Monday, September 7, 2009

"Home is wherever there is you..."

I just felt like putting up the Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros performance from the other night when they paid a visit to David Letterman's show. Dynamic, cult-like, and energetic - I find that larger piece bands usually have interesting hair and a front man with a Jesus-like persona. Everyone's been posting the video on the interwebs, and so I thought to join in.

Also, if anyone has the live mp3 of this performance, shoot me an email, as I'd love to have it. It's much better than the album version. I especially appreciate the minor chorus change in the live version to "Home - you are me and I am you" and how smiley the entire band is, to the point where I was mildly creeped out but very intrigued. I applaud the musical genre change up from a former member of Ima Robot.

Friday, March 27, 2009

"I'm known for runnin' my mouth, I will not be accountable for what comes out..."

NASA featuring Kanye West, Santigold, and Lykke Li - Gifted

I enjoy the production, and Lykke Li's small but ethereal contribution. However, I must say that I feel Santigold really shines on this track.

Also, I miss calling her Santogold.

Friday, March 20, 2009

"Seven days in hell..."

Here's how I feel about P.Wolf's new video.

Patrick Wolf - Vulture

I have not read/researched anything much about Patrick Wolf's "Battle" in an effort to hear it feverishly and without bias when it comes out. I did the same with U2's No Line on the Horizon, Yeah Yeah Yeah's It's Blitz, and Metric's Fantasies. I got the lead single off each, but that was it.

Anyway, moving on.

Not knowing much, this is what the video throws at me:

1) I like P.Wolf's hair. Not the long Legolas/Thor thing he has going on, but the mad scientist/Egon from the Real Ghostbusters cartoon/Agyness Deyn diva do that's intercut with him sprawling out in bondage gear with normalized hair. The normal floppy hair adds to the sense of vulnerability. The awesome up-wave adds to the sense of drama. I'm feeling it.

Here's Egon, btw

2) The licking of lips and camp gestures makes me worry for the current incarnation of Patrick Wolf's stage persona. I miss Wind in the Wires Patrick, or Lycanthropy Patrick where the sense of dark romanticism was there, and the drama, but not the overt staging of it. The focus felt more on the music than the thematic display in order to make a good viewing for audience members and people who are more visually entertained. Really, people will understand the music without contextualizing it that way.

3) From what little I have heard, Battle has some LA influence in it from his time there. That's pretty obvious.

4) I don't know what others drew from the video, but the dominance issue didn't appear ultimately sexual to me, but rather a conflict of personality. I felt like Patrick Wolf was postulating that the man being pushed down and subjugated in some form or another was his real self. The daily P.Wolf that none of us know (unless you legit know the guy), and right now, the rest, the flashes of dramatic shine and flash that we see are what we're going to get and who is currently reigning supreme. I feel like there's a reason why there's a vulture cape and a disco-y dare devilish suit - these are heightened sense of vicarious authority figures - mythic gods and heroes and glam rock or adrenaline fueled thrillseekers. But to me, the person who felt the most authentic was strapped down in the dog collar.

Anyone else? Thoughts?

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

"Makes me feel like a madman on the run..."

Links to what I cannot embed.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero video

It came out two days ago, so if you haven't seen it, do so now.

I enjoy this new direction that they've taken. Yes, it's softer. Yes, it's more 80's-ish, but hey, I love the 80s. And wow their drummer lost a bunch of weight. I'll have what he's having.

Metric - Pre-Order Fantasies

New Metric album is dropping soon. They've had it announced for quite a bit, so again, if you haven't taken advantage of digital downloads, or getting the limited fan edition, might as well.



One of my life goals came true.

I met Bono. The musical love of my life. He signed my "All I Want is You" record.

He wrote "Yum..." underneath his name.

I, like the fangirl that I am, took the time to draft a heartfelt letter to the band, and he took it from me gladly, for which I am very grateful. He actually took the highly decorated Indian envelope from me and looked at it and began to sign it and I gasped "No no, this is for you."

And he looked up and smiled and said, "Oh, this is for me? Like a gift?" And I said yes, and he said thank you, and put it into his pocket and said he'd read it later.

I hope he did. It kind of rocked, if I do say so myself.

The photo I uploaded makes him look old, but I figured it'll be there for all the haters, or all those who aspire to greatness as a reminder that everyone is human and we all have our flaws despite years of rocking, tons of money, and excessive fame. So, to my fellow poor college grads, at least we're young and pretty!

I really need to make it a point to post more, because I still love discussing music as much as ever. Life has kept me a bit busy, but hang in there, folks. In a few months, I Wake Up Late will be back in full swing.

Monday, December 1, 2008

"Can you really die from a broken heart? Is it true?"

I was just emailed about this band and I like what they stand for, so I figured I'd post about them.

Rudely Interrupted is a 6-piece band from Australia. They create your standard and straightforward energetic rock. It's got a great groove to it. What sets them apart from most other touring acts out there right now is the stunning and admirable amount of strength and courage within the band itself. 5 out of the 6 band members have some form of disability, ranging from blindness and deafness to Asperger's, Autism, and Down Syndrome. I must stress to you that they are far from a novelty act, their material is original and their vocalist Rory had the following to say about the band's mission:"“We want to show the world what we can do given the opportunity. We write our own music about our own experiences. We use our weaknesses as our strengths."

