Friday, November 18, 2016

Friday Fix

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I hope everyone's been having a good week... or at least a better week than last week! It's time for the weekly run down!

Some songs I think you should listen to:
  1. Throwback Thursday Special:

Album of the week: Leonard Cohen, You Want It Darker

There are legends, and there are those who the legends call legends: Leonard Cohen was the latter. His final album, "You Want It Darker," is a perfect farewell to his fans and to anyone who describes themselves as a fan of music. It's a necessary jaunt through the Kubler-Ross stages of grief, and if you don't cry while listening to it, I'm not even sure I want to know you...

"You Want It Darker"

All the tracks shine, but the title track is one of the weightiest songs you'll ever put into your ear-holes. He was ready to go, even if we weren't ready to lose him. It's our fault (or at least mine) for waiting until he was gone to listen to it. If you're looking to get it on vinyl, I'd suggest going to Vinyl Me, Please. (While this is shameless product placement, they're not sponsors/advertisers of the site, and I'm just an enthusiastic customer who has used them to augment my vinyl collection with really cool and unique pressings.)

Shows coming up in DC in the next three months that you should go to, and I might go to:

Monday 11/21 - Lincoln Theatre - Ingrid Michaelson * - I'll be there
Tuesday 11/22 - Lincoln Theatre - Ingrid Michaelson
Saturday 11/26 - Warner Theater- Brian Setzer Orchestra
Tuesday 11/29 - Gypsy Sally's - Girls, Guns, and Glory * - I'll be there
Wednesday 11/30 - 9:30 Club - Starfucker * - I'll be there
Wednesday 12/7 and Thursday 12/8 - Fillmore Silver Spring - 94.7 FM Not So Silent Night (two days)
Wednesday 12/7 - Fillmore Silver Spring  - 94.7 NSSN Day 1: Mike Posner, Lindsey Stirling, and JoJo
Thursday 12/8 - Fillmore Silver Spring  - 94.7 NSSN Day 2: Third Eye Blind w. Wrable, The Rua
Thursday 12/8 - Birchmere - The Dan Band
Saturday 12/10 - Black Cat - Reverend Horton Heat
Sunday 12/11 - Hamilton Live - Edwin McCain
Monday 12/12 - Birchmere - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Thursday 12/15 - Birchmere - Carbon Leaf
Thursday 12/15 - 9:30 Club - Thievery Corporation
Sunday 12/18 - Fillmore Silver Spring - Lauryn Hill
Tuesday 12/20 - Hamilton Live - Los Lobos
Friday 12/23 - Hamilton Live - Virginia Coalition
Friday 12/23 - Fillmore Silver Spring - 80s and 90s Dance Party with DJ BIZ MARKIE!
Friday 12/30 - Hamilton Live - Old 97s * - I'll be there
Saturday 12/31 - Hamilton Live - Old 97s
Wednesday 1/4/17 - Hamilton Live - $20-25 - Cherry Poppin Daddies - WITH A DANCE FLOOR!
Thursday 1/12/17 - Echostage - Run the Jewels * - I'll be there
Friday 1/20/17 - Birchmere - Ricky Skaggs
Saturday 1/21/17 - Birchmere - Ricky Skaggs
Friday 1/27/17 - Howard Theatre - Ginuwine
Sunday 1/29/17 - Birchmere - Phil Vassar

Stations you should create this week:

1. Nickel Creek

If you like newer folk music, this band is for you. Having now gone their own separate ways to the Punch Brothers, Fiction Family, the Watkins Family Band, I'm With Her, Works Progress Administration, and so many more, this band is a perfect starting point to get into. As an added bonus, when you're perusing music videos or seeing him live in any of his current bands, there's nothing like the pure joy on Chris Thile's face when he treats his mandolin like a heavy metal axe. If you want to add variety to this station, just throw in the bands listed above, but honestly, this is a strong seed.

2. Warren Zevon

If you want the perfect seed artist to create a damn fine rock 'n' roll station, Warren Zevon is your man. This station will give you Springsteen, Tom Petty, Van Morrison, and so much more, but Zevon will shine through on this station, especially with "Lawyers, Guns, and Money," though the order in which he asks for them is pretty much the opposite order of usefulness when the shit has hit the fan. If you feel the need to add any seeds to this station, you are a bad person and should feel bad.

Thought of the week:

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

'Til next time... keep on listening, keep on singing, and keep live music alive.

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