lunes, 28 de abril de 2014

Styx - Fooling Yourself

Yo era fan de Styx a fines de los 70 y principios de los 80, cuando salieron los discos Pieces of Eight y Cornerstone. Justo antes de que su música "American prog" se degenerara en comercialismo puro con Kilroy Was Here. La canción "Fooling Yourself" la descubrí a fines de los 90 y es ahora mi favorita del grupo. Canta Tommy Shaw, quien recién había ingresado a la banda.

Usman Riaz, is this kid amazing or what?

April 24 2014

NPR's Bob Boilen on Usman:

This is simply astonishing. Watch twenty seconds and you'll be sucked into the world of Usman Riaz, an immensely talented 23-year-old Pakistani musician who will change your perception of how a guitar can sound and be played. What's more remarkable is that this Berklee College of Music whiz kid learned much of his dazzling guitar technique by watching YouTube videos at 16. He also learned what he calls "parlor tricks," like body percussion and harmonica. But the classically trained pianist also used the Internet to learn how to write and conduct orchestra pieces and make films. If you're a skeptic, fine, just watch this youngest of TED senior fellows and be dazzled.

lunes, 21 de abril de 2014

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Bandcamp Weekly Better Man

This week we sneak a peak at the new LP from producer, musician, singer & DJ, Osunlade. Album of the week is by Chet Faker and we air music by up n'coming artists Awning, Nicole Mercedes, and Ludovic Alarie. Also in the mix: L'Orange & Homeboy Sandman, Shlohmo remixes Perera Elsewhere, and the Visioneers.
Hosted by Andrew Jervis. Illustration of Osunlade by Oliver Barrett.

domingo, 20 de abril de 2014

You can listen to the superb Six Degrees Traveler music show for free on iTunes radio

Six Degrees Traveler Radio Show

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A new installment is broadcasted live from the Six Degree’s Offices every Wed. at 11:00 am PST.

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Traveler Installment 363 – Traveler’s “Moon” Mix

Artist | Track Title | Album | Label
The Alps | Moonrise | A Path Through The Moon | Root Stata
Kid Koala & P Love | Moon River | Promo Only
King Crimson | Moonchild | In The Court Of The Cimson | Atlantic
Ilya Gomola | Moonchild
Free The Robots | Moonchild | Prototype | Elsewhere Studios
Slow Magic | Moon | Triangle | LebensStrasse
Can | Moonshake (Monkey’s Edit In The Canyon) | Promo Only
Echo & The Bunnymen | The Killing Moon (Dreamy Alternate Take) | Promo Only
M83 Vs. Creedence Clearwater Revival | Midnight Moon | Promo Only
Arthur Russell | How We Walk On the Moon (Young Edits Edit) | Moving Me Up EP | Promo Only
Beck | Blue Moon | Morning Phase | Capitol
William Fitzsimmons | The Tide Pulls The Moon | Gold In The Shadow | Nettwerk
Pip Dylan & King Creosote | Lavender Moon | Kenny And Beth’s Musakal Boat Rides | For Us
The Rolling Stones | Moonlight Mile | Sticky Fingers | ABKCO
Jonathan Wilson | Valley Of The Silver Moon | Gentle Spirit | Bella Union
Wilco | Black Moon | The Whole Love | Nonesuch
Meklit | Stuck On The Moon | We Are Alive | Six Degrees Records
Toploader | Dancing In The Moonlight | Onka’s Big Moka | Underdogs
Starbuck | Moonlight Feels Right (4am Rework) | Promo Only
Television | Marqee Moon | Marqee Moon | Electra
David Bowie | Moonage Daydream (Leo Zero Extended Remix) | Promo Only
Camel | Lunar Sea | Moonmadness | Decca
M83 | Moonchild | Before The Dawn Heals Us | Goom Disques

The Space Lady – Live dublab “Sprout Session” (03.20.14)

This session is a stardust shower that will not only illuminate your ears but your entire life. The overwhelming, otherworldly music of The Space Lady resonates with the greatest of optimistic energy. This positive radiance has now come full circle as the The Space Lady is finally enjoying the acclaim she deserves for her unique form of electronic, pop music. After launching her musical adventures on the streets of Vietnam War era Boston and continuing her sonic sharing for decades following on various city sidewalks, the folks at Nightschool Records have given her music a proper release. The Space Lady’s Greatest Hits is a collection of her signature, synthesized cover songs and some originals penned by her late husband The Cosmic Man. The Space Lady’s music is utterly endearing and full of joy as you’ll discover the moment you press play on this “Sprout Session.”
The Space Lady - Live Sprout Session (03.20.14) 

Thanks to our friends at Mount Analog for connecting the dots to bring The Space Lady to Los Angeles on her debut tour of live venue appearances. You wouldn’t be hearing this session without their great efforts. We’re proudly co-presented her LA show on March 21, 2014 with Mount analog. Click here for more information.

sábado, 19 de abril de 2014

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martes, 15 de abril de 2014

Brazilian rapper Emicida on NPR


Emicida: 'People Sample What Is Nearest To Them'

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The Pretenders - Talk Of The Town (Remastered)

March 23 2014 / 23 marzo 2014

Una de mis más tempranas memorias rocanroleras data del verano de 1980, cuando vivía en Río Piedras. Me quedaba despierto hasta tarde para ver el programa televisivo Don Kirshner Rock Concert en WTBS. Para entonces el cable TV era cosa nueva en Puerto Rico. Recuerdo muy bien el video de esta canción de The Pretenders, sigue siendo mi canción favorita del grupo.

