Thanks to friend, photographer and music lover, Erik Kabik, I have been able to feature some stellar photographs from concerts throughout the year and as we close 2011, here are some images Erik tabbed as some of his highlights from the past 12 months. Hope you enjoy!!
Another year has come and (just about) gone and as we approach day 365 of 2011, there is a lot of great music and music moments to reflect on. In keeping with something I started last year, here is a list of items that made MY year in music. While I know I’ve forgotten some moments, at least it’s a snapshot of what my ears and eyes were gravitating towards. Enjoy and here’s to an incredible year of music in 2012.
- My favorite album of 2011 is GROUPLOVE’s Never Trust A Happy Song
- After finally attending Bonnaroo, I totally see why my friend said “when you go, you’ll understand why it’s the best music festival”
- Lollapalooza was an amazing experience with incredible bands, amazing friends and killer access
- Being asked to write concert reviews for Vegas SEVEN which parlayed into band interviews as well – something that to this day I never thought would happen from a little blog I started about my love of music
- Continuing the writing by being asked by Vegas Rated, a national publication to write a few music columns each month
- Seeing Mumford & Sons at The Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan, easily one of my favorite live shows ever
- I’m a lucky one living in Las Vegas since The Cosmopolitan and C3 Presents booked too many bands that I love for four night stints playing Book & Stage for FREE – to give you an idea, we’re talking Young The Giant, Foster The People, Aloe Blacc, Ryan Shaw, Fitz & The Tantrums, Allen Stone, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Walk The Moon, Robert Randolph, Mayer Hawthorne, Tennis, and the list goes on and on
- Frank Turner, where you been all my life – England Keep My Bones is a album everyone needs to have
- Finally seeing The Strokes live(twice this year) and realizing just how badass they really are
- My blog post from March when Foster The People were coming to town
- The discovery of bands like The Apache Relay, The Belle Brigade, Ruby Coast, GIVERS and Smith Westerns
- Thank you Walk The Moon for providing some of the most fun of the summer with your spirited sets
- RedBull Soundclash with Cee-Lo and The Ting Tings, look it up if you don’t know what I’m talking about
- Marquee Nightclub Boom Box Room with Eric D Lux
- The return of Dispatch
- Middle Brother
- One more Furthur show in the books
- Saying goodnight to the bad guys with a final concert, oh man how I’ll miss The Black Crowes
- Stumbling upon Childish Gambino’s set at Bonnaroo and being blown away
- Gary Clark Jr.
- Late Night with Jimmy Fallon taking over as the king of late night performances thanks to The Roots as the house band and a great booking team
- Brands like Chevy and Nissan using indie bands for commercial music
- CC from Little Hurricane
- The Dirty Guv’nahs
- EDM grabbing America by storm
- Thankful for Avicii creating hit after hit after hit
- Seeing a late night Cults show in Chicago that completely blew me away
- Going to see a favorite of mine, Brett Dennen and having DAWES who opened just own the evening
- Seeing G. Love yet again and having him break into Freddy King Jr.’s “Look Over Yonder”
- Allen Stone, what a young talent
- Alabama Shakes, if you didn’t see my post on them, search, listen and become infatuated with Brittany Howard’s voice
- Finally seeing Lupe Fiasco in concert again, had to wait too long since the last time
- Robert Plant still rocking it like he was in his 20s
- Seeing The Black Keys in a nightclub, a ballroom and with 60,000 ppl and still getting the same feeling of rock and roll no matter the size or venue
- The Head and The Heart
- Catching Lil Wayne in concert, something I never thought I’d do, same with Eminem
- Buffalo Springfield, yes I can say I never thought I’d see them live but did
- My Morning Jacket won me back over after giving up on them
- Seeing Widespread Panic for what could be the last time
