Tuesday, July 28, 2009
It’s funny to me just how fast summers can fly by. It’s certainly said too much, but its just so damn true. For me, summer 2009 has been no exception and in the whirlwind of softball, cottage weekends, late nights, grilling, and evenings at the terrace that have ensued it has been quite sometime since I have put forward any meaningful contribution to the blog. With that I’d like to give a big thanks to Nate and Stew for keeping the ball rolling with a few really stellar posts in the last few weeks.
For me certain artists, albums, and songs are tied strongly to certain points or events in my life. For instance, whenever I hear the Roots “The Seed” I instantly think of pre-game football parties. Whenever I hear Jurassic 5 “Power in Numbers” I think of sophomore year of college, whenever I hear O.A.R. I think of playing Beirut (Beer Pong) in Sellery Hall, and whenever I hear Weezer I think of High School. I’m sure that this phenomenon is at least somewhat familiar to each of you.
Although it’s hard to look into the future and tell what songs or artists are going to evoke memories, I suspect that music of Jackie Greene will embody Summer 2009 for me (Although seeing Phish at Alpine Valley was certainly the biggest show of the summer). Greene played the Memorial Union Terrace (I know I bring this place up a lot) on the Thursday before July 4th and absolutely blew me, and I think most others in attendance away. It was just one of those perfect nights. Good friends, great music, lots of laughs, perfect weather, cold beer. Jackie’s music that night might as well have been one long anthem for summertime in Madison. It was a hell of a way to kick off an All-American weekend. I have been spinning his most recent offering “Giving up the Ghost” ever since.
It is no secret that Greene is searching for a hit, and this is clear in “Giving up the Ghost”. The songs are catchy and simply constructed; I mean this in the best of ways though. To those of you who are unfamiliar with Greene, he has been around for some time. Although he is only 28 years old he has been making music since age 14 and in the last couple of years has turned out some well received albums in the Folk-Rock/Americana genre. In addition to his strong solo work he has toured with Phil Lesh and Friends who I sure you’re all familiar with. He has toured with a number of other well known artists, many of which are blues, and also played a good number of music festivals. If you want to check out his music right now, his website will stream a number of songs of his most recent album. If you like them you should go buy it, or download it if that’s your thing. Either way be sure to check out his show next time he’s in your area.
Jackie's Kickin' Website
I’d like to conclude with this thought. Since many of us contributors have fallen off in the last few weeks I’d like to call each of you out to contribute something from your summer of music. Perhaps you’ve got an artist or show that might embody your summer?. And to anybody following along out there, comment your summer music in here. Lets hear it!
Rock and Roll
**This last vid definitely rocks**
Friday, July 24, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Lookee here. Nerds have united to produce a Weezer compilation NES style. Not surprisingly, some of these tracks rock. However, I was really hoping there'd be a version of Only In Dreams. Oh well...
8-bit Weezer goodness
Monday, July 20, 2009
Adam Yauch (aka MCA) has been diagnosed with cancer, and the Beastie Boys have canceled their upcoming shows while he receives treatment. Here's a link:
From Pitchfork - Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys diagnosed with cancer
Obviously this sucks for Adam and the boys, but the timing is lousy as well. The rappers were scheduled to headline All Points West, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, and Austin City Limits. That's quite the schedule, and it's too bad fans at these festivals will be forced to miss out. Here's hoping for a speedy recovery for MCA. Yup, these guys are old.
UPDATE: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have replaced the Beastie Boys on the Lolla lineup. Ouch.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Side Project Friday
Discovery is a side project between Vampire Weekend keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij and Ra Ra Riot frontman Wes Miles. I have no idea why an electro pop act would give their band the same name as a Daft Punk album, but hopefully they did that on purpose.
Either way, this is fun summer music with some sweet beats and multiple layers of sound. Orange Peel is a great opener, and their cover of I Want You Back by The Jackson 5 is eerily timely. There are some weak spots on the album but on the whole it's a lot of fun. Good music to spin while you drive to the beach or something.
Discovery - Orange Shirt.mp3
Discovery - Osaka Loop Line.mp3
Discovery - I Want You Back.mp3
Discovery on Amazon