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Welcome back for yet another installment of Tune In Tuesday.
Music’s connectivity varies by person but I believe that there is some resonating emotional cord that is struck when we are truly touched by the music. While I appreciate the complexity of the instrumentation, I tend to gravitate to the lyrical aspect of music. While this is not always etched in granite, it holds about 90% of the time.
Today I am going to go back a few years and highlight some albums that are indelibly etched in my fabric for various and sundry reasons.
Under the Table and Dreaming
Dave Matthews Band
This was the first studio album from Dave and the band and was a really musically liberating sound. The combination of guitar, bass, violin, saxophone and drums just sounded so fresh in the early 90’s. The vibe from the music was so upbeat that you couldn’t help but move while listening to it.
This album was in heavy rotation during college and began a twenty year relationship with the band. I’ve seen them live several times and own all their studio albums as well as the majority of the live albums.
Key Tracks: The Best of What’s Around, Typical Situation, Jimi Thing, Ants Marching, What Would You Say
This is the best soundtrack to come out in the 90’s and may very well be the greatest soundtrack of all times. I realize that is a really bold claim and I’m ok with that. I’m a rebel!
This album captured Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, and Smashing Pumpkins on one album before they reached the collective conscience of the country. The album went platinum and really caught the buzz of the Seattle grunge scene. In addition to the great songs from the soon to be huge bands, there were several key tracks from stalwart Seattle bands such as Mudhoney and Mother Love Bone.
Key Tracks: Drown, Chloe Dance/Crown of Thorns, State of Love and Trust, Breath, Birth Ritual, Would
And Justice for All
This was my heavy metal musical baptism and bible in the latter part of my high school years. I was really into classic rock and when this album came out I could not get enough. The guttural growls of James Hetfield, the relentless drumming of Lars, and just the all out anger of the sound was so intoxicating. As a recalcitrant teen, this was my anthem. As I’ve gotten older, I have learned to appreciate the level of skill that they possess as a band of musician and how they helped define the genre.
Key Tracks: Dyers Eve, One, The Shortest Straw, Blackened
Green was R.E.M.’s sixth album but was their major label debut. This album was also the debut of Peter Buck’s mandolin which would help define the band’s sound on subsequent albums. The album had such a different sound from their previous albums. Stipe’s singing is more deliberate and clear and the lyrics run a range of emotions.
Key Tracks: Stand, You Are the Everything, World Leader Pretend, Orange Crush, I Remember California
Full Moon fever
This was Petty’s first venture into solo territory even though he had collaborations with his Heartbreakers and a Wilbury or two. The album has a cleaner almost crisp sound compared to some of the earlier Heartbreakers albums. Helmed by Jeff Lynne (Traveling Wilbury’s, Electric Light Orchestra) the album is solid with no real weak tracks.
Key Tracks: Runnin Down a Dream, Free Fallin’, Love Is a Long Road, I Won’t Back Down,
This is my all time favorite U2 album. They had not quite blown up into the biggest rock band in the world but were well on their way. Each track is unyielding in musical bliss and twenty plus years later, it plays like a greatest hits album. The album is sonically heavier than their previous albums and is their foray into the influence of the blues.
Key Tracks: With Or Without You, Running To Stand Still, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, Trip Through Your Wires
Great music awaits!
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Happy Monday dear, sweet readers, I hope this installment of Mixed Tape Monday finds you doing well or ,at the very least, reasonably well. I would hate to think that any of you are just completely sucking right now. I know that in the past I have made reference to music being a soundtrack to my life. So, I thought today, I would tackle the topic of movie soundtracks in a Mixed Tape Monday kind of way.
Today’s blog is not about the quality, or lack thereof, of the movie but about the songs on the soundtrack. Many a bad movie has had an awesome soundtrack or at least a great song or cover on the soundtrack.
Song: No Shelter
Artist: Rage Against the Machine
Soundtrack: Godzilla (See right from the get go, I give you a really bad movie)
Song: Dead Souls
Artist: Nine Inch Nails
Soundtrack: The Crow
Song: A Girl Like You
Artist: Edwyn Collins
Soundtrack: Empire Records
Song: Sweet Child O’ Mine
Artist: Sheryl Crow
Soundtrack: Big Daddy
Song: Such Great Heights
Artist: Iron & Wine
Soundtrack: Garden State
Song: Walking After You
Artist: Foo Fighters
Soundtrack: X Files
Song: Cry, Little Sister (Them From The Lost Boys)
Artist: Gerard McMann
Soundtrack: The Lost Boys
Song: All I Want Is You
Soundtrack: Reality Bites
Song: Elis Unit One
Artist: Steve Earle
Soundtrack: Dead Man Walking
Artist: Joshua Radin & Schuyler Fisk
Soundtrack: The Last Kiss
Song: Sweet Suzanne
Artist: Buzzin’ Cousins
(John Mellencamp, Dwight Yoakam, James McMurtry, Joe Ely, & John Prine)
Soundtrack: Falling From Grace
Song: Between the Bars
Artist: Elliott Smith
Soundtrack: Good Will Hunting
Artist: Tori Amos
Soundtrack: Great Expectations
Song: Wither I’m a Flower
Soundtrack: Hope Floats
Song: You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
Artist: Eddie Vedder
Soundtrack: I Am Sam
Artist: Kula Shaker
Soundtrack: I Know What You Did Last Summer
Song: Turn To Stone
Artist: Joe Walsh
Soundtrack: Lords of Dogtown
Song: I Disappear
Soundtrack: Mission Impossible 2
Song: Tha Crossroads
Artist: Bones Thugs-N-Harmony
Soundtrack: Pineapple Express
Song: Help Myself
Artist: Dave Matthews Band
Soundtrack: Scream 2
Great music awaits!
