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May
2014

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War on Drugs :: Fantastic Music Friday

On 16, May 2014 | No Comments | In Music | By Lindsey

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The name is definitely memorable. The music is just outstanding.

War on Drugs is a Philly band that a musically inclined friend of mine told me about a couple of years ago. Actually, she first gabbed endlessly about the group’s former partner Kurt Vile. ( for good reason) I first dove into Vile and, as always happens, I wanted everything he had done or anyone who was remotely associated with him. Thanks to that I discovered a band that just keeps putting out good music. In my far from sophisticated music words, War on Drugs has a big song 80’s vibe mixed with the best kind of Americana ( maybe a little Bruce Springstein, at times). Though, you’ll notice what is already a fantastic song from the beginning turns into something quite special a minute or so later. Just really special music.

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Lost in the Dream

“Under the Pressure “ from Lost in the Dream
The is one of the prettiest songs I’ve EVER heard. It’s just amazing.

“Suffering” from Lost in the Dream

“Disappearing” from Lost in the Dream
So lovely – just let it go

Slave Ambient

I Was There

Best Night

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18

Apr
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Voices – Phantogram :: Fantastic Music Friday

On 18, Apr 2014 | No Comments | In Music | By Lindsey

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I’m a Phantogram fan.
For me that means – If this electronic group makes music I’m studying it. Their second full length album, “Voices”, is now out ( for 3 months now ).
It’s cleaner and clearly more funds were put in the project. I like it. Their first album “Eyelid Movies” was just awesome. Check it all out.

Here’s the first single from “Voices”

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Mar
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Fantastic Music Friday :: Warpaint ::

On 07, Mar 2014 | No Comments | In Music | By Lindsey

 

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Women can make such creepy yet beautiful music.

Warpaint has always been my go to when I’m in a certain kind of mood, but, let’s see, how do I describe the mood I’m talking about. Maybe you are a bit aggravated, feel extra quiet, or would like to throw down a coffee mug or something, but think better of it because you happen to like the mug and don’t believe in waste? If that is you, on occasion, Warpaint is much better than breaking things you like. The band is either all female or almost all female. I don’t have enough time at the moment to get that 100 % straight, but there are enough women making the music that it’s appropriate to say – these are women who rock. Now, since I’m very season sensitive, I want to make sure I’m clear. These songs don’t scream spring. They really are later winter. With that said, don’t forget to spring forward before you go to bed Saturday night. xoxo

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Warpaint – Love is to die from the new album called Warpaint

I was thrilled to hear this. It’s really good. Really good. Different and still good.

All of the ones below are from Warpaint’s 2010 release – The Fool. It was a good buy. I enjoyed the whole album.

Warpaint – Undertow

Warpaint – Set your arms down

Get to 3:06 on this one. It has a nice musical surprise.

Warpaint – Shadows

I LOVE Shadows. I think it’s my favorite on the fool. It’s fantastic. It’s pretty and unexpected.

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21

Feb
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Fantastic Music Friday : Gardens & Villa

On 21, Feb 2014 | No Comments | In Music | By Lindsey

Incredibly thrilled with the latest music by Gardens & Villa.

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When I first heard Star Fire Power from 2011 I was intrigued, then, from that same self titled album,  Black Hills convinced me to buy the whole thing.

Now, they have a new album out, Dunes. Fresh out as of February 4th.

It’s wonderful! Where the self titled songs took a while to hit their full catchiness, these songs have a hook right when they start. Colony Glenn is an immediate crowd pleaser – Echosassy may be one of the best new songs I’ve heard in a long time. It’s a little dark, but keeps moving. Bullet Train is neat, too. Just to name a few.

They are from California. A state I’d love to be in at this moment. It’s sunny here today, but I’m dreaming of even warmer days.

Here’s the band’s twitter @gardensandvilla and instagram :: Enjoy!!

 

31

Jan
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Fantastic Music Friday — My Girl, Anita

On 31, Jan 2014 | No Comments | In Music | By Lindsey

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If it’s been a while since you’ve listened to Anita Baker, go ahead and turn her up, close your eyes and feel the smooth soul.

This is in honor of my mother. She drove back to South Mississippi yesterday and I didn’t want to see her go. I tried everything to convince her to stay another day. I even went this low, “Mom, you can see we need you.” The “we” being me along with cat and birds. She said I know and meant it, but still went home. Don’t be sad for me. She’d been here a week and a half! Lots of fun. I’ll just have to keep Anita as company. Mom introduced her to me as a tween. I was the only 13 year old with Anita playing through my earphones.

