Wednesday, February 29, 2012

WhatchaListeningTo? Wednesdays

Here's What I'm Listening To this week:

    • Chiddy Bang - Opposite of Adults (Do you like MGMT's 'Kids'? Check this outttt.)
    • The Push Stars - Any Little Town (sidebar: in my search, I discovered they're from MA, and even better: this video clip is from the Jenny Jones show. Who else remembers that crazy show?!)
    • First Aid Kit - Emmylou
    • J.Cole - Can't Get Enough
    • David Gray - Be Mine (an oldie but a goodie - can't get enough of Mr. Gray)

    So, #WhatchaListeningTo? (That's right, I'm starting a hashtag. What!)

    Thursday, February 23, 2012

    #MusicMyFriendsGotMeInto: Of Monsters and Men

    I love when my friends introduce me to music I've never heard before, especially when they're passionate about it.  I'm lucky to have friends, connected to the music industry and otherwise, who have shared incredible new music with me over the years. 

    Today's #MusicMyFriendsGotMeInto moment (I'm stuck on creating new hashtags, don't judge me!) is brought to you by Courtney, one of my best friends from college. She introduced me to Of Monsters and Men:

    As she says, this indie/folk/ska band is definitely a bit like an Icelandic Mumford and Sons, who I also enjoy. 

    "Little Talks" - Of Monsters and Men

    The male lead singer's reminds me so much of Torquil Campbell from Stars (Canadian indie pop band), it was hard to listen to this song and not expect a Stars song to follow.  I have read that Rolling Stone has called Of Monsters and Men a "new Arcade Fire" in addition to being the "Icelandic Mumford and Sons". 

    I also found this - "Your Bones"(audio only)

    So, what do you think?  Like 'em? Leave 'em? Get Courtney to make more music recommendations? ;-)

    Wednesday, February 22, 2012

    WhatchaListeningTo? Wednesdays

    Here's What I'm Listening To this week:

      • Givers - Saw You First  (Also, this version during SXSW 2011)
      • Josh Rouse - I Will Live On Islands (if you don't start tapping your toes to this Paul Simon-esque song, we aren't friends anymore)
      • Iron & Wine - Walking Far From Home ("I saw lovers in a window whisper, "Want me like time, want me like time...")
      • Frightened Rabbit - Good Arms Vs Bad Arms ("steer clear of the grasp, girl - run, run, away")
      • Mike Doughty - Strike the Motion (Also, this version at a public radio station in Virginia. I keep missing Mike whenever he's in the Boston area, oops. He's on my list to see, for sure)

      Hi, bespectacled gentlemen. How YOU doin'?

      So, #WhatchaListeningTo? (That's right, I'm starting a hashtag. What!)

      In Concert: Flogging Molly

      If there's anything to be learned about last night's Flogging Molly show at the House of Blues, it's that they love the people of Boston.  No, really. The lead singer, Dave King, couldn't profess his love enough: "PEOPLE OF BOSTONNNNNNNNNNN!" 
      He was sweet when he introduced his wife.  You can tell that family is important to him and the other band members - he told the crowd about certain songs that were written for his father and mother.  When the crowd started singing along to the song about his father, he stopped and called out, "Thank you!"
      The energy and passion that the band puts out is pretty incredible - I am sorta new to the Flogging Molly/ Celtic Punk scene, but my friend Jen (who came to the show with me, all the way from NH!) and I had a really great time.  We definitely noticed that there were way more dudes at this show, which wasn't a terrible thing, but most of them were up front in the mosh pit, crowd-surfing their way to the security guard's big muscly arms.  The band barely paid attention to that, other than to give out a shout out to one crowd-surfer, simply because he was a red-head.  #gingerlove

      A short video clip from the show 

      • One of my favorite songs: "If I Ever Leave This World Alive" 
      • The insane # of F-Bombs, shout-outs to Boston and her people, and more F-Bombs
      • The guy towards the end of the show who chatted us up, and told me to check out The Pogues because "they have better writing" - and then told me about Irish music at Toad in Cambridge
        • I looked 'em up, and they're another Celtic Punk band from London. Their name comes from the Irish "pogue mahone" meaning "kiss my arse."  I feel like I may like them based on their name alone.
      • The irish step dancing happening randomly behind us on the floor
      All in all, a fun show, and it makes me want to also check out Dropkick Murphys.  Anyone else check out this show and want to put in their two cents?

