Rock/Soul/Prog, Spring 2008

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YEEEEEE

April 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off on YEEEEEE

Last presentation. I’m excited -)

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Original post by maganc

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Saul Williams is… well, I don’t really know.

April 11th, 2008 · Comments Off on Saul Williams is… well, I don’t really know.

So, a friend of mine had to go see Saul Williams for her Contemporary Drama (I think) class at the 930 club. I hadn’t seen much of Saul Williams beforehand– I’ve seen him on Russel Simmon’s Def Poetry and I’ve heard Black Stacey and List of Demands (youtube for each below), but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I knew that he was a poet advocating the eradication of racism, but that’s so vague that it doesn’t really have a meaning.

Being the type of person that I am, I had to wiki Saul before I went to the show and found out a few interesting tidbits. He got a BA in Philosophy from Morehouse College and an MFA from NYU for Acting. Well, then. I suppose he’s making the most of learning how to entertain. He’s also been published in New York Times and Esquire. Hm. Intelligent. He was in K-Pax. Wait. What?

So basically, this educated, Kevin-Spacey-knowing, published rapper/poet/musician is really hard to pin down. Nonetheless, I thought I kind of knew what to expect at 930. I couldn’t be more wrong.

Saul came out decked out in feathers and a blue coat. His music was intense, had a thrash metal-esque and a beat that was going at breakneck speed. Halfway through the first song, he sat down disdainfully because the audience was not dancing. Near the end, he was dancing with them in the crowd. Somewhere in the middle his daughter (I guess? She was like 12) was leading the audience to sing along and, of course, move to the music with her.
He opened with “Coded Language” the poem I saw him recite on Def Poetry forever ago. He ended with “List of Demands” the only song I actually knew the words to. Needless to say, I was overjoyed on both ends. My favorite thing about the performance was when he would pause between songs to recite some of his poetry. His voice is beautiful and his words are deliberate and powerful. It was one of the few things that I was consciously aware of how happy I was to be alive.

And I wasn’t even supposed to go. Taylor was supposed to, but he had rehearsal. Life’s funny that way.

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Original post by maganc

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The Taters

April 6th, 2008 · Comments Off on The Taters

The Taters are an old-school rock group, locals especially in the Ashland/ Richmond area. They’ve been together a decade or two and seem to be just getting better. I, rather recently, (1 1/2 years ago) became a fan of their style, talent and charisma, after my boyfriend (a longtime fan) introduced me to their music. The Taters are a bunch of geezers, at least 50 and their audience is about the same, pretty odd to be the only ones under 21 in such a venue.

The Taters play a broad repertoire that includes Bobby Darin, Elvis, Chuck Berry, Roy Orbison, the Beatles as well as tons of originals that are absolutely wonderful. The ‘band’ is really a mix bag of ‘guest players’ sometimes consisting of a fabulous guitar player, mandolin player, guest singers or even a steel pedal.

Really the show cannot be reviewed without a mention of their absolutely hilarious personalities. Those guys are some of the funniest people in the state, devoid of self-consciousness, they will say whatever and make fun of each other the entire show, in a jovial manner of course.

If you have an opportunity to go to a show, check them out!! They’re shows are usually under 10 bucks and it’s well worth the money to see these highly talented, down to earth guys!!!!

Original post by rachellh7

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Pachelbel Rant

April 1st, 2008 · Comments Off on Pachelbel Rant

Ok, so like I said in a couple posts back, I was, and basically still am, a band/music nerd.

So, when my cousin told me about this video, I nearly fell on the floor laughing at it. I then showed it to my roommate who has played music her entire life as well, and she basically had the same reaction. (Then again, I showed it to my other roommate the next morning and she didn’t find it as hilarious…she’s not a music nerd like her roommates are and it was 10 in the morning…) Anyways, it’s a video of this comedian ranting about how awful Pachelbel’s Canon in D is and how it has haunted him his entire life.

You really have be a music nerd like me to love this video as much as I do. I find it hilarious. And I thought, who better to share this with than our Rock and Roll class? ENJOY!! D

Original post by redsoxlax89

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ONCE.

