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2010 In Music: Some of My Favorites

29 Dec

These are in no particular order (except for the first one with good reason) because there is so much good music and moments to capture and look back on in 2010.  I know I have forgotten some and welcome your additions but here are some are of my favorites from the past 365 days.

DoYouHearTheMusic.com – simply because I finally did it and started my own blog.  For me it was a huge accomplishment and I only hope that if you are reading this you found some new music to listen to. Looking forward to adding and improving the site next year

Temper Trap – the Australians blew up in the US in 2010, headlining tours, “Sweet Disposition” being remixed into one of the best electronic songs, “Fader” taking off on the charts, etc.

Chiddy Bang – “Opposite of Adults” – what can I say, I dig these guys and I just hope more people give them a listen in 2011

Fitz & The Tantrums – the second half of my 2010 was dedicated to this band.  I am in love with their sound and can’t wait to see them live

ImWithTheDJ.com – can always count on my friends’ blog for fun, inspiring and another side of music, posts

Tinie Tempah – not only is he one of the hottest artists across the pond but Tinie Tempah is quickly making his way to the US with his hit song, “Miami 2 Ibiza” ft. Swedish House Mafia

Tinchy Stryder – Another UK hip-hop act who should get some crossover into the US in 2011

Laidback Luke – What can I not say about this guy, he’s incredible.  Three songs he remixed in 2010 that stick out to me: Calvin Harris – “You Use To Hold Me,” Robyn – “Indestructible” and of course Wynter Gordon – “Dirty Talk” (hands down one of the BEST songs of the year)

Vampire Weekend – if these guys were big before, Contra made them a global brand

Kings of Leon – I’ve been a fan of KoL for as long as they’ve been a band and Come Around Sundown reminds me of their original works.  One of my favorite tracks of the year “Back Down South” I hope gains mainstream airplay

Brandon Flowers – went solo in 2010 and wow did he impress.  Much more than I ever imagined he would.  Bravo

Trombone Shorty – have you heard “Show Me Something Beautiful”

Dave Matthews Band – after announcing that they were taking 2011 off, I knew I had to see DMB as much as I could in 2010 and to me, they sounded incredible.  So good it hurts to know they are taking next year off

LCD Soundsystem – wow, these guys rocketed to the top of the charts in 2010 and to be completely honest, the show I saw at the Pearl at Palms in Las Vegas, one of the best concerts of the year

That two DJ friends of mine have opened sneaker boutiques in Las Vegas- DJ Vice’s CRSVR inside the Cosmopolitan and DJ Ikon’s Feature off Spring Mountain/Jones

Bobby Long – getting set for a big release in 2011 and big things to come.  He was one of the big surprises for me during Mile High Music Festival

Pepper at HRH – always guarantee a good time when going to see Pepper Live and once again they rocked the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas poolside to a HUGE crowd.

“One” – Swedish House Mafia – not much to elaborate on this except the BIGGEST song of the Summer 2010

Wolfgang Gartner – with a half filled nightclub, those who made it out to Vanity at the Hard Rock Hotel this summer were treated to one of the best DJ sets

Mark Ronson – “Bang Bang Bang

Dave Matthews Band – “Write A Song” Live – this has quickly become one of my top DMB songs and hearing it live cemented its place for good

Taio Cruz – “Dynamite” – this song is club gold. The reactions when this song is played is right up there with “I’ve Got a Feeling,” “Just Dance,” “Since You’ve Been Gone” and the likes where people go absolutely insane for it.

DJ Khaled – “All I Do Is Win”

Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP – “We No Speak Americano”  – took some time but gained serious momentum in the second half of 2010

Roger Sanchez – “2gether” – what a remix and breath of fresh air

Edward Maya – “Stereo Love”

Michael Franti – Sound of Sunshine – Love me some Michael frantic but his latest disc was a real surprise for me and I am forever grateful to have had this as a soundtrack to my summer

Kanye West – “Power” – forget how good his whole album is, “Power” is my jam

Lupe Fiasco ft John Legend – “Never Forget You” – what a song and definitely some lyrics you should pay attention to

Jimmy Cliff – seeing the legend perform live at Mile High Music Festival was one of the best musical highlights of my life.  Man still has it and I could listen to him perform any day

Miike Snow – wow the surge to stardom keeps rising for these guys

Dr. Luke – this guy produces hit after hit after hit.  I mean Katy, Perry, Ke$ha, Eminem, etc. all have top hits because of him

Cee Lo – what can’t he do?

