(warwick saint for i-d, 3/99)
I just can’t listen to enough music these days. I’ve also been doing a lot of DJing for my office mates at work. From time to time, we have what we call Power Hours in which I pick (or take a request for) a specific musician/band. We then listen to that artist for as long is left in the day, or until the Power Hour reaches another such natural conclusion. A few of our recents that quickly come to mind are Tina Turner, Ella Fitzgerald, The Brian Ferry Orchestra The Jazz Age and Elvis Presley. It makes for a good time.
Meanwhile, I’ve also been building my own rotation:
I know that I have posted about Tinariwen before, but this video deserves another shout out. I found this video while searching on Youtube the other day and I was transfixed. Tinariwen and the dudes from TV on the Radio organized a desert jam session. The two bands spent 8 days in Mali recording their album Tassili. Watching this makes me want to travel again – something I didn’t think I would say for a very long time.
Enjoy your weekend!
I called in a favor and asked Deke to please send some music your way (and by your, I mean my). He responded with nothing short of sunshine. Press play and get epic.
I was walking through my new Silver Lake neighborhood in LA, when I stumbled upon the wall that Elliott Smith stood against in his Figure 8 album. It was shocking. I used to love that album deeply and tenderly. I listened to it so much that I feel like it is part of my DNA code somewhere.
I remember when I was in college and found out that he was dead. It was devastating. It felt as if a whole piece of my identity was gone forever. As soon as I got home from my walk, I listened to the whole thing again. It sounds different to me for some reason – maybe a bit happier or maybe that is just me. I suggest you get down on this amazingness.
“I liked the idea of a self-contained, endless pursuit of perfection. But I have a problem with perfection. I don’t think perfection is very artful. But there’s something I liked about the image of a skater going in this endless twisted circle that doesn’t have any real endpoint. So the object is not to stop or arrive anywhere; it’s just to make this thing as beautiful as they can.” -Elliott Smith on Figure 8
It is Friday and I am feelin’ funky. Are you?If not, here are some beats to get you in the mood for the weekend!
Pied Piper of Ann Arbor: Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1950
March is upon us and to get it started, I’ve got a slightly random selection of old music that is sounding so good to me these days. I hope you’ll agree.
Today we decided to follow up last Valentine’s Day playlist of songs we love with a vol. II (you can revisit last year’s here). Sending you all lots of love today and always.
You can check out the rest of our music archive here.
We’re so psyched for tomorrow night when our little brother is having his first solo art exhibition. If you’re in NYC, come by and say hello! The evening will include a 1-hr Monster Rally performance.
Check out Teddy’s art here & music here (and below).
It is about to get real real in here! Today, we have a perfect mix for your wintery weekend brought to you by our amazing friend, Dave. I am pretty excited about this one because I have always liked Dave’s playlists and this one was made especially for us at Sister Disco. So, enjoy the tunes, people.
Dave is the founder and president of The Digital Music Club. Check out more of his, and many others, playlists here.
Last weekend I had the strange pleasure of attending a live screening of the Metropolitan Opera‘s matinee performance of Aida in Columbus, Ohio. The whole experience was actually pretty cool. The Metropolitan Opera does live screenings of its performances In movie theaters throughout the country. It was kind of funny to be watching the opera from a movie theatre, but the experience was truly lovely and unique. If you are interested in the Met Opera’s live screenings across the country, check it out here.
(Image found via Pinterest)
If only I were that warrior!
If only my dream might come true!
An army of brave men with me as their leader
And victory and the applause of all Memphis!
And to you, my sweet Aida,
To return crowned with laurels,
To tell you: for you I have fought,
For you I have conquered!
Heavenly Aida, divine form,
Mystical garland of light and flowers,
You are queen of my thoughts,
You are the splendour of my life.
I want to give you back your beautiful sky,
The sweet breezes of your native land,
To place a royal garland on your hair,
To raise you a throne next to the sun.
Watch Luciano Pavarotti’s performance of this song here.