...we've got the means to make amends. I am lost, I'm no guide, but I'm by your side. (Pearl Jam, Leash)
Sweet lord, it's raining duets that I've been wanting to hear. Thanks to Jed, here is the studio version of the Marvin Gaye cover with Vedder along with The Strokes, and Queen of the Stone Age Josh Homme helping out my man Fabrizio on the skins. Verse-swapping goodness, recorded as a b-side for the "You Only Live Once" single.
* DUDE. File under . . . why?!? Why, oh why?
Easily one of the best songs so far this year for me, ranking up there with my favorite Pete Yorn songs ever, "The Man" is the title track off Pete's appropriately titled "twang-rock" Westerns EP. The six-song limited edition EP is available only at shows on his current acoustic tour, and I highly recommend getting your hands on it however possible.
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Remember when you were a kid how you got to go on all kinds of neat field trips to see how things worked? Whether it was the bank or the fire station, I loved learning about how the world operates with all the behind-the-scenes goodness.
...that's the top 20 from the Radio 200 Chart above.
And those are the top 20 songs from the AAA (Adult Album Alternative) Chart.
There is leniency to add local bands, personal favorites, etc. On a yearly basis the station has to submit playlist information to ASCAP and BMI, which charges them a certain amount in order for them to have the rights to play those songs (I think she said about $700/year). All DJs are students and, obviously, unpaid. The format of the radio station is consistent all the live-long day: No "Electronica Hour" or "Emo-Screamo Saturday Night" shows. She said it just got too crazy and they standardized all their music across the spectrum for consistency.
Some of my impressions: Is radio losing its immediacy and its connection with the individual listener? It all seems to be so mechanized, based on formulas and charts, pre-programmed systems. While there is some freedom and flexibility for sure (especially up at the station manager's end because she can add anything she wants) overall it is pretty structured for the little people, the DJs. The business model is tightened up towards perfection. But perfection doesn't always equal passion, and that's what I think listening to and sharing music should be about - that free-flowing blending of favorite songs, where the DJ's personality can come through. I know that at KEPC the DJs are obviously encouraged to let their personality come through in what they say, but that is rigidly segmented into time slots and station breaks, and if they don't personally like or know anything about the music they are playing, how can they be passionate?
Perhaps the freedom-seekers are shifting more towards mediums such as podcasting, blogging, or satellite radio where everyone from Bob Dylan to blogger Chris from Gorilla vs. Bear can have a show to suit their specific tastes.
I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts, especially those of you who may work in radio. Is radio just changing to suit the slick production of our times & giving us what we want? And in doing so what is happening to the relationship with the audience? Is traditional radio becoming obsolete, with customizable internet radio stations, satellite radio, iTunes and iPods with the ability to store 10,000 songs and listen to them in any order you choose? Do we still need traditional radio?
All that being said, it was a very cool visit. I loved digging through their new CDs for this week (got me some good ideas) and if they ever call me, I'm definitely ready for my show. Here's the obligatory touristy shot (ha!).
Pump up the volume.
My heart is still pounding and my hands are shaking from the intensity of the Italy v. Australia match that Italy just won on a penalty kick (during which my ability to breathe momentarily left me). FORZA ITALIA! That was gorgeous.
My first experience with the CityLights Pavilion last night was a favorable one. True story: I notice the stunning close-up view of the Denver skyline (about a mile from the venue) when I turn around and look out from the stage area. I turn to my friend Andrea and say, "Wow! Look at the view of the city lights- . . . aaaand that must be why they call it CityLights Pavilion." Not the sharpest pencil in the box sometimes.
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Yippee-ki-yay. The second leg of the Ray LaMontagne tour is FINALLY up on his website. I've only been checking, like, every day:
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Just a quickie here - I've gotten several emails from people following my last big post on Mazzy Star, asking for the other two songs I referenced but didn't include. Happy to share, they're excellent:
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This could be the most bizarre thing I've seen all week.
This made me smile today because it reminds me of something that near happened to me once in Edinburgh (minus the army helmet). Plus, it is a good segue into a few more covers & live tracks from the 2006 Pearl Jam tour thus far that are begging to be shared:
Good to know that I'm not the only one who can get huggy and emotional after drinking:
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It's the first day of summer, the longest day of the year. My lovely city started the day off right with the annual Street Breakfast. Pancakes, eggs, little boxes of milk and juice -- all prepared & served by soldiers (so do I call it grub? or chow? or something like that). They close off the streets for the hardy souls who get downtown between 6am and 8:30am (guess which end of the spectrum I was closer to? Anyone who knows me will heartily echo "8:30! You got there AFTER 8:30!"). There was live music with a band whose lead singer looked like Bo Bice (a bit unfortunately). It was an excellent way to welcome the summer and enjoy the community spirit.
01. "LDN" - Lily Allen
(walkin' round London, narrating - an extremely likeable female version of Mike Skinner)
02. "Good Day" - Luce
(just feel good listening to this, so positive & pleasant)
03. "Pleasant Valley Sunday" - The Monkees
(retro goodness recreating a sunny weekend morning - "the local rock group down the street is tryin' hard to learn their song . . .")
04. "The Compromise" - The Format
(this is a FABULOUS song, from their new CD Dog Problems)
05. "Brandy (You're A Fine Girl)" - Looking Glass
(I remember singing this with my brother in the summer, listening to the radio)
06. "July! July!" - The Decemberists
(something about crooked French Canadians, but it fits so well)
07. "A Summer Song" - Chad & Jeremy
(could a song SOUND any more like summer?)
