Monday, January 23, 2006

Hello Mates

Well, Saturday night saw Sherman's return to the club scene. Jazzanova was in town to spin at the Baltic Room. Sherman was very excited to be once again gracing the Baltic Room with his presence and seeing some of his favorite folks spin. Well, to make this short and sweet, very disappointed. That's where I will leave it. Not the night I expected at all. A few dance worthy numbers, but overall disappointing. 'Nuff said.

Now to the new Mates of State release. Bring it Back is their debut release for local indie label Barsuk Records. A very impressive release from this husband-wife duo. Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel have had quite a year. They have made the best album, to date, of their career and have a new baby, Magnolia. This pair left Polyvinyl Records in the hopes of reaching more listeners with their latest album. A smart move. Their enthusiastic brand of pop music is irresistible! The track "Fraud in the 80's" is infectious. Sherman is still bopping his little head with this one. "Like U Crazy" is a sweet little number that just oozes charm. "What It Means" is borderline anthemic! This release will garner them the attention they deserve! If you get a chance to see them live, do it. The fact that these two are still together, still in love and making great music together is a treat to behold. Could they BE any cuter? Upcoming shows:
7 Feb
SYRACUSE, NY [ Underground of Schine Student Center ]
10 Feb
NEW YORK, NY [ Webster Hall ]
9 Mar
HOUSTON, TX [ Engine Room ]
10 Mar
DALLAS, TX [ Gypsy Tea Room ]
11 Mar
AUSTIN, TX [ Emo's ]

Mylo update. His doctor's have told him not to commit to any live dates until at least the end of February and that is dependent on his condition. At this time, the virus he contracted has resulted in hearing damage that is not improving. His latest release Destroy Rock & Roll will drop in the States on February 7th as scheduled. Everyone send good thoughts Mylo's way!!!

UK based New Music Express is reporting a Massive Attack Best of Collection out March 27th in the UK. Collected will be a greatest hits collection for the group and a special edition of the disc will include a DualDisc containing all of their videos to date. Expect a new single from the group on March 13th in the UK. "Live With Me" will include vocals from Terry Callier. A European tour of gigs and festival dates will be announced shortly. The group is currently working on their 5th album. Let's hope it's a bit better than the last.

Don't forget to check out Beth Orton on Letterman tomorrow night. She will be performing her latest single, "Conceived" . Also, read the interview in this month's Harp magazine. Great info on her latest release and the struggles after Daybreaker.

Rumor has it the Smashing Pumpkins will be launching a comeback reunion of sorts at this year's Coachella Music Festival. Wonder if it has anything to do with the poorly received solo release from Billy Corgan. Poor guy doesn't even have a website anymore. If you need a good chuckle, head over to Coachella's forum boards. Funny to read all the guesses people make about a lineup this year. Lots of angry folks not willing to shell out money until they know who's playing. Can't say I blame them, but they've never let us down. I thinks it a chance worth taking. I have had many a good time in the past. (Love the attached photo!) Don't forget tomorrow night's sneak peak of Coachella the movie. The film consists of 2 hours of the best performances of the last 6 years!

Today's Guilty Pleasure is one that Sherman picked purely by accident this morning. As I placed him into my backpack, he started playing "Easy" by the Commodores. What a favorite of mine!! That song is pure heaven. Lionel wrote it with the hopes of crossing over to the pop and country charts. It went to #1 on the R & B charts and #4 on the pop! Their version never quite made it over to the country charts, but was covered by several country artists (Jimmie Rodgers, Barry Kaye, Bobby Wood). A radical departure from their funkier side, this was the start of something for Lionel Richie whose ballad career was just starting. The 45 is still floatin' around my house somewhere. Sherman dedicates this song to JN & ES (you know why!).

Know it sounds funny
But I just can't stand the pain
Girl I'm leaving you tomorrow
Seems to me girl
You know I've done all I can
You see I begged, stole
And I borrowed

Sherman has discovered the coolest thing he's seen in quite awhile, something he could even use. Finger sized dance pads for Playstation's Dance Dance Revolution game!! How brilliant is this??? Can't you just see him??

Remember "if pandas spun records"?? Well how about if dogs did??!! Think about it.


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