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Music Monday: Gotye

Good morning, all!  Hope you enjoyed the weekend.  I did not- I was in a drug-induced stupor trying to fight off the terrible cold I came down with.  I feel way better today.  I’m getting there slowly but surely.  I’ve been rocking out to today’s MM artist for the past few weeks, and his music definitely kept me company this weekend.

He goes by the name Gotye (pronounced GORE-tee-yay, according to the interwebs), and he brings a fun, groovy mix of rock and pop that is highly listenable.

Born in Belgium, Gotye (Born Wouter De Backer) was raised in Australia and showed early signs of musical ability.  He had an affinity for the drums, but also studied piano, and guitar.  Gotye experimented throughout early adulthood with several bands, including The Basics, a duo with Kris Schroeder.  They’ve released several albums and often perform with Gotye.

It wasn’t until 2006, though, with the release of his album Like Drawing Blood, that Gotye got recognition as a solo act.  Now, with Making Mirrors, Gotye has branched out and upped the ante.  After being hyped on Twitter by celebs like Ashton Kutcher, Mirrors’ second single, “Somebody That I Used To Know,” has been an unexpected hit.  The swinging groove finds him (and guest Kimbra) reflecting on a bad breakup.  The video is a work of art.  Check it out:

Please notice in that vid how bombtastic Kimbra is.  She rocks my world on this track.

You can really hear Gotye’s influences on Making Mirrors.  Some tracks are completely futuristic (“State of the Art”), while others sound like they could have been recorded by Hall & Oates (“I Feel Better”).  I’ve definitely found a song to fit my moods.  I really love “Eyes Wide Open.”  The beat, the lyrics, and his melody are all gorgeous.  Also, whale sounds normally creep me out, but they’re perfect here.  Give it a listen:

Gotye’s Making Mirrors is out now.  Must- have tracks:

“Somebody That I Used To Know”

“Eyes Wide Open”

“In Your Light”

“Save Me”

I love this album so much.  I hope you’ll give it a try.  If you have new music you think I’d like, drop me a line (or a tweet) and I’ll give it a listen.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a great day! xx

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Music Monday: Death Cab For Cutie

Way WAY in the back!

Howdy, all!  Now, normally I would use Music Mondays to bring you an artist that is new(er), or at least new to me, but today I’m taking a different track.  I saw Death Cab live on Saturday, and it was the balls.  So, I’m just gonna go ahead and talk about them.  ‘Cause I can.  Yay! Go me.

So, my friend Trevor and I braved the deluge we got here in Orlando on Saturday to catch their show at House of Blues.  This tour is to promote their newest album, Codes and Keys.  That album, which came out in May, is way different from anything I’ve heard from them before.  It’s very. . . happy.  I’m thinking that marriage agrees with lead singer Ben Gibbard (he’s hitched to super cutie Zooey Deschanel).  I’m still trying to gather my thoughts about it.  I like Codes for the most part, though.  Especially the lead single, “You Are A Tourist.” The video is funky and cute:

Luckily for me, I didn’t have to think to hard at the show.  They started off with a rocking 9-minute jam version of one of my favorites, “I Will Possess Your Heart” off their album Narrow Stairs.   They even played “Photobooth” off The Forbidden Love EP.  I think this might have been the first song of theirs I ever heard.  Hearing it live took me waaaay back.

That was probably the best thing about this show- remembering where I was when I heard those songs, or who I dedicated them to in my mind back then.  That and they sounded so great live.  Gifted musicians and well crafted songs are always a good time!

Death Cab for Cutie is on tour now- catch them if they’re in your town.  Click here for tour schedule.  And check out Codes and Keys.  Let me know what you think! Have a fantastic day.  Thanks so much for stopping by! xx


Lauryn Hill Came to House of Blues Orlando

That’s right!  And- SPOILER ALERT!-  she was great!  There’s been a lot of talk around her new tour.  Folks are saying that she can’t sing anymore, that she freaks out on stage, and that the show isn’t worth the ticket prices.  In my experience, that just wasn’t true.  She sounded awesome, her arrangements were fire, and the whole live experience was soooo BOMB!

I went with a couple of friends from work, Trevor and Shawna;  as well as Trevor’s wifey Sumie.  We had a blast jamming out to the opening act, Hot 8 Brass Band (NOLA was well represented!).  After Hot 8 was a kind of annoying DJ who screamed “WHAT’S UP ORLANDO, CALIFORNIA?!!!!” at us.  It was embarrassing for him.

Me, Shawna, and Sumie, waiting for the show to start.

Trevor and I love Lauryn Hill!

Around midnight, Lauryn finally came out.  I was a little loopy by then.

 

A little out of it by midnight

Once the actual show got on the road, it was hot!  She did a couple of newer songs, and gorgeous versions of her hits from The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, including a groovy version of “To Zion.”  She played pretty much non-stop, except for a couple of times when she had to make the band jam out while she fixed some sound issues.  I heard a lady in front of me say, “I think she might be a diva. . .” which cracked me up.  I don’t think folks realize how much bad sound impacts a singer’s performance.  Check it:  if your sound isn’t right, you could sound a hot mess, and even hurt yourself.  I loved watching her take charge of her band!

