The January concert calendar is filling in nicely with local talent on display. Outside of the weekly Blues Jams (1/15, 1/22, 1/29) there are plenty of opportunities to hear home grown sound. Strong bets this month are Shotgun Hodown opening up for the legend Reverend Horton Heat on the 25th and Miss Emily's CD release party on the 26th. Miss Emily is one of the best pure singers in the valley and she plays with a really tight band. A picture says a thousand words so for now I'll just leave you with this one from a past Shotgun Hodown show (more on their upcoming show to come).
Make it a priority to catch one of these live gigs:
“Someone asked me the other day, ‘So are you just done with music?’ It means more to me than anybody else in the world.”
In an effort to make the Internet explode, Justin Timberlake announced he is returning to music. In a minute long monologue the "Cry Me A River" singer says that he is "ready." Ready for what no one knows but we will all find out this weekend. A countdown for something ends Sunday night at midnight. Rumor has it it could be a new track featuring Jay-Z and Beyonce. A track also produced by non other than Timbaland. If that doesn't get you salivating then I don't know what will.
Hey! Who's dad is that wandering around on stage during that St. Vincent show? Oh! It's David Byrne! Check out the silver fox and guitar shredding hottie giving a choreographed performance of songs from their 2012 album "Love This Giant." Though the entire show walks like, talks like, and sounds like a Talking Heads concert ("Stop Making Sense" anybody?) it's not. St. Vincent is given room to show her flare on guitar and answer the question as to why she got to do an album with Byrne.
The two throw in old favorites like the Talking Heads song "Burning Down the House" and St. Vincent's "Marrow" but it's mainly cuts from "Love This Giant" that make it into the set. Personally I think these two great musicians are far better separately than together but you decide. If you don't have time to watch the whole video fast forward to the start of "Burning Down the House" at 32:57. Not only is it the highlight of the set you've got to see the guy dancing in the audience like he's at a Prodigy show or something. Incredible.
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.