Get Out

People might be buzzing about shows in the desert featuring bands that you might not ever be able to see again but there is a not to be missed show this weekend with bands that you must see before it’s too late.

There is not a more Southern California show than the ones this weekend featuring X, Los Lobos and The Blasters.  They defined the diversity of the LA scene in the 80s and there still as vital as ever.

Don’t believe me?  Go read John Doe’s Under The Big Black Sun.

Tickets are available for under $20 on Goldstar.  That’s about $380 cheaper than the one you’re thinking of buying tickets to see in October so go to this one instead.

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May The Fourth Be With You

Happy Star Wars Day!  Only 225 days until Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is released.  Only 589 days until Episode 8 is released.   But who’s counting?

Celebrate the day by watching this acapella version of your Star Wars favorites.

 

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2 for 2uesday

Two Los Angeles bands are back after each taking a long hiatus.

Local Natives 2016 "Past Lives"

Local Natives

It’s been three years since we last heard from Local Natives but all the yearning vocals and driving drums are still present with their first single entitled “Past Lives”.  It sounds like they’re swinging for the fences with this one.  I can hear this song on Alternative and then morphing into Hot AC and hitting Top 40.  Time will tell.  They’re going to play Lolapalooza this summer but I expect we’ll be hearing a lot more from the band in 2016.

The Monkees "Good Times!"I don’t think there was a big demand for new music from The Monkees but it is something that just arrived this week.  I think the band likes to recognize when it hits milestones.

It’s their first album since their 40th anniversary album, Justus.  It was the last album to have all four Monkees on an album.  It’s been 4 years since Davy Jones passed away in 2012 but the three surviving members are here to celebrate their Golden Anniversary.

Just like in the old days when artists performed songs written in New York’s Brill Building, The Monkees have some hired guns to write their songs.  The first single “She Makes Me Laugh” was written by Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo.  It’s a simple non-threatening song filled with hooks and feel good lyrics.  Nothing wrong with that.  The album will contain songs from Indie Pop Gods Noel Gallagher, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie and Andy Partridge of XTC…and of course their will be Brill Building faves Carole King and Jerry Goffin in there as well.  Good Times, indeed!

 

 

 

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5 Years

David Bowie Five Years 1969-1973

I flipped my Rhino Calendar to May and there was David Bowie 5 years 1969-1973.  He had an insane output of amazing music in that span.

Space Oddity

Man Who Sold The World

Hunky Dory

The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars

Aladdin Sane

Pin-Ups

It reminded me that I’ve been doing this for 5 years.  In honor of 5 years, here are artists that have had an amazing run in 5 years time. One per decade starting with the 1960s.

Bob Dylan 1964-1967

 

The Times They Are A-Changin’

Another Side Of Bob Dylan

Bringing It All Back Home

Highway 61 Revisitied

Blonde On Blonde

John Wesley Harding

Stevie Wonder 1972-1976

 

Music Of My Mind

Talking Book

Innvervisions

Fullfillingness’ First Finale

Songs In The Key Of Life

Prince 1980-1984

 

Dirty Mind

Controversy

1999

Purple Rain

 

 

Radiohead 1993-1997

 

Pablo Honey

The Bends

OK Computer

 

 

The White Stripes 2001-2005

White Blood Cells

Elephant

Get Behind Me Satan

 

 

Beyoncé 2012-2016

Beyoncé

Lemondae

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Emancipation

Prince:"Emancipation"Normally I have a look at new music that is coming out today but I’m still in a Prince funk.  When George Harrison was freed from The Beatles he released the 3 disc “All Things Must Pass”.  When Prince was freed from his Warner Bros. contract it took him only a week to release “Emancipation”.  The cover features hands breaking free of chains.  You may remember that it was in the mid 90s that Prince started to print the word “slave” on his cheek and refer to himself with a unpronoucable symbol.

Emancipation is the 19th full-length studio album by Prince (his third using the name  )
It contains 3 hours of music and each disc, varies sonically and lyrically. Disc one is the most pop, the second features a song cycle devoted to his new marriage, and the third is a dance/funk jam fest.

It’s an overlooked record that is worth revisiting.

You still can’t hear the album on streaming services but his music has been trickling on to YouTube so know you can hear this 30 minute concert from Paisley Park featuring music from Emancipation with a “Purple Rain” and “If I Was Your Girlfriend” thrown in for fun. He also covers Joan Osborne’s “God” to close the show.

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Country Prince

This weekend the look of the music fan may change from hipster to country as the Coachella Valley prepares for the Stagecoach Festival but I guarantee that Prince will still be on the mind of many at the Empire Polo Club.  There are few artists that touch all music formats and Prince was one of them.

Chris Stapleton and Luke Bryan have already gotten the party started.


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Prince loved Sports

Two of my favorite stories I’ve heard regarding Prince also involve competing in sports.  I guess it’s no surprise that the joy he brought to his music, he also brought to competing with others.  They’ve both been told numerous times, but here’s Jimmy Fallon talking about ping-pong and Charles Murphy talking about basketball.

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2 for 2uesday: Prince tribute covers

Not surprisingly there have been a number of artists covering their favorite Prince song.  Ironically, Prince did not want people to cover his songs.

Bruce Springsteen played “Purple Rain” in Brooklyn.  The song is currently available to download for free on his website.

 

Here’s Lin Manuel Miranda and the entire cast of Hamilton performing an impromptu version of “Let’s Go Crazy”

 

Prince at Coachella 2008

Prince at Coachella 2008

Bonus: Here’s one of my favorite songs that Prince covered at Coachella in 2008.  This is Prince’s version of Radiohead’s “Creep”.  Ironically, Thom Yorke of Radiohead thought Prince’s version was “hilarious” and wanted it blocked from YouTube until he heard that Prince had already blocked it and then wanted it unblocked, stating “It’s our fucking song”.

That said enjoy this song while it’s up on the web before it’s blocked.

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Exiting The Stage

Prince SNL 1981

Like most music fans, I’m still trying to come to terms with Prince’s death.  Saturday Night Live this past week paid tribute to Prince by airing his many appearances on the show.  Watching his first appearance on the show back in 1981, you are in just awe of his performance of Party Up.   The best part is that  he abruptly leaves the stage knowing he played like no one has played before and there is not need to soak up the applause.  It is so punk rock.   Who has that confidence?

Last Saturday, his remains were cremated and their final storage will remain private.   Just like in his performances, Prince’s life was so inspiring that there is no need for an encore.  He Soul will live on and we are just here to gasp in awe of the artistry he left behind.

Party Up, Prince!

 

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Prince

I really have no words to speak of this tragic loss.  Our only consolation is the music will always be there for us.  Many of the lyrics in his songs from “Let’s Go Crazy” to “I Wish U Heaven” to “The Cross” indicate he was fully prepared for this moment.  We were not.  

His prayer for us is my hope for you.

Prince 1958-2016

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