Probably the best part was a medley of Fugees songs that she did.  She sang and rapped everyone’s part!  It was bananas.  And I really liked her performance of “Killing Me Softly,” which is forever my jam.

Such a good night!  I’m so glad I didn’t listen to some of the chatter about Ms. Hill, because it was so worth it to see her live.  Definitely check her out if she comes to your area!  xx


Collabo: Jay-Z and Kanye West

Note:  This should probably have been a MM post, but I’m sharing it today ’cause I wanted to get it out there before next Monday. . . AND because I didn’t do anything for this past Monday.  I was too busy watching the Lifetime Original movie “Revenge of the Bridesmaids.”  Seriously.

I’m so fired from music blogging.  I really didn’t know that Hov and Kanye were working on an album together!  Probably because I stopped paying attention to Ye after he wore this heinous outfit during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade:

"What?! They were having a sale at Forever XXI!"

Their new project, “Watch The Throne” was originally slated as just an EP, but is now a full-length extravaganza.  Their new single, “H.A.M.” dropped via the interwebs at midnight January 11th.  You can listen to it on their Facebook page (because I am too lazy/ clueless to post it here).  Give it a spin click and share your thoughts in the comments.

Did you listen?  Thoughts?  Shouldn’t the song be called “H.A.A.M?”  Have a great day all!


One Week ‘Til Christmas!

Are you ready?  I so am not.  I have bird flu or something and have bought exactly two presents!  I give up.  That’s it.  everyone is getting a copy of this album:

Have a great week, everybody!


This Is the Remix: Toy Story

Pogo's self portrait? Hmm. . .

Check out this remixx (two “x”s cause I’m cutting edge) by the clever Pogo.  He’s a young South African who has a knack for creating earworms using samples from popular movies.  This is one of his newer vids, a killer send up of Toy Story moments.

I recently came into a Special Edition Blu-Ray/DVD thingy of Toy Story 3, and I’m really stoked to watch it, but I’m kinda thinking my sis would like it for Christmas (SHH! don’t rat me out).  This will just have to tide me over until I can get my paws on another copy. . .

You can find all of Pogo’s remixes here on his YT account.  Have a great day and thanks for reading!


Sara Bareilles Came to House of Blues Orlando. . .

 


"I'm amaziiiiiiiiiiiiiiing!"

 

. . . and she really let me have it!  Omigosh she was the balls!  Lemme give you the rundown:

I went with a bunch of friends (all fellow performers) after work on Tuesday.  Some of us met up for food and drinks beforehand, so we were good and ready for some piano stomp-rock (That’s how her music is described on Wikipedia.  Why?  Yeah, I don’t know either).

Afterward we headed over to HOB for the show, which was part of her “Kaleidoscope Heart” tour for the new album.  Right off the bat, Sara came out to introduce her two opening acts and chat with us for a minute, which was awesome.

 

Me and E.J., 3 drinks in.

 

First up was Holly Conlan.  She makes complete sense as a support act- piano-based pop songs about love and boys.  She was great.  Really cute with a Regina Spektor vibe.  Most of her short set was just her on a little Casio with a guitarist.

 

Ringmaster, er, I mean Musician Holly Conlan. . .

 

Next up was Greg Laswell, whom you might know from various Grey’s Anatomy soundtracks.  Or you might have ignored his cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” while  chomping on popcorn and waiting for your movie to start at an AMC Theater last year.  Either way, I recognized quite a few of his songs.  My friends and I pretty much agreed that he was kinda pitchy at the start, but he got going near the middle.  His set was a tad long for me, but I still enjoyed him for the most part.

 

Laswell that ends well (obligatory pun)

 

While waiting for Sara’s set to start, we snapped a couple photos:

 

Me, Christina, and Lindsay: United Colors of Benetton

 

 

Me, Tiffany, and Michael: Children of the World

 

The show was bananas from the beginning.  She started things off with “Vegas,” and stomp-rocked her way through several other hits from her last album.  She brought Holly Conlan back out for a fun performance of  “Gonna Get Over You,” and Greg Laswell reappeared for a fantastical cover of Radiohead’s “Nice Dream.”

 


"What good does it do? I'm just a basketcase. . ."

 

One of my favorite moments was her performance of “Basket Case” from the new album.  She set us up with a funny backstory about writing the song, which made her performance even more crushing.

I’m starting to think that might be what makes her songwriting so good- her ability to look at life with humor.  Sara Bareilles’ way of writing from a woman’s POV that’s not melodramatic or pathetic lets you really feel the truth in her words.

And it doesn’t help that she’s got a crazy good voice and plays, like, 50 instruments including piano, guitar, and whatever the aitch this thing is:

For real.  It’s not an accordion, is it?  I’ve never seen it before.  Gah!  I had such a good time at this show!  Good friends, good music, and I left feeling so inspired as a musician.  That’s what it’s all about, kids!

“Kaleidoscope Heart” is out now!  Pick it up on iTunes and check out Sara Bareilles’ new tour!  (And, seriously, if you know what that thing is she’s playing, tell me in the comments!)


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