Category: Music Monday

The Best of 2016 (and the rest)

Well it’s been quite a while since I’ve had the time and drive to sit down and write a blog post. However with 2016 (finally) coming to an end, it is that time of year again to look back at all the great music that has come out over the past 12 months and put my best of list together for all to read, ignore, take note of, criticize, whatever you wish … but most importantly, to expand your mind, break your perceptions and bring some joy to your day via the awesome power of music.

To be entirely honest, I had started a post about this a month ago and planned to start posting on December 1st. I was going to list my top 31 albums with a different post each day in December. I’m glad I waited because there’s been some albums that came out this month which would have made me totally rethink and rearrange my list. I then thought it’ll be a cool idea to put together a list with my favorite release from each month of 2016 but that narrowed my scope a bit too far. So without any constraints in place, except for my keen ear, I’m confident that I’ve finally locked down my top 10 albums of the year … plus a few others I wanted to give a shout out to … plus a couple of EPs I just couldn’t leave off.

Unlike the last few years where I’ve listed them alphabetically, I’ve decided to actually rank them this year as well. Given your taste in music there will be quite a few bands which I’m sure you expected would have made the best of list that are missing below. However you will also see that I am a man who loves and appreciates many different genres of music … except country (see Pass the (Blue)grass).

These top spots are reserved for those albums I either immediately listened to nonstop when they came out, and can still go back to at any point, or that I listened to and moved me, some because of lyrics and messages and others because of the actual music … but most importantly I base my picks on things that I can listen to whenever from front to back as opposed to albums with a couple hit songs and a bunch of filler around them or something you really need to be in the mood for.

Now there are 3 other additions to this list which I’ve never done in the past. First I’ve included a song not to miss from each album. Basically if you had to listen to 1 song from it, I think this is (one of ) the best. I also included at least 1 video or live performance from every album/band because while studio albums can be works of art, if they can’t bring it during a live performance it also doesn’t make my list. Live music is arguably more important to me than over-produced takes in the studio. The final piece of info I wanted to feature was either the person who originally turned me onto the artist or if was something I found myself then a story that went with it.

So I hope you enjoy the list … without further ado, here we go. Happy Listening!

Beard


10. Kishi Bashi “Sonderlust

Song Not To Miss = “Who’d You Kill

Live Performance = Live on KEXP

Shout out = It was quite a while ago that I had first heard of Kishi Bashi and it was after talking a great deal about Keller Williams who is a master of the loop … turns out Kishi is as well and does a pretty awesome job of it so a big thanks to my boy Trevor for first planting this name in my head.

Kishi, as you’ll see from the live performance, took a different approach to this album and didn’t use as many loops but let the band he put together do more of the heavy lifting and it turned out well. It’s a beautiful album from front to back and not only does his voice resonate throughout but the songs are sneaky catchy as you’ll find yourself humming them a few days later without even knowing it


 9. BOB MOSES “DAYS GONE BY (NEVER ENOUGH EDITION)

Song Not To Miss = “Tearing Me Up

Live Performance = The Ellen Show

Shout out = While I found this band by myself (aka Spotify) I had one person in mind that when I first heard this it made me think of them thanks to some of the music they’ve introduced me to over the years so here’s to you KT

Technically the regular edition of this was released towards the end of 2015 so I’ve put the newer ‘Never Enough Edition’ on this list which includes some remixes, acoustic and live tracks on here; it’s just too damn good not to as these 2 guys have catchy, downbeat, electronica-ish, trance-y all figured out and I can’t get enough of it


8. Jesu & Sun Kil Moon “Jesu/Sun Kil Moon

Song Not To Miss = “Last Night I Rocked The Room Like Elvis and Had Them Laughing Like Richard Pryor

Live Performance = Live in Paris at Divan du Monde

Shout out = My man Justin recommended Sun Kil Moon to me a few years ago and while it took me a while to get into them I love the storytelling nature that is relatable on so many levels

This collaboration album between Sun Kil Moon and Jesu is not only easy listening but has a lot of SKM influence with the songwriting style; what makes this so interesting, to me at least, is the background of Jesu who was heavy into the “extreme” music scene by being in bands like Godflesh and Napalm Death but used the Jesu moniker to mellow out a bit and it worked in this collab which was a while in the making


