The other day my friend and bandmate was talking about this crazy Swedish movie "Sound of Noise." The movie is about music hating and tone-deaf cop named Amadeus, and his pursuit of a group of guerilla percussionists "terrorizing" the city with their public performances. For the percussionists everything is an instrument. Coins, bulldozers, jack hammers, a car engine, stamps, an operating room, blenders, cabinet doors, a tooth brush, etc...
I can't speak for the quality of the entire movie but we checked out several performances and they are extremely creative. The music pieces are certainly avant-garde but all fans of music will appreciate the fact that literally anything can be turned into an instrument. Here is a peek at the group performing a piece in a kitchen. Enjoy.
It's a big week for music here in Grand Junction. So far I count at least four different shows worth checking out this Friday and Saturday and none of them are any bigger than the Reverend Horton Heat with Shotgun Hodown and Reno Divorce (Check out my full show preview in this Friday's Out and About).
If you are a gear head like me then you will get a kick out of this video. Want to get that signature Rev sound? Well it's going to cost you. Here is Jim Heath talking about the gear he uses on stage including his custom Gretsch hollowbody and his Gretsch Executive amp. Just between the two, you are looking at about $5,000 and that's not including the effect pedal set you would need to add.
The sound is a little spotty in this video but I think it's always cool to hear from musicians about what they look for in gear and how much energy they put in to get that perfect sound.
Check out the latest news in the local music scene. Just announced, two Denver DJs, The Digital Connection and Joman, hit the Mesa Theater Main Stage next Saturday. Ricky Shine aka The Digital Connection has been headlining shows/festivals in the Denver area for the better part of a decade including Snowball 2012, Sonic Bloom 2011-12 - and most recently smashing NYE with the Isam Live creator Amon Tobin. As the poster implies, Shine plays all original bone crushing bass and sweet melodies.
Fresh off playing Decadence NYE in Denver, CO. Joman is no stranger to the big arenas. His signature style of filthy Electro House has made him one of the top DJs in Denver, playing nearly every Triad Dragons Massive including Global Dance Festival last year. Local DJ ZionXX (aka Epicstep) will open the night with his heavy style of Dubstep.
The show is free for everyone 21 and up and $8 for those 18 and up.
What do you think all those middle America tourists who waited for hours to get tickets for The Late Show with David Letterman were thinking when this happened? Somone, presumable the stage manager Biff, wheels out a large gold throne with plush red velvet coushining to center stage. A young man walks out wearing a dark peacoat, a backwards white hat, shorts, gold teeth, and french braids sits down and stares out toward the crowd like they are his royal subjects. Behind him stand three very distinct DJs waiting patiently for their command. Silence.
The young man happens to be A$AP Rocky, the hottest young rapper in the game. His royal entourage? Mega producer A-Trak, human beat machine araabMUZIK, and DJ Clark Kent. I got the chance to see both A$AP and A-Trak live last year and I've been a huge fan of both since. Too see them together is just nuts. Here they are performing "Long Live A$AP" and his new collaboration with Skrillex "Wild For The Night." The second track is remixed live on TV by A-Trak and araabMUZIK. How gutsy is that? That's why I love these guys. They are totally fearless.