Alexander is the guy singer from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes. (That’s him saying “I was falling, deep, deeply in love with you, and I never told you ‘til just now” on “Home”).
I first heard this track from his solo album, Alexander, last year while I was driving my VW down PCH, (don’t know why I remember that), but it didn’t have the so-so RZA cameo that it does now.
Dude is definitely working the old time western Ennio Morricone vibe that was all over the Edward Sharpe album, (check the whistling), and it works, as does his sing-song stream of consciousness lyric delivery style.
"I’ve grown up some, different kind of fighter. And when the darkness comes, let it inside you."
five things from stevie wonder and friends at the hollywood bowl this past sunday
1. Mia Doi Todd doing dreamy Brazilian flavored hippie folk love songs at sunset, when that golden glow of LA light was filling the bowl and I was just getting into a block of Emmentaler. Right with the world, all was.
2. Hobbling to the ladies room on my crutches, which was tiring in and of itself with the inclines, then almost falling over because of said inclines and the four glasses of wine I had just consumed. “Careful babygirl” said a beautiful woman in a Marvin Gaye t-shirt who put her arms out to catch me as I nearly tipped over exiting the bathroom, “crutches and hills are rough deal.” “It’s think the booze,” I replied.
3. Janelle Monae’s little cape, which she wore while doing the running man. What a doll.
4. The two guys sitting behind me who insisted on referring to their Bartles & Jaymes wine coolers as “Bartholomew & James” all evening. One of them also demanded that the other google Grace Potter during her performance, which he did. He then he proceeded to read her entire wikipedia page out loud while intermittently reiterating what a babe she was. And she was.
5. Steve Wonder. Finale. “Higher Ground.” Boom. Done. Win. See you next time.
I find these spoof band names kind of cloying, (looking at you here, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.), but I do enjoy this jam by Com Truise. Makes me nostalgic for central coast sunsets, and sunrises, and the dance parties that have been known to happen in between the two.
M83 maestro Anthony Gonzalez is still working the neo-80s synth vibe that everyone fussed over with Saturdays = Youth, but this time the sound is a touch darker and even more grandiose. (Check the sax solo at the end. It’s my favorite part). “Midnight City” is more Miami Vice than Breakfast Club, and it makes me want to drive an obnoxiously colored convertible really fast on a hot night, preferably while wearing only my bikini and a white suitcoat.
Little Dragon has been on my radar since they sold out their First Friday gig at the Natural History Museum last January. The group is from Gothenburg, Sweden, and “Crystalfilm” is a synthy, slinky come hither from their forthcoming Ritual Union, out next Tuesday.
You’ll hear this track is ripped from KCRW, so, thanks to them.
This track “Vessel” by Zola Jesus is moody, dramatic and kind of foreboding. I like it a lot. Zola hails from my former home of Madison, Wisconsin. Perhaps we once crossed paths at Natt Spil. What’s certain is that we’re not going to cross path at the Pitchfork Music Festival on Saturday, because she will be there, and I, regrettably, will not.
Five Things I Just Learned From the Bruce Springsteen Episode of 'Biography'
I know it seems like this is turning into some obsessy shrine, but bear with me, because this stuff is an important part of American history and it will be on the final exam. Also, I was bored tonight.
1. In the early 1990s, Bruce disbanded the E Street band and stopped touring. He had spent his life making music, now, he needed to spend some time living. Every member of the band got a severance check for two million dollars.
2. The father of one of Bruce’s old Jersey friends passed away. Bruce found his buddy sitting at the bar taking shots of tequila, wearing a red baseball cap. Bruce asked his friend if he could have the cap. The friend gave it to him. Bruce said, “everytime you see this cap, think of your father.” It’s the hat in Bruce’s pocket on the cover of Born in the USA.
3. When Bruce bought a $16,000,000 house in the hills of Los Angeles, (this was also in the early 1990s), his Jersey fans, they didn’t like it one bit.
4. He and the family subsequently moved back to Jersey three years later, so his “kids could grow up walking down the street holding their daddy’s hand” on the same streets Bruce walked down holding his daddy’s hand when he was a kid.
5. Bruce says, at the end of the day, music is about the way it makes you feel. “I do it,” he says, “‘cause it feels good.”
I know I’ve been pushing Springsteen heavy for a week now, but trust me, this track is boss. (sorry)
(seriously though, “I’m on Fire” has always made me melt).
Pumpkin spun this Cousin Cole remix at Lightning in a Bottle this past May. It was Sunday, the sun was setting over the Woogie Stage, and this chick was atop a handsome man’s shoulders singing along, arena rock style.