My mom just told me a story that her friend Thelma passed along to her this morning, and I thought that I’d share it with you guys and maybe you could tell your friends. Thelma’s little church is just down the road from the location of TomorrowWorld, an amazing electronic dance music festival that came to the United States from Europe back in 2013. I remember when art director Sean Jennings Ryan first showed me this video of TomorrowLand… Continue reading One Sweet TomorrowMud Story
In case you missed it: this past Thursday a towering clown with a “golden voice” stormed YouTube with a cover of “Royals” by 16 year old singer Lorde, ringing up 1.5 million hits in only 3 days and propelling the mysterious artist known only as “Puddles the Clown” into the spotlight.
As the rest of the world scrambles to pierce the mystery of the colossal crooning harlequin we here in Atlanta already know the fool’s not-so-secret secret identity: his name is “Big” Mike Continue reading This Clown is on Fire
The first half of this year was unexpectedly rough, but things are better right now and I think one of the contributing factors has been a five year old album by Weezer, known simply as “The Red Album” (released in 2008). I’d bought the disc a few years back and ripped it to iTunes but until this past spring I had never really listened to it. At this point in the summer I’ve heard it at least 30 or 40 times, which isn’t at all unusual for me. Weezer has been my “happy summer band” since the time I made a trip to Los Angeles for my friend Evan’s wedding and wound up rolling my rental car through Beverly Hills while rocking out to the Weezer song by that same name (as must have many other 17 year old boys, trying to impress people).
I worked in the motion picture industry for over a decade while listening to music by They Might Be Giants and never, ever noticed that the graphic “badge” on the cover of the album “Flood” is a barely reworked version of the IATSE logo (referred to as “the bug” by those in the union). I’m certain that there must be Wikipedia articles and fan sites devoted to plumbing the mysteries of the symbology of the album, so you probably ought to go there…. because if you came here looking for an answer as to WHY John Flansburgh and John Linnell (or their graphic artist) decided to use the bug on their cover, I’m as clueless as you!
The internet keeps getting more interesting in so many unexpected ways. The newest thing that I’ve seen is Kiva.org, a website that allows you to invest in businesspeople in developing countries. Instead of giving them money, making them forever dependant on your handouts, you make loans to them to help them get their dream businesses off the ground. Some of these budding entrepreneurs are truly touching. I’m going to try this eventually, being pushed into it by some of the folks over at AppleNova. I was interested, but not surprised to see that one of the people in my newer circle of friends, singer Juliana Finch, is giving a similar internet loan website a whirl in a bid to raise enough money to produce her first true studio album, the one that will surely launch her star.
The friends we share in common, most of them singers, assure me that Juliana will indeed be famous one day, it’s only a matter of time and funding. Click over to her MySpace page for a sample of her work.
Juliana is being invited to perform at larger and larger venues around Atlanta, perhaps you’ve already seen her. I look forward to investing in Juliana’s career, after all, how cool would it be to tell people that you helped finance a famous singer? Pretty darned cool. How cool would it be to say that you’ve financed a famous singer AND made a loan to a grocer in a tiny developing nation somewhere in the world? Amazing cool.
Yes, and her legs went on for ever.
Like staring up at infinity
through a wisp of cotton panty
along a skin of satin sea.
Hot night in Budapest.
Ian Anderson Rocks.
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Cirque du Soleil has announced that they’re introducing a brand new show named “Love” based on the music of the Beatles, with preview shows beginning in Las Vegas in June. The preview clips from the show are inspiring enough to make any Cirque-loving Beatles fan reach for their bankbook to see if they can swing tickets, airfare, lodging and poker chips. I’m tempted.
Since I’ve had XM radio I have found a handful of bands that electrify me the first time that I hear them. From Snow Patrol to Air to Keane, the latest, most incredible pop hits me enough to keep my inspiration clock ticking. The latest band on the scene is Athlete, who I heard a month or so back. Tonight I was listening to Geoffrey Brown’s song “Bea Arthur” in iTunes and saw a link for downloading Athlete’s latest hit “Wires” for FREE. Go check it out for yourselves to see if it’s still up there for download because it’s a great song; atmospheric with a hip, measured pace, the lyrics trip down corridors through automatic doors… got to get to you, got to see this through. Wait, those are lyrics. Download the song, buy the album. The band is Athlete, the song is Wires. Listen to ‘Wires’ in iTunes now