Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Shamrock the Block, Vetiver, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion

Want to start this week with excerpts from Sammy Hagar's new autobiography printed in Rolling Stone (click HERE).  On their last tour together in Van Halen in 2004, Eddie Van Halen apparently turned into a crazy, raving, lunatic alcoholic.  When you read some of these excerpts, its amazing that EVH didn't kill himself or someone else.  Hopefully, the dude is better now.

In some sad news, Mike Starr, the original bass player for Alice in Chains, died of unknown causes at the age of 44 (click HERE for full story).  Back in my radio days in the early 90s, I hung out with Mike for about an hour backstage at the Ozzy/Alice In Chains/Motorhead show.  I can't say I knew him well but he seemed like a real down to earth, cool guy in that short time, with no rock star diva b.s.  Though they don't know how he died, at least until they do tests, he did have drug issues and was recently on Celebrity Rehab on some station or another.  Its sad to see drugs kill a band that was very originial and led the way for the Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. Here's one for Mike:

On to this week here in Richmond.  Saturday from noon to 6 PM on what looks to be a nice day weather-wise, Shamrock the Block takes place down in Shockoe Bottom.  Its FREE to get in.  They say they have expanded the kids area this year to entice more families to come down.  Band lineup is made up of local bands.  Here is the schedule:
12:00p - 12:45p Uisce Beatha (celtic rock/pub music)
1:00p - 2:00p Highway Saints (rock)
2:15p - 3:15p Trongone Band (classic rock covers)
3:45p - 4:45p Age of Excess (80's hair covers)
5:00p - 6:00p Bayside (new rock)

You'll find a good indie folky/Americana show at The Camel on Saturday night w/ Vetiver, Sarah Lee Guthrie (daughter of Arlo, granddaughter of Woody) & Johnny Irion, and the Mason Brothers.  Tix are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.  Show starts at 8, doors at 7.  You might dig these bands if you like Joanna Newsom, Grateful Dead, Townes Van Zandt, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Black Crowes, Gram Parsons or Neil Young.  They should all be mixing and matching together.  Here are Sarah Lee & Johnny backed by Vetiver on the Last Call with Carson Daly show.  BTW, the Carson Daly show has been having some really great music on the show.  I do hate the jumpy camera work on the show, especially during the interviews, but he is really good about having new bands on the show.  Anyway, here's the clip:

That's about it this week.  A little slim but as the weather gets warmer those bands start to tour and things will pick up.

Here is the next clip from Paste Magazine's 25 Best Music Videos of 2010.  This video answers a question I am sure we have all asked ourselves, "What if Hot Chip were a boy band (they're not) and a weird messiah-like alien showed up at their concert and they challenged the alien to a dance-off?"  I don't know what it means but the boy band gets what they deserve.

In our next continuing list, Moviefone has listed the 50 Best Music Scenes in Movies.  Here are their two rules for the list:
"No musicals allowed!

As much as we like 'The Sound of Music' and 'An American in Paris,' the musical numbers in those films are a completely different breed of animal than, say, the parade scene from 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off.' Both have their places, but this list is all about the latter.

No "scored" scenes!
We love a good soundtrack as much as anyone, but for this list we considered only those scenes in which the music -- whether emanating from an onscreen band, a boombox, a disco's sound system, the mouths of the characters, etc. -- is part of the action. (Film nerds refer to scenes like this as being "diegetic." Non-nerds, you just learned something.) This explains, for instance, the absence of movies with killer, primarily non-diegetic soundtracks, such as 'Rushmore' and 'The Graduate.'"

I'm not going to do all 50 because some I just may not like.  But as a movie fan I always like when good music plays an integral part in a movie.  I just (finally) watched "Inglourious Basterds" and loved the use of Bowie's "Cat People".  Musically and lyrically, it was perfect.  In the Moviefone list they also include one of my favorite scenes from one of my favorite movies "Boogie Nights", the "drug deal gone bad" scene. 

We begin tonight with #49, one of the last good moments for our heroes in "The Deer Hunter" before war tears their lives apart.  And really, any scene with Christopher Walken dancing has got to be good:
(Had trouble embedding the video so click HERE to view it.)

And on that note, I'm outta here. Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan