Posts filed under “Music”

Friday Night Soul: James Brown in Eighteen Minutes

“Get On Up” is the new biopic out on James Brown. David Remnick of the The New Yorker calls it “the second-best film ever made about James Brown.”

But rather than watch a good impersonations, how about seeing the real thing? The following James Brown video has been called the “most thrilling, compressed, erotic, explosive form, just eighteen minutes long, and is also arguably the most electrifying performance in the history of postwar American music.”

Quite a claim. Check it out:
 

Source: The New Yorker

 
Here’s Remnick to explain:

“Brown, who had played the Chitlin Circuit for years, was genuinely incensed that the producers would put him on before pallid amateurs (in his mind) like the Stones. His performance, he later admitted, was a cutting contest that he refused to lose. As Brown puts it in his memoir, “James Brown: The Godfather of Soul,” “We did a bunch of songs, nonstop, like always. . . . I don’t think I ever danced so hard in my life, and I don’t think they’d ever seen a man move that fast.” It was a four-song set: the staccato blues number “Out of Sight”; an astonishing inside-out revival of “Prisoner of Love,” which had been recorded by smoothies like Billy Eckstine and Perry Como; the dramatic centerpiece “Please, Please, Please”; and the closer, “Night Train,” which the boxer Sonny Liston would play to get himself going in the gym…

This was the first time that Brown, while singing “Please, Please, Please,” pulled out his “cape act,” in which, in the midst of his own self-induced hysteria, his fit of longing and desire, he drops to his knees, seemingly unable to go on any longer, at the point of collapse, or worse. His backup singers, the Flames, move near, tenderly, as if to revive him, and an offstage aide, Danny Ray, comes on, draping a cape over the great man’s shoulders. Over and over again, Brown recovers, throws off the cape, defies his near-death collapse, goes back into the song, back into the dance, this absolute abandonment to passion.

Its no wonder that Jagger and Richards, watching from twenty feet away, grew nervous over the thought of following the hardest working man in show business..

 
Previously:
James Brown, Godfather of Soul: RIP (December 25th, 2006)

On Film: The Invention of the Moonwalk (April 26th, 2014)

See also:
“Mr. Brown, On the road with His Bad Self” New Yorker, July 2002

Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music, Weekend

Hey, Janet (with apologies to the Beatles)

With August upon us and many readers likely at the beach, here is some levity from one side of the vocal debate on the future of Fed policy. Please hum the melody of Hey Jude as you read the lyrics. With thanks and credit to the Beatles.   “Hey Janet” Hey Janet, don’t make it…Read More

Category: Federal Reserve, Fixed Income/Interest Rates, Humor, Music

15 Rules for Spotify

1. You will delete your MP3s. Just like you tossed your 8-tracks and cassettes, you’ll get rid of your MP3s, all your iTunes purchases, kaput, evaporate, just like that. It will happen when you get a new computer, which isn’t as frequent as before, but the truth is we’re moving to flash storage and it’s…Read More

Category: Music, Weblogs

Lefsetz: The Tiers

STADIUM ACTS Are not bitching about what everybody else is. Money is not their issue. Everybody wants to be in business with them. The transition in the business is evidenced by the fact that those who consistently sell out stadiums are younger generation acts, baby boomers cannot. Bruce Springsteen can do stadiums overseas, but not…Read More

Category: Music, Weekend

Lefsetz’ Scorecard

MAJOR LABELS More powerful than at any time since Napster. Case in point, Sam Smith. One has to credit Capitol with a phenomenal publicity campaign. Mr. Smith has been featured in every major outlet, the press on his Apollo show alone was incredible. This is what a major label can do, it can build a…Read More

Category: Music, Think Tank, Weekend

Jetsetter Jazz & the Persuasive Sounds of Nutty

Nutty is a bizarre mash up of swingin’ jazz and crooning classic rock, with a healthy dollop of big band swing.

The result is a unique hybrid of lyrics, melody, musical hooks. Nutty’s arrangements have been called “musical martinis that are spiked, shaken and stirred.” It’s so much more than, simply, “jazzy versions of classic rock hits” — its irreverent, humorous, and sassy.

If you are into music and fond of mashups, then check out the band Nutty.

