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MGMT | FYF Festival | August 25, 2013

To check out pictures of other bands I was able to catch at the festival, CLICK HERE. The last time I saw MGMT was when they played a tent at Coachella back in 2008 supporting their debut album Oracular Spectacular.  The buzz around them was huge at the time, and their singles “Kids“,  “Time to Pretend” and “Electric Feel”  were getting tons of radio play. I remember their set … Read More MGMT | FYF Festival | August 25, 2013

Toddchella | Part I | Tijuana Tears

House parties in Los Angeles can be hit or miss.  More often misses, than hits.  At Toddchella, I discovered what it takes to make a house party a sure-fire hit (i) have the house party at a really cool location, (ii) have fully stocked bars with bartenders, (iii) have vending machines that dispense party essentials (i.e. lighters, cigarettes, condoms…), (iv) have a free taco … Read More Toddchella | Part I | Tijuana Tears

Toddchella | Part II | The Record Company

Continued from Toddchella | Part I | Tijuana Tears I had noticed people behind me dancing with little LCD light bracelets, and I asked around to see where they got them. I was informed that a photography company named Harmonic Light was taking psychedelic pictures for the party, so I head into the nearby room (with a stripper pole) where they were set up. With … Read More Toddchella | Part II | The Record Company

Toddchella | Part III | We Were Indians

Continued from Toddchella | Part II | The Record Company My buzz was still going, and I kept going to the bar to get more ice for my scotch. I tipped each time I ask for more ice. I never had to wait for ice. Tipping usually works that way. I head back out to the stage area, and by the time I returned … Read More Toddchella | Part III | We Were Indians

Passenger ‘I Hate’ Live from The Borderline, London (Short Version)

I really enjoyed listening to the lyrics of this tune. It’s seems that I hate all of the things that Passenger (Mike Rosenberg) hates as well.

The Time I Kicked It With John Stephens

I sang in an a capella group at Cornell University. I have very fond memories of my time singing with the group. We traveled and performed around the world and got to experience a lot of things that other college students could only dream of. Throughout my four years in the group (95-99), I always kept an ear out for new recordings and cool … Read More The Time I Kicked It With John Stephens

In Memoriam | Ernie K-Doe | 1936-2001 | How I Was Introduced to “The Emperor of the Universe”

There’s so much music out there these days that unless by some divine intervention, you may never hear some of the best music that’s ever been recorded.  If it weren’t for a bachelor party down in New Orleans, I probably would have never heard of Ernest Kador, Jr. (February 22, 1936 – July 5, 2001), professionally known as Ernie K-Doe. It’s been a few years so I … Read More In Memoriam | Ernie K-Doe | 1936-2001 | How I Was Introduced to “The Emperor of the Universe”

In Memoriam | Nina Simone | 1933-2003

On this day, February 21, 1933, Eunice Kathleen Waymon, better known as Nina Simone, was born.  Below are videos of her performing live some of my favorite songs from her catalog. 1.  “Black is the Colour (Of My True Love’s Hair)”  2. “I Loves You, Porgy”  3. “Backlash Blues” (Written by Langston Hughes)  4. “I Put A Spell On You”  I was able to find a recording … Read More In Memoriam | Nina Simone | 1933-2003

In Memoriam | Kurt Cobain | 1967-1994

February 20, 1967, one of the most iconic figures in rock music was born. Kurt Donald Cobain, best known as the lead singer and guitarist of Nirvana.  Nirvana’s legacy is well documented.  They made “alternative music” cool, bringing that which was part of the “underground”  into the foreground, and popularized a new genre of music that we call “grunge”. Whether he wanted it to or … Read More In Memoriam | Kurt Cobain | 1967-1994

Music Tidbit: “Tuesday Heartbreak” by Stevie Wonder

“Tuesday Heartbreak” was track 4 on Stevie Wonder’s 15th album “Talking Book“.  The album’s first track was “You Are the Sunshine of My Life“,which earned Stevie Wonder his first Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.  “Talking Book” is a must have for anybody who wants vintage, hit-making Stevie. “Tuesday Heartbreak” is one of my favorite tracks off of the album.  Written by … Read More Music Tidbit: “Tuesday Heartbreak” by Stevie Wonder

Album Review: Alphonso Johnson’s “Yesterday’s Dreams”

Hardly known, and often overlooked, Alphonso Johnson was an electric bass player of the highest order in the 70s. He has played alongside some jazz music’s greats, including, Horace Silver, Woody Herman, Chuck Mangione, and Chet Baker. His popularity rose to its heights during the late 70’s had was able to record solo albums while simultaneously playing Weather Report. “Yesterday’s Dream” epitomizes Alphoso Johnson’s … Read More Album Review: Alphonso Johnson’s “Yesterday’s Dreams”

In Memoriam | George “Shadow” Morton | 1940-2013

On February 14, 2013, George “Shadow” Morton passed away.  The casual music fan won’t realize it, but Shadow’s legacy in music history is quite profound.  Having introduced The Shangri-Las to the world in the 1960s, he set the stage for the evolution of women of music, giving women a “tough girls” persona, as compared to their contemporaries.  Music historians and critics point to Shadow as one of … Read More In Memoriam | George “Shadow” Morton | 1940-2013