08 December 2010

John Lennon




On 8 December 1980, John Lennon was murdered and the world lost a brilliant artist. I was born in September that year and I am happy to say that I shared a world with John for a brief amount of time.

05 December 2010

Top Albums: 2006


{ In March of 2006 a certain Captain James Blunt (seriously, Blunt was in the military. Can you believe that?) released a single called "You're Beautiful" and really set the tone for insufferable pop songs in 2006 and beyond. Kelly Clarkson won a Grammy (...), the one billionth song downloaded on iTunes was "Speed Of Sound" by Coldplay (ugh), Three Six Mafia won an Academy Award for Best Song (well-deserved), two members of Aerosmith require throat surgery (maybe I should stop smoking...), and Shakira releases "Hips Don't Lie" (delightful). }

26 November 2010

Weather Or Not #7

Location: Santa Monica, CA
Weather: 51 degrees, fair, wind NNE 3mph.
Song: Chicane - "Sunstroke (Disco Citizens Mix)"




{ Chicane - "Sunstroke (Disco Citizens Mix)" }

Chicane captures the warm and sunny vibe of Ibiza.

The amazing Disco Citizens remix of "Sunstroke" is one of the few things that are keeping me warm during the record breaking cold spell that we've been having in Los Angeles.

That and the sweater. And the thick socks. And the hot tea.



{ He has a new album out! }

25 November 2010

As American As Apple Pie




What song is just as American as apple pie? Well, that's "American Pie" by Don McLean, of course.

Most of you have heard the shortened-for-radio version but here is the song in all of its glorious eight minutes and thirty-three seconds.

Sit back. Relax. Drink a beer (American). Turn on this song and grab a second helping of America.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!



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24 November 2010

Quit Your Job, Start A Funk Band #5


Thanksgiving Day is tomorrow and in spite of all the troubles in the world there's plenty to be thankful for.

And if your primary trouble is your job. Well, thankfully there's the funk. Quit your job, start a funk band:


{ Incredible Bongo Band - "Apache" }




{ This song is worth many times the $0.99 it will take to get it into your hot little hands. }

23 November 2010

Top Albums: 2005


{ What happened in 2005? Well, Blink-182 announced they're going on an indefinite hiatus, Korn guitarist Brian Welch found religion, Cream reunites for four shows in London, Live 8 happened and it was massive, Britney Spears has a kid. So, 2005 was kind of a bland year for music dirt. It was also a year where I missed out on a lot of great albums. }

22 November 2010

JFK



On 22 November 1963 at 12:30 PM Central Standard Time, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.


The number one album in the United States at the time was In The Wind by Peter, Paul and Mary which featured a lovely rendition of "Blowin' In The Wind" originally written by Bob Dylan.


The number one single was "I'm Leaving It Up To You" by Dale and Grace:


Interestingly enough, according to Wikipedia, Dale and Grace were in Dallas, Texas (they were scheduled to perform on Dick Clark's Caravan Of Stars show) on the day of Kennedy's assassination and had actually waved to the president from their hotel room moments before Kennedy was shot.

In a national tragedy of this historical magnitude sometimes we forget about the cultural context. From my perspective, it's always interesting to remember the musical context surrounding these events.

Music - more than film, television and even books, for me - has the power to really put you in a different time and place.



{ The Postal Service - "Sleeping In" }

Last week I had the strangest dream.
Where everything was exactly how it seemed.
Where there never any mystery on who shot John F. Kennedy.
It was just a man with something to prove,
slightly bored and severely confused.
He steadied his rifle with his target in the center
and became famous on that day in November




N.B. The "Top Albums: 2005" post has been moved to tomorrow.

20 November 2010

Weather Or Not #6 -- 61 degrees and rain

Location: Santa Monica, CA
Weather: 61 degrees, rain, wind from the SW at 13mph.
Song: Fyfe Dangerfield - "High On The Tide"




{ Fyfe Dangerfield - "High On The Tide" }

Rainy days are for hot coffee and cigarettes, thick scarves and cozy blankets, and English music.