B.o.B. – his debut disc is flat out phenomenal

Biffy Clyro – keep an eye out for these Scottish rockers

Graffiti6 – love love love

Good Shoes – English band you have no excuse not to listen to

Duck Sauce – The team of A-Trak and Armand van Helden make you wonder where the musical boundaries are going to be pushed to next

Pirate Radio on DVD – this is one of my favorite movies of all time and definitely a great music flick

The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main St. rerelease – it still amazes me what they are able to do today with remastering original recordings

Treme – what a great job HBO did with this series.  Can’t wait for season two

Gorillaz – Plastic Beach

Yeasayer – “Ambling Alp” one of my favorite tracks of the year

D.W. Brandt – “Some Fantasy” another amazing track this year

Drake – what else can you say about this guy and “Over” with the Dead Prez beat SICK

Wavves

Eliza Doolittle

The Crookes

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon because of The Roots as the house band – did you see the performances?

Mumford and Sons – my tip of the hat to CC for the good look before these guys struck it big

Maccabees – just check em out

Aerosmith – finally getting to see these guys live and good thing I did since Steven Tyler broke up the band for American Idol

Reel Big Fish and Goldfinger – one of the most fun concerts I’ve ever attended and well worth $31

Friendly Fires – another band you haven’t heard of

Ou Est Le Swimming Pool

Rehab at Hard Rock Hotel

The music program at Wet Republic – just do a search for the recap of all the artists

The Dirty Dutch invasion – DJ Chuckie crushed it

Afrojack – monster year and now has a Vegas residency

David Gray – never lets you down

Aloe Blacc – How To Make It In America on HBO pushed him to mainstream and “I Need A Dollar” isn’t even his best work (did you catch Kid Cudi the actor?!)

David Guetta and Kid Cudi – “Memories”

Discovering Blue King Brown

John Butler Trio – April Uprising – hands down one of the best albums of the year

The Parties- Coast Garde

Donvavon Frankenreiter – “Glow” – I’ve been a Donavon fan since the first time I saw/heard him opening for G. Love at Hob Sunset Strip and anytime he has new music out, I don’t even have to wonder, I just know it’s good music

Subway Sessions – really really cool concept

Chromeo teaming up with Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend on the track “I Could Be Wrong”

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – if you haven’t listened to her, you are missing out

The Black Keys – finally hit stardom

Elton John and Leon Russell – The Union

The Gaslight Anthem – back with their third LP, the Jersey rockers killed it again

Calvin Harris

Gyptian – “Hold Yuh” – the original is wonderful but the Major Lazer remix is awesome

Hot Chip

Mile High Music Festival – a great two days with an insane amount of top tier bands to see

 

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Revisited: My Mile High Music Festival – Day 2

18 Aug

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With a successful first day at Mile High Music Festival I was definitely looking forward to Day 2 and the great line-up.

  • Day 2 started out at the Wolf Stage to check out Los Angeles based Oh My Stars and they delivered way more than I was anticipating. Rocking out with tons of energy definitely help set the tone for the day of music ahead.  Their set included fun renditions of Lady GaGa’s “Bad Romance” and Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” and a wicked performance of their single “Bloody November”
  • Next up was a southern rock performance by Drive-By Truckers.  It was good old rock and roll jam session perfect for the mid-afternoon
  • One of the big highlights of Day 2 came mid-afternoon when Ozomatli performed.  Always an upbeat, festive time, the boys did not disappoint and really had the crowd in unison singing and dancing the entire hour of their set.  In traditional Ozo fashion it was straight into the crowd to end the performance and I can’t wait for them to hit Vegas again on September 3 at the Hard Rock Hotel
  • Jimmy Cliff may be getting up there in age but he can still put on a show and I was thrilled to see the legend live.  Hearing him sing “I Can See Clearly Now” and “The Harder They Come” made my day
  • Knowing that Dave Matthews Band was going to draw the biggest crowd of MHMF, we decided to home base it from the Kyocera Main Stage which turned into the best idea for multiple reasons but one being that we got to check out Trevor Hall’s set at the adjacent Cougar Stage. While I have one of his LPs I really was wowed by how good he was live and his performance was definitely one of the top surprises for me at MHFM.  He also did a fun cover of M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes”
  • My Morning Jacket performed next on the main stage and while I didn’t get to hear my favorite song by them, “Dancefloors,” it was still an entertaining set with a fun sing-along of “Off The Record”
  • Another pleasant surprise for me and a band that has been around for some time was Railroad Earth jamming on the Cougar Stage.  In addition to myself becoming a fan I think they gained a whole heap as folks trickled in grab their spot for DMB and grooved to their whole set
  • DMB as expected came out and rocked MHMF.  In what typically is always an amazing show, the fellas brought a festive energy and a mix of old and new songs.  Looking back the set list was an amazing one.  Starting out with “Shake Me Like A Monkey” set the tone and hearing “What Would You Say” followed up by “#41” was definitely a highlight as was “Lie In Our Graves” with a little cover of Eric Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight.” Last three songs before the encore were “Two Step” “You & Me” and “Ants Marching.”  The whole set list can be found here

Overall Day 2 was a rousing success. I would have loved to have taken in the performances by Weezer, Z-Trip, Boombox and Atmosphere but just like Day 1, too much music and too many decisions to make. 

