The Dodo’s from the Bay Area have a great distinctive sound, that I just can’t get enough of. For a nice example of this duo’s catchy stuff, check out “Black Night” off of their recently released third album No Color. They’ll be playing around home later this summer, then starting a tour in the South in early September.
The Beastie Boys recently released a new tune featuirng Santigold. I would never have pictured this pairing, but it works on “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win.” Check it out at: Beasties.
I recently added a few cool videos to our YouTube Playlist. You can search for it at YouTube, under Rara’s Farm – Fun. Here’s my current favorite, and it is a fun flash from the past featuring Keith Moon. Here’s Keith hitting some high notes!
Tractor Tunes are our 30 minute radio station reviews. So, grab a PBR, slide on your headphones, hop on the tractor, and decide if this one is for you…
Sirius XM’s Alt Nation, Channel 36
Ah, the beauty of commercial-free radio. Alt Nation claims to play the latest alternative rock releases. Not sure they live up to the “latest” but the selection is a pretty damn good mix of Alternative Rock. Here’s what we heard on a recent Wednesday morning:
- Radiohead – House of Cards (2009)
- Naked and Famous – Punching In A Dream (2011)
- Blink 182 – Feeling This (2003)
- Last Royals – Crystal Vases (2011)
- Arcade Fire – Rebellion Lies (2004)
- Vampire Weekend – White Sky (2010)
- Metric – Help I’m Alive (2008)
- The Heavy – How You Like Me Now (2009)
Overall, a nice selection and an excellent way to ease into a work day, or battle through rush hour, or milk the cows.
Regan is the morning-drive DJ, and he’s entertaining; feeding us interesting tidbits about the artists played. As an example, he shared that the Arcade Fire and Vampire Weekend recently played basketball against each other. The interruptions are minimal and welcome.
Date: 6/8/11Music: 97%
To quote Sum 41: All Killer, No Filler.
Bonus Tip: Listen Saturday’s at 1PM for the Alt-18 Most Requested Countdown.
I recently saw my first show at the Plaza Theatre Live in downtown Orlando, and absolutely loved this venue on Bumby Street.
The theater just reeks of character. It’s a converted movie theater from many years past, and has that comfortable nostalgic feel, yet is still a nice modern place to see a show.
On the night we were in attendance, we saw an acoustic solo artist, Jackie Bristow and the rock and roll of John Waite and his band. The sound was not pristine, but was definitely above average.
There’s not a bad seat in the house literally and figuratively. The seats are worn, but they’re large and comfortable, and the sight lines are excellent. There is a balcony, but it was closed on the evening we were in the house, so I can’t provide an opinion from the rafters. It is up there, so if you suffer from frequent nose bleeds beware…
They have a great beer selection. $6 for 16 oz and $9 for 24 oz seems over-priced, yet typical these days – but at least you are not sipping some crap like Bud Light. I had Longboard the night I was there, and the 6 beers on tap were very diverse. A nice bottled beer selection, too. The Plaza also serves wine – I don’t drink wine, so I have no idea if the selection was worth a damn, although I suspect it was, based on the fantastic beer choices.
- The bartenders were friendly and helpful, as was the rest of the staff.
- Tickets include a $5 service fee, which is always a bummer, but seems to be a bargain compared to other venues these days. And, you don’t have to deal with the evil Ticketmaster empire.
- Bathrooms were clean.
- Those of you still too weak to quit smoking have an area outside on the front patio.
- Parking? There’s plenty of it immediately surrounding the theater, and it is free, free, free…
Bottom line: I love the place, and I’ll be back.
So, my first trip to Orlando’s Plaza Theater Live tonight to see John Waite. Waite made his initial impression when the Baby’s hit it big in the 80’s, and followed those hits with a few of his own as well as a couple with Bad Religion. I’ll provide a review later in the week: of the show and the venue!
A few other random thoughts for today:
- Coldplay’s new single “Every Drop is a Watefall” sounds great and has a fresh new sound.
- I’m also guiltily digging the Cars new “Sad Song.” I loved the Cars sound in the 80’s despite their passionless live performances. But, that was 25 years ago. Since the, Bassist and the voice of all my favorite Cars tunes, Benjamin Orr died of Pancreatic cancer, and the rest of the band members have hit or are approaching 60. But, this new tune sounds as good as their classic 80’s stuff. Obviously, Ric Ocasek still has what it takes.
Over the years, I’ve realized that the one constant throughout my life has been rock and roll music. I’ve been listening for four decades, and love today’s rock as much as I enjoyed the great stuff in those halcyon high school days of the past. Over the years, I’ve dropped thousands on Albums, Cassettes, 8-Tracks, CD’s and MP3’s. By my slightly damaged memory, I’ve seen 500+ bands live from the biggest names to ones no one has ever heard of. If it’s live, I love to be there.
To top it off, I love to write about Rock and Roll, and I love to discuss this core part of my life, and of course, share my opinions. On this site, we’ll have some fun together; we’ll make some world altering decisions (like what is the greatest driving song ever?); and we’ll share rock trivia and news.
So, thanks for stopping by, as we try to grow into a worthwhile Rock and Roll forum.