Category Archives: Music

Kanye in Concert

I surprised myself with how much I wanted to see Kanye’s Yeezus tour. Usually I just joke about him in between enjoying his songs.

I found that very, very funny.

Kanye’s most recent release Yeezus didn’t appeal to me as much as, say, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy which I adore. But still, I emailed a few friends about buying tickets. They weren’t cheap–one of my sources had access to good seats for face value: $185. No takers. Continue reading

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A Weekend Full of Tickets

You know how I love to nap on weekends. And blog. And go to restaurants. And nap some more.

This past weekend, I really didn’t do much of those things. I thought I’d be cranky about the change to my comfy routine, but instead I really enjoyed myself.

On Saturday, I had brunch with my buddy Walt from Bowery Collective at The Wren. We talked about Whiskey Washback.

Then my friend Melissa and I saw Kanye West at Madison Square Garden. It was my second time seeing the Yeezus tour. More on that soon.

Kanye

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Twitter Spotlight: Austin Hartley-Leonard

Update: Fresh Lemonade is available here.

My friend Elle turned me on to Broken Anchor. One listen and I was sold.

Broken Anchor is the brainchild of Austin Hartley-Leonard. Conveniently, there’s a sampler available free for download on the Broken Anchor web site. That should tide you over until Fresh Lemonade, the band’s first full-length release, is available in August. I pre-ordered here because I’m so hooked on what I have heard so far.

Austin kindly answered my probing questions before embarking on a summer tour.

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OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest

@BrokenAnchor1: Makes me laugh

OneChicklette: Your chief characteristic (one word)
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Blurred Lines…with puppets

As catchy as the song Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke and Pharrell is, the lyrics (and uncensored video) put me off what otherwise would have been my song of the summer.

Fortunately this is a version I can get behind.

Puppets

Yep, #Puppets.

Nice work guys (including Mike Kelton and Douglas Widick). You made it less creepy, somehow.

Guest post: Defeating the Earworm

As I fly back from Dallas, check out more thoughts on music from @AestheticsGirl

It crawls into your head and takes control of your brain—the earworm

Unbidden by you, you walk to the car with some random song jangling about your head. You hum along to it in line for coffee garnering strange looks from the fellow caffeine hounds, and in many instances the lyrics pop out of your mouth without you even realizing it happened.

The earworm has you. Earworms are tough to kill and can last for days despite attempts to get that song out of your head.

In fairness, not all earworms are bad.  The Black Keys “Lonely Boy” has spun itself right round my brain a few times and actually helped to give some pep to my mood.  The right earworm can be used to put some extra strut in your step.

The majority of the time though it feels like the earworm is going to drive you insane.  Listening to music doesn’t always help, it might be a stop gap measure, but then as you’re brushing your teeth at midnight, boom, it’s there again and you’re brushing to the rhythm of “Conga.”

The best way to defeat the earworm: get another earworm playing in your head to push the first one out.

For me, I start to recite Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.”  It’s one of the few songs that I know all the lyrics to and it is infectious enough to override any other songs playing in my head.  Also I kind of like saying “my anaconda don’t want none unless you got buns hun”—that line will forever amuse me.

What’s your earworm defeating song?

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Twitter Spotlight Jason McCool

I think you’ll have fun getting to know this DC-based musician, composer, actor, teacher and social media pro.

McCool. Yes, that is his real last name. It’s either a lot to live up to, or a great way to describe Jason. You be the judge.

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OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest

@coolmcjazz: I subscribe to the BBC: Brains. Beauty. Confidence. (I actually just made that up – can it become a thing?)

OneChicklette: Your chief characteristic (one word)

@coolmcjazz: Enraptured.

OneChicklette: What you appreciate most in your friends

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I went to see Milo Greene

I had the good fortune of seeing Milo Greene at Williamsburg Hall of Music Saturday with @MegUrbani, @bringonthefunn and @shauna_LT.

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Guest Post: Nothing Pedestrian About this Band

More about music from Charity, you lucky buggers.

I first heard of Frightened Rabbit on Twitter in April 2009.  Being one who likes to expand my music horizons, I bought their album “The Midnight Organ Fight” and I fell in love.

I found them to be delightfully bawdy, clever, witty, tongue –in-cheek, and dynamic.  They used different melodies and arrangements as accompaniment to their wonderful lyrics.  “The Twist,” “Backwards Walk,” and “Keep Yourself Warm” all went into heavy rotation in my house, car, and office.  I connected to their music quickly, it was thoughtful and funny.

Their following album “The Winter of Mixed Drinks” left me a bit cold, it was good, but I didn’t feel like it lived up to the potential of “The Midnight Organ Fight”—I didn’t find myself saying to people OH MY I HAVE TO TELL YOU ABOUT THIS BAND.

Given this, I had some concerns going into their latest album “Pedestrian Verse.”  These concerns have been obliterated.  “Pedestrian Verse” has a maturity in lyrics and sound that really shows how far the band has grown over the last few years.  It doesn’t hurt that there’s this late ‘80s/early ‘90s feel to the album, which resonates strongly with me.

In recent months, Frightened Rabbit has had some words for Mumford & Sons about that bands second album, mainly that there is little growth in the sound of the album, that the group has not developed beyond their first album.  Their comments are not completely unfounded, as much as I enjoy listening to “Babel” it does feel like an extension of “Sigh No More.”

As a fan of both bands, nothing would be more delightful than them throwing down in a battle of the bands.

While we wait for this to develop, check out a track from the new album.