Most music bloggers have a stack, either physical or digital, of albums they want/plan/need to review. While that certainly holds true for me as well, my reviewing Waterloo is music videos. I watch them, bookmark them, save them and always tell myself, “hey, I’ll pop this up in the featured section or do an awesome vid of day with it” and then it goes to the metaphorical bottom of the pile and never makes it up on the blog page.
So I am going to try something a little different. Every week or two I’ll do a ‘clean out the vid bin’ post and just toss them all on the page. Let’s see how this goes.
The Baron Sisters (Kimmie and Kelsie) are singer/songwriters from Florida. I love the harmonies and the slightly quirky lyrics of their songs. This is their newest video, released yesterday July 10, 2012. If you like their sound you can pop over to their website and download the song for free.
I am not sure where this next vid came from but I love the retro styling. George A Santino gives his rendition of Come Fly With Me. (written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn and originally performed by Frank Sinatra)
Somehow I nearly missed the release of the new Aerosmith video. I didn’t see much press on it and found it while tracking down another piece of music. Legendary Child is an older song, written in ’91 but never released. This version was reworked for the movie G.I. Joe – Retaliation. I don’t watch Idol so I missed the release of the song. The original video for the song had the band live, mixed with clips from the movie but when the movie release was pushed back to 2013 they couldn’t use the clips. This version has actress Alexa Vega on roller skates. Yes, roller skates. Just watch.
I’m gonna close with the rough trailer for the upcoming film, Smokestack Lightning: The Legendary Howlin’ Wolf. You can follow the filmmakers on their facebook page or their you tube channel.
July 2010 Blues and Music Festivals in the South:
Friday-Saturday, July 2-3, 2010
BB King Homecoming: “Blues, Bikes & BBQ”
Indianola, Mississippi, U.S.
Saturday-Monday, July 3-5, 2010
Festival for the Eno
Durham, NC, U.S.
919-620-9099 ext 203
Thursday-Saturday, July 8-10, 2010
Greenwood Blues Cruise
Greenwood, SC, U.S.
Friday-Saturday, July 9-10, 2010
Louisville Blues-n-Barbecue Festival
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Grassroots Blues Festival
Duck Hill, Mississippi, U.S.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
14th Annual Sedalia Blues Festival & Competition
Big Island, Virginia, U.S.
Sunday-Tuesday, July 11-13, 2010
Virginia Blues & Jazz Festival
Hot Springs, Virginia, U.S.
Friday-Saturday, July 16-17, 2010
Hot Ribs & Cool Blues
Anniston, Alabama, U.S.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Festival
Roanoke, Virginia, U.S.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Blues Concert & Crawl with Seth Walker
Southern Pines, North Carolina, U.S.
Sunday-Friday, July 18-23, 2010
Augusta Blues Week
Elkins, West Virginia, U.S.
Friday-Sunday, July 23-25, 2010
Cape Fear Blues Festival
Wilmington, NC, U.S.
Friday – Saturday, July 23-31 2010
W.C. Handy Music Festival
Florence, AL, US
Friday-Sunday, July 30-1, 2010
Tall City Blues Fest
Midland, TX, U.S.
For more information check out the websites or for info on festivals outside the South, pop over to the Blues Festival Guide.
One of the great things about digital music is I can have a huge stack of cds on my desk to review without actually having to work around them. The downside is, of course, there is no stack of cds sitting on the desk and silently mocking me until I review them. They are all tucked quietly away in computer files.
Today is another attempt to shorten the stack.
Marco Benevento – Me Not Me - Jazz – This is the album Scooter and I were listening to yesterday. Jazz covers of non-jazz songs. I love his rendition of My Morning Jacket’s Golden and also Heartbeats by The Knife. Sing it Again and Run of the Mill are also very good. Yes, go buy it.
Blues Divine – Shine Like the Sun – Blues – I really wanted to like this but the longer I listen the more it all sounds kind of like blues-lite. The band sounds okay, but there is no muscle behind the music. However, the are few bright spots. I like the piano on Apocalyspe Blues and love the mellow jazz sound of Axel Grease but overall I was disappointed. This is one to definitely listen to before buying. Or maybe just pass on buying at all.
Aynsley Lister – Equilibrium – Blues Rock - Angel o Mine has been on my mp3 player for a while so yes, I am a fan. I was excited about his new album and it did not disappoint me.My favorites were the mellow and slightly alt-country sound of Soul and the awesome guitar work in a What’s It All About. Oh yes, run and go buy.
You can listen to previews of these Cd’s on Amazon and Emusic and can purchase them at all the usual suspects.
Some days you write thoughtful and detailed posts on music, books, politics or social issues.
Some days you hurry and just toss in recs for albums you like or stories you really enjoyed.
And some days you just give up and accept that the baby is teething and rock her while listening to your new Marco Benevento album and reading everyone else’s blog.
Guess which day today is.
PS: *waves hi to Linda* – (will stop by your blog and say hi once Scooter is down for her nap)
Thursday it was rainy and grey. Scooter was fussy (two molars coming in-sigh) and I was still tired from her teething and my cold. So I composed my post while we listened to some great jazz on NPR.
Jazz is like the musical version of orajel for babies. Seriously, the only other music that even comes close is Patsy Cline. I have no qualms about dosing my kid with either of them.
Then I tried to save the post and all kinds of buggy badness ensued. I spent the rest of the day back and forth with tech support but the problem only shows up for me. Kind of like the car noise that drives you insane but the mechanic never hears. Finally today they have an idea of the problem so with a clean sheet of paper and freshly sharpened pencils in hand, (metaphorically speaking) I will give it another try.
Scooter and I were listening to a wonderful program on the NPR website called Take Five:A Weekly Jazz Sampler. The program profiles and provides streaming audio for five different jazz songs each week. This week they brought out their picks for best jazz of 2009 – so far. We liked all the selections but Scooter’s favorite was Dancin’ 4 Chicken by Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, while I loved ‘Waves‘ by Miles Okazaki.
(yeah, it’s working!)
So I walked into my laundry room last Friday and there was water all over the floor but none of it was anywhere near the washer or the sink. This left the water heater which after calling Kahuna to come investigate (hey, it is a big metal tub full of water and wired to 220 – like I am going to touch it) he pronounced it rusted through. Three hundred or so dollars poorer, but with nice hot water I decided slow down my music buying spree and focus on free music for a little while.
Finally I picked up several tracks from Amazon.com including Summer’s Gone by Jackopierce. Once the pain of the surprise water heater purchase wears off I am going to buy the entire CD, The Promise of Summer.