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1st Song of the Day: “Pink Moon” by Nick Drake

28 Jul

Talk about an essential iPod track.  Nick Drake’s “Pink Moon” is a wonderful folk rock classic.  It’s smooth, ambient, and full of gorgeous moments.  Kind of makes a summer day.

Wasn’t feeling good all weekend.  Still not a 100%.  Slept tons.  However, had to cancel pre-negotiated plans.  Stay in bed for most of it.  Not ready for the the week to begin.  Four days until our show goes dark for another 2 weeks.  Which means, chaos.  Hate the long days.

Pink Moon shine on this Monday.

1st Song of the Day: “Fug-Gee-La” by Fugees

25 Jul

Oooo, Music from ‘The Score’.  A record that took me awhile to get into as a kid.  “Ready or Not” opened the door, but “Fu-Gee-La” was the thing that made me stay.  Pras was one of my favorite rappers at that time.  He could do no wrong.  His contribution to the ‘Bulworth Soundtrack’ made me BUY the entire thing.  Full price.  Unheard of nowadays.  Now I’m a smart purchaser & don’t need to rush a Sam Goody for some $1 single CDs / Cassettes.  Hard not to be romantic about Technology.  Still sad that stores like that are fading slowly away.  Another topic for another day.

As much as I love Santa Monica, it wasn’t until I got stuck in 1+ traffic that I realized why I hadn’t returned to the sandy pier shore since March of 2013.  A paradise with so many obstacles.  The Vine below made it all that noise even more wonderful.

The setting could’e have been better for the Pier’s Summer Twilight Concert Series.  Dug the bands.  You’ll be hearing my stories soon.  Almost wrapped up June’s then comes July.  The pictures from Twilight will be up tonight.  Can’t wait to be lazy on my couch & photo edit till I pass out while their loading.  Nice Friday night.

Other than that, let’s head towards the weekend.  Here’s a classic from the Refugees All-Stars.  Have a fantastic weekend!

1st Song of the Day: “Hotel” by Cassidy (feat. R. Kelly)

24 Jul

Here’s a room key.  Was tempted to featured “Santa Monica” by SG instead of this comical rap classic because I’m making my way to the beach tonight for the Twilight Concert Series at the Pier.  One of those “Do it” moments that I’ve been putting off for ages.  Hyped would be a understatement.  Been itching to the bone to see the ocean.  I imagine an hour of internal monologue before the show starts.  Might even grab a seat and write our final June Showcase Journal using the moble app.  A sunset at the beach.  Yeah…I can dig that.

For what it was at the time, still really dig the beat to Hotel.  The lyrics are early 2000s crazy-sexy-cool R. Kelly.  The epitome of the true essence of R. Kelly.  Here’s a room key.  Just watch for the splash back…(OOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHH SNAP! ; )

1st Song of the Day: “Wifey (Club Mix)” by Next

23 Jul

Welcome to Hump Day & we got a major ’90s flashback.  Stumbled across probably my favorite featured spotify playlist this morning entitled “Old School Dance Party”.  Everything you can imagine is on it: Next, Blackstreet, Biggie, TLC, Jagged Edge, all those So So Def remixes, I can go on.  Unless today brings bad luck, expect to hear more R&B stuff from us to round out the week.  This was the generation of music my hometown friends and I lived, thinking we were soulful singers with those oh so fly moves.  Remember competing in a singoff against my buddy Andrew to a Kai’s “Say You’ll Stay”.  Pity they don’t make music like they use too.

Personal life still dull.  Passed out at 8 P.M., rustled at 11:30, forces myself back to dreamland immediately after.  Tonight’s comic book night.  Got a bunch of books still to read.  At least I can power through Batman’s Zero Year seeing how the final chapter is released today.  I have been preferring Battlefield to comics.  Yet, I find Waid’s Daredevil to be the only thing keeping me excited about the medium.

Ready for a time travel trip to my youth?  Smash that play button baby.

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.

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