Monday, November 6, 2017

Some great music these days..

Lots to be excited about these days.  The most time I can “sit” and listen to music is at work, and usually I am not at my desk so its hard to catch up.  The last week I’ve had a “light” week and have been able to sit and listen to things.  I still have a few new releases in their cellophane wrapper though!
A while back CBS Sunday Morning did a piece on Jason Isbell.  I had heard of him and sorta didn’t really waiver one way or the other, but for the 7 minute piece was was enthralled.  I went right out and bought the latest album and played it as often as I could.  I really was probably my “summer” cd.  I played it in car, when I worked in the yard and when I sat on the patio staring at a fire pit.  I was just ‘too late’ to catch him on the first wave of his tour, but have tickets for February and I am pretty excited.  I’ve grabbed a few others from him and each has something I seem to be looking for.  Late to the party, but I brought chips and I am ready to hang out for a while.

Caught Elbow the other night in Boston. (I gotta do a review).  They are touring to support their new album “Little Fictions”.  At first I wasn’t super drawn to it (again so many things pulling for my time) but leading up to the show I made the effort to “pay attention” and after 1-2 solid listens I started to really love it.  The album gets stronger as it goes and seeing/hearing things live even more so.  Why this band seems to contine to elude US audiences on a grander scale is baffling to me.
Still wrapped up (and the good thing is what I’ve been hearing is all pretty positive) are the latest from Beck, the 3rd (or is it 4th) release of the year from King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and the Courtney Barnett/Kurt Vile album.

Might have a down week again this week..so..hopefully more to come!

Sunday, November 5, 2017


Elbow
Paradise Rock Club
Boston, MA
Wednesday November 1, 2017


Support: C Duncan

Elbow has been a band that I’ve grown to appreciate more and more.  Wednesday was the third time I’ve seen the band live and the 2nd time after I vowed to “never miss them again”.

Arriving to the club (sold out) C Duncan was on stage.  One guy with what appeared to be a keyboard/laptop type set up.  He was on his 2nd to last song and what I heard didn’t overly move me, but he got a good response from the audience.

My buddy and I settled upstairs.  The Paradise has a lot of history and one of the things its known for is the massive poles that are in the WORST places for sight lines.  A few years ago the club did some renovations and put in an small balcony area and moved the board up there.  Well, for whatever reason Elbow put their gear on the main floor.  They had big “staging” areas too for guitars/bass and a LOT of floor space was unused.  Sold out shows at the Paradise are a drag..there I said it.

Thankfully Elbow helped me quickly forget all that.

Opening with “Any Day Now” which is the first track of the bands 2001 debut album.  It was a dark and moody (and perfect) take on the track.  You could almost hear people audibly gasp that they were playing the tune.  They kept it “old” by then going in to “The Bones of You” from the 2008 release “The Seldom Seen Kid”  we then got “Fly Boy Blue” and finally the first track from the newest record (Little Fictions) in “Head for Supplies”

“My Sad Captains” brought a (continuous) sing along with the wonderful line “What a perfect waste of time”.  Frontman Guy Garvey is just such a great front man.  He didn’t run around the stage, but he made good use of it.  His stories in between just about every song were more charming than annoying.  You actually looked forward to the story about how as song was put together, or why etc.

The whole show was just a series of highlights, further confirming their “must not miss” status.  “The Birds” as a buddy noted is a track that “I could listen to for 2 hours” and “Little Fictions” with its Radiohead-esque final few minutes just pull you right in.

Of course a big payoff song is “One Day Like This”.  This track ended the main set and will forever be a set closer for the band, it is just so perfect.  Garvey got the audience to “hum” early on.  The floor hummed in one key, then upstairs another key.  Then the song began so when the sing along came up Garvey commanded working “harmonies”.  I know that singing at shows can be seen in various ways, but this just HAS to happen when this song goes down.  Honestly one of those tracks where I wish I could transport the most cynical music fan just to experience.  It is just a perfect few minutes.

The band left the stage and came back for three more tracks.  “Grounds for Divorce” was another track that whipped everyone in to a frenzy and the night was ended with that.

The full set list:
Any Day Now
The Bones of You
Fly Boy Blue/Lunette
Head for Supplies
My Said Captains
Leaders of the Free World
Switching Off
All Disco
Magnificent (She Says)
Mirrorball
The Birds
Little Fictions
Kindling
One Day Like This
E:
Station Approach
Lippy Kids
Grounds for Divorce

The band doesn’t seem to tour the US very much (at least in my opinion) so catch them when you can.  I know I won’t miss em if they are local.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A new feature at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

One of the perks of having in-laws in the Cleveland area is that I get to hit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame pretty much on a yearly basis.

I’ve been going since it opened and the first visit was a full day, we are talking from opening of the doors until being told the place was closing. 

These days I can get in and out in about 2.5 hours.

Keep in mind that items are on constant display from artists, with a little change.  For example there is a pretty large section devoted to Elvis Presley and much of it has been the same, but they’ve put in a car, or a motorcycle (the TV with the bullet hole in the screen is/was my favorite).  So, when I go to the museum sometimes it can be a “walk on by” vs slow down and read. 