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22

Nov
2013

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Fantastic Music Friday / MGMT & 80’s Surprise

On 22, Nov 2013 | No Comments | In Music | By Lindsey

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This past Monday it seemed all of Memphis was abuzz with excitement over the Justin Timberlake concert. Whatever. I get it. Am I am a fan? No. It’s just not my kind of music. I didn’t like the backstreet boys either ( was that his boy-band?) Still, do I appreciate all the positive attention he brings Memphis? YES! Anyhow, I digress.

So, while everyone I know was putting on a bow tie I was thrilled and looking forward to seeing MGMT this saturday at the Orpheum. It’s my turn!! I’m even taking mom with me, who happens to have been in town with me all week. I doubt she stays interested in the show long, but it will no doubt be a fun evening downtown. This is hardly the fist time I’ve dragged her along to music shows.

I admit I drifted away from MGMT for the last two records. Still, Oracular Spectacular instantly takes me back to 2008. I was a young professional just starting my news career. I felt absurd and incompetent. What a time of high emotion and excitement. MGMT has released two other records since, and I’m sure after tomorrow I’ll look into them, but for now I’m eager to feel like it’s 2008 again. If you’ve never much listened to them, I’ve attached links below. They are good. Extremely impressive. Plus, member Andrew VanWyngarden is from Memphis. His dad is the editor of the Memphis Flier, what a cool dad. I don’t think this Memphis native Musician gets enough cred for being appreciated worldwide.

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Kids

Now, I asked my mother what she’d like me to include in Fantastic Music Friday since she’s here with me and happens to be a huge music person. She chose Captain of the Heart by the Swiss group Double ( Kurt Maloo), and I have to agree it’s excellent. I’ve always loved this one. If you don’t instantly know how the song goes just click on the link. You’ll remember it. The instruments, keys and melody will make you melt in the only way songs from the 80’s can. This one came out in ’86. What a nice year that was. Mom thinks he’s cute; I do too.

Captain of the Heart

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08

Nov
2013

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Fantastic Music Friday – Fleetwood Fun

On 08, Nov 2013 | No Comments | In Music | By Lindsey

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It’s right there with pumpkins and warm scented candles. Fleetwood Mac just screams leaves falling and cozy places plus maybe a little love in the air. ( hum, my fall association is interesting considering they are pure California)

In the last week and a half, Memphis has just exploded with color. Later today I’m visiting my boyfriend’s Georgia hometown to see how it turns in the fall!!

What’s your favorite Fleetwood song? I think right now mine is Sara.

Matt and I saw them last spring in Little Rock. What a “dream”

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Oct
2013

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Sharon Van Etten :: Fantastic Music Friday

On 18, Oct 2013 | No Comments | In Music | By Lindsey

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I love a lady who makes good / soulful music. Sharon Van Etten played the hi-tone last November. I was there to see someone else, but was just blown away. A mix of beautiful vocals, hard dark guitars, and songs that move in an original direction have made her a favorite. She’s the real deal. Also spent some time studying music at MTSU. TN connection for you and she happens to be beautiful. Enjoy. I love the album – Tramp – so much. The two YouTube links are for my two favorites :: Warsaw & Serpents.

TRAMP

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10

Oct
2013

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Small Black :: Fantastic Music Friday

On 10, Oct 2013 | No Comments | In Music | By Lindsey

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We’ve all fallen in love. Well, I’ve had two males cowardly tell me before that they don’t know how to love? Crazy liars. If you ask me the only thing close to as big as falling in love is falling in love with new music. It’s a similarly earth shattering / I’ve been reborn feeling. The more you hear the more you are convinced this is something a cut above just the one hot song you download. When it’s a whole portfolio of heart stealing music my heart dips.

This week it’s dipping for Small Black. The band has a new and second release out as of this past May. It’s lovely dream pop at its best, with moments of nice intensity. There is plenty of shine and sparkle to last you an entire evening, some even enter into the ballad realm, still plenty of sparkle with those as well.

Here’s a great one to give a go :: CLICK

Pay no mind to Pitchfork’s review, if you happen to run across it. The writer simply must have been in the middle of a bad day or writing reviews for the wrong genre.

Happy Friday. Feel free to celebrate my 30th birthday with me all weekend. The day of my birth is the 15th. I plan to listen to plenty of tunes, soak up the fall sunshine and enjoy a nice drink or two. Cheers to being alive!!!!!!

