when i first saw the photos from our new catalog, i was immediately curious about the graffiti covered wall. i did a little research and found out that it was named the lennon wall following the death of john lennon in 1980. since then it has been covered with graffiti pertaining to lennon and his lyrics, as well as notions of peace. during the period of communist rule in the late 1980′s in prague, western music by artists like lennon was banned. young people would write their grievances on this wall, eventually leading to a clash between them and police on the nearby charles bridge. this movement was referred to by the czech authorities as “lennonism.”
despite attempts to repaint the wall, the graffiti kept coming back and is now tolerated… right on.
i haven’t heard much about the band since their 2006 video was a huge viral success, but recently, they’ve resurfaced with a new album, of the blue color of the sky and a funkier sound. prince was a huge influence on the album, which you’ll hear in the track “skyscrapers”. i’ll be honest, i wasn’t a fan of the band before, but this album has inspired me to give them a second chance — it’s catchy. i also like the album name — taken from an 1876 book called “the influence of the blue ray of the sunlight and of the blue color of the sky” by augustus james pleasonton, on his theory that blue light had the ability to cure all ills.
check out a couple songs from the album below…be warned, the first one contains explicit language so if you’re offended by that, skip to the second one :) we also included the song “back from kathmandu” on our new store playlist, which you can check out here.
i am not a huge wine drinker but i would try these in a second! they are called “wines that rock,” a new line of wines by the mendocino wine company, that are based on iconic music. winemaker mark beaman took the words right out of my mouth: “i can’t believe that this is my job. i get to taste wine, listen to music, and think about how to put it all together in a bottle of wine that truly captures the essence of an album.”
i love the descriptions for each bottle of wine:
“to capture the intense, brooding character of the dark side of the moon he turned to a classic wine variety, cabernet sauvignon. a varietal with a deep, complex character that takes a relaxed environment to fully appreciate, cabernet sauvignon reflects the hauntingly dense, timeless character of pink floyd’s masterpiece album.”
“the music of woodstock celebrates community, individual expression, and breaking with the past. inspired by this message, winemaker mark beaman created a ‘naked’ style chardonnay. unlike other regions which grow more muted flavored chardonnays (which are then dressed up with oak and malolactic fermentation), woodstock chardonnay is an expression of pure fruit character and the land it was grown on…and as mark likes to say, “sunshine in a bottle.”
“to capture the essence of forty licks, the 40 tracks that cover the rolling stones’ career, winemaker mark beaman chose to work with merlot. this varietal captures the comfort of turning to a solid classic that stands the test of time. much like the band itself, mendocino county winemaking stays true to its roots with a consistent and confident character not caught up in fads or trends.”
in honor of today being the last tunesday of the year, i have the results for your favorite albums of 2009!
the two albums that got the most votes were black joe lewis & the honeybears – tell ‘em what your name is and edward sharpe & the magnetic zeros – up from below…those were two of my favorites so i definitely agree!
next up are several albums that each got the same number of votes, and those are:
animal collective – merriweather post pavilion
fruit bats – the ruminant band
phoenix – wolfgang amadeus phoenix
avett brothers – i and love and you
passion pit – manners
grizzly bear – veckatimest
and finally some honorable mentions that each had a couple of votes:
monsters of folk – monsters of folk
fanfarlo – reservoir
wolfmother – cosmic egg
the swell season – strict joy
pink mountaintops – outside love
yeah yeah yeahs – it’s blitz
the xx – xx
now for your listening pleasure, here’s a playlist of songs from the albums above!
One EskimO is a london band, who have actually been around for a few years, but are just getting noticed here in the US thanks to the single “kandi” off their debut album! what’s interesting though, is that the band has teamed up with warner premiere to create a “visual album” consisting of ten videos in a series called “the adventures of One eskimO.” they are available for download on itunes.
if the animation looks familiar, its because the videos are produced by passion pictures, which also animated the gorillaz music videos. each band member in One eskimO takes on a character — the singer is the eskimo, the drummer is a giraffe, the guitar player is a penguin and the bass player is a monkey. i’m sorry, but that penguin is so cute! check out a chapter in the animated series below, for the song “kandi.” what do you think about the idea of making “visual albums?”
for more on One eskimO check out their myspace page!
good morning! happy tunesday…just wanted to remind you all to send me your picks for the best albums and songs of the year! i’m making a list and i’ll share the results with you next week along with a playlist of your choices.
leave your picks in comments section or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org!
remember the hilarious saturday night live skit featuring horatio sanz, jimmy fallon, chris kattan and tracy morgan playing the song “i wish it was christmas today?” if not, you’ve gotta watch the video below. anyway, julian casablancas (strokes singer) has done a remake of the song and it’s got all edge and energy you’d expect from him. take a listen!
this album came out a couple of months ago but i felt compelled to write about it now, since the timing is appropriate. in a career spanning roughly 50 years (!!!) and 47 albums, bob dylan has finally recorded a christmas album, which comes as a surprise to some of his loyal fans. first of all, he was raised in a jewish family, second of all, people assume something like this, coming from him, is meant to be ironic and not taken seriously. but he is serious, and his straightforward approach to recording the songs (with background singers and traditional arrangements) is a measure of his appreciation for the music. the album might not be for everyone but if you’re a fan of either christmas music or bob dylan, or both, definitely give it a shot. plus, all proceeds from the album sales in the u.s. will be donated, now and in perpetuity, to feeding america, which guarantees that over 1.4 million families will be provided with meals this holiday season. proceeds from sales in the u.k. and worldwide will go to the charities crisis and the world food programme, respectively.
check out this really cute video, by painter/animator jeff scher, for bob dylan’s “little drummer boy”:
when edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros, who i’ve posted about a couple of times, released their album up from below this year, they held a release party to raise money to help the gulu widows group of uganda so that they could start a farm to sustain their community. this group of incredible women have been widowed, abducted and abused as a result of the continuing warfare in northern uganda, southern sudan and eastern congo.
to thank the band, the women sang part of their song “home” after the first harvest on the farm…watch: