Yes, it’s that time of year when major releases come out and I’m not talking about music, I’m talking about celebrity branded perfumes. Ever wondered what a Britney Spears scent might be like? If that’s not your speed how about the smell of 20 year old men? Yes, One Direction has a fragrance out too. It’s serious business as One Direction earned over half a million dollars in its opening week in just the UK for it’ s scent called One Moment.
Britney’s new stranger to this scene as she has put out a perfume every year since 2005 and reaps millions. She even named her latest single “Perfume”
1D though is still outselling Britney’s “Fantasy” by a 5 to 1 margin. It’s easy to see why when you witness the boys smelling things like fruits and flowers to the tune of “My Favorite Things” (not sung by 1D)
It’s a whole new world out there that I did not even know existed. Here are a few more fragrances from year’s past. Keep in mind, these are the names of the perfumes and not softcore porn titles
Lady Gaga “Fame” Nicki Minaj “Pink Friday”
Justin Beiber “The Key” Jesse McCartney “Wanted”
Taylor Swift “Wonderstruck” Beyone “Heat”
Rihanna “Nude” Prince “3121″
Madonna “Truth Or Dare” Cher “Uninhibited”
Mariah Carey “Lollypop Bling” Avril Lavigne “Forbidden Rose”
Bob Dylan isn’t the only one releasing intriguing bootleg recordings that let us jump back in time. Neil Young is releasing “Live At The Cellar Door”. This album captures recordings made in 1970 during Neil’s six-show solo stand at The Cellar Door, in Washington D.C. Most of the songs are from After The Gold Rush which came out that year. Also featured, is ‘Cinnamon Girl’ performed on piano rather than guitar and a handful of Buffalo Springfield songs. The gem is ‘Old Man’ which wasn’t released until two years later on Neil Young’s Harvest album.
The other release of note is a new album from Childish Gambino. You probably know him as Donald Glover from Community. I thought it was going to be more of a comedy rap album but this is a legitimate hip hop record. His musical leanings remind me of Frank Ocean and I think his TV writing skills lend themselves well to this genre as the lyrics are quite clever.
“Got no patience, cause I’m not a doctor Girl why is you lying, girl why you Mufasa Yeah, mi casa su casa, gotta strip it like Gaza Got so high off volcanoes, now the flow is so lava”
He’s also rapped on Community. Here’s a great example of Donald and Danny Pudi doing a “Christmas” rap.
The Grammy Award nominees were announced and while they seem to get it mostly right, there’s always those favorites that missed out that you would like to see get recognized. With that in mind, here are a few of the one’s that got away. I limited my choices to those that charted on Top 40 or are comparable to the other nominees.
Record Of The Year:
Justin Timberlake “Mirrors”
He was all over the place in 2014, it’s a shame this gem was only nominated in the Best Pop Solo Performance
Album Of The Year
Vampire Weekend “Modern Vampire Of The City”. Any album that my teenage girls and I can listen to all the way through has gotta be something magical. It was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album but this was a brilliant pop album, pure and simple.
Best New Artist:
Haim. Their album “Days Are Gone” is just a little slice of pop heaven. I expect them to receive some Grammy acclaim next year. Even their first single, The Wire” that I initially thought of as too retro has grown on me. I love the way the girls all trade off on the vocals. I guess “it just felt right”.
Best Alternative Music Album:
The Arctic Monkeys “AM” was snubbed. The freshest sounding alternative album this year.
Best Folk Album
Speaking of snubs. How did Laura Marling’s “Once I Was An Eagle” escape the Grammy notice. This brilliant album should have been nominated for best Folk Album.
It’s time to load up on Christmas music and Paste Magazine is doing it right with some fine selections from Sufjan Stevens, Nick Lowe, Bright Eyes and J Roddy Walston & The Business. And while you’re taking, you can also give to a wonderful charity that is Blood:Water Mission inviting you to partner with them on ending the HIV/AIDS and water crises in Africa. Just leave a tip for them and the money will go directly to the cause. Enjoy!
It’s time to take a trip back to 1982 and the LA Paisley Underground scene. If The Anti-Club, Music Machine and Raji’s means anything to you, you probably at one time or another saw The Bangles, The Three O’Clock, The Dream Syndicate and/or Rain Parade. Friday at The Fonda you’ll get a chance to see them again in all their middle aged glory.
