Tomorrow’s Music Releases

There’s a lot of cool music set to release tomorrow. I’m excited about two of them:

Michael Franti & Spearhead‘s new album All People is out tomorrow. Almost three years (What? Where does time go?) after Sound of Sunshine, comes this new album. I’ve been excited about it since he released his first since “I’m Alive.”

Noah‘s debut album Among the Wildest Things is due until August 20th, but the first single “Call Home” is out tomorrow.

If you don’t know who Noah Guthrie is, let me remind you. He is YouTube sensation who exploded last year with his cover of LMFAO’s “Sexy And I Know It.”

Ah, music, if it weren’t for Spotify, you would break my bank.

Gender Swap “Blurred Lines” Parody

I ran into this video around the Interwebs this morning. It’s another parody of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” The original has been under fire because it is a not-so-slick celebration of rape culture. Just listen to it. But damn, it’s so catchy. I am very much guilty of liking the song. Now, the video, I can’t stand. The original, at least. I do enjoy all the parodies that have come out of it (like this one).

This new parody was put together by Mod Carousel, a Seattle-based boylesque troupe. The group’s comments behind the parody video are interesting,

“It’s our opinion that most attempts to show female objectification in the media by swapping the genders serve more to ridicule the male body than to highlight the extent to which women get objectified and do everyone a disservice. We made this video specifically to show a spectrum of sexuality as well as present both women and men in a positive light, one where objectifying men is more than alright and where women can be strong and sexy without negative repercussions.”

While I think the video doesn’t quite reach the objective of the group (Not all the guys are not ridiculous. I’m looking at you, long hair!), the highlight is really the ladies. DAMN, those voices! The song is performed by Caela Bailey and Dalisha Philips. Who is Miss Caela Bailey and why has her voice not been snatched by some label? Or at least made it to American Idol or something?

Doing a little bit of research I found two tracks by Peoples where she’s featured: “You’re All Welcome” and “Swing Low.”

And just in case you can’t get enough of her voice, I’m going to leave these other two videos I found:

New Music: Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

Just in time for our LouFest preparations, the hippie cult-like California band Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros has released their new self-titled album. This is their third release in their four year career. NPR Music previewed the new record last week. Their signature style and mult-instrument jam sound still remains, with a few more catchy hooks than their last release.

The first single is “Better Days”. I don’t know how to describe this video other than awesome!

@Begt and I will be seeing them live at LouFest, but I will be seeing them when they play the Cosmopolitan Pool early next month.

Reliving our Youth: Tonic & Sister Hazel

Music is one of the reasons that my wife (the comedian) and I first noticed each other. Music has also been ever present in our life together. One of the bands that has been there for the duration is Sister Hazel. Sister Hazel is a “southern rock” group from Gainesville, Florida formed in 1993. Sister Hazel’s most popular hit is the 90’s classic “All for You”. The record that defined much of the first few years of my relationship with my now wife is Sister Hazel’s 4th release, Chasing DaylightI cannot tell you how many times we have listened to this record. I will not tell you the circumstances in which we listened to this record.

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We have attempted to see Sister Hazel perform in Las Vegas before, but were foiled by an acquaintance who was trying to get us into a muli-level marketing opportunity (read: scam). I was bitter until I saw that Sister Hazel would be performing during the Fremont Street Experience summer concert series. This year the series has been alternative rock bands from the 90’s and 2000’s. Sister Hazel was performing the same night as Tonic, who are back out making new music and touring. The show was free (yeah Vegas!) and we were excited. I had tweeted earlier in the day about my excitement. When we arrived downtown I checked my twitter and saw that we had been awarded VIP passes for the show! Along with these passes we received meet & greet passes and got to meet both bands. Not one for needing to meet artists, this was fun. The guys from Tonic were very nice and we didn’t have much time with Sister Hazel.

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The show itself was a once in a lifetime experience…but not just for the obvious reasons… About halfway through Tonic’s set it started pouring rain. It does not rain much in the desert, and this was a heck of a storm. Unfazed, Tonic continued their set. Many of the fans had backed under the FSE canopy, so there were not many fans up front. It is one thing to see a show outside, but a totally different thing to see a show outside during a rainstorm in downtown Las Vegas. The Sister Hazel set was delayed a few minutes, but they finally came on stage and also played a bit in the rain (albeit a little less intense rain than Tonic dealt with).