March 25th, 2008 · Comments Off on ONCE.

last weekend my friends and i watched this indie movie called Once and it was surprisingly really good. the movie was about a couple in dublin who randomly met and began musically collaborating together. the two main characters, played by glen hansard and marketa irglova, are real musicians and before the movie was filmed they composed and performed all the songs used in the film. the way that the writers incorporated the music into the film was just so amazing and i really liked hansard’s and irglova’s music. right now i am in a phase where i really like folksy music, stuff with more substance and grit than all the over produced music that is coming out right now, and hansard’s lyrics are just so real! i have been listening to it non-stop! the song “falling slowly” received an academy award and a grammy nomination so i recommend listening to it b/c it is fabulous )

Original post by elevatorluvlettr

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Cosmic Dancer

March 20th, 2008 · Comments Off on Cosmic Dancer

I much prefer this song to Bang a Gong, in fact this is now one of my favorite songs. It is extremely revealing about the artist, very personal and beautiful it it’s strange and slightly creepy way

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March 12th, 2008 · Comments Off on

“I’m Henry the VIII I am, Henry the VIII I am….” is an unbelievably catchy phrase….well, once you hear it sung by Herman’s Hermits. After first listening to it, I sort of felt like a child who cannot stop humming a newly learned Mother Goose rhyme. Check it out:

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Are you Henry the VIII?

March 12th, 2008 · Comments Off on Are you Henry the VIII?

“I’m Henry the VIII I am, Henry the VIII I am….” is an unbelievably catchy phrase….well, once you hear it sung by Herman’s Hermits. After first listening to it, I sort of felt like a child who cannot stop humming a newly learned Mother Goose rhyme. Check it out:

Original post by ccox

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Regina Spektor

February 28th, 2008 · Comments Off on Regina Spektor

I am getting so excited!!! For my birthday (in January) my boyfriend got me tickets for the Regina Spektor concert at Toad’s Place in Richmond. She has actually had to cancel the last couple of concerts scheduled at this venue because she has had bad bouts of vertigo, but the rescheduled concert is for this Sunday March 2. I am ecstatic!! The tickets have recently sold out, so it will be packed but enjoyable none-the-less. I absolutely love her voice and she is just so musically talented on top of that. Watch the youtube clip below and see how amazing/beautiful/talented she really is. Yay!! I’ll report back after the concert!!

Here she is in all of her glory :

Original post by karl

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Pure Poetry.

February 25th, 2008 · Comments Off on Pure Poetry.

I first heard this song in my 10th grade English class during a poetry exercise and I absolutely fell in love with it the moment that I heard it and after hearing it i finally realized why my mom has loved Bruce Springsteen ever since she first heard his song “Born to Run.” His music is very personal and really speaks to the listener.

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Original post by elevatorluvlettr

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STL

February 23rd, 2008 · Comments Off on STL

I have finally recuperated from my trip to St. Louis! However, I am definitely not unpacked nor caught up on all my work. I have a feeling neither of those will happen till I leave for Spring Break. ; ) The five days I spent in St. Louis were some of the best experiences of my life. By attending this conference called NACA (National Association for Campus Activities), I had the opportunity to meet so many people and engage in so many forms of entertainment. As a member of the GIANT entertainment group on campus, I (along with the other four members who attended the conference) had the responsibility of seeking out bands, comedians, magicians, etc. to bring to our campus next year. It was insane how many of the acts there were to perform and then furthermore, how many we enjoyed and want to bring here at Mary Wash.

This conference was, quoted from someone in my group, a “surreal” experience. Not only did I get to see DMC (stayed three rooms down from our group’s room…met him in the hallway!), Lance Bass, Caroline Rhea, Mr. Belding (from “Saved by the Bell”), Finesse Mitchell, Howie Day, Alex Thomas, etc., I had the opportunity to engage in all different kinds of music with all different kinds of people. Music was just beaming from every direction at this conference and it truly had an effect on all of the attendees and performers. I recommend the experience…especially since next year it will be in Nashville…The Music City.