7. A Tribe Called Quest “We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service

Song Not To Miss = “Solid Wall of Sound

Live Performance = Saturday Night Live

Shout out = My shout out for this for this doesn’t go to a person who got me into the band but rather to a member of the band … RIP Phife Dawg who passed away before the album was fully completed but luckily laid down the majority of his rhymes before

From one of the most influential and formative hip hop groups of the last 30 years this album brings all the original members back together for 1 last epic album chalked full of special guests, sick beats and mad rhymes … the messages are bold and strong and the music is as good as ever


6. The Polish AmBassador “Dreaming of an old tomorrow

Song Not To Miss = “Chill or Be Chilled

Live Performance = Live at Red Rocks … it’s a mashup video showing scenes from his performance over 1 song but you’ll get the idea

Shout out = Another Spotify shout out so I’ve gotta mention Glenn here … TPA has been on my radar since late last year when I discovered his album collaboration with Mr. Lif and Ayla Nereo entitled “Terra Bella” which is one of my favorite albums in a long time

Yet another album chalked full of styles, special guests and catchy beats, TPA continues to straddle the line of electronic and chill which creates a listenable and enjoyable album from front to back


5. Aurora “All my enemies greeting me as a friend

Song Not To Miss = “Conqueror

Live Performance = The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Shout out = I randomly came across this album and while I normally am not a huge fan of female lead singers for some reason this album hooked me immediately

She’s not only got an amazing voice but short and sweet songs which are a little pop, a little indie, a little rock, a little electronica and all heart from the Swedish sensation


4. The Lemon twigs “Do Hollywood

Song Not To Miss = “As Long As We’re Together

Live Performance = Live on KEXP

Shout out = I would have probably missed out on this album as it wasn’t on my radar until Christine put it on while we were visiting them a few months ago in Tokyo and now I can’t stop

I’m not sure if I’m more impressed that the 2 brothers who started the band (and the other members) are all so young, 17 and 19 currently, or the fact that they sound like some sort of amazing reincarnation of the Beatles/doo-wop or the thought of the incredible musical potential they possess for years to come but I hope you enjoy this album as much as I did


3. Frank Ocean “BlondE

Song Not To Miss = “Solo

Live Performance = Live in London … this was the only live performance I could find from the new album sadly

Shout out = I gave this a listen initially and thought it was okay but it didn’t hook me at first, however after a conversation with Wes (and plenty of encouragement from Daniel) I decided to carve out some time to sit down and truly listen to it without doing anything else and have been bordering on obsessed ever since

I really like his last album (“channel ORANGE“) and this album may have had more hype than any other to come out this year since he’s a bit of a recluse but man did it live up to the hype; 17 songs and an hour of music and sweet sounds from the catchy ones to the songs where the music is almost minimalist so you really focus on his voice and messages


2. Chance the rapper “Coloring Book

Song Not To Miss = “No Problem

Live Performance = The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

Shout out = I wanna give a shout out to all of those independent artists who don’t want to sell out to “the man” to peddle their records and Chance is the ideal role model here as he’s done it all by himself from slinging mixtapes to performing in sold-out arenas … also Andy loved this shit almost as much as me

This was arguably my #1 album for most of the year and one of the best summer albums to put a smile on your face and a little pep in your step; some of the songs are about as close as I’ve come in the last 15 years to going to church but he throws it all out there and doesn’t hold back, puts on a helluva live performance, has some great guest spots and if most of the songs don’t make you move you may want to check your pulse


1. Childish Gambino ““AwaKEn, My love!”

Song Not to Miss = “California

Live Performance = The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

BONUS Video = The Worst Guys … I had to include a video from a couple of years ago which was a collab of my #1 and #2 artists

Shout out = A few years ago I asked for some new music recommendations and my cousin Sarah can back to me with Childish Gambino who I had only known as an actor but I instantly fell in love with “Because the Internet” and later that week I saw the a live performance of “3005” which solidified it

This was the album I’ve been waiting for all year and it did not disappoint! The 3rd album from Childish is anything but, it is a grown-up, soulful, incredible journey and while there are still some of his funny and witty lyrics in here he’s focused far more on the music and the feel of the album to make a masterpiece … on a semi-related note I would highly recommend you look up some of his freestyles on Youtube as they are incredibly impressive


Here are a few more albums which could have just as easily made a spot on the list but just missed out. I didn’t go into as much detail here and they aren’t ranked but I still feel as though they deserve some recognition though so please feast your ears on these as well.


a. Jack White “Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016

Song Not To Miss = “Carolina Drama


b. Various Artists “The Hamilton Mixtape” and “Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

Song Not To Miss (The Hamilton Mixtape) =”My Shot

Song Not To Miss (Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording)) = “Cabinet Battle #1


C. Jim James “Eternally Even

Song Not To Miss = “Hide In Plain Sight


D. Bon Iver “22, A Million

Song Not To Miss = “8 (circle)


E. 2 Chainz “collegrove

Song Not To Miss = “MFN Right


Finally here are a couple of my favorite EPs I have come across this year.


