Saturday, March 31, 2012

Nostalgia, Ultra

Frank Ocean's, "Nostalgia, Ultra". How does it affect you? Do you feel it? Does it tell a story? These are questions I've asked myself. The truth is that no album has had the impact on me the last few years that this has. NOSTALGIA, ULTRA. What does it mean? For whatever reason, it often takes me back to high school and the friends I grew up with. To you, it may mean something different. To me?.... I listen to the lyrics and think Nostalgia..... the people that have been there for me and have shaped the person I've become.

My buddy Sully was in NYC today, he only gets in once or twice a year but it's always awesome. Our dads were roommates in college, we're born 20 days apart so we've literally known each other for almost 35 years. We're the best of friends, almost brothers to be realistic. Never had a bad time together. Would do anything for each other. He's not a big music fan but the first person I think of when I think of my childhood and the friends I grew up with. We played basketball EVERY DAY after high school in Sul's driveway. We used to blast the shit out of his stereo.... Paperboy - "Ditty", we killed that song. Me, Sul, Chilvers, Hunt. We fought, we scored, we logged a million hours on the blacktop. Amazing fucking friends. Nostalgia, Ultra.

As I was coming home tonight, had the ipod on. Matthew Good came on the playlist. Two people I always think of when I hear Matt Good, Mike Baker and Joe Beleznay. Two amazing friends, I've known Joe since 6th grade and Mike probably since high school. The three of us just saw Matthew Good in NYC a few weeks ago. I see these guys maybe once a year and I swear when I do, it's honestly like we had hung out the night before. Friends. The best people you could know. Do anything for each other. Never forget who we are and where we've come from. Nostalgia, Ultra.

After Matt Good, the Samples hit the playlist. So many memories flooding back. Some amazing shows that I saw through high school. Their music always reminds me of my buddies Chris Hunt and Tom Soper. Two guys I grew up with, went to a ton of shows with and basically lived through their music with. We traveled, we saw a ton of shows, we lived it. Didn't just listen but actually LIVED the music. If you like live music, you know what I'm talking about. Nostalgia, Ultra.

Another song, Pearl Jam, "Off He Goes". Amazing song, kills me everytime I hear it. Think about people like Matt Sposato, JR Janda and my brother Andy. People I've traveled with to see the band. Springfield, Mass. Canada: Montreal.... Ottawa. My favorite band, listening with some of my favorite people. Nostalgia, Ultra.

What does this all mean? I guess the gist of it is how thankful I am. How lucky I am to have the support system around me of these people I've referenced. People that know me and have known me since I was a kid. Some things have changed but at the heart of it, I'm the same guy at 34 that I was at 18. I'm so thankful to have these amazing people around me because they have made me who I am. As a kid I always remember my dad telling me how the people you keep close will define who you are. He was so right, you are the company you keep. These people are my foundation. I would be nothing without them. We may be friends through music or maybe we're friends and found music together. Either way, we've made each other better people. When I stop and reflect, I think how lucky I am and know that I'd be nothing without them. Take care of the people that have made you who you are. NOSTALGIA, ULTRA.

I've had this black suit on
Roaming around like I'm ready for a funeral
One more mile 'til the road runs out

Friday, March 30, 2012

SOTD: "Float" - Ko Ko

Thanks to my buddy Chris for sending this one over earlier in the week....

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Taylor Goldsmith (of Dawes): "A Little Bit of Everything"

Just read that 3/4 of Dawes was hit with food poisoning before a recent show in Paris. Gotta say, smart move at least not poisoning the lead singer.... Taylor Goldsmith showed up at their scheduled show to perform some songs solo. Here's "A Little Bit of Everything" from "LE GROGSTORE".

LE GROGSTORE // GROG EN VRAI - DAWES #1 - A Little Bit Of Everything from GROG // LE GROGSTORE on Vimeo.

SOTD (w/Interview): "Thankful" - Caveman

Caveman was a band I really got into last year and they've released their first music video for the song "Thankful" which you can see below. Also, New York Magazine's Vulture has a great interview with the band which you can read HERE. Caveman has an extensive tour going on right now, highly recommend checking them out if you get the chance. Dates are listed below.

Caveman Tour Dates:
3/29: Syracuse, NY @ Syracuse University

3/30: Bethlehem, PA @ Nowadays Festival

4/9: Washington, D.C. @ Red Palace

4/10: Columbus, OH @ The Basement

4/11: Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig

4/12: Chicago, IL @ Schubas

4/13: Madison, WI @ UW Madison
4/14: Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry

4/16: Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room

4/17: Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge

4/18: Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge

4/20: Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore

4/21: Seattle, WA @ Barboza (Neumos)

4/22: Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios

4/24: San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar

4/25: Los Angeles, CA @ Echo

4/27: San Diego, CA @ Casbah

4/28: Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress

5/1: Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar
5/2: Columbia, MO @ Mojos
5/3: Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub
5/4: Philadelphia, PA @ MilkBoy
5/5: Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) w/ Beirut

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

SOTD: "North Side Gal" - JD McPherson

My buddy Fitz out in Chicago sent me some info on this singer JD McPherson, I guess he's getting some radio play in the midwest. Real nice sound, this is a good one. I've listed some upcoming tour dates below and you can find out more information at his site HERE.

