25 February 2011

Birthday: George Harrison

{ Happy Birthday, George! }

{ The Beatles - "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" featuring an amazing solo by Prince }

{ George Harrison - "My Sweet Lord." One of the most beautiful songs ever written. Ever. }

{ A wonderful album. }

23 February 2011

Top Albums: 2009

{ Susan Boyle sold 8.3 million records, probably more than your favorite indie-bands combined, Wikipedia tells me that auto-tune peaked in 2009, thankfully Jay Z proclaimed the death of auto-tune, Lady Gaga's debut single dropped in early January, Adele is best new artist at the Grammy Awards. And speaking of the Grammy Awards, remember when Chris Brown beat up Rihanna before the award show? I remember. Duffy wins big at the Brit Awards. Britney completes a world tour. Lady Gaga doesn't go away. Eminem returns. And Michael Jackson leaves the world. The Beatles are remastered and get the Rock Band treatment. And by the time 2009 comes to a close, we realize that Lady Gaga is here to stay. }

21 February 2011

Top Albums: 2008

{ How was your 2008? Well, Amy Winehouse started off the year with a handful of Grammys, Scott Weiland quits Velvet Revolver and rejoins Stone Temple Pilots (results were mixed), Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa proclaims the 15th of April as Mariah Carey Day (wha--?!), Madonna releases her 11th studio album (and it's a No. 1 album), Lil' Wayne's sixth album sells a million copies in the first week, Britney Spears wins big at the MTV Music Video Awards and then goes on to sell tons more records, and Sir Paul McCartney plays Israel for the first time since being banned (yes, banned!) since 1965). }

16 February 2011

Do Your Ears A Favor: The Radio Dept. - "Heaven's On Fire"

{ The Radio Dept. in Lima, Peru circa October 2006 }

Do your ears a favor and listen to the Swedish band The Radio Dept. and "Heaven's On Fire."

If you're a fan of shoegaze and dream pop in the vein of My Bloody Valentine and Beach House, you're going to love these guys.

I'm really looking forward to seeing them tonight at their sold out show in The El Rey here in Los Angeles.

In my very brief days as an amateur concert promoter many years ago, I asked Radio Dept.'s label Labrador Records on a complete lark to see what it would take to bring them to Los Angeles. Of course, it was far too expensive to bring a band that's not on tour to come out from Sweden but I've been interested obsessed with wanting to see them live ever since I heard their early records.

(By the way, Labrador Records also has The Mary Onettes on their label, another wonderful dream pop band with heavy nods towards the '80s but still unique in their own right. More on them in a future post, I'm sure.)

And, now, I'll have the pleasure of seeing The Radio Dept. in a beautiful venue in Los Angeles and again at Coachella in mid-April.

{ A good week for "radio" bands: The Radio Dept. show tonight and a new Radiohead record this weekend! I can't wait. }