Jul 29, 2012

Homemadesoul - Two Step



Today has evolved into a lazy Sunday where I clean out my inbox, listen to music, write my book and just relax...and then I got an email from Homemadesoul.   If you don't recall, I have written about him twice before and am a big fan of not only his sound, but his general vibe and attitude that he puts out.  

I was washing dishes and waiting for the song to download and suddenly it started playing... I can't explain it but I just started bouncing away, scrubbing dishes and bopping along.   Such a groovy beat, I really enjoyed listening to it and after drying my hands I hit play and listened to it a few more times in succession.   For some reason every song of his has the exact perfect mix that makes me want to sing along, dance and listen to it on repeat- which is rare for me.   If I listen to a song a few times in succession you know it caught my attention in a good way!   
Definitely check him out, here are his links, and do yourself a favor and listen to some of his other stuff, you will be pleasantly surprised!

Jul 27, 2012

Pop Music + Cher Lloyd = Science

I read the following article and started laughing.   I mean, really, yes a lot of what is played on the radio today is pretty much generic, overproduced electronic blips and beeps but still, there is some good music out there... right?
LONDON -- Comforting news for anyone over the age of 35, scientists have worked out that modern pop music really is louder and does all sound the same.   A team led by artificial intelligence specialist Joan Serra at the Spanish National Research Council ran music from the last 50 years through some complex algorithms and found that pop songs have become intrinsically louder and more bland in terms of the chords, melodies and types of sound used.
"We found evidence of a progressive homogenization of the musical discourse," Serra told Reuters. "In particular, we obtained numerical indicators that the diversity of transitions between note combinations -- roughly speaking chords plus melodies -- has consistently diminished in the last 50 years."
They also found the so-called timbre palette has become poorer. The same note played at the same volume on, say, a piano and a guitar is said to have a different timbre, so the researchers found modern pop has a more limited variety of sounds.
Ok, so the article (which you can read in it's entirety at the end if you'd like) sort of made me laugh and then I forgot about it for a day... until it suddenly popped into my head while I was watching America's Got Talent.   What?   I like Sharon and Howard.   Ok, and Howie.   Fine, I like the show, get over it....

So Cher Lloyd (a past X-Factor winner) is the guest performer for the results show and she starts singing... and all I can think is holy goodness the scientists are right.   I have no idea who she sounded like, but A) that is NOT the music I expected to hear from such a talented up and comer and B) actually that's not really music at all, the lyrics are horrendous!   Don't get me wrong- I LIKE THE GIRL!   But what is that?   No really- stop, listen... what is that exactly?
Blah- just very dissapointing- remember when she auditioned for X-Factor and blew them away?   I think if I recall you could literally see Simon Cowell counting up dollar signs in his head with every word she sang.
Yup- around 2:15 you can see the $$$$ in his eyes...
Well, that settles it.   Someone better save Pop Music before it's lost forever!   Not that this will change the course of the future or anything remotely important like that, but I did feel the need to weigh in with my 2cents on this one.   Happy Friday Lovers.

For the Kids - Tommy Tadeo

Twitter karma is in full effect today!   I followed back a new follower @TommyTadeo and then I got curious and started reading his posts and tweets and checking out his links since he is all about music and obviously so am I.   I started watching his videos on YouTube and stumbled across this video describing his project called For the Kids.   This is a clothing line that he created and started to be able to raise funds to give back to hospitals to help with people who are sick.   It's also about being good stand up role models and positive influence for kids because let's face it, these days real heroes are hard to find.   I am really glad we have connected and would love to help promote his cause.  

So please- like, follow, share and pass it along...


Jul 23, 2012

Modern English and The Fixx @ Pershing Square 7.21.12

Last night was by far one of the most interestingly awesome nights I've had in a while- and I have had my share of nights out here in LA.   I think the fact that I was not at a club and in a totally different sort of venue was a huge factor, but let me not get ahead of myself... Los Angeles is a rocking city for many reasons- one of which is that it holds free concerts in Pershing Square over the summer.   I cannot even take the credit for knowing this, since I had no idea until someone informed me.   I think that is awesome and absolutely plan on attending again.   A lot.
So, back to last night- Modern English and the Fixx performed.   It's OK if you don't know who they are yet- trust me you know at least one of the songs I am about to let you watch below.   Actually- if anyone reading this has never heard of ANY of the songs I am about to post, I would love it if you would comment and let me know!

