Friday, March 7, 2014

Truckers on Conan

This band has a solid body of work and they're getting better with each album. DBT!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Coachella... For Dads!

This awesome poster comes on the heels of the Coachella 2014 lineup announcement. I still don't get Arcade Fire on any meaningful level but I suppose the same could be said for Motorhead. After I watched Lemmy I just wanted to listen to Ace of Spades over and over. 

Monday, December 30, 2013

My 2013 Music Highlights

Songs (links to Rdio)
Get Lucky feat. Pharrell WilliamsRoyals - Lorde - Daft Punk
Stoned and Starving - Parquet Courts
Walk Us UPTOWN - Elvis Costello And The Roots
Your Life Is a Lie - MGMT
Avant Gardener - Courtney Barnett

Dawes - Stories Don't End
David Bowie - The Next Day
Daft Punk - Get Lucky
Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork
Arctic Monkeys - FM

Live Shows (no particular order)

  • Coachella (esp. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds)
  • Calgary Folk Music Festival (bonus - talked to John Fullbright about his Emmylou and Friends appearance)
  • Dawes - Lee's Palace, Toronto (bonus - chat and photo with Craig Finn of the Hold Steady)
  • Nick Waterhouse/Lee Fields - The Bowery Ballroom, New York
  • Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell and friends (Joan Baez, Bonnie Raitt, the Zac Brown Band, J.D. Souther, Damien Rice, Joan Osborne, Shannon McNally, John Fullbright and Shawn Camp.) - Troubadour, Los Angeles
  • Dave Stewart and Friends - Troubadour, Los Angeles
  • The Hives - House of Blues, Anaheim
  • Palma Violets (opening for Franz Ferdinand) - Pappy and Harriet's
  • The International Swingers - The Date Shed, Indio (Clem Burke hammers the drums)

Friday, December 6, 2013

Rolling Stone's 100 Best Songs of 2013

I made a playlist of Rolling Stone's 100 Best Songs of 2013. A few are missing because... well they just weren't on Rdio but I'm sure you can track those ones down if your a completion freak. I know I did.

So far I'm liking 100% of the female artists who are from south of the Equator.

I'm sure the compilers were biased and out of touch and that someone has a better list out there but I'm starting with this one. If someone has a competing list I'd be happy to check it out.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Soul Revival - Myles Sanko

I've been using Songza pretty regularly for background music at dinner and for parties. They use human curated playlists based on a variety of themes. When you login you'll get a statement like this. It's Wednesday NightPlay music for...  Depending on time of day, a variety of mood/activity options appears with multiple playlists suitable for each. I love music but don't always have the musical IQ to find music that might fit a specific situation. I tend to force my tastes on others but in my defence, the bands I liked in High School have had long careers and some now have satellite radio channels.

I have a weakness. If I see a band with a Hammond B3 and or 3 piece plus horn section, I'm gonna take a long listen.  I've been seeking out the Songza Sweet Soul Revival playlist on a regular basis. Songza uses a Facebook plugin for people to make comments. People are throwing out the names of similar bands and so far it hasn't gotten spammy. That's how I came across UK based singer Myles Sanko. High on You has fantastic vocals, horns, and keys. Hooks aplenty.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Nick Waterhouse - Some Place

Nick Waterhouse is gaining a large following. I recently saw him open for Lee Fields and The Expressions in New York. I did it based on this video and his appearance on LFDH.