Music Review =Brian Eno
May 10, 2007, 4:25 am
Filed under: Music

I love music. And I really love getting to the bottom of things and figuring out where it all comes from.  What musicians influenced the music we hear today? Who took innovative risks that resulted in new genres of music or a new way of creating music?  That’s what I want to know, and that’s where you find the really good stuff. 

So, you can’t overlook Brian Eno.This man’s influence reaches far into so many different pockets of the music world.  He’s best known as the creator of “ambient music,” which was designed to blend into the environment and serve as a soothing soundtrack to your life.  Eno also introduced tape loops, which laid the foundation for sampling that dominates hip-hop and electronica, and showed musicians how they can use  studio technology as a means for creating music. 

Eno he got his start in the 1970’s with the band,”Roxy Music,” an English art-rock group which had tremendous influence on David Bowie and Iggy Pop.  In the 1980’s U2 recruited Eno to produce their albums Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby, which we all love:) He also produced albums by The Talking Heads and Devo.  He definitely has a cult following, which is well-deserved.  I highly recommend Eno’s album Another Green World, a  masterpiece that creates a minimalistic dreamworld, that for about 4 months of my life, I listened to every night before bed.  So soothing. 

I found this time-lapse video that is set to Eno’s “This.” The director said the he would go out to this specific spot near his home in Canada and take short pieces of footage at different times of the year.  It’s really easy on the eyes and the song has a nice, playful  groove to it. Enjoy.

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Cat Power
May 2, 2007, 2:31 pm
Filed under: Music

I’m going kick off these music reviews with my all-time favorite female musician, Chan Marshall A.K.A. Cat Power.  If I could choose to sing like anyone, it would be her.  Her voice is like molasses…warm and raspy, and full of real emotion.  She’s a brilliant singer-songwriter who also plays a mean guitar and piano.  Her past albums include folksy-country tinged ballads paired with angst-ridden punk.  But overall, her sound is intimate and bittersweet. 

On her latest album, The Greatest, which is not a “greatest hits” album, she’s recruited  top Memphis musicians including Al Green’s guitarist and writing partner Mabon “Teenie” Hodges to help her create a sultry, soulful album with horns and smooth backing vocals.   Check out her recent performance of the title track, “The Greatest” on the Austin City Limits program.  She’s mesmerizing.



What we’re listening to #2
May 1, 2007, 4:35 am
Filed under: Music

Music reviews of these featured albums coming soon! These are some of my favorite musicians including Ryan Adams, Townes Van Zandt, Cat Power, Brian Eno, the Beach Boys, and Shuggie Otis.

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Stay tuned!!



Vietnam….The Band
February 14, 2007, 4:27 am
Filed under: Music

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We had a rockin’ Friday night watching our friend Ivan’s band, Vietnam, play to a packed house at Emo’s. They opened for the Lemonheads…..remember them? It was a great show! Influenced Bob Dylan, The Velvet Underground, and Sonic Youth, Vietnam have managed to create their own rich, organic sound that nods to blues, country, and rock ‘n roll. They’ve recently toured with Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley, and are currently on tour promoting their new album. View their tour schedule here and check ’em out if you can.

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What we’re listening to….
February 3, 2007, 8:34 pm
Filed under: Music

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CJ and I are self-proclaimed music critics so I thought it would be fun to post music reviews of some albums we’re enjoying these days. 

“The American Song Poem Anthology”- This is a hilarious album recommended by our buddy Tom who has an uncanny ability to predict music and films that become our instant favs.  This album is a result of 1960’s and 70’s magazine ads that invited readers to submit poems that would then be recorded as hopeful hit songs.  After a listen, you can safely assume that none of these tunes made the top 40, but there’s really nothing out there quite like this. Enjoy tasty licks such as, “A Convertible and a Headband” and  “Jimmy Carter says Yes.” And lyrics such as “I’m gonna get some Crisco, so I can bake a cake and disco, disco, disco,” sung by a cat that rivals Robert Goulet. Unforgettable.  And the funniest part? They’re completely serious.

 “G.P.” by Gram Parsons- His life story and innovative country-rock music  made Gram Parsons  into a legend that influenced countless musicians  including The Rolling Stones, The Byrds, and Emmylou Harris.  He was a brilliant song-writer and soulful performer who died at the early age of 27.  Check out the newly-released documentary titled, “Fallen Angel” that chronicles the music and short life of this unique  musician.  Great stuff!

“A Tabua de Esmeralda” by Jorge Ben – Jorge Ben has earned his reputation as one of the most influential Brazilian pop musicians to emerge from the 1960’s and 70’s by creating such musical gems as A Tabua de Esmeralda.  On this 1976 album, Ben combines Brazilian music with West African groove to create beautiful melodies and catchy tunes that never fail to bring a smile to my face.  Joyful, jubilant music that surely anyone will enjoy.

 Harvest Moon” by Neil Young- This might be my favorite album of all time, if not the most listened to.  It’s a gentle, reflective album that was released on the 20th anniversary of his 1972 album “Harvest.” This country folk album with its soothing accoustic guitars is the perfect soundtrack for cold beers on a warm summer evenin’.  

 And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out” by Yo La Tengo And now for a more contemporary album.  This is not their newest release, but it is one of their best, and one that I continually reach for, whatever my mood.  They create dreamy landscapes of lush organs and vibes, doo-wop style backing vocals, and they even throw in some noisy guitars.  Often referred to as a “music critic’s band,” Yo La Tengo never fails to impress even the most discerning music lover. 

The Best of Charles Wright” by Charles Wright– The perfect album for gettin’ the party started.  Charles Wright is a funk-master from the 60’s and 70’s and all he wants is for you to “Express Yourself!”  Quintessential 70’s soul for when you’re ready to get your groove on.