Tuesday, August 14, 2018

De Lux (8/11/18)

De Lux kinda snuck up on me.  Turns out I had some random "Scion AV Presents De Lux” EP from 2016 that I had enjoyed, and then readily moved on from. The speed at which I discover new music, I’ll often move past bands that probably deserve more attention, and this was one of those bands.  Thanks to Songkick monitoring my artist list in iTunes, they alerted me to their concert coming up at the Grog Shop.  I probably wouldn’t have even recognized their name had I not wondered - "why is Songkick telling me about this show?”   After getting reacquainted, I quickly updated my library with their new stuff, and the more I listened, the more I loved what I was hearing.  Every song was great!  Opening the was Cleveland’s own Key to the Mint, who I’ve seen several times.  They’re an interesting local band with a dark, throwback synth sound is.  I’m hoping for the best for these guys.

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Next up were Traps PS, but we checked out for this band.  Then, L.A.’s De Lux took the stage and I never left the dance floor.  Their Bandcamp page describes them as: "a post-disco dance-punk DIY duo that sound like they could have come out of 1979 or 1982 just as easily as the present.”  Right on. The Grog Shop should’ve had a LOT more people there for this show, but this was also their first time in Cleveland.  Hopefully not their last!  So much fun… I live for concert nights like this.  

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Joan Osborne / Lisa Loeb (8/10/18)

What a 90’s throwback show!  There was a time that both of these women held prominent places in my CD collection.  For this to be my annual trip to Cain Park for a concert was pretty exciting, though more so for Joan than Lisa.  I’ve continued to follow Joan and have always appreciated her dedication to her blues roots.  Lisa went on to make a bevy of children’s music.  Nothing wrong with that.  In fact, she was a consummate performer weaving in her one-hit wonder and filling the rest of the show with charming stories and insights.  She was delightful.

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Joan was polished, poised and sounded great. I couldn’t have been happier when she played my favorite, St. Teresa.  I only wished more people would have turned out for this show on this gorgeous night at Cain Park (and that my photos and video could have been better)

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Video Day #tzaupbeat

I’m in love with this new song and video by Troye Sivan (feat. Ariana Grande) for Dance To This.  Fresh off seeing Bomba Estéreo at the Grog Shop, they just released the video for Amar Así with quite the unexpected ending.  I’ve been loving Kiesza for some time now, but wasn’t expecting this creepier version of Pee Wee’s Playhouse, in her new video for Phantom of the Dancefloor.

Bonus:  Big Freedia is back again, this time with additional vocals by Lizzo.  Nice work!

Bomba Estéreo (8/3/18)

I first caught wind of the Columbian band, Bomba Estéreo, back in 2011 from La Blogotheque, such a stunning performance (and visuals!).  Since then I’ve been following along and enjoying just about everything they’ve been putting out - except for that crappy song / video with Will Smith.  But hey, they’re just trying to make it.  When I heard they were coming to Cleveland and performing at the Grog Shop, I was shocked.  Unfortunately, this evening the sound setup wasn’t quite on their side.  Some muddled vocals really took away from the night.  Still, I’m so glad they came and that I was able to see them.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Article: Musical nostalgia: The psychology and neuroscience for song preference and the reminiscence bump.

This explains a lot.  While I can very much relate (see Guster), I’m always prioritizing new music.  Whether that’s conditioning or wiring, I feel rather unique in that way.

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"And researchers have uncovered evidence that suggests our brains bind us to the music we heard as teenagers more tightly than anything we’ll hear as adults—a connection that doesn’t weaken as we age. Musical nostalgia, in other words, isn’t just a cultural phenomenon: It’s a neuronic command. And no matter how sophisticated our tastes might otherwise grow to be, our brains may stay jammed on those songs we obsessed over during the high drama of adolescence."

(Via Musical nostalgia: The psychology and neuroscience for song preference and the reminiscence bump..)

Guster (8/1/18)

While I could consider Guster a total college band, I didn’t really get exposed to them until just after.  But still, their sound totally resonates as that level of fun nostalgia for me.  Looking back, I thought I had actually seen them multiple times, but turns out it was just one disastrous show with Ray LaMontagne at John Carroll University (and a guest blog from my friend Tim!).  This show was a great reprieve all these years later.  They’re light, fun, and a great sing along band.  Representative of their aesthetic, check out the Scene article below about their frontman hanging around town with some locals before the show.  :-)

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"Pam, with her 72-year-old mom Benji in tow, picked Miller up and drove him around the city showing off the sights. They stopped for lunch at Simply Greek on Uptown Avenue and chatted about their lives and, presumably, their love of Guster's music. The women then returned Miller to HOB just in time for soundcheck."

(Via Guster's Frontman Explored Cleveland Yesterday With Random Fans | Scene and Heard: Scene's News Blog.)

