Arts and Entertainment
This was the first year where I really had to leave a lot of songs I loved off the list. Usually, I’m scraping for the last five songs or so, but not in 2016. Because of all the riches, I decided that no artist would have more than one song on the list. In terms […]
Lots to enjoy, including a legit contender for Best Song of the Year. See if you can guess which one. BTW, The Japandroids are back!: WARNING: NSFW!: I’m a sucker for Bon Iver…even when it’s not Bon Iver: See ya at year’s end with…the 50 Best Songs of the Year! I know you can hardly […]
You can leave the earplugs at home for this show as you will want to hear every tasty musical morsel. I’m very proud of this bill, which features headliner Ben Sollee, cellist/singer/songwriter/storyteller/political activist and musical collaborator. I’ve been wanting to bring Ben back to the Hall for six years now, and I’m thrilled we finally got him. He will perform with his long-time percussionist, Jordon Ellis, and will introduce new songs from his first full-length album in four years. Here’s a tiny bit of what you can expect:
Yeah, you either love it or hate it. I love it – a show I started watching three years ago when I was looking for something to do with my 19 year old son in the dead of winter. Anyway… I’m hooked. Season 7 starts tonight. It airs at the same time as Westworld (HBO’s […]
Need advice on your next wine purchase? Today I learned that, in the future, electronic tongues may well help guide you: The ‘tongue’ is made of gold, platinum and carbon electrodes, and measures the electro-chemical signals of sugars, phenolics and other compounds present in wine, according to its designers. They added that it might even […]
This may or may not work. It dawned on me that I come across new stuff all the time that I want to share with people. Not necessarily political stuff, but new discoveries that (I think) deserve greater attention.
So this is the start (and perhaps the end) of an infrequent series called “Something I Learned Today”.
This may be the best blues bill I’ve ever booked.
Joe Louis Walker brings his band to the Arden Gild Hall on Thursday, October 13 at 8 pm. The so-called opener, Bob Malone, is also not to be missed.
JLW is the reigning Blues Music Awards Male Contemporary Blues Performer of the Year and is an inductee into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame. A true triple threat–axeman, singer, and songwriter. Here is a tiny taste of what you can expect:
One of America’s greatest musical ambassadors has died. Stanley Dural, who helped propel zydeco into the public consciousness, has passed at the age of 68. He once told me that his goal was to pass this great Creole music (do not call it ‘Cajun’) down from generation to generation. And, with his family-friendly shows, he, along with his band known collectively as Buckwheat Zydeco, accomplished just that.
Frank Ocean’s adventurous ‘NIKEs’ would have appeared here, but…Apple Music. ‘Nuff said. You say you like the Beach Boys? Here’s some great non-Beach Boys Beach Boys: Love this lounge lizard persona: Let’s go out the way we came–an end of summer elegy by the Next Best Thing to the Beach Boys–and we don’t even have […]
Yes, I’m trying a new medium. Or, to be accurate, they’re trying me. I sure know how to secure non-monetized gigs. Even went out and bought two shirts and two ties and, for the first time ever, had my shirts TAILORED. In order, of course, to highlight my 42-inch biceps. Sorry, ladies, I’m taken.
We taped a segment on the Lieutenant Governor’s race. About seven minutes long, although who knows how much usable tape they’ll be able to salvage. It will first appear this Friday at 5:30 p.m. on WHYY TV, and will then also be shown over the weekend. In addition, you will be able to find it at whyy.org. once it airs. And who knows, maybe we’ll even post it here.
Gotta say it was a fun segment. They took away my cheat sheet so I had to do it all from memory, but I generally survived and actually enjoyed it. Even threw in a few laugh lines. They can take me off the radio, but they can’t take the radio out of me.
BTW, no makeup. You can’t improve on perfection.
Some may say Drive-By Truckers are the best Southern rock’n roll band since Lynyrd Skynyrd, but that is an incredible disservice to the Truckers, since they are probably the most important American rock’n roll band over the last 15 years. They are coming out with a new album in September called American Band. Their second single is What It Means, an examination of US society today.
An extraordinarily diverse and rich mixture of compelling music this month. Something for (almost) everybody. Yes, you have to click on the link immediately below for the first one. It’s worth it, trust me. Astral Weeks meets Haiti: http://www.vuhaus.com/videos/lakou-mizik-wa-di-yo-world-cafe-version This one will be in my year-end Top 10 for sure: I took my first […]
A couple of these pieces lend themselves to just sitting back and letting the musical experience waft over you. We’ll start with one of those as it’s the perfect day for it: Brian Eno channels Lou Reed. In 2016. Who’da’thunk? Another ‘wafting over you’ song. And it’s GREAT: Had no idea this was a […]
OK, I couldn’t wait. This guy thrilled us at the Arden Gild Hall back in February. Yes, everything you hear is him: Man, this one will almost certainly be in my Top 10 at year’s end: SPECIAL BONUS CUT!!!: While this was cut around Halloween, I only found out about it when […]
I can hear some of you scream, “Oh, no!” Well, Jason330 anyway. Fear not. Too much great music last month, one of the best months ever. Too much for one post. A real wide diversity, something for everybody. Enough talk: Blue-eyed soul from…Australia? Remember his name:
No, he wasn’t an Okie from Muskogee. He was a country bard from Oildale, California, and he was one of the most empathetic songwriters of the last 50 years. I also think he was one of the greatest. He was especially attuned to the plight of working people. Here are some of my favorites, all […]