Absolutely loving this picture of a North Korea weightlifter during his competition today...
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
I don't know how but I've found the worst video of all time. Its not in English and all I know is its a crazy dance track but the video is a must see.
Here is the description of this guys new album:
"From 2 years of break, PSY, is finally coming back with his 6th album 'PSY6' The album's weighty title song 'Gangnam Style' is composed solely by PSY himself from lyrics to choreography. The song is characterized by its strongly addictive beats and lyrics, and is thus certain to penetrate the foundations of modern philosophy."
This was expected but still pretty cool. Despite the big stage of the 2012 London Opening Ceremony, the musicians involved including former Beatle legend Paul McCartney earned a mere 1 pound or $1.57 in US, for their services that evening. The Olympic organizers say the small sum was paid to the stars in order to make their contracts binding.
And while we are talking about the Olympics let me tell NBC just once that I hate them! I stayed away from as much coverage as I could yesterday (especially the swimming results). Only to have you show a commercial for the Today Show with Missy Franklin winning the Gold, literally in the commercial break before she competed. I don't know how many other people caught that but it did not make me too happy last night.
Monday, July 30, 2012
"There is no way to happiness.
Happiness is the way.
So treasure every moment that you have.
And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special
And remember that time waits for no one.
So stop waiting until you finish school, until you go back to school,
Until you lose ten pounds, until you gain ten pounds
Until you have kids, until your kids leave the house,
Until you start work, until you retire,
Until you get married, until you get divorced, until Friday night
Until Saturday morning, until you get a new car or home
Until your car or home is paid off, until spring, until summer
Until fall, until winter, until you are off welfare, until the first or fifteenth,
Until your song comes on, until you've had a drink
Until you've sobered up, until you die, until you are born again
To decide that there is no better time than right now to be happy
Happiness is a journey, not a destination
Work like you don't need the money
Love like you've never been hurt
And dance like no one's watching...."
I am still upset that I had to miss the Killers when they came to Richmond a few weeks ago because I had to go back to NJ. But that is how the world works. I am most upset that I probably missed hearing this next song live. Its the new one off their latest album, and what I respect the most about them with this song. There are no theatrics, no tricks, just focused on the good music. Hopefully they will come back soon...
I am super excited for football season. I love having something to watch every Sunday afternoon. I was even going to buy Sunday ticket so I could watch every single Jets game this season. But with our moves (or lack of) this off season my outlook for my team this year is not looking too great. Why?
-Jets ownership has created a QB controversy trading for Tebow
-Revis could be faking injuries right now to get more money
-Santonio Holmes is already thrashing our new O-Line coach
-We used our first round pick on a guy with a bunch of charachter issues and problems
-Oh and Rex Ryan still has yet to learn his lesson and be quiet.
So while I'm excited for the season, my expectations are low.
Also Jets nation who thinks this whole Tebow thing is a good idea. This was the official picture released from our first day of training camp. Where is the picture of our actual starting QB. Also this is due to the fact that I saw a 7 minute intervew with Hannah Storm this morning with none other then Tebow! What other back up gets this type of attention? Not good guys not good.
Okay this should be it for my Olympic coverage for today. (Note I say today... you will hear more over the next two weeks).
Here is my recap of the good the bad and the ugly of the London Olympic Opening Ceremony music.
Now I will first say this. I expected a lot out of the music for London's games. I mean think about it, in the history of music some of the best acts come from England. Some of the worlds greatest stars made their start there so I expected some good representation when they took the world stage Friday night.
I would give them a solid B. Nothing too spectacular, nothing too terrible.
What went right:
- Ode to David Bowie. Great Britan couldn't have picked a better song to come out to during their parade of Olympians than Bowie's "Heroes". Great job.
-Paul McCartney brings it home. Who doesn't love a sing a long to end the opening?
-Drumming during the industrial revolution scene. I thought all of the music during that fit perfectly into the the theme bravo.
-Surprise songs: Didn't expect to hear Sex Pistols "God Save the Queen" that was cool. As was the Clash's "London Calling" (which we will hear 1,000 times over the next two weeks), and the Special's "A Message to You" was a treat.
-Not a huge fan but it was nice to see Danny Boyle (the director of the whole thing) try and include MIA, New Order and Prodigy in the mix.
- Floyd Fireworks. Don't have to say anything else...
-Tribute to the late Amy Winehouse
-I heard that there was a bell display around the city. That all the church bells all got together and played the same song at the same time to open the games. I missed it but I bet it was cool.
Now on to the things that could have been done better...
-I'm a fan of the Arctic Monkeys. Yet, I would have preferred if they played their own song and did not cover a Beatles tune during their time on the stage. Especially when an actual Beatle was in the arena.
