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
The Big Man and The Boss
With the death of Clarence Clemons, the saxophone has been on my mind a lot this week. The iconic E Street Band member (AKA “The Big Man”) suffered a stroke last week and passed away at the age of 69.
This is especially sad because I feel like the sax is having a moment in music right now. Seems like every time I turn on my radio, there’s a pop song with an epic sax solo. It’s taking me straight back to the ’80s. Is anyone else noticing this?
Take Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory” video. Aside from the general channeling of ’80s Madonna, there is this amazeboats saxophone solo that really brings it home. Somebody bring me a street sprayer quick! I need to recreate this video:
And, despite the many holes in the plot of this video (are they in the ’80s? If so, why are there laptops and DDR? If she got a makeover, why was she back in her nerd clothes? Yes, I think about these things), Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (TGIF” video is a masterful homage to the ’80s. Complete with a Kenny G cameo! Regard:
That video is real serious. Last but not least, there is this prank featuring the sexy sax man, Sergio Flores which blew up this spring:
“He’s playing to a baby right now!”
So folks, tell me, is it just me? Is the saxophone everywhere this year? RIP Clarence Clemons. Make the most of your day, everyone! xx
This post has been a couple of weeks in the making. I first thought about writing it two weeks ago, in the midst of rehearsal mania (my show had a total refurb and is now waaaaaay better!), but there was no time. So here it is, for today’s MM! Right on time, if I do say so myself. Full disclosure: I know some of the guys in this band. So sue me. I’m not the New York Times. They screw up all the time, anyway.
This week’s MM artist hits on one of my favorite musical styles- A Capella. I have a definite soft spot for A Capella, and have since I was a kid in school choir. There’s something about hearing only the human voice that brings a piece of music to life. I think 42Five combine their voices, arrangements, and sense of humor to give new direction to an old genre.
So, what’s the story on 42Five (Four-Two-Five)? Well, they’re an A Capella group from right here in Orlando, and they are boss. Formed in 2000, the group is a catchy mix of pop, rock, and blues that draws on the five members’ unique musical styles. Ryan, Earl, Geoff, Danny, and Layne bring both classic favorites and current hits to life with their voices and meaty arrangements. Check out their cover of Far East Movement’s “Like a G6:”
Like it? You can find more 42Five covers on their YouTube page. Also, they’re giving away a free MP3 of their “Grenade” cover through Tweet For a Track. Just click here and follow the directions. Easy breezy!
Check out 42Five’s albums on iTunes, and if you’re in Orlando check them out live! Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day! xx