All My Rowdy Friends


R.I.P. The King of Rock ‘N’ Soul
October 10, 2010, 6:23 pm
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Solomon Burke was a giant. His presence and his voice were on par with singers that achieved a level of fame that far surpassed his own, yet he still wrote some of the most influential songs of the soul generation.
Down in the Valley appeared on Redding’s 1965 album Otis Blue, and Everybody Needs Somebody to Love (written in 1964) was covered by Wilson Pickett and featured prominently in the movie the Blues Brothers.
Before entering the music business, Burke was a preacher and hosted a gospel radio show. While not on tour Burke owned and operated a funeral parlor in Los Angeles, a business he had learned from his uncle. In the 2000s Burke experienced a revival after recording the Grammy award-winning album for Fat Possum Records-produced by Joe Henry-entitled Don’t Give Up On Me. The album featured songs written by artists such as Bob Dylan and Van Morrison. He went on to record four more albums with a fifth album to now be released posthumously, including the acclaimed Nashville and Like a Fire.
My first introduction to Solomon Burke came from the song Cry to Me. This classic song is a bridge between early doowop and later R&B music. It features doowop backing vocals but Solomon Burke climbs far above that style with the raw emotion that is such a staple of his music. His voice always felt to me to combine a level of melancholy and optimism that has not been matched. It was more than just being a soul singer. Burke’s style combined a command of dynamics and tempo with a strong range and a smoky voice to create a unique and unparalleled power. He was an artist who masterfully found and inhabited the proverbial “pocket”. Not too fast, not too slow and neither too loud or too subdued. He made music that was just right.
Solomon Burke died today of natural causes en route to Amsterdam at the age of 70. He will be missed.
Enjoy a few of my favorite tracks and raise a glass to the one, the only, Solomon Burke.
Don’t Give Up On Me
10 None Of Us Are Free
Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
Cry to Me

-Jon

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Karen O is a little bit country and a whole lotta rock n roll
October 10, 2010, 9:06 am
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Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs fame is taking on the Jackass theme for the all new Jackass 3D, coming out October 15. She twangs it up a little bit and definitely kills this song. Check it.
Karen O. (of Yeah Yeah Yeahs) – “If You’re Gonna Be Dumb, You Gotta Be Tough” by Some Kind of Awesome

-Jon



Weapons for War
October 9, 2010, 10:00 am
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So, A Lull are a sweet little outfit from the Windy City who are all set to release their first full-length Confetti. They have recently released the video for the first single Weapons for War and it is weird and compelling and kind of creepy. Its about two mansized animal things. IGIF definitely got the description right by calling them manbearpigs. Anyways, check out the video for yourself, see what you think.

-Jon



Bar-Bar-Barbara Streisand
October 7, 2010, 9:21 am
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Duck Sauce is a brand new collaboration between A-Trak and Armand Van Helden. This is their latest single and the video is great. If everything else they release is as good as this I know what I’m dancing to for the rest of the year.

-Jon



First 5
September 30, 2010, 6:19 pm
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Finally! Finally I have reliable internet and to commemorate this joyous occasion, I’m posting!
So, once upon a time the Onion A.V. Club did a little bit where they asked the interviewee to hit shuffle on their iPod and talk about the first 5 tracks that came up. Well, I really liked it and so here I bring it to you, except instead of my iPod its my iTunes, enjoy.

1.Passion PitLittle Secrets (Amplifya Remix)
I really dig this remix, its one that kinda surprised me when it came on but hey that’s the beauty of having a digital library, sometimes things come up that you listened to once or not at all and you’re like damn that’s good.

2. Rachmaninoff – Polichinelle, Op. 3, No. 4
Just check it.

3. Ola PodridaSink Or Swim
This is a nice little lesson in simplicity from a guy who scores films as a day job. He’s got such a sad voice to top it off, just a fine track in general.

4. Boris – Electric
Could you rock harder and louder than Boris at the same time!? Really, I want to know because god this track kicks so much ass its not even funny.
5. Bruno Colais – L’arrivée À L’école
This is a little piece from the score to the film Les Choristes. Its a wonderfully heartwrenching tale of a man who sets out to start a choir at a school for troubled boys. The soundtrack is wonderful, the film is great.

-Jon



Land of Talk Redux
September 2, 2010, 10:15 am
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So Charlie’s all about the new Land of Talk and I am too. A little more background on the release. The reason it took so long between this release and Some are Lakes is that lead singer Elizabeth Powell was diagnosed with a vocal polyp (if you don’t know, this is a diagnosis that can mean the end of a career) and spent months in silence and speech therapy. I think my favorite song after an initial listen to the record is definitely Blangee Blee. It lets the band really show just how big and how sparse they can sound in the same song.

Check it out:

Finally, here’s a Takeaway Show that they did for La Blogotheque

-Jon



This morning, in my brain.
September 1, 2010, 2:55 pm
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Ever wake up with a song on the brain? Well I did and here it is.
Har Mar SuperstarAlone Again Or

Bonus and a half!
HD version of Tall Boy from Dark Touches. Pop this one out and watch it full screen…soooooooo worth it. Also. Maybe a bit NSFW.

-Jon