As a self-proclaimed anglophile (though, unfortunately, one who has yet to step foot on British soil), I always re-imagine these rainy days in Southern California as a typical morning in the quiet, dreary suburbs of an English town, listening to records over and over again and daydreaming.

"High On The Tide" is a pleasant and wistful seaside tune. The lighthearted waltz of this song along with Fyfe Dangerfield's voice floating over the melodic bass line makes this a perfect song for these sort of days.

Now, I suppose some tea is a bit more appropriate rather than coffee.

Off to put the kettle on for a cuppa!



{ If you're a fan of Ed Harcourt's first record, you'll probably really like this album.
Click the link and get it. Now. }

17 November 2010

Meteor Shower Music


{ The Leonids are tonight! }

If you live in Los Angeles you're probably not going to see this meteor shower unless you drive, like, an hour away in some dark and desolate place with werewolves or something like that.

Also, you have to wake up at some ridiculous hour for optimal viewing.
The moon is always the enemy of meteor showers. The moon will set about 2:40 AM tomorrow morning and twilight will begin around 6. So the best time observe is between 2:40 AM and when the sun starts coming up at 6:00 AM.
[USA Today]
If you're lucky enough (i.e. you live in the desert) and crazy enough (i.e. you're going to wake up at some ungodly hour), this Explosions In The Sky song should be some pretty good meteor shower music.

Me? I'm just going to drink absinthe until I can see a meteor shower in my eyelids when I close my eyes.

Enjoy.


{ Explosions In The Sky - "First Breath After Coma" }



{ Buy the MP3s, put it on your MP3 player, and enjoy the meteor shower! }

16 November 2010

Ho-hum: The Beatles are on iTunes


{ "This is gonna replace CD's soon; guess I'll have to buy the White Album again."
~ Men In Black }

15 November 2010

Top Albums: 2004


{ I suppose the second time is the charm. For the second time in 2004, Britney Spears got married. This time to Kevin Federline. Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunctioned at the Super Bowl. Usher sold over a million records. Lindsay Lohan released a record. Dimebag Darrell was murdered on stage. Ray Charles died. Lollapalooza died. And Ashlee Simpson died on SNL. But, for me, 2004 turned out to be an incredibly memorable year for music. }

14 November 2010

Snapshot / Live: Cage The Elephant


{ Cage The Elephant at Street Scene San Diego 2009. }


Cage The Elephant played one of the most exciting sets of the evening at Street Scene. There's really nothing better than watching an up-and-coming band playing with so much raw energy. The crowd loved it. I loved it. You should love it.



{ Cage The Elephant - "Ain't No Rest For The Wicked" }




{ Support these guys. They're good! }

13 November 2010

Weather Or Not #5 -- 76 degrees and sunny

Location: Santa Monica, CA
Weather: 76 degrees, sunny, wind from the W at 9mph
Song: The Avalanches - "Since I Left You"




{ The Avalanches - "Since I Left You" }

The weather around these parts has been positively schizophrenic in last couple weeks. Temperatures reached 95 degrees a couple weeks ago, then within days we had some rain fall, then back to sunny temperatures but with powerful gusts of wind.

Today the mercurial mercury reached a lovely 75 degrees. The skies are sunny and cloudless with a light breeze. Taking into consideration that we're well into November, the weather is absolutely perfect.

The perfect soundtrack to this sort of weather is "Since I Left You" by The Avalanches. It's a sort of longing but uplifting tropical tune with a soulful voice crying out: Since I left you, I found the world so new.

There's a beautiful everything-will-be-alright sort of quality to the song that I adore. Only one other song can possibly give me this sort of feeling and that's "God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys.

In cloudy times there's always pleasant coastal climes and beautiful music.



