smooth jazz and horns
Brooks Nielsen (of the Growlers) has four nights at The Roxy
Alanis Morissette will be all over the US till October
she had a punk phase in the ‘90s
This is the list of a peaceful man who has faith in humanity
On Saturday October 7th, it’s time for Cal Jam 17
Echo Park Rising 2017 will take over my neighborhood
“They’ve been tweeting some pretty rude stuff at me, so I think there’s a sect of America out there that doesn’t like certain opinions and can really take their claws out when they don’t like what you’re saying.” though you voted
Entropy – Grimes And Bleachers – This is where Grimes makes her move back on the charts as a mainstream popstar with help from Jack Antonoff, making both popsters better on this bubblegum downer of immense proportions – A-
Fresh 102.7’s Fall Fest at the Beacon on Thursday Yes, sure, to Ingrid Michaelson and Neon Trees… why not right? But YES to Bleachers. I saw em at webster earlier this year and then I saw Jack with fun. at Global Citizen and clearly I am very impressed. So yeah. My pick of the week.
This isn’t feckless rock writing, nothing on fun. Is either, this is what Antonoff called songs you can dance to and cry to. On stage , Jack is both working his way towards and also has reached where he needs to go as a front man. With a limited set of songs he gave a fine performance, a little slow start but once he got where he wanted to get he maintained the highest of quality through to the end.
This best songs is in order of preference, this is where I stand song wise and most of these are singles as well, though I don’t think the top two will change much in the next five months, If you Have spotify, give it a listen.
Back in 2009 we did things like what is on Jesus Ipod, imaginary concerts, and something like this, “what I am Listening To Right This Minute” posted in real time as we listened. That morphed over time to my daily 10 songs post.
She Wolf – Shakira – Around about here, Shakira seemed seeped in the possibility of being a major pop artists as well as a pop star, but it all became too much and she imploded. This song is a pop art stroke she couldn’t ever follow up – A
The first four songs on this list are a very clear reflection of what I am listening to for kicks when I find the time to listen to songs for no other reason than kicks. “Salad Days” and Rollercoaster” are in that magic place where it is on constant repeat in the back of my head.
I was soooo disappointed when I saw Weird Al on stage a couple of years ago because man was I up for it and the bastard went cheap on my ass and instead of putting on a huge extravaganza was very Poconos in 1954. Still, he gets the call of the wild this week!
Gimme A Feelin’ – Ace Frehley – This is so over the top it is funny in a Kiss sort of way, a lambasting rifaramadingdong with a touch of Simpson’s like parody… not intentionally of course, “gimme a feelin’ because you’re on my mind…” I see, I’d love to be in the meeting where they brainstorm the lurics – C-
Rollercoaster – Bleachers – This indie pop track from the fun. Composer is so good I am kicking myself for not getting to Governors Ball early and checking him out; it doesn’t go up and down precisely, it kinda builds to the chorus which is anthemic in a not un-fun. Way and subsides, so more like waves. Still damn good – A-
‘strange desire’ is something that came to me a few weeks ago when i was working on the last song i wrote for the bleachers album. the lyric is, “feeling like i never was young i followed a dream and a strange desire”. it was just something that came out in a scratch vocal take off the top of my head and i didn’t realize how important it was in that moment
La La La – Naughty Boy, Sam Smith – Two of the biggest names in UK neo-Northern Soul meets electro get together to define the sound that has owned the UK charts since Emile ruled the charts two years ago. The song is only ok, but Smith’s vocals are superb – A-
The video features Jack as a therapist, just dumped, listening to other people’s problems and pleads of ‘I wanna get better’ but not actively doing anything about it. He seems distressed, distracted, disgusted.
I watched it a few times, and I am sure the tall adolescent girl (also featured on the above cover of the single) is Arrow, the daughter of photographer Autumn de Wilde and drummer Aaron Sperske,don’t ask me how I know this!