This past Monday, my better half and I got the pleasure of seeing tUnE-yArDs with full band as well as local guitar wizard Ava Mendoza play along with the following Buster Keaton shorts: One Week (1920), The Haunted House (1921) and with Fatty Arbuckle Good Night, Nurse! (1918) and The Cook (1918). It was at the legendary Castro Theater for the 55th San Francisco International Film Festival Her music lent itself perfectly to the acrobatic and hilarious shorts.
The Rip Off Artist – What Kind of Blue ? – Off of the excellent blu Tribunl album, that take old blues numbers and adds an abstract electronic element.
Sly & The Family Stone – If You Want Me To Stay – Where is Sly ? He’s probably living in Golden Gate Park. What a great bass line intro, and probably one of my favorite Sly tunes.
The Black Keys – Everlasting Light – Off of their best album, Brothers. They always have one or two great racks on each album which is overplayed on some commercial for Target or insect repellent douche adhering body spray.
Alabama Shakes – You Ain’t Alone – An incredible live act, which doesn’t completely come across in their first LP release, Boys & Girls, but still has some great tunes that sound old, but new.
Morphine- In Spite of Me – I got to see Morphine a few times in Philly when I was getting my higher education, and Mark Sandman, the lead singer and sax player would play two saxes at once. They were a great live band, and I’m sure they will continue to get a following even after Sandman’s tragic death in 1999.
The National – Lemonworld – I’ve never been a fan of this band. All of the songs sound the same to me, but this track has a nice melancholy melody. The driving beat is contrary to the lyrics.
Escort – Cocaine Blues – After seeing the average movie, The Sitter which had a great old school rap soundtrack including The Pharcyde, this track by the Brooklyn based disco band stood out because you know, babysitting and NY makes you think of the powder, right ?
Patrick Watson – Lighthouse – Along with Rocco Deluca, a possible vocal successor to Jeff Buckley ? A new release off of Adventures In Your Own Backyard. The album has a Devotchka and Beirut vibe.
Beach House – Myth – From Baltimore, STD free, and still hazy and dream-like. I think all of their albums should come with a prescription to Xanax which wouldn’t be a bad thing for most people.