We were running a bit late getting downtown, but weren't really stressing because we knew that as long as we made it for the last song that Modern English (they opened) performed, we would be cool- which is EXACTLY how it worked out!   As we settled into chairs and started acclimating to the randomest crowd I have ever seen, ever (and dude, I hang out on Hollywood Blvd sometimes, they got NOTHING on these cats!) I hear the opening notes of a song that I have loved pretty much since I was a kid.   I have no idea why this song was so formulative (is that a word?) for me, but it was.   It brings back memories, makes me feel like I am in a John Hughes movie (I always wanted to be the one kissing Jake in Sixteen Candles.   Don;t judge me.).   It's called 'I Melt With You' and can you just watch it now because I swear you have heard it....As Robbie Grey (lead singer) said before they started playing I Melt With You- "OK, I know we're not getting out of here without playing this for you tonight...".
So.   Not to be a downer- but musically, that was the climax of the evening.   As someone put it- it's like getting your dessert before the meal.   I mean, of all the songs played, it was the one that performed the best in the 80's when it came out...BUT as we discussed over the course of the evening...because the Fixx had multiple moderately successful songs, they were the main act instead of Modern English, who really only had one giant huge hit.   

Don't be discouraged though!   Not only did the Fixx play fun songs (hang on, hang on, I'm getting to them) but the CROWD was phenomenal.   Apart from the fact that I truly felt I had invaded a respectable amount of the attendees living room/bed room uninvited, it seemed as though every single person who showed up had some sort of weird story and or possibly thyroid disorder.   Or was drunk and/or homeless. 
I am going to start with the twitchy barefoot yoga-esque looking lady who kept wandering to her 'seat' and then tossing her bag, sweater and a few other unknown items into different areas around her vicinity...and might I mention the tiny little KITTEN on a leash that she was either holding in her arms or that was trailing her on a leash that she kept on her ankle (The lady's ankle, the other end was where you would expect a leash to be on a kitten).   She was fun,
Then there was the old guy with the backpack (on both shoulders) who mimed receiving pleasure around his groinal area while making what I can only classify as the MOST uncomfortably ugly/awful/unpleasured faces I have ever seen.   Ever.   And while we joked about that maybe being the closest he'd ever get to experiencing anything remotely like that- he meandered up to a 300lb woman and starting booty dancing with her.   Shows me how little I know!
Ok, I don't need to keep telling you about the crowd (OMG I want to though- seriously, if you really want to hear it shoot me an email, I will tell you, it was pretty epic).   However, I do need to write up the Fixx already- they performed a bunch of songs, I taped the ones that seemed to get everyone moving and shaking  the most (except this first one which I just really liked):
In order- Anyone Else, Take a Risk and.... One Thing Leads to Another.   (Really. you have never heard ANY of these?   Who are you- what could you possibly be reading this blog for???)  
I need to write one more thing- the lead singer is possibly the most realistic caricature of an aging English rockstar I have ever seen ever.   And I saw Mick Jagger, live.   This guy was both theatrically enchanting and completely apathetic at the same time- I finally figured out that he has simply performed these songs SO many times that the extravagant gestures and rises and falls of the song are rote to him, he does it on autopilot.   And he naturally had to make some statements about government and occupy LA and the "concrete monoliths rising above us" (dude, we're downtown, of course there are concrete monoliths.   Get booked in a theater and instead you'll have velvet curtains and thousand watt lights, what can I say?)   I sound really mean but I actually had an absolute blast and loved every second of the show.   I danced, I sang, I people watched- and you can bet your bottom I am going to go back again for the next one.

http://www.laparks.org/pershingsquare/ <~~~~ Free concerts- why aren't you attending???? Get on that! I missed Berlin, but August 4th it's the Bangles... DUDE!   You know I'm so there!