-I loved that they tried their best to pair music with the countries walking in. But some of it was a little odd. Bee Gees with the athletes from Fiji? That is a joke waiting to happen. China with the Pet Shop Boys? Poland with Fleetwood Mac? U2 with Trinidad and Tunisia and Turkey, oh what about the bad timed "Where The Streets Have No Name" while Syria made its entrance. Whoops.
-And finally while I thought they did stretch out to include a lot of great British artists I couldn't help to think who was missing. No Rod Steward, Def Leppard, The Cure, George Michael, The Smiths, Black Sabbath, OASIS, Dusty Springfield, Elton John, The Police, Depeche Mode? Where were these???
Overall they did a good job with the music. And still have the closing ceremonies to make up for some of these acts being left out.
And finally here is the video of my favorite part. The fireworks with Pink Floyd's 'Eclipse' playing in the background. Couldn't have picked a better song myself. (Sorry that the commentators are briefly in another language, its the only video I could find at the moment).
I don't know about you, but my favorite moment from the London Opening Ceremony was Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean. He totally owned it.
And yes if you are part of the DeMaio family you have a long storied history of Mr. Bean. Seeing him will always make me think of my mother and little brother watching his videos for hours at a time and laughing to the point of crying. Bravo London.
I hope that everyone had a great weekend and is starting to enjoy what is my favorite two weeks every four years.... THE SUMMER OLYMPICS.
I will write a post about the actually opening in a little bit (warning... Mr. Bean video coming soon). So to start off the week I will start with a little American pride. Correct that I will start out with what should have been prideful to America but it took a very unfortunate turn.
Whoever told this 11 year old that 1. She can sing 2. She should sing the National Anthem at a MLS game should have their heads examined. This (besides Rosanne Barr) could be the worst rendition I have ever heard in my entire life...
I kind of feel bad for the girl. And kind of don't at the same time.
USA USA USA?
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Dave Matthews Band is another band that you either love or you hate. I tend to stay on the love side due to their lyrics, live shows, use of horns but most of all the drumming. Have you ever taken the time to break down the way Carter Beauford plays the drums? Oh you haven't? Let me help you out real quick.
According to him his unusual playing style has attributed to his use of left-hand lead on a right-handed kit to playing his own kit in front of a mirror as a kid in an attempt to emulate some of his favorite drummers. He unknowingly set up his drums in reverse of whichever performer he was emulating in an attempt to match the images completely. This helped him become completely ambidextrous at a very young age, even if it was by accident.
His unique style is captured in the following video:
Do yourself a favor and go to the top of this very blog to that little search function and put in either 'Queen' or 'Freddie Mercury'. What you will find is numerous articles that I have written about both the band and its magnetic frontmen over the course of my blogs history.
Last night I was re energized about Queen during a debate I was having. Now I get it, Queen is easily the type of band that you either love or you hate. There wasn't many 'eh they are alright' fans. I get it, but you have to have respect for what they did to the music industry and the kind of performances its leader Freddie would put on. In almost every list you will read, you will find him listed among the best who ever graced a stage.
For me, I can't not love a band that puts on this type of performance. Watch. Now.
This song and the intent behind it will get you ever time. This is Stars by Grace Potter off her new album. Easily one of the better written songs on the album.
"I lit a fire with the love you left behind,
And it burned wild and crept up the mountainside.
I followed your ashes into outer space
I can't look out the window
I can't look at this place.
I can't look at the stars
They make me wonder where you are
Up on heaven's boulevard
And if I know you at all.
I know you've gone too far
So I, I can't look at the stars"
Sorry for the lack of posting this week. Work has completely ruled my life lately and there just has been no time to visit here.
But its looking like my afternoon is a little less busy and I should be able to get on here for a few posts. I will start this one off simple and sweet. This new box set comes out tomorrow and I'm making my final plea for someone to get it for me.
Its the 6 disc box set showcasing two complete shows recorded by Phish at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. The dates of the shows June 18, 1994 and November 25, 1994.
Just someone do it for me already. Also, while you are on the website pick me up that sweatshirt I wan too.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Well this is a move I didn't see coming. Last week both Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler threw in the towel for their American Idol jobs and left the world guessing who would take their place.
In a move that well, I never thought would happen they announced last night that yes Mariah Carey has landed the job. For a cool $18 million for one year.
That is insane on so many levels. First $18 million? Really? Second, who still listens to her? This show has officially jumped the shark. I give it two more years on air before it fades into obscurity.
So for months now I've been talking about my fear of the hologram concert and how I do not like the direction that it is going at the moment. Well this morning I was doing my daily troll around the internet and I found a hilarious/scary article over on buzzfeed. The link to the entire post is right HERE. And what it talks about is my biggest fear. What may actually happen in the future with music. Read this first paragraph and tell me you are not scared.
