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June Showcase Journal: Entry #4 – Kuenta i Tambú Off The 405 (06/21/14)

22 Jul

Kuenta i Tambú @ The Getty (06/21/14)

Part 1 of an epic night, #afterthebreak…

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1st Song of the Day: “Chillaxin’” by Craig Campbell

22 Jul

Kind of how I want to feel.  Traffic was annoying this morning & put me wayyy behind schedule.  Kind of helps when you have nothing big going on in your life.  Did finish both 4th showcase acts.  Those drop today & Thursday.  Tryin’ to keep the pace as we roll into July’s showcases.  Another one Thursday!  #cantstop #wontstop

Chillax, we’ll be back.

1st Song of the Day: “Open Road” by Roo Panes

21 Jul

You can probably understand what kind of mode I’m in just by the title of this track.  This morning was the first time I ever heard Roo Panes’ “Open Road”.  Really wish the first time was on the open road.  So damn literal that it would make up for just listening to it as I got dressed.  I did, luckily, get to finally experience Wish I Was Here Soundtrack on the ride in.  About 2/3 of the way through.  Just past the title track from Cat Power.  Gorgeous mixtape.  The film…meh.  Saw it Friday night before The Chain Gang show.  Keep low expectations.  The music moments do make the film like a super long music video at times.  Or an episode of Scrubs.  Didn’t mind it.  The soundtrack is glorious.  Indie pop heaven.

That’s all I can really say.  Got to setup this tricky pretape.  Good luck.  We’ll be back soon!  Here’s a song for your ride in.

Album of the Week: ‘World Peace Is None Of Your Business’ by Morrissey

19 Jul

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Being laced with political messages didn’t stop Morrissey’s 10th solo LP — ‘World Peace Is None Of Your Business’ — from being my recommendation this week.  In fact…they are so well hidden underneath gorgeous spanish/middle eastern chords & his iconic voice that it’s hard to tell what he’s really saying anyway.  He’s just same good at singing that you don’t care.  Feels like yesterday even though this is his first record since 2006.

I was hooked by the classically harmonious experience.  So much so that by the time I woke up the slow pace — “Smilier With Knife” — there was no turning back.  Wanted to hear it all the way to the end.  Was expecting a very personal album, but what you really get are truly deep eccentric tracks from the enigmatic great & powerful Moz.  He’s having fun making music again it seems on a fresh slate.  The world influence has truly shaped this record.  Like this is what Moz is like making music on an exiled vacation.  He even gives us a Smiths sounding (standard version) conclusion on “Oboe Concerto”.  The deluxe edition, which is streaming below, fleshes it out.

“The joy brings many things…but it can’t bring you joy.”  How can you top that?  This is poetry on record.  The kind of out of body lyrical stories you expect from a musical legend.  You’re in good hands.  You might not understand it, but take my advice…’World Peace…’ is truly something special.  For World Peace is really not our business.  Our business is to enjoy life while listening to music.  Sounds like Morrissey has reached Nirvana.  Cheers…now I want 10 more LPs!

1st Song of the Day: “My Love” by Route 94 (feat. Jess Glynne)

18 Jul

Night party!  With heat signatures.  Happy Friday.  We made it.  This morning’s cut is a upbeat euro pop EDM track from Route 94 & Jess Gylnne.  The needed punch to get you moving.  I needed to move because I have a long day planned.  Depending on what time I get out will decide how the night plays out.  Either I go home then to the show or go see “Wish I Was Here” then to the Roxy.  Timing is everything.

Expect some belated updates.  Maybe a Album of the Week?  Normally I have my finger on the pulse that by Friday that I already know what I’m gonna write up.  Today.  Still not sure.  Might be Jason Mraz? Bleachers? Rise Against? Douche Morrisey? Wish I Was Here Soundtrack? Hell…the dark horse might be Weird Al’s ‘Manatory Fun’.  So many options.  Will be spending my time listening to as many as I can.  Yesterday I got my hands on some new Vinyl.  Here’s the tweet:

Spent last night winding down with Mumford & Sons’ ‘Babel’ & Vampire Weekend’s ‘Modern Vamps…’.  MCR’s Greatest Hits is the one I’m dying to experience.  4 Sides of all those infamous classics.  *shivers* Call me an addict.

More Spotlight Saturday blurbs dropping tomorrow. But first, let Route 94 take you into the weekend with the danceworthy “My Love”.  This is night music in the morning.

