Wednesday, March 28, 2012

#WhatchaListeningTo Wednesday

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

    • Imagine Dragons - It's Time - This raw version from SXSW is great and makes me want to join in right from the first hand clap and foot stomp. "Now don’t you understand?/That I'm never changing who I am..."
    • Florence & The Machine - No Light, No Light - When this drum beat starts, I can't stop myself from drumming along on the steering wheel. 
    • Mayer Hawthorne - The Walk - Okay, so I did a "Spotlight" on him back in January, but I have been hearing it on the radio right when I need a good jam, and it doesn't disappoint. I have a crush on MH, can't hide it. (PS I'm posting the uncensored version, in case there's any kiddos in the room...)
    • Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks - I'm still trying to figure out exactly what the song means to me, but I'm diggin' it overall... there's somethin' about it that pulled me in...  I'll tell ya one thing though - the video creeps the #$%& out of me!
    • Shawn Mullins - Light You Up - Um, hello. Sexy song right here, am I right, folks?

    Wednesday, March 21, 2012

    #WhatchaListeningTo Wednesdays

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

      • Feist - The Bad In Each Other - the opening drum beat drew me in... the lyrics hit me, too, in a few ways.
      • The John Butler Trio - One Way Road - I typically hit replay when this is just about to end, because frankly, I don't want it to. JBT rocks.  "Wrong way going on a one way road/ Gonna turn it all around, gonna back it on up..."
      • The Avett Brothers - Kick Drum Heart - "My my heart like a kick drum/ My my love like a voice..."
      • O.A.R. - Gotta Be Wrong Sometimes - I've loved O.A.R. for about 10 years now (wow, I feel old saying that), and they put on an amazing show. This video definitely shows that!
      • Red Hot Chili Peppers - Look Around - This video definitely makes me want to keep watching and see what's coming next. 


      So, #WhatchaListeningTo?

      Sunday, March 18, 2012

      In Concert: Immortal Technique

      This is a story all 'bout how my evening got turned upside down... 
      So, I took a chance at a random first date and said that I'd meet up with someone for the first time for the Immortal Technique show last night at the Paradise Rock Club.  It was a bit out of my comfort zone, to last-minute have a Saturday night first date, especially to a rap show, but I figured, why not?  Welp, the date was a flop, that's all I'll say about that... that's putting it nicely!  

      DJ G.I. Joe

      DJ G.I.Joe, J.Arch, Chino XL. . . I'm probably forgetting an act or two, it was a little hard to keep track, no one really left the stage. They all just sorta hung out towards the back when they were done with their set but they kept chiming in with stuff... yeah. They were more and more talented with each performer, getting the crowd hyped up for Immortal Technique.

      No joke, these guys actually kept doing the rap pose... I don't know what to call it, but it looks like this: 
      For real. I LOL'd, for serious.

      Sorry dude, I forget who you are, but you had an  amazing flow. That's what it's called, right? ;-)

      Chino XL was incredible... his wordplay and rhymes are really impressive.  Check out his stuff.
      Chino XL

      This was definitely the first rap show I've ever been to, and it seemed like a pretty tame audience (it was filled primarily with young, white males, 18-30), and each rapper kept giving shout-outs "to all the females in the audience" - I guess they're trying to up the female population at rap shows, so I felt pretty cool for being there, haha.

      Of course, because I took the T (yay public transportation), I had to leave early so that I could make sure I could get all the way back before the T stopped running. I was very lucky to have met someone who saved me, literally, from the sketchy initial date guy situation, and was able to enjoy the rest of the show that I was there for :-)

      Moral of the Story:  When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. Also, when life hands you a potentially cool date and rap show tickets, and the date goes down the tubes, don't give up - there may be actual cool guys there to enjoy the rest of the show with.

      Update: Um, that "cool guy" ended up being an odd duck, too.  This is my life, folks.  Back to the drawing board...!

      Friday, March 16, 2012

      In Concert: Dropkick Murphys

      My ears are still ringing from Night 2 of Dropkick Murphys at the House of Blues, Boston - and now I understand the draw to see this band!  They love this town, and the feeling is mutual.

      My friend and I only caught the second of the two openers, Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls, but I definitely liked what I heard.  They're from England and have a folk/punk sound to them.  I liked 'The Road' a lot.  Frank spoke passionately about "real punk/rock and roll bands" and how the real ones aren't "stuck behind barriers" and actually meet their fans and are grateful.  Amen to that, sir. 

      I will admit that I wasn't overly familiar with the Dropkicks' music, other than what I've heard on the radio or at Boston sports events, but I was lucky to have a friend with me who is a HUGE fan.  Shout-out to Angie for being my concert partner-in-crime!  "Deeds Not Words" was a song that stood out for me - "Where you gonna run to/ where you gonna hide?" 
                                                                                                                                           Who doesn't like a little Irish Step Dancing?

       The passion these musicians have comes through as they run back and forth across the stage.  I was glad to see one of the female musicians take the lead on a song - the crowd seemed to really dig it, too.  Another notable song: "Take 'Em Down" (I did a little research and discovered it was a song released in support of the Wisconsin Union workers).  Don't let the bastards get ya down, guys!  