Also pretty saddened of the Denver Post’s coverage of the festival since it was in their backyard and only sending one reporter to cover and not even given a fair shake to many of the 40 plus acts over the two days.  I mean on Day 1 the reporter didn’t even arrive until after 4 p.m. surely missing some great performances.  You can read the recaps here and here.

Revisited: My Mile High Music Festival – Day 1

17 Aug

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Well back from Denver and I already miss that place.  What an incredible city that really has everything to offer.  Every time I visit I find more reasons to love the city.  To say Mile High Music Festival was a success is an understatement, it was just about as good as it gets.  Spread over 24 fields, it was definitely music euphoria with three stages, two tents and a “beach” to bounce back and forth to.  AEG did a really great job laying out the festival and making everything easily accessible and a fun time for all.  Enough small talk, here are some highlights of Day 1.

  • While getting settled for Donavon Frankenreiter as the first act of the day, had the chance to hear Bobby Long’s set and this might have been my surprise of MHMF.  He’s a British singer-songwriter and has a great voice and rocked the stage as if he was the headliner at MHMF.  I’ll be checking out his music this week and I suggest you do the same as he just signed with ATO Records (Dave Matthews) so expect big things from this fella
  • Donavon Frankenreiter was the perfect act to get the afternoon set in motion.  A great crowd convened to the main stage and we were treated to a few surprises; John Oates of Hall & Oates sat in on the entire set, Donavon did a very chill cover of Tom Petty’s “American Girl” and he also performed his new single “Glow” which we wrote about on August 4
  • ALO crushed MHMF with their upbeat and lively performance.  Opening with one of my favorites, “Maria,” the crowd kept growing and growing as the boys jammed nonstop to songs old and new including “Man of the World” the title track off their latest release
  • Nas & Damian “Jr Gong” Marley was one of the most entertaining acts of the day.  In what began as a high energy emcee/DJ hip-hop get down, turned into a Nas greatest hits concert with the rapper performing everything from “Street Dreams” to “If I Ruled the World” and then melding into reggae-rap with the duo performing “As We Enter” and a heap of other tracks before giving way to Marley performing “Welcome To Jamrock” and singing a bunch of his father’s legendary music
  • Rusted Root jammed on well past their scheduled time with “Ecstasy” reverberating throughout the festival grounds
  • Cypress Hill was getting wild and definitely running the gamut on their hits
  • Keane came on late and was disappointing enough that I only stayed for two songs.  The only good thing about Keane coming on late was the opportunity to sing-along to the Steve Miller Band
  • Slightly Stoopid the act I was most looking forward to seeing at MHMF put on a fun set that included “Wicked Rebel” and “Collie Man” and the boys were joined by B-Real of Cypress Hill for their encore
  • Sadly missed Phoenix (same time as Slightly Stoopid) but heard they killed it
  • Caught the end of Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi on the way to Jack Johnson – it’s a shame they didn’t have a great crowd and I really can’t talk since I didn’t make the extra effort to hear them either
  • Jack Johnson definitely brought the masses and put on a really fun show but it seemed too chill and not enough energy coming from him.  Some highlights of his set did include Jack brining up Doanvon Franenreiter to perform “Breakdown” and “Mud Football” – which had the two embrace with a big hug at first (not sure the last time they shared the stage together since having a musical “falling-out”) and performing ALO’s “Girl I Wanna Lay You Down” with Zach Gill

More notes from Day 1: Beta Beach was bumping great house music all day and provided a good place to cool off in the water playground; in Coors Country and Budweiser was the beer sponsor?; Whole Foods was easily the best vendor at MHMF with cheap (yes, really) food and drinks and an amazing deal on SIGG water bottles and Honest Tea refills for $1; Justin’s Almond Butter and Hazelnut Spread are amazing; TicketHorse is the future of purchasing concert tickets.

My Mile High Music Festival: Slightly Stoopid

12 Aug

Less than 24 hours from taking flight to Denver and I am super stoked about Mile High Music Festival and completely jazzed about seeing Slightly Stoopid.  Let’s forget the fact that I’ve seen them live eight times already and get ready to rock out to some of the best music around. 

Blending acoustic rock with blues, reggae, hip-hop, ska and punk, their shows are some of the most high energy and fun live music events you could attend.  By now everyone should know Slightly Stoopid but if you don’t, know this; they were originally signed to Skunk Records by Bradley Nowell of Sublime and continue to build an amazing following through no major record label instead choosing to release their albums under their own label, Stoopid Records.

They’ve played with everyone from Dave Matthews Band and G. Love to The Roots, Ozomatli and Pepper among countless others and are constantly touring and making new fans every day and in every city.  And for all you hip-hop heads out there, last year the fellas co-headlined a tour with Snoop Dogg.

