17 February, 2008
Still feeling some PNW nostalgia, but this week we'll go a bit farther north to Seattle. These guys did some great pop in that classic vein of the Kinks (an especially edgy Kinks, actually) and were one of the best live acts I've had the pleasure of seeing.
I'm pretty sure I was at this show! (I was resurfacing after a very horrible year right about this time.) And I most certainly have fond memories of Bohemia After Dark. (edit: I WAS at that show! Completely Grocery was on the bill and I remember seeing them open for YFF.)
10 February, 2008
Eh, I'm still in a nostalgic PDX music mood. I had a hard time deciding between this one and 54/40 Or Fight, which is also a totally kick-ass tune. But It's OK is the song I put on when I'm feeling very low and lonely and not very clever at all and I need to cheer up. Pearl Jam did a good cover of this song as well.
24 September, 2007
So about a month ago I was at a party at my friend's house and they finally cajoled me into playing along on their PlayStation karaoke. Someone beat me to Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", so I went with "Hungry Like The Wolf"* by Duran Duran. After the opening riff I was immediately transported back to junior year in high school when I listened to their first two albums about nine million times and here I am a flaming Durannie all over again! I've rediscovered how much I love the Rio album and how it absolutely drips with their Chic (one of the best R&B/Disco bands, ever) influence. I can't keep Rio off of the CD player and have had "New Religion" on repeat for two days!
(*BTW, I'll brag here and report that I tied for first place in the karaoke game. Yay me!)
21 January, 2007
For my friends in the Bay Area who finally got to enjoy a nice warm day after nearly a month of Arctic temperatures:
Labels: waxing nostalgic
One of my favourite 60's American/Folk bands was The Mamas and The Papas. They started off as one of my mom's favourite groups, but I remember, when I was a tiny tot hearing their songs on the radio, being absolutely mesmerised by the harmonies. There may have been other groups harmonizing in the 60's, but none did it as perfectly as The Mamas and The Papas. Listening to them as an adult, I "discovered" Denny Doherty's beautiful voice as he sang the male lead on their songs. Folksy, yes, but there is an unmistakable "Irish crooner" quality in his voice, too, clear and silky smooth.
Denny Doherty passed away late last week, after a brief illness. He will be missed, but, thanks to a catalog of great music, his voice will never be silenced.
07 January, 2007
Momofuku Ando, the inventor of instant Ramen noodles, has died.
I remember a time in my life where I pretty much existed on Ramen. And the joy I felt that one magic night, when I discovered that frozen Chinese vegetables made a really nice addition to my Ramen soup. Thanks to that discovery, I COULD HAVE DINNER PARTIES!
Rest in peace, Mr. Ando.
26 November, 2006
When I was a little girl, I absolutely LIVED for Friday nights when The Partridge Family pulled me into the world I longed to live in. I was an only child and, because we moved a lot, I didn't have a lot of friends to hang out with. Being a painfully lonely child--and totally into music--my two greatest wishes were to have brothers and sisters and to travel around playing music all the time. The Partridge Family was my dream. Over the years, my desire to run all over the place playing music waned (stage fright poured the bucket of cold water over that fire), but I still would love to have Keith Partridge for a big brother...