Monday, May 9, 2011

words to live by.

Foreign lands, Acoustic jams, and Street Shows

I love stripped down acoustic versions of songs. Watching my favorite bands jammin' out in their element gives me life and I especially adore recorded jam sessions and spur of the moment performances. When its not corporate sponsored, artists and bands just let go and experiment with their songs (if you've ever seen the roots live, you know what I mean~guitar solo swag) which makes me love them even more. Outside the constraints of a stage, street shows allow a performer to broadcast their improvisational skills and creativity. Here are a few of my favorite websites for "unplugged" performances: 

I'd like to extend a hefty thanks and virtual hug to the people who make La Blogotheque's take away shows possible. Quality video, sound, locations based in le grand Paris and an ear for great up and coming musicians. And Free! Need I say more? Here's Zach Cordon of Beirut killen shit. Good god, his voice.

This find is a result of early morning music hunting. This early bird surely got the worm. Burberry Acoustics fulfills everything I've ever wanted with acoustic music + visuals and it's based in the UK. Ultra win! The combo of great vocals, cool hair, foggy forests and Brit accents makes this an instant love.  

One of my favorite duo's ever is the xx. They stop by Amsterdam Acoustics and do the damn thing. Note their chemistry and the cool vocal overlap towards the end OOH WEE. Fire. A full post on these two UK cats soon.

When ever I'm in a musical drought, and I'm tired of listening to the same stuff, I check these blogs/sites first and I'm never disappointed. How do you guys feel about live music?

Sidenote: I'm noticing that the three that I've mentioned are all located in Europe. Why isn't any one capturing street performances in the states?

Sunday, May 8, 2011

How to: get mos def on the radio?

Variety is basically non-existent on the radio. The song's might appear different but they're pretty much the same formula fitted to make hip hop, rock, country songs sound more pop-ish. It's all radio filler masquerading as music. These so called artists don't do anything creative. You know why? They don't make SHIT..... but in a sense they do make "shitty" know what i mean....
I search for live versions of songs because they reveal if a musician is actually talented or just an auto-tuned, studio enhanced artist. Studio equipment & software can do wonders yall! It could make Ben stein the clear eyes guy
sound like MF'in Luther Vandross 
and we've already witnessed the success of too many d-list "singers" (i.e. rihanna, chris brown, t-pain, etc) to question it's deceptive powers. 
Let me weigh in on the reward system in the music industry. It's mega twisted! The crumby artists (Justin beiber) with recording deals and all the marketing dollars get the most recognition and all the media/public love. Meanwhile, people with actual talent (Mos def) are slept on and don't get the exposure they deserve. 
 (revel in the glory that is the mighty mos def)
Record sales and spins (radio plays) are no true measure of artistry. That's what I tell people who come at me with the whole this or that artist is hot because they sold a million records. To me, you've only told me that a million people are stupid. 

This is the main reason why I bang with live music because it lets me point out swizzy style 'Whos phony & Who's fake'. Once the smoke and cameras disappear, live performances absolutely showcase an artists vocal talent, creativity or lack thereof.

The brightside is, because of independent, music centered blogs and the internet, good music is easier to find and becoming way more popular/visible. Really cool bands and musicians have been poppin up all over the map and there's not enough time in the day to appreciate them all. Next post, I'm posting some gems I've found while music hunting. Rant mode over!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Temple University Fashion Spotlight

While lounging around campus, I bumped into Skyler, who is an art history major. I loved the customized look of his jean jacket and the fitted ripped shorts. It all adds up to a pretty cool look.


Later, Ivie.