- Anyone else catch The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons and Bob Dylan at the GRAMMYs? Sick performance and totally put M&S on a whole new level
- The music from across the pond is quite amazing, lots of new bands and artists to be on the lookout for
- Big Troubles
- How incredibly awesome Daytrotter.com is
- In my opinion, one of the best singer-songwriters of today, James Morrison quietly released his third album, The Awakening
- Aloe Blacc, yes “I Need A Dollar” thrust him into the spotlight last year but damn, what an artist – incredible stage presence and one of the most talented musicians today
- O.A.R. dropping a new record that everyone needs to own
- IAMDYNAMITE - before it’s too late, go get SUPERMEGAFANTASTIC, these fellas are going to blow up, just wait and see in 2012
- The music video for Maps & Atlases’ “Israeli Caves”
- Welcome back Ryan Adams
- The sophomore release by Girls probably hasn’t gotten too much attention but WOW
- Youth Lagoon
- Thank you Damian Marley for getting everyone together to form SuperHeavy
- NewVillager, the videos may be a bit to artsy for me but the music, genius
- WU LYF chances are about 99% you have never heard of them but you need to know them pronto
- Uncle Mountain
- Nashville is for righteous music to me what Brooklyn was for a throng of indie bands
- If you get a chance to see the Black Lips, don’t pass it up
- Gimme Some by Peter, Bjorn & John
- “Up Up Up” was like a soundtrack for my year, big things coming for GIVERS
- · Fight For Your Right Revisited
- · I was thrilled to see Fitz & The Tantrums hit it big in 2011
- · Food is the New Rock blog
- G. Love’s latest, Fixin To Die which was recorded in North Carolina and produced by The Avett Brothers
- Seeing a mob of people at 1 p.m. on Friday of Lollapalooza for Young The Giant
- Catching Lynyrd Skynyrd perform for 200 people at the opening of their BBQ & Beer joint in Vegas
- Tedeschi Trucks Band – Revelator
- Another knock-out by Trombone Shorty
- The Cinema
- Paul Simon’s So Beautiful or So What
- Benjamin Francis Leftwich
- Wolf Gang
- Our little Book & Stage fan club, thanks for making the past year pretty damn incredible
- Skylar Grey I was truly impressed with her live show
- Raphael Saadiq did it again
- Tinie Tempah finally made it Stateside
- Ryan Bingham, thank you – great interview and your show definitely backed up your words, a true pleasure to catch a couple live shows this year
- Seeing the legend, Dr. John
- Scottish rockers Kassidy, definitely a band everyone should be listening to
- Audio, Video, Disco – love love love the approach by Justice on the new album
- Remixes of “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall”
- And waking up every day to listen and discover new music
You ever listen to an artist/band for the first time only to discover they have been around for quite some time, have released a few albums and wonder, “where the hell have I been?” Well it happened to me last month with Frank Turner and damn, I cannot get enough of his record, England Keep My Bones, his FOURTH album. I now find myself listening to his previous works to catch myself up to what I’ve been missing but continuously being drawn back to his latest record which was released this past summer. Turner exudes a singer-songwriter, folk, punk style unlike anything I’ve ever heard.
Say hello to Frank Turner and give a listen to one of best albums of 2011.
First and foremost, this stuff is hard. The amount of music that is released each year and narrowing it down to 50 is damn tough but I have to give Josh Johnson at PASTE Magazine much credit for his solid lists of 50 Best Albums and 50 Best Songs of 2011. There are definitely more than less bands/artists on his lists I have been jamming out to heavily over the past year. Again, I love this list, tons of great music but a couple names I didn’t see that personally I think should have been included, GROUPLOVE, Girls, Justice, Allen Stone, SuperHeavy, NewVillager and Boy & Bear to name a few. What’s missing that you fell in love with over the last year?
