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.
It's brutally cold out there. So cold in fact, records are being pressed in ice. No, seriously! Check out Swedish indie rockers and crystalline inorganic solid enthusiasts, Shout Out Louds and their extremely rare pressing of their new single "Blue Ice."
Calvin Harris live from the iTunes Festival, London
It's time to start planning your trip to the Winter X Games. With just a couple weeks left before double cork 1080s dominate the conversation, now is the time to figure out your schedule. Here is a list of X Games music
performers, including two free shows from Calvin Harris and Major Lazer!
X Fest Stage Free Shows:
Calvin Harris - 4:15 p.m., January 26
Major Lazer - 4:15 p.m., January 27
Belly Up Shows:
Bloc Party - 8 p.m., January 23
Tyler the Creator - 6:30 p.m., January 25
Calvin Harris - 10:30 p.m., January 25