The Riff

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I’ve been a big time Dave Matthews  fan since I was a little kid, loving all of his albums from 1994’s Under the Table and Dreaming, Crash, Before These Crowded Streets, Everyday, all the way to 2002’s Busted Stuff.  Then when I was in high school, everyone my age seemed to suddenly be super into him, attending concerts on a regular basis (which I guess, looking back, was also an excellent excuse to get really stoned – because, let’s face it, getting high is one of the crucial ingredients in a Dave concert.) Not that I was by any means opposed to his rising popularity among my peers, even though he had been so seemingly exclusive to me for the entirety of my childhood, nor did I have any opposition to smoking weed, but I just never ended up going to any of his concerts. Something always conflicted, or I tried to get tickets too late, they were too expensive and I was a broke high school student, etc. Whatever the case may be, I never went. Then when I was in college at UMass Amherst, we found out that he was going to be performing on campus with Tim Reynolds. I remember running back from class to the dorms to order tickets. When I arrived at my friend Nicole’s computer, the tickets had only been on sale for 5 minutes. Why I was so surprised that they had already sold out at one of the hippiest of campuses in the United States was pure naivety, but I was disappointed none-the-less.

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Then, this past summer of 2012, I went on a complete and total concert rampage, and I made sure I got tickets to see them. I asked my sister Kierra if she’d like to join me. Kierra, like me, is a fan of all of his older stuff, but pretty unfamiliar with his past two albums. We went to the Nikon Theater at Jones Beach on that July evening. Not only was it a seemingly excruciating 58 degree summer night, but it was raining, it was windy, and the $120 tickets that we had purchased were still in the nose bleed section. He also played A LOT of his new stuff, except for his encore, where he played Ants Marching, So Much to Say, and Two Step (one of my favorites) which we agreed to listen to from the parking lot in an attempt to beat traffic. I’m making it sound like it was a miserable time — it wasn’t, and I had a lot of fun spending one-on-one time with my lovely, amazing sister… but the concert itself was not what I had expected. Then, about two months ago, my boyfriend and I hesitantly accepted an invitation to see them at the Izod Center in New Jersey with my dad and his woman friend Barbara, Barbara’s daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend.  I have to say, I am so happy I went.  It was an amazing concert, and I absolutely fell in love with every single song they performed from their most recent album, Away from the World, which was released this past September. The lighting/light shows throughout were spectacular, and the set list was flawless.

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I am also now completely hooked on this new album, considering it one of his best works. A masterpiece. My favorite song from the album is called “The Riff”. Check it out.

And a couple classics:

Not Just Your Average Teen Mom

With all the craziness going on in New York these past five days, I have had some serious down time. Luckily for me, I did not lose electricity or access to the interwebs, so I spent much of the two days confined to my Upper East Side apartment online, searching for cool,  new bands to write about. I came across one band on “We Are Hunted”, whose sound I found particularly interesting.

The band: Teen Mom; the song: “I Wanna Go Out”. Take a listen below.

The trouble is, now that I’m hooked on this song, I can’t find very much additional info on these guys. Only from their band Facebook page I learned that they’re currently in Washington, D.C.,  and its three members (Chris Kelly, Tom MacWright and Sean Dalby) came together when Kelly crashed MacWright and Dalby’s 4th of July party. They have been a band since March 2011. If you go to their website, you find it supplies limited information about the trio as well, but does give you a listen to another song called “You and Me”, which is also pretty rad.

So, Teen Mom – Reach out to Bask in the Music… We want to know (and hear) more!

Two Door Cinema LOVE

At some point a little over a month ago, I was in the midst of a revelation that I really need to do a better job acknowledging the non-American music of today, when I came across this band from Northern Ireland called Two Door Cinema Club. If you’re already deeply immersed into the hipster music scene, then you might be thinking that I’m a little behind on this personal discovery, but better late than never, right? I’ve been listening to their two albums non-stop ever since, and I just think they’re so rad. Their songs are incredibly catchy without being cliche — with quote-worthy lyrics, and guitar riffs that stick with you all day (in a good way), combined with their general quirky adorableness, Bask in the Music gives these guys two thumbs up. When you get a second, I suggest you check out their 2010 album, Tourist History, and their 2012 album, Beacon (both available on iTunes and Spotify).