|50 Best Albums|
|50 Frank Turner – England Keep My Bones|
|49 Mates Of State – Mountaintops|
|48 Drake – Take Care|
|47 Real Estate – Days|
|46 Holy Ghost! – Holy Ghost!|
|45 Those Darlins – Screws Get Loose|
|44 Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo|
|43 The Joy Formidable – The Big Roar|
|42 Wild Flag – Wild Flag|
|41 James Blake – James Blake|
|40 Portugal. The Man – In The Mountain, In The Cloud|
|39 Gillian Welch – The Harrow And The Harvest|
|38 Over The Rhine – The Long Surrender|
|37 The War On Drugs – Slave Ambient|
|36 Mister Heavenly – Out Of Love|
|35 Childish Gambino – Camp|
|34 Seryn – This Is Where We Are|
|33 The Head And The Heart – The Head And The Heart|
|32 Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire|
|31 Telekinesis – 12 Desperate Straight Lines|
|30 Tom Waits – Bad As Me|
|29 Feist – Metals|
|28 Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes|
|27 Black Lips – Arabia Mountain|
|26 The Low Anthem – Smart Flesh|
|25 The Antlers – Burst Apart|
|24 TV On The Radio – Nine Types Of Light|
|23 The Belle Brigade – The Belle Brigade|
|22 The Black Keys – El Camino|
|21 Charles Bradley – No Time For Dreaming|
|20 Beirut – The Rip Tide|
|19 Cults – Cults|
|18 Wye Oak – Civilian|
|17 The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow|
|16 Yuck – Yuck|
|15 Deer Tick – Divine Providence|
|14 Adele – 21|
|13 Radiohead – The King Of Limbs|
|12 Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean|
|11 St. Vincent – Strange Mercy|
|10 The Decemberists – The King Is Dead|
|09 M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming|
|08 Dawes – Nothing Is Wrong|
|07 Wilco – The Whole Love|
|06 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – It’s A Corporate World|
|05 Middle Brother – Middle Brother|
|04 tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l|
|03 My Morning Jacket – Circuital|
|02 Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues|
|01 Bon Iver – Bon Iver, Bon Iver|
I know, I know we are over 300 day away from Bonnaroo yet I still feel compelled to check out the website every once in a while and this week I came across this sweet behind the scenes video from Bonnaroo X by Zultan’s Army and Michael Nyffeler Photography. . Check it out.
It’s a great day as a good friend of mine and fellow music lover, Angela (@IMWITHTHEDEEJAY), becomes the first guest blogger on Do You Hear The Music and shares her first Coachella experience in words and video. Angela has one of the coolest blogs I’ve come across and always has fun, interesting and inspiring posts as well as the latest and greatest from DJ Vice. Check out the below and then visit her blog and follow her on Twitter.
I’m no stranger to packed crowds, pounding beats and rhythmic drum patterns and quite candidly house music, nightlife and large crowds make me feel at home; so much so it’s why I started my blog, rightfully titled: IMWITHTHEDEEJAY. No further explanation needed.
Going to Coachella for the first time alongside DJ VICE proved to me that this festival truly has something for everyone. I was quite surprised just how many DJ sets were scheduled during the weekend line-up and thus spent a lot of time checking them out.
What impressed me the most about Coachella was the variety of music ranging from indie, house and dub step to R&B and hip-hop. I learned about some new artists, such as Leftfield, while also appreciating artists I was already familiar with even more after hearing their songs live combined with their stage presence (Chromeo, The Strokes, Cut Copy).
Here is a short video I put together to share some of the highlights on my experience and exactly why I plan to go back every year. Enjoy.
My Best and Worst of Coachella 2011
best surprise moment : Usher & Paul McCartney on stage during AfroJack’s house set
worst moment : the moment I felt the urge to pee & knew I was going to hold it ALL night! Yuck on portable bathrooms.
best performance to dance to : Cut Copy & Chromeo
best performance to jump for : AfroJack
best performance overall : Kanye West
best songs: “Original” Leftfield, “Needy Girl” Chromeo, Swedish House Mafia “Save the World”
most overused house song : “Awooga” Calvin Harris
most disappointing performance : Tinie Tempah
best fashion piece I saw : crochet white fringe vest with white glowsticks tied to each piece.
worst fashion: going barefoot
best overall: the great choice in music – you can’t even manage to hear everyone you would like to because there are so many stages & performances.
worst overall: DUST = allergies, scratchy eyes, watery nose and a layer of film all over you.
Don’t bring next year: Any “professional” DSLR camera – they won’t let you in with it.
Pack next year : bandana & anything glow in the dark!
Anyone who has been a Knicks fan since the last time they were in the playoffs probably remembers the “Go NY Go” theme song. Well check this, Swizz Beatz brought it back and remixed the original featuring Carmelo and Amare! Ha ha! So if you’re down with the Orange and Blue, listen up! Game time is in less than two hours!
Here’s the original from 1994 as well as the 1999 version.