I was just about to turn off the TV so I could get some much needed sleep (I woke up at 4AM today to catch a 6AM flight back from Chicago and then went straight to work) when I noticed that PBS was airing the TV recording of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Albert King.
I’ve got to get some sleep, but here’s some Stevie and Albert for your late night/early morning. Enjoy!
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Albert King – Pride and Joy
From the recently released High Violet Reissue, check out this new National tune. This one have a very different sound; it’s actually upbeat with a bit of a ragtime piano feel to it. I’m quite liking it, and you should too.
The not-yet-released new Daft Punk album is currently streaming through my headphones. I began listening on my internal laptop speakers, but that’s no way to treat this band; especially when we’re dealing with their first studio offering in over five years. Continue reading →
The year was 1994. And for most, grunge had died back in April when Kurt Cobain tragically took his life, ending the grunge revolution that had taken hold of radio stations. In truth, this wasn’t the case. (Pre-reunion) Soundgarden and Alice In Chains each still had a few more years and grunge albums to share with the world. But beyond them, music was changing. Nirvana was no longer. Pearl Jam had moved into more experimental territory with 1994s “Vitalogy”. And a new music type was arising from the not-dead-yet embers of grunge: alternative. And again, we’re faced with a genre whose name, like punk, makes the most sense in its initial generation. Then again, alternative music was only really good for a few years. Continue reading →
Kanye’s new album, released today, is quite good. It’s absurdly obscene and crude lyrically, but musically it’s really really good. I’m not going to go into much detail, because I’ve just given it one listen, but so far I think it’s great.
Kanye recently said he ranked himself among the top 6 rappers of all time, and he wanted to work his way up that list. With this album, he’s certainly taking steps in the right direction.
For your Sunday night listening pleasure, here’s Buffalo Springfield’s set from the second night of this year’s Bridge School Benefit.
I’d say more, but Peyton Manning is trying desperately to bring the Colts back from a 10-point deficit against New England. Given that both Manning and Reggie Wayne are on my fantasy team, and that I live in Boston but hate the Pats, I’m going to focus on the game, and let the music do the talking this time.