Wednesday, June 27, 2012

#WhatchaListeningTo Wednesdays

Here's what I'm listening to this week, as I'm packing for a fantastic weekend in LA for an incredible wedding weekend! Congrats, Nicole and Jay!

So, #whatchalisteninto?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

#WhatchaListeningTo Wednesdays

Here's what I'm listening to this week:

  • J.D. McPherson - North Side Gal - This song gets my foot tapping!  I can't help but think back to sitting in the backseat of my mom's station wagon and thinking that "Big D 103" was the only radio station in Connecticut (it was the only one she ever played in the car).  Oldies have a special place in my heart!  I probably would have done pretty well at sock hops, I'm not gonna lie.  
  • Talking Heads - Nothing But Flowers - At first listen it just sounds like a fun and carefree song, but definitely one that can make you think!  I love when Guster covers this song, but couldn't find a good video to share.
  • Dawes - A Little Bit of Everything - "I think that love is so much easier than you realize/ If you can give yourself to someone/ Then you should..."
  • Dion Roy - Daughter - my friend Dion's song for Father's Day; very sweet.
  • Morning Parade - Under the Stars - I wrote a post about this band back in March, and they were in town today with my friends at @Radio929.

So, #whatchalisteningto ?

Thursday, June 14, 2012

In Concert: Newpoli

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of checking out a concert at the Regattabar for the first time - we saw a band that I never would have ever known I'd enjoy, but I can say now that I'm a fan.

The group is called Newpoli, and performs Southern Italian folk music.  It's made up of Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory alumni, and performs in the area often.  Here's their bio from their website:

Newpoli "performs Southern Italian Folk Music, mainly from the regions of Campania and Puglia, integrating a wide variety of styles such as Tarantella-Pizzica, Tammuriata, Villanella and the Neapolitan Canzone, encompassing music from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Because Italian Folk music, with the exception of a small number of Neapolitan songs, has not received its deserved attention and recognition, neither in Italy nor abroad, Newpoli, guided by their passion for playing and researching these seldom played traditional styles, introduces to the audience, often for the first time, the joy and beauty of this music while recounting the ancient stories and rituals described in the lyrics."

From the moment the female vocalists, Carmen and Angela, began singing, I knew I was going to enjoy the show - their strong voices drew me in.
The group played a variety of songs, including some Tarantella, which made me think back to my childhood and when I learned a few on the piano.  Makes me think about getting back into the piano...

I found a video from a past Newpoli performance of one of the songs that caught my ear:
Mamma la Rondinella

There were about 11 members of the group, including special guests John La Barbera and Pasquale Iocola.  There were mandolins, recorders, an accordion, Italian tambourines, a violin, acoustic bass, classical guitar... a beautiful mix to bring Southern Italy to Boston.  Next time they're in town, and you're in the mood for a little something different musically, check them out (and tell Dan Meyers that Joanna and Dan sent you!) !

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

#WhatchaListeningTo Wednesdays

Here's what I'm listening to this week:

  • Phoenix - Everything is Everything  
  • G.Love & Special Sauce - Rodeo Clowns [Extended Mix]
  • Florence and the Machine - Breath of Life - this played during the credits of Snow White and the Huntsman, which I saw this past weekend - pretty good film! 
  • Obadiah Parker - Hey Ya - a great acoustic cover! #FunFact: Obadiah's real name is Mat Weddle from Scottsdale, AZ.
  • Raphael Saadiq - Stone Rollin' - the Life Is Good Festival 2012 artist list was published this past week, and it got me thinking about last year's amazing weekend!  I have volunteered at the Canton, MA festival for the past 2 years, and am planning to be there again this year.  I tweeted @ Raphael and a few other musicians that I was excited to see them perform last year, and he started following me back (@RayRaySaadiq) - I invited Raphael over to the facepainting tent but he didn't respond ;-)  Robert Randolph & the Family Band retweeted that tweet, as well. #twitterdork

So, #whatchalisteningto?

Thursday, June 7, 2012

#WhatchaListeningTo Wednesdays

Here's what I'm listening to this week (a day late; work got crazy!) :

  • Alexi Murdoch - Orange Sky - Really beautiful song, and it reminds me of something along the lines of a Nick Drake kind of song... beautiful lyrics, too.
  • Good Old War - Amazing Eyes - "And you may not understand it/ But something here is working..." 
  • The Lumineers - Ho Hey - "I belong with you, you belong with me you're my sweetheart..." - an easy, sweet song.
  • Lyle Lovett - Bears - I didn't realize that this was a LL song until about the song was almost over!
  • Don Omar & FabolousDale Don Dale [Remix] - heard this on my way home today, in need of some energy!

So, whatcha listening to?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

"Please Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy" and Other Mistaken Lyrics

I have become a fan of Thought Catalog - a lot of interesting articles on that site, so check it out if you're looking for some new ideas/a place that may have you thinking, "Yea! I feel that way too!"  I came across one about songs that people don't really know the lyrics to.  It made me think of songs I've listened to in my short almost-28-year-old life, so I thought I'd compile a small list, and see what any of you out there in Internet Land didn't know the lyrics to, either.

5 Songs No One Actually Knows The Lyrics To

The Thought Catalog's article features these 5 songs:
1. Yellow Ledbetter“ by Pearl Jam - Bedwetter? What?
2. “Come on Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners - I think that Save Ferris's version  helped this issue, what do you think?
3. “September” by Earth, Wind, and Fire - "AYYYYEEEEAAAHHH, Somethin' somethin' someeeeeethin'...."
4. “One Week” by Barenaked Ladies - I'll admit that I used to know a good majority of these words, but certainly not all of them...
5. “The Numa Numa Song” - Uh, yeah.  I don't even know that these are definitely English words... are they?  I'll have to look 'em up.

So, as a young'in I was under the impression that "Stir It Up" by Bob Marley and the Wailers was "Cereal."  "Ceeeerrrrrealllll.  Little darlinnnnn', ceeeereaaaalll."  Yep, because that made sense. Yep, I'm admitting it to the Interwebs.

Also, "Informer" by Snow.  What the hell is going on in that song?  "A licky boom boom down."  Yes, I got that much.  I think he drops his name a few times, too. But... huh? 

What are some of your favorite mistaken-lyric songs?