      Something that kinda made us laugh was when Ken Casey, one of the lead vocalists, poked fun at the somewhat tame mosh pit: "That’s not much of a pit out there!”  Not too long after that comment, Ken and some of the other guys sat down for a few more acoustic-sounding songs.  Dropkick Murphys + acoustic = does not compute. 
      DKM Crest: Accordion, Hot Chick, Shackled/Praying Hands, Beer.

      I now fully understand the purpose of those newsboy caps: they are to be worn to Dropkick Murphys shows.  Being that we were in Guy Central last night, about half of them were wearing them... I should have worn mine!  I would have fit right in.  I am now the proud owner of a Dropkicks tee shirt, which I will be sporting this weekend.  The Dropkicks definitely make out well coming to town for St. Patrick's Day, and it's great that they play so many shows to accomodate all of their fans.  Thanks to Radio 92.9 for a fun evening! 

      Wednesday, March 14, 2012

      #WhatchaListeningTo Wednesdays

      Here's What I'm Listening To this week:
      • Raphael Saadiq - Love That Girl - I saw him at this year's Life Is Good Festival here in MA where I was volunteer, and I tweeted him & the other musicians I was excited to see - and he started following me on Twitter!  He puts on an amazing show, I'd love to see him again.
      • Citizen Cope - Healing Hands - I've seen his performances on Palladia, and like what I see.
      • Death Cab For Cutie - No Sunlight - Codes and Keys is a great album!
      • Grouplove - Tongue Tied
      • Matisyahu - Jerusalem - Gotta love an Orthodox Jew rapping.
      • Bruce Hornsby - Gonna Be Some Changes Made - Loved hearing this as I was driving Sunday morning on 92.5! (fwd to about 1:15 for the song, ignore the annoying The View ladies)


      So, #WhatchaListeningTo?

      Friday, March 9, 2012

      #MusicVideo: Robyn - "Call Your Girlfriend" vs. SNL's Taran Killam's version

      Who doesn't love a comeback?  Robyn, known for her 1997 US breakthrough "Show Me Love", came out with her Bodytalk album in November 2010, and it's definitely one to get you dancing.  It's gotten the cast of SNL dancing, specifically Taran Killam, who has some support from fellow castmates:

      You may want to open it in YouTube to view bigger, in its glory.

      Bobby Moynihan at the door with the flashlight may be my favorite part.  I wonder if Taran is really a Robyn fan, or if he was just poking fun at the video... next music video you want to make, though, Taran, I want in.

      Wednesday, March 7, 2012

      #WhatchaListeningTo Wednesdays

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

        • Gary Clark Jr. - Bright Lights  - This is from the Dave Matthews Caravan tour in Chicago '11. I've always tended to dig whoever Dave takes on tour with him, even if I'm not totally enamored with DMB these days.  This guy gets down
        • The Decemberists - O Valencia! - Song starts at 2:05, but the video is kinda cool to watch!
        • Butch Walker & the Black Widows - Trash Day - This was a fun one to have on in my drive to work this morning. Oops, he drops the F-bomb, if the kiddos are listening.
        • Greg Laswell (feat. Sara Bareilles) - Come Back Down - I can't help but sing along with this one, and the video concept is really interesting. 
        • Motopony - Seer  - Motopony describes themselves on their Twitter page as "Glitch Folk. Hard Soul. Hope and Roll. Music for coming together" - They're definitely a folk/rock mix, and I'd love to see them live sometime. I think they'd put on a great show!


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

        Monday, March 5, 2012

        Couldn't Make It Up If I Tried: Dating and Music - "I'm just going to put this out there..."

        So, this is sad but true.  I get a plethora of types of messages on the online dating website I have a profile on... on occasion there's a normal one worth responding to, and every once in a while, I even respond to the kinda nutty ones (like this one), just to see what happens:

        Um... so, yeah. There's that.  The song?  Santo & Johnny, "Sleepwalk". 
        Hello, 1959.  No really, that's when this is from.

        Chances are good that he sent the same message out to 27 other girls in hopes that 1 would respond.  I was just chillin' out, maxin', relaxin' all cool, and decided: "what the hell, let's see what this dude is about."  I was very nice and chatted him up, and very quickly, he offered up his phone number to grab coffee. Then, this happened:

        Sword lessons?  Um, there's a lot of jokes I can make about that.  I'm all set on any kind of  sword lessons you're wanting to give me, dude.  Thanks, but no thanks. 
        ... I'll take the '63 Aston Martin, though. Powder blue. 

        Saturday, March 3, 2012

        #MusicMyFriendsGotMeInto: Morning Parade

        Chatting this evening with my friend Brian, he told me about a band from England called Morning Parade:

        ... and check 'em out I did.  I was not disappointed, and definitely hear the Coldplay/Snow Patrol vibe they have going.

        "Under the Stars"

        "I’m gonna set my sightsI’m gonna set your soul alight
        Under the stars..."

        And this one really makes me want to see them live:

        Their album comes out on March 5th, and I look forward to seeing how it does, and to checking out the rest of their music!  They definitely have a great rock sound, and I agree with Brian's Coldplay/Snow Patrol take on them.  

        What do you think?