The audio is not the greatest but check out the videos below (via Esquire and Pitchfork). Earlier this week Arcade Fire performed an impromptu 45-minute set at the Hotel Oloffson in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. During the set they covered Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” “The Tide Is High” by the Paragons (made famous by Blondie), the Rolling Stones’ “The Last Time,” and Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.”
Simply one of the greatest musicians of all time. I’m blessed I’ve had a chance to see him perform live, he’s definitely one of a kind and just an incredible performer.
Two things I love, food and music and thus I’ve come across an awesome blog, Food is the New Rock by Zach Brooks. Give this site a glance and you’ll quickly find yourself addicted like I am. Plus check out the logo, dig it!
From the About page of Food is the New Rock:
Chefs are starting bands.
Musicians are tweeting what they eat.
A&R guys are starting food blogs.
Band managers are opening restaurants.
Chefs are the new rock stars.
Food is the New Rock.
A time waster for people who love music and food, from the founder of Midtown Lunch.
Yet another great new music Tuesday! Gimme Some, the latest from Swedish trio Peter, Bjorn & John dropped today and I can’t wait to give their sixth disc a full spin. Give a listen below to “Second Change,” the first single off the album. Thumbs up from me.
Ok, this may be one of the coolest events of the year. Check out The Sweetlife Festival being held May 1 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. Presented by sweetgreen, a Washington D.C. based restaurant group dedicated to sourcing local and organic ingredients and with a commitment to the environment and their community, the event will pair wholesome food with an amazing line-up of music. Performing at the annual festival this year are: The Strokes, Girl Talk, Lupe Fiasco, Crystal Castles, Cold War Kids, Ra Ra Riot, Theophilus London, Walk The Moon, U.S. Royalty and Modern Man. I personally think this is an insane event and if I lived in the area you better believe I’d be going. Even better, tickets are only $55 and VIP tickets are $100. Big props to the Washington D.C. based company and bringing music to help push the case for eating better and caring for our environment.
I’m a huge Ben Harper fan but I’m not sure how I really feel about “Rock and Roll Is Free” the first single off his forthcoming album, Give Til It’s Gone out May 17. In a return to straight up rock and roll and his first solo disc since 2005 I’m definitely looking forward to listening to the album but I think his oldies are still the goodies in this case.
(via The Audio Perv)
This is NOT real gospel music if that’s what you are thinking. Owen Holmes of Black Kids put out an EP at the end of last year titled Duettes. The five track compilation of duets features Holmes with Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Campbell, Vivian Girls’ Cassie Ramone, the Magnetic Fields’ Shirley Simms, Hefner’s Darren Hayman, and French singer-songwriter SoKo.
Check out the track Automobile featuring Holmes with Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Campbell.
Props to Las Vegas CityLife A&E Editor Mike Prevatt and his blog item yesterday on Aloe Blacc found here. Earlier this year Mr. Blacc spent four nights performing at Book & Stage over at the brand new Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and during his time in the desert he reshot the video for “I Need A Dollar.” Love seeing his Book & Stage performances made it into the video and if you haven’t had a chance to see Mr. Blacc perform live please make sure it’s on your list of artists to see, he’s that good.
(apologies but Sony Music blocks the video from playing on the site so just click the link in the screen below)
Another band I would have loved to see had I gone to SXSW is mylittlepony. Hailing from Oslo, Norway the quintuplet was playing their first American shows in Austin and their indie pop sound is quickly likeable. Recently the band released their new album Making Marks and I have to say I’m really digging it and now find myself listening to the disc on repeat. Lead singer Ola Innset has an incredible voice and it just plays so well on each track; particularly give a listen to his voice and the horns on “Hard To Be Good” and hear for yourself.