Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Live review: Rob Thomas

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 2:38 PM

Rob Thomas with Carolina Liar and OneRepublic

Uptown Amphitheatre

Sept. 29, 2009

Photo by Jeff Hahne
  • Photo by Jeff Hahne

The Deal: Rob Thomas, lead singer of Matchbox Twenty, performs at Uptown Amphitheatre in support of his sophomore solo album Cradlesong. Opening acts include Carolina Liar and OneRepublic.

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Is it even worth the double-click?

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Admit it, there's no way you dropped thousands of dollars in the iTunes store for that massive music collection.

Unlike the past, where people visited download and BitTorrent sites anonymously like they were cruising for porn, the threat of getting letters saying you owe $1,000 dollars for downloading The Perculator probably aren't going to come.

That's cool. Already having the shame of owning that song and quite possibly Aqua's "Barbie Girl" in your library are bad enough, there's no need to pay a fine, but what's more, the new era in music has created a digital dilemma that completely changed the way we value music.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Homebrew preview

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 3:48 PM

CL Music Editor Jeff Hahne chats with a couple members of the local band Heywire, who will be a part of a FREE event dubbed so cooly Project: Homebrew. This FREE event, to be held at Neighborhood Theatre on Oct. 1, is comprised of a panel discussing local music in Charlotte, as well as a concert of select artists from Jeff Hahne's Homebrew Volume 3, a CD compilation of local music. And did we mention it's FREE?

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This week's new releases (9/29/2009)

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Here's a quick rundown of some of this week's new releases:

AFI Crash Love

Alice in Chains Black Gives Way to Blue

The Avett Brothers I and Love and You

Breaking Benjamin Dear Agony

Mariah Carey Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel

Cherry Poppin Daddies Skaboy JFK

Cherry Poppin Daddies Susquehanna

The Ettes Do you Want Power?

Will Hoge The Wreckage

Robert Earl Keen The Rose Hotel

Kris Kristofferson Closer to the Bone

Lynyrd Skynyrd God & Guns

Madonna Celebration

Paramore Brand New Eyes

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Avetts on Letterman

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 10:48 AM

The Avett Brothers were on the Late Show with David Letterman last night. Well done, guys!


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Monday, September 28, 2009

Kid 'N Play movies are STILL awesome!

Posted By on Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 10:56 AM

All it takes is a brief tweet and a hectic scramble to dig the remote out of the couch and the entire course of my day can change.

After a friend of mine recently tweeted, "Class Act is on BET," there went my afternoon.

Although BET is a network that I've literally put a time limit on for my daily viewing, if at all, any excuse to see a Kid 'N Play movie, pre-House Party 3 is still must see in 2009.

And why not? I mean lots of rappers have done movies, from the Fat Boys to Master P, to artists taking serious roles with Ice T, Ice Cube and Ludacris all trying to be all around entertainers but there is something about the perfect storm of time that allowed "Oh La Oh La Eh" and teal suits to be cool. It was something about wanting to watch people just have fun that's still strangely appealing.

The thing that was surprising about House Party, Class Act and House Party 2 is that they were actually good and culturally relevant. Other than after school special vibe of their anti-drug undertones, they had elementary plots, super simple, most times silly plots, but plots none the less. I'm no Matt Brunson but I don't know if movies like these could ever be made again. Who else could update the Charleston and make it cool now? Could any no name group be as funny as Full Force wanting to "kick their funky ass" and have the most memorable song in the movie?

Things started changing once the sequels started to get stale and rappers took their tough guy personas from the booth to the screen. The success of movies like State Property, Paid In Full and Shottas, all black cult classics and entertaining, may have just killed the days of rappers having a good time and kicking out a crappy but funny popcorn movie.

What happened to the rap comedy? I don't know if anyone has tracked the genre but it's been a long time since the success of movies like House Party & the Friday series. I Got The Hook Up wasn't very good and in later years you've pretty much seen all films attempting to be in this genre go straight to DVD or straight to Dollar stores nationwide.

Their music, which was front and center in all the movies, aside, Kid N Play left a cultural mark. People had those haircuts (look are a yearbook from the early 90's). Could Soulja Boy & Arab be Kid N Play circa 2009? They got the dance craze part down but probably not. But until the next duo with enough charisma and some acting chops come along, I'll settle for HBO2West viewings of Kid 'N Play movies at 2 in the morning and cranking the Funky Charleston with friends at old school parties.

Oh well, here's to the memories. (Hottest dance scene ever. Well after the era of big budget, precisely choreographed scenes in movies ended).

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Birthday songs you WANT to hear

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 2:07 PM

It's that time of year again. When your Facebook wall fills up and texts messages come from contacts you've long since deleted.

