Sunday, September 28, 2014

I'm Calling Bullshit!!:The U.S. Forest Service Wants to Fine You $1,000 for Taking Pictures in the Forest - Esquire

The U.S. Forest Service Wants to Fine You $1,000 for Taking Pictures in the Forest - Esquire: "THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE WANTS TO FINE YOU $1,000 FOR TAKING PICTURES IN THE FOREST
The Forest Service oversees 193 million acres of wilderness. In a month, you won't be able to take a picture in them without getting a fine -- even if the new rules are unconstitutional."

Yes, you read that right, and you should read the whole article.
Yes, I know  I say I want to keep politics out of the site and station...but there has always been a caveat: When peoples' rights are in question.
This is complete and utter bullshit.
In case you hadn't noticed the only commercials we are currently running are for this very group.
"Discover the Forest-just don't take pictures!!"
I wish I didn't have to run commercials but I have always been thankful that the good folks at Radio Loyalty give me the option of running ads that I feel are both beneficial to the listener and socially responsible.....this just pisses me the fuck off.
I'd love to hear from you about this and likewise I will post updates.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Oh My...NEW Sarah Borrello - "Stories" via Soundcloud....and I Gloat a Little over Kongos...

So, I have said on more than one occasion that we don't (and can't) compete with other music blogs for being the "first" to discover artists.
Stereogum, Pitchfork, Consequence of Sound,  Some Kind of Awesome ,(and many others).....we can't beat them to the punch on a regular basis.
That being said, as someone who gets one of the biggest thrills in life with sharing something great with others who might enjoy it?
Sometimes we do.
....It's a pretty awesome feeling.
Even if you don't know it yet.

Less than a year ago I met a couple who saw Kongos play at a small club in Los Angeles.
I was bummed because I couldn't go and I knew it was probably going to be the last chance to see them in a small club.
Google them and see what the last few months have brought them.
We've been playing them for over two years.

Then there is Sarah Borrello.
I posted this on 4/06/12.
You can go through our archives and see how many times I have posted about her.

What first struck me was the power and soul of her voice. As she has matured (at an increasingly rapid rate) one of the things she is excelling at is being powerful while restraining the power of her voice. She has control of it. She can belt out a Zepplin tune, but she can also do what I am about to post a Soundcloud link to below.
Her lyrics are personal and can be as strong as her voice.
Yesterday's post was about much the same thing in regards to Norah Jones.
From a past email or two I know that Ms. Borrello is sensitive about new, rough demos so I am just going to direct you to her Souncloud link for the song.
I try not to gush too much about the things I nerd-out on but she is something special.
Whether she becomes a huge star or just keeps cranking out great music in relative obscurity, if you are music-lover, keep her on your radar.

Sarah Borrello- "Stories"

Part of me can't wait for a full studio-treatment....part of me thinks this is perfect just the way it is.
I am a sucker for studio background-noise....especially for the sound of a cord getting jacked-in at the beginning.


P.S. Kat, we still miss you every day.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Quick Post: Norah Jones - "After the Fall" is an Example of a Perfect Song...

In this post almost two years-ago I gushed about this song.
Interestingly enough, today, I was in almost the same place, at almost the same time, on yet another Saturday when it came on (this time) my station.
My opinion still stands.
This song is just perfect.
I'm not saying  it is the best song ever, I am just saying that if you were teaching a class on how to write, arrange, produce, record, and perform a song you could use this as an example.
I described it as being hit by a velvet truck.
I stand by those words.
To prove it is a great song, here is the studio version and a very raw version from Letterman.
Where the studio version shows the beauty of the arrangement to compliment Jones' voice and the lyrics, the live version showcases not only Jones' voice, but the soul that went into the lyrics.
Watch her face as she sings.
This song just guts me every time I hear it.
Cheers! Enjoy!

Kat, we still miss you every day and we alway will.