The only thing more awesome than the name Chazwick Bundick is the music that Chazwick Bundick makes. More commonly known as Toro Y Moi, Bundick has been producing some of the best chill wave electronic music around. With a new album "Anything In Return" out January 22 it's time to get familarized with Toro Y Moi.
Last year's "Underneath The Pine" dominated my playlist, especially the song "New Beat." Try and wrap your head around this. The song is a cross between dreamy garage rock and funk disco. It's abstract, yet totally pop. It's a groove that will get stuck in your head and get you dancing at stop lights, discos, dentist chairs, wherever. "Still Sound" is the same way. It's a groove you'll ride till you die.
Bundick's new single, "So Many Details," takes a PBR&B (new slang for R&B music for hipster white kids) turn. Check it out here.
Today is Elvis Presley and David Bowie's birthday! While everyone is buzzing about the new Bowie single "Where Are We Now?" check out this fun fact. Bowie wrote "Golden Years" with the intention of giving it to the King. Elvis refused the song so Bowie ended up recording it. "Golden Years" turned out to be one of Bowie's biggest hits while Elvis died two years later. He would have turned 78 years old today.
Hands down one of my favorite shows of 2012 was Jack White at Austin City Limits back in October. To quote myself "White played like the goth rock, backyard barn stomping guitar god he is." By the time he took the stage on Saturday night it had stopped raining and spirits were high at Zilker Park. White played tunes from all three of his previous bands plus several songs from his debut solo album "Blunderbuss." It was a great night and capped off with my friend making out with a strange woman.
Last night I spent three hours at KAFM HQ dropping dance bombs on the Grand Valley. For the first show of 2013 I brought in some of my favorite tracks from last year plus several that didn't make it into my NYE live show at Sabrosa. Highlights include Hardwell's "Spaceman," which is my current favorite dance track, and pressing play on the new Parlours album "All Is Here."
The Parlours album was a particular favorite because at their Fall 2012 show at the Mesa Theater I met, what turned out to be, my current girlfriend. Awww.
Here is last night's playlist.
Bright Eyes - "We Are Nowhere and It's Now"
Andrew Bird - "Give It Away"
Cat Power - "Manhattan"
Beach House - "Myth"
Santigold - "Disparate Youth"
Temper Trap - "Sweet Disposition" (Axwell Remix)
Stephen Swartz - "Bullet Train" ft. Joni Fatora
Jack Beats - "Careless" ft. Takura
Paul Kalkbrenner - "Flying High"
Ellie Goulding - "Lights" (Feenixpawl Bootleg)
Maison & Dragen - "Rio de Janeiro"
Miike Snow - "Devil's Work" (Dirty South Remix)
Morgan Page - "Body Work" ft. Tegan and Sara
Hardwell - "Spaceman" (Carnage Festival Trap Remix)
The XX - "Angel"
Zedd - "Shave It" (Kaskade Remix)
Serik.Me - "This Is My Jam"
David Guetta and Avicii - "Sunshine"
A-Trak and Tommy Trash - "Tuna Melt"
Porter Robinson - "Language"
Lemaitre - "Time To Realize"
Kill Paris - "Baby Come Back"
First Aid Kit - "The Lion's Roar"
Of Monsters and Men - "Dirty Paws"
Parlours - "Love Me Good"
Parlours - "Dreamers"
Yesayer - "Reagan's Skeleton"
Old Crow Medicine Show - "Bootlegger's Boy"
Bob Dylan - "Duquesne Whistle"
For complete playlist info and links for downloads click here.
Anyone who plays guitar dreams of playing a better guitar. That dream doesn't get much bigger than strumming an original 1950s Fender Stratocaster. As far as guitars are concerned the '50s Strat is about as good as it gets. It's the sound of Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, Eric Clapton, Sonic Youth, John Frusciante, Buddy Guy, David Gilmour, Wayne Campbell etc... I own an American Strat, black with a maple fret board, but it pales in comparison to the original '50s Strats.
For me that dream, most likely, will never come true. While vintage Fender guitars regularly come up for sale, the price tag is a litte out of my range. Believe me, I'd love to get my hands on a '57 2 Tone Sunburst Strat but $32,000 is absolutely out of the question. So, the next best thing? Watching other people play those instruments. Rare and vintage guitar dealers at the Chicago Music Exchange are prime purveyors of guitar porn. All sorts of vintage guitar, bass, and drum kits line their store walls and lucky for us, they've got a great YouTube channel.
Today marks the 48 year anniversary of Leo Fender selling Fender to CBS for $13 Million. Check out this video of a 1957 Strat in action. Tell me you don't want to get your hands on that.