Friday, March 25, 2011

Eddie Vedder Is Still Kickin'

Looks like Eddie Vedder is still rolling on that solo career of his. Personally, I'd rather break out my Mary Jane's and flannel and bend on Pearl Jam, but whatevs. Guess everything has to end at some point. Even my teenage grunge years. Sigh.

While he's not going to hit Atlanta (really? really, Eddie? You're going to skip the ENTIRE southeast? Shame on you.), tickets on sale April 1st for the following shows...

Date City Venue
June 15 Providence, RI Providence Performing Arts Center (PAC)
June 16 Boston, MA The Wang Theatre
June 18 Hartford, CT The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
June 21 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
June 22 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
June 25 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theatre
June 26 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
June 28 Chicago, IL The Chicago Theatre
July 1 St. Louis, MO Fox Theatre
July 2 Minneapolis, MN Orpheum Theatre
July 5 San Diego, CA Copley Symphony Hall
July 6 Long Beach, CA Terrace Theater
July 8 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
July 9 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
July 11 Oakland, CA The Paramount Theatre
July 14 Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
July 15 Seattle, WA Benaroya Hall

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Musical Mardi Gras

It's Fat Tuesday. I'm not Catholic, and I don't fast, and I don't celebrate the whole Mardi Gras thing, however, I really like shiny beads. So, I'm posting some New Orleans/Mardi Gras/Tuesday related songs. It's a Mardi Gras playlist, y'all.

-Better Than Ezra: Famously from the New Orleans area, they boast many songs about the time spent there as college guys at LSU. I distinctively remember my high school days when I hear anything from Friction, Baby, although that was sparked by the whole mass appeal of "Good." I have admittedly attended more shows than I can even count at this point, and I have a couple of guitar picks from my overly excitable flailing in front of the stage at each of those shows. This also means I have more favorites than you can possibly imagine. While I assume the general population knows of the 90s pop rock spectacular that is Better Than Ezra, this is because I forget that I am OLD. Anyway, I recommend the following:
->"Sincerely, Me"
->"King of New Orleans"
->"Juicy" (which I'm positive was used to promote Desperate Housewives)

-Cowboy Mouth: Another band that was known from the nineties. While I'm not really on the bandwagon with this particular kind of music, I won't rob you of it. And, they're from NOLA, so it fits the theme. Check out "Tell the Girl Ur Sorry" from their album Fearless. And, if you wanna see them live, hit Park Tavern on March 26th.

-The Dixie Cups: Heading back to the 60s (one of the best decades ever for music, btw), The Dixie Cups had that infectious tune "Iko Iko," which based its lyrics on a Mardi Gras Indian parade collision. While the Dixie Cups did not write the song, they certainly made it famous. I mean, who isn't familiar with it? Doesn't Disney use it a lot? Not that I'm an expert on Disney, or anything...

-Lynyrd Skynyrd: I know it's probably hard to believe, but back in my college days, I was a big Skynyrd fan. Yup. I even endured the pain of serving a bunch of drunk rednecks shots of something purple in order to get free admission to their remaining members "comeback" show. No one ever told me I wasn't resourceful. So, naturally, I'll mention "Tuesday's Gone" here, because, damnit, it's a terrific tune. Everyone needs a soundtrack for memories and cold ones. This is on mine.

-Rolling Stones: "Ruby Tuesday"! I'm not talking about the corporate chain of restaurants with the amazing salad bar, here. I'm talking about that lovely song by the Stones. There are actually two supposed Mardi Gras themes in this song. 1: It mentions "Tuesday." And 2: the rumor is that the woman it's about lives in New Orleans. There ya go. Bam.

Anyone have others to add?

Friday, March 04, 2011

Friday Fixins

As much as I would like to just verbally vomit all my musical desires on a regular occasion, I'm still trying to find free time to do that. I have made a couple of purchases lately that I'm very happy with and would like to share in case you have some iTunes money and are looking for suggestions.

-Mumford and Sons - "Little Lion Man"
I'm aware this band has already kind of "hit it." I tested it after much resistence to giving in to the mass appeal. But ya know, the slice of excitement I feel when I hear this song is worth it.

-Cee-Lo Green - "F*** You"
Uhhh, I'm almost positive every man, woman, and child has heard some version of this song in the past couple of months. This song is the perfect recipe for dancing, singing, and making a point, all at the same time. I prefer the unedited version, because I like the eff word. I don't know how Cee-Lo did it, but, damn, he did.

-Fitz and the Tantrums - "Moneygrabber
Catchy shizz up in this three minutes! I've already talked about, so I won't really elaborate. I, unfortunately, get the feeling that this is the only song that'll see the light of day until they poof back into one-hit-wonderdom.

-Florence & The Machine - "Cosmic Love"
This band sounds like so many other bands that's really hard to pinpoint who I want to. I've pegged Imogen Heap, and Sarah McLachlan. This would explain why my sister (who likes exactly 3 bands and Justin Bieber) is a fan. Love this song, though. And, that other one, "Dog Days of Summer." I recommend the whole freakin' album. Trust me on that one.

-Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - "Treat Me Right"
So, my great friend, Tori, gave me a copy of Nothing But The Water for my birthday, and I've been in blues bitten heaven with it. I feel like this is a good, modern anthem for all those women out there who keep magnetizing douchebags of epic proportion. Eh?

-Wolves - "Nightfriends"
Listen to this. What do you think of it? I think of dark alleys a la Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and smoke. And, I think of seducing boys. And, blue lights. But mostly, I think about how it makes me all pumped and stuff.

That's all I got for now. Hey, if you're near a Chick-Fil-A today, they're giving away free fries! Only between 2pm and 4pm, though. And, you have to say, "Heinz Dip and Squeeze, please!"

Tata, betch.