Here are couple clips of music from two musicians that performed at NACA…my favorites:

Jessica Sonner “Rescue Me”

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Needtobreathe “We Could Run Away”

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Original post by ccox

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DJ Obama

February 20th, 2008 · 1 Comment

As a political science major (and junkie), it’s hard for me not to get sucked into everything that is going on in the political arena. So, I was intrigued when I learned, via YouTube, that there are songs made about the candidates and by the candidates. Some of these songs, well, aren’t so serious, hence Obama Girl’s “I’ve Got a Crush on Obama.” However, other songs aid the candidates’ campaigns, like Barack Obama’s song “Yes We Can.” I find these songs are an interesting way for music to play a role in our current presidential race. In 2004, it was popular for celebrities, like P. Diddy and Paris Hilton, to endorse candidates, especially
with the Vote or Die campaign. Going into this election, the use of music seems to be the key. Even in spoofs, like Mad TV’s “Umbrella” featuring a fake Obama and Clinton, music still has a voice in politics. I especially found Obama’s “Yes We Can” intriguing because it creates music out of an ordinary political speech. The song, mainly featuring will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas and other celebrities, like John Legend and actress Scarlett Johansson, plays on one of Barack’s speeches and turns it into a folksy song, performed with acoustic guitar and raw vocals. The artists lyrically recite different lines from the speech, with the chorus basically being “Yes We Can.” The song mainly caught my attention because music isn’t typically the type of tool one uses during a campaign. Debates, television ads, interviews and public appearances are all popular methods but music typically isn’t. I think this use of music shows how candidates are evolving their campaign techniques. This is a big election year, since there is no incumbent and both nominees will be seen as challengers. It is basically an open race, so they are willing to do whatever it takes to become President of the United States, and if that means using the music industry, then so be it. Overall, it will definitely be interesting as this race progresses, and Obama comes closer to winning the Democratic nomination, to see what other musical performances and mediums appear in support of the candidates.

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Original post by redsoxlax89

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Surf’s Up

February 19th, 2008 · Comments Off on Surf’s Up

Here is a youTube video of Brian Wilson filmed performing the song on piano for a CBS News special on popular music:
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Original post by elevatorluvlettr

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The Best Rock Song, Ever

February 14th, 2008 · Comments Off on The Best Rock Song, Ever

I had had a rough day, my boyfriend of over a year and a half had broken up with me, it was my fault. I had done everything I could to push him away and belittle him until it seemed as if I cared nothing. But I did. So when he finally told me to leave, I was lost and after much inconsolable sobbing and such I managed to pull myself together for a bit. I needed to stop moping, to get out of my sad sop room and at least try to move on. So, I went to a place I was sure he would not be, Barnes and Noble (he always criticized the ‘hipsters’ at the Starbucks part reading Nietzsche and such). I could get lost in the books, stop moping, it was technically ‘public’ but nobody really messes with you- I would’ve gone to a library, alas it was night and closed.

Apparently I didn’t know him as well as I had thought, because I’d be damned but he was sitting right there, talking to one of his female friends. Shit. She looked good, clean, fresh. I had a marathon crying session so my eyes were like two fleshy meat cuts on my face, I had been wearing the same clothes for a few days and forgot that I had a bird’s nest of hair on my head, oops. In fact, I was surprised nobody escorted me out of the store, for I truly looked like a crazy bag lady. Because he was sitting in the cafe’ part, I went to the other side of the store, as far away from him (and incidentally the fiction book section where I had intended to go). At this part of the store was the music/ dvd section. Between heart palpitations of, holy shit I hope he doesn’t see me/ I hope he comes over; I glanced over the music, pretending to look.

He’s a musician, had opened me up to countless new artists and styles. He had made mixed Cd’s, tapes for my car, and he knew what he was talking about. He’s a veritable dictionary of music, all styles, he knows everything (except contemporary pop that is) anything from Death Metal, to Bluegrass, Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison to Tupac or Pink Floyd. So, inevitably every single artist brought me right back to snippets when we had talked, or all those insignificant moments that become your life.

I scoured the sections, wondering what could possibly make me forget for a moment that he had left me. I didn’t have all that much money, so I could really only afford one CD if even I was going to purchase one. I picked up the Yeah Yeah Yeahs ‘fever to tell’ yes I liked them, but… something was missing. I was going to buy a Muse CD, but then that was just his choice I remembered. And then I saw Bob Dylan. I had very limited knowledge of Dylan, just the bare minimum, had only heard a few songs. I picked through the limited selection, I had heard ‘Blonde on Blonde’ was good, there was ‘Planet Waves’ and a couple of greatest hits albums.