{ This album was in my Top 5 albums of 2001. }

12 November 2010

Quit Your Job, Start A Funk Band #4


Want to turn your weekend into an extended weekend? I've got just the thing: Quit your job, start a funk band:


{ Earth, Wind & Fire - "September" }

If this doesn't inspire you to start a funk band, I don't know what will.


{ For funky times, make it Earth, Wind & Fire times. }

Birthday: Neil Young


{ Happy birthday, Neil Young! }

Do you remember the band Saint Etienne?

This indie-electro outfit from England released a cover of Neil Young's "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" back in 1990 and for their efforts, they were rewarded with a record contract. It's a delightfully groovy interpretation of the classic Neil Young song and the song stands as one of Saint Etienne's most popular singles.


{ Saint Etienne - "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" }




{ Some of you might not be familiar with Neil Young. Make it happen. }

11 November 2010

Snapshot / Live: The Walkmen


{ The Walkmen at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. }



{ It's all about Lisbon, Portugal. I want to write an album about Barcelona, Spain. }

10 November 2010

Beady Eye - "Bring The Light"


Not too long ago Oasis broke up. The Gallagher brothers couldn't play nice and Noel pretty much said, "Fuck it, I'm off."

So, the band is screwed, right?

Noel Gallagher was the heart and soul of the band. He was the primary songwriter and lyricist and the driving force behind the band.

When Noel left Oasis what was left was his brother and frontman Liam and the rest of the band. In the aftermath, Liam and the others formed a band called Beady Eye. But before you scoff at Oasis and the silly name of the new band, take a look at the pedigree of the band for a moment.

Liam Gallagher slowly emerged as a songwriter and crafted lovely tunes like "Songbird" that Chris Martin of Coldplay has covered and once declared that the song is so beautiful that it makes him cry.

Guitarist Gem Archer joined Oasis and provided much depth and talent to later Oasis records. Andy Bell also joined Oasis and added his immense talent and impressive resume to Oasis (and now Beady Eye). Bell was in the influential shoegaze band Ride and later led Hurricane #1 which yielded the amazing hit single, "Step Into My World."

Rounding out Oasis/Beady Eye is drummer Chris Sharrock who has been official members of famous British rock bands like The La's and The Lightning Seeds as well as being the drummer for Robbie Williams.

Needless to say, there's a lot of talent in Beady Eye. But will it yield successful songs?

Beady Eye released their new single, "Bring In The Light," this morning and, well, I was certainly surprised at how good the song sounds.


{ Beady Eye - "Bring The Light" }

Liam's obsession with John Lennon is pretty clear and the lyrics aren't mind blowing but there's power in the simplicity. That's what made Oasis so brilliant.

Ultimately, their debut single is impressive. A powerful Little Richard or Jerry Lee Lewis sort of piano drives the song, a gospel choir adds soul, and slick guitar licks are pretty hot. This isn't anything clever or fancy but it's simple, fun, good ol' fashioned rock 'n' roll. All the things we've come to know and love from Oasis and apparently a sign of things to come for Beady Eye.

I'm really looking forward to their debut album. I have a hard time believing that the Beady Eye debut record can ever match the power and success of the first Oasis album, but if this single is any indication, we may have a really exciting rock 'n' roll record on our hands.



{ You like it? You can download it for free from www.BeadyEyeMusic.com! }

09 November 2010

Do Your Ears A Favor: Pulp - "Do You Remember The First Time?"


Oh, did you hear the good news?
The iconic Sheffield band's classic lineup-- Jarvis Cocker, Nick Banks, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey, Russell Senior, and Mark Webber-- are set to reunite for a string of shows next summer, starting with a headlining slot at Barcelona's Primavera Sound Festival on May 27. The only other date announced thus far is at London's Wireless Fest on July 3, but more are to follow...
[Pitchfork.com]
Along with bands like Oasis, Suede and Blur, Pulp practically defines mid-90s brit-pop but with that working-class sleaze that resonated more with me over the years than the Beatles-revival lad-rock of Oasis and the artsy-quality of Blur.

