Hard to deny The Tallest Man on Earth in the morning bump. The Wild Hunt‘s tracks do well at the early morning hours. The ‘wee hours’ how I refer to them. 6am shadows where brewed java fills the room. Tingling those sensitive nostrils. Maybe producing a smile with teeth. Songs like this makes me feel good. They really do. That’s why Tallest Man continues to be featured. Instead of the studio track, which is amazing in it’s own right, below is Tallest Man’s acoustic performance from KCRW. There isn’t much lost in translation. Equals the studio version. Probably surpasses it. I’ll let you decide.
On the way in I listened to ‘To Be Loved’ all the way through and it almost made me fall asleep. Mellow, overly loving record. I’m at that point where either it will become one of my favorite records of the year or be lost and forgotten in the Car’s CD Island. I’m leaning to the latter. Part of me, when I listen to a Michael Buble album, always compares it to that lasting experience when I first heard ‘It’s Time’ back in college. ”Why can’t [To Be Loved] be that good”, I repeat to myself. 2005. Wow. Incredible how unperishing that album was to me. Subject matter on the new LP is weak. Really disappointed by it all.
Buble should just join up with Disney & make that dream record already. ”Buble sings Disney’s Classics”…not a far-fetched concept after hearing his Randy Newman cover. Will see the light of day sooner than later.
Here’s a Swedish ballad from a modern day Bob Dylan.
“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.
“This Video Should Played LOUD” is how the video starts…probably because the live version sound is off a tad in this music video. Bad joke. Regardless, ’Caught In The Act: Live’ is Eric Church’s first live album that is being released next Tuesday and “Over When It’s Over” is the official video promoting it’s upcoming awesomeness. Regulars should know this track from 2011′s ‘Chief’. Find it exceptional live.
Shout out to Eric’s backup singer – Joanna Cotten — who freaking kills it.
Made my way out of the desert. To this tune especially. Jamie N Commons was one the highlights of SXSW and this tune has been stuck in my head.
Can’t say I’m not fatigued. My eyes barely stayed opened as I drove into work. Lack of Soda mostly. I have been fueled by caffeine since last Tuesday and now I’m on a major down slide. Plus doesn’t help when my stomach is still feeling the effects of that funky food truck corn dog that immobilized me last Thursday. More on that story in a few days.
I’d be lying if I wasn’t perplexed moving forward into the official write up for my SXSW adventure. Over 30 bands. Five days of musical goodness. Most times I cover a music festival it’s just so overwhelming. Stories that I can write about in novelistic form. Gotta keep my promise to myself. Like a great summer blockbuster, all I can say is it’s coming soon.
Lastly, I’m in no hurry to head back into Hollywood for more concerts for the rest of march. My mind, body, and soul have been pushed & overloaded. Just gonna work, play, and we’ll see what happens.
Neither am I going to catch up on past musical posts. This is a fresh start, for all of us. Hope all is well in your worlds.
You damn right…#afterthebreak!
A ‘Dixie Chick’ flys solo, #afterthebreak…
Happy Valentine’s Day from The xx. This performance is just magical. Makes me forget about Beyonce’s version. Cheers to CoS for providing such amazing music everyday. Chilling.
Made it to Friday. The finish line. Feeling a bit better. My nose is still leaking. Does anyone have a wretch? The possibility of going home and laying on my couch until Sunday night will be the one driving force that will keep me alive until 4 o’clock. Really want to rewatch Archer’s premiere episode that happened last night. The Bob Burger’s crossover almost made me die. Brilliant stuff.
Also watched Legit. It was funny. In an Australian kind of way. It was the first time I had heard of Jim Jefferies’ stand-up and quite enjoyed his dark sense of humor. If you have a good heart, stay away. Think I’ll check out the rest of the episodes as they debut. Chose comedy over giving the douche bag Lance Armstrong any bit of my attention.
Praying you have an amazing Friday & weekend. I’ll be recovering. More stories on Monday as music will follow.
Better late than never. She & Him. Him & She. Live music video of their old classic ‘Volume One’ lead cut — Sentimental Heart. Looks like Ms. New Girl gets a bit emotional behind the piano for their XX merge showcase. Does that mean there is more on the way? Regardless. Still one of my favorite tracks from that record. Enjoy.