I’m sitting here at work, speechless, listening to Glen Hansard wow the crowd at PJ20, and realizing that I missed out in a huge way when I decided to miss his opening act for Eddie Vedder back in June. Thank goodness for bootlegs, though. His cover of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks is wonderful, and his duet with Eddie Vedder on Falling Slowly is just gorgeous.
Some musicians are able to exude a certain aura onstage. They have something inside of them that’s more than just a performer or an entertainer. There’s a certain pining in the performance that draws the audience into the private world of the songwriter, inspiring and stunning them. But when those listening at home can experience these same feelings, the same connection to the music and chills during the performance, you know that this is a special performer. Continue reading →
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 9, 2011|Comments Off on Radiohead – Glastonbury 2011
Radiohead surprised Glastonbury 2011 festival-goers by playing an unscheduled set. Thanks again to MCOM for posting this bootleg; fantastic as always. Stream the tracks below, or grab the entire show here. Continue reading →