Songs like "Do You Remember The First Time?" (below) really defines that brit-pop sound: A bouncy, upbeat rhythm, big sing-along chorus, tightly compressed melodic guitar riffs, wistful lyrics. It's a sound that's reminiscent of a lot of melodic British pop music from the '60s and '70s but with influences from the punk scene from the '80s and a post-Thatcher-fuck-you edge.

I could wax poetic on the brit-pop scene for paragraphs and paragraphs but that's for another post. Simply put: I cannot contain my excitement about this reunion.

I sure hope they tour North America. It seems like they're starting off on the festival circuit, Coachella isn't a far off possibility...


{ Pulp - "Do You Remember The First Time?" }



{ "Do You Remember The First Time?" is actually on their album His 'n' Hers (a very stellar record) but their record Different Class just might be one of the defining moments in mid-90s brit-pop. }

08 November 2010

Top Albums: 2003


{ Yep. That happened. Remember this at the MTV Music Video awards way back in 2003? Know what else happened? Avril Lavigne kept releasing No. 1 singles. One hundred people died in a fire started by a pyrotechnics accident at a Great White show. Famed producer Phil Spector shot actress Lana Clarkson. Johnny Cash died. Linkin Park was pretty huge. All in all, a lot of depressing things. But it wasn't all gray skies, there were many sunny spots in 2003. }

07 November 2010

You'll Never Walk Alone


Earlier today Liverpool Football Club squared off against the reigning league champions Chelsea in a highly touted EPL soccer football match.

For much of the season and, frankly, the calendar year, Liverpool FC struggled with ownership issues and struggled to win matches but LFC had started to show form as of late. Meanwhile, Chelsea - fresh off a League title - picked up where they left off and started the season off with lopsided wins and looked unstoppable.

The seemingly unstoppable ran into an in-form Liverpool club and LFC emerged victorious with a two spectacular goals from Fernando Torres (watch his gorgeous second goal right here on YouTube) and the Liverpool defenders held the mighty Chelsea goalless!

Anfield was ringing and shaking with a powerful rendition of "You'll Never Walk Alone."


As a huge fan of Liverpool FC (and, obviously, a massive lover of music), I always thought it was interesting that a Rodgers and Hammerstein song turned out to be the anthem for LFC (and other clubs).

I can't really see a song from a musical quickly becoming an anthem for a sports team. But I suppose it was different times back then.

Originally, "You'll Never Walk Alone" was from Carousel:


It's a powerful song. And, not surprisingly, it was covered quite often by dozens of artists over the years like Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, Doris Day, and Johnny Cash.

But what endeared Liverpudlians and LFC fans to this song was the amazing rendition in 1963 by Liverpool natives, Gerry & The Pacemakers:


The song became the slogan and anthem for Liverpool FC and it was so quickly entrenched in the culture of the club and for soccer football that in 1971 Pink Floyd used the sounds of the crowd singing this song at the end of one of my favorite songs, "Fearless."


And here are the Liverpool supporters in more recent times singing the song before a match. I get chills when I hear that mass of people coming together as one to sing.


Who knew that this show tune could carry so much weight? I guess it really goes to show the fantastic quality and versatility Rodgers and Hammerstein songs.

You'll never walk alone!



{ For $0.89 your living room can sound like Anfield! }

06 November 2010

A Little Change


A quick little change here at Pet Bear Sounds.

From this point forward, I will not be posting any "Pick Me Up" posts. Instead, all of those sorts of posts will be under the "Do Your Ears A Favor" title. There wasn't very much difference between both of them, so, I figure I just consolidate those posts under one heading/label/tag.

Older posts will still bear the title "Pick Me Up" but the tags/labels have been changed to "Do Your Ears A Favor."

Just a little clean up here on the ol' blog.

Thanks for reading and enjoy!


