We’re back…well, not really. I’m back behind the wheel as autopilot has been turned off. My auto publish was quite busy all weekend long with new albums to share. December / This half of the holiday season is my favorite time of year. I get a bit saucy when it comes to sharing. So expect more. Another one of my favorite albums drops tonight. I’m currently writing #14. That’s how dangerous I can be if I organize my time properly. Blurbs on blurbs. .
I’m relaxed & feeling quite better. Until this week hits then I’ll be fucked. ha!
I sort of liked this record. Dig this Dashboard track. Especially the acoustic. Chirs & Dash are just one of those bands that works in a intimate / stripped down sound. Not made for big arenas. Like when I saw them at Staples. Kind of pointless to sway in an arena. Anyway. A classically new dashboard anthem while I work on another pretape. Welcome back…this is “Belle of the Boulevard”
Country Sunday continues as I present to you the new live music video from Jason Aldean. Prefer this take on the ‘Night Train’ cut than what’s on the album. Because Jason Aldean kills it live. Just a matter of fact. Enjoy.
Ooo, fuzzy. Exactly how I’m feeling in my current state. Spent 65% of my weekend asleep on a couch or in a bed. 25% playing GTA Online with my fam. And the other just being lazy watching movies, reading comics, etc. It. Was. Amaze-balls. Feel best I have felt in over a week. No longer over thinking my illness. Made heaps of progress health wise.
Did slack on the Spotlight Saturday. Apologies. It has been quite hard to write when my head is bumping as you tell from the limited posts on Thursday & Friday. I have been listening to new music to write about. Have a show planned for the remainder of the month. So, expect some major posts in the following days.
Until then, gotta start working our pre-tape assignments. More music to drop after noon. Here is a classic winter ballad to draw your head away from obvious issues. It’s the ‘Reason Why’ live & unplugged.
Carole King’s legendary track — “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” — is beautifully tackled & stripped by Australia’s very own up & coming indie pop duo — singer Aylin Eser & film composer Will Larsen. To say they covered it wonderfully would be a understatement. All you need to do is take a moment, relax, and let their rendition sweep into you.
Aylin & Will has much more to offer over on YouTube including more covers alongside their original “Arrow of Desire” EP.
Ed Sheeran becomes Peter Jackson’s voice. His offering to The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug Soundtrack — “I See Fire’” — is dark, heartbreaking, full of images of brimstone, and perfect for the end credits & to the upcoming release. The simple acoustic take is elevated to whole another level by Ed’s haunting voice. Also, bonus clips for those actually interested in the flick.
Avicii & Aloe Blacc’s “Wake Me Up” is one of my standout tracks of 2013. You don’t even know how many times I’ve hiked to it playing in my earbuds. Love the chilling hook provided by Aloe. It’s a truly fantastic song. This time around, Mr. Blacc provides his stripped down version for a fantastic cause. The video highlights the real life plight of a select few of individuals. Prepare to have your heart melt and join the national labor center’s cause.
Slow moving piece of ice. It’s used as a relationship metaphor on Youngblood Hawke’s ‘Wake Up’. A record I really digged a few months ago. Hometown anthem mostly. Bumped on the trips to Best Buy, The Mall…yeah, very valley…& Such. Bittersweet song and the live performance featured below is beautifully played. They are one of those bands that usually sounds better live. Pity I missed them at Make Music Pasadena this year. Meh. Chose to put family first. Don’t regret it. Plus, I was beat.
Recommend the record. Fun. Perfect for playing in the background at group events. Instant pleasure.
Only got a few days to get a concert on the books. 95% sure I’ll be swaying at the Bowl on Sunday night. Most of my working friends will be see Vamp Weekend. Seen them enough. Really want to check out someone new. Probably head to Target & pick up a new camera from the Emmy Show bonus check after I’m released here. Feel like I deserved it, plus kind of need something to boost this passion. My theory that James Bond continued to fight for the crown because he gets to try new toys…and the sex. That too. Just want to upgrade. We’ll see. Been saving for the future.
Wing Night & Seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark at the Arclight with Mr. T & Miss Jackson was really fun. Pretended I was a infant. Whined about getting Ice Cream. Yes, I’m adorable. On the way out Saw a cute…fresh…couple’s first kiss while they were waiting in line to payoff their parking ticket. He just went for it. She loved every second of it. Love is everywhere. Stories randomly appear. Just make sure you’re paying attention.