But when I saw the cover of ‘Highway 61 Revisited’ something clicked. Dylan sits there, he’s dour and quite the opposite from his second album, ‘Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’. His world torn and just looks worn out, like he’s seen everything there is to see. Honestly, by then he probably had. He’d gone from folk hero to loved/ hated rocker in a mere two years. On this album there are some of the most lost, desolate and beautiful songs, ‘Queen Jane Approximately’ ‘Desolation Row’ ‘Tombstone Blues’ ‘Highway 61 Revisited’ oh, and a little song called ‘Like a Rolling Stone’.

It was this song that made me fall in love with Dylan. It’s probably his most popular and widely considered the best Rock Song of All time. I believe all that. However, to me, this song was what had happened to me. The anger and outright disgust when Dylan says ‘How Does it Feeeel?!- to be on your own” made me want to scream; I FEEL LIKE HELL! So I played the album over and over again. Because I felt like that bitch in the song, I was that careless, and now the shit had hit the fan, and I had no pride, I felt lost and alone, ‘like a complete unknown-like a rolling stone.’

And after days of living like a ghost, but still caring, I still did things for him; like I knew he always forgot to eat lunch or bring food- so I brought energy drinks and crackers to his work, which is probably not good for the whole ‘moving on’ thing. But I didn’t want to make it easy for him. I wanted to win him back. And finally, I did.

It wasn’t easy, but we decided to give it another try, which was for the best, because we are still together. I won’t go on, and continue because that’s too mushy and nobody really cares… But that one song, that album changed me, not only did I fall in love with Dylan, but I found out how much I loved my boyfriend, after he had left me, I realized my mistakes.

Needless to say, I’m a Dylan fan, and have pretty much everything he has ever done, live performances included. But I think that this performance of ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ is one of the best…so, enjoy.
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Original post by rachellh7

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Ella Fitzgerald, “The First Lady of Song”

February 13th, 2008 · Comments Off on Ella Fitzgerald, “The First Lady of Song”

Ella Fitzgerald, “The First Lady of Song”

Last night, I attended the Great Lives lecture on Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996). Douglas Gately, who is part of the Music Department here at Mary Washington, presented the lecture. Many came out from the community and there were also several UMW students. I even saw Magan from our class….and from talking to her, she seemed to have loved it as much as I did. Gateley was very informative and his Powerpoint presentation really helped me gain some insight and details into the life of Fitzgerald (Who knew she was actually part of the Mafia?). I did some further research on my own and found that she was actually nicknamed “The First Lady of Song” and “Lady Ella.” Additionally, I found that she is from Newport News, Virginia. I find that very interesting since that city is actually right beside my hometown: Smithfield, Virginia.

I first discovered Ella Fitzgerald in Girl Scouts when I had to do a project for Black History Month. I found her music so relaxing and easygoing…especially that “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” song (her first number one song). Since my encounter with her music a few years ago, I have really opened to the swing and jazz genres. I would truly just love to sit on my back porch on a gorgeous spring day and listen to the voice and song of Fitzgerald. As I stated earlier, her music is incredibly relaxing.

I think this quote really relates to what we have been discussing in class lately…..

“Coming through the years, and finding that I not only have just the fans of my day, but the young ones of today — that’s what it means, it means it was worth all of it.” –Ella Fitzgerald

……seemed like she really had a mission.
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Original post by ccox

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A little bit of Bob Dylan

February 13th, 2008 · Comments Off on A little bit of Bob Dylan

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<Original post by rachellh7

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The Beatles….wait who?