08. "Island In The Sun (live)" - Weezer
(where I wish I was, with a riff that distinctly reminds me of Summer 2001)
09. "Summertime" - Josh Rouse
("I remember cigarettes, tube socks, sunburns, and long blonde hair")
10. "All I'm Thinkin' About" - Bruce Springsteen
(a summer driving song, on a long, winding road)
11. "Plan Of The Man" - The Ms
(hard to believe these Chicago fellows are modern, what with all the wooo wooo wooos)
12. "Harmour Love" - Syreeta
(the infectiously poppy opening/closing song from the movie Junebug)
13. "California Pt. 2" - Mason Jennings
("Where the next nearest neighbor lives miles away, I'll never have to mow the lawn. Right on.")
14. "I Get High" - Fastball
(yes, it's Fastball, but forget "The Way" and listen to this soulful Beatles-esque piano ballad)
15. "Long, Sweet Summer Night" - The Thorns
(Matthew Sweet, Pete Droge, Shawn Mullins - supergroup, superb song)
16. "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" (Beatles cover) - Al Green
(Unh. "Shut up Al Green." Teenage nostalgia never sounded so funky)
17. "I Need Direction" - Teenage Fanclub
(it's like including a Beach Boys song without including one. Perfect)
18. "Paper Scratcher" - Blind Melon
(a completely underrated gem off their self-titled debut album, LOVE the harmonies)
19. "When U Love Somebody" - Fruit Bats
(another modern band that sounds so fantastically retro, this time with handclaps)
20. "Summertime" (demo) - The Zombies
(it is NOT summer without The Zombies. It's just not. This is the classic Gershwin tune.)
21. "This Time Of Year" - Better Than Ezra
(for a newer song, this feels pretty dang nostalgic to me. "There's a feelin' in the air, just like a Friday afternoon . . .")
22. "Sleepwalk" - Santo & Johnny
(no better way to end a summer night than with this tune, an open window, and a breeze)
Let the summering begin!
One of the mini-reviews I submitted to the Westword was a few words about the new Matt Nathanson live album: At The Point (2006, Acrobat Records). Since they didn't run it, lemme tell you what I wrote, since that is our topic for today.
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. . . In addition to hoisting a pint to calm my nerves after a tense, hard-fought game today pitting England against Sweden (ending in a draw, but how I rooted for a Brit win) - I would be heading to the British Museum. I took a seminar class on Michelangelo when I was studying abroad in Florence, and as such I consider myself fortunate to have seen most of his finished works and many of his drawings and sketches. But this exhibit brings together some that I have not seen. I love the anatomical power and grace of Michelangelo's human forms.
We went to the coolest Italian-themed outdoor festival in Denver yesterday afternoon - La Piazza dell'Arte. Chalk drawings on the sidewalk & some authentic gelato in Larimer Square; it doesn't get much better than that.
My dad is the best dad in the world. Just look at how happy I was on his shoulders at Disneyland. And the magic is - he's never stopped being as great of a man as he was in that picture to my five-year-old eyes; although he did shave that beard (when I was 16) and that was an improvement in many ways. But other than that, he rocks on as a fount of perpetual wisdom, a wonderful sense of humor, and a grab-and-shake-me hug whenever I need it.
Following fast in the relative footsteps of groups like The Coral, whom I quite liked from last summer, The Kooks are 4 young guys from scenic beachtown of Brighton, England. My friend Chris from Manchester included them on a recent mix for me and they caught my ear.
Go to 12 Galaxies (a cool little club, as I so recently found out) on June 26th for a free screening of We Jam Econo: The Story of The Minutemen. Mike Watt is cooler than me, and plays the bass like nobody's business. You can read a little history about him on this previous post, and brush up on your early '80s So-Cal punk essentials here.
Corona - Minutemen
Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love (Van Halen cover) - Minutemen
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As my friend Massi (from San Sepolcro, Italy) texted me during the match, "Vinca il migliore!" - May the best team win.
I believe that there are a handful of truly flawless, perfect songs in this world. One of those songs which I love front to back and throughout each note and lyrical turn is R.E.M.'s "You Are The Everything" (from Green, 1988).
Thanks to Eric over at Marathonpacks for this link to Dave Eggers' (author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius) reflections on the World Cup over on Slate:
The new Colorado quarter is being released today (finally). I know some of you have had quarters for years, but this is the official unveiling of the Centennial State's kopeck and we are excited. Although for some inexplicable reason, it features Long's Peak (where? what?) instead of Pikes Peak. Maybe I'm just proprietary of my own city's beautiful geographic behemoths.
One of my favorite "ultimate package" movies --creative camera work, smoking soundtrack, clever script-- is the Stephen Soderbergh-directed Out of Sight (1998), based on the novel by Elmore Leonard. I always enjoy watching this one, with George Clooney's perfectly charming bank robber role, Jennifer Lopez's badass federal marshall chasing him down, and the variety of characters that intersect the hunt (Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Steve Zahn). Mix in a heavy dose of sexual tension, crime sprees, greasy trunk rides, "short little Latin fellas," and magician's assistants, alongside the signature jumpy cinematography, chronology leaps, and quick edits that are typical Soderbergh (Oceans 11, Traffic). You've got a stylish winner.
Occasionally you open the old CD cabinet (which heart-breakingly gathers dust due to the prominence of your iPod with its sleek digital casing and nyah-nyah ability to hold thousands of CDs) and find an old cracked case containing a gem of a disc.
1) Dodge has a Boyz II Men cover (there should be more of that cooleyhighharmony. Admit it, you love it). How *DO* I say goodbye to yesterday? It's 8th grade graduation all over again, baby.
What a wonderful soccer-filled weekend. I love the simplicity, the urgency, the grace & beauty of the sport. The luck of the Irish (or something!) was with me this weekend because I did (mostly) well on my predictions and am tied for first place with a couple other "music lovin' mofos" in our bloggers' World Cup pool. Woo hoo!