 

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Sep
2013

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Music for then & now :: Fantastic Music Friday

On 27, Sep 2013 | No Comments | In Music | By Lindsey

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Some tunes are season specific, like no Sade after Labor Day. I’m pretty strict with this as I’m very season sensitive. This last week has been a bit trying. I don’t want to let go of summer. It was that good. I started decorating my table to try and make the fall feelings start coming back. It’s just a slow start.

I’m thankful for music that works for both summer & fall, such as Kurt Vile’s newest Wakin on a pretty Daze. Turn it on and crank it up. Maybe with windows down!!!! That’s how I do it.

http://www.kurtvile.com/

Related :: Band, War on Drugs. Vile’s old band. Same multi season vibe.

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15

Jun
2013

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The Grenadines

On 15, Jun 2013 | No Comments | In Music | By Lindsey

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This Birmingham band was in Memphis last night.

They played at the Poplar Lounge. Not exactly room for a huge audience, but a great place for a band swinging through town that hasn’t developed a huge audience here.

I only knew them because their record was playing over the speaker at a record store in Birmingham when Matt and I were there last month. The first song came on and we both looked at each other and said, “Do we know this?” I guess we think we should know all good music. We hadn’t heard it and it had a great electro, dancey sound. Sounded like it could have been old. Turns out it was the Grenadines. The singers are married. She is adorable. Long pretty blond hair and pale skin. Plus, she knows how to use it. The perfect female front person. I’ve loved the whole record. I also like that this is a great southern indie band that isn’t following in the footsteps of the only southern music that seems to get hype. Music like the Alabama Shakes. They are fine if that’s your style. It’s not mine so I like to see this sound being made, too. Check it out! Lots of good loud guitar, slight 90’s sound and some electro. WIN WIN

Oh yea they are playing at Proud Larry’s tonight (saturday)

Us at Charlemagne Music – think the formal name is record exchange

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12

Jun
2013

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No plans!! Pick Music

On 12, Jun 2013 | No Comments | In Music | By Lindsey

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If I didn’t need 7/8 hours of sleep before anchoring the morning news, I would see local natives tonight at Minglewood Hall. A mix of cool sounds and a loveliness. The kind of touring bands we must support to keep them stopping through Memphis. Enjoy while I snooze.

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May
2013

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My VOICE love note

On 29, May 2013 | No Comments | In Music | By Lindsey

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It’s been a crazy – fun ride. My news director’s request that I follow Memphis contestants on The Voice at first sounded crazy. I don’t typically watch these talent type shows, plus my music taste is fully developed, but not exactly suitable for popular interest. Turns out it wasn’t hard, though.

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I got so wrapped up in our Memphis singers. Pictured above are our last two.

Kris Thomas who made it in the top 10. Eliminated last week.

Sarah Simmons getting in the top 8. Eliminated last night, Tuesday.

We started out with four Memphis singers: Sarah, Kris, Patrick Dodd and Grace Askew. Pictured below.

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This coverage totally changed my schedule –

My boss sent me all the way to Los Angeles to cover Kris & Sarah. I had the time of my life there. Not only was LA just beautiful, but we were in the middle of it all. Even on the red carpet doing live interviews that aired here in Memphis!! How cool!! Now I know why everyone wants to move out west.

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I was very shocked that the combination of Sarah and Judith Hill went home last night because I do think both are stronger singers with more unique voices than Holly, who was saved, but then again, it is a tv show, and I’ve learned that country music fans really vote for their favorites.

The only good news from this is that I’ll get a lot more sleep now. For the last month, I’ve anchored my normal morning show ( in at 3:30 am ) and also went back to the studio to cover the voice live on the 10 pm news on Monday & Tuesdays, after the performances. Great idea and I loved it, but man am I sleep deprived.

Returning to my normal 8 pm bedtime will be so refreshing!!!

Can’t wait for Sarah to get home and talk to her about the voice since she was there as the competition got even tighter. Who does she think will take it all? I’m betting on 16 year old country singer, Danielle Bradbery. Her songs blow up on iTunes every week and she’s just so stinking adorable.

My favorite remaining singer, though, is the quirky Michelle Chamuel. She’s authentic and totally being herself. While in LA she and I talked indie rock instead of voice stuff. She even later emailed me to ask my current favorite bands. Real deal cool. I mean she wears menswear pants with plain old black loafers. Legit.

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Plus, on YouTube she has these homemade electronic mixes. Though, don’t mistake the quirkiness as a coverup for lower talent. She has a fantastic voice.

That’s the voice for me. I’ll miss texting back & forth with Sarah and her momma. I adore that woman. Plus, that Kris Thomas. What a class act. Can’t wait to track Kris & Sarah!! Thanks to the both of them for bringing me/our viewers along for the ride and trusting me.