EP1. The Arcs “Lake Superior

The Arcs had an amazing album last year entitled “Yours, Dreamily,” and when you’re led by the lead singer of the Black Keys you’ve already got an upper hand in the music game. But take that musical prowess and add to it one of the most enticing, captivating and crazy stories to be revisited last year in Netflix’s “Making A Murderer.” The Arcs took the story and made a song about it which is not only incredibly creative but pretty gritty and catchy. Also all proceeds from this song are being donated to The Innocence Project


EP2. The Lagoons “California”

If you could find a song that truly encapsulates the vibe of Northern California through both lyrics and music this is definitely it; a super chill yet incredibly catchy song with ties to all parts of CA, this song really makes me miss home


Okay I promise this is the last one but I could end this without giving one final shout out to The National for the amazing album they helped put together to honor the Grateful Dead. They brought a huge number of, mainly indie but, incredibly talented people and groups from around the world to contribute their takes on some of the best songs out there in my opinion so enjoy this last one and see you in 2017!

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A Legend Lost

Well I wasn’t really planning on posting anything today but with the passing of the great and inspiring David Bowie I thought I’d write a quick one. Growing up I remember watching Labyrinth at a friends house and that was, as I recall, my first experience with Bowie. Now the movie came out in 1986, when I was 3, so it was probably early 90s I saw it. I had never heard his music, that I could ever remember at that point but the Goblin King was absolutely perfect for Bowie. At the time I thought he was just an actor with either crazy hair or a great wig.

During the mid-90s when I really started to get into music, and grow to appreciate all it had to offer, I rediscovered a different Bowie than what I had known. It was crazy to me that he had been an incredibly famous, touted, talented, eccentric and genre-expanding musician and performer for 25+ years before. I remember getting sucked into the BMG music subscription service (on multiple occasions) where you got a huge stamp book of tapes, and later, CDs, to choose from. You’d get this incredible deal of 7 for the price of 1 and as a kid you never read the fine print so I was then on the hook for buying something like 10 more incredibly overpriced options in the next few months after that. Anyway the point to this story is that I remember one time buying “Young Americans” since I had an extra space left one time, I knew the name of the artist and it had the word American in it so why not right?

To this day “Young Americans” is still one of my favorite Bowie songs and while I didn’t necessarily love the rest of the album at the time it was enough to get me interested. Obviously I found my way to “Space Oddity,” “Hunky Dory,” “Aladdin Sane,” “Diamond Dogs” and of course the absolute masterpiece of “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.” I also vividly remember watching MTV and seeing the Bowie and Mick Jagger video for “Dancing in the Street” and thinking, man the 80s are pretty weird but also kinda catchy and cool. I slowly started to make my way through the rest of his music catalogue as I grew and especially in college where I also discovered the “Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” documentary where he hung up this persona and continued his illustrious career.

His latest album, “Blackstar,” was just released this past Friday on his 69th birthday. It’s incredible to think that it’s his 27th studio album but when you’ve had a mostly successful career (except for some of the 80s I suppose) that’s to be expected. It’s always sad to lose someone, death isn’t something we look forward to but we all know it’s a reality. Some go earlier than they should, some live glorious long lives and cherish every minute. Bowie had the ability to touch and influence many people through his music and his nearly 50-year career. Not everyone is as lucky to have this chance and in his case he’s left us all not only with his gift of music but it’s something that will (hopefully) carry on through decades or centuries. He will not soon be forgotten.

While not getting too deep here it’s always interesting to reflect on music from the past. I can’t even fathom a world where something like Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, just to name a few, are not household names or something everyone is at least familiar with whether they like their music or not. However as time marches on new music is always being made and taking up more space in the medium. Does this mean that eventually sometime, in the possibly not too distant future, these bands will become a forgotten thing of the past and slowly fade away? Or will it be that they were as influential, as I find them to be, to the masses and future generations that they will live on forever. And then looking forward who will be the people from our current generations, say the last 20-25 years, who will be in the same category? It’s an interesting thing to think about … somewhat scary when you fear that our grandkids generation could think Justin Bieber was the David Bowie of his day but hey everyone’s got their own opinions and that’s a beautiful thing.

