The return of Allen Stone, after the break…
Happy Monday! I couldn’t help myself from posting our friend, Matt Butler, live…rocking…acoustic cover of the Fine Young Cannibals’ “She Drives Me Crazy” at Virtue and Vice Studios. He & the guys kill it, don’t they? Can only imagine how that effect those NYC women at the Bowery. Wowzers.
Matt’s ‘Reckless Son’ is dropping soon. I got a sneak preview of a few tracks & they are superb. Keep an ear out!
This sounds heavenly. Foxes mashed up the lyrics to Drake’s “Hold On We’re Going Home” & Eminem + Rihanna’s “The Monster” to fuse a coherent track…perfect for the Valentine’s Day holiday. It’s the soft vocal & swift melody that really gets me. Enjoy.
The Late Tarka Cordell, who took his own life back in 2008, left behind a vault of unreleased material and many fans who are excited to keep his legacy alive. I offer you this haunting Lily Allen & Lois Eliot collabo of Tarka’s “Shelter You”. Hold your lover close…this is a good one.
Everyone is getting into the office early today. Which doesn’t leave much time to write with y’all. Will say this. Got one more Fav Song write up left. Afterwards I’m gonna watch Lone Survivor. That’s it really. I look forward to posting more soon. This is an album I’ve been bumping for a week now.
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.
We burned like a wildfire last night at the Bowl with John Mayer & Phillip Phillips, after the break!
I’ve teased you. They teased you. Now, before it drops next week listen to the heartbreaking sophomore album from The Civil Wars (via iTunes). Joy takes center stage for most of it. John Paul has his moments despite feeling missing the freshly pressed tracks. One of his best tracks being the studio version cover of Smashing Pumpkins’ “Disarm”. Their performance back in 2011 was one of the first live videos I posted on youtube. Still haunts me.
Get the taste there is finality in each sweeping track. Regardless, will always be a fan. Check out my favorite track: #3 — “Same Old, Same Old”. It’s a perfect Civil Wars song.
- The One That Got Away
- I Had Me a Girl
- Same Old Same Old
- Dust to Dust
- Devil’s Backbone
- From This Valley
- Tell Mama
- Oh Henry
- Sacred Heart
A well done cover of one of my favorite movie soundtrack songs. Originally done by Frou Frou than made famous by Zach Braff in the final scene of Garden State. Watched it countless times back in 2005. Been a fan of Imogen Heap’s complicated one woman band since. Pretty sure this is the only song I have of Boys Like Girls on my Classic IPod. Pretty obvious that I looped it into the Garden State soundtrack roster. Those Pop Punk bands of the mid 2000s didn’t really make an impact on me. Yellowcard was probably the only one. AAR maybe? Not sure. When I think back it’s hard to keep track of all those insignificant era bands. All blended together. Screaming at frat parties. Luckily, one of their songs made an impact on me. Probably more that I can’t remember.
Our new/old Legal lady pissed me off yesterday. She made a big deal about a very minor thing that she didn’t catch nor couldn’t change. She fought with the whole idea of it all and ultimately said something infront of all the bosses trying to move the blame from herself. I moved the blame off me by saying that our photo lady…who I don’t like and consider a total worthless bitch…didn’t say anything to me. I looked at it earlier and looked fine. You’d think a national magazine would try to put celebrities in the best light. Anyway, expecting fallout. I’m increasingly feeling numb over the course each passing day. It’s like being stuck in a bad marriage/long term relationship. It’s been almost five years. Kind of want to see new ‘people’. Guess I have to get off my lazy ass & start filling out job offers. That would start.
In all my years with this company I’ve never reached this ‘rock bottom’ before. However, there’s nothing keeping me here except for me. The Alpha & The Omega. I’d feel safer if I was more financially stable. Working on that.
Wing Night tonight. Looking forward to shooting the breeze & instagramming pictures. Here’s to letting go…
BTW: Shoutout to my sister! It’s her birthday today. This song is dedicated to you!
“Sleep pretty darling…” Oh, I wish I could. Full day yesterday ended with a showcase at the Bootleg Theater. One of the openers bumped their indie R&B take on R. Kelly’s “I Wish“. Sky was quite impressive. Surpassed my preconceived judgmental thoughts. Loved the lasers. More on that with our official showcase. Gotta wait a bit. The very raw, disappointing, pictures coming Friday evening. [Focused mainly on crowd shots.] Wing Night is the priority on Thursday. All other things are meaningless.
I want to talk you about this track. A small portion & taste of the Beatles historic / legendary Abbey Road Medley that punctuates their legacy so beautifully. Yes, Beatles lovers. ’Abbey Road’ is my record of choice in the life long debate of which record is best. Why? Just is. The first time I ever heard the medley was on the Beatles Abbey Road special as performed the Counting Crows. That special made me a fan of the legendary band forcing me to catch up quick. Still blame Sugarland for that. Their country cover of ‘Come Together‘ still give me chills. Recall replaying the performance on my TiVo on countless sleepless college nights.
No, I wasn’t hipster enough back in high school to be one of those music savvy boys that are more pretentious than you imagine. That ignorant kid, me, judged most music before my time as ‘My Father’s Music’. Kind of hard not to, you should see his Vinyl collection. Puts my current catalog to shame. The same collection that is inherited to me in the future. *wink* Happy I became a fan when I did. The Beatles (…Stones, Clapton, BB King, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Bee Gees, etc.) would’ve been wasted on that know-nothing boy of 16. Secretly, because of my parents, the code was written within me at a early age…and the Abbey Road tribute was the secret song to open the mysterious vault hiding away in my musical soul.
Because you made it this far, gonna give you the second half of Abbey Road’s Side B Medley starting off with “Golden Slumbers” and ending with “Your Majesty”. You should know it. Otherwise, he’s a musical teaching lesson. For it’s impossible for me to only share one. It’s a weight I carry everyday. Musical perfection to treat yourself with.