      Friday, February 17, 2012

      '90s Flashback

      For whatever reason, I feel like I've been hearing more and more great '90s songs on the radio, and I'm not mad about it at all.  I grew up during an interesting time for music - the mid-late '80s and the whole '90s... the grunge scene, ska, hip hop, we had it all.

      I've heard a few great ones lately, including:
      What's up with that hair, Tom?             #truestory: I listened to Four til' it wouldn't play no' mo'.

      #truestory: I only listened to Toad at first because a cute boy at camp did.

                                        Yo.                        #truestory: When TEB comes on, it makes me think of camp.

      What are YOUR favorite '90s jams?

      Wednesday, February 15, 2012

      WhatchaListeningTo? Wednesdays

      Here's What I'm Listening To this week:

        • Electric Guest - This Head I Hold - I DARE you to listen to this and sit still. Double-Dog Dare you, even. 
        • Ben Rector - The Beat - "And then the beat comes..." Yes. Also, yes.
        • Virginia Coalition - Stars Align
        • Dispatch - Passerby - An oldie but a goodie.
        • Karmin - Crash Your Party - They rocked it on SNL this past weekend! Check 'em out - they met while studying @ Berklee here in Boston.


        So, #WhatchaListeningTo? (That's right, I'm starting a hashtag. What!)

        Monday, February 13, 2012

        The Grammys, Or, The Whitney Houston Tribute Show

        If you don't live under a rock, then you are probably aware that the Grammys were on last night.  Or, as it was made into, The Whitney Houston Tribute Show.  This nice Jewish girl didn't realize that we were going to church last night, but LL Cool J took us all there by leading the crowd in prayer.  "Amen...and with that, welcome to the Grammys."  What a transition, sir.  

        I know that everyone and their music-loving mother will be writing about what they thought about the show and who won or didn't win, but I figured, I have a music blog - I think it's only expected that I should write something, right? I'm just going to share some thoughts about some favorite moments; I'm not even going to touch Nicki Minaj and her "performance" - I don't want to catch anything. 

        Bruno Mars opened up the show with a lot of energy:  "Get off your rich asses and start dancing!"  He was definitely channelling his inner James Brown.

        Foo Fighters - They were on more than once, and I think that I liked their 1st performance the best, even if they weren't in the actual theater.  They performed "Walk, which is one of my favorites from the new album.  This makes me want to see them live!  The performance at the end when they were in the big red thing next to Deadmau5? Cool, but, well, maybe it was that I wasn't pickin' up what Deadmau5 was puttin' down.

        Dear Chipotle: You got me. I am in need of a burrito or a taco or something of that variety in my life. Like, hours ago.  You can deliver it to my home or place of business, whatever is easiest, thanks.
        For real though, that commercial with Willie Nelson singing 'The Scientist' by Coldplay?  Genius.  Who didn't like this commercial?  Jerks, that's who.  Good work, team.

        The Civil Wars - they had a beautiful but quick performance. I keep forgetting that they're NOT a couple.  Their Barton Hollow album is really beautiful all the way through.

        Adele - What can I say? America (and The Grammy Academy, obviously) loves you.   Your performance was definitely worthy of the standing ovation you received. Wasn't a huge surprise that she won what she won! You go girl.

        Bon Iver - SO excited that he won for Best New Artist... except that he's not new, really!  Either way, I'm cool with it.  Great speech, too.  He just really loves making music.  (Sidebar: THIS blog is hilarious.)

        Wednesday, February 8, 2012

        Whatcha Listening To? Wednesdays

        Here's What I'm Listening To this week:
        • Matt Nathanson - Room At the End Of the World
        • Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - Morning Thought  (I've been hearing them a lot on 88.9)
        • Fistful Of Mercy - Father's Son (Ben Harper is in this band... Yep, THAT Ben Harper!)
        • Youth Lagoon - Montana (My friend Brian introduced me to Youth Lagoon a few weeks back, and I love their lo-fi sound)


        So, #WhatchaListeningTo? (That's right, I'm starting a hashtag. What!)