I’ll leave you with a couple of Bowie-ish songs I’ll put out there as tributes to the late, great man.

– Beard


song I’m currently obsessed with: “BOWIE” by the flight of the conchords

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Album I’m currently obsessed with: “The LIFE AQUATIC STUDIO SESSIONS” by Seu Jorge

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Top Ten Albums of 2015

 

As I mentioned last week I couldn’t decide on just ten albums for the year so last week I gave you my Next Top Ten Albums of 2015 promising to deliver the rest this week. So without further ado I will now reveal my true Top Ten Albums of 2015 … again they’re in alphabetical order as opposed to trying to place them in numerical order:

BØRNS – Dopamine

One of the most listenable albums of the year from front to back … a midwest multi-instrumentalist

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Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear

He’s a crazy dude, hell of a showman and his sophomore album draws you in with his intimate and direct lyrical style … Is it bad I still really want a Fleet Foxes reunion?

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Kurt Vile – b’lieve i’m goin down…

Another beautiful album from the former The War On Drugs frontman … it shows that the split between TWOD and Vile was MUTUALLY beneficial as both are making the best music of their careers

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Leon Bridges – Coming Home

Bringing back that 60s soul sound, class and style through music and performance … a true gentleman

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My Morning Jacket – The Waterfall

Another winner from the boys from Kentucky with a psychedelic sound and mix of fast and slow tunes … one of those albums that grows on you more and more as you listen to it

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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Gritty sounds, guitar-twanged riffs and a booming voice highlight this album … a solid first release and more to come down the road

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Raury – All We Need

He’s young, confident and cocky but thinks his new sound is the future of music … New genre, new culture, new voice, new favorite?

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Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell

A thoughtful and heartfelt album that is more indie folk and less crazy instrumental interludes inspired by the death of his mother … arguably one of the most creative artists out there today

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Tame Impala – Currents

Another Aussie breakout album with a hypnotic, spacy sound that instantly catches you and drags you in … it’s also created one of the best remixed songs of the year thanks to haim (listen to it here)

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love

A soulful, PSYCHEDELIC, sweet, poppy and rock-tinged romp of an album all in one … and all thanks to the lead singers experimentation with a polyamorous relationship

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Happy listening and Happy New Year … can’t wait to start making my 2016 list soon!!

– Beard

Next Top Ten Albums of 2015

As I mentioned last week my blogging sort of fell by the wayside for a bit. However since it’s back with some new posts to finish out 2015 I thought to myself, what’s the best way to get people excited again? Obviously my list of the Top Ten Albums of 2015 is the logical answer.

It seems like every year I say “Wow! How can I find a ten albums next year than I love more than my top choices this year?” And sure enough I usually find 20+ that are just as good, if not better. Music is revolutionary but it can be very evolutionary as well, if that’s what you’re into and are open to it all … the next hottest trend, craziest sound, most unique performance, etc. It can take you to new levels and places. It can provide inspiration. But it can also be amazingly refreshing to hear bands or artists get “back to basics” and keep it simple.

Now since I always have a tough time picking just ten, I decided to give you my Next Top Ten Albums of 2015 this week with the actual Top Ten Albums of 2015 coming up next week. Ranking them in order from 1-10, or in this case 11-20, is silly to me because, based on how I feel each day when I wake up, it could drastically change. Therefore I always revert to the fail-safe alphabetical version. So without further ado I give you my Next Top Ten Albums of 2015!

Action Bronson – Mr. Wonderful

EPIC BEARD, FORMER CHEF, DOPE BUT SMART RHYMES AND SOLID BEATS … YOU HAD ME AT EPIC BEARD!

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Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

SUPER INDIE TITLES TO ALL HER ALBUMS and an incredibly direct delivery BUT THE MUSIC FROM THIS AUSSIE IS FOLKY-POP GOODNESS … SHOUTOUT TO DAN FOR INTRODUCING HER TO ME LAST YEAR ON MY BACHELOR PARTY WEEKEND

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Disclosure – Caracal

CATCHY LOOPS AND BEATS ON THE STAR-STUDDED SOPHOMORE ALBUM FROM THE UK BROTHERS … WHO KNEW A FORMER MYSPACE SENSATION WOULD BE THIS BIG?!

