Elton John is 68, Lucinda Williams is 63. They both have new albums out today and they’re both worthy of your attention. It really shouldn’t surprise you as Elton has put together quite a brilliant collection of efforts since he teamed up with T-Bone Burnett as his Producer. I’ve heard a few interviews with Elton and the word he keeps using to describe Wonderful Crazy Night is “joyous”. I couldn’t agree more as Elton has brought his touring band back together to record this album. He calls it his most rocking album since Rock Of The Westies
Here’s a great example of that joy in the song “In The Name Of You”
Watch this performance of Elton and his band that was recorded for KCRW and mixes in some of the old and the new. Joyous, indeed!
Joyous isn’t the first word that springs to mind when describing the music of Lucinda Williams. Her themes center on the struggles of life and overcoming hardships. Just like it takes time to recover from issues that arise in your life, these songs take time to build up before they reach their climax.
These musicians know it’s not about the destination but the journey.
Explore after hours – The Music Center invites all Angelenos to reimagine the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion as it comes alive late into the night with DJs, music performances, exhilarating video installations, enchanting activities, and sonic sculptures.
Coldplay is playing the Super Bowl halftime show this week and will embark on a stadium tour this summer. In case things don’t work out, he can always fall back on his acting. Here are Chris Martin’s four memorable moments playing off his rock star persona.
Back up singer and vertical shelf builder Jan Pockabook
An animated rock star in The Simpsons
Supporter of Zombaid in Shaun of the Dead
“It’s only Chris Martin from Coldplay” portraying the ultimate rock star in the show Extras
It was 2011 when we last heard from PJ Harvey with her Mercury Prize winning album “Let England Shake” (she beat Adele’s 21). But the wait is over as new music is coming. The music was partially created last year at the Somerset House in London as museum goers watched the PJ create the songs from scratch.
One of the results is the first single called “The Wheel” a mysterious song which references 28,000 who disappeared. The video was shot in Kosovo and as PJ says in her press release “I wanted to smell the air, feel the soil and meet the people of the countries I was fascinated with.”
Since this is 2 for 2uesday, I’ll include the album trailer, which contains part the first song “Community of Hope”. The album The Hope Six Demolition Project comes out on April 15.
As everyone knows, most of the people who tune in to the Super Bowl are watching for the in-between game fun, like the halftime show, the Puppy Bowl and of course , the commercials. I did this before so here are music inspired commercials from the past few years.
Ellen DeGeneres promotes Beats Music. Anybody remember Beats?
Passenger‘s “Let It Go” is used for this tearjerker
Mountain Dew’s Kickstart uses the song “Out the Speakers” by A-Trak, Milo & Otis and featuring Rich Kidz. Kickstart apparently makes you twerk against your will and make you see things that aren’t really there…so I think Kickstart contains Meth.
Nissan pulls the heartstrings using the guaranteed tearjerking song “Cats In The Cradle” by Harry Chapin
Nothing available right now, but look for Steven Tyler to hawk Skittles. In the meantime, watch Steven Tyler hawk for Burger King. This guy is promoting quite the rock and roll diet.
Two (kind of) surprises were sprung onto the pop music scene this week.
Rihanna‘s will it or will it not be released album Anti, was finally released to the world exclusively through Tidal on Wednesday. Anticipation has been building since she posted her Antidiary website back in November. Last year’s collaboration with Kanye and Paul McCartney “FourFiveSeconds” is not on the album but a 6 1/2 minute cover of Tame Impala‘s “Same Ol’ Mistakes” is as is her current #1 song with Drake “Work”
Thursday marked the 31st birthday for rapper J.Cole and he celebrated by releasing a surprise live album.
And this is how you release music. No advance notice. Just give it to me now. The album includes 13 tracks recorded live from Cole’s show last fall at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C., as featured in the HBO documentary Film Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming. So here you go.
When the Saturday Night Live character, Stefon turns 50, I can imagine him raving about the Saban Theatre. “Beverly Hills hottest club has everything, (insert Yelp reviews), “classic, old-school movie palace”, ” bartenders that make up their own drink prices” “bathroom on the first floor that only allows one person a a time”That guy from Chicago, That guy from Whitesnake“, Europe singing “The Final Countdown”.
The people at The Saban are definitely filling a niche that people of a certain age want. This week is no exception as you have the opportunity to see some old pros working their magic.
These shows should actually be mandatory for kids of all ages.
Saturday is one of the last links to old Vegas and he’s still sharp as a tack….Mr. Don Rickles
Wednesday, it’s two Outlaw Cowboys singing about their frailties and lost loves and somehow manage to touch your heart with each nuanced phrasing…Merle Haggard & Kris Kristofferson.
As long as they are still around the good times will not be over.
The kids may like the all you can eat platter that is Coachella but I prefer the a la carte menu that is Localchella. Thanks to the festival practically holding artists captive for two weekends, bands you might be interested in are playing around the So Cal area in smaller, more intimate indoor venues.
The shows and ticket information are listed on the Goldenvoice website. Here’s the breakdown. See you at the shows.
