• 24, 25, 26

    Ago 3 2006, 2h55 por FroDish

    24 was Radiohead, amazingly. I went through hell for that ticket, but it was completely worth it.

    25 was the Hudson River Revival festival, which included a slew of great folk performers, most notably, Pete Seeger. All in all, mad good time.

    26 was John Hiatt, a show which I attended primarily for the venue, but ended up having a thoroughly good time. His voice is really cool.

    That's 26 out of 400 shows, kids.
  • Top 20 Survey

    Jul 28 2006, 21h47 por annagen

    Post the top twenty bands/artists on your profile, the first song you heard of their's, the song that made you fall in love, and your current favorite.

    Great Big Sea
    First song: Donkey Riding (live)
    Song that made me love: Boston and St. John's
    Current favourite: Captain Kidd

    The Kennedys
    First song: Half a Million Miles
    Song that made me love: Stand
    Current favourite: Didn't it Rain

    Nightwish
    First song: She Is My Sin
    Song that made me love: Dark Chest of Wonders
    Current favourite: Moondance

    Taku Iwasaki
    First song: R.O.D. Theme
    Song that made me love: R.O.D. Theme
    Current favourite: Wars of the Last Wolves

    Girlyman
    First song: Born at the Right Time
    Song that made me love: The Shape I Found You In
    Current favourite: Reva Thereafter

    Yoko Kanno
    First song: Escaflowne (movie) OST
    Song that made me love: See above.
    Current favourite: Ark (from Brain Powered)

    The Beatles
    First song: Help!
  • Music in a Post-Katrina America

    Jul 25 2006, 21h36 por ferusanimus

    A very obvious blanket statement that one can use about music is that it is an effective reflection and representation of the world at the time that music is made. The same can be said about most art but for the purpose of maintaining a bit of consistency, we’ll talk specifically about music.

    It’s a good thing, in my opinion to look at shifts in music to observe a social image. From Mozart to Beethoven or Motley Crue to Nirvana, the shift in music will represent a new zeitgeist that might be emerging or the disapproval of an old paradigm. The shift might be economical, religious or political but it tends to be very easily expressed through music. Literature and Theatre have always been a bit aloof and have escaped the masses as a form of expression. But music tends to be the expression of the people and I believe, that socially it is a greater, more effective form of art.

    Newton states that every action has an equal and opposite reaction, so too is music to the world in which it’s incubated.
  • Clearwater Festival: The Great Hudson River Revival

    Jun 21 2006, 2h36 por megsaint

    I spent the weekend at the 40th Annual Clearwater Festival. This festival is a benefit for the campaign started by Pete Seeger to clean up the Hudson River. It's held at Croton Point Park, a beautiful park overlooking the Hudson in Croton-On-Hudson, New York. The park has some gorgeous trees. It's hard to believe it was built on a landfill. The festival is famous for getting rained on but this weeked was sunny and beautiful

    The list of perfomers included Holly Near, Michelle Shocked, Janis Ian, The Mammals, BLACK 47 and John Gorka.

    I'd been excited to hear Michelle Shocked. I'd never heard her live and hadn't heard much from her at all in a number of years. I was, however, a bit disappointed. She interrupted almost every song with some (to me) uninteresting spoken bits. The fact that she brough her therapist, who had apparently approved the set list was, well, a bit odd.

    Holly Near still sings some fun songs but, like many of the performers over the course of the weekend…
  • Paying The Cost To Be The Boss

    Mai 25 2006, 21h25 por Woodshed1

    Bruce SpringsteenWe Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions

    It is my belief that every act should be forced, at gun point if necessary, to record at least an EPs worth of traditional music from their area of origin.

    Traditional material is tricky thing to pull off. Too traditional and it sounds stale and outdated; too modern and it’s jarring. It’s no use just ‘updating’ folk songs by adding electronic bleeps and a synth pad. A slight change in phrasing is usually all that’s required.

    Happily, Springsteen’s album doesn’t try too hard. He’s always known how to handle a story song and he presents the sing-a-longs with satisfying gusto. It’s undoubtedly the good time feel of the record that is its most appealing feature.