One of my earliest rock'n roll memories was in the summer of 1980, when I lived in Rio Piedras, staying up late to watch the Don Kirshner Rock Concert TV show on WTBS. Cable TV was back then a new thing in Puerto Rico. I remember full well watching the video for this Pretenders song. It remains my favorite Pretenders tune.

domingo, 13 de abril de 2014

Rick Springfield - "Bruce"


I never was a Rick Springfield fan. I found his early 80's music superficial and taylor-made to please the conservative sensibilities of the Reagan years. But two decades later I have looked back and come to appreciate his stuff. It was, after all, more substantial than a lot of the empty-headed teeny-bopper pre-fabricated fluff that dominated much of the airwaves then. "Bruce", which became a hit briefly in my last year of high school, is my favorite Springfield track. It shows a fine sense of humor.Never mind the visuals, they are quite distracting.

Doctor, doctor you gotta help me yeah
You gotta make it right for me
It seems this other man's name has been following me around
And it just won't let me be
You see I got this name and he's got this name too
And you know they're kinda close only a blind crazy fool
Would think I was him it's like saying green is blue
But let me tell you brother it started being a bother
When he made the cover of Time magazine

I was at this party in the well-heeled hills
Just the other night
Her name was Shelly I introduced myself
She just smiled and said "all right"
Well we got talkin' and drinkin' wine
And she said she liked my music thought it was fine
She said, "Let's make love, your place or mine,"
And in the middle of the passion I was on the borderline
When she called out a name but it wasn't mine

She called me Bruce, Bruce
I can hear her calling Bruce, Bruce
I can hear her calling Bruce, Bruce
I can hear her
My name is Rick I'm gonna stick it to ya babe

And there's this kid walking carrying a guitar
You know I told him that I played
He asked me my name you know I told him
I said it plain as clear as day
Well he seemed really, clearly, sincerely impressed
And as he pulled a piece of paper for me to sign from his vest
He said, "I thought Born To Run was one of your best."
Awww wait a minute man, who do you think I am?
He answered, "Mr. Springsteen, you're a famous man."

He called me Bruce, Bruce
I can hear him calling Bruce, Bruce
He called me Bruce, Bruce
I can hear him
My name is Richard gonna hit it to you babe

You know my mama called me long distance yesterday
And as she got off the phone I swear I heard her say

Bye bye Bruce, Bruce
I can hear her calling Bruce, Bruce
She called me Bruce, Bruce
I can hear her
My name is Ricky gonna stick it to you babe
She called me Bruce

"Bruce" was released as part of the "Beautiful Feelings" album in 1984. That album, whose release Springfield never authorized, is entirely made up of demos recorded in the late 1970's beefed up with session musicians providing the instrumentation.

Here is what Springfield's Wikipedia entry says about this matter:

"In 1984 Mercury Records released Beautiful Feelings which were unreleased sessions Rick recorded in 1978 but never released. The LP was remixed and additional instrumentation was added without Rick's involvement. Rick attempted to block the release of this LP, but was unsuccessful. Springfield later purchased an ad in several music industry magazines revealing the true nature of this LP, and he did not authorize its release... Despite the controversy, "Beautiful Feelings" reached number 78 on the LP charts, and a single, "Bruce", a song about people mistaking Rick for Bruce Springsteen, hit number 27 on the Hot 100."

jueves, 10 de abril de 2014

Animation - Jon Anderson

"Animation" es la segunda canción del disco del mismo nombre por Jon Anderson, lanzado en 1982. Al año siguiente Anderson se reintegró al grupo Yes, el cual él había dejado en 1979.

Hurray For The Riff Raff On World Cafe

April 2 2014

Alynda, this up and coming icon of Americana music, is actually Puerto Rican on her father’s side!

Alynda Lee Segara of Hurray For The Riff Raff.
Alynda Lee Segara of Hurray For The Riff Raff.
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Even before our Sense of Place visit to New Orleans, we had been hearing about the band Hurray for the Riff Raff, led by Alynda Lee Segara. The band rose from the streets of the French Quarter, where Alynda really learned how to be a musician. She is originally from the Bronx and left home to ride the rails all over the country before landing in New Orleans. Now, Hurray for the Riff Raff has just released their debut album for ATO Records called Small Town Heroes, and Alynda has developed into a great songwriter.
So, who are the riff raff? According to Alynda, "The more we play and the more we tour, the riff raff is turning into anybody who feels a little bit like an outsider or an underdog."

martes, 8 de abril de 2014

Bandcamp Weekly Talkin' All That Jazz

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Bandcamp Weekly Talkin' All That Jazz

Jamaican-born jazzman Monty Alexander and Argentinian Cineplexx join Andrew on this episode. Also in the mix: Lee Fields, Frankie Knuckles, Kenny Dixon Jr., Gregory Porter, and De Lux. We've got music from Australia by All Things Lost, Swiss artist Hugo, plus Sopha, and the Ruffcats, from Germany.
Hosted by Andrew Jervis. Illustration of Monty Alexander by Paul Grelet.