To cut down on time I skipped a lot of the “films” they played.  I had seen them.  There was one they had that would lead in to the actual “wall of fame” as I called it.  A darkened hallway with signatures of band members that had been inducted.  Its “neat” but I felt it took a lot of space.  The big thing is that at the end of that portion was a few displays of memorabilia from that year’s class of inductees, so that was never one to miss.

The museum switched things up, the new class is now in one of the main levels and the lit up all is gone.

What replaced it was a film that I initially was going to pass on, but decided to go through it.

It was great.  It opened in July so it’s really new (and smells new still!!)   You wait in a small lobby area and see past inductees thank the audience and most of them would sort of elude to that “making speeches is/was not their thing” and they just wanted to “jam”.  That that is what this film was, you went in, sat down and were blasted to the back of the room with segments from the all-star jams.  It had concert hall lights and volume.  Heck the floor shook…it was great.

95% of the film is 15/30 seconds of artists playing.  The final probably two minutes is the solo that Prince did during “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”.  It went on long enough that I thought, there is NO WAY they can cut this short…and they didn’t.  It was high def, with concert hall sound and lights etc.  It was awesome.  Below is the suit that Prince wore that evening as well as the clip to remind you just how awesome the moment was.  Video included that goes right to the solo…..  The gentle smiles, the awe of the other players is a great nod to a player being in “the zone”.  What I like the most is that a few times Prince sorta looks over and is like “I can wrap this up now…or I can keep going”.  Thankfully he kept going.


Check out the solo right here

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Some Free Live Music in Boston!

The Revivalists, American Authors and New Politics to Headline ALT Rocks Boston 2017


ALT 92.9, Boston’s Alternative Radio announces The Revivalists, American Authors and New Politics will headline ALT Rocks Boston 2017.

The radio station’s free summer concert series, presented by RCN, will include two shows at Copley Square Park on August 17th and August 31st as well as a first time performance at the SoWa Art & Design District Market on September 9th, 2017.

Line up and Venue (take note!!!)

  • Thursday, August 17, 2017, 5:00PM - The Revivalists
Copley Square Park, Boston


  • Thursday, August 31, 2017 5:00PM - American Authors
Copley Square Park, Boston


  • Saturday, September 9, 2017 11:00AM - New Politics
SoWa Open Market, 530 Harrison Ave, Boston


Alt Rocks Boston 2017 is presented by RCN.  Opening acts for all three concerts will be announced in early August.  For more information on Alt Rocks Boston 2017, visit http://alt929boston.com

Thursday, June 29, 2017

...and we are back!

So I had some free time at work and was able to hammer out about a summers worth of "Forgotten Disc Fridays".  I was able to circle back some some records and write down some thoughts.

Hope you'll check it out!

http://forgottendiscfriday.blogspot.com/


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Festival at the Farm - Canton Ma, September 16 and 17


YES!!  Have a look at all the information by clicking right here

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Guster - On the Ocean - August 11-13, 2017


"Guster On The Ocean"
Set for August 11-13, 2017

August 12 Concert at Thompson's Point Highlights Weekend of Music and Activities

Tickets On-Sale Friday, May 5
Twenty-five years ago, a group of college students first performed onstage at Tufts University.  In 2017, Guster is celebrating this 25th anniversary with a series of signature events and concerts.  Following sold-out shows at the Beacon Theatre in New York City and a four-night run at Boston's Paradise Rock Club, the Guster 25 celebration moves to Portland, Maine in August, with a full weekend of activities, highlighted by an August 12 concert at Thompson's Point.  Tickets go on sale Friday, May 5 at 10:00AM by calling 1-800-745-3000, in person at the Port City Music Hall Box Office Wednesdays - Fridays from 10am-5pm and online at www.statetheatreportland.com

Guster On The Ocean kicks off on Friday, August 11th aboard a ferry that will cruise with just 200 fans on board!

On Saturday August 12 the band headlines Thompson Point where the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra will join the band for part of the set!

The weekend concludes on Sunday, August 13th with a kayaking trip from the Portland waterfront to a secluded location on the Casco Bay where Guster will perform an intimate acoustic set.  


Tickets for the harbor cruise and the kayaking trip are very limited and will be available by lottery exclusively to individuals who purchase tickets to the Thompson's Point show by Friday June 30, 2017.  
For fans wishing to travel from Boston to Portland for the show on Saturday night, the band has teamed up with AMTRAK to create the Guster Express, a private rail car filled with Guster Fans.  A $84 ticket includes round trip passage on the Guster Express and a concert ticket. Tickets for the Guster Express also go on sale Wednesday May 3rd at 10:00 AM. Get tickets and more info at: www.downeasterpackages.com/gusterexpress
Guster On the Ocean  Concert at Thompson's Point, Portland, ME
Dates: Saturday, August 12, 2017
Time: Gates at 5:00PM. Concert begins at 6:00PM.
All tickets are general admission and are just $40. Ages (children under the age of 3 are free)

Tickets to Guster On the Ocean Concert at Thompson's Point go on sale Friday, May 5 at 10:00AM and are available by calling 1-800-745-3000, in person at the Port City Music Hall Box Office Wednesdays - Fridays from 10am-5pm and online atwww.statetheatreportland.com

For more information about Guster on the Ocean visit www.ontheoceanfest.com