Halloween playlist post

halloween-musicIt has been awhile, I feel, since I have written a post about music which is the whole reason I started this blog seven years ago.

However this morning I’m feeling especially moody and therefore am blaring music in my office until my office-mate gets in later today. And as we’re only 11 days away from my favorite “holiday” Halloween I’m going to do my annual post of some great Halloween songs. Thankfully the kids helped me with this during our morning commute so I have extra ones I would not have remembered or thought of on my own.

Halloween Playlist

1. Monster Mash – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxcM3nCsglA

2. Ghostbusters Theme Song – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9We2XsVZfc

3. This is Halloween – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpvdAJYvofI

4. Somebody’s Watching Me – https://youtu.be/7YvAYIJSSZY

5. Come Little Children – https://youtu.be/1t8-_pI1-9Q

6. Thriller – https://youtu.be/sOnqjkJTMaA

7. Addam’s Groove – https://youtu.be/k7_KgblC0Uw

8. I Put A Spell On You – https://youtu.be/3TrSMaOZm3Y

9. Put the Lime in the Coconut – https://youtu.be/aA9OqUuA6a0

10. Witches’ Rave – https://youtu.be/1RYcqj0gXao

11. Little Ghost – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-o3ueR1tSY

12. Black Magic Woman – https://youtu.be/IPo9Gd2z6rI

13. Decode – https://youtu.be/RvnkAtWcKYg

What are your go-to songs for getting in the spooky spirit?

 

To stand, to kneel, to teach

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Many students and NFL players are following in the footsteps of Colin Kaepernick who has chosen to kneel during the national anthem before football games. This should speak loudly to the fact that people are in need of an outlet for their frustrations with our society and the areas of our country in which justice is lacking. Though frustrations isn’t even close to being a strong enough word.

william-wilberforceThere are so many injustices people are battling each and every day and racial injustice is most definitely a big one. People are being shot and killed and so much of this is coming from a place of fear. I do not fear that my two white sons will be shot and killed should they ever find themselves in close proximity to a police officer. I do not fear that my children will be frisked or searched or watched if they are standing with a group waiting for a bus. This IS happening with young black men. This is something their mothers fear.

I wish with all my heart and soul that all humans were treated equally. It hurts. It hurts to think about these things. Why does a black man have to consider the clothing they wear before they walk down the street? Racial profiling should not exist. Judges should not be saying they are doing a black person a favor by putting them in jail and white people should not be placed on probation for the very same crimes! It’s not just African Americans being profiles, Hispanics struggle, Native Americans, as well as Middle Eastern. No legislator should ever say the words “black parents need to teach their children to respect police.” And black parents shouldn’t have to have discussions with their babies on how to “survive police encounters” due to the excessive amounts of police violence happening.

Does any of this have anything to do with the national anthem? Are we not the land of the free and the home of the brave? Maybe. Maybe not.

be-openmindedFor me, when I hear the national anthem I think of the many battles heroic service men and women have fought in order to keep our country free and safe. To me standing for the national anthem is something which makes me feel good, I’m showing support for my country, I’m showing support for the many people who have fought for the freedoms we have. The injustices which exist in other parts of the world are so horrific every single day with countless people dying and no one ever knowing their name. People fleeing their country as bombs are falling and bullets are flying just outside their doors. When I stand to the national anthem those are the thoughts I have and those are the feelings I have, this is an emotional thing for me.

For Colin Kaepernick it means something different. When he chooses not to stand it makes me sad because I see him dividing himself from his team and I see him choosing not to stand in respect of those who have died to serve our country. But that is NOT why he has chosen to kneel. He isn’t purposefully deciding to be disrespectful at all, that was not the catalyst and when you think about it, the people who have fought and are fighting for our country are also fighting for our right to the very liberty of being able to choose to kneel, stand, sit, do the chicken dance, right? For Colin Kaepernick, I believe he is choosing to kneel because it has gotten attention and when people ask why he isn’t standing he gets an opportunity for dialogue. He gets a chance to speak about racial injustices and be a voice for an issues which is very real and very hard to talk about. Do I feel he could travel to colleges and schools and churches and talk about this via other platforms which might be more effective, yes? Why? Because the people he needs to reach with his message are not just the oppressed.

comfortzonesWhether he cares to or not, he needs to be able to reach the population of people who are furious with him for not standing during the anthem, because I believe it is likely that many of them “do not get it.” Often times they are the people who need to hear a different perspective, they need to see through different eyes. But as soon as you kneel during the anthem, they close their eyes, they close their ears and they close their hearts to your story. Should they be so narrow minded? No. But like I said, the national anthem is an emotional thing for millions of people, many who have lost family and friends who serve.