I'd like to give a special thanks to my tour guide and snack provider de reiguer who not only hooked it up with M&M's and Raisinets, but also managed to provide a Lemonade Vitamin Water and a blue Monster Energy.   Hit it outta the park.   Thank you muchly.

*****Update*****
As it happens, Pershing Square has a facebook page... and just posted a MUCH better video of I Melt With You- so I have included it just because my version was, ah well, shakey.  

Jul 21, 2012

The Other Oprahs - Michael Gelbart Update

If you enjoyed my previous post about The Other Oprahs, the book written by the very funny Michael Gelbart, then you will probably appreciate this interview he did on CTV's Ledrew Live...not only do you get to watch a humorous interview (Seriously- he managed to tie in Mark Zuckerberg and the Winklevoss twins), but you also have a chance to learn more about the author himself.   
Here are all of the links you could possibly want - and go read the book already!

Jul 20, 2012

Johnny Cerisano - Final Prayer

I love it when I get a follow-up comment on something I wrote about a long time ago... and then it reintroduces me to the post all over again and I can remember why I wrote about it to begin with.

I just got a comment on my post about boy wonder Johnny Cerisano and it includes a link to his soundcloud! Awesome- I cannot wait for the day when this kid is part of some epic group or a household name.

So please check out his new song "Final Prayers" on soundcloud (it might not be that new but it's new to me) and come November remember to keep your eyes on him...here's the comment:

Johnny is now 16, and this is his latest. Expect a new album in November. Thanks.

http://soundcloud.com/thatjohnnykid/final-prayer-1

Take a minute to go through the rest of his uploads- he is fantastic and I really would love to hear from him when his album drops!
(check out the original post here if you'd like - Johnny Cerisano Guitar Genius

Jul 17, 2012

Jaxon Smith - Kid Drummer

Kids seem to be getting more accomplished at younger ages these days.   Maybe it is a direct result of the media access we have- that these kids already were so super talented so young and they just had no good venues for exposure.   Whatever the reason, here is a seven year old super talented kid drumming 'Pretender' from the Foo Fighters...

Jaxon Smith was born weighing 1 lb, and his story sounds so similar to another little super drummer I know! My nephew was also born after a difficult pregnancy and like Jaxon, when he was a little kid he used to grab anything remotely resembling drumsticks and bang away.   He has phenomenal timing too, although he is younger than Jaxon.... and for both of these kids I say this- utilize the talent, get them in lessons so they learn skills and can make it a professional career should they so desire.   Big ups to all the child prodigies out there!

The Huffington post published a more detailed article about Jaxon...

Jaxon Smith is an adorable six year old with one unbelievable talent. The little drummer is pretty much ready to join the Foo Fighters, if the above video of him rocking along to their song "Pretender" is to any indication.
According to the video's description, Jaxon was born in 2005 and weighed just one pound. He's grown up to be quite a rocker, performing songs by Rush, The Who, Heart (yep, "Barracuda"), the Silversun Pickups, Tool, Rage Against the Machine and more. For more of Jackson's amazing drumming, head over to the profile of YouTube user U2RUSHFAN.
Even more incredible? Jackson is described as self-taught. In his most recent video (featuring an upgraded, digital drum kit), Jackson drums along to The Who's "The Real Me."
Our favorite part of Jaxon's "Pretender" performance comes around 3:23, when he jumps back at the kid-size drum set after the bridge. All things considered, he looks pretty calm.

Jul 16, 2012

Amazing Journey: Six Quick Ones - The Who

As a career insomniac I have spent an epic amount of hours watching mindless entertainment online.   Youtube, Netflix, Hulu, Crackle, MegaUpload... try me, I've used them all.   I am also blessed with the unique inability to stop watching something once I start- so even if it is the cheesiest, dumbest most campy movie in existence I must absolutely watch it until the end.   I'm talking foreign with subtitles and no plot whatsoever, just villagers and a stranger and some jungle type movies.  

