This new side project EL VY from Matt Berninger, lead singer of the National and collaborator Brent Knopf (a.k.a. the multi-instrumentalist and producer from Portland, Ore is triple Jesus. I love this side project there is not a bad song on the album. For some reason a modern Leonard Cohen sound keeps coming to my mind, especially track six “No Time To Crank The Sun”, even though on “Sleeping Light” Berninger says “Ain’t no Leonard Cohen” On “Paul is Alive”, is a nostalgic coming-of-age tale about the Jockey Club, the long-defunct Cincinnati-area punk venue where many local and traveling hardcore punk bands performed. Most of the lyrics appear to be a gargling word soup, but when put to music everything seems to make sense. Like the opening lines (below) of “Return To The Moon”.
Scratched a ticket with a leg of a cricket And I got triple Jesus. Cashed it in for a siamese twin At the family firing range.
Enjoy this soup it is very tasty. – David
Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, with Crescendo)
I’m the Man to Be
Paul Is Alive
Need A Friend
Silent Ivy Hotel
No Time To Crank The Sun
It’s A Game
Sleepin’ Light (feat. Ural Thomas)
I don’t need an excuse to listen to a World Party album, they are all great, but in case you do, here is some food for thought. None of the candidates running for president currently have a concrete plan to take on environmental issues and climate change. The Red Party front runners continue to cling to and pronounce the canard that climate change does not exist and that it’s a “Hoax”. The Blue Party acknowledges its existence, but the Clinton Foundation takes in big bucks from the oil and gas industry and promotes fracking abroad, and Bernie Sanders’ grass roots revolution, as noble as it is, still falls short in tooth and spelling out specifics on how to pay for and combat global warming.
This is the most important issue of our generation. Jobs, immigration, terrorism, civil rights, the economy…unless we fix this, none of that will matter. It’s not a scientific question anymore, it is a political one. So what is the plan? What are we going to do to change the trajectory we are on? “Show us a plan!”
Happy Earth day! It was 46 years ago that we started celebrating Earth Day. It was the brain child of Wisconsin Democratic Senator Gaylord Marble after he witnessed the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Earth Day 1970 gave voice to that emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns on the front page.
We should all be shouting for the environment to be on the front page. Please share that thought on this day if you agree. And get out and enjoy the World Party.
Don’t worry I wont hurt you. I only want to have some fun. 1979 partying like it’s 1999.
In 1979, I discovered Prince by some unlikely characters. I was 18 years old, off to college, moving in to the freshman dorms at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Setting up my stereo was first on my list and then trying to figure out where to put all my surfboards in a very small room. I got the stereo working and put on Supertramp, Breakfast in America and turned up the volume.
Sam and Tony were my dorm neighbors, they had just arrived from Detroit, Michigan. They walked in to my room carrying Prince’s Dirty Mind album, and asking a bunch of questions about surfing and my surfboards. Sam took Supertramp off the turntable and put on Prince saying you gotta listen to this guy. If you don’t know, the cover of “Dirty Mind” it is picture of Prince wearing girls black underwear a bandana with a new romantic jacket. I was concerned about these two at best but the music was funky and had good groove.
As time went on Sam kept bugging me about wanting to learn how to surf. I finally took him one day to the beach, set him up with a wetsuit and a board. Sam was hooked after a few scrapes and tumble’s. I think he was one of the first black surfers on the Central Coast. I know he is still surfing, living the dream.
Now some 30 years later, Prince is on my regular rotation of music that I listen to while working. My lesson learned is never judge and album by its cover. I hope Prince is driving a little red Corvette to the beach, surfing perfect purple paisley waves somewhere, and partying like it’s 1999.
Purple and Paisley forever,
Surf, brass and crass. Today’s Runner is by 80’s house band The Fleshtones who, along with the movie Animal House, made loud drunken behavior and togas a requirement on college campuses all across the country.
One of my favorite Genesis albums, Phil Collins steps up to the microphone for the first time to shoulder the lead vocal duties. A Trick of the Tail takes the group a step back into the whimsical fairytale subject matter of its predecessors Foxtrot and Selling England by the Pound and nudges them a small step toward the pop side. Peaking at number 31 on the Billboard Top 200, this lebretto is perfect with headphones for a twilight run on the edge of darkness, taking you through a musical landscape painted with flourishes of dangerous absurdity that include a mad hatted swindler, a squonk and a horn, tailed antagonist.
Another well overdue and much deserved nod into this year’s R&R Hall of Fame, Cheap Trick is still putting out the jams with this their 22nd album in 40 “some odd” years.
Bang, Zoom, Crazy…Hello is a mixed bag of styles and influence ranging from the band’s distinctive Beatlesque flair on When I Wake Tomorrow and The Sun Never Sees to the telegram glam of songs like Blood Red Lips and The ‘In’ Crowd. The Trick also packs plenty of punch “Bang” with rockers Roll Me and All Strung Out, resurrects their signature “Zoom, Crazy” sound on No Direction Home and Do You Believe Me? and manages to touch a cord “Hello” on Sing My Blues Away.
This is another great set from the Boyz we followed up to Rockford all those years ago. Grab it!