Remember I did not write this, to read the entire thing follow link above.
Friday, July 20, 2012
I'm not going to go off on gun control, or how I think we have a major problem with guns in this country. Instead I will focus on what actually happened and how scary of a world we live in.
I can not imagine sitting in a theater enjoying a movie and having something like this happen. Where has society gone wrong where people get ideas like this in their heads? Its sick. I'm incredibly sad about this tragedy this morning. I can't stop reading about it and reading into some of the lives of the victims. Most were young, energetic and with their whole lives in front of them. Now because of the actions of some idiotic 24 year old they will not have a chance to live out these lives.
The whole scene keeps playing in a loop in my head. It won't stop.
Again, what type of world are we living in?
Problems that were not even imagine 15 years ago are now real.
People are now weary to be in a mall, in a cafeteria in their high school, in a classroom at their college, and now a movie theater. Its unimaginable. I can not believe I live in this world.
I know over the next few days we will be hearing more and more details about this shooter but in all reality. I don't want to. I don't want to hear how he grew up. How at the age of 24 he was so jaded that he took these peoples lives. Lets focus on the victims. Lets send prayers out to their families. Lets think about the positivity we can bring into this world rather than to focus on the negatives.
Today I am driving to NJ to hang out with some of my family and for a good friends wedding. Last night I was not excited about this trip. I really did not want to go. Yet now I can not think of a better place to be tonight. I will hug my parents. Tell my friends how much I love and that they mean to me. And will continue not to waste another day....
Because with this crazy world. You really never know.
Again my prayers are with the victims and their families during this senseless time.
This has been playing on repeat all morning.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
I know you probably read that headline and are thinking what show could it be now? There are just way too many crazy shows out there to just pick one.... well I did.
The name "American Bible Challenge" and all I will do is post pictures from the actual show. Again this is 100% real. Did I mention Jeff Foxworth is the host?
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
So last night I was lying in bed and a thought came into my head. If I could meet one person who helped change my life who would it be. I thought long and hard and came up with a pretty decent list.
1. Pat Summit
2. Mia Hamm
3. Paul McCartney
Those would be my top three. In order.
You almost forgot about Mia Hamm didn't you? I can not even begin to explain how obsessed I was with soccer back in the day and how I used to just watch her highlights over and over again.
Random thoughts complete.
One of my favorites Grace Potter released an album last month and while I have been lacking on reviewing it, I am absolutely loving it. Last year Grace changed the direction of her band. The bass player left, she added another guitarist and went out to put out her 4th studio album. This album they wanted to really capture the essence of their live shows, the energy, the attitude that voice. I am happy to report that they did a fantastic job and my faith is restored in Grace and her career.
The title track of the album "The Lion The Beast and The Beat" is by far my favorite track from the album. Its loud, gritty and mean. Just the way I like it.
Enjoy the track and go give the full album a spin. I promise its worth it.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
New video from The Shins. The concept is pretty creepy but the song is pretty great. Enjoy. And happy Tuesday.... One day closer to that elusive Friday.
"Well I guess it's only life, it's only natural
We all spend a little while going down the rabbit hole
The things they taught you, they're lining up to haunt you
You got your back against the wall
I call you on the telephone, won't you pick up the receiver?
I've been down the very road you're walking now
It doesn't have to be so dark and lonesome
It takes a while but we can figure this thing out
And turn it back around"
Monday, July 16, 2012
Sad day for Rock and Roll music. Jon Lord, the former keyboard player with the rock band Deep Purple died today at the age of 71. Lords roots are deep in rock history. He co-founded Deep Purple in 1968 and co-wrote many of the groups greatest songs including the instant classic "Smoke on the Water". He also played with bands later in his career like Whitesnake.
The family released a simple statement after his death from pancreatic cancer. "Jon passes from Darkenss to Light".
RIP Jon. Your keyboard solo on this next track is still one of my favorites.
Here is the third video off of the new Jack White album. Its for "Freedom at 21" and it was directed by Hype Williams. So as you can imagine its pretty badass. And that doesn't even include the girl that rides around on his hood for a majority of the video. That is just plain crazy.
Have I mentioned how much I love this man? Oh I have....
The Hollywood Reporter just released their annual list of the top paid musicians in the game and some of these names and numbers will most likely make you pass out. I warned you in advance.
10. Dave Matthews - $51 Million
9. Justin Beiber - $53 Million
8. The Eagles - $60 Million
7. The Black Eyed Peas (yes I know..)
6. Paul McCartney - $67 Million
5. Michael Buble - $70 Million (Really?)
4. Lady Gaga - $90 Million
3. Elton John - $100 Million
2. Jon Bon Jovi - $125 Million
1. U2 - $195 Million (Wow)
Now this is how you do it! Last night Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band threw down for an epic concert in London't Hyde Park. From what I hear it featured a ton of guests including John Fogerty, Tom Morello and Paul McCartney. McCartney joined Bruce on stage for the final two encores of "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Twist and Shout". I also hear that they would have kept playing longer if they literally weren't kicked off the stage for being past curfew.