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Spring has sprung and the concert season is nigh upon us! SXSW kicked of the festivals and the summer concert series is just weeks away. Here is a list of the music fests that will draw a litany of artists and hordes of people. This list highlights the main( in my humbly superior opinion) music festivals that take place in the continental U.S. Most festivals are three days long and I’ve highlighted some of the featured (great) artists.
|Festival||Date||Partial Line Up|
|New Orleans Jazzwww.nojazzfest.com||Apr. 23-25||
|New Orleans Jazz Week 2www.nojazzfest.com||Apr. 29-May 2||
|Summer Campwww.summercampfestival.com||May 28-30||
|Lollapaloozawww.lollapalooza.com||Aug. 6-8||Not yet released but always a stellar lineup|
|Austin City Limitswww.aclfestival.com||Oct. 8-10||Not yet released but always a stellar lineup|
The cool thing about the festivals is that if one takes place geographically close to you, you might catch some really good shows on both sides of the festival dates.
If you have attended any of the above or one not listed, let me know what was great about it and who you saw.
As mentioned in previous blogs I am a ACL acolyte and would strongly recommend that if you have the time and disposable income, you need to check itout.
Great music awaits!
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Ok, I thought yesterday’s blog was fun and elicited some reaction from you, the sweet , gentle reader and a few David Cassidy fans( ITILY ladies and possibly gentlemen) and also caused a bit of a stir on facebook as well. So, let’s go and reverse the whip.
I will attempt to continue to WOW you with my vast musical knowledge and then silently judge you if you are not impressed with my musical prowess. Just kidding, I would never judge you or your poor musical taste.
I do think that there are some artists that transcend genres and have universal appeal. Others have a loyal following and then have that one album that regales the masses and they are beloved for generations. Some of us grew up on music and we think it is greatness based solely on the nostalgia for the time and place in which we first heard it. And then there are music purist who likes a band /artist because they respect the lineage and the impact that they had on music.
I tend to be a bit of all of the above. There are some artists that I like because there is some form of connectivity that I really can’t explain, while others are truly a moment in time that has endeared me to an artist, and then there is the whole musical heritage piece. I am intrigued by the evolution of music and the artists that find themselves compelled to play. As mentioned previously in a blog, I have no musical talent. I do not play and instrument, I do not sing close to well, and I’ve never had aspirations to do either. I simply love to listen to music.
As much as I have a propensity to scorn/judge, in my humble opinion, awful music, I really respect the fact that those dreadful musicians had the nerve to attempt to play, at some point get signed, and were able to release an album or at the very least a single. When it comes down to it, I don’t judge the horrific musicians as mercilessly as I judge the faction who listens and procures the music.
So, below is a listing of artists/bands that you should be listening to and would be in any reputable music collection.
- Ryan Adams
- The Band
- The Beastie Boys
- The Beatles
- The Black Crowes
- Jimmy Buffet (with love to Gwendolyn)
- Johnny Cash
- Eric Clapton
- Credence Clearwater Revival
- Drive-By Truckers
- Bob Dylan
- The Eagles
- Steve Earle
- Foo Fighters
- Pat Green
- Merle Haggard
- Ben Harper
- Jimi Hendrix
- Robert Earl Keen
- Led Zeppelin
- Lynyrd Skynyrd
- Dave Matthews Band
- John Mellencamp
- Willie Nelson
- Pearl Jam
- Tom Petty
- Pink Floyd
- The Pixies
- Joe Purdy
- Red Hot Chili Peppers
- The Rolling Stones
- Paul Simon
- Sonic Youth
- Sound Garden
- Bruce Springsteen
- James Taylor
- Traveling Wilburys
- Stevie Ray Vaughan
- The Who
- Neil Young
- ZZ Top
I just listed the artist and not the album or albums that you should be listening to and really own by said artist. Also, I stopped at 50 and that took a considerable amount of restraint.