February 12th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I have to admit that i am definitely at a loss when it comes to talking about classic rock especially Elvis, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones, b/c when i was growing up my parents never listened to any of those musicians. I grew up listening to contemporary music, such as U2, the Cranberries, Dave Matthews Band, and Bruce Springsteen. So it is definitely intimidating when people in class being to talk more in-depth about the Beatles. Of course i have heard Beatles songs before this class although, sadly enough, my first experience listening to their songs was last year when i went to the Killers concert. One of the opening bands was from Japan and they exclusively played Beatles songs and they were really really good! Surprisingly so b/c for some odd reason i though that i would never like their music b/c i believed that i would never be able to relate to it. Before then i had the odd notion in my head that older, classic music could never be as good as the music that i had grown up listening too, and now i am like “what the hell was i thinking?” After that concert i didnt go all Beatles crazy but i definitely tore through my parents cd collection and downloaded everything! And now this class is prompting me to delve even farther back than my parents music. Recently i downloaded the soundtrack to Across the Universe, which is the only Beatles music that can be downloaded on iTunes, and i really love it ) Sadly though i have yet to see the movie but i really want to (i think my sister might have just bought it, so when i go home i will watch it).

On the same note i absolutely love covers of songs. Love, love, love them. Covers of songs can reveal so much about the artist and the song itself. Depending on how the artist performs the song it could have completely different meanings. I absolutely love seeing how musicians take one song and completely make it their own. Especially the song “Let It Be” on the Across the Universe soundtrack. They completely changed the song into a primarily gospel and soul derived song, with the whole church chorus thing going on, where as it was originally a rock ballad. Another song on the soundtrack, “Come Together,” has a country flair. One interesting discovery that i recently made was a cover of the Britney Spear’s song “Toxic” by the Israeli singer Yael Naim, which i thought was really cool.
Original post by elevatorluvlettr

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We Got the Beat, We Got the Beat, We Got the… Beatles?!

February 11th, 2008 · Comments Off on We Got the Beat, We Got the Beat, We Got the… Beatles?!

Alright, so I doubt that The Beatles were influenced by The Go-Go’s, but their music was shaped by some talented and great performers. The Beatles pulled from the rich vocals, guitar sounds, piano strokes, and drumbeats of their predecessors and used them to create a new kind of rock and pop sound that changed the 1960’s.

The Beatles created a signature sound that drew from a background of blues, folk, rock and even pop. These influences appear throughout their hit, “Please Please Me.” The song’s prominent electric guitar sound can be traced to Elvis and Ray Charles, and the finger picking in the very beginning is reminiscent of Robert Johnson and Blind Lemon Jefferson. In fact, The Beatles eventually did a cover of Jefferson’s “Match Box Blues.” Their expertly controlled lyrics pull from Robert Johnson, while the hint of rawness in them are like those of Son House and Jefferson. The song also has a repetitive quality like that of The Crystals’ song “Da Doo Ron Ron.” Finally, The Beatles’ “Please Please Me” has a bluesy sound mixed with flippant lyrics, which emulates the likes of Buddy Holly in “Peggy Sue” and Motown’s “Money.”

Overall, The Beatles show that even one song can represent so much and can be made up of so many components. The Beatles treat music like a five star chef treats cooking. When a chef creates something, it can seem so simple, yet without just the right combination of ingredients, and the right ingredients in general, the food would taste horrible. That is what The Beatles did with their music: they took just the right ingredients (electric guitar, bluesy sound, etc.) and used just the right amount (no one element was too overbearing) to create something…well…delicious. So, please, give me a second helping of that!
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Tonight we meet… at the dark end of the street.

January 27th, 2008 · Comments Off on Tonight we meet… at the dark end of the street.

Is there a song that you listen to that constantly blows your mind?

Yeah, this is mine.

Original post by maganc

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Kimya Dawson Kimya Dawson

January 23rd, 2008 · Comments Off on Kimya Dawson Kimya Dawson

Well, the big day is here. Kimya Dawson is playing at the Crooked Beat in DC (Adams Morgan). It starts at 7, and we’re all piling into a crappy plymouth to make the harrowing journey. I’m really excited because I’ve never seen Kimya Dawson live, and I sure as hell probably won’t ever have the chance to see her for free again.

Though, it’d be a lie to say I’m not going without a hidden agenda. My friend and I are going to try and talk to Kimya about Fredericksburg and see if she’s interested in doing a show here. Sure, it seems like a longshot, but, at the same time, she’s still playing free shows at record stores so I don’t see why she wouldn’t want to come to our humble town and have some fun.

I’ll put up pictures and a recap of my night either later tonight or tomorrow. It depends on where my head is when I get back tonight.

Original post by maganc

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