Way to go Bruce.
Finally we get details about the new album!! After teasing songs for weeks Mumford & Sons have announced the details around their new album called "Babel". It will be released on September 25th and this is the track listing.
Babel track list:
"Whispers in the Dark"
"I Will Wait"
"Ghosts That We Knew"
"Lover of the Light
"Below My Feet"
"Not With Haste"
"Whispers in the Dark"
"I Will Wait"
"Ghosts That We Knew"
"Lover of the Light
"Below My Feet"
"Not With Haste"
I'm pretty excited about this album. How it will top their freshman effort is still something that I doubt can actually happen.... but here is to hoping! They are also kicking off their 15 stop US tour next week. Anyone got any extra Portsmouth tickets?
As much as I tried to avoid it, Monday is here and we are in for yet another work week. All will be okay though because with the promise of a Monday comes the promise of a Friday. So lets get this week done!
Hope that everyone had a good weekend. We had some very weird weather patterns here in Richmond, Va. I took the above photo with my phone last night around 7pm. Looks like a scene right out of Independence Day. Pretty crazy.
I am trying to finally get back on this blog this week after what has been an insane last two weeks. I finally feel like I will have the time and energy needed to get it all done.
So lets get this show on the road.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Yes you read that title correct. This next video is a scene right out of my childhood. Its the little army men that everyone had as a kid made to look like they are dancing to Pink Martini's "Ohayoo Ohio".
Amazing. And yes I'm making up for lost time on this blog with silly videos. How did you guess?
Muse, a band that I have written about numerous times before on this blog has been given the task of the summer. To create an anthem for the Summer Olympics. That is right, do you know how much air play this one song will get over the next few months? I for one am just glad that they came up with a good one!
Here it is, mixed with some great Olympic footage.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
I apologize for my brief absence. Work has been crazy busy as of late and I have not had enough time to get on here and write. I'm sorry!
Hope your week is off to a great start! The heat has finally broke here in Richmond making life as a whole more manageable.
Stay tuned for more from me soon...
Friday, July 6, 2012
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Speaking of artists I loved from the 90s that still got it, the Foo Fighters are absolutely killing it these days. I didn't like this song at first but it has slowly grown on me to the point that when it came across my radio today I put all my windows down and blasted it for the world to hear. Its just a great rock and roll tune. And now to speak of the video. Its an amazing tribute to their live concerts and their fans. For people like me who go to a lot of concerts its nice to see this type of video done on this scale. Well done!
"One of these days the ground will drop out from beneath your feet
One of these days your heart will stop and play its final beat
One of these days the clocks will stop and time won't mean a thing
One of these days their bombs will drop and silence everything
But its alright
Yeah it's alright
I said it's alright"
Take a look at the above video to check out one of my favorite performers from the 90s showing the world that not only does she still look great, but she has the chops to pull off some great things. Alanis Morissette hit the Guitar Sessions stage over the weekend and pulled out some of her greatest hits. Above is the song "Ironic". A song that I adored as a teenager and still do to this day.
So good to see that she has still got it!
A few weeks ago I brought you a 'behind the scenes' peek of a song that I have absolutely fallen in love with. "Distance" by Christina Perri is an amazingly well written song about heartbreak and losing someone you love just because the timing is just not working out. Its beautifully heartbreaking, and also features Jason Mraz another one of my favorites.
I can listen to this all day long and now that I have a fantastic video to go with it. The song is officially complete. I have to find when this girl is coming to Richmond, she is easily at the top of my must see list.
"...and I will make sure to keep my distance
Say I love you, and you're not listening.
How long can we keep this slow?"
I'm sorry for being all over the place again today. I just got back from playing bingo with a bunch of 80+ year olds (have I mentioned how much I love my job). Well it was a great way to spend the morning. Now I'm back in the office grinding out a few more hours here.
This is something that is single handedly getting me through the day.
Monday, July 2, 2012
Here is a picture from the unveiling of the new Miles Davis stamp.
The unveiling happened at this years Hollywood Bowl before a concert put on by legends Herbie Hancock and Vince Wilburn Jr.
Henry Rollins was also on hand for the unveiling. Its widely known that he is a huge Miles fan and is friends with the family.
One thing I do know for sure is that if I was in New Jersey this weekend you would have been able to find me at the Van Morrison concert at the Jersey Folklore Festival. Look a that setlist!
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. It was too damn hot here in Richmond. I survived... barely.