This is fundamentally meant to light the candle of thought and get you to think about your 50 artists. If you only had 50 artists that you could listen to, who would they be? Think of yourself as Tom Hanks in Cast Away and instead of Wilson the volleyball, you have an iPod with 50 artists and their entire catalog.
So take some time, peruse the list and let me know who you would have added or deleted from the list or send me you complete list.
Great music awaits!
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The Avett Brothers are the folksy, rocking, alt/country with a tinge of bluegrass band from North Carolina. With such a diverse pedigree, is it any wonder the Rick Rubin took notice, signed them to his label, and produced their major label debut “I and Love and You”?
As mentioned, I and Love and You is the major label debut but actually finds The Avett Brothers in the double digits for their release total. They have released numerous albums as well as EP’s and live albums.
Loosely formed in 2000 just prior to be the end of Seth and Scott Avett’s rock band Nemo, the brothers are joined by Bob Crawford on stand up bass. Their self titled debut was release in 2000 and in 2002 released their first album “Country Was” as a full band.
In 2007 the Avett Brothers won the Americana Music Association Duo/Group of the Year award and 2007 Emerging Artist of the Year. In 2009 they opened for the Dave Matthews Band’s spring tour across the southern United States as well as an opening spot for Wide Spread Panic. And, to add to an already great year, Rolling Stone Magazine named The Avett Brothers “The Artist to Watch in 2009”.
While their major label is not a dramatic musical departure from their previous work, however, there is less reliance on banjo, with the exception of “January Wedding” while the piano plays a prominent role on this ballad heavy album. The album is sonically rich with harmonies provided by Scott and Seth. The melodies are tight and the musical arrangement has a certain level of complication but not in an overly dramatic fashion.
The Avett Brothers Discography:
- The Avett Bros.
- Country Was
- Live at the Double Door Inn
- A Carolina Jubilee
- Swept Away (EP)
- Live, Vol. 2
- Four Thieves Gone: The Robbinsville Sessions
- The Gleam
- The Second Gleam
- I and Love and You
Key tracks form I and Love and You:
- Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise
- Ten Thousand Words
- I and Love and You
- Ill With Want
- Kick Drum Heart
Check out The Avett Brothers @ www.theavettbrothers.com
The Avett Brothers’ music is available at iTunes, record stores, and www.theavettbrothers.com
Great music awaits!
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Some songs are so great that everyone wants to sing them and add their own unique style. Some do it to pay homage to an artist, others feel a certain connection to the song and/or artist, and yet others are just looking to be the next American Idol.
The cover tune is the metaphorical equivalent of making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Anyone can do it but not everyone does it right. To make it right, PB&J requires lightly toasted bread, an abundance of peanut butter on both slices of the bread, and a generous slathering of jelly. I’m a grape or raspberry fan myself.
So, let’s get under the covers:
- “Masters of War” Pearl Jam
- Original Artist Bob Dylan
- “War Pigs” Faith No More
- Original Artist Black Sabbath
- “Hurt” Johnny Cash
- Original Artist Nine Inch Nails
- “Hard to Handle” The Black Crowes
- Original Artist Ottis Redding
- “Chimes of Freedom” Bruce Springsteen
- Original Artist Bob Dylan
- “Cortez the Killer” The Dave Matthews Band
- Original Artist Neil Young
- “Billie Jean” Chris Cornell
- Original Artist Michael Jackson
- “Paradise” Pat Green
- Original Artist John Prine
- “Hard Sun” Eddie Vedder
- Original Artist Indio
- “Play it All Night Long” Drive-By Truckers
- Original Artist Warren Zevon
- “Climbing up the Walls” Erin Ivey
- Original Artist Radiohead
- “Rocket Man” My Morning Jacket
- Original Artist Elton John
- “Such Great Heights” Iron & Wine
- Original Artist The Postal Service
- “Hallelujah” Jeff Buckley
- Original Artist Leonard Cohe
- “Little Wing” Stevie Ray Vaughan
- Original Artist Jimi Hendrix
- “Lungs” Lyle Lovett
- Original Artist Townes Van Zandt
- “Breadfan” Metallica
- Original Artist Budgie
- “Badfish” Jack Johnson
- Original Artist Sublime
- “Hey Ya” Obadiah Parker
- Original Artist Outkast
- Love Reign O’er Me Pearl Jam
- Original Artist The Who
- “The Ghost of Tom Joad” Rage Against the Machine
- Original Artist Bruce Springsteen
- “Levelland” Robert Earl Keen
- Original Artist James McMurtry
- I’ve Got to Know Son Volt
- Original Artist Woody Guthrie
- “Signs” Tesla
- Original Artist “Five Man Electrical Band
- “Ruby’s Two Sad Daughters” Pat Green
- Original Artist Walt Wilkins
So, now that I have lit the candle of thought of great cover songs; let me know some of your favorites.
Great music awaits!
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