So when I started trying to help myself stop losing hours of my life, even if I couldn't sleep, I cancelled Netflix, and got rid of my tv and decided I was only allowed to watch free online content.   That essentially limits me to Youtube, Crackle and Hulu (in terms of reliability anyway).   Now I am faced with a new issue- Hulu has started adding all of these FANTASTIC documentaries about musicians.   I have already watched films covering Elvis, the Beatles, Eminem, Michael Jackson, Queen (Freddie Mercury), Kelly Rowland, the Spice Girls (stop laughing, I am a product of the 90's), and a random documentary about the guy who invented DHL (actually supremely interesting).

My queue is a list of who's who is rock and roll and music history and I literally jump into comfy clothes whenever I get a chunk of time to sit and watch whatever comes up next.   I have so many great artists lined up, if this was a concert I'd have already wet myself out of sheer excitement.  

I decided to write about it here because A) it covers my favorite topic- music and B) I just watched one about the Who and I am over the moon happy.   It's called "Amazing Journey: Six Quick Ones" and basically any song of their's that you have ever loved gets played in some way or another.   You really learn a lot about what went into some of the most classic songs when you get to see someone like Eddie Vedder strum a guitar and describe how Pete Townshend would play with riffs and then you watch Roger Daltrey singing in the studio... here is the Hulu description:
Spanning four decades, this authorized and definitive anthology of The Who relives their journey from humble beginnings to their meteoric rise to rock legend status in a 3-film DVD set. Filled with all-new interviews with band members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend and music icons, Sting, The Edge of U2, Eddie Vedder and more, this must-have collection also features electrifying rare and unreleased concert footage in mind-blowing 5.1 surround sound. David Wild, a contributing editor of Rolling Stone says it's "brilliant...an exceptionally smart and intimate portrait." For music that spoke to generations of fans, and refused to be classified, the answer is -- and always will be -- The Who.
Anyway, you don't have to watch it yourself, although any self respecting Who fan totally would have already clicked the link below and started it.   I just feel like when I find something that touches me, specifically when it is music related, it is almost my job to pass it along.   I hope you enjoy it- and browse the rest of the docs they have- I know there's a Jimi Hendrix one coming up, something about the Clash...I might be sleep deprived but I'm getting an in depth musical education!

Jul 15, 2012

Homemadesoul - Sunday Morning


Sunday Morning

A few months ago I wrote about an artist named Homemadesoul (you can read it here - about his song "Heartbreak Hotel") and the response I got was very positive.   Today he released a cover of the Maroon 5 song "Sunday Morning".   Once again listening to the smoothness of his voice I felt really at ease and found myself nodding along to the song.

So show him some love and take a few minutes to listen- you're actually doing yourself a favor anyway.


www.homemadesoul.com
www.facebook.com/homemadesoul
www.twitter.com/homemadesoul

The album is available for purchase and you should really check out his stuff, he is talented singer and I'd love to see him blow up.  

Jul 8, 2012

The Other Oprahs - Michael Gelbart

A few weeks ago I decided to clean up my twitter list.   That this randomly happened the night before my birthday is probably a sign of personal growth in some way, but that's not the point here.   The point is that I was trying to get a better ratio- apparently following more people than having followers indicates you are not as good at tweeting as you think you are (My ratio was approximately 3:1).   I scrolled through my list and unfollowed anyone I really didn't recognize or know...it was an intense process and sometimes I had to read a bunch of their tweets before making the decision.   

You should also know that for my birthday I had started a campaign to try to get a red bull Slurpee machine.   Or just a red bull Slurpee, whatever.   I tweeted directly to red bull (no response), I added it to the end of everything I said to people (they thought I was kidding), and I posted it in my status across social media for a few weeks prior to the big day.   Nothing.   It was like not one person on earth cared that I thought red bull Slurpee's could be possibly the greatest idea ever and that I want one very badly.   