1st Song of the Day: “Softly, As I Leave You” by Michael Buble

17 Jul

Special delivery in to your…I’m gonna stop my bad joke right there.  You can finish it if you want.  Trying to keep my filthy writer mind at bay.  Quite inappropriate for such a lovely soft rock track from an old school Michael Buble.  In fact, this morning was the first time I ever heard it.  Which, as a fan of the media, is always such a delight.  Isn’t it?  To be surprised by hidden / bonus tracks that you didn’t come across originally.  Either I wasn’t as a big of fan or technology wasn’t as through as we thought back in the day.  Such a classic song.  Will make you go back & hear the other versions.  The spotify playlist I’m working my way through is called “Dinner” something.  It has been hit & miss, with Michael Buble’s  “Softly, As I Leave You” being a big hit.

Sorry for being so distant.  Work has been nuts.  Got another showcase dropping if nothing else does today.  Big one too.  The Gavin DeGraw-Matt Nathanson show.  Had fun writing it.  Also sprinkled some new nuggets to bump up the blurb.  Can’t wait for you too share it.  Until then, he’s a song to get y’all going.

1st Song of the Day: “This Years Love” by David Gray

16 Jul

Can’t write for long.  Got two shows to complete in little time.  Went to a awesome comedy show last night at Largo.  It had music is technically I can add it to our July Showcase journal.  A series that is coming soon!  Mulany killed it.  That he did.

Here’s a gorgeous track from David Gray entitled “This Years Love”.  Happy Wednesday.

1st Song of the Day: “The Saga Begins” by “Weird Al” Yankovic

15 Jul

You gotta admit…begrudgingly…that Episode I: The Phantom Menace did produce one good thing — a hell of a parody.  You don’t even have to watch the movie.  Just listen to the Saga begins & you’re set.  Weird Al is in top form.  Though ‘Running With Scissors’ isn’t one of the best I sure do like it.  Still recall where I got it.  Costco.  Formerly Price Club.  It had all the wordplay you’d expect from the returning songster who had finally shaved his iconic look.  Brings back so many childhood memories for me.

@Midnight got me in the mood with their hashtag war handle #RejectedWeirdAlSongs.  Some fantastic tweets that kept me up until midnight.  Go pick up his new record.  It’s out today.  To celebrate, here’s a modern day classic with more Star Wars references.  Because I love Star Wars more than Jurassic Park.

Comedy Show tonight.  John Mulany & Tom Papa.  After yesterday, truly need to laugh.

1st Song of the Day: “Coffee” by Sylvan Esso

14 Jul

Get up. Get down. Get up. Get down…are the same things I do when I wake up at 4 AM.  A variable song & dance with some of the most annoying sounds in the world.  Can’t believe it’s Monday again.  I have started to publish our June adventures.  Next one drops tomorrow afternoon.  Still need to write the last three.   I hope to work on it while I watch the Home Run Derby tonight.  Best part of All-Star weekend.

Spent the entire weekend at the house.  Saw Dawn on Friday, which allowed me to chill for 48 hours.  Incredible Shakespearean / Dances with Wolves inspired film.  Crazy camera tricks too.  More reason to go to the movies.

Long week ahead: comedy show, normal Weds & Thurs, ending on another July Showcase on Friday. Pray I make it alive.  Sometimes all you need is some coffee.  Enjoy this catchy indie pop cut from buzzworthy Sylvan Esso.  Loved their performance on Fallon last week…that’s why they made our blurb.  Plus, what better song to start the day with than something named coffee?  Take in the aroma.

1st Song of the Day: “Hate It Here” by Wilco

11 Jul

A little truth & a little lie.  Thanks Wilco.  I always expect Fridays to be in flux now.  Special shows.  Special lives.  Running on 4 hours of sleep.  Wing Night ran long, by choice.  Kept getting the cold shoulder from an ex-flame.  Oh yeah, I gave it right back as we had a chess match of secret stares.  It seems I have affected her deeply.  Wish I could stop myself from complicating blooming relationships.  How unfortunate I fell under the Platinum Rules.  Can’t wait for coexistence.

Big weekend ahead.  Monkeys on my mind.  So much writing / reading to do.  Must.  Stay. Focus.  I’ll be back some music updates.  That I will.  Here’s a bittersweet classic from Wilco.  Happy Friday!



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