Barack Obama lived a life of accomplishment, an upward trajectory from Punahou to Harvard, Springfield to the White House that seems incredibly void of demons whereas Jackson was all demons. They’re no more alike personally than
Okay, I lied. It’s Micachu and the Shapes. Their new album Jewellery saved me after an interminable subway commute (fuck you G train, you horrible, horrible thing!) from Queens to Brooklyn last night. I lost count of how many times I listened to the mangled semi-acoustic stomp-ditty “Eat Your Heart.” Hands down my favorite song so far this year. You can check it out and download it (and two other songs) here.
p.s. BTW, if you were bummed that this really wasn’t a Susan Boyle video, here’s a discovered recording of her singing “Cry Me a River” for a charity CD in ‘99. Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful.
Because I’m a major player in the music industry, the folks from $99 Music Videos emailed me a few days ago to let me know that one of my favorite local bands La Strada were debuting a music video for their joyous ‘n’ infectious anthem “The Sun Song.” I’ve been a fan of La Strada since I quite literally stumbled upon them playing in the bowels of the NYC subway system back in April of ‘07 (shoddy mobile phone video here). Their first official recording, a self-titled CD that includes this tune and the equally skull-sticking “Mama,” is coming out on Ernest Jenning records in a few days. If you’re a New Yorker, they’ve also got a record release party coming up on March 5th.
Goddamn, I love that song. Just a perfect musical accompaniment to this crisp, sunny Brooklyn day.
MORE: You can watch a larger version of the video here and see how it was made for $99 here.
UPDATE: If you’ve got a local band you’d like to plug, feel free to do so in the comments. Love to check out what you folks have brewin’ in your hometowns.
Apparently, a cell of subversive, underground musicians have been plotting for years in Charlottesville with a plan to destroy “the fabric of democracy.” Word is the sleeper cell wants to upstage John McCain on October 26th by driving an hour to Richmond to give a “FREE” concert.
As some of you may know, I’m a big-time bluegrass fan, dating back to my high school years when one of my best friend’s older brothers introduced me to the music of the late, great John Hartford. It warms the cockles of my heart (whatever in the hell those are) to report that bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley, who many of you may know from the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, is starring in an absolutely charming pro-Obama radio ad that’s running in Virginia (and maybe elsewhere). You can listen to it at TPM. I just may have to wear my big dopey straw hat with Ralph’s signature on it on November 4th for good luck. Yee haw! [hat tip to my bluegrass festival buddy Iceberg Wedge]
UPDATE: 49:00 is a jumbled, cross-hatched mess (which I really like) and for that reason I’m going to label this my favorite Westerberg solo album yet. Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash is my favorite Replacements album, so your mileage may vary.
If you’d like to enter to win a pair of tix, simply send me an email to “tips (-at-) rumproast.com” (or click on the “Tips” email link in the top right sidebar), write “Barcelona” in the subject and your full name in the body of the email before midnight tonight (4/29 ET). I’ll randomly select a winner and contact you via email if you’ve won.
This giveaway is courtesy of the fine folks at Boost Mobile.
In addition, tickets are still available at TicketWeb as well and you get a free six-month (23 issue) New York magazine subscription with purchase.
Peek below the fold for a few more Barcelona videos and one really cool claymation video from Thao Nguyen…
Sorry for the lack of blogging. I took a huge and tragic spill on a hill I had no business skateboarding down back when I was in college and, as a result, I occasionally throw my back out, so I’ve been laid out flat for the past two days. Here’s a quickee post for you to enjoy and then I’m going to crawl back on the couch.
Guitarist extraordinaire Gary Lucas hosted a “Beefheart Night” back on April 9th at the Knitting Factory here in NYC. Gary played with his fantastic all-instrumental Captain Beefheart cover band Fast ‘N’ Bulbous (their CD Pork Chop Blue Around the Rind is highly recommended) and several fans and friends of Don Van Vliet spoke in between the band’s two sets. David Lynch sent in a cool little video of himself reading “Pena,” too. The highlight was a surprise appearance by the legendary Robyn Hitchcock at the tail end of the evening, who performed three songs with Lucas accompanying him on the steel guitar. A few weeks ago I uploaded my video of them doing “Sure ‘Nuff ‘N’ Yes I Do” to YouTube and yesterday Lucas contacted me to let me know that both he and Hitchock really enjoyed seeing it, so I uploaded their version of “China Pig” today (unfortunately, I didn’t record their last song “Click Clack”). Enjoy.