5 Reviews a Week – Goin’ Crazy Edition

OK, I’ve been told that using album and artist titles to create my intro message is annoying. And I guess that’s right. Well here’s the latest reviews. Heavy on the UK this week, but that’s how it goes. I really have nothing more to say. See what happens when I have no gimmick?!

– Viva La Vida – *** – Coldplay gets a bad rap by many music fans, but their music still speaks to me. I think this latest album is their biggest sounding record, and I think they open up their sound quite a bit, which is refreshing. This album seems to lack some of the bigger hooks featured in previous albums, but in time, may catch on to me. Continue reading

International Pop Overthrow Volume 11

It’s that’s time of year again… Summer!  So, you know what that means? The kids are out of school, people are hitting the beaches, and David Bash has brought the International Pop Overthrow (IPO) festival back to Los Angeles for the 11th year in a row.
I’ve been attending the festival for quite a few years now, at least 6 or 7 in a row.  IPO usually runs for about two weeks.  Some years I’ve attended the majority of the shows, and other years just a few.  This year however, I’ve been busy, so I made my one and only IPO concert stop at Fitzgerald’s in Huntington Beach on Saturday night.  The show was a CD release party for Phillip Vandermost, who turned in a great performance, as did O.C. favorites Scarlet Crush and Sparkle*Jets U.K. (who played a few new tunes at the show). Continue reading

Everybody sounds better on the record…

The way that the vast majority of people experience pop music (unfortunately -and btw, you should get your lazy asses out to see live music 3-4 times a month at the minimum – that way you can find good local artists and support them and quit complaining about the crappy stuff the major music industry outlets shove at you – which reminds me, still digging that American Idol compilation CD you impulse bought?) is via recordings. Continue reading

Perfect reunion music

John Baggs’ post the other day about high school dances got into the back of my brain and crawled out last night when I was sleeping. I dreamed I was at a high school reunion, and the band consisted of two guys playing music like the kind that irritated Belushi in “Animal House,” so between songs, I yelled, “Rock and roll!” The band took a break and a disc jockey put on Zevon’s “Angel Dressed in Black,” which begins “Sitting on the sofa/suckin’ a bowl of crack,” which is perfect high school reunion music, don’t you think?

For your drinking and listening pleasure

I am sitting here trying to feel it. Got some Chris Whitley on the iPod, “Dust Radio”:

Baby got vision child
Like a loaded gun
She use my body
Like carrion crow
Doing our transmission thing
On dust radio
Baby call the number
Nobody left in town …

I’ve got the cold, cold Bombay Sapphire and tonic, splash of sweetened lime juice, in easy reach.

“So what’s it going to be then, eh?”

Now we’ve got some Jeff Beck going: “Led Boots.” He is razoring the atmosphere.

Another sip of gin. And another.

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Musical Memories: The School Dance

A song can remind of you of many memories, good and bad. Today I’d like to talk about the school dance.

There are a couple of songs that specifically remind me of the school “dances” that I used to attend. Of course, I use the “dance” lightly, because mostly I would go and stand in the corner and talk to friends. That’s not to say that I didn’t want to dance, I just didn’t know how to ask anybody, so I just went and listened to the music.

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The 10-Second Music Review

It’s hard to stay up on what’s new, what’s worth checking out, what to avoid, and so on. We listen, we seek, we read reviews, we do the best we can, but there’s never enough time to be as informed as we’d probably like.

So I thought I’d take a sec to point you to a service that may help keep you abreast of the latest in music in a very short period of time: The 10-Second Music Review. Continue reading