        Monday, February 6, 2012

        Spotlight: Tim Blane

        Tim Blane's music is self-proclaimed "catchy singer/songwriter pop that's perfect for the front seat or the back porch."

        Tim, I completely agree. Your music is actually perfect.... anywhere. 

        Tim Blane Band  - Tim's 3rd from the Left (photo from Facebook)

        His May 2011 album, You Can't Go Back, has been playing on my Spotify account for a few months now, and I have no complaints. "Magnetic", "Lay It All On Me", "Mischief" and "You Can't Go Back" are all favorites and are on my "starred" list.  Honest, quality, acoustic, pop.  Ain't nothin' wrong with that. The other handsome fellows in the photo above include Matt Owens (trumpet), James Casey (sax/vocals), James Williams (drums), Adam Tressler (guitar), and Reuben Cainer (bass).  Handsome fellowsm not included in the photo but are also band members, include Ben Zecker (keys) and Derrick White (trombone).  

        Ever mess around with the GarageBand program on a Mac?  If so, you've seen him as a teacher on it.  Also, he was hired to write ringtones for Pepsi.  I'm actually in the market for some new ringtones, Tim... anyways, also, according to his website, he's "shared the stage with acts like the Goo Goo Dolls, CAKE, OneRepublic, KT Tunstall, Fabolous and Sister Hazel." That's, um, FA-BO-LO-US.

        If you are at all intrigued to check Mr. Blane and his boys out, I highly suggest this little ditty:

        Tim Blane - "Magnetic"

        If you have any artists you think that I should check out and/or spotlight, please let me know! I'm always on the lookout for new tunes to fill my earbuds with...

        Saturday, February 4, 2012

        Spotify Radio

        I've been playing around with the Radio feature on Spotify today, and it's introduced me to some cool new music.

        I randomly picked Chadwick Stokes to base a radio station off of, and I was not disappointed. Way to go, Spotify.

        Today, I was introduced to and really liked:

        Barefoot Truth  -  if you go to their website, you can download a free mix of their tunes! Thanks, BFT!
        Leftover Cuties  - I love their album art on Places To Go

        Artists/bands I know and like that were on the mix:  

        O.A.R.  (they put on a great concert!)
        Pete Francis (previously of Dispatch)

        If you have Spotify, definitely check out the Radio option.  It's like turning the Genius option iTunes, but it doesn't just use the music you already have; your ears will be introduced to a whole bunch of new artists.

        Thursday, February 2, 2012

        Whatcha Listening To? Wednesdays

        Here's What I'm Listening To this week (yep, a day late, oops!):


        So, now the question is, #WhatchaListeningTo?  (That's right, I'm starting a #hashtag. What!)

        Wednesday, February 1, 2012

        In Concert: Augustana and Graffiti6

        Augustana and Graffiti6 performed at The Paradise Rock Club last night (January 31, 2012).  I was in desperate need of hearing good live music, and boy oh boy, did they deliver.

        Graffiti6 opened the show, and my friend Randi and I caught their last few songs.  They sounded really fantastic live.  That's always the big question for me (and I'm sure most concert-goers): "I like this band,  but will they sound as good as they do on the album?"  I definitely want to check out more of their music.

        Augustana certainly seemed happy to be back in Boston.  Of course, they performed their well-known and much-loved song "Boston", and nearly everyone in the room whipped out their smartphones to record the song.  Some of my favorites were  "Sweet and Low" and "Shot in the Dark".



        The rest of their tour brings them to such places as Philly, D.C., Atlanta and then back this way to Mohegan Sun Casino.

        I have to share the video for "Steal Your Heart", mostly because it's a great song, also because it sort of reminds me of something The Killers (at least I think it's The Killers who it's sounding reminiscent of) would do, and partly because, um, the guys aren't hard to look at. #justsayin.

        "Steal Your Heart" - Augustana