April 7, 2012 - Viva Las Vegas Weekender - Las Vegas, NV
April 18, 2012 - Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
April 19, 2012 - Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
April 20, 2012 - Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA
April 21, 2012 - Corona Theater - Montreal, CN
April 26, 2012 - Blueberry Hill - St. Louis, MO
April 27, 2012 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL
April 28, 2012 - Shank Hall - Milwaukee, WI
May 3, 2012 - Trix - Antwerp, Belgium May 4, 2012 - Tivoli De Helling - Utrecht, NL
May 5, 2012 - Moulin Blues - Ospel, NL
May 7, 2012 - Gruenspan - Hamburg, Germany
May 8, 2012 - Roter Salon - Berlin, Germany
May 9, 2012 - Vera - Groningen, NL
May 11, 2012 - Borderline - London, UK
May 12, 2012 - Great Escape Festival - Komedia - Brighton, UK
June 13, 2012 - Cain's Ballroom, Tulsa, OK
June 23, 2012 - Bergenfest - Bergen, NO
July 14, 2012 - The Green River Festival - Greenfield, MA

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Ben Harper Acoustic Tour

Really excited about this news from Ben Harper, should be an amazing tour......

Due to popular demand we are happy to announce the first-ever Ben Harper acoustic headlining tour. It will kick off his on September 4 at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA. The run will include a concert at New York City's Carnegie Hall on October 10, marking his first performance at this legendary venue. He will be performing songs from throughout his career -- from his 1994 debut, Welcome to the Cruel World, to his latest album, Give Till It's Gone.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public this Friday, March 23 at 10:00am. See below for itinerary. (All times local.)

09.04.12 Vienna, VA - The Filene Center at Wolf Trap*
09.26.12 Ann Arbor, MI - Michigan Theater
09.27.12 Chicago, IL - Cadillac Palace Theatre
09.29.12 Toronto, Canada - Massey Hall
10.01.12 Montréal, Canada - Maison symphonique de Montréal
10.02.12 Burlington, VT - Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
10.03.12 Philadelphia, PA - Merriam Theater
10.05.12 Boston, MA - Boston Opera House
10.06.12 Portland, ME - State Theatre
10.07.12 Northampton, MA - Calvin Theatre**
10.10.12 New York City, NY - Carnegie Hall**

SOTD: "Hotel" - Three Blind Wolves

These guys were in NYC last night, unfortunately I wasn't able to make the show but they've got a great sound. Definitely want to check out more of their stuff......

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

RS @ SXSW: Delta Spirit -"California"

Here's a great clip from Rolling Stone featuring Delta Spirit performing their new single "California" in the back yard of the Spotify House at SXSW.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Christopher Paul Stelling: Tour Dates & "Ghost Ship" MP3

One of the best albums I've gotten my hands on so far this year is Christopher Paul Stelling's "Songs of Praise and Scorn". If you haven't gotten a chance to hear him yet, download the single "Ghost Ship" right HERE.

You can also check out this interview + live performance video of “Ghost Ship” that CPS recorded earlier this week with the Asheville Mountain Xpress (featured below).

Christopher Paul Stelling is on tour throughout the country including some upcoming SXSW shows next week. Definitely check out his live show if you get the chance.

3/08 – Birmingham, AL – Samford University (Harry's Coffeehouse)
3/09 – Savannah, GA – Savannah Stopover Festival
3/10 – Knoxville, TN – Preservation Pub
3/11 – Johnson City, TN – Acoustic Coffeehouse
3/14 – Houston, TX – Super Happy Fun Land
3/15 – Austin, TX – The Tap Room @ 6 Lounge (9pm)
3/16 – Austin, TX – Sheraton Austin Hotel (6pm)
3/17 – Austin, TX – Crow Bar (3:45pm, 3116 South Congress)
3/17 – Austin, TX – Wyndham Hotel (7pm)
3/18 – Austin, TX – Lomography (11:30am, ProxArt showcase)
3/18 – San Antonio, TX – The Korova (4pm, The Big Spill Festival)
3/19 – Dallas, TX – Opening Bell Coffee
3/20 – Lubbock, TX – Prairie Fire Theatre
3/22 – Wichita, KS – Kirby’s Beer Store
3/24 – Colorado Springs, CO – Jives Coffee Lounge
3/25 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
3/29 – Evergreen, CO – Little Bear Saloon
3/30 – Boulder, CO – The Laughing Goat
4/01 – Pueblo, CO – The Downtown Bar
4/03 – Omaha, NE – Side Door Lounge
4/05 – Kansas, City, MO – Middle of the Map Festival
4/06 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
4/07 – Madison, WI – Project Lodge
4/08 – Milwaukee, WI – Tonic Tavern
4/10 – Chicago, IL – Ace Bar
4/13 – Butler, PA – Butler Art Center
4/14 – Canton, OH – The Auricle
4/15 – Buffalo, NY – The Vault
4/17 – Rochester, NY – The Bug Jar
4/18 – Ithaca, NY – Culture Shock
4/19 – New Haven, CT – Café Nine
4/20 – Boston, MA - Precinct
4/21 - Portland, ME - Slainte Wine Bar
4/22 – Biddeford, ME – The Oak & The Axe
4/25 – Providence, RI – Local 121
4/26 – Burlington, VT – Monkey House