Warm regards,
Pet Bear Sounds


{ Speaking of change, here is "Change" by Tears For Fears on Top Of The Pops! }

05 November 2010

Birthday: Ryan Adams




{ Ryan Adams - "To Be Young (is to be sad, is to be high)"


Happy birthday to Ryan Adams! Nono, not Bryan Adams, I'm talking about Ryan. The B-less Adams is certainly the better songwriter and so much more eclectic.

Now before you go and think of Ryan Adams as some dark, heavy songwriter (which he is many times and he does it so well), take a listen the rollicking song "To Be Young (is to be sad, is to be high)." He can rock.

The guy is an obsessive record collector and a ridiculously prolific songwriter. Both admirable qualities in my book.

He's quite possibly one of the most underrated songwriters of our generation. And if you want more an alt-country vibe, please do your ears a favor and check out Whiskeytown. I almost like that stuff a lot better Ryan's solo work.

One more thing... Ryan Adams and Bryan Adams? They have the same birthday. Seriously. Wikipedia doesn't lie. And IMDB.com definitely does not lie (Ryan here. Bryan here.). That should blow your mind for a few moments there.

Happy Friday!



{ His - Ryan, that is - debut solo record is fantastic. Pick it up, please. Thanks.
I'm sure Bryan's first record was good too. ... Maybe in an ironic way. }

04 November 2010

Quit Your Job, Start A Funk Band #3


Listen it's all pretty simple. You take an amazingly beautiful and classic song ("Sunny") by Bobby Hebb and then have James Brown cover the song.

The result is this delicious concoction below and should inevitably inspire you to quit your job and start a funk band:


{ James Brown performing "Sunny" by Bobby Hebb }



{ Buy the Bobby Hebb version 'cause it makes you feel good. }

03 November 2010

Pick Me Up: Guillemots - "Trains To Brazil"


{ Guillemots - "Trains To Brazil" }


It's Wednesday, hump day, and you're just trying to get to the other side of the week. Don't reach for that 5 Hour Energy drink. Take a listen to some Guillemots and their up-beat romp, "Trains To Brazil."

Perfect. Now carry on with your day!



{ Buy it! It's easily worth the $0.99 }

02 November 2010

Do Your Ears A Favor: Two Door Cinema Club - "Something Good Can Work"


{ Two Door Cinema Club - "Something Good Can Work"


Going to see these guys at the Music Box at the Fonda tonight. Really looking forward to it!



01 November 2010

Top Albums: 2002


{ In April of 2002 Avril Lavigne announced her psuedo-punk presence with her massive hit single "Complicated" and then released "S8kr Boi" in October for her second number one single. Graham Coxon left (kicked out?) Blur. Kelly Clarkson won American Idol, Christina Aguilera went "Dirrty," and R. Kelly was charged with 21 counts of having sex with a minor. But, in spite of these pop-culture horrors, there were some fantastic albums released in 2002. }

27 October 2010

Snapshots: Treasure Island Music Festival 2010

{ More like Pleasure Island! Hey-yo! }


{ Treasure Island Music Festival 2010 }

Did you miss the Treasure Island Music Festival this year? Well, while I was busy recovering from the LCD Soundsystem show in Los Angeles the night before, my friend from the North (San Francisco, that is) - Sara Wilson (@SoSaraWilson) - went to Treasure Island and took some lovely pictures to help me feel like I was there!

The lineup was fantastic too. The two day festival featured acts like LCD Soundsystem, Deadmau5, !!!, Phantogram, Belle & Sebastian, The National, Broken Social Scene, She & Him, Rogue Wave, Ra Ra Riot, and so much more.

Less is more, maybe?

Anyway, enjoy!

