To help make sure you don’t get a case of the Monday’s, here’s a little Monday Happiness playlist for you! Hope you enjoy and find a few good reasons to smile, dance, laugh, daydream, have fun and get this week started off in a positive way.
The temperature is rising, sun is shining and days are getting longer which means only one thing, time for the DoYouHearTheMusic.com Spring Playlist 2012 Vol. I. A little old, a little new and many that have been featured on the blog but most importantly, I hope you find some new tunes to enjoy rocking to. Also I would have made this available as a Spotify playlist but they don’t have half the tracks below so links it is.
Bruce Springsteen – “Shackled and Drawn”
The Lumineers – “Ho Hey”
Buxton – “Boy of Nine”
Of Monsters and Men – “Little Talks”
Heartless Bastards – “Got To Have Rock and Roll”
The Black Keys – “Nova Baby”
Alabama Shakes – “Hang Loose”
Alex Clare – “Hands Are Clever”
Bad Weather California – “You’re My Friend”
Dirty Gold – “California Sunrise”
Butch Walker and The Black Widows – “Sweethearts”
Gary Clark Jr. – “Don’t Owe You A Thang”
GROUPLOVE – “Chloe”
Dead Fingers – “Another Planet”
Free Energy – “Free Energy”
Wheelchair Sports Camp – “Where We All Live”
Penguin Prison – “Don’t Fuck With My Money”
Ah the GRAMMYs, for one night to have all that talent in one room. I have to say, I did like LL Cool J hosting the awards show, he brought a nice touch to them and did a nice job paying respect to Whitney Houston (as did everyone else). But as much as I love seeing the performances, I have to ask, what happened to all the awards? I feel like there were maybe 10 awards presented on TV and every time someone was introduced it was like “with two new GRAMMYs tonight….,” okay but what did they win for? Want the full list, click here.
Also I have to say I was not a fan of so many musicians getting multiple performances at the awards. I get it, they crossover to different genres but there are plenty of musicians who made an impact in the last year of music who could have also had the grand stage to perform.
Enough rant, on to the performances.
- Bruce Springsteen – “We Take Care of Our Own” – loved the string section, and The Boss looked super calmed, relaxed and what a great way to start off the GRAMMYs. I really do love this song, it sounds like the gold old. Springsteen. Loved seeing Paul McCartney and Chris Martin singing along too.
- Touching tribute to start the GRAMMYs by LL Cool J
- Bruno Mars – Huge fan of his music and his appearance on the big stage confirmed it once again, he’s an electric personality and helping to bring back a style of music that has been missing from the mainstream attention. You couldn’t not be tapping your foot or clapping your hands during this performance.
- Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt – “Sunday Kind of Love” I could have listened to that for days, amazing voices.
- Chris Brown – The stage setup reminded me of Qbert, he keeps pushing to overtake Usher.
- Man, Kanye wins a GRAMMY and not present, go figure! Well we got once less random rant
- Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson – If country is your thing…..
- Foo Fighters – As expected, a rocking performance.
- Coldplay and Rihanna – I thought Rihanna did a great job and I loved the way the Staples Center looked during “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall.” I use to only like the remixed versions of that song and now I just love the original.
- Maroon5, Foster The People, Beach Boys – Who doesn’t love the Beach Boys? But I don’t know if it was just me but I was underwhelmed with this performance. I guess I was just expecting more and to be blown away. Plus all I kept thinking when I look at Mark Foster was commercial jingles.
- Paul McCartney, Diana Krall, Joe Walsh – One word, Beautiful.
- The Civil Wars – So proud they got to perform at the GRAMMYs just wish they gave them more air time. At least two GRAMMY wins substantiates why they deserve this.
- Taylor Swift – Great job. My favorite thing about Taylor Swift is she gets so amazed at the crowd reception of her performances. Crazy to think we have basically watched her grow up through these award shows. I can’t wait for ten years from now and what she’s singing about.
- Katy Perry – um no
- Adele – She makes it look so easy and effortless. I love the confidence she showed on that stage and if you weren’t a believer before, you sure must be now. And wow what a reception from the crowd.
- Derek Trucks sighting!
- Glen Campbell, The Band Perry and Blake Shelton – who doesn’t like Rhinestone Cowboy! As a non knowing Country music person, I wonder if The Band Perry are going to be the next big thing.
- Nicki Minaj – next please
- David Guetta, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne + Foo Fighters and Deadmau5 – I was really disappointed in how this appeared on TV, personally I think it was not as big, flashy and what it could have been on the biggest stage to date for EDM.
- Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood – just another day at the office for the legend.
- Jennifer Hudson – For real? That was incredible.
- Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Joe Walsh, Dave Grohl– how can you not love seeing these legends just jamming to close out the awards.
This day just got a whole lot better. Here is “We Take Care Of Our Own,” the first track off Bruce Springsteen’s upcoming album, Wrecking Ball. Fingers crossed on an announcement for a US tour soon (all European dates from May-July). Either way, I dig this song and if you’re a fan of The Boss, you should too!
Holy amazing! Talk about one awesome way to start the week, I knew Isle of Wight Festival was preparing to announce the first act for the 2012 Festival but never in my wildest dreams did I even think it would be Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band!
Isle of Wight takes place June 22-24, 2012. Looks like post Bonnaroo is going to include a trip across the pond for me!
Happy Birthday to The Boss who turns 62 today. Jersey Pride running wild today!
A band I recently started listening to and also had the opportunity to see live at Bonnaroo was The Apache Relay. The roots-rock quartet hailing from Nashville, Tennessee is a band everyone needs to check out, especially if you are a fan of The Avett Brothers, John Butler Trio and The Boss, Bruce Springsteen. On their latest record, American Nomad, the band’s energetic grooves and vocals of Michael Ford Jr. come together to unleash a sound that is contagious from start to finish; bouncing between soft, melodic sing-alongs and upbeat jams. I will also say that while I dig the disc, seeing them live is where it’s at.
And one more reason to love and listen to The Apache Relay, they have already been on the road with one of my favorite artists, G. Love.
Check this out. Bruce Springsteen and Dropkick Murphys team up to record 1913 song “Peg O’ My Heart” which will be featured on the DM album Going Out In Style set for release on February 28. I for one can’t wait to hear this.
Click HERE to read the item from Paste Magazine.
Almost a week later and I am still thinking about Bruce Springsteen’s performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. I must admit, I only started watching his show because The Roots are the house band and now I absolutely love the show. The Boss was a great interview and gave an even better performance (which was pretty much a given). While Fallon dressed as Neil Young and the two of them did a rendition of Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair,” here is a clip of Springsteen and The Roots performing “Because of the Night.” I mean c’mon Bruce Springsteen and The Roots sharing the stage together, how rad is that?!
Also a couple days later, Rolling Stone caught up with ?uestlove and I found his comments pretty awesome. Here’s an excerpt:
“During rehearsal, when the producer said, ‘Ladies and gentleman, ‘Because The Night’ with the Professor and Little Steven, here’s Bruce Springsteen and The Roots’ — I couldn’t move,” ?uestlove tells Rolling Stone. “And they were looking at me like, ‘Okay count the song off.’ And I was like, I said, ‘Holy shit. I heard that.’”
He adds: “I mean, I’ve done some intense playing on our show, but that was the most intense playing I’ve ever done. He completely surpassed any expectation I’ve ever had for any mythical god of rock figure.”
And click here to read Patrick Doyle’s full piece.