Jan. 27th, 2014 08:16 pm
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Ahhhhhh! Dream band at the Grammys last night:

  • Trent Reznor and NIN
  • Josh Homme and Queens of the Stone Age
  • Lindsay Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac
  • Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters

I seized the opportunity to see NIN and QOTSA in 2013: they were both great concerts. I've long been a fan of NIN, and this was the first time I'd seen them live, so that concert was particularly gratifying. I saw Buckingham with Fleetwood Mac on the Rumours and Tusk tours, so pretty much the Mac at their peak. I missed seeing the Foo Fighters at Edgefest by a year (I went the following year; Hole was the headliner).

This clip is only a few minutes long, but it is grand.

Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age with Dave Grohl and Lindsay Buckingham by Bear1966
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Here's my running commentary of the ABC Friday evening broadcast of the World Cup opening ceremonies:

K'naan is identified by only one country (Somalia), despite the fact that he's lived in Toronto since he was 13.

I still like Waving Flag, even though at least one of its four versions is on CBC Radio at any given time. I can't believe they let him sing this part:

So many wars, settling scores
Bringing us promises, leaving us poor
I heard them say, love is the way
Love is the answer, that’s what they say,
But look how they treat us, make us believers
We fight their battles, then they deceive us
Try to control us, they couldn’t hold us
Cause we just move forward like Buffalo Soldiers
But we struggling, fighting to eat
And we wondering, when we’ll be free
So we patiently wait, for that faithful day
It’s not far away, but for now we say
When I get older, I will be stronger
They’ll call me freedom, just like a Waving Flag

The Black Eyed Peas are okay on paper but repetitive live.

Did they edit the performances of the African artists, or did K'naan and Angelique Kidjo really do only one number each?

Kidjo looks about to eat John Legend alive!

Bishop Desmond Tutu is the new Bee Girl!

ABC's decision to not add commentary might be an economic one, but it's also better television.

Hours of Juanes + Taboo, please!

I love the BLK JKS sound: some Fishbone, some Rage Against the Machine, some ska. Hm, found a legal live stream of their new EP, Zol! More of a prog-rock sprawl than the tight unit we saw in the television broadcast.

The good thing about using athletes as featured speakers? Short speeches!

Shakira is just not my thing, but I do have to admire her total indifference to naturalistic lipsynching.

The giant posters on either side of the stage are underground comix-y.

Lira is gorgeous and her dress is fabulous. She's got some raunch in her voice. More, please! Hugh Masekela is doing well for an old guy, but he can't match her energy.

What, it's over? They couldn't play the whole three minutes of the most iconic South African pop song in history? :(

Pretty entertaining overall, but I wish there had been more from the African artists.
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Last year, Aerosmith cancelled a leg of a tour that was scheduled to come to Edmonton because Steven Tyler was injured in a fall. This week, U2 had to cancel its North American tour, which included a stop in Edmonton, because Bono's back gave out.

These are not tour cancellations due to rock and roll debauchery: they're due to the natural cycle of life. Yes, if you grew up listening to the same music that I did, you have to face the fact that your favourite musicians might just be breaking down due to the normal wear and tear associated with aging -- just like yourself!

If you want to avoid the disappointment and trauma that can be association with concert cancellation, my advice is to find younger musicians to become a fan of. If you're canny enough, you can even find new blood to fill old categories, especially for old favourites who don't tour very often, or who have broken up. For example:

  • Kate Bush > St. Vincent

  • Nina Hagen > MIA

  • Siouxsie and the Banshees > Yeah Yeah Yeahs

  • Talking Heads/Berlin-era Bowie/Transformer-era Reed/Various times Eno > LCD Soundsystem (it's a one-stop shop!)

Another strategy is to get into the blues. Those cats seem to last forever!

(P.S. Early birthday greetings to Siouxsie Sioux, who turns 53 on May 27th!)
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The new promo for Supernatural's fifth season slays me -- especially the music, a version of "O Death" by Jen Titus. If anyone knows anything about her, please point the way! ETA (4 Sep 2009): She's a CW promo staffer!

Titus's version is based on the traditional song made famous by Ralph Stanley in the movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" She gives it the kind of spooky, gothy, industrial sound that bluegrass musician Greg Garing played with on his 1997 album, "Alone". (I'm still waiting for a follow-up!)

(ETA: PJ Harvey has explored this territory as well. The 90s are coming back to me!)

Titus's song is a free, legal download from the Supernatural website. It's already in high rotation on my iPod!

Note: When you open the window, the promo starts to play. If you want to stay totally spoiler-free, turn off your speakers before you click on the link, then scroll down to the bottom of the page. That's where the music download link is.

Counter-note: The promo gives impressions, but no real specific spoilers and it is GORGEOUS, particularly with the music. So you should see it AND hear it!
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Side B: The Music Lover's Anthology is a collection of comics about music -- more specifically, comics about each artist's relationship with music. My review is in this week's edition of Sequential Tart, here.

Not only is this a great concept, it's very well executed, so it gets a big recommendation from me.

But a number of stories did make me wonder why so many of us have years of total obsession over music, only to leave it when older. People do the same thing to comics: you can guess when someone came of age by which comics and which bands they most fondly remember.

Superheroes and rock stars are important figures in our identity-forging years: they're the larger-than-life figures that express what we want to be, or the effects we wish to have on the world. I suppose this means that the co-hort of us who grew up admiring both the Justice League of America and the Sex Pistols have schizophrenic impulses to both save and destroy the world. No wonder they say our generation is "complex"!


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