 

Their newest single, “Sun”:

Also, don’t forget to watch them tonight on Conan O’Brien at 11:00 PM EST! YAY!

Smells Like Another Crappy Sitcom

With the exception of a very cliche’ “Kurt Cobain is rolling over in his grave, and then proceeding to dig his way out, find a gun, and shoot himself all over again”, I’m kind of at a loss for words.

According to Stereogum.com, CBS has officially green-lighted a new sitcom called Smells Like Teen Spirit, by the same people who bring us one of the most overrated shows on television, The Big Bang Theory. I’ve seen Big Bang a few times, and if I said I didn’t chuckle along with the laugh track (a.k.a. dead people) once or twice, I’d be lying. But why, Dave Goetsch? Why, oh why, did you have to go there?  Sure, the song “Smells Like  Teen Spirit” has been way over-commercialized as is–in fact, apparently Cobain got to a point where he despised playing it–but this just takes the insult to a whole other level.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the basic plot of the show will “[revolve] around an 18-year-old budding entrepreneur who forgoes Harvard and instead opts to launch a multibillion-dollar Internet company from his garage with the assistance of his sister, best friend and his 1990s indie-rock parents.”

So. Stupid.

The irony: If the parental characters in the show are, in fact, so “indie-rock” , they themselves would probably find the creation of a sitcom named after the grunge anthem of the 90s (and eternity) rather insulting… Conundrum!

Just incase you forgot, this is what “Teen Spirit” use to mean:

Doom and Gloom

At the beginning of September, the Stones announced that they would be releasing a greatest hits album, title: GRRR!, U.S. release date:  November 13, in celebration of their 50th anniversary.  Hardly an “album”, it will actually be available in a few different versions, including a three-CD 50 track version, and a four-CD 80 tracks version, and will act almost as a time machine, from their start to present day, with songs including “The Last Time”, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, “Get Off Of My Cloud”, “Jumping Jack Flash”, “Honky Tonk Women”, “Brown Sugar”, “Miss You” and “Start Me Up”.  It will also include two new songs, one of which was released today and entitled “Doom and Gloom”. Check out its brand new lyrics video here.

Now if only they would release some 2013 tour dates..

I Have Returned.

The Foo Fighters may be on hiatus, but I have officially returned from mine.

Hello blogisphere. I missed you.

It’s been a long three months, filled with concerts, festivals, beaching, “life organization”, and a splash of day job consumption. But I’m here now. And we have LOTS to catch up on. It blows my mind that despite my absence, my readership has continued to stay strong. I have received countless emails, messages, and face-to-face questions about my continuation of this blog that I hold so near and dear to my heart.  Well do not fret, because Bask in the Music isn’t going anywhere.

The past 3 months in pictures…

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…Peace out, Summer 2012. You rocked.

Helen Burns

Michael Balzary, or who we music folk know as “Flea”, released his first solo album yesterday.  I just had my first listen, and I’m still processing it, but it is purely phenomenal, and unlike anything you’d expect.  You can really hear his jazz-influenced background (and, in my opinion, some definite John Frusciante influence) shining throughout.  He tweeted a few days ago, “Helen Burns is not RHCP music, it is not funky, it is not normal songs… It is soundscapes I made on my own at home, it is mostly instrumental.”  It’s also fucking brilliant.

I’ve already tweeted the link, but in case you don’t follow me (which you should…) the album is available for download here, at numerous available prices – including the $0.00 option.  However, all proceeds go to funding for his Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non-for-profit which facilitates music education to local youths.  For more information on the organization, click here.