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Yahoo! Live: YES at the SAN JOSE CIVIC

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Not the droid you’re looking for.

I watched YES stream from the San Jose Civic on Yahoo! Live featuring the somewhat ragtag combo of Jon Davison (vocals) and Geoff Downes (keyboards) joining YES regulars Alan White, Chris Squire and thy lord Steve Howe.  (Worship no guitar players before Steve Howe.  Amen.)

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"The Final Countdown" by Europe (music review)

After discussing “The Final Countdown” by Europe with my buddy, I decided to take a deeper look into the lyrics and the music video. Read the rest of this entry

You know you’re old when you have to Google to figure out what "Weird Al" Yankovic is parodying

I am sorta wishing I had a 12 year old kid right about now – their friends could taunt my imaginary child with such jabs as “Your Daddy’s so old he has to do a Google search to figure out what “Weird Al” Yankovic is parodying!” (In response to which I imagine the other kids would shout, “Oh snap!” but probably not, because it’s not the 1990s anymore.) This seems to be official confirmation that I’ve let pop culture pass me by, and this message comes from “Weird Al” Yankovic… who is twenty years my senior. Read the rest of this entry

Talk – a YES album music review

I haven’t broken out Talk in a long time. This was the 1994 effort by one of my favorite all time groups, YES, featuring Chris Squire, Alan White, Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Tony Kaye, which was the approximate lineup for the group from the early 80s to the mid 90s. For some reason, of the four albums from this period, this one sticks out to me in a way I struggle to articulate, but I’m gonna try. Read the rest of this entry

YES, Syd Arthur live at Radio City Music Hall July 9, 2014 (music review)

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photo by Dr. Girlfriend

As one would gather from the title, we saw both YES and Syd Arthur live at Radio City Music Hall this past July 9th. I’m something of a YES Head – I have almost all of their studio albums (I don’t have the most recent two because of a reason I’ll explain shortly) and most of the live albums as well as several of the concert DVDs. This is a band that by and large not only knows what I want, but their music is so interesting, I can listen to it a million times over and still be fascinated. On this tour, they’re describing their set list simply as playing two of their most popular albums in entirety as well as a few greatest hits and some new material. There’s an issue with the current lineup (again, explanation coming shortly) that almost kept me away from the show, but I haven’t seen these guys in person in… maybe 10 years, so it was time to revisit with one of my all time favorite bands. Read the rest of this entry

The Drumming of Andrea Vadrucci aka Vadrum (Attention Must Be Paid)

The Drumming of Andrea Vadrucci is something I’ve been enjoying for many years and I’m ashamed at how long it’s taken me to finally do an Attention Must Be Paid on the one known as Vadrum. Read the rest of this entry

"Spring Break Anthem" by The Lonely Island is the best new song I've heard in a while

It’s rare that one song can accomplish so much all at once, but that’s exactly what The Lonely Island’s "Spring Break Anthem" has achieved. Read the rest of this entry

what's this song called? a jazz standard name search

Long story short, I’m trying to find out the name to a specific jazz tune, but I’m having no luck Do you know this melody? Help a brotha out!

Jim Carrey sings “I Am The Walrus” while George Martin looks on, does nothing to stop it

I didn’t bother to look up why this happened: Jim Carrey covered “I Am The Walrus” with Beatles producer George Martin helping out. I’m just going to let this exist and not ponder why.

It goes exactly the way you’d expect it to. Hey, it’s Jim Carrey doing Jim Carrey stuff. If you let that dude in the room, he’s going to do what he does. It’d be like hiring Al Pacino and then complaining he yells all the time. Read the rest of this entry

"Too Close" by Next (what in the hell is this song about, anyway?)

"Too Close" was released in 1997 by Next. It’s got a smooth, slick sound and full harmonies. I’ve never been one to have a great grasp on what people are actually saying, but "You’re making it hard for me" got my attention and I decided I needed to take a closer look at the lyrics.

I wonder if she could tell I’m hard right now, hmmm

OK, so much for metaphor. Guess we’re not burying the lead here, huh? I guess when they sing "You’re making it hard for me," they’re talking about ‘ol Mr. Penis.

Yeah, come on, dance for me baby, ha ha, yeah
Ut oh, you feel that? Alright
Come on, don’t stop now
You done did it, come on, uh, yeah, alright, hold on

"You done did it" kinda sounds like he’s blaming "baby" for his erection and she is now responsible for said erection. I gotta tell you, guys, I don’t think that argument is going to hold up at the club, at home or in court. Read the rest of this entry

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Broadway review

Oh Spider-Man, you’re so friendly and neighborhood…ee. Our relationship has never been great, but this… This makes The Amazing Spider-Man look like Citizen Cane. The “this” in question is Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which closes on January 4th here in New York City. Read the rest of this entry

“Santa Claus Got Stuck In My Chimney” – the Unholy Grail of Christmas Carols

Why, why, why does this exist?  Why would Ella Fitzgerald, the “First Lady of Song,” the “Queen of Jazz,” why, I ask you all, why would “Lady Ella” record such a song?

Santa Claus got stuck in my chimney,
Stuck in my chimney, stuck in the chimney
Santa Claus got stuck in my chimney
When he came last year

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