Dude #2: “She’s killin the funk man. Sexy and funk don’t mix. At least thattt kind of sexy”
That was the only bit if a conversation I heard while waiting in line at the packed Park West bar Saturday night. And Dude #2, I agree, both the venue and singer were a little too sexy for the New Orleans locals, but neither distracted from funky feat the band brings every time they hit the stage. This was at least my tenth time seeing Galactic, but my first outside of New Orleans. Just the sound of that bass with the trombone on top automatically puts lovable pains in my neck – the pains I would always wake up with after rocking out at their shows their typical 3rd set ending at 4am. This time was a little different. First off, they were on at promptly 10pm. This is no complaint just a shock. Secondly, the sexy signer. There was no doubt about it that she nailed it, she just needed to tone it down on he Christina Aguiera “Dirtayyyy” vibes and more on the soulful pipes Christina has, with a little Alabama shakes raspiness sprinkled on top. She for sure brought the energy and I know that she could last with the band playing Lundi Gras at Tipitinas until 6am. The rest of the band played just as they always do, just with a little less mmpphh. But once again, always amazing.
They closed out with Gimme Shelter by the stones and nailed it. The screeching “gimmmeee” put any doubt that she couldn’t hang right down the drain. It was a finale with no need of an encore. Apparently they have been closing with that all tour, but it still seemed a little special for the Chi.
Galactic – May you always be the funkiest white guys I know
The Beatles’ appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” was “the pop culture equivalent of the Big Bang,” The Times’ Randy Lewis writes.
Fifty years ago Sunday [today], the Beatles made their U.S. live television debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show” as 73 million people tuned in, the largest audience in history at that time. The English band’s appearance ignited American hysteria over the group and its music on a scale unmatched to this day.
In the shorthand of history, it appears to be a moment of spontaneous combustion. In reality it was the result of musical talent, managerial chutzpah and marketing genius.
But at the time, not even John, Paul, George or Ringo were fully aware of what was to come.
And if it wasn’t clear to the Fab Four, it certainly wasn’t clear to the day’s music critics. The Times’ Cary Schneider has a fun roundup of contemporary criticism of the Beatles (and, boy, was it critical).
An example from the Los Angeles Times, Feb. 11, 1964:
With their bizarre shrubbery, the Beatles are obviously a press agent’s dream combo. Not even their mothers would claim that they sing well. But the hirsute thickets they affect make them rememberable, and they project a certain kittenish charm which drives the immature, shall we say, ape.
From the Washington Post, Feb. 13, 1964:
Just thinking about the Beatles seems to induce mental disturbance. They have a commonplace, rather dull act that hardly seems to merit mentioning, yet people hereabouts have mentioned scarcely anything else for a couple of days.
To Four of the most Fantastic….. Glad you came across the pond.
Fashion no-no’s are constantly being forced into our brains. But as style changes, these rumored myths are getting busted. Why have rules for everyone when fashion is all about personal style? Here are two myths about combining styles we’re debunking.
Patterns can be intimidating because there is a fine line between looking trendy and looking like your crazy kindergarten teacher. When done correctly, the combo is fully allowed. Designer Peter Pilotto (designer of outfit on the left) would agree! Look at his amazing styles of geometric craziness that combine in bold perfection. If the look is a little too bold, try mixing completely different patterns like in the look to the right (via Sartorialist) . Take a solid stripe and match it with a feminine floral, or throw on some pattered shoes. Test the waters by mixing and matching in order to find a playful look. The most important thing to remember? Wear it with confidence!
Mixing Gold & Silver:
Most of us tend to stick to either all gold or all silver. But once we decide to put on those gold earrings, we have to change every other accessory! Luckily we are now allowed to rock both at the same time. Try finding one signature piece that has both gold and silver in it. Then, when mixing different pieces, make sure to combine similar styles. Like above, these layered Free People necklaces combine our two favorite metals in a simple look.
I first heard of Lou Reed when I was about 8 and learned the Chords to “Walk on the Wild Side” (which is to this day the only song I know on the guitar). Since then, I started listening to Velvet Underground and other artists who claim their inspiration comes from legends like Lou. I had the pleasure of seeing him at Lollapalooza, which in a sea of half-shirted high schooler, was a little weird. But in his 70′s he still had it and luckily had some faithful fans there to see the 50 years of rocking put to practice.
He was that father of Punk who had an overall badass persona, but also something endearing that made everyone want to be his friend. He has inspired majority of musicians that came after him:
Patti Smith: “We all owe him a debt. Most of us that owe a debt are not very happy to own up to it. Sometimes you like to imagine that you did everything on your own. But I think with Lou that everyone will stand in line to say thank you, in their own way.” Even Julian Casablancas owes the biggest respect: “Lou Reed is the reason i do everything I do”. As I huge Strokes fan, I have to thank you for this one too Lou.
All I have to say is that we should all be grateful that the talent Lou had was one that can be remembered and played forever.
He is officially the bluesman of our generation. Only a true bluesman cannot go one whole song without having his own guitar solo, then passing it along to a bass, then guitar solo from those guys backing him up. While this can get annoying at some concerts, there was not one dull note the whole night, And trust me, the notes were plentiful. First of all, he looks cool as shit on stage with that hat as if he is casually rocking out in his basement. His heart stopping voice kicked off the show, but then the instruments took the reigns for the rest of it. They were truly face melting. Its good to hear such talent that steps into almost all genres. He has played like a true bluesman at White and Blues at the White House, but also big festivals like NorthCoast among womping EDMers. Took the gold at both.
One of my favorite artists right now. Keep up the work GCJ.
Not going to lie, I had not heard of them until I saw them on some late night talk show. But my god, I am happy I did. They are a combination of southern rock with just enough pop rock sprinkled on top that they will have your head bobbing and toe tapping through all ten tracks. The tracks move along smoothly but still keep you on your toes. A Place to Start is my favorite song, with true rock roots and classic drum/guitar ratio. But they change it up with songs like A Night In Dreams (Black Keys eaque) then to Corsicana Lemonade (LCD Soundsystem eqsue) that has lighter vocals, but still comes in with southern guitar in the chorus and a killer solo near the end.
Turn these guys on in the background of any situation and they will fit. Low volume they make a nice soundtrack, but the second you turn them up they have full rock-out-ability.