As July slips into August, the summer begins to wane, and everyone enjoying break, the weather, or any other benefits of summertimes start to feel the nerve-wracking pull that September inevitably brings along with it. But the end of July for me is more than just a moment when the summer seems to be too far gone, wasted, and underused.
Rewind a year ago, to July 26th 2010. It was Elana’s birthday, but despite the joy of that occasion, we felt very unsettled, with my joblessness and Gilad’s ticking clock. And then, one after another, things began to happen. I got a job. We got engaged. We moved to Boston. Gilad passed away. Elana started school. We got married. Ilan passed away.
And then, we began our life together. A beautiful and brilliant life, filled with joy, excitement, and love. So now it’s been a year since everything was up in the air. In some ways it feels much much longer. In others, it feels like yesterday. But what has gotten me through this year that’s seen the most glorious highs, and the lowest lows, is the love of my life – Elana. So just days past our five month anniversary, and your birthday, please take this post as a public declaration and a reminder of my appreciation for you, and my love to you.
These past five months have been amazing, and I can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives together.
So the Pearl Jam 20 trailer was just released on the band’s 20th Anniversary website. The problem is, that the site has crashed. Surprise? No, not really considering the site’s inability to deal with ticket sale traffic in the past. But we’ve got the video here, so you can totally watch it now.
Posted onJuly 25, 2011|Comments Off on Amy Winehouse: 1983 – 2011
It was with sadness that I turned on the computer after Shabbat this week to discover that Amy Winehouse had passed away. Her life was a tragically brilliant one, with her unbelievable talent weighted down by her demons of addiction. Her sultry jazz voice was well beyond her years, and the beautiful songs she wrote didn’t always seem to match her persona.
And while the gossip columnists will spend the next few weeks hypothesizing about the cause of death, at the end of the day that’s irrelevant. What we had here was a fantastic singer and songwriter who was taken well before her time – joining the terrible 27-club already populated by Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and Kurt Cobain. Now, Amy Winehouse too, is a member. She has tragically joined the ranks of a legion of brilliant musicians who all died well before their time. Continue reading →
Posted onJuly 22, 2011|Comments Off on New Music: St. Vincent, Girls, Radiohead Remix
I haven’t done one of these new music posts in a bit, but there’s been a ton of great summer music falling off trucks lately, which must be shared.
St. Vincent promised the pre-release of a track off her forthcoming album “Strange Mercy” if enough people tweeted using the hastag #strangemercy. Surgeon is the result of that successful social media campaign. You can find out info about the album and tour here.
Indie rockers Girls leaked the grunge-influenced song Vomit from their album “Father, Son, Holy Ghost” which will be available Sept 13.
Radiohead has released another three remixes of tracks from “The King Of Limbs.” Not only does the album itself grow on me with each listen, but these remixes breathe such fantastic life into the tracks, that it’s difficult not to want to re-listen to the entire album. Stream Nathan Fake’s remix of Morning Mr. Magpie below, or stream all three of the new remixes here.
St. Vincent – Surgeon
Girls – Vomit
Radiohead – Morning Mr. Magpie (Nathan Fake remix)
Posted onJuly 21, 2011|Comments Off on Jay-Z and Kanye West – Otis
This track is just a whole bundle of fun. Sampling Otis Redding’s gorgeous vocals which “sounds so soulful, don’t you agree?” according to Mr. Z, hopefully this song will find its way on this all-star duo’s forthcoming album “Watch The Throne.” As always, Kanye’s rapping pales in comparison to Jay’s, but that doesn’t make this song any less fun to listen to.
You can stream the song below or listen to it on Jay-Z’s site.