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Song of the Week:  Frightened Rabbit “Death Dream”

This is a BOTC exclusive, as FR just realesed this track  a few hours ago.  From the band:

“This is the start of letting go. We’re incredibly excited to give you the first listen to track one from Painting Of A Panic Attack. The song is called “Death Dream”. It seemed like an appropriate place to begin, as it was from this song that the album title was taken. The title, as with the song, is intended as a beautiful depiction of something horrific. The kind of thing you can’t stop looking at, or perhaps listening to, even though it’s rather painful at times. I’ll leave it at that for now.”

Enjoy

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#Throwback Thursday Paul Simon Obvious Child 

It’s been almost 25 years since Paul Simon performed his last Central Park Concert. Just 10 years after Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel held their reunion show in Central Park, Simon would perform this show solo. Garfunkel was somewhat perturbed by not being invited to perform and left NYC for the night of the show.

Simon was celebrating nearly 40 years in the biz and the rebirth of his career following the success of his two smash hit albums Graceland and The Rhythm of the Saints. The park was packed with approximately 100,000 fans and Simon did not disappoint, playing hits that spanned his entire career. This concert is available to stream/purchase and is still a great listen. Mayor Dinkins introduces Simon to the crowd and the lead track is infectious. Here’s looking back at a great concert and a very underrated Paul Simon tune, Obvious Child.

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Grammys Recap & Lady Gaga David Bowie Tribute

The 2016 Grammys, like any award show, had its ups and downs. Highlights included Jackson Browne performing with The Eagles to pay tribute to Glenn Frey, Justin Bieber (yes Justin Bieber), Kendrik Lamar rapping at warp speed, a live performance of Hamilton, and James Bay with Tori Kelly.

As for the lowlights, Adele was probably the biggest shock of the night as she sounded off key, flat, and had a myriad of audio issues that made the whole performance a complete train wreck. The combo of Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry and a mix of former GnR members in The Hollywood Vampires made for the WTF moment of the night. While Pitbull closed out the night by taking Chaka Demus & Pliers 1993 reggae hit Murder She Wrote, and “made” a new song by changing the lyrics “I know this little girl her name is Maxine” to “I met her in the back of a taxi” truly groundbreaking musicianship.

The saving grace of the night was without question Lady Gaga paying tribute to David Bowie. Lady Gaga continues to prove to everyone  that she is a once in a lifetime talent. From Superbowl national anthems, Tony Bennett duets, or pure pop Lady Gaga does not miss the mark. Her mashup of David Bowie’s career was as entertaining as one would expect. She combined effects, robot keyboards, great choreography, Nile Rodgers, and some cool costumes to create the perfect David Bowie tribute. I definitely believe no other artist could have pulled off this performance by themselves. For all the Bowie genres throughout his career, Gaga did them all justice. In case you missed it, here is Lady Gaga’s one for the ages David Bowie tribute.

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Song of the Week:  Kevin Morby “I Have Been to the Mountain”

It’s nice to have former Woods member, Kevin Morby, back on our SOTW for first time since 2014. “I Have Been to the Mountain” is song with significant depth, musically and lyrically.  Initially a high tempered acoustic jam, the song then gets layered throughout.  Pairs nicely to Morbys lyrics that originally set a simple statement, but becomes much more soulful as the track rolls on.

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The Corrs – Concert Review – Glasgow – January 26 2016

To misquote Primal Scream: “On this website you will read gospel, and rhythm and blues, and jazz, and ’90s Celtic girlie pop.”
Are we doing this? Yes, we are! It’s The Corrs at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro.

Back in the ’90s The Corrs slotted somewhere between the cartoonish commercialism of The Spice Girls and the studied grungieness of All Saints (aka Mrs Liam Prodigy and ex-Mrs Liam Oasis plus two other chicks).

However, they weren’t your average girl band. One of them was a bloke, for a start. (more…)

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#Throwback Thursday – Van Morrison – Sweet Thing

You would be hard pressed to find a more perfect album than Van Morrison’s 1968 masterpiece Astral Weeks. The combination of folk, jazz, rock and Celtic influences mixed with Van’s signature vocal styling a create a beautiful sound, uniquely Morrison’s own. Hands down my favorite song from Astral Weeks is the classic track, Sweet Thing. As with any Van Morrison song, having the lyrics helps, check them out below. True poetry from Van the Man.

Sweet Thing Lyrics (more…)

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Bruce Springsteen – Concert Review – MSG – January 29 2016

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band at Madison Square Garden, it doesn’t get any better than this! Bruce is currently touring in celebration of the 35th anniversary of his 1980 double album, The River. The River has always been an album I liked, but I was never completely familiar with all the tracks. Gearing up for the show, I made an effort to change that. For the past week or so, I’ve been listening to The River non stop. The only regret I have is I wish I had done this a long time ago. Once I got past the big hits from The River (Hungry Heart, Out In The Street, The River) I realized three things, 1. I know a lot of these songs 2. What an idiot I’ve been for not listening to this album more 3. Damn this is good.

Bruce Springsteen is arguably the most influential American artist since Bob Dylan. His influence reaches far and wide, as he has inspired scores and scores of artists over the years. He also serves as the patron Saint of New Jersey. Bruce is the epitome of someone that has stayed true to his roots. Just ask people along the Jersey Shore about their own Bruce Springsteen stories. Whether he stopped in a wedding hall to say hi to newlyweds, joined a band on stage at a local watering hole, or was just seen hanging at the beach minding his own business. Bruce has always been “one of us” and that bond makes him so much more endearing to everyone in NY/NJ than anywhere else in the world. You might be a huge Springsteen fan from Chicago, but make no mistake he is ours, and his lyrics just connect more intensely with us. Whether you are sitting in traffic on the Garden State Parkway or drinking in a bar in Midtown, when Bruce comes on you get a sense of pride that you are listening to “the good kid” from the neighborhood that made it. Springsteen will always be ours, the rest of the country can have John Mellencamp. (more…)