Tea for the Bloggerman

April 15, 2009, 11:28 pm
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I will be gone this weekend for Coachella, so no blog updates. I will, however, update my Twitter, which you can follow below:



New Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) Album + Mini-Tour in May
April 3, 2009, 10:00 pm
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Yusuf’s new album is available for preorder on Amazon with a release date of 5/5/09. To promote the new album, Yusuf will be playing a small number of shows in North America, including Toronto, LA, and New York. No further details are yet available.



Tentative Coachella Schedule
February 8, 2009, 4:15 pm
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So, Yanira and I are going to Coachella this April and it’s going to be a blast! We’re going to camp out with our little tent and see so many great musicians. Anyone who hasn’t seen the schedule for this year’s festival should make their way over to coachella.com and check it out.

Coachella.com has this nifty thing called the Coachooser which allows you to pick which bands out of the line-up you want to see and organize it into a list. Below is our Master List. Acts I want to see are in blue, ones Yanira wants to see are in red, and ones we both are looking forward to seeing are mixed.

Here’s a link: http://www.coachella.com/interact/coachooser/share/c45f7cb15b2e397bed0c73cb4d921db5

Friday, April 17th:
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
Franz Ferdinand
Leonard Cohen
Noah and the Whale

Paul McCartney
The Black Keys

Saturday, April 18th:
Amy Winehouse
Booker T.
Fleet Foxes
Henry Rollins

Hercules and Love Affair
Jenny Lewis
The Killers
TV on the Radio

Sunday, April 19th:
Antony and the Johnsons
Okkervil River
Paolo Nutini

Paul Weller
The Cure
Throbbing Gristle
Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Hopefully there’s no conflict in the schedule! But in case there is, Yanira and I have made a “must-see” list. Here it is:

Friday, April 17th:
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
Leonard Cohen
Morrissey (he’s sort of in between, I would ditch him for any other must-see)
Paul McCartney

Saturday, April 18th:

Amy Winehouse
The Killers

Sunday, April 19th:

Antony and the Johnsons
The Cure
Throbbing Gristle
Yeah Yeah Yeahs

T5AotW: Week 26
February 1, 2009, 9:50 pm
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Week 25: February 1st

1. Foreigner by Cat Stevens
The “Foreigner Suite” is mind-blowing. The rest of the album can bite me. I can listen to that 18-minute long suite over and over. I especially love the last 4 minutes, the “I’ll Go Where True Love Goes” movement. On his 2006 album, Yusuf reprised this portion and turned it into it’s own song. When I first put the record on and heard the piano tinkling out that song I was so elated.

2. The Best of the Velvet Underground
Big songs for this week: “Rock ‘n Roll” (my new phone ringtone), “I’m Waiting for the Man,” “Heroin,” and “White Light/White Heat.”

3. Driving Rain by Paul McCartney
The Coachella lineup for this year was announced a couple of days ago and Macca will be headlining the first day along with people like Morrissey (yay) and Leonard Cohen (can I get a “holy shit”?). I’m planning on going to Coachella with Yanira, so I’ve been catching up on Paul’s recent work. Pretty good album, I like the hard sound to it.

4. Memory Almost Full by Paul McCartney
This album gets a bad rap, but I like it a lot. “Dance Tonight” was the first song I learned how to play on the mandolin. “House of Wax” is a weird song though. I think that’s why the bookstore I work at has about 7 copies of it for sale.

5. Electric Arguments by Paul McCartney
Paul’s latest. I downloaded it, burned it, and took it with me to the store on Saturday. I need to listen to it more but it sounds interesting. Very avant garde, I like it. If you look at the CD you can see everything misspelled. I did this after accidentally writing a “B” instead of a “P.” In for a penny, in for a pound.

T5AotW: Week 25
January 25, 2009, 6:09 pm
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Week 25: More like Top four albums. I coudn’t think of a fifth CD that I was listening to. =(

1. The Slider by T. Rex
Just got this album not too long ago and it is great. I love T. Rex. My experience with T. Rex before this was limited to the Electric Warrior album. Good shit.

2. Outside by David Bowie
Bowie’s 1995 venture into the NIN-dominated world of industrial rock. An extremely good album. I hope the sequel to it, Contamination, will be made. Highlights include the title track, “Heart’s Filthy Lesson,” “Hallo Spaceboy,” “Strangers When We Meet” and Mike Garson’s masterful jazzy piano.

3. Famous Blue Raincoat by Jennifer Warnes
A Leonard Cohen tribute album that features a number of very special guests, including blues guitar virtuosos Stevie Ray Vaughn and Robben Ford on “First We Take Manhattan” and Leonard himself doing guest vocals on “Joan of Arc.”

4. Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea by PJ Harvey
Not as good as To Bring You My Love, but still. It’s PJ Harvey. You can’t go wrong with her.

T5AotW: Week 24
January 18, 2009, 10:15 pm
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Week 24:

1. Live Santa Monica ’72 by David Bowie
Classic live Ziggy. Mick Ronson shines, securing his place as one of rock’s finest guitarist. Any doubters should listen to the live version of “Moonage Daydream” then prompty change their opinion.

2. Unplugged in New York by Nirvana
Kurt Kurt Kurt Kurt Kurt.

3. Get Behind Me Satan by The White Stripes
Odd blues bluegrass rock from the people who brought you awesome.

4. The Downward Spiral by Nine Inch Nails
This has been on my shelf for a while but I haven’t really listened to it until I saw in the bookstore. After a couple of plays, it really shines.

5. Tom Waits Live in Phoenix June 17, 2008
My little burned bootleg of Tom Waits’ first concert of the Glitter and Doom tour. The one I attended. After not hearing these songs for a while, the sounds welcomely return to my ears. Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis. Who would’ve called that one?

Woody Guthrie would be so proud
January 18, 2009, 6:51 pm
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In my search for Youtube video of Obama’s inagural concert at the Lincoln Memorial, I stumbled upon this video.

Bruce Springsteen was joined on stage by Pete Seeger to sing Woody Guthrie’s classic “This Land is Your Land.” The crowd sings along. Imagine, hundreds of thousands of people all gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial celebrating the nation’s first African-American president by singing a song by one of America’s most beloved folksingers, and accompanied by one of Guthrie’s personal friends, the 89-year old Pete Seeger.  It is moments like this that makes me proud to be an American.