Most recently, they played the United Nations, being the first and only indie rock band to be invited to play. On Wednesday and Saturday, they are playing at Public Assembly in Brooklyn, and Fontana's in Manhattan, respectively. Go check them out and give these peeps, who have played alongside Feist and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, some support. Also, if you feel like checking out their tunage, I highly suggest "Don't Break My Heart."

Rudely Interrupted - Green Lights

Rudely Interrupted - Don't Break My Heart

Sunday, October 26, 2008

"Sit tight I know what you are, mad bright but you aint no star..."

Me, I'm a Creator
Thrill is to make it up
The rules I break got me a place
Up on the radar

Sooooo, I've been gone for a long while. I tried to make posts and keep updated and shizzle, but I was too busy being a global adventurer and it just wasn't working out. Now that I'm back from overseas, I'm going to try to post some tracks once in a while in between working, working out, studying, hanging out with friends, spending time with family, and hitting up tons of concerts/doing other fun stuff.

Nothing has really inspired today's entry, so I figured I'd put up a modern classic - Santogold. Everyone has her music, I assume, and I'm by no means being cutting edge, but I felt like hearing Creator, and this is my blog so I can do what I want ;) Enjoy!

Santogold - Creator from the self-titled album Santogold

And just for fun, here's a random video from The Kills because I was totally surprised when their song Cheap and Cheerful was featured on the recent "Lucky Thirteen" episode of House. They really need to get rid of Thirteen and have more Chase and Cameron screentime, darnit.

The Kills - Last Day of Magic

Thursday, October 16, 2008


If I have any readers left, I give my deep apologies for my 4 months of absence. I was overseas and returned last month and promise to come back with more musical tracks soon.

So check back soon, I Wake Up Late will be returning to the bloggy public again shortly.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

"Don't make me think before I speak..."

Wade Robson, you magnificent twisted bastard. This is the sickest performance I've seen in a while.

The song that he chose for the piece is called "Hi" by the band Psapp.I particularly enjoy the closing lines of the song:

I know what you're thinking
I know how you see me
Although it hurts
You're probably right

Psapp - Hi from The Only Thing I Ever Wanted

For all those Grey's Anatomy fans out there, apparently Psapp does the title theme to the show. I wouldn't know as I don't watch it. My medical show preference belongs to Scrubs, but hey, you guys had a one up on me for this one. I wish I'd known about Psapp prior to this very moment. In researching a teeny bit about the duo, Psapp, I discovered that they are part of a genre known as "toytronica" in which all the elements that comprise the music consist of toys and toy instruments.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

"Please could you stop the noise I'm trying to get some rest..."

If someone were to ask me what one summer concert I would want to go to, I would say Glastonbury without a second thought. The line up features an immense number of artists from a wide variety of musical genres. In fact, here's pdf poster of the full lineup.

And look at some of the previous live performances!

Radiohead - Paranoid Android

Coldplay - Fix You

Bloc Party - Helicopter

Anyway, I cannot make it to Glastonbury this year, yet again. But for those of you who do have a chance to go, let me know how it is. And for all you UK readers out there who don't yet have tickets, not to worry! Not only are tickets still available but there are contest tickets that can be won, including that of the Spot the Bull contest below:

"In your truth, you buried mine..."

So You Think You Can Dance post!

Milwaukee produced the most number of dancers that I really found myself connecting with thus far.

Kourtni Lind, Evan Kasprzak (the kid who did the Gene Kelly number), and Cooper Zamorano - the Travis Wall duplicate. Although in previous episodes, I found myself really enjoying Thayne Jasperson as well (I suppose these names show that my allegiance this year seems to be with jazz and contemporary dancers). I hope at least those four make it to the top 20.

Personality and fluidity were paramount to me, as well as the precision in the execution of movement.

This is going to be a great season, but thus far, I haven't really been invested in the contestants yet. In previous seasons, I found myself rooting for Donyelle, Benji, Travis, Danny, Lacey, Neil, Nick, etc from the moment they auditioned. I guess you could say that I'm rooting for the above people, and that they're excellent, but in previous years, the aforementioned list of dancers just had that extra something that made them standout from the getgo and you knew they'd be in it til the end. Also, in previous years I've been able to pick the top 2-4 from the first audition day, and I don't see that skill continuing this year.

Travis Wall makes a pretty (albeit somewhat agressive!) girl, lol.

Anyway, the song Kourtni danced to last night was:

Ani DiFranco - Parameters from Knuckle Down

And here's a clip of one of my Top 20 hopefuls - Cooper Zamorano, dancing to a song by Craig Lyons.

Craig Lyons will be an artist to watch. 3 of his songs have found their way into contemporary auditions, and even one partnered dance. He is a singer-songwriter with a guitar focus. The sound is passionate, and slow, but not heavy like Ray LaMontagne's, or softly restrained like Damien Rice. I'd say maybe he's comparable to Matt Nathanson, but Craig Lyon's voice is more well defined and doesn't have that Jason Mrazzy upswing that Nathanson usually does with some of his words and choruses. Obviously, I've been trying to fit Craig Lyons in to some sort of category, and with some sort of name, but labels don't matter. What it comes down to is that he's good. And you should listen to him.

Craig Lyons - In Your Eyes - danced by Cooper Zamorano