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28

May
2013

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Paul Sings To Us in Memphis

On 28, May 2013 | No Comments | In Music | By Lindsey

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It was a last minute decision. Not because I don’t love the Beatles, have amazing memories of loving them as a kid and then loving their older stuff as a teen, instead I put it off because I just didn’t want to ruin my idea of Paul McCartney. I’ve managed to keep this vision of him as a 30 something. Scruffy beard and walking with the other handsome guys.

I wasn’t interested in anything that would ruin that. Plus, I’d already seen Elton and Fleetwood Mac this spring, so my legends concert budget was getting kinda low/empty.

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My inner self ended up winning and the idea of missing my one chance to see a beatle perform live won. Jason Miles, who is one of my closest Memphis friends and also a colleague, and I managed to get our hands on some pretty decent tickets. Sure they were way up there, but we are on the aisle, and at the very bottom of our terrace level, straight in front of the stage. I’ve been in seats all around the forum, these are the best yet.

He was just wonderful. The songs from the early 60’s made me tear up a little and smile, while those from the late 60’s, the ones I most love, were just rockin. During Live and Let Die they let out these massive explosions that sent the amazing smelling smoke scent into the forum. I’ve always liked that smell. Freaky Lindsey.

Maybe that’s why I almost passed out the next morning during the news. Hum…. Read last post for the unfortunate details.

Paul was adorable. He has seen so much and done so much. His on stage personality was light, funny, and playful. He did these adorable little jigs between songs and couldn’t stop pulling up his sagging pants. My, the things noticed when there are thousands of eyes on a person.

When not glued to his sagging pants, It was hard to take my eyes off the video that ran during the concert. It had pictures of Paul with John, George, and Ringo. Pics of Paul as a daddy, with Wings, when they were all young and when they were close to no more. It was a very touching night. Touching because of all the history and because of all the personal history I have associated with the music (yes – it is possible to have been born in 80’s and still live through the songs), but also because I could watch all the people around me doing the same. The music will be beautiful forever and personal to so many.

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My favorite background was for Back in the USSR. As a Russophile, I can’t help but enjoy all the scenes.

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I got a good laugh when I saw these four during the show. They were so excited!! It was a long, three hour plus, concert and they stood at the very top of the nose bleeds the whole show!

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28

May
2013

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Paul Sings To Us in Memphis

On 28, May 2013 | No Comments | In Music | By Lindsey

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It was a last minute decision. Not because I don’t love the Beatles, have amazing memories of loving them as a kid and then loving their older stuff as a teen, instead I put it off because I just didn’t want to ruin my idea of Paul McCartney. I’ve managed to keep this vision of him as a 30 something. Scruffy beard and walking with the other handsome guys.

I wasn’t interested in anything that would ruin that. Plus, I’d already seen Elton and Fleetwood Mac this spring, so my legends concert budget was getting kinda low/empty.

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My inner self ended up winning and the idea of missing my one chance to see a beatle perform live won. Jason Miles, who is one of my closest Memphis friends and also a colleague, and I managed to get our hands on some pretty decent tickets. Sure they were way up there, but we are on the aisle, and at the very bottom of our terrace level, straight in front of the stage. I’ve been in seats all around the forum, these are the best yet.

He was just wonderful. The songs from the early 60’s made me tear up a little and smile, while those from the late 60’s, the ones I most love, were just rockin. During Live and Let Die they let out these massive explosions that sent the amazing smelling smoke scent into the forum. I’ve always liked that smell.

Maybe that’s why I almost passed out the next morning during the news. Hum…. Read last post for the unfortunate details.

Paul was adorable. He has seen so much and done so much. His on stage personality was light, funny, and playful. He did these adorable little jigs between songs and couldn’t stop pulling up his sagging pants. My, the things noticed when there are thousands of eyes on a person.

When not glued to his sagging pants, It was hard to take my eyes off the video that ran during the concert. It had pictures of Paul with John, George, and Ringo. Pics of Paul as a daddy, with Wings, when they were all young and when they were close to no more. It was a very touching night. Touching because of all the history and because of all the personal history I have to the music (yes – it is possible to have been born in 80’s and still live through the songs), but also because I could watch all the people around me doing the same. The music will be beautiful forever.

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My favorite background was for Back in the USSR. As a Russophile, I can’t help but enjoy all the scenes.

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I got a good laugh when I saw these four during the show. They were so excited!! It was a long, three hour plus, concert and they stood at the very top of the nose bleeds the whole show!

 

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