Saturday, December 5, 2009

Like A Sleep Twitch

So much has changed in this past year. I have been neglecting this blog more and more because I started graduate school and just haven't had the time to go to gigs or really even think about music very much. I won't be around very much, but you will continue to get the occasional post from me. Apologies.

But honestly, I think the bigger issue this year is that I just haven't been compelled to write and I'm just not excited about music as I used to be. I turn on the radio (internet radio included) and I don't hear anything that makes my ears perk up and think "wow, that's really good." There's no blood in that emotional vein, so it feels.

Here's what I will admit to however-- big thumbs up to Lady Gaga and The Editors.

"Lady Gaga? The Editors? That's the best you can come up with?"

"I knows what I likes. And I'm definitely feeling it."

Firstly, the video to Papparazzi is a little freaky, a little creepy. And LG's ambivalence about bottoms with tops is intriguing. (Although, what would she say about jumpsuits? As it is neither here nor there?) If you've ever seen her acoustic performances, the girl's gotta voice. There's a great version featured below. Second only to the Pirate meets Captain & Tenille inspired ensemble, are props of the year-- the teacup, and the umbrella.

I heard Pappillon the other day, and I felt a current go through my little heart. Yeah, and it's not the most complex song in the world, but fuck, I love this song. Pappillon is French for butterfly, and it's also a dog breed. (Cute little fellas, might I add.) Its use as a metaphor is a little perplexing, but the video makes me want to run with the bulls.

Until next time....

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Acts of Love

I haven't been to a show in so long... it's pretty sad. So I was so glad to break the dry spell seeing Gliss last night at Mercury Lounge. They have been my new fave band for a while now. I'm kind of a fan-geek when it comes to this band so I'm pretty sure it was dorky to gush about how much I love them to their bassist/drummer Victoria, but hey, what can you do.

In any case, it was sweet to see them sporting some new guitars, and playing songs off their new album, Devotion Implosion. Even after a minor snafu with broken guitar string, they rocked the house. 29 Acts of Love, Morning Light, and The Patrol are my favorite tracks.

Shows at Union Hall, and Pianos to follow. I probably won't be able to make it but this is definitely a band you should see live if given the chance.

Gliss- 29 Acts of Love
(Buy Devotion Implosion!)

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Late Night , Goodbyes

I've watched Late Night with Conan O'Brien since I was a wee tween. Crude geeky adolescent humor? What's not to love? So I was quite sad to hear that Conan will be leaving New York for the West Coast. My biggest regret was not hauling ass over to Rockefeller Center for a live tapping. Lord knows I had the time to do it. Sadness.

I cried.

And then a couple of days later I went to the NBC Store and bought myself a replica of that mug sitting on his desk right there. Most expensive mug ever. Sab came with, gave hugs, and then we ate chocolate covered gummy bears. Feeling a bit better now.

We will miss you Conan.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Never Just A Dream

It was over 50 degrees in New York today! Also kind of scary since I swore I saw some snow flurries yesterday. (Damn you global warming.) Anyway, I digress. Emma Lee's voice has an old school quality to it, that I am ever so fond of these days. Close your eyes, and envision a smoky jazz bar, a whiskey, and a lone spotlight. Yeah, you know you're there.

Check out her myspace for more songs. I also highly recommend "Isn't it Obvious." So great!

Emma Lee- Never Just A Dream
(visit her myspace, and website)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Mouth Full of Attitude

Surprise, surprise… !

Apologies for neglecting this blog. I have a lot of projects and applications that I have been working on and should be working on, but of course right now I can’t pass up an opportunity to procrastinate. Music-wise, 2008 was a bit of a yawner. Only a couple of albums reached heavy rotation on my iPod, namely The Kills and Santogold. Crossing fingers 2009 will be a better year.

Currently I am obsessed with a song by Ladyhawke. I don’t know what it is about 80s music throwbacks that I love so much. I surmise I was a few years shy of being old enough to wear lace gloves and feathered hair when the first opportunity arrived, and now Ladyhawke is granting second chances.

I’m not one to hit the dance floor, but if “Magic” is playing, it’s just not possible to stand still.

Ladyhawke- Magic
(Buy the album)