25 October 2010

Top Albums: 2001


{ Think back to the late-90s for a little bit and you'll remember some dark times in pop music. A lot boy bands and pop princesses. And, sure, it's hilarious to listen to a little Backstreet Boys (pictured above) and some *Nsync here and there. But thank god we had these records in the early 2000s to keep ourselves from blowing our brains out. }

24 October 2010

Top Albums Of The Year This Decade


Starting tomorrow and every Monday for ten weeks Pet Bear Sounds will be writing about the top albums of each year of the decade. The albums discussed will be from my personal record collection. Also, I will attempt to only discuss records that I actually listened to that particular year. Therefore, there will be some shocking omissions (i.e. My Morning Jacket) but have faith in the fact that I've probably gotten around to listening to those records today.

No doubt I'll miss some great albums and I trust that loyal Pet Bear Sounds readers will let me know what I've missed, why I should listen to it and why I'm an idiot.

Tomorrow I will start with 2001 and count down (up?) with each year after that. I'll reveal my top albums of 2010 in the last week of the year. And, yes, there are only ten weeks left in the year. Time flies, huh?

What's the criteria? Well, it's purely based on my personal taste and how these records impacted my life. I realize that there are some records that have more "cultural" or "critical" impact but that isn't going to be a huge factor in my rankings.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoy it, and I hope there will be lots of comments and discussion!


Rock 'n' Roll,
Pet Bear Sounds

21 October 2010

Snapshot: Elliott Smith


{ Elliott Smith died seven years ago today. Depending on whose side you're on, he was either murdered or he committed suicide. Either way, the world of music lost a great talent. I suppose this was like the indie-singer-songwriter-rock version of Kurt Cobain.

I love that picture of Elliott Smith in Los Angeles in early 2003.

R.I.P. Elliott Smith (1969-2003) }


{ Elliott Smith - "Baby Britain" }




{ For some reason, I feel like it's weird to listen to Elliott Smith on MP3.
I feel like he should be listened to on vinyl. }

20 October 2010

Moving Pictures: U2 - Rattle and Hum

{ Remember when U2 wasn't a cliche? }


On 10 October 1988, U2 released a little film called Rattle and Hum and it still stands as one of the best music documentaries in rock 'n' roll.

Birthday / Snapshot / Live: Tom Petty




{ Tom Petty at The Hollywood Bowl }

{ A very happy birthday to Tom Petty! Is it just me or is Tom Petty underrated when there are discussions and lists made about the best American songwriters? Maybe it's just me. I always seem to forget. But I can't deny his influence on my musical progression (both listening and playing). }

Bottom photo by: Cheryl Ann of the adventures in dating blog Bar Spiel.


{ Have you been living in a cave for the majority of your life? If so, please reintroduce yourself to Western popular music with Tom Petty's greatest hits. Glad to have you back. }

15 October 2010

Do Your Ears A Favor: LCD Soundsystem - "I Can Change"


{ LCD Soundsystem at the Roskilde Festival 2010 }


{ LCD Soundsystem - "I Can Change" }

Do your ears a favor and listen to the latest single by LCD Soundsystem.

This song is a delicious '80s-nostalgia sandwich, slathered with thick slices of analog synths and garnished with James Murphy's stark vocals and honest lyrics.

Press play and take a big bite.

Each subtle layer takes this song from a foot-tapper to an ass-shaker.

I am going to see LCD Soundsystem at the Hollywood Bowl tonight and the only way I'm not dancing my fucking face off is if I break both my legs.

... Even then, I can still swing my arms around.

And if I lose my arms?

I can still bob my head.

And if I lose my head, well, then I had a good time.



{ Do yrself a favor a buy this record and keep warm this fall. }

09 October 2010

Birthday: John Lennon


{ Happy birthday to John Lennon! He would have been 70 years old today if it wasn't for that sonofabitch Mark David Chapman. }


{ John Lennon - "Imagine" }

08 October 2010

Do Your Ears A Favor: Arcade Fire - "Modern Man"


{ Arcade Fire at Rock en Seine in France }

Do your ears a favor ... and listen to "Modern Man" from the new record by Arcade Fire.


{ Arcade Fire - "Modern Man" }

That's right.

This song is that good.

The album is that good.

