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My initial thoughts on the 2013 GRAMMY Awards

11 Feb

Another year of GRAMMY Awards have come and gone.  So much great music highlighted from the past year and of course a ton of great performances.  I’m also a fan of LL Cool J as the host, hopefully they bring him back for a third year.  So how about some ramblings from the show.

  • If you’ve ever seen Bruno Mars live you know what to expect from him and his band but their performance was just sick.  Sting singing a verse to “Locked Out of Heaven,” finally a tip of the hat to the Police influenced track and Rihanna joining the party with Ziggy and Damian Marley for a great tribute to Bob Marley. My favorite performance of the night.
  • Wow, what a great way to pay tribute to the late, great Levon Helm.  Elton John, Mumford & Sons, Mavis Staples, Zac Brown, Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard and T Bone Burnett, wonderful performance.
  • Justin Timberlake with the band and orchestra, a tip of the hat and that I have to say overshadowed Jay-Z guesting for me.
  • How cool was the rain during the fun. performance? So stoked to see those guys jump to stardom but every time I see Nate Ruess I am reminded of The Format, man do I miss that band.
  • Mumford & Sons, well at least the escalated from that rickety little stage from a couple years ago.
  • The Lumineers I sure hope they are the Mumford of two years ago and just reach new heights after the GRAMMY Awards. Let’s see how many units they move in the next week.
  • The Black Keys with Dr. John and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band was just simply rocking. Seen Dan Auerbach and Dr. John together but that collection of musicians, whoa.
  • Ed Sheeran getting to share the stage with Elton John, well done young man.
  • Jack White, a tip of the hat to you!
  • Frank Ocean, wish they would have had him perform earlier in the show.
  • LL Cool J, Chuck D, Z-Trip and Travis Barker – I’d love to see an entire concert with these four.
  • Was there an over/under on how many times they would show Taylor Swift?  And is there one song she didn’t sing along to?
  • Is it odd that I thought of The Hunger Games when they showed Carrie Underwood’s dress?  All it needed to do was catch fire!
  • Anyone else think John Mayer in the purple tux belonged in Alice in Wonderland and could have fit in the Taylor Swift performance?
  • I guess people know who Miguel is now.  A tip of the hat to @TonyDasco who’s been all about Miguel for two plus years.
  • Prince, he’s got to be up to something if he made an appearance.  I just wonder what.  I remember when he had his residency in Vegas, he would show up to one of the nightclubs I worked with an then have the curtains closed around him.  Odd then, odd now but still one of the greatest musicians/performers ever.
  • Did Kimbra and her ‘I’m not sure what she was wearing’ rival Bjork and her swan dress?
  • The other performances, meh. Or did I miss a great one?

Oh and the awards.  Here you go.

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New Music Tuesday: Mumford & Sons, Lupe Fiasco, No Doubt, Ozomatli, Talib Kweli and more!

25 Sep

For the third straight week, New Music Tuesday is absolutely amazing with a handful of BIG TIME releases.  We’re talking Mumford & Sons – Babel, Lupe Fiasco – Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1, No Doubt – Push and Shove, Ozomatli – OzoKidz, Talib Kweli – Prisoner of Conscious, Preservation Hall Jazz Band – St. Peter and 57th, Dragonette – Bodyparts, Green Day – Uno!, Anita Baker – Only Forever, The Soft Pack – Strapped, deadmau5 – >album goes here< and a whole bunch more.

As for my two top picks of the week, tough call yet really simple:

Mumford & Sons – Babel

Mumford & Sons fresh off their performance on Saturday Night Live drop one of the most anticipated albums of the year and I promise you won’t be disappointed.  Unlike their incredible debut Sigh No More, Babel is more upbeat from the start and really captures more of the live M&S experience.  Give a few spins through the record and you’ll be hooked.  If you’ve seen the fellas live, chances are you’ve heard what early on I have to say my favorite tracks on the disc are “Hopeless Wanderer” and “Below Your Feet” – oddly enough track 11 on both discs are my favorite (“Dust Bowl Dance” on Sigh No More).  Enjoy!

 

Lupe Fiasco – Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1

If you know me, you know I’m a gigantic Lupe Fiasco fan so it’s no surprise to see his new disc here as one of my top picks.  I’m really looking forward to listening to the “follow-up” to his debut album six years and two albums later, as I’ve only heard a few tracks including “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)” which samples Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth’s “TROY” and from what I’ve read, it’s very politically and culturally charged.  He speaks load and clear enough that his message is heard and people respond.

Now Playing: @Bonnaroo 2011 Theme Song

9 Jun