Sunday, January 29, 2012

rebirth of a ladies' man

The adage usually applies to wine, but I'm more of a Scotch drinker so I'll frame it in a more familiar context: like a fine whisky, some things just get better with age. If there were ever an illustration of that statement, it is Leonard Cohen.

The man is now 78 years old and has been releasing albums since 1967. Tuesday, however, marks the release of his first album in 8 years, so there's something really special going on. It's not only a chance to hear the first new music from a living legend in a long time, but also a chance to hear how someone pushing 80 can still take all the younger artists to school. In fact, there's something even more lustrous than ever about his voice on this release. Take a listen:

Click to play Leonard Cohen - Show Me The Place

I honestly don't know what else to say about Leonard Cohen. He's one of my absolute favorites and no amount of words can explain why. What I will say is the new album, Old Ideas, is as sharp lyrically and musically as anything he's released. I'd say he sings a little less and borders on spoken word a little more, but his voice has such a strong resonance and tonality that he can exhale with more expression than most can sing with. Here, you need to listen some more:

Click to play Leonard Cohen - Anyhow

Rather than rave and gush about this release, I'll just tell you to buy it as soon as you can. If you don't know Mr. Cohen, use teh googles and learn about his past. Use whatever source you prefer to pick up his older albums. Do whatever you need to get caught up, but get yourself in on this momentous record. You won't regret it for one second.

Click to play Leonard Cohen - Different Sides

Friday, January 27, 2012

Coachella Preview - Afrojack

He started playing piano when he was only five. This was back when he was known as Nick van de Wall and not what we know him as today: Afrojack. Afrojack spent most of his time listening to all kinds of music and it  was no surprise that he would start making music instead of just listening to it.

At the age of 11, Afrojack discovers Fruity Loops and still uses to this day. In 5 years, Afrojack plays his first gig at a nightclub. In 2006 he jets off to Greece for five months to play in every club that would have him and it was during this time that he lands his first hit, called "F*ck Detroit". By 18, he scores another hit with "In Your Face." The song tops out at #60 in the Dutch Top 100 and #3 in the Dutch dance Top 30.

In 2009 Afrojack was noticed by one of the most sought-after music producers in the world, David Guetta. The collaboration results in two big hits: "Toyfriend" and an Afrojack remix of Guetta’s track ‘Sexy Bitch’.

Listen to David Guetta - Sexy Bitch (Afrojack remix)

His increasing fame and track record as an excellent producer begin bringing him remix requests from both Lady Gaga ("Alejandro") and Madonna ("Revolver’).

Listen to Lady Gaga - Alejandro (Afrojack remix)

His most recent single, ‘Take Over Control ft. Eva Simons’, is currently one of the hottest club anthems on the planet, not least in the UK where it’s been championed by Radio 1’s Annie Mac and Pete Tong. The track also hit No 2. on Beatport and has already reached over 1 million views on YouTube.

Listen to Afrojack - Take Over Control feat. Eva Simons

This kind of clout has allowed him to play some of the world’s biggest floors including Pacha Ibiza, Miami Ultra Music Festival and Electric Daisy Carnival in LA.

Now, in April 2012, AfroJack will be adding another amazing festival, two weekends back to back when he plays Coachella!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Yeah. you might have thought that with Coachella doubling up on their event in 2012, by having the exact same show two weekends in a row, might mean that you had some time to figure out if you could make the show. If you thought that, you would be screwed. 

I knew better, and waited online to buy my tickets right at 10am when they went for sale. It's probably not good form to brag that we have tickets when you don't. I bet you have been to the festival before. This is our first time. Maybe our last. 3 day musical festivals are for kids. It's a grueling marathon. I just want to cross Coachella off my bucket list...and that's that. Granted...I've been waiting for the perfect lineup, and this year was it! Take a look:

Coachella 2012 Lineup
Classic! Gotta love the internet!

Here is the real lineup:

The Official Coachella 2012 Lineup Poster
The only thing I have left to think about is what to listen to on the drive to Indio, California and what to eat while I'm there!

Food wise, the site has a great post about what to expect. I'll be doing my best to work through as many of these food vendors as I can, but will definitely be looking for all the Mexican spots! There can't be a better place to grab some grub then Las Casuelas or Lenos Rico Tacos! I'll definitely be hitting up some Thai BBQ and maybe Falafels from Bay favorite Tantes!

Walk Off The Earth
Road trip wise...I think I know the perfect band to rock on the way in. Walk Off The Earth.

The band might be the pure definition of Indie. No management, no publicist, and definitely no record label. DIY and word of mouth is how this band gets by.

I just bought the albums My Rock and Smoth Like Stone On A Beach based on the awesomeness of this crazy video cover of Gotye's "Somebody I Used To Know". Watch it and get your mind blown.

The studio albums are Rock-infused Reggae Ska jams. I can't think of better driving tunes while heading west. Sadly, Walk Off The Earth won't be playing Coachella this year...but I hope to catch them somewhere soon!

Enjoy another great cover, this time from Rage Against the Machine, off the Smooth Like Stone album.

Click to enjoy Walk Off the Earth - People Of The Sun (Rage Against The Machine cover)

You like? You can find a lot of free tracks on their Bandcamp page here.

We're Cali bound in April! See you there!