Are Arcade Fire really that good?

I think so. Pet Bear Sounds will be exploring that subject very soon.

Until then, enjoy the song. Oh, and be jealous of the fact that I'm going to see Arcade Fire tonight. [/Winkface]



{ $5.00 for the MP3 of the entire record? It's worth it.
And, ahem, it's better than Neon Bible. A lot better. }

07 October 2010

Birthday: Thom Yorke


{ Happy birthday to Thom Yorke! The singer and songwriter for Radiohead may quite possibly be the best spokesperson of our generation. Happy birthday, sir. Can't wait for the next Radiohead record. }






{ Double rainbow!!!! Or just In Rainbows. }

04 October 2010

Snapshots: Outside Lands 2010

{ I wish I was there! }


{ Phoenix at Outside Lands 2010 }

Back in mid-August there was a little ol' festival at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco called Outside Lands.

I missed it. But I wish I hadn't.

Their lineup featured bands like The Strokes, My Morning Jacket, Tokyo Police Club, Kings Of Leon, Al Green, Empire Of the Sun, Chromeo, Janelle Monae, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and so much more.

Thankfully my friend Sara Wilson went and she took some lovely pictures to make me jealous.

Enjoy!

And I'll see you there next year!

01 October 2010

Pick Me Up: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers - "Don't Do Me Like That"



{ Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers - "Don't Do Me Like That" }

Guess who is going to see Tom Petty at the Hollywood Bowl tonight?

...

Well, not me.

But Cheryl Ann from Bar Spiel is going!

I'm sure she'll come back with some great stories that she'll post on her blog and some great pictures that I'll post here on Pet Bear Sounds.

I think I take Tom Petty for granted. He's always there with his awesome songs but when I'm talking about my favorite bands and artists and albums, Tom Petty always seems to be an afterthought.

It's the sort of afterthought where you clap your hands together or slap a palm on your forehead and think, "Shoot. Why didn't I think of Tom Petty??"

When I really think about it, Tom Petty has a lot more of an influence on me than I think. He seeps into your musical consciousness. Almost like the way he effortlessly weaves himself into the fabric of America.

I vow never to forget Tom Petty in such discussions ever again.

Seriously, sit around and listen to some Tom Petty and you'll realize just how good he really is. Really.



{ At the very least you should have his greatest hits record. }

30 September 2010

Pick Me Up: Lauryn Hill - "Can't Take My Eyes Off You"


Remember how Lauryn Hill was full of talent and promise and then went crazy?

I have a friend who is a fan of Lauryn Hill and she tells this amazing story about how she saw Hill in concert and she was possibly probably drunk and babbling incoherently and writhing around on the floor. Just your general run-of-the-mill Crazy.

I may have gotten some of the details wrong but trust me, it was crazy.

But we can all think back to the time when she released this absolutely beautiful cover of "Can't Take My Eyes Off You."

Chase the Thursday blues away with some Lauryn Hill!




{ One American dollar and twenty-nine American cents gets you a MP3 of this song.
That's not a bad deal at all. }

28 September 2010

Weather Or Not: Thievery Corporation - "Heaven's Gonna Burn Your Eyes"

Location: West Hollywood, CA
Weather: 94 degrees, wind from the ESE at 6mph
Song: Thievery Corporation - "Heaven's Gonna Burn Your Eyes"



{ Thievery Corporation - "Heaven's Gonna Burn Your Eyes" }

After one of the coldest summers in recent memory, summer has come back with a vengeance!

This is the sort of weather that makes me want to listen to a lot of Thievery Corporation.

One of the best shows I've been to was The Flaming Lips and Thievery Corporation at the Hollywood Bowl. The weather was perfect. Hot. Humid. Everyone was sweating so it didn't matter one bit. And the music was perfect.

Listen to Thievery Corporation, pretend you're on a white sand beach in the Middle East with a cold, alcoholic beverage sweating in your hands.



{ If you don't own it, well, you should }