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Django Django – Born Under Saturn

Very solid sophomore effort from the psych pop rock quartet … One of the first albums I really got into when I arrived in the UK earlier this year was this one from the East London lads

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Grimes – Art Angels

This Canadian artist has a variety of themes going on here but makes for a fun romp through the album from front to back … it may, or may not, surprise you that she’s a member of jay-z’s roc nation, he’s got an eye for talent

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Jamie xx – In Colour

Sticking with the UK theme is the solo project from The xx frontman which features plenty of catchy hooks and beats plus special guests … try to listen to this and not bob your head, I dare you!

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Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

On the heels of his hugely successful last album this one packs even more of a political and emotional punch while dealing with issues of the world today via hip hop … Fun fact – the song “how much a dollar cost” was President Obama’s favorite song of the year

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Purity Ring – another eternity

Yet another sophomore album this has a similar sound to the first but a bit more well produced and even more electro poppy … the only downfall of the album is how short it is clocking in at 35 minutes

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Trey Anastasio – Paper Wheels

THE PHISH GUITARIST SOMEHOW FINDS TIME TO CREATE A SIDE PROJECT ALBUM THAT IS MATURE BUT FUN, FULL OF AMAZING GUITAR LICKS AND INCREASINGLY MEANINGFUL LYRICS … EVEN IF YOU DON’T LIKE PHISH YOU’LL ENJOY THIS

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Umphrey’s McGee – The London Session

Sure I have a soft spot for the band I grew up following and listening to a lot in high school in Chicago but this is a pretty awesome story for an album and sounds amazing … they rented 1 day at Abbey Road Studios and cut this 10-song album featuring the Beatles cover “I Want You (She’s SO Heavy)”

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Remember to check back next week for my Top Ten Albums of 2015!

– Beard

Todd Terje Live!

Hello to all my loyal followers out there. I’m back and sorry for the delay as I’ve been traveling quite a bit lately and let the blogging slip. I’ll be bringing you some new posts to close out 2015 though starting today.

Last night I went to one of my more recent bucketlist shows at KOKO down in Camden to see Todd Terje. It was my first time at KOKO since I (extremely unfortunately) missed Odesza there a couple of months back. As with every single venue in London I’ve been to thus far it truly amazed me. I wish I could have gotten a picture of two of the inside that could do it justice but it is a tall, steep interior with dark red paneling and rustic bronzed accents all over the place plus some cool busts and art around. You enter on the first floor then can either walk down the pit or up to one of the next couple levels. It seems that once you got past the 2nd level though it would be pretty limited viewing. The other great feature was an outside aspect on the 2nd level which is a terrace section you can have a drink on while you’re waiting for the show to start.

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I decided to skip the opener, Bill Brewster, who is a British Dj to just see the main attraction, Norwegian DJ extraordinaire Todd Terje. I remember being in San Francisco in November when I received an email that Terje had just announced a somewhat last-minute show in London of all places for December and tickets would go on sale in a few days. So I set my alarm as I knew I’d be in Iceland at the time but found some wi-fi to score my tickets. Terje came out with his first full length album, It’s Album Time, last year which easily made it to my Top Albums of 2014. Just a side note to keep out for my Top Albums of 2015 either next week or the week after.

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Terje has been around for a while but broke out officially in 2012 with his single Inspector Norse, a nicely named homage to his homeland. Since this was my first time seeing him I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect as I’ve been disappointed by DJs in the past. Sometimes they just wanna be hype guys, lay down a beat, hit a couple of buttons then talk/yell over their music to get the crowd into it. Or they decide to provide weird remixes of every song that night so they sound like a shell of their former selves. I realize that DJs need to be and stay creative but there’s a good and bad way to go about this.

Upon getting into the venue I loved what I saw, a super simple setup of a few machines on a table, along with a keyboard so he could actually play some live music and of course the staple of 98% of DJs out there, a Macbook. So after seeing this and an amped up crowd I had high hopes and was not disappointed.