Here’s a blend of Henry Mancini’s Pink Panther with Jimi Hendrix’ Purple Haze:

Soundcloud

And here is Dave Brubeck’s Take Five with The Moody Blue’s Nights in White Satin:

Hat tip: “James Kraus, author of iBooks cookbook Jet Age Cooking for the Bachelor Gourmet.” His writing ties in with Nutty’s Jetsetter Jazz sound.

More info after the jump

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Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music, Weekend

EDMBiz

I smell money! I’ve been flying all over the world listening to an ever-decreasing number of old farts lamenting the music business ain’t what it used to be. That the kids have stolen all the music, that you just can’t get paid. And then I come to Las Vegas and find out we’re experiencing a…Read More

Category: Music, Think Tank, Weekend

Chrissie Hynde: Stockholm

Stockholme

 

 

I was a monster Pretenders fan back in the day. Their first album, Pretenders, is in the running for the greatest debut album ever. Its great rock and roll, with brilliant songwriting, sly and lovely melodies, ALL belied by the raucous punk production. It was the first album I ever saw that had the words PLAY LOUD on the cover. Now that’s a recording ethos I can get into.

If you have even the slightest doubt that their under-rated melody was the secret sauce of the Pretenders, check out the live acoustic album Isle of View recorded with a string quarter backing the Hynde instead of electric guitars and bass. Its just brilliant.

Yeah, I had a crush on her — I loved her rawness, the way she moaned Hmmmm, how she spat out lyrics, both plaintive (No, I’ll never feel Like a man in a man’s world) and nasty (I shot my mouth off, and you showed me what that hole was for). The power trio behind her was killer, and they could play soft if they wanted to (See Lovers of Today, or their cover of Ray Davie’s Stob Your Sobbing, both on the debut album). Hynde’s voice could range from tough as nails to crushingly vulnerable; her unique phrasing perfectly fit the music she crafted. Musically, everything about The Pretenders just worked.

I’ve always wanted to see a bio pic of the Pretenders, with Gina Gershon cast as Chrissie Hynde. Not me, baby, I’m too precious, I had to fuck off.

 

Soundcloud has two full songs, plus Chrissie discussing how the album came about (below).

 

Dark Sunglasses

 

You or No One

 

 

 

 

Her website is at Chrissiehynde.com

Stream full album at Soundcloud

Review of Stockholm by The Guardian

Chrissie Hynde, Minus the Pretenders (NYT)

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Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music, Weekend

Jack Johnson at Jones Beach 6.7.14

* JJ Blue

 

Long time readers know I am huge Jack Johnson fan — especially those first three albums – Brushfire Fairytales (2001), On And On (2003) and In Between Dreams (2005). (Start with the first one, and if you like it keep going).

We saw him play MSG in 2010 — and the music got lost in that venue (good photos though). Even though Mrs. Big Picture is a big fan, after the Garden show she had to be talked into going to see him again.

This weekend, he played Jones Beach — and it was phenomenal. We also had great seats (the photo above is from the crappy camera on an iPhone 5). It was just the right vibe for a laid back surfer dude singer songwriter. Open air theater, on the Great South Bay, less than a 1000 yards from the Atlantic Ocean.

If ever a venue and an artist were perfectly matched, this show was it! He should (liek James Taylor does) make this a regular stop on his tours.

If you have never seen a show at Jones Beach, it is highly recommended.
JJ JB setlist
Source: Setlist.FM

 

Previously:
A Different Kind of Top 10 Music List For 2004 (December 24th, 2004)
A Different Kind of Music List: The Anti-”Best of 2005″ (December 29th, 2005)
Jack Johnson: Sleep Through The Static (February 12th, 2008)
Jack Johnson, MSG July 14, 2010 (July 15th, 2010)
Jack Johnson Photos from MSG Show (August 3rd, 2010)

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Category: Music, Weekend

Uber

“Why Uber just might be worth it at $18 billion‘ It’s all anybody talks about, other than Airbnb. This exalted status used to be occupied by music. How did this happen? Interestingly, Travis Kalanick, Uber’s majordomo, used to be in the file-trading business, with a company called Scour, you know how that turned out, the…Read More

Category: Music, Venture Capital, Weekend