I've been thinking a lot about the Arkin op-ed on civility in debate and the deep, deep chasm of our partisan divide and it's made me a little sad. So forgive the use of a song that Chevy has already overplayed, but I want to focus on some positive thinking tonight.
Joni Mitchell has always been a favorite of mine. Her work has the same relevance now that it did when she wrote them in her 20s, and the subsequent years have only brought more poignance to her lyrics. Case in point: listen to her sing "Both Sides Now" at the Tribute to Joni Mitchell in 2000:
So here's your challenge tonight: Your challenge--if you choose to accept it--is to link a classic song that you feel gains more resonance or poignancy from the passage of time.
(guest blogged by Howie Klein. He's been really doing a dynamite job on the LNMC.)
Today Talla 2XLC is one of the biggest international djs in the world. When I first met him in a small town near Frankfurt he was running an independent industrial music label, playing music at a dance club under a runway at the Frankfurt Airport-- I once spent a New Years Eve there-- and playing in a hard core electro band called BiGod 20 these guys! Listen to the first single we released by the band and then enter the Crooks & Liars Tuesday Night Industrial Contest. Just tell us what your favorite 5 industrial songs of all times are (and why). The best list wins a 4-DVD set of PUNKY BREWSTER (SEASON THREE)-- 22 episodes. Send your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org/
Before I was a blogger, I was a rock journalist in San Francisco and that led me to start my own indie label in the late 70s, 415 Records. Lester Bangs was visiting me one day and I was showing him around town. He kept drinking and by the end of the day he was falling down drunk and I was carrying him. He was big, too.
It was late afternoon when we passed the Mabuhay Gardens, the local punk joint and I was surprised and happy to see it was open. I dragged Lester in and put him down on a chair. Nes Aquino, the owner, was auditioning a band which had never played before. They were spectacular and I did something I never did before or after; I walked up to them when they were done playing and offered them a record deal. I hooked them up with David Kahne and they recorded ItsACondition. Eventually all the major labels offered to buy 415 to get the band, Romeo Void. You've probably heard their big hit, Never Say Never (produced by Rik Ocasek while they were touring) but tonight I thought I'd spring a less well-known song on you, "Say No."
We haven't done a contest in over a week. I have a good one for you. The prize is a deluxe 4-CD box set (plus a bonus DVD), THERE IS A SEASON by The Byrds. There are 99 tracks, including 5 that have never been previously issued. To win it, rewrite the paragraph I just used to introduce Romeo Void but show me you know more about everything than I do. Send your entry to email@example.com (guest blogged by Howie)
So your challenge tonight is an easy one-- but one that will guarantee the highest quality Music Club--please post links to music and/or artists that changed everything. What in your opinion are the seminal albums of rock?
Having grown up in New Orleans, Harry Connick, Jr. is an iconic product of a city famous for its rich musical history. His new release, Oh, my Nola, is the endearing ode to the rebirth of his hometown and the bright spirit of her people. The album is an impressive collection of classic songs associated with the city and her culture, and also features four original compositions. Sony BMG Music Entertainment and Harry Connick, Jr. proudly sponsor the New Orleans Habitat Musicians Village.
Happy birthday, Justin Timberlake. I'm sure someone would like to hear one of your songs on the occasion of your 26th birthday.
But not me.
It's also Franz Schubert's birthday; he was born in 1797 (and died in 1828). Unlike Justin, Schubert's work went unrecognized and unrewarded while he lived. In fact, he lived and died in poverty, a music teacher to the children of a Hungarian aristocrat. Justin, on the other hand... well, you know. Anyway, you think Schubert didn't rock? Watch an episode or two of the historic British documentary about a concert of his most famous work, "The Trout" Quintet, by a pick up team of legendary classical superstars, Itzhak Perlman, Daniel Barenboim, Jacqueline Du Pré, Zubin Mehta and Pinchas Zukerman.