Silversun Pickups with Foals at Fox Theatre in Pomona
Courtney Barnett at The Glass House
CHVRCHES at the Observatory in Santa Ana
Bob Moses at the El Rey Theatre
Savages at El Rey Theater
Rhys at the Fonda Theatre
The Kills at the Mayan
Skepta at The Roxy
Rancid at the Roxy
The 1975 at the Shrine Expo Hall
James Bay at the Theatre at The Ace Hotel
The Arcs at the Fonda Theatre
M83 at the Fox Theatre in Pomona
Alunageorge at The El Rey Theatre
Museum of Love at The Echo
Beach House at Pappy & Harriet’s
Miike Snow at The Fonda in Hollywood
The Last Shadow Puppets at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel
The Damned at The Glass House
Death Grips at the Fox Theatre in Pomona
Christine & The Queens at The El Rey Theatre
Heals at The Echo
Beach House at Warner Grand San Pedro
Deer Hunter with Unknown Mortal Orchestra at Pappy & Harriet’s
The Heavy at The Roxy
The Front Bottoms at The Regent
Of Monsters and Men at the Fox Theatre in Pomona
Matt & Kim at the Glass House
Rancid at the Observatory
The Arcs at the Glass House
Lapsley at El Rey Theatre
St Germain at The Fonda
Ex Hex at The Echo
Snakehips at Club Nokia
Grimes at Shrine Expo Hall
The Damned at The Roxy
Nose Thing at The Regent
The Arcs at The Glass House
Badbadnotgood at The Roxy
Snakehips with Lido at The Glass House
Parov Stelar at Club Nokia
The Eagles Of Death Metal have an ongoing campaign called ‘Play It Forward’. The idea is simple. They’re encouraging bands of all shapes and sizes to create a cover of their song “I Love You All The Time”. The campaign is helping to raise money for The Sweet Stuff Foundation that will benefit victims of the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris. So far artists like Kings Of Leon, My Morning Jacket and Savages have contributed. You can hear them all on Spotify. These are my two favorite versions.
I’M NEVER ALONE, I LOOK AT MY PHONE IF I CALL YOU UP, YOU’RE NEVER AT HOME I LOVE YOU ALL THE TIMEI’M FUELED UP AND HIGH, A MAN AMONG GUYS A SMILE ON MY FACE, NO REASON TO CRY I LOVE YOU ALL THE TIMEI CAN TELL BY THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE KIND OF LOOK THAT ROAMS AROUND AND SEES ANOTHER GUY I CAN TELL YOU’RE GONNA TAKE YOUR LOVE AWAY I CAN TELL BY THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE KIND OF LOOK THAT ROAMS AROUND AND SEES ANOTHER GUY I WOULD BEG YOU IF I THOUGHT IT WOULD MAKE YOU STAYCE SOIR BELE SOIR
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INTO YOUR BOUDOIR
TRES BIEN OOH LA LA I LOVE YOU ALL THE TIME
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THIS AIN’T AU REVOIR
TOGETHER VOILA I LOVE YOU ALL THE TIME
I CAN TELL BY THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE KIND OF LOOK THAT ROAMS AROUND AND SEES ANOTHER GUY I CAN TELL YOU’RE GONNA TAKE YOUR LOVE AWAY I CAN TELL BY THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE KIND OF LOOK THAT ROAMS AROUND AND SEES ANOTHER GUY I WOULD BEG YOU IF I THOUGHT IT WOULD MAKE YOU STAY
Great footage is popping up on YouTube for David Bowie fans. A couple of my favorites are during his artistic resurgence in 1995 starting with the album Outside. Bowie didn’t really know what to do after his biggest commercial success with Let’s Dance in 1983. He released a couple lackluster albums, did a “never going to play these songs again” tour in 1990 and formed a band called Tin Machine.
Outside sowed the seeds for his return to creativity. Recorded with his former collaborator Brian Eno. it signaled a return to his late-’70s “Berlin” trilogy (Low, Heroes, and Lodger), adding elements of industrial, grunge, and ambient techno. He must have been listening to Nine Inch Nails for inspiration as Bowie started a tour with Trent Reznor’s band before the album came out and as usual challenged expectations.
Bowie opened an interview for the tour with USA Today on the opening day of the tour, on 14 September 1995 with the question “How do you commit commercial suicide? Well, you do this: play songs from an album that hasn’t been released yet, and complement it with obscure songs from the past that you’ve never done on stage.”
I remember being at the show in Los Angeles and watching the young audience that came to see Nine Inch Nails leave during Bowie’s set as he was not playing any familiar material
Here is some fascinating rehearsal footage of Bowie preparing for the tour.
This is one of the finer songs from Outside “Heart’s Filthy Lesson”
The next year he played this engaging acoustic set for the Neil Young’s Bridge School concert on October 19, 1996.
This is also a great excuse to post this 1997 collaboration with Trent Reznor. Co-written by Bowie and Brian Eno, it was originally written during Outside sessions., it ended up on Bowie’s Earthlingalbum. This is the the video for “I’m Afraid Of Americans”