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I will say that the first couple of songs, while upbeat and great beats, were a little underwhelming as they had sections which stretched on a bit too long for my liking without a beat dropping, a new hook being added, etc. However it soon got more fluid when he added some keyboard stabs into the show and used some different chords to “remix” sections of some songs. For the most part though he was pretty spot on. As I said before I am not a huge fan when you go to a DJ set and can’t recognize what song he’s going for because it’s been so chopped, distorted and turned on its head.

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This was one of my favorite pictures of the night as it looks like a hologram or shadow up on stage. As the show was going on about an hour he went into one of my favorite songs and probably one of the catchier tunes, Delorean Dynamite. While he built up some anticipation with some extended beats soon enough this happened …

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He brought 7 people on stage to provide some choreographed dancing which really got the crowd in a frenzy. 5 drag queens and 2 women switched between in sync dance moves and some free-form soloing during a large part of the song. The crowd was going nuts and it was one of the funnest moments I’ve seen at a concert in recent memory. The video clips of this and some of his other songs are up on my Facebook page if you care to check them out. Finally they left the stage and he finished the song and had one more for us.

He took a quick encore break and came back with a final song. His remix of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” which put a smile on everyone’s face, got their lips moving since everybody knows the chorus and set their feet ablaze. Terje is playing New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Edinburgh and Aberdeen, respectively. We’re spending our New Year’s up there as it just so happens so maybe I’ll see him one more time to close out the year or kick off 2016! Either way I’d highly recommend checking him out if you want a fun DJ show and he’s ever in your area.

– Beard


Song I’m Currently Obsessed With: “BIRDS OF PARADISE” by milkywhale

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Album I’m Currently Obsessed With: “HALF ABOUT BEING A WOMAN” by Caroline Smith

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Name Droppin’

As promised I am bringing you part 2 of my ‘What’s In A Name?Spotify playlists. This week we’ve got more songs which prominently feature names in the song titles and throughout the tunes. There is a pretty wide range when you actually start sitting down and listening to these different songs as to why they use the names.

Some are using a name to represent someone they know in real life.

Some are using a fake name to rhyme or tell a random story through the magic of song.

Some are non-sensical songs which happen to have a person’s name in them.

Any way you look at it however there are some classic tunes in here and hopefully some you’ve never heard of before so you can continue expanding your musical ear. Okay this is going to be a quick post as I have a lot of upcoming sports to watch as I write this on Sunday afternoon.

– Beard

Listen to part 2 of the ‘WHAT’S IN A NAME?Spotify playlist


song i’m currently obsessed with: “SILENT MOVIES” by madisen ward and the mama bear

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album i’m currently obsessed with: “THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS” by beach house

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Outta This World

The Martian is the #1 movie out there right now. I’ll be seeing it this week but I did read the book by Andy Weir earlier this year on a recommendation from a friend. I thought it was not only incredibly smart and funny but was the right amount of intense, nerdy dialogue and in-depth NASA knowledge along with some swear words and music/TV show references thrown in for good measure.

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I just hope that Matt Damon does Mark Watney justice in the movie version as I now have this vision of him in my mind … and this is the only way I can see Matt Damon:

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So this week I thought I’d pay homage to the movie with songs about space travel, Mars, robots, etc with a Spotify playlist. So enjoy this mix of songs and artists with these themes running throughout.

But before I let you go here are some other shows in the London area to keep an eye out for the rest of the month of October:

  • Jamie xx – Thursday October 15th at Brixton Academy
  • Wiz Khalifa/A$AP Rocky – Saturday October 17th at O2 Arena
  • Bob Dylan – Wednesday October 21st through Sunday October 25th all at Royal Albert Hall
  • Hot Chip – Thursday October 22nd & Friday October 23rd both at Brixton Academy
  • !!! (Chk Chk Chk) – Friday October 23rd & Saturday October 24th both at Oslo
  • Ratatat – Tuesday October 27th & Wednesday October 28th both at Electric Brixton
  • Father John Misty – Wednesday October 28th & Thursday October 29th both at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
  • Purity Ring – Thursday October 29th at The Roundhouse
  • Beach House – Friday October 30th at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

So as you can see lots going on the rest of the month! Plenty more to come the rest of the year too so keep an eye out for shows, festivals and if you don’t want to leave your house watch some of the Apple Festival London shows from last month on your Apple TV (if you live in London that is).

– Beard

Get “OUTTA THIS WORLD” with this week’s Spotify Playlist


Song I’m obsessed with this week: “BKNY” by fat tony

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Album I’m obsessed with this week: “INDIGO CHILD” by raury

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