    The one thing that’s troubling me about the project is the name checking of Pete Seeger. Yes, he did versions of these songs but he’s hardly the only one and the shout-a-long-a
    -Springsteen vibe is highly at odds with Seeger’s pared down, authentic and respectful approach.
  • Artist Connections for Libertarian Socialists/Anarchists

    Mai 5 2006, 2h39 por factory186

    The libertarian socialist group doesn't have any artist connections yet, and I was wondering what people might recommend as -

    tunes FOR libertarian socialists/anarchists
    tunes BY libertarian socialists/anarchists
    tunes ABOUT socialism/anarchism ideas or history

    Some initial quick thoughts/suggestions:

    Billy Bragg - everything, but in particular songs like The International, The Red Flag, St. Monday, NPWA, Between the Wars, My Thirty Thousand, A Pict Song, From Red to Blue

    Mekons

    Chumbawumba

    Crass

    Fugazi

    Ani DiFranco

    Michael Franti

    Pete Seeger

    Woody Guthrie

    Paul Robeson

    Phil Ochs
  • This Day in Music History - May 3

    Mai 3 2006, 19h21 por ChetSparks

    - This Day in Music History - May 3 -

    1919
    Born on this day, Pete Seeger, US folk singer, wrote 'Turn Turn Turn', for The Byrds. 'If I Had A Hammer', hit for Peter Paul and Mary.

    1933 (Also listed on another source as 1928)
    Born on this day, James Brown, 'Soul Brother No.1', (1966 US No.8 and UK No.13 single 'It's A Man's World', 1986 UK No.5 single 'Living In America', 1963 album 'Live At The Apollo').

    1937
    Born on this day, Frankie Valli, singer, The Four Seasons, (1976 UK & US No.1 single 'December, 1963, Oh What A Night', solo 1978 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'Grease')

    1939
    "Beer Barrel Polka" was recorded by The Andrews Sisters.

    1944
    Born on this day, Pete Staples, The Troggs, (1966 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Wild Thing').

    1951
    Born on this day, Christopher Cross, singer, songwriter, (1981 US No.1 single 'Arthur's Theme', a No.7 UK hit in 1982).

    1955
    Born on this day, Steve Jones, Sex Pistols guitarist, (1977 UK No.2 single 'God Save The Queen' and 1977 UK No. …
  • YUPPIE! YUPPIE! YUPPIE!

    Abr 26 2006, 7h31 por blues_hound

    "Dammit, Blues. Don't call me a Yuppie!"

    The argument started, like most arguments, over nothing. I just started listening to some new albums I snatched from Ol' Fang when he wasn't looking. Normally the old coyote's country music doesn't move me but lately I've been softening my position on Fang's choice in tunes. After all, his Van Morrison recommendation was a good one. The Boss came in while I was digging Norah Jones' kinda cool cover of Elvis' "Love Me". He snickered and said "OK Blues. You're turning into a cowboy now"

    I snarled. "Well then... You're a Yuppie.

    The Boss hates being called a Yuppie.

    That was when he lost it. "Take a look outside, Dawg! You see any skyscrapers'? no! You see cactus! Roadrunners! Sand! Frigging saguaros! These are shorts and t-shirt I'm wearing not a suit! I am not a Young Urban Professional!

    "Well you're not young, that's for sure!"

    The Boss turned the color of a lobster.

    "DON'T CALL ME A YUPPIE!
  • Latest bargain music - folk n stuff...

    Abr 2 2006, 18h13 por nboldock

    This week’s bargains. Bought some fantastic folk LP’s from a carboot sale this morning, and a couple of cheapo CD’s a week ago. Here’s the full lowdown…

    Chuck Berry - Rock N Roll Music (Musicbank, 2001) (CD)
    Believe it or not, I bought this in a “Pound Shop” for… well… a pound! The track listing is quite impressive but on closer inspection they turn out to be later live versions rather than the original versions. Still, well worth a listen, and for a quid you can’t go wrong, can you?

    Woody Guthrie - Pastures Of Plenty (Prism, 1998)
    A 26-track “Best Of”, I bagged this in the Music Zone sale for the princely sum of £2.97. Utter genius from start to finish, of course. Rubbish sleeve notes, but it hardly matters really when the music is so strong. All the tracks you’d expect to be here, are - “Vigilante Man”, “Talking Dust Bowl Blues”, “Pretty Boy Floyd”, “This Land Is Your Land”… and loads more. Great stuff.

    And then came the old carboot sale this morning and some ace folk LP’s…
  • Looking for good singer songwriters

    Mar 29 2006, 22h59 por smmurphy

    In the last month, I've speant a lot of time in my car or on airplanes, and I've found myself listening to a lot of Jackson Browne, esspecially his self-titled album, and especially Song For Adam and My Opening Farewell. I am looking for other music like him, but newer, and maybe in other languages (particularly German, French, Spanish, Arabic, or Urdu/Hindi).

    In order to properly name drop and get some readers, what I want is a mixture of the sound of such contemporary musicians as Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Iron And Wine, The Mountain Goats, Cat Power, John Legend and Sufjan Stevens with the socially conscious themes of their predecessors such as Pete Seeger, Marvin Gaye, Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchell, and Bob Marley.

    I want a prettier Billy Bragg, an acoustic Erykah Badu, and a more prolific India.Arie, a less distracted Q-Tip (of Kamaal the Abstract). Souad Massi is the best example of what I am looking for, but I don't know how well known she is.