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Everyone should see Janelle Monae

In Music on October 13, 2008 at 10:28 pm

Jamie Lidell gave a wild, James Brown-esque show to a full house at the Paradise Rock Club. But despite the energy of his band and the quirkiness of his self-sampling, beat-boxing, electronic-tinged soul, he was outdone by the opener, Janelle Monae. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Bittersweets and Steven Delopoulos

In Music on September 13, 2008 at 1:54 pm

For my inaugural live music outing I went to go listen to The Bittersweets and Steven Delopoulos. Steven Delopoulos was part of the Christian band Burlap to Cashmere back in the day, who were one of the few bands that had a unique and distinctive sound. He’s now gone solo. Check out his CD “Straightjacket.” His songs usually involve catchy fingerpicking with lots and lots of words. The Bittersweets are a band I discovered when they opened for Vienna Teng in Houston. They’re a band that’s a mixture of simple and elegant folk/country/pop melodies. They just released a new CD “Goodnight San Francisco,” which I’m enjoying a lot. Read the rest of this entry »

Boston music vs Houston music

In Music, Personal on August 9, 2008 at 4:58 pm

I’m moving to Boston in September, my first major move, and what I’m really excited is the music scene up in the northeast. Observe the difference between the artists I have in my iTunes library performing in Houston and in Boston for the month of September.

Houston

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Boston

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Robert Plant and Allison Krauss, The Black Keys, and Robert Randolph vs. Sigur Ros, Mogwai, Ben Folds, Ratatat, Mars Volta, Damien Jurado, Weezer, My Morning Jacket and Ryan Adams.

Boston wins.

Disney is killing rock music

In Music on July 21, 2008 at 3:58 pm

As asinine and droll as the local Top 40 station is, I’m finding the Disney Channel to be the largest threat to rock music today. The biggest hits among kids lately have been movies and series revolving around music and musicians, starting with “High School Musical” and now with “Jonas Brothers” and “Camp Rock.”

The biggest offender is “Camp Rock.” Imagine the movie “School of Rock” except replace the musical influences of AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath with Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson. It’s not rock music! It should be called “Pop Camp.” Or “Camp with Pop.” Or “Incidental and background distorted electric guitars overshadowed by pop vocals Camp.” Kids who watch “Camp Rock” will think this is rock music! It’s not! Don’t believe the lies!

Not rock:

Is rock:

Watch this

In Music, Personal on July 16, 2008 at 11:29 pm

By Joss Whedon, starring Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, and Patricia Day. If there is any nerd at all in you, you will enjoy it.

Radiohead’s latest music video – House of Cards

In Music on July 14, 2008 at 10:08 pm

Innovative and awesome. Good song to boot.

I’m Not There

In Movies, Music on June 14, 2008 at 6:46 pm

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Lynn and I checked out the Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There which stars Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Richard Gere and others all as Bob Dylan.

Sort of.

Taken from [Alternate Takes] review

What is especially striking here is not only the fact that ‘Dylan’ has multiple actors playing him, but also that each actor is in fact playing a completely different character (a fact that was played down in the film’s publicity material, perhaps for fear of making the film’s concept seem even more confusing than it already did).

The movie is an interesting one with great performances. It piqued my curiousity so that I made a trip to Wikipedia after watching the film, read up more on Bob Dylan and checked out more of his music.

His popularity intrigues me. Bob Dylan has a terrible voice, doesn’t write catchy hooks, and has lines and lines and lines of lyrics. He certainly doesn’t seem the kind of musician to appeal to the masses, yet everyone knows him. He is the second most covered artist ever, with artists like Peter, Paul and Mary, Jimi Hendrix, Third Day, and Nickel Creek all having done songs of his. I have no real comment to make, only a pause to think about what makes good enduring music what it is.

Check out I’m Not There and be mesmerized by his gruff and mumbling singing. The soundtrack contains numerous songs of Dylan’s all covered by popular artists today who are in limbo between completely-indie and popular-among-the-masses such as Sufjan Stevens, Cat Power, Yo La Tengo, and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco.