Thursday, March 26, 2009

Serendipity 09

Every year Guilford College holds a weekend long festival to celebrate community and music. This Quaker college in Greensboro, NC is notoriously known for having outstanding acts and showing everyone a good time. This year was no exception.

The festivities started on Friday afternoon with a free outdoor dinner put on by the school. Festivities continued with the old apartments organizing a pub crawl, where every apartment would make a specialty drink to share, very Quaker like. Then, there was a rap group and a local DJ that threw an amazing dance party, all while full court laser tag was going on in the adjacent gym.

The following day consisted of a community street fair, where there was glass blowing, raffles, and a variety of other pieces of art and jewelry. In preparation for the evenings headlining music event, a battle of the bands was held for musicians wanting to open for the evening's concerts. In addition to these events, a slip and slide, a hug blow up obstacle course, a woman's prom dress rugby match, and jello wrestling were all taking place all over Guilford campus.

The real fun started at 8 when the battle of the bands winner opened for Holy Ghost Tent Revival. Holy Ghost Tent Revival is an amazing bluegrass band (with hints of rock) from Greensboro, NC. They played an amazing set and completely blew me out of the water. They did an amazing cover of a beatles song.

After that dance-fest Toubab Krewe came on to preform. On Toubab's Twitter they said the following: Guilford(home of the Fighting Quakers) is BONKERS!!! It was. The crowd outside on the football field gathered into a living dancing entity with tons and tons of crowd surfers. I was even lifted up and surfed the crowd, no easy feat for someone about 200 pounds. A couple of member's of toubab also crowd surfed and even got up on their massive amps and shredded. A couple Guilford students made thier way up to the stage to dance and eventually get kicked off.

The crazy thing about all of this crazyness was that this was all over at about 1-ish. After parties both in the woods and out commenced until the morning.

Ahhh Serendipity 09.

I wonder whats in store for next year!

Please give these artist's a listen.

Toubab Krewe - Roy Forester
(Buy Live At The Orange Peel)

Holy Ghost Tent Revival - Gettin' Over Your Love
(Buy So Long I Screamed)

and if you like it buy it.

Sunday, March 22, 2009


Bonnaroo Music Festival- June 11th-14th- Manchester, TN

One of the biggest festivals in the United States is held annually on a 700 acre farm in Manchester, drawing thousands upon thousands to experience what Rolling Stone Magazine describes as “the ultimate over-the-top summer festival.” This year, headliners include Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band and a special two-night appearance from everybody’s favorite recently reunited jam band, Phish (cue ex-hippie stampede.)

Also playing: Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, Wilco, Snoop Dogg, TV on the Radio, Girl Talk, Bon Iver…the list goes on and on. Tickets are almost sold out (I should know...). If you go, look for me. It shouldn’t be that hard to spot me in the crowd: I’ll be the one who’s clearly dehydrated, sporting a sweaty bandana. Or maybe I'll be completely covered in (what I hope to be) mud.

Coachella Music Festival- April 17-19- Indio, California

It’s really too bad that California always manages to score the best lineups, as I live in god-damn Massachusetts. Whereas Bonnaroo is traditionally more geared towards jam-bands, Coachella is an indie-kids wet dream. Big names this year include Paul McCartney, The Killers, and The Cure. If you happen to be in California around that time, check it out.

Chicago hosts two huge festivals annually.

The Pitchfork Music Festival takes place July 17th-19th. This is the only second year this festival has existed, yet the folks at Pitchfork are known for their creativity. Last year, the Friday bands played entire albums through (for instance, Public Enemy played all of It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back). On Friday of this year, Yo La Tengo and Built To Spill (among others) will play setlists by request; when you buy a ticket, you vote for the tunes you want to hear. Pretty neat.

The next is Lollapalooza between August 7th-9th. The line up is scheduled to be released in April. They usually score huge bands (Radiohead headlined last year), and will surely do the same this year.

The closest festival worth mentioning to Boston is All Points West in Jersey City. It began only last year, and will hopefully announce this year’s lineup soon.

Sunday Shuffle: March 22nd

This weeks shuffle is by the Black Keys, a group I instantly fell in love with. From the first note I heard off of my friends burned CD of thickfreakness back in the eighth grade, I knew that this band had a deep bluesy sound that I had never heard before. This week the song "The Flame" came up on the shuffle.

The track "The Flame" is off of their album, "Magic Potion".
all music said this about the Ohio based duo's 2006 album:

This is vulgar music, completely unsentimental or nostalgic but with a deep, wild, and tenacious heart; it's spooky, un-caged, and frighteningly descriptive of our time and place. It's been a long time since the majors put out a record this savage. This is the door to the blues in 2006; hold on to your hips because they will begin to twitch.

Have a listen and if you like it buy it.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Humpday Covers : Patti Smith

This Humpday treat your self to the musical renderings of Patti Smith.

Patti Smith is remarkable musician. She was able to take my least favorite Nirvana song, "Smells Like Teen Spirit", and do two things to it:

1.) let me actually know what is being said in the song
2.) Making it better than the original.

