Weezer play a Radiohead song. I like covers and this is an especially fun one. Also the most liked comment on the youtube comments is priceless. Enjoy.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
This dude named The Weeknd has released a couple free mixtapes that you can download on his website. I think they're pretty good but I had to get used to listening to R&B since its what everybody at my last job liked. Anyways, check it out. Its free and you can get it here.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
So I was at the bar about 10 days ago and I was just hanging out with my friends when suddenly a girl walks up to me and complements my atari tshirt. For numerous reasons it took me a second to realize that I was just hit on for having a nerdy tshirt and this girl continues to talk video games with me. I thought that I would have been able to thrive in that situation but I had no idea what I was doing because she was hot and we were talking about video games and it all just felt really backwards. Anyways I got her number but I never heard from her again. I'm still not even sure if any of it actually happened but oh well. This whole night reminded me of a song that I heard recently also called video games.
Friday, August 19, 2011
I would think that the concept for this song would be able to go unspoken and that maybe women would just understand. Leave it to Weezer to point out the globally obvious and produce a kick-ass song about the situation.
I was chilling with my girl at Bailey's Irish Pub on the UES for Laundry night and heard this song for the first time. I don't know how it got by me, but I'm sure that I had the same preconceived notion about the album that I have about every Weezer album. It couldn't possibly be as good as any of its predecessors, but again I stand corrected. I love this song and I hope you do too.
PS. paragraph one is written in Jest and does not in any way reflect the view of the writer or contributors of this blog...ok, well...maybe a little. Winky eye.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
While the world of Indie Rock is full steam ahead in 2011 the self proclaimed “Less is MORE” mantra of the Austin based Whalers’ new album Paddle Easy is here to blow your skirt up. The Whalers’ new EP Paddle Easy would suggest they have done anything but “paddle easy” while producing the tracks for their new album. With a strong start in 2010 they have grown in nearly every conceivable way. This eccentrically mellow wild bunch has contributed their individual sounds to create a catalogue as diverse as their Texas Triangle roots. Take the early 90’s grunge beat of Milos Bertram and drop in dueling guitarists Dan Martin and Kyle Rother that fight and drive the Whalers simultaneously forward and top it off with front man Gus Smalley’s Jaggeresque country rock vocal arrangement.
Cheat On Each Other
Pixel in Your Picture
CATCH US ON:
“how good was that?”, before hitting repeat. It really is good stuff and it means The Whalers are our first favorite new band of 2011.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Which Way Your Heart Will Go - Mason Jennings
True Love Will Find You in the End - Beck (Daniel Johnston cover)
Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley (Leonard Cohen cover)
Question - Old 97's
The First Day of My Life - Bright Eyes (and the video is similarly brilliant and heart-wrenching... ...and yes, I cried like a baby when I watched the video to make sure it was the right link)
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
The first time I listened to this song I was DJing at KTCU in Fort Worth and my special guest of the night was my best friend CK down visiting from Mizzou. We brought in some cold beers and Jack Daniels and got drunk while broadcasting over the air to the surrounding Fort Worth area. It was one of the best memories of my life. We said and did things I probably should have been fired for, but no one was the wiser. Somewhere I have a recording of that show. It is sitting there collecting dust and looking for a moment to reappear in time to embarrass us unexpectedly. I rarely laugh as hard as I did that night.
From that night until now Apple Of My Eye occasionally returns to regular play on my iPod or stereo and collects some new meaning for that moment in time. The last few weeks I have been working extremely hard on producing an event in New York and my girlfriend (one of our five dedicated readers) volunteered her and her friend's time to helping me execute this monumental (in my life) event. So the evolution of this song has maintained its old meaning to me, but also collected new experiences.
Just in case you don't know you are the Apple Of My Eye.
Off topic: Does the cat in the video represent something or does Ed just really love bald cats?
Cheers and happy hunting for your apple.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
I never really have Sinatra phases. I just always love listening to him. Night and Day and One For My Baby are probably my favorite two songs, but there are honestly countless Frank songs that I love and I own probably 90% of what he has recorded.
He is so big in fact that while I attended college I felt it necessary to take a course that was dedicated completely to the collective works of Sinatra. To this day I do not believe there is, has been or will be a greater celebrity. He literally conquered all mediums of his day and as you can see has even conquered the internet after his death. Like The Babe he is a Legend and "Legends never die."
Like I said, Night and Day is one of my favorites, but which version? I know my favorite version is from A Swinging Affair, but what do you think? Would you rather hear the beat beat beat of the tum tum tum? While you listen to both and cast your decision I would read the article by clicking the link below. He is a Legend for a reason and this is just the latest article proving that fact.
Cast Your Votes Here.
Lessons in Loyalty. Read me!
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
In a world where Emmanuel Jal and Ishmael Beah's exist there are many ways to contribute to spread hope to a planet in need of Liberty and Freedom. It could be as simple as purchasing a pair of Tom's Shoes so that one more African Child has a pair of shoes for his journey to school everyday, because in other countries education is seen as an avenue to a better life and is not taken for granted. It is also possible to lend a hand to organizations such as Invisible Children. Together We Are Free found in the DVD section of their website is currently a favorite documentary of mine and it is only a glimpse of the Rock Star Movement Invisible Children is creating to help provide for a people in need of Freedom. These examples are all from one continent alone, Africa.
As an American it is not always possible to drop everything to save the world and without a doubt I am one of these people, but because of the Freedom given us we have the right to enable people around us to take the steps our lifestyle's will not allow and that is what I like about Nile Rodgers' spin off of the We Are Family (yea, that song) Foundation's Three Dot Dash. They have created a workshop that enables children from around the world to move forward with projects of their own that create change within their communities so that one day our Earth will find Peace and Freedom.
I don't think that this is the most brilliant song musically or lyrically, but the message of needing help and taking it when it is provided has rarely been communicated so passionately. I think the message is pretty simple my friend. Help when help is needed.
Monday, July 4, 2011
Friday, July 1, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Naturally, the first time I heard it was the Nirvana version and it has also been a classic version ever since. Typically if I'm not humming or screeching the Nirvana version I'm singing a Bluegrass version performed by the Sheriff of Good Times and the rest of those attending his weekly jam.
Whelp, Put her to a vote and I want to see some good Chatter on this one.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Well, Clint's door picture was inspiring. So here is a collection of doors and windows that we saw in Helsinki, Stockholm, and Tallinn.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
The attached picture is one that I took while cruising the streets of New Orleans with Jenn (My Girl). For some reason while walking around this blue door captivated me. Jenn got frustrated because I went all Austin Powers and spent 30 minutes trying to lay out the perfect photograph of this door. With one minor crop via photoshop I got exactly what I was aiming for. Anyway, I love New Orleans and usually I would have picked a Clay Kindred classic to fill this song, but it was on our music mashup 2010 track list so in the great tradition of diversification I chose my second favorite song about New Orleans. On another note I don't know what my problem is as of late, but as per usual I have chosen and oldie but a goodie. Enjoy Van Morrison and THEM performing Baby Please Don't go, best featured in the film Wild at Heart.