Back to twitter- my ratio still sucked but I felt like I was getting it under control a little more and after tweeting good night to my tweeps, I went to sleep.
The next day I received a tweet:




Read it again.



Yup.   I had just deleted the one person who I followed on Twitter who paid any attention to my birthday wish.   I felt beyond stupid- it was just the worst kind of shame that is unique to committing a social media faux pas in that someone actually called me out on unfollowing them.   Yikes.   


So naturally, I followed him again, apologized and then we started talking.   He's funny.   No really- that's his job.   Michael Gelbart is a comedian who has done a lot of stuff mostly centered around making people laugh.   He's actually very good at it and as I found out during later conversations, he has also written a book called "The Other Oprahs".   Intrigued by the premise I told him I wanted to read it and write about it... so here we are.
Let's start with the basics- watch the trailer that I saw before I read the book:
So now let me clarify because I swear, what I got from the website (links at the end) and the trailer was not at all what I expected/ended up with once I sat down and read the book- in one sitting cover to cover a few hours ago after I procrastinated and put it off which was totally my loss.  Once I started reading it I had to finish it and find out what happened.

There are four women named Oprah.   None of them are that  Oprah but they all experience daily issues just because they have the same name as she does.   They join a chat group for women named Oprah and through these online sessions you watch them support each other through life events and obstacles, all while laughing your ass off.   No really- I literally LOL-ed at times.   And that's an even funnier sentence to read if you've already read the actual book.   

I know, it's the summer, you're busy doing summer stuff (translation- you are sitting by the pool rotating every once in a while so you get an even glow and may or may not go for that third mimosa).   Look, it's not that long- and it's easy reading, I mean there are no pictures but you're not stuck with Kafka or anything like that- it's basic English for the most part.   I just think it's one of those books that blindsides you when you really aren't expecting it.   You wouldn't know from reading this review or perusing the website or watching the trailer- but it's actually a really insightful look at women in general and four fictional (I think!?!) personalities in particular.   I found it to be refreshingly wry and just sarcastic enough to keep my inner mean girl satisfied while allowing the bubbly, optimistic (Dare I say Oprah F?) side of me to enjoy a good read.   

The really interesting thing about this book is that I actually related and saw pieces of myself in all four women.   I think that says a lot about the author- that he could create fully rounded characters, flaws and all, and still enable his reader to identify with them on a personal level.   Even the slightly bitchy, mean Oprah W.   Kinda cool I think.   And this book isn't just for chics, although I have a feeling given the popularity of the great Oprah herself, that would probably be the target audience.   If anyone wants to borrow my copy... sorry, it's currently listed on EBay and I need to keep it in mint condition for whoever buys it.   LOL.

*This post is dedicated to whomever wants it to be dedicated to them.   Especially if you are now going to go read the book.   Then you'll get my jokes.
Check out the book - www.theotheroprahs.com
Learn more about the man himself - MichaelGelbart.com
Stalk him on Facebook
Harass him on Twitter

Thanks for sticking with me on this one--- I'll make up for subjecting you to a book review by going to some phenomenal rock concert or something very soon.   But really, you should be thanking me because if you actually do go read it, you will have a very enjoyable day.   And laugh.   A lot. 

Jul 7, 2012

Niantic @ Amplyfi

Back story: As an avid twitter addict I tend to connect with random people who tweet things that crack me up- usually the sarcastic, ironic sort of tweets that leave you blushing a tiny bit inside.   A short while back I started following @scarlipop and subsequently through her, I encountered Ryan- lead singer of Niantic and possibly the first real fan of my blog (that I know of, who isn't related to me and/or is a childhood friend).   How do I know that he is a fan?   Well, simply put- I received possibly the coolest email ever telling me so- and inviting me to a show his band was doing at a super underground, very awesome spot called Amplyfi.   The location is a very cool one and if you are into underground music in any way I highly suggest you take the time to check it out (don't be lazy here- I even included the link for you here so you can get all the info about this place)

Fast forward to tonight- I drove down Melrose looking for this super secret location (dude- there is literally an alley, and a green door- just like it says on the website).    Trust me when I say- this spot is going to be a place I frequent, if only to get the opportunity to listen to the most eclectic assortment of live music ever.   Very down with this place and if you are into this sort of thing, you should definitely check it out.