That’s all really. I’m ready to chill. Couch, I’m coming! We have a weeks worth of TV to catch up. Until then…gonna enjoy this Breaking Bad Marathon on AMC. Our whole post has been watching it on and off over the past couple of days. Sunday night is gonna be crazy. Stay tuned. Have a good one y’all. Spotlight Saturday & Album of the Week coming tomorrow…
Phoenix performing an impromptu showcase live from the Le Chateau de Versaille. What an amazing concept! These Take Away Shows were a fixture in our blogger days, but one hasn’t been cool enough for me to cover until now. Enjoy Phoenix performing Entertainment from France.
Still haven’t really gotten into AlunaGeorge’s “Body Music” despite the fact it was highly praised by all the major music blogs a month back. Just because it was hyped by Stereogum/Pitchfork/CoS doesn’t mean I’ll like it (i.e. 20/20 Experience). What usually happens is I’ll give albums I normally write off a second pass. When their (AlunaGeorge) album appears on my iPod, like this morn, I’ll open my ears for the brief moment. The sounds are still new enough that I’m expecting to be surprised. This title track is okay. Don’t they have a memorable voice. Their beats are wonderful, but you won’t hear me say: “Damn man, that verse. It was crazy!” Far from it. This is music that quietly plays in the background while I live my life. Ambient noise while stuck in a hotel room party at 2 AM.
We made it to Friday. It’s the last of my Leo’s friend’s birthday celebrations this weekend. That’s what I’ll be doing for the next couple of days. Raging. J. Cole’s Born Sinner might be played. That’s the hometown riders music for 2013. Celebration. Woah. Also, gonna write up our Jamie N Commons Showcase review. Posted the pictures last night on our Flickr. JnC gave it a favorite on Twitter. Dope. A start. Let me see if get a Retweet with a glowing review. Doubt it. Didn’t see much press at the Wednesday show, so the competition will be minimal at best.
Other than that. My Breaking Bad marathon continued while I finished a few comics after Wing Night. My boy, Mr. T, and I got mad real about personal things at the Bar. Had to return. It was my first time at The Blue Palms in like a month a half. The last time was quite special, but since then we’ve been experimenting with new places, faces, and nonchalant drama. Felt good making a return. Like finding that missing piece to a confusing puzzle. I did enjoy the past adventures, but we needed to bring the balance back. Everything started with Wing Night & built to recent Las Vegas adventure. We got to big. Time to start over. From the beginning. One wing & Mike Salad at a time.
That’s it. Still have to watch Broadchurch Ep. 2. That’s what lazy Saturday nights are for. Have a pleasurable weekend! Go bump that Luke Bryan shit. Here’s something new…
This will rank high come December. The chorus on “Dirty Road Diary” makes for a perfect summer anthem for anyone who feels change really takes over them. You” start thinking about various moments & friends that meant something to you during your life. Like with most meaningful tracks…I always think about the drives before & after. A world racing by. That small, little, unimportant moment is usually the one major aspect that most people don’t dwell on in their music experiences. Always feel like Buddha under that tree, zoned out & in full zen. That’s when I get the real chills. Cause it’s easier to deal with internal me then than bring it to story. None of this probably making sense. I’m okay with it. Love driving to really amazing music…and this is an amazing one.
Also, John Mayer & Frank Ocean’s ‘Paradise Valley’ collabo entitled “Wildifre (Part. 2)” took my breath away last night. Coming in at a measly 1:25 min, Frank Ocean’s angelic lines are sheer perfection. Made that one minute piece into a nonstop thirty minute session. Then I started Breaking Bad…finally. Digged the first episode. Have high hopes for the next 50+ episodes. Should finish by the series finale. That’s the goal after all.
Today’s gonna be a long one. On top of putting out two shows, airing one of them, comic book Wednesday w/ the click, and wrapping the evening up with Jamie N Commons…expect a very short uneventful tired post tomorrow a.m. The later half of the day should be quite fun. JnC was one of the highlights from my SXSW experience. So, seeing him in my favorite Hollywood Venue will definitely be a highlight of our Summer Showcases. That’s the hope. We both had the stomach flu last time we met. He better bring his A game.
What more do I need to say? Another part of my concrete road diary. He’s Luke Bryan with his dirt road ones…(pick up “Crash My Party” too!)