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Two Talented Ladies, Bjork and Joanna, Make One Amazing Teeny Tour

Posted by Miss Ess, April 18, 2007 05:18pm | Post a Comment
Helloooooooo everyone, I just read online that Miss Joanna Newsom will be opening fobjorkr Miss Bjork on her upcoming tour for two whole dates:

05-15 Denver, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
05-19 Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre

Now doesn't that seem like a fantastic match? 

I am so excited to hejoanna newsomar Joanna's new ep that is coming out next Tuesday on Drag City. It's gonna be called Joanna Newsom and the Ys Street Band and will have one new song, "Colleen," recorded just after her tour ended in December at The Record Plant in Sausalito. The Plant is a fabled recording studio where Fleetwood Mac's Rumours was laid down, along with sessions by just about anyone who's anyone, including Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison, Crosby, Stilljoanna newsom and the ys street bands, Nash and Young, Michael Bolton, etc etc. All the greats. Anyway, I am waiting with most eager anticipation for this latest release, and will give a full report as soon as I hear it. Oh yeah, it's also gonna have some live tracks from the Ys tour and including her crackerjack band of Miss Katie Hardin, Mr Neal Morgan, Mr Kevin Barker, Mr Ryan Francesconi, and Mr Dan Cantrell. Seeing the Ys songs performed live was one of the most moving experiences I have ever had at a show-- this band cooks!  And so do the songs. Hopefully everyone's heard Joanna's Ys by now; if not, you are coo coo-- go check it out immediately!  Bjork's new album Volta comes out May 7.  All of this gives me so much to look forward to!

2nd Street Jazz - Jazz & More in Little Tokyo

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, April 18, 2007 02:50pm | Post a Comment

2nd Street Jazz (or LAND, as it's otherwise known as) is a Jazz club
and bar located in downtown LA's Little Tokyo. It's an inconspicuous
spot, unassuming, situated on a corner between a couple of sushi restaurants and an American Apparel. Actually, it's very easy to miss. However, it's a spot that has been gathering ample attention not by
flyers or ads, but through word of mouth.

2nd Street Jazz was founded six years ago by former trumpet player and
entrepreneur, Kohei Matsumoto. Kohei was a businessman whose passion
for jazz inspired him to open a jazz club in Little Tokyo. Unfortunately, after having achieved his dream, Kohei passed away. However, his son Koichi soon took over and is keeping his father's vision alive.

The week starts off on Monday night, which tends to be a little tamed. You can find your usual suspects enjoying a cold 24oz. Sapporo and speaking with Koichi or the bartender Lisa, from my hometown of Gardena. On Tuesdays, 2nd Street hosts an open jam session that attracts many of L.A.'s up and coming jazz musicians. Wednesdays are reserved for local Jazz groups playing mostly original compositions. In fact, in the multiple times that I have been there on a Wednesday night, I have yet to witness a single mediocre act.

Other nights are reserved for different events, my favorite night being an amateur night with the participants being some of the regulars from the bar. It's funny, some people will surprise you with their talent and others, well… it's amateur night. It's never boring. The acts cover various musical styles: R&B, rock, samba, hip-hop... etc. Lots of cover songs that range from the musical tastes of Alicia Keys to Michael Franks (remember "Popsicle Toes"? ah… yeah, that one) to Miles Davis.

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It's Windy: Therefore, We Have Odyssey and Oracle

Posted by Miss Ess, April 18, 2007 12:39pm | Post a Comment
I'm not for global warming at all, but aren't you all as tired of being COLD right now as I am? SF is freezing these past few days...and apparently compared to the northeast we've got it easy here.
odessey and oracle the zombies
Anyway, today since it's so blustery all I have been listening to has been the Zombies' Odyssey and Oracle. It's a fantastic record, makes me feel like it's fall for some reason (even though it's supposed to be spring right now). The Zombies had so much promise as a 60s English rock band, but they broke up soon after this record was made in 1967, I think even by the time it was released. I feel that this record is their penultimate statement though-- it's their only fully realized album. Maybe anything else they would have done would have seemed lesser after reaching such heights anyway.

The thing that is so great about Odyssey and Oracle is that every song is fantastic in its own way. It seems like all the songs on this record tell detailed stories and that's part of what sets the album apart and elevates the music. As with all favorite records, my favorite track changes often-- first, years ago, it was "A Rose For Emily," or maybe "Beechwood Park." Both songs are completely catchy and yetthe zombies also melancholic. I guess that is part of why I connect this record with an autumnal feeling-- it's that bittersweetness that comes over me about every September as the seasons change. That said, there is optimism and hope on the record too, esp in "This Will Be Our Year" and "I Want Her She Wants Me," two more favorite cuts of mine. Right now and for the past year or so my favorite song on Odyssey and Oracle is the bizarro "Changes." It's got overwhelmingly huge choruses with swirly harmonies and odd yet evocative lyrics describing a girl from the past who wears "strawberry clothes"-- it's all hung together strangely and yet it works and stands out.  Clearly "Time of the Season" is the most famous track on the record, but I tend to forget it is even there, coming as it does at the very end of the whole eloquent thing. It's like a little extra treat after you've heard and digested all these other wonderfully melodic nuggets.  Yeah the Zombies were kinda obviously trying to be the Beatles (the record was made in 1967 after all, same as Sgt. Pepper)...but they did a great job of constructing a gorgeous pop album all their own.

depeche mode reissues...

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 18, 2007 12:33pm | Post a Comment
I'm a big fan of the reissues. So many of my favorite albums from the 80s need a good  remastering. It's also always fun to rediscover your old favorites with new bonus tracks and added video content. The packaging is also usually redone and made all fancy. This last couple years has seen the reissue of the entire Depeche Mode catalogue. Last month we just got the latest two reissues,  Black Celebration and Construction Time Again. The only thing left is Ultra and Exciter. I don't think they will be reissuing Playing the Angel since it did just recently come out for the first time.

First up is Construction Time Again. This album was originally released in 1983. This was their third album, following A Broken Frame. It was always easy to remember the order of the early album because construction obviously follows something that is broken! While they had started to make an impact in the U.S., they were still not to the point of playing stadiums quite yet. This album has a slightly more industrial feel to it. It includes more samples than their albums had before. This album included some of my favorites, "More Than a Party", "Everything Counts" and "And Then..." Alan Wilder had joined the band as a full time member at this point. He even wrote the environmentally friendly song "The Landscape is Changing." He joined Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, and Andrew Fletcher. Depeche Mode were now the band they would be all the way through Songs of Faith and Devotion. All of their albums were really their own thing. And they all still hold up today. They were breakthrough at the time and are still influencing bands today.

 These reissues are really awesome. Not only is the entire album remastered. But you can also listen to it in 5.1 and stereo. They all also include a DVD documentary and bonus tracks. And great fold out fancy packaging. The original liner notes are all there but they include some new commentary on the history of the album.  The  Bonus tracks include the awesome song "Get the Balance Right." Originally included on the compilation album People are People.

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