It's your birthday.

Whether you're the kind of person that counts down for months or the one that proceeds with business as usual, there's a ton of songs dedicated to special days, not just the crappy ones you hear at a kid's birthday party or Chili's. But unless someone's giving you the traditional "Happy Birthday" like Marilyn Monroe gave Kennedy, just avoid that 'gem' completely.

In honor of my 23rd birthday today, here's a list of birthday songs you actually want to hear.

"Happy Birthday" by Stevie Wonder

Let's face it, if you hear this version, nine times out of 10, you're black (or have a black co-worker). Even though the song and video were done for MLK's birthday and you haven't done nearly as much to impact the world, you can chop off all the weighty accomplishments in the lyrics and just bask in the chorus.

"Birthday" by The Beatles

If you're anything like me and went to school with kids whose parents fell all over themselves to be "cool mom" or "cool dad" this is the birthday classic for them. Once you get over it's corniness, you'll enjoy rockin as if you're one the cast of Full House and Jesse and the Rippers are doing a cover.

"It's Your Birthday" by Luke

Fun Fact: There aren't any curse words in this song AND the special birthday bonus here is, if you hear it on your birthday you're probably in a strip club or getting an lovely private party. Great thing about this video is this is exactly what I thought Miami was like until I saw the First 48. If your friends were true friends they'd make sure that there were girls in bikinis were in your driveway poppin and then more would jumped out of a van.

"Birthday Sex" by Jeremih

Would mean an awesome end to your special day (or any day for that matter).

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10-in-10 CD reviews

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 11:07 AM

Each Friday, we bring you 10-word reviews of 10 recently released CDs:

Janus Red Right Return — Straight-forward rock doesn’t reinvent the wheel for the genre.

Deadmau5 For Lack of a Better Name — Canadian electronic musician releases second album of annoying repetitive “tunes.”

Rufus Wainwright Milwaukee at Last — CD, DVD combine for the release of 23 live songs.

Mark Stuart and the Bastard Sons Bend in the Road — Influenced by Johnny Cash, but steeped in the deep South.

Mike Zito Pearl River — Guitar is at the front of this bluesy rocker’s album.

Kyp Malone Rain Machine — TV on the Radio guitarist releases an artful solo effort.

Porcupine Tree The Incident — Double-CD rock set goes between the Floydian and Toolian.

Jess Klein Bound to Love — Americana singer-songwriter’s acoustic album is steeped in Austin roots. (The Evening Muse on Sept. 26)

David Crowder Band Church Music — Christian band offer up 73 Godly minutes of spiritual rock.

The Elms The Great American Midrange — Indiana rockers have plenty of hooks on their fourth album.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

How do you trash talk a Grammy winner?

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 11:29 AM

For years, I avoided the unnecessary obsession of fantasy football, but when the opportunity to play in a league with one of my favorite producers came up, I jumped at the chance.

Needless to say, the competitive fire of a kid who played on a winless high school baseball team kicked in and now I'm not just happy to be playing. I want to win and 9th Wonder is my next victim!

Coming into Week 2 of our Fantasy Football season, my squad, The Mikey McFly's, are solid in second place to, you guessed it, 9th Wonder's Winston-Salem WonderBreads.

A Week 2 showdown between our leagues two best teams means only one thing for me. A lowly music contributor gets to trash talk a Grammy winner but what can I say to someone who has worked with Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, was one-third of Little Brother and actually gave me one of my first interviews when I was in college?

I mean, if you type in "9th" on Google he comes up third, behind only the 9th Amendment and 9th circuit [court] and I'm not even the top Mike McCray, thanks to some Pacific Northwest real estate agent, a guy in Charlotte who has an affinity for hitting on women and an obscure artist who released a record called "Bring Your Love Back" sometime in the '80s on Topflight Records.

In case you thought I was joking.
  • In case you thought I was joking.

But hey, this is football. I know football! I mean if it were Fantasy Crate Diggin' or Guess the BPM''s, I'd most assuredly lose but football, I'm sure I can pull that off. I have awards, too. Sort of. They are all journalism related, not a Grammy, but big shit to me.

Even ESPN's team breakdown says I should win. (Only by one category, we push at almost every position).

Hey, what do I have to lose? And if I do I'll just trash his school, North Carolina Central, and drown my sorrows in a Modelo on Sunday.

UPDATE: Apparently no digital intimidation of a Grammy award winner was needed as I walked away with the 166-137 Week 2 Fantasy football win and I'm currently the league leader.

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"I and Love and You" video released

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 11:17 AM

The Avett Brothers video for "I and Love and You" is finally up over at MySpace. Check it out!


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