So- Niantic.   That is the name of Ryan's band- and before I go into details, here are all the links:
Twitter - https://twitter.com/thisisniantic
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/thisisniantic
Website - http://www.thisisniantic.com/

Before I went, I checked out the band's website and listened to some of their stuff.   I have to admit, I was intrigued- between the hilarious tweets and the music I definitely wanted to meet the guy behind it all.   Such a pleasant surprise!   Not only is Ryan super easy going and laid back, but he and the other members of the band are really nice and I truly enjoyed meeting them all- Chris, Michael and Alex. (And I have to mention their friends who were also very fun to talk to and super supportive!).   I was able to record the last song (which according to Ryan was not his favorite from what they performed tonight, but I was busy listening earlier so this is the only one I caught in full...) You can check it out here:

I kinda really dig these boys- they are different, casually cool and obviously passionate about their music.   It's not your generic sugary sweet pop confection, and it's off the beaten path of rock- but there is something really direct about the lyrics in the songs and I actually enjoyed leaving their soundcloud on tonight while I wrote this post, just chilling to their music.   Below is a link to their soundcloud and I also copied their 'About Us' from their website just because I think their story is interesting...and their sound is kind of unique in an over saturated market where every kid with a garage band is putting out their music.   Definitely looking forward to seeing them perform again and who knows- you might even become fans too.   If that happens, then I guess I'll be seeing you at some of their shows!   Thanks again boys- it was worth coming out for and I appreciated the invitation!
Soundcloud - 

WHO WE ARE

For fans of Wilco, Destroyer, Television
Chris McCartt; drums
Michael Castro; bass, keyboard
Alex Stensel; lead guitar, bass
Ryan Trask; vocals, guitar, bass
A city full of transplants, and yet all four members of Niantic are from the Los Angeles area. We grew up right here, in the thick of it, watching people and ideas and flavors of the month come and go.
So we transplanted styles. A vision, a sonic architecture, a diversity of borrowing, from all periods and approaches to great music. Different approaches to technical mastery — or sometimes lack thereof. A relentless focus on arranging, musicianship, and performance. 
Every song tells a story, has words and melodies to get lost in. On stage you won’t want to look away. On record hopefully it’ll be like anything good you put on — you’ll call your friends in from the other room and say “you’ve gotta hear this”. 
What does the name mean?? It’s an Indian tribe from Connecticut. Ryan found it on a street sign in San Diego and it’s a pretty name. You can pronounce it with a hard I if you want to. We’re probably concentrating on not sucking and not correcting your language. 
But if you do find yourself intrigued, bring your friends, come see us live.

Jul 3, 2012

Ruby Eyes - Chance City (music video)

Ah twitter- that amazing connector between all people, places and things.   Once again the twitterverse has randomly dropped music in my lap- and thankfully it's music I actually like!   Check out these boys- Ruby Eyes On Twitter: @Rubyeyesmusic and on Facebook.  

I was doing that thing where I stay up all night browsing music and stumbled across the music video for their song 'Chance City'.   Um- love.   Just like their sound and look- and as I tweeted last night, it doesn't hurt that the lead singer looks like a modern day Elvis.   I mean, it doesn't hurt me!   Listen to them and let me know what you think!

Seriously though, I really enjoyed their energy and the vibe they put out with their music.   Definitely looking forward to catching them live one of these days...

Biography
In Summer 2011,
Yutaka Sao was looking for a new lead singer and second guitar player for one of his projects. Through this process, he met Tim Johnson & Nikolaj Bang.Unfortunately, Yutaka could not work together with them on that particular project. However, he still had a lot of interest in working with these two guys in the future.

