New Music, New Life: September 2012

It seems to me that everyone and their mother’s band is releasing a new album this year. I’m sure it’s some freak coincidence that so many of the bands I keep an eye on are releasing a new album but it does seem like a bit of a conspiracy to make me wet my panties1. Below are some of the albums I’m most excited for.

Graydon James and the Young Novelists
As you read this, the Young Novelists are touring the East Coast debuting their new album, In the Year You Were Born. I’ve heard a few songs from this album at shows they’ve played during their spring & summer shows around Toronto and I just can’t wait for this album. I’ve even been harassing them to let me buy it earlier but apparently I don’t have enough Klout. Fine, I’ll wait like everyone else Young Novelists but I will be very happy about it!

Their CD release party is scheduled for September 7th at the Horseshoe Tavern. Full details for said show can be found in this facebook event page.

The Pigott Brothers
I’ve lost touch with Oliver2 and I was very pleased to learn, upon facebook-stalking him of course, that he is doing some very exciting things lately. He’s starring in a movie called Lost Angels, which is “An honest yet brutal look at the effects of fame and the substitution of real values for fake ones in the land of Hollywood.” The movie will feature his [solo] music and has me very excited for sure. They’ve got an indiegogo campaign running until the end of the month so if you feel inclined to support this production, please go here.

The Age of Peace will be debuted at the Tranzac on September 14th. For full details click here.

Whenever one of my favourite artists releases a new album it tends to become the soundtrack of my life for some period of time and we all know how much music can affect one’s mood and life. I can’t wait for what the remaining three months of 2012 have in store for me. All thanks to these lovely, talented people of course. Cheers guys!

What new music are you looking forward to this year?

Footnotes:
  1. oh, did I say that this blog was PG? No? All right then[]
  2. who I still consider a friend[]

Gravity

I first did this with ‘A Beautiful Mess’ by Jason Mraz here. And I had a hard time choosing what song to drool over next but since his recent Album release and subsequent CD release gig, this song has crept it’s way back into my heart – despite being off of his last album, and not the recent one. Continuum is an incredible album that got me through 2008 like nothing else could have, and if I had to pick a favourite it would be ‘Gravity’. This song can stop me in my tracks, no matter what I am doing1.

The slow tempo, the guitar riff, the ‘Ooh’s at the beginning by the backup signers and the opening chords evoke the image of a low-lit room where two lovers are holding each other tight… never wanting to let go. And when John starts singing… I. just. melt.

Gravity
Is working against me
And gravity
Wants to bring me down

Whoa I’ll never know
What makes this man
With all the love
That his heart can stand
Dream of ways
To throw it all away

Whoa Gravity
Is working against me
And gravity
Wants to bring me down

Oh twice as much
Ain’t twice as good
And can’t sustain
Like one half could
It’s wanting more
It’s gonna send me to my knees

instrumental

Oh twice as much
Ain’t twice as good
And can’t sustain
Like one half could
It’s wanting more
It’s gonna send me to my knees

Oh gravity
Stay the hell away from me
Oh gravity
Has taken better men than me
Now how can that be?

Just keep me where the light is
Just keep me where the light is
Just keep me where the light is
C’mon keep me where the light is
C’mon keep me where the light is
C’mon keep me where keep me where the light is

Granted the lyrics are a little more cryptic than the last song that I talked about, but a lot of John’s stuff is. I think its better that way, so we can all apply the song to any situation. I think Gravity is the first song I’ve ever loved as much that was about more than the lyrics. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this at one point or another, but I love words. And for me to like a song because the of music really says something.

This song could make me dance. I’m not an interpretive dancer, but it could make me do it… I feel the music pulsing through my veins that fervently when I listen to this song2. Watching him play this live on Tuesday night made me love the song even more; watching him play each note and feel it with his entire body… you just can’t help but become enchanted.

Have you heard this song? What do you think?

Footnotes:
  1. it can also intensify fornication for me but you didn’t need to know that…[]
  2. I won’t go on about how I feel like John’s thoughts and feelings from when he wrote this song are also pulsing their way through me… oh crap, I just did that didn’t I? Oh well…[]

But you will never have my rhyme

I was really anxious on the drive over because the last time I went to a John Mayer concert, I had to drive to London and had forgotten my credit card. When I called the number on my ticket confirmation, the lady said I would definitely need my credit card to collect the tickets. So we started to back-track, half-way through I decided to turn around without collecting my credit card because I decided we would’ve missed the entire concert if I had bothered. We still missed a good chunk of the concert, but we didn’t miss it all.