Van William opened. I was a big fan of his earlier band Port O’Brien days and have been following him since.  Wasn’t able to catch the whole set, but I liked what I heard and I’m happy to hear he’ll be back at the Beachland Ballroom this fall for a headlining show!

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Article: Dave's Cosmic Subs and Music to Open in Former Barking Spider Space on CWRU Campus

Kind sad, but it could be worse I guess.  I hope I can find a sub there I like.


"Come late 2018, the location once again will play host to live music, when Dave's Cosmic Subs and Music debuts at the historic property. The locally owned and operated sub shop will be a unique blend of familiar subs and live music, a first for the 20-year-old chain.

‘It’s my first store with live music,’ says founder Dave Lombardy, who at the age of 23 left Cleveland to pursue an acting and singing career in California. ‘So it’s come full circle for me. It’s a wonderful location. It’s going to be a really cool spot.’

North Coast Cosmic Subs, a franchisee that operates Dave’s Cosmic Subs in Cleveland Heights, Berea, Mentor and Oberlin, has signed a long-term lease on the university-owned building (11310 Juniper Rd.), nestled in the heart of campus by L’Albatros restaurant.

‘The intention is to completely renovate, restore and refresh the space into a modern Dave’s Cosmic Subs prototype that can house a full-service bar and a venue for music and live entertainment,’ explains Paul Sidhu, president of North Coast Cosmic Subs."

(Via Dave's Cosmic Subs and Music to Open in Former Barking Spider Space on CWRU Campus | Scene and Heard: Scene's News Blog.)

Video Day #tzachill

Fleet Foxes just released a touching and beautiful short film video for If You Need To, Keep Time on Me.  Yoke Lore tells the story of lesbian relationship with his new video for Ride.  The Internet are knocking out the great singles, with their newest video for La Di Da.

Bonus:  The Decemberists just released a new video for Once in My Life, check out Colin Meloy’s take on the video below, and follow the link for more from the director as well.


"Meloy says:

We were searching for a video idea for ‘Once In My Life’ that would somehow capture the spirit of the song. In my mind, the song is a meditation, a plea to the cosmos that I imagine everyone, at some point or another, has made. We asked our old friend and collaborator Autumn de Wilde to pitch an idea and she came to us with a simple but powerful story: a depiction of her brother Jacob, a man who has lived with physical and intellectual differences his entire life, dancing in the streets of Los Angeles. The song, in this light, becomes more than just a ‘celebration of sadness,’ (which I have sometimes called it) but suddenly a longing holler to the universe against one’s perceived otherness.

This idea is particularly close to me as I’ve witnessed how the world sees my son Hank, who is autistic. When I’m out in public with Hank, I’m acutely aware of the world’s attachment to social and behavioral norms; in these situations, Hank’s otherness can suddenly be put in stark relief. Through the lens of Jacob’s joyful and defiant movement in Autumn’s video, we see a man shrugging off the constraints of an unaccommodating and judgmental world and truly reveling in his body and mind."

(Via The Decemberists – “Once In My Life” Video - Stereogum.)

Monday, July 30, 2018

Article: Cleveland's Music Saves record shop finds new life with online store and pop-up events

Just getting caught up with this article.  Music still Saves!

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"Luckily for music fans in Cleveland (and beyond), the song isn't over. This June, Music Saves launched an online store. For fans of Hershberger's sharp curation of records that were always stocked at the shop, you'll find a wide selection of indie, rock, folk, electronic and more online. Music can be shipped to your doorstep or picked up at the shop at 15801 Waterloo Road.

'Music Save has been a Cleveland institution for almost 14 years,' Hershberger says. 'It has become not just an important part of my life, but of the lives of many who live here. While the retail brick-and-mortar storefront no longer felt sustainable, I wasn't ready to give up on the store just yet. People are shopping online more and more, and I felt a growing demand for Music Saves to be available in that way.'"

(Via Cleveland's Music Saves record shop finds new life with online store and pop-up events | cleveland.com.)

Pitchfork Music Festival 2018

Another great year at the Pitchfork Music Festival!  A bunch of great bands this year, with some of my favorites performances from Syd, Courtney Barnett, Mount Kimbie, Zola Jesus, Blood Orange, The War on Drugs, and Kelly Lee Owens (who really impressed me).  Biggest disappointments this year were both Chaka Kahn and Lauryn Hill.  Unfortunate, but I rarely attend this festival for the headliners anyway. It was also a really unstable weather year, but probably one of the most enjoyable! Photos and video below!

Pitchfork Music Festival 2018

Pitchfork Music Festival 2018

Pitchfork Music Festival 2018

Pitchfork Music Festival 2018

Pitchfork Music Festival 2018

Pitchfork Music Festival 2018

Pitchfork Music Festival 2018