I’ve said it once, and I’ll keep on saying it until it stops ringing true for me personally. I believe in the power of music. It can raise your spirits, and heal you in ways nothing else can. Songs can take you back to a happier place, or simply make you want to sing along and/or dance even if your heart can’t fathom it. The scars of the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook Elementary School are too deep for all of us — especially those personally affected by it. Songs can only do so much, and having my fair share of loss, I also know that contrary to my opening graphs here, music can be an instant form of nostalgia that in the short-term — can actually make you miss your loved one/s that much more. My heart, thoughts and prayers are with Newtown as they try to heal. To offer this seems so miniscule compared to countless others who have stepped it up in far greater fashion, but I, on behalf of A-Sides Music, am offering a few pairs of tickets to the Dec. 30 Steve Miller Band concert at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. Port Chester isn’t that far from Newtown, and while it’s a rather low-level offering, I want to provide the possibility for those hurting so badly with an evening of healing and spirit-rising music. Comment below, and I’ll choose winners in the next day or so. Those with a close connection to the Newtown [...]
My heart breaks for Newtown… the families, the students, the town, and the state of Connecticut. It breaks for these United States of America. Do we need TSA in our elementary schools now? I hope not. I just pray for the families and hope this tragedy will be the last in a sad, sick and twisted trend of late. I hope it leads to a serious reevaluation of our mental health system and to some sort of gun control. In any event, on with today’s column which seems all so inconsequential now. When we collide we come together, If we don’t we’ll always be apart. I’ll take a bruise, I know you’re worth it. When you hit me, hit me hard. Man, those lyrics just cut to the core don’t they? The words come from Biffy Clyro’s breakthrough single “Many of Horror,” which scored significant airplay a couple years back. As a matter of fact – it’s still in heavy rotation on many alt-rock stations and deservedly so. The song is almost as good as Jason Segal’s Andre the Giant impersonation, and trust me to quote Andy Samberg pretending to be Nicolas Cage – that’s “high praise.” Anyway, the Scottish trio are back with their new single “Black Chandelier,” which proves they’re no one-trick ponies – although I have to admit, I’ve never seen a pony who knew more than one trick. The band (Simon Neil, James Johnston, and Ben Johnston) just released that single off their forthcoming Oppositesalbum, which [...]
Is there anyone out there who can take another season of Randy Jackson shouting “dawg” repeatedly? I’m not sure I can. American Idol is back next month, and admittedly, I’ll be watching but I’m not sure how long I can stomach it. Thankfully, the emergence of The Voice will make my decision leaving Jackson and the new judges easier. That show is far more entertaining thanks to the quality of contestants, and the genuine sincerity and banter among the judges. As a matter of fact, maybe I’ll try out on the show since I dig it so much — well only if they add deaf auditions to compliment their blind audition rounds. Anyway, let’s get to the first A-Sides “contestant,” which is hopefully why you clicked the link to this post. The Jersey native made a name for herself during the current season of the Carson Daly-hosted show when she chose Cee Lo Green to be her coach after he turned his chair around following her cover of The Pretenders’ “Brass in Pocket.” When she lost a battle round, Christina Aguilera scooped her up and put her on Team Xtina. While she was eventually voted off, Chevonne was praised by all the coaches – especially Aguilera who praised her originality and energy. Chevonne, who sang backup for Lady Gaga on her Monster Ball from 2010-2011, is currently raising $10,000 on Kickstarter to fund her debut album and music video. The campaign ends soon but the goal is in sight.
At the time, they were two of the biggest rock stars the world had ever seen. So, expectations were probably off the charts when Mick Jagger and David Bowie decided to join forces and record a song together in 1985. The results, however, were surprisingly as uneventful as Pons Maar’s vocal stylings as the Dominos Pizza Noid. Yep, their cover of Martha and the Vandellas’ classic “Dancing in the Streets” wasn’t rocking – at all. The music video that accompanied it, however, was epic… well, epic for all the wrong reasons. The video is arguably the most embarrassing thing to come out of the Reagan decade. Having said that, it’s a guilty pleasure I keep coming back to for decades. Forget the moves like Jagger, it’s worth watching just for The Rolling Stones’ icon’s facial expression as he shouts “Back in the USSR!” Let’s quickly move from that not-so-dynamic duo to a pair with a real pair. IAMDYNAMITE are a twosome that you can really get behind. Their in-your-face debut “Supermegafantastic” was among the year’s best, and Chris Martin and Chris Phillips’ rocking sound landed them spots opening up for Sum 41. Late last month, they filmed an A-Sides session at the Music Conservatory of Westchester and just killed it even though Martin was fighting a cold. Watch below, and get that “Dancing in the Streets” video out of your mind forever. Watch. Listen. Love. “Where Will We Go” Hey Girl Interview with Two Chris’ and a Jon Find them: [...]
“Look at the birds up in the tree.” “We’re not birds, we’re a jug band.” – Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas That immortal exchange between a bear puppet and a band of otters (one at least) from the 1979 iconic Christmas special have nothing to do with this column but needed to be said somewhere, somehow. So, there you have it. Anyway, underrated Christmas TV specials aside, it’s December, which means everyone and their father’s brother’s nephew’s cousin’s former roommate are unleashing their year-end “top” whatever lists. Suffice to say, this blogger is no different.