Both groups played their big hits, and new music. It was great to see that even for a free show there were a lot of fans of both bands who were at the show. I saw many “Hazelnuts” belting out every SH song. I felt both bands were playing with the passion and fervor that we would have seen 15 years ago when alternative rock was in its heyday. I am definitely be anticipating the new Sister Hazel record and will be dusting off the Tonic discography.

Here is a clip Tonic:

A new song from Sister Hazel (co-written with Darius Rucker) “Go To Karaoke Song”

And the intro to “All for You”

The Prince of Pop

I’ve been known to not enjoy a lot of modern pop music. Some of it is very catchy (damn you Selena Gomez, I refuse to link to anything here), and some of it is down right horrible (I am looking at you K Money Ha aka Ke$ha). I will be the first to admit that when a young guy named Bruno Mars hit the scene I was very skeptical. I mean he didn’t seem to be more than a male version of Miley Cyrus…After delving into his music more after my wife developed a slight (read: huge) obsession with Mr. Mars that I realized that this guy is a pretty amazing musician.

He grew up singing and playing music.

Here he is as Elvis:

After learning that he writes his songs (and songs for others) I developed a lot of respect for the guy. So much so that I am very excited to be seeing him in a couple weeks on his Moonshine Jungle Tour. Now, I can tell you that the wife will probably scream so loud that I will not be able to hear anything at the show, but I can hope that I will.

It is also exciting as a band I quite enjoy will be opening for him, Fitz & The Tantrums. It may seem like an odd combination, but both groups have full bands with them, and they are reminiscent of the doo wop days. @begt and I will see Fitz & The Trantrums at Lou Fest so this will be a nice warm up!

In case you are one of the 10 people who have not heard  this song enjoy, and for those who have not seen this video, it is pretty amazing and it is a favorite of both my wife and @begt.

Music Shhhtuff From The Interwebs

It’s Friday, and I’ve managed to run into a few awesome things around the web this week. Let me share them with you:

1. Jay-Z ‘Magna Carta . . . Holy Grail’ review: When fans are reduced to customers – I don’t care about Jay-Z, but I loved this review published by The Washington Post and how real it is. My favorite part of the review is this:

“Plus, all of this Samsung hullabaloo has only distracted listeners from the fact that, musically and lyrically, “Magna Carta” is one of Jay-Z’s blandest offerings. Over 16 joylessly professional tracks, our hero laces up his sneakers for his bazillion-thousandth victory lap around the hip-hop universe. There’s no mood, no verve, no vision to this music. It’s the sound of champagne being sprayed around an empty locker room.

2. 12 Years of DFA: Too Old To Be New, Too New To Be Classic – An awesome short film about DFA Records. I find the awesomeness not only in learning the history and structure of the record label, but also in the production of the film. It’s a beauty in itself.

3. The Medium Is The Message: A tribute to musical formats (Madrid 2011) – Another find from the Red Bull Music Academy Vimeo channel. Oh yeah.

4. 100 Riffs (A Brief History of Rock N’ Roll) – I found this one last Summer, but I wanted to share it here.

New Music: John Mayer – “Waiting on the Day”

I don’t remember the exact moment when I started loving John Mayer’s music, but it’s been a long time. The first time I saw him play live was in the winter of 2007 at the University of Arkansas. And, to me, that’s when he went from being a cute singer to being a musician. He had just released his album Continuum, his best to date, in my opinion. He’s so great on that guitar! I tell all the haters to go see him live, because I’m sure it would change their minds seeing him in concert.

Having said that, I don’t think all his music is amazing. His most recent album, Born And Raised, was specially weak compared to the rest of his discography. He didn’t even get a chance to redeem it on the road, because he had to cancel the whole tour due to medical issues.

He’s now back in business and didn’t waste any time getting new material ready. His new album, Paradise Valley, is set to release at the end of August. What I’ve heard of it so far has not been very impressive, until I heard this song, “Waiting on the Day.” This is the first Mayer song I’ve reaaaaaaally liked in a long time. Since Battle Studies, actually.

Now I’m finally looking forward to the whole album. Maybe there will be another gem in there.