Tuesday, May 25, 2010

New Music Tuesday

Last week LCD Soundsystem released their final album & it does not disappoint in the least.  Influenced by Eno & the Talking Heads, James Murphy has crafted a dance masterpiece that soars heads & shoulders above most releases this year. What Murphy has proven to us all with his albums is that you don't have to work yourself to death to achieve your goals in life, be patient & passionate at what you do & everything will work out (& cheating doesn't hurt either). Great album all the way start to finish, pick up at iTunes right now & you get 2 bonus tracks. **** out ****

Music on TV this week...

Tuesday, May 25
David Letterman: The Black Keys

Jimmy Fallon: Frightened Rabbit

Wednesday, May 26
David Letterman: John Prine with Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket

Jimmy Fallon: The Black Keys

Thursday, May 27
Craig Ferguson: Band of Horses

Jimmy Fallon: Reflection Eternal

Friday, May 28
Craig Ferguson: The National

Jimmy Fallon: Stars

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Working on stuff

Trying to overcome the bureaucracy/frustration of Art Prize & put the focus back on my work. Working on a bunch of stuff that will be ready in the next few days, check back here and @ MAFmove on twitter for the latest. Peace

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

New Music Tuesday

Today we have a whole slew of new music out. Rolling Stones, Black Keys & LCD Soundsystem just to name a few. But last week we had two of the most impressive releases of the year come out... The National's High Violet & Sleigh Bells with Treats.

The over the top fuzzy pop assault of Sleigh Bells is truly a treat (like it's title). This band falls somewhere in between The Flaming Lips & The Go Team (& shoots off into orbit without looking back). Great stuff & cheap over @ iTunes. Standout tracks are "A/B Machines," "Crown on the Ground" & "Infinity Guitars."

The best review I saw for the National's new album was that it was not good because it was "great" & "flawless." Hummmm okay (got to love that no clue indie world). The National's High Violet is the album we all hoped for, a flawless piece of art. Unlike the releases of many other artist this year, The National have put out an album that is lyrically & musically strong (& never gets lazy with it's delivery). Standout tracks are "Terrible Love," "Sorrow," "Afraid of Everyone," "Bloodbuzz Ohio" oh hell you know what there is not a weak track on this album (they are all standouts). Just so good.

& tonight take a moment & think of Ian Curtis, he took his own life 30 years ago today. Trivia, the last band to open for both Joy Division & Nirvana was The Buzzcocks. Strange how life works. Peace.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

New Music Takes a Sick Day

Been sick the last few days so new music will wait until next week. New Dead Weather & The National out today. Peace.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Midnight Blue Sunday Girl 1

Today's piece is the tenth in the Sunday Girl series titled "Midnight Blue Sunday Girl 1."

Peace

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Powder Blue Sunday Girl 1

Today's piece is the ninth in the Sunday Girl series titled "Powder Blue Sunday Girl 1."

Peace

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Green Sunday Girl 2

Today's piece is the eighth in the Sunday Girl series titled "Green Sunday Girl 2."

Peace

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

New Music Tuesday

May is going to be a big month for new music. Just look at what comes out today & you can see what I mean...

The New Pornographers “Together” (Matador)

The Hold Steady “Heaven Is Whenever” (Vagrant)

Broken Social Scene “Forgiveness Rock Record” (Arts & Crafts)

The first singles from all 3 albums sound solid so I am looking forward to hearing all 3. I am still playing catch up from the last few weeks so more next week on these albums.

The first album I was playing catch up with this week is the new release by Jakob Dylan titled "Women & Country." I was never a big Wallflowers fan so when I sat down to listen to this album I was pleasantly surprised. It seems after a long 20 years Jakob Dylan has finally found his voice (with a little help from Neko Case). The album seamlessly blends folk, country & rock and at times seems more like a Wilco album then a Bob Dylan album (or for that matter a Jakob Dylan album). T Bone Burnett does another fantastic job with production and this album is worth checking out.

Also today we get our first taste of Trent Reznor's new band How to Destroy Angels. The first single titled "A Drowning" is an epic seven-minute long number with former West Indian Girl front-woman Mariqueen Maandig (Trent's wife) on vocals. The track is produced/mixed by Trent & Alan Moulder & it's a very good start for H2DA, check it out.

Monday, May 3, 2010

I love Milwaukee, straight up!

I love Milwaukee, straight up! The town is a culture fest & is so laid back for a big city (it's down right crazy). Hands down it is one of the easiest big cities to get around (our hotel room was under 5 minutes away from the Jónsi concert & we never went outside to get to the show). It was beautiful not having to fight traffic to reach our show & then kill for a parking spot. So SO nice!

Besides the concert our stay with the Intercontinental, our din din with the Kil@Wat & visit to the MAM were also highlights. Our room at the Intercontinental was fantastic & the food at the Kil@Wat was out of this world good. But hands down the MAM again proved it's one of the best museums in the Midwest! GRAM take note of what the MAM does because it is a fantastic museum.

All in all another great trip to Milwaukee, thank you so much for your hospitality!