Now I may get some flack for saying that, but I don't care. I generally dislike Smells Like Teen Spirit, I like some other Nirvana stuff, but I really dislike that song. This cover brings the life and emotion to the song that is lacking in the original version of the song.


off of the album "Twelve"
Buy "Twelve"

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Backtracking 3/8-3/15

Here's what I've been listening to this past week...

Of Note

So, I was away at a retreat where electronics were not allowed for most of the week, hence the small numbers. However, I was in charge of organizing the music for the retreat, so a number of these bands have to do with that retreat. The Indigo Girls' "Closer to Fine" was used by one of the other retreat leaders, and I actually found myself really enjoying that track..

My songs were "Bittersweet Symphony" by the Verve and "Fight Test" by The Flaming Lips. I guess it was sort of a "you had to be there" type thing to understand why I chose those those tracks, but nonetheless they are worth listening to. Especially Fight Test.

This week I FINALLY listened to Eli and picked up some Frightened Rabbit. Their CD, The Midnight Organ Fight, is everything that it is hyped up to be. Their sound isn't necessarily unique, but their Scottish accents sure as hell add something different. On the retreat, one of my friends explained to the group how he was working on his Backwards Walk. At the time I didn't get the reference. Now I do.

Update: Link to Flaming Lips Song was fixed.

buy Flaming Lips

Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Shuffle: Cinematic Orchestra

This weeks Sunday Shuffle is a song by the Cinematic Orchestra. The Cinematic Orchestra is a band that I found about two years ago when I was flipping through the stacks of an old independent record store, which is sadly no longer with us. The band sounds a little bit different on every album that they make. On "Ma Fleur", the Cinematic Orchestra produces every track like it is a melodrama. This album is not my favorite by the Cinematic Orchestra, their 2002 album "Every Day" is my favorite, however, "Ma Fleur" is a Great follow up album.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Humpday Covers: Video edition cool links!

This week, Humpday covers is gonna be a little different. The music I want to share involve a series of videos that I found on youtube. These mash-up's and covers are so unique that you must listen and watch.

The 1st video you need to see is Kutiman (Thru-You's) Mother of All Funk Chords.

This video is made up of only sounds and videos from youtube. If you visit Tru-You's website you can find much more of this creative madness.

The second video/song is done by Pogo. His song "Alice" is a mix of a series of clips from Alice in Wonderland along with sound clips from the movie all mashed together to form a trippy experience that one would normally assume from Alice in Wonderland. Visit pogo's page at

Finally, This last clip is something that has been going around for a while but its awesome.
Here is Paul Dateh and Inka One performing their hip-hop violin masterpiece.

This masterpiece is comprised of covers of :
- A Tribe Called Quest: Check the Rhime
- Jurassic 5: Canta de Ossanha
- Ghostface Killah: Chercez la Ghost
- The Roots: The Next Movement
- Gnarls Barkley: Crazy
- Johnny Pate: Shaft in Africa

hear more at:

and now some other cool stuff...

General Links

This next site is great, its like last f.m. and pandora for videos.
great concept right?

How about an awesome keyboard kit/beat maker for a rainy day? or a boring class... just make sure you have earphones.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Sunday Shuffle: March 8th

Sunday Shuffle!!!

This Sunday, my iTunes shuffled this treat for you:

Dr. Dog - Alaska

off of the album "We All Belong"
Please buy this album if you enjoy it!!
buy "We All Belong"

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Humpday Covers: The Very Best

Ok so its Humpday again, meaning that its time for another installment on some covers.
You may think that because of the title of the post that this time I am going to post what I consider the best covers...
Thats not the case.

This is a post about the group called "The Very Best".

If you haven't heard of them yet, your really in luck.

Here is a brief bio courtesy of the Green Owl:

Esau Mwamwaya was born in Mzuzu in Malawi, East Africa. He grew up in the capital, Lilongwe, where he played drums in various bands such as Masaka Band. He was a good friend of the legendary Evison Matafale and they played together for several years before he was killed in Malawi police custody in 2003. In 1999 Esau Mwamwaya moved to London, England has until recently run a second-hand furniture store in Clapton, East London. Esau's shop was on the same street as Radioclit's old studio, and after the Radioclit boy's bought a bike from Esau they invited him to one of their house warming parties They made friends and started working on music together. Two years later and the project has gotten it's name The Very Best.

This track is off their album, Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit are the Very Best, this can be found free online at the groups myspace. And because they are named The Very Best, I'll post two cover tracks off of their album.

The Very Best - Cape Kwassa Kwassa (Vampire Weekend cover)

The Very Best - Boyz (M.I.A. cover)

Please go and check these guys out.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Sunday Shuffle

This week all of you were fortunate enough to have the shuffling gods select from my iTunes a band called Black Moth Super Rainbow. This band is like listening to a psychedelic experience. I mean with a name like Black Moth Super Rainbow, what would you expect?
On BMSR's album Dandelion Gum the album progresses through a fantastic story as the candy-making witches who inhabit a forest, lure hapless locals to their doom with their sweets! The gleefully psychedelic-ish album is a must-have for anyone. I am glad to have shuffled this song this week.

here is Black Moth Super Rainbow - The Afternoon Turns Pink
buy Black Moth Super Rainbow's Dandelion Gum


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