Saturday Night Jagger, My Guitar Hero & A Little E. Sharpe

There is a very long list of reasons why I love summer – the days are longer, my skin is less pasty, day drinking is less scrutinized, and everyone tends to be in a better mood.  The only real bummer is taking a break from some of our favorite T.V. shows. One of these shows for me is Saturday Night Live. Although some might argue that it hasn’t been any good since Will Ferrell peaced out in 2002, I have continued to be a relatively avid viewer of the show.  Despite popular belief, sometimes it is actually still funny, and you are almost always guaranteed a great live musical performance.  Mick Jagger hosted the last episode of this season, and performed some of his classics with Arcade Fire, Foo Fighters, and Jeff Beck.


Check out the amazing performances by clicking the links below:

“The Last Time”

“19th Nervous Breakdown”

There was also the so so sad farewell to one of my all time favorite cast members, Kristen Wiig, to two of my favorite Rolling Stones songs, “She’s a Rainbow” and “Ruby Tuesday”.

On a different note, more exciting updates surfaced yesterday regarding John Frusciante’s 2012 album release from the man himself!  A letter on his NEW WEBSITE, www.johnfrusciante.com, explains that there are actually two new records coming out.  The first is an EP entitled Letur-Lefr, and the second is an LP entitled PBX Funicular Intaglio ZoneLetur-Lefr will be released in Japan on July 4th, in North America on July 17th, and in the rest of the world on July 16th. PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone will be released in Japan on September 12th, in North America on September 25th and in the rest of the world on September 24th. Here is a sampling of the cover art, which John created himself. Love.

Today the first single from Letur-Lefr was released on the web.  The 1 minute 30 second instrumental jam Glowe is very chill, purely John, and yet only slightly telling of what we should expect from the rest of the album.  His continuous unpredictability is, after all, one of the reasons we love him. Check it out:

Speaking of new releases, today was also the release of the Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ second album Here.  In typical E. Sharpe fashion, the songs have generally cheery, upbeat and folky tendencies.  Although soulful to the brink of churchy, it’s still definitely a good listen for sunny days spent skipping through an open field (or days stuck in a cubical when you wish you were skipping through an open field…)  Either way, if you were into their first album, it’s definitely worth a listen.

In the meantime, I’ve been working on a sweet ass summer playlist for you guys. I’ll let you know via twitter once it’s ready.

Follow me @baskinthemusic for updates!

July 9, 2012 – A.K.A. The Best Day Ever

Holy shit, it’s happening.

It was announced on Friday that John Frusciante, despite years of anticipation and worry from his fans, IS, in fact, releasing an album this year.  July 9 is Letur Lefr’s official scheduled release date.  With the exception of a few collaborative projects throughout the past couple years (including work with Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and the Mars Volta, and his wife 😦 Nicole Turley’s band, Swahili Blonde), this will be the first solo release of his since the brilliant 2009’s The Empyrean ::swoon::

48 days and counting, my friends.  It will be worth the wait.

(A big shout out to Invisible Movement for being the first to share this exciting news.)

Tomorrowland

I NEED to go to this next year.

Now, you know at this point that I’m, by no means, obsessed with extreme house music, but apparently this festival is one of the most epic music festivals in the world.  This annual event takes place over the course of 3 days in Boom (love it), Belgium. WikiFestivals.com describes it as “a trippy technicolour fantasy.”  So naturally, I’m there.

Here’s a short movie from the 2011 festival.

Speaking of dance music – I’m really regretting not getting tickets for Electric Daisy in NYC this weekend.  To any of my readers going, have an unbelievable time!

Some Unreleased Foo

Really quick post, but I wanted to share these two unreleased tracks from the Foo Fighters’ first recording of their 2002 album “One by One” – which, was originally called “Million Dollar Demo”.  Many of the original tracks were abandoned after the second recording of the album, and even though over the years a few instrumental versions of tracks from “Million Dollar Demo” have surfaced, the public has never heard any of the full, original songs.

Today, two of these songs, “Have it All” and “Come Back” appeared on YouTube. Foo Fighters fans, rejoice!

Check out the tracks below.

So Much to Say

“Open. up. my. head annnd let me ouuuuuut.. a-little bay-bay.”

(Thanks, Dave.)

Hello!  I know, I’m an asshole for waiting well over a week to write a new post. But in all fairness I have been very busy catching up on my life since my return from my trip.  Okay, that’s a terrible excuse. I’ve just been lazy.

But seriously, some crazy shit is going down.  First of all, have any of you heard this news about the Jimi Hendrix biopic?  Today it was announced that they are casting Andre 3000 (yes, from Outkast) to play Hendrix in a film called “All Is By My Side”, about his years in England from 1966 – 1967, and it’s set to start filming in DUBLIN in 3 weeks.  Okay, can we please talk about a couple of things?  First of all, I think it’s really weird that I was reading “Room Full of Mirrors” while I was in Dublin 2 weeks ago, and now they’re filming the Hendrix biopic there. Secondly, I’m not really sure how I feel about Andre 3000 – not as a person, but as Jimi.  Look, I’m a huge Jimi Hendrix fan, and if they’re going to do a film about questionably the most pivotal years of his career then they need to do it right.  I will not argue that Andre looks like Jimi, because he actually kind of does.  But isn’t he a little old?  He’s 36. Hendrix was 27 when he died, and only 23 during his rise to stardom in the U.K. Andre looks great, but not 23.  I guess that’s why film crews hire make up artists.  And also, I don’t really know that much about his acting chops.  The only thing I’ve ever seen him in was Four Brothers, and he definitely wasn’t bad, but I don’t know.  What do you think?

 

In other news, this Saturday I attended the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert at the Prudential Center in Newark.  Un-fucking-believable.  I originally did not intend on going (for obvious reasons), but I suddenly changed my mind on Friday night (looking at other people’s pictures of the 5/4 show on Facebook definitely didn’t help my regret), bought tickets, and it was one of the best decisions of my life. They still got it, and I was pleasantly surprised by Josh Klinghoffer’s performance throughout. He’s very, very good.

Pass the Torch

Here’s the video I took of Saturday night’s performance of “Scar Tissue”:

Please note that I tend to watch concerts like a sport, so a few comments throughout, such as “PUSH IT, JOSH!!!” (for example) was me.  However, the really out-of-tune and slightly distracting male singing voice in the video was NOT me, but some innocent person standing next to me who will unknowingly be shamed by my blog for all eternity. So this is my formal apology. I’m so sorry, guy… whoever you are.

We were also all very sad to hear about the Beastie Boys’ member Adam “MCA” Yauch’s passing on Friday.  I was never a huge Beastie Boys fan, although I did grow up in the 90s, and so inevitably their music was pretty much always in my peripheral. They were also just inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame (along with those fine gentlemen above and Guns N’ Roses) just three weeks prior to his death.  Although he was not in attendance at the ceremony due to his illness, he did become an official inductee, along with his many other lifetime accomplishments, including directing many of the Beastie Boys’ videos under the pseudonym Nathaniel Hornblower, opening his own production company, and doing a ton of charity work, among several other projects.  He was 47 years old.  My condolences to his family, friends and fans.

Great video.