After 6 months Yutaka started his own project in which he would also be able to work as a producer and leader for the band.
At first he tried asking Nikolaj to start this new project with him.
Nikolaj agreed and they started working on demos for their debut EP.
Yutaka had already decided that he wanted Chris Dunn as their drummer.
Chris was working with Yutaka for another project. Yutaka let him check the demos and immediately Chris made up his mind to join the band.

When Yutaka, Nikolaj & Chris moved to the studio for the pre-production, Tim found their advertisement for a lead singer.
Noticing this was Yutaka's new project through the content, he signed up for the audition. When they jammed with Tim at the studio, they all felt Tim was perfect for the job. Tim also felt the chemistry between them and so they got a final piece in their music.

Only a couple of months has passed since they got together,
and Ruby Eyes has already finished the recording for their debut EP.

According to Yutaka "This project has a more organic style than modern music. I mean, you can hear more computer technology in modern music than "artist-self" nowadays. It's music, but I feel it seems people forget how to make music because of it. Originally I wrote the songs for this project, but basically I let the rest of the band do whatever they wanted to do with the songs. I thought that would be much more important to do for this debut EP. Yeah, because that's going to be our own sound"

Currently they are preparing for releasing their debut EP in June, 2012.
Also, spending time rehearsing for their upcoming shows.

Chris Brown - All Back

I tend to get fixated on certain songs and replay them over and over until I can figure out what it is that draws me in.   Sometimes I never quite figure it out... which seems to be the case with this song.   'All Back' is a great ballad, with rock riffs and is the perfect key for me to sing at the top of my lungs in the shower (sorry neighbors).   One day when I lose my stage fright I might actually sing it for someone but until that day comes (really, it probably won't, let's be honest here) you will just have to be satisfied with this live version he performed.   I chose the live version because the recorded ones are beautiful, haunting, epic... but studio effects n all that- I like it live and raw.   Say what you will about the boy (blonde hair hunni! please no, I adore your singing but the hair man).   Whatever your feelings- boy can sing and perform the heck out of a song... and have you watched him dance?!?

Blur - Under the Westway and The Puritan

Wow.   Being an insomniac has it's perks- like for instance just now I noticed that 'blur' was trending on twitter.   Curious- since the song ''Song 2' a.k.a 'Woo Hoo' was a huge favorite of mine, and honestly still gets me movin' and shakin- I decided to investigate.   Turns out that yes, it is that  Blur... the one I used to jam out to on the couch in high school.   If you went to my high school, you know which couch.   If you didn't, get your mind out of the gutter- it was a filthy couch we 'borrowed' from the theater and hid in an unused classroom that also served as our makeshift hideout when we were, ah, skipping class... ahem, I mean studying.   Whatever.

Point is- it's freaking BLUR!!!!   So they have released two songs- Under the Westway (not Woo Hoo-ish at ALL)

and The Puritan (a bit more Woo Hoo-ey but still sort of chillaxed).   
Click here to read all about it and about their upcoming tour and all that fun stuff.... meanwhile in my mind, I am hoping I fall asleep to the wonderful memories of headbanging to the lyrics:
I got my head done
When i was young
It's not my problem
It's not my problem
Woo hoo
When I feel heavy metal
Woo hoo
And I'm pins and I'm needles
Woo hoo
Well I lie and I'm easy
All of the time
But I'm never sure why
I need you
Pleased to meet you yeah yeah

Jul 2, 2012

History of Rock in 100 Riffs

I love when awesome people put together videos that actually enhance music and dare I say, even educate... check out this video- and see how many of the songs you recognize.   I now officially have over 65 songs playing in my head simultaneously.   Thanks a lot!
Check out the video and enjoy this awesome playlist! (For real though, someone make this and send me a link I will rock this entire list in my car happily).

100riffs.com Alex Chadwick plays 100 famous guitar riffs in one take giving you a chronological history of rock n' roll.

See the full detailed list of all the artists, keys, and year of each song played in the 100 riffs: http://www.chicagomusicexchange.com/100riffs -- PLUS see the pedalboard, guitar and amplifier too!

