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.
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 Zone. Letur-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!