Saturday, April 28, 2012

Watch Jack White in Concert!

Easily one of the best albums of the year is the first solo album from Jack White. The album gets better and better with each listen and may be my favorite thing Jack has done to date.

And high on the heals of last weeks release comes this treat; a recent concert directed by none other then actor extraordinaire, Gary Oldman. Enjoy all the rocked out bliss below.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Fare Ye Well Levon

Last week we lost one of the true greats; Levon Helm. His unique voice was simply untouchable in terms of power, sweetness, and soul. I can't help but feel he was one of the few remaining links to a better, truer time in music. But based on all the outpouring from younger artists lamenting Levon's passing, I trust the toarch will continue to burn. No one can listen to that voice and not be moved!

Bob Dylan: “In response to Levon’s passing: He was my bosom buddy friend to the end, one of the last true great spirits of my or any other generation. This is just so sad to talk about. I still can remember the first day I met him and the last day I saw him. We go back pretty far and had been through some trials together. I’m going to miss him, as I’m sure a whole lot of others will too.”

Jeff Tweedy: “Levon was the glue, not just in The Band, but in all of what people think of when they think of North American music. He was a great unifier; a great glue. He unified blues and country, rural and city, and even North and South. Luckily he showed us all the way to keep it together and let it swing.”

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Bob Dylan Cover of the Day.....

Just because of the amount of great ones, this could be a daily feature until the day I die. Here's one that made my I-Pod smile today.....

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Celuloid Heroes-"We Bought A Zoo"

I like to think of myself as something of a movie snob. Ever since I was a kid, I have only seemed to enjoy films that seem to speak to me emotionally and intellectually. Actually, I don't like it. It's kind of a curse only being able to tolerate perhaps 8% of the films that Hollywood churns out these days. Most films lately seem to be made strictly to have a great opening week in sales without any regard for any emotional or cerebral depth.

I remember seeing the preview for Cameron Crowe's 2011 "We Bought a Zoo" a few times, and each time I remember thinking "this cannot be right"! Cameron Crowe has made many flawed, but classic films and is one of my personal favorite writer/directors. His films can be overly corny at times, but they always seem to contain dialog and scenes that completely ring true from an emotional perspective. The trailer for "We Bought a Zoo" lacked any of that. It looked like it was made specifically for 10 year-old girls with nothing for the poor parents who have to take them to the theater.

Imagine my pleasant surprise when watching this the other night with my daughter, I find it to be a funny, sweet, deep, and emotionally rich film about a young family dealing with loss. The film is typical Cameron Crowe; with brilliant lines and scenes that are poignant at the same time as they are hilarious. Based on a true story, it's also the rare film that children and adults can appreciate and benefit from together. And as always with Crowe's films, the music is kick-ass (Tom Petty, Wilco, Neil Young, Bon Iver, etc)!

Someone at the movie studio should be fired for green-lighting the POS "lowest common denominator" trailer which I guarantee permanently hurt the potential audience for this one. If you're looking for something that will make you heart swell, your brain work, and your face light up, look no further then "We Bought a Zoo". You'll thank me later.....

And just because I can, this beautiful song was perfectly used in the film.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Willie Nelson-"Just Breath"

What happens when you take an already fantastic song and let Willie Nelson sing it? Chills....that's what! From Willie's new album, listen below for his masterful take on this already-classic Pearl Jam tune. Great stuff from a true living legend!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Miss you Kurt.....

18 Years Ago today we lost Kurt, and it still makes me sad!