Two of my favorite memories are from several years back but too good not to share.  In the summer of 2003 I went to the Sprite Liquid Mix Tour in Irvine; we’re talking The Roots, O.A.R., Robert Randolph, Talib Kweli and N.E.R.D., and on a small side stage there they were, Slightly Stoopid.  First time I got a chance to see them live and thankfully we were outside because if we were inside, they would have blown the roof straight off the building.  The vibe was unlike any other and everyone was getting down as if they were the headliners.  My second favorite memory comes from Vegoose 2005 which was a music festival in Las Vegas that lasted three years.  So the line-up comes out and I am adamant on seeing them no matter that they were the first act of the day and on mad early.  We had been out til the wee hours the night before, rally together and head on down to the festival grounds only to find out that they are playing the main stage inside, Sam Boyd Stadium.  With a football stadium as the backdrop it was music paradise and set the stage for an unbelievable festival.

So Miles, Kyle and the gang – see you Saturday.

My Mile High Music Festival: Ozomatli

11 Aug

If you’ve heard of Ozomatli you have to love them and if you have no idea who they are, just know this; they have won Latin Grammys in 2002 and 2005 for “Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album.”  While you may think, “Latin Grammy” with a big question mark, this is a band that transcends all races and genders for the love of music.  They are primarily a Latin, hip-hop and rock music band that dabs into salsa, jazz, funk, reggae and rap, essentially providing the soundtrack for the country and world we live in and committed to bringing the beats and sounds to people of all kinds.

Something else interesting about Los Angeles based Ozomatli that people may not know, Chali 2na and DJ Cut Chemist of the now debunked Jurassic 5 were members of Ozomatli (2na has come back from time-to-time). From inception, the band has ranged anywhere from as high as 10 members down to seven with a core of six original members.

To see Ozomatli live know that it is one gigantic party and that the band not only feeds off of the crowd but joins the crowd and makes it a musical moment to remember.  One of my favorite Ozomatli memories to date was seeing them live on Halloween in Hawai’i for Halloween High Steppin’ at some hole in the wall Mexican restaurant with 200 people.  The energy was through the roof that evening and add in everyone dressed in costumes it was sure a night to remember.  I imagine that seeing them perform at Mile High Music Festival will remind me of that live show and what an exciting band they are.

My Mile High Music Festival: Dave Matthews Band

10 Aug

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As we inch a day closer to Mile High Music Festival I can hardly contain myself and wishing for it to be Friday already and boarding a plane to the Rocky Mountains.  The big headliner for MHMF is of course, Dave Matthews Band, and being that the band is taking 2011 off, this is going to be one of the last times to see they boys before their hiatus (let’s just hope this is a one year break and not longer).  The Denver Post put out a great piece on DMB “saving” MHMF and it’s worth a read if you have a few minutes to spare, click here

I’m really excited to see DMB because I feel that since the passing of LeRoi Moore the band has come back with a powerful position to play damn good music and leave it all on the stage every night as if they were a new band out to prove themselves.  I was at the show the night that Moore passed away which was such a somber experience and of course not the DMB I had grown to love and like many others, questioned what was going to happen to the band.  Well I was fortunate to see five shows last year and man did the band sound down right awesome and with Tim Reynolds, Jeff Coffin and Rashawn Ross in the mix the shows really captured the DMB spirit again.  So this time, in Denver where DMB has had a cult like following over the past 20 years and released a few live albums, this should be one special performance with everlasting memories.

Mile High Music Festival

9 Aug

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Mile High Music Festival is finally here! Ok well a five long days away but man am I stoked about two days of amazing music.  After booking tickets months ago the flight to Denver is oh so close and I can’t wait.  On Saturday, August 14 and Sunday, August 15 The Fields at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park will be home to over 40 music performances and definitely over a handful of acts I can’t wait to hear. 

The toughest part over the two days will be agonizing over which performances are a must see and which I’ll sadly have to take a pass on.  I do know that Saturday will get started with Donavon Frankenreiter’s performance and I’m definitely in to see ALO, Nas & Damian “Jr Gong” Marley, Slightly Stoopid and Jack Johnson.  The rest of Saturday is a toss-up.  As for Sunday, Drive-By Truckers and Ozomatli are shoe-ins for the early side with Jimmy Cliff, Z-Trip, Weezer, My Morning Jacket following and Dave Matthews Band wrapping up the festival.

So much good music in one place over two days and add in what a city Denver is and you can’t ask for much more.  DoyouHearTheMusic.com will mostly be devoted to my preview of Mile High Music Festival artists the rest of the week aka a way for me to talk about some of my favorites.  If you’re reading this my hope is that you find some new music to listen to along the way and if you want to throw in your two cents, please do!

Peace + Love + Music