Close your eyes and you can pretend you’ve still got big floppy hair and you’re wearing a bollo tie with your Go-Go or Beatle Boots. There’s a great oral history article in the Guardian that talks about the early 80s scene. Unfortunately, it’s not 1982 so tickets won’t be $5 at the door but you can feel good about yourself knowing that all proceeds will go to Education Through Music LA. Click on the poster banner to get the ticket info.
Blind Faith, Temple Of The Dog, Atoms for Peace, Velvet Revolver, Cream, Crosby Stills, Nash & Young. All can be considered supergroups but all cower in comparison to the original supergroup that got together for one time on December 4, 1956.
The supergroup that the Memphis Press-Scimitar would headline as the Million Dollar Quartet, consisted of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.
It all went down in Memphis at Sun Studios. Carl was recording “Matchbox” with a then unknown piano player that Sun Studios owner Sam Phillips brought in named Jerry Lee Lewis. Elvis, who had moved on to RCA records, stopped by with his girlfriend, Marilyn Evans to say “Hi” to Sam. Then Johnny Cash stopped in to hear the Perkins recording session. Soon a “jam” session began. Fortunately the studio engineer Jack Clement was smart enough to realize that he should probably record this session.
I’ve seen the photo of the four men many times but it wasn’t until I was doing a little research that I saw the uncropped photo that included Elvis’ girlfriend Marilyn Evans sitting on the piano.
Strangely enough this music was not released until 1981 long afterSam Phillips sold Sun Records. The Million Dollar Quartet LP contained seventeen tracks, focusing on Gospel and Spiritualmusic from the session. A second album came out in 1987 but both were only available as imports. It wasn’t until 1990 that RCA released the music for US distribution.
It was such a famed session that it bore a Tony Nominated Broadway show
I was wondering why everyone was putting out their best of 2013 music lists with a whole month to go and then I saw what’s coming out this month and I realized that this was the month of “wait?…what??” Here are two examples.
Boston is releasing a new album…wait? what?? Yes, the bad that released 3 albums in 10 years starting in 1976 that you probably owned or heard has now released three albums in 19 years starting in 1994 that you probably never realized existed. Boston is essentially the work of Tom Scholz and this album has some performances from original singer Brad Delp, who passed away in 2007. Will it remind you of Boston circa “More Than A Feeling”. No. Are you a little curious to hear it.? I got a little over a minute into the song before giving up. I’m going to ignore the advice to “Don’t Look Back” and pull up the original.
There’s a remake of “Sound of Music” coming out…wait? what?? Yes, Carrie Underwood plays Maria in this made for TV production. Will it remind you of the original “Sound Of Music” No. Carrie has apparently wanted to do this because here she is singing it on TV from 2007. I got 1:30 into it before shutting it off. Long live the original and Julie Andrews. Let’s pull up the original.
Tonight, A Charlie Brown Christmas airs. I think it’s so beloved because of its perfect mix of cynicism and earnestness about the holiday. Adults and kids can watch the same show and take away different things from it.
The thing that everyone can enjoy together is the soundtrack from The Vince Guaraldi Trio. Lee Mendelson, producer for the Peanuts special, was traveling in a cab in San Francisco when “Cast Your Fate To The Wind” was played on the radio.
A few calls were made and Vince agreed to record the music. Two weeks later he played “Linus and Lucy” over the phone to Lee and that was the start of Guaraldi composing scores for seventeen Peanuts television specials, plus the feature film A Boy Named Charlie Brown.
In case you want to read about the entire making of A Charlie Brown Christmas, I suggest you go to this The Washington Post article. It’s a great read. And now dance to your hearts content!
I will not admit that’s it’s Christmas time. So I can officially start playing Christmas music without getting stares. I do enjoy this time of season. Here’s something to get you started from The Rosebuds. Good tidings!
This year I’m going with Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young”. Allegedly, when Diamond came off stage he remarked to Dylan, “You’ll have to be pretty good to follow me”, to which Dylan responded, “What do I have to do, go on stage and fall asleep?”