Alex plays a 1958 Fender Strat: http://goo.gl/g37oT

1 Mr. Sandman - Chet Atkins
2 Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
3 Words of Love - Buddy Holly
4 Johnny B Goode - Chuck Berry
5 Rumble - Link Wray
6 Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochran 
7 Pipeline - The Chantays 
8 Miserlou - Dick Dale 
9 Wipeout - Surfaris 
10 Daytripper - The Beatles 
11 Can't Explain - The Who 
12 Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones 
13 Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix 
14 Black Magic Woman - Santana 
15 Helter Skelter - The Beatles 
16 Oh Well - Fleetwood Mac 
17 Crossroads - Cream 
18 Communication Breakdown - Led Zeppelin 
19 Paranoid - Black Sabbath 
20 Fortunate Sun - Creedence Clearwater Revival 
21 Funk 49 - James Gang 
22 Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin 
23 Bitch - Rolling Stones 
24 Layla - Derek and the Dominos 
25 School's Out - Alice Cooper
26 Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple 
27 Money - Pink Floyd 
28 Jessica - Allman Brothers 
29 La Grange - ZZ Top 
30 20th Century Boy - T. Rex 
31 Scarlet Begonias - Grateful Dead 
32 Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd 
33 Walk This Way - Aerosmith
34 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
35 Stranglehold - Ted Nugent
36 Boys Are Back in Town - Thin Lizzy 
37 Don't Fear the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
38 Carry on My Wayward Son - Kansas 
39 Blitzkreig Bop - The Ramones 
40 Barracuda - Heart 
41 Runnin' with the Devil - Van Halen 
42 Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits 
43 Message in a Bottle - The Police
44 Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black) - Neil Young
45 Back in Black - AC/DC 
46 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne 
47 Spirit of Radio - Rush 
48 Pride and Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughan 
49 Owner of a Lonely Heart - Yes
50 Holy Diver - Dio 
51 Beat It - Michael Jackson 
52 Hot For Teacher - Van Halen 
53 What Difference Does It Make - The Smiths
54 Glory Days - Bruce Springsteen 
55 Money For Nothing - Dire Straits 
56 You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi 
57 The One I Love - REM 
58 Where the Streets Have No Name - U2
59 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses
60 Sweet Child 'O Mine - Guns N' Roses 
61 Girls, Girls, Girls - Motley Crue 
62 Cult of Personality -Living Colour
63 Kickstart My Heart - Motley Crue 
64 Running Down a Dream - Tom Petty 
65 Pictures of Matchstick Men - Camper Van Beethoven 
66 Thunderstruck - AC/DC 
67 Twice as Hard - Black Crowes 
68 Cliffs of Dover - Eric Johnson 
69 Enter Sandman - Metallica 
70 Man in the Box - Alice in Chains
71 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana 
72 Give it Away - Red Hot Chili Peppers 
73 Even Flow - Pearl Jam 
74 Outshined - Soundgarden 
75 Killing in the Name - Rage Against the Machine 
76 Sex Type Thing - Stone Temple Pilots
77 Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz 
78 Welcome to Paradise - Green Day 
79 Possum Kingdom - Toadies 
80 Say it Ain't So - Weezer 
81 Zero - Smashing Pumpkins 
82 Monkey Wrench - Foo Fighters 
83 Sex and Candy - Marcy Playground 
84 Smooth - Santana 
85 Scar Tissue - Red Hot Chili Peppers 
86 Short Skirt, Long Jacket - Cake
87 Turn a Square - The Shins 
88 Seven Nation Army - White Stripes 
89 Hysteria - Muse 
90 I Believe in a Thing Called Love - The Darkness 
91 Blood and Thunder - Mastadon 
92 Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Jet 
93 Reptilia - The Strokes 
94 Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand 
95 Float On - Modest Mouse 
96 Blue Orchid - White Stripes 
97 Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day 
98 Steady As She Goes - The Raconteurs 
99 I Got Mine - Black Keys 
100 Cruel - St. Vincent

We hope you enjoyed Alex's one hundred riffs film.

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