One of the best performances around and slowly gaining more and more attention, the Flaming Lips have been around since the 80’s as a garage rock band. Through a (probable) use of psychedelia and modern engineering mastery they have created canvas works through sci-fi and hard rock. Widely popular now, the Lips are also known for their rambunctious live shows, the discussion of existentialism and a sense of childish wonder come through in their work.
Today is Christmas so happy holidays (being pc) and enjoy yourself in the upcoming days. Today I’m giving you something rather interesting. I talking about the composer Philip Glass but the video is Amy Dickson performing his Violin Concerto No. 1. Phillip Glass has been around since the psychedelic era and admits a lot of influence by this. However, when all turned to rock, he stayed with his classical arrangements. Because of this, the man has remained in obscurity despite his well respected work.
Last night myself and a group of friends watched the new Bo Burnham special “What.” Already understanding that the man is a hell of a lot smarter than I am, I had no idea what to expect when he first started acting to a prerecorded intro. Though early on it became very apparent that this was not at all what we thought it was going to be.
Instead of the cheeky yet enjoyable “New Math” Bo instead brought all his intelligence straight to the fore front of his skit. Less comic stand up more philosophical commentary on art, religion and his struggle with his fame, Burnham opens up to an almost uncomfortably vulnerable place where we discover a cold hard and calculating young intelligent man and his feelings of isolation and hardship.
It is truly spectacular.
Randomly throughout the show he shouts “Art is a lie” I believe referring to the creative process that is used when writing his stand up. And that the makings of what is considered art seem arbitrary when scrutinized.
Moved by this mans ballsy move, I present to you a song that is not the best this band has to offer, but plays in with this mentality of meaninglessness. With nothing but a collection of sad songs, Deer Tick has brought in a new look at the folk-rock scene and has with it a refreshing breath of air. Though they’ve been around for a few years now, on the chance you haven’t heard or seen them yet, take a listen.
The Misunderstood was an under appreciated Psych Rock band that came about in California in the middle of the British Invasion. With only a handful of recordings, the band didn’t last very long. Despite the rough circumstances, the band had a major influence in the rock scene and continue to have a cult following to this day. (I believe there is even a potential movie/biopic about the band under works.) So enjoy their cover of the Bo Diddley classic, Who Do You Love?
Tom Waits is one of the most unusual persona’s of music that has ever existed. Living in the 60’s he grew up in the era’s many influences. Starting his career with already nontraditional piano ballads, Waits eventually moved into a Tin-Pan/Jazz/Blues ensemble that, combined with his trademark growl, created an ambiance of the dark and seedy.
Short one today. I’ve got a French final this morning and I’m totally using this as a distraction from studying (thanks WordPress). In early morning times, early morning songs are sometimes fit like snug blankets and a hot cup of coffee (where I currently don’t have a blanket and my coffee is cold).
Nick Drake is another iconic legend, most commonly defining the psychedelic folk movement of the 60’s and early 70’s. With only three recorded albums, his popularity during his short life was hindered by a lack of wanting to tour and play live. I strongly suggest that you go check out any one of his three albums (the most popular being Pink Moon) and you surely won’t be disappointed.
I had a very interesting dream last night. I was surrounded by people I know and have known waiting for the second coming. Suddenly, he was in our midst. People started demanding questions, bowing, praying, some begged to be taken to heaven. I stood silently. He looked at me came over and whispered “it’s simply going to be ok” at which point I began to ball. I woke up and couldn’t get it out of my head. Not necessarily a religious person or one of much faith or belief in anything, this dream has created a lot of uncomfortable thoughts. I for one, don’t take much stock in dreams but the significance that this still has had on me is quite (surprisingly) profound. Could this be some sort of selfish attempt to claim my true understanding of Jesus or is it just a dream and simply that?
Either way, this song came readily to mind (big surprise). As one of the most famous unsuccessful bands of the 60’s the Velvet Underground garnered a cult following that kept the band talked about for the last 50 or 60 years. With the recent death of Lou Reed, the world passes on one of the greatest songwriters of all time. Maybe he’s with Jesus.