This time, to avoid having the same thing happen I opted to pick up my tickets at a ticketmaster location (instead of will call). But even still, driving up to the venue I felt extremely nervous about forgetting something or not being able to enjoy one of my favourite artists.

Love the nameWe quickly found a parking spot beside one of his equipment trucks, and walked towards the gates. As we passed the scalpers I contemplated trading in our tickets for closer seats but I knew they’d ask for more money so we just kept on walking. I wasn’t planning on buying a t-shirt but they were featuring a white t-shirt with a purple print in just my size… how could I resist? Luckily, I had set aside $40 for this event that I was going to use on drinks/snacks I think that spending $35 on a t-shirt was a better investment.

Colbie Caillat openedWe caught Colbie Caillat, one of John’s openers and thought she was absolutely adorable… not sure I’d buy her album but I’d certainly buy some songs on iTunes or Rhapsody. There was a long break between her set and John’s set, so we walked around for a little bit to stretch our legs. But once the sun set, the stage lights dimmed and the crowd went wild (actually the crowd went wild a few times as the roadies walked between the stage and backstage).

He opened with Vultures off of his latest album Continuum, and went straight into Waiting on the world to change after that. An ‘oldie’ Clarity, gave way to Eric Claptions Crossroads where he once again showed me what an amazing guitarist he is (not that I needed to be reminded). Wheel was a highlight for me as I’ve always liked the song off his album Heavier Things. Followed by the hit, Bigger than my body. Next up was a wonderful cover of Sam Cooke’s Ain’t nobody’s bizness; giving the evening some heavenly soul (no pun intended).

As if the evening wasn’t good enough, it really made my night when he started Belief and followed it with Daughters. Even though Daughters has been over-played, the message of the song is so true and so pure that I can’t help but love it. And even though I thought he was letting me down by playing No such thing, the fact that he so cleverly segued into Why Georgia (another favourite) certainly made up for it! And if it had been his last song, I would gladly take Gravity to end the night any day!

John MayerHis (mostly solo) encore included a medly of three songs LA Song, something’s missing and Never tear us apart. I even loved his cover of Tom Petty’s Free Falling and sort of wish we had stayed for his final song, Say, but we really wanted to beat the rush in the venue and the parking lot so we left.

I am so glad I was able to go to the concert, and I can’t wait for the next one (so much so that I’m trying to see if I can go to another one of his shows in the States). I do know though that the next concert of his that I go to see… I will be shelling out for better seats. Not being able to see him properly just isn’t enough for me anymore. However, I am glad I missed out at this concert because he was wearing a very questionable muscle tank that I was not very fond of.

Of course, it doesn’t matter because to me his music and talent is enough to make me want to jump him every time I turn on the car (his CD is always playing in my car).

Notes:

  • “But you will never have my rhyme” is from the lyrics to I’m going to find another you, by John Mayer.
  • The concert was held at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto, Ontario on July 7, 2008.

Baba O’Reilly

The WHO

I won’t be ashamed to admit it, but I first heard this beautiful song on an episode of Dawson’s Creek. It was an episode where Jen (played by Michelle Williams) was in a mood (as they all usually were on the show) as she was trying to decide whether to go on holidays with her estranged parents or her has-always-been-there-bestfriend Jack (played by Kerr Smith). In an attempt to clear her head, she puts on this song and gets up on an armchair and totally just rocks out in a very cute way. I fell in love with the song then and I haven’t stopped loving it since.

Many people mistake the title of this song as ‘Teenage Wasteland‘ because the words ‘Baba O’Reilly’ are never once mentioned in the song but be assured, it’s the correct title. This song was the main reason I went to see xThe Whox in Dublin. And this week when David Cook sang it to get into the top 3 of the Season 7 American Idol competition… I loved it even more!

I don’t even really know why I love it so much. Sure, it’s a great song. Sure, it’s got amazing lyrics, composition and yadi-yadi-yadda. But I usually fall for songs that tie in to something significant that happened in my life. But this song has managed to creep into my heart and has permanently lodged itself inside without any significant event to remember with it. So much so that I will do my best to catch any and every episode of CSI: NY that I can (it features this song as the theme song).

It could be my all time favourite song. But there are quite a few songs that could give it a run for it’s money… I may write about these songs. I may not… we’ll see where the tide takes me.

What’s your all time favourite song?