So see, there are so many multiple facets in this discussion. So many opportunities to teach, share, listen and come together in a new understanding of what is going on, but instead we have created yet another dividing line in our society. Those who stand and those who kneel. This has not fixed the problem. I wish we could find common, middle ground so we can work towards solutions together.

Hot Hot Heat’s self titled album just in time for Summer fun

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Loving the new music from Hot Hot Heat. Their new album which releases this Friday is pretty stellar. They’ve been busy, they’ve been touring for something like 13 straight years, maybe longer.  Their debut album Make Up The Breakdown released via Seattle-based label Sub Pop Records back in 2002.  Thankfully, this self-titled album takes us back to their earlier stuff and it’s so much more fitting for them and thus also for their listeners. You might recognize their song, Middle of Nowhere which is a favorite of mine, although the video is odd to say the least. BUT I first heard that track watching my favorite show ever PSYCH!

Anywho. Their music is fun, super upbeat kind of like some of the good britpop from a decade ago even though they are Canada :) I like that it’s not too over done, it’s playful, it’s great summer music for sure. It’s a bubblier music than The Killers or Voxtrot.

The Vancouver-based rock band Hot Hot Heat (Steve Bays, Paul Hawley, Luke Paquin, Louis Hearn) are excited to present the full album stream of its farewell, self-titled album ahead of its Friday, June 24 release. Streaming now exclusively on Pandora, the album is classic Hot Hot Heat – one that is as pop hook-heavy as it is edgy and unpredictable – and serves as a fitting epitaph for one of Canada’s most influential bands of the 21st century. Hot Hot Heat (iTunes pre-order) can now be heard in its entirety via Pandora HERE.

“We wanted it to feel cohesive and representative of the aesthetic we were into at that point,” says Steve Bays, who co-produced the album with Dahle in their adjoining studios. “We wanted it to feel like it was all the same album even though it had been written over several years. The songs are the 10 songs we were the most excited about in the moment. The idea behind the album was: If you want to try and do something great, it can only be when the inspiration hits.”

Hot Hot Heat track listing:
01. Kid Who Stays In The Picture
02. Modern Mind
03. Pulling Levers
04. Bobby Joan Sex Tape
05. Magnitude
06. Mayor Of The City
07. Alaskan Midnight Sun
08. Comeback Of The Century
09. Sad Sad Situation
10. The Memory’s Here

The Sheepish Lion and Spook the Herd

spooktheherdDo you remember the old Disney short film about the lion who was raised by a sheep? His name was Lambert. He was a “sheepish lion” and all the lambs made fun of him growing up. Until one day a wolf comes around and in all his wolfish ways he wants to eat the mama sheep. Lambert realizes then that he is a lion. Not a sheep. He scares away the wolf and saves the sheep. My daughter loves this short film. She is three-years-old and all about the Disney classics. Thank you Netflix.

ANYWAY …

Why am I telling you this? Well, when I got an email talking about music from Spook the Herd my crazy mom brain files filtered down to Lambert. If you can follow the train of thought that’s awesome, if not, well than I tell you, I’m not really crazy, I’m just passionate. Passionate about my kids and music to name two things. Bat shit passionate.

Out of Boston is Spook The Herd made up of Jesse Weiss (Palehound/Grass Is Green) and Abe Kimball (Vending Machetes).

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Spook The Herd are excited to announce the release of The Small Wins EP, the band’s first release together with Exploding In Sound Records. Set for release on June 17th.

Their track Slurpee Surf reminds me of something straight out of the 90s. Fuzzy grunge-esque and better on the second listen.

Consequence of Sound premiered the band’s new single “Slurpee Surf,” calling it the work of “a duo whose combined talents lead to songs that fall right in the middle of the spectrum between sugar and fuzz.

SPOOK THE HERD
“The Small WIns EP”
Exploding In Sound Records
June 24, 2016

PRE-ORDER

1. Slurpee Surf
2. One Fell Swoop
3. Beg To Differ
4. Song 4
5. App Tofu
6. Running In Place

The Outsiders get their own special day

(L-R) David Morse as Big Foster, Joe Anderson as Asa, Gillian Alexy as G'Winveer, Ryan Hurst as Lil Foster and Kyle Gallner as Hasil in WGN America's "Outsiders." (PRNewsFoto/WGN America)
(L-R) David Morse as Big Foster, Joe Anderson as Asa, Gillian Alexy as G’Winveer, Ryan Hurst as Lil Foster and Kyle Gallner as Hasil in WGN America’s “Outsiders.” (PRNewsFoto/WGN America)

So what qualifies nowadays for a government official to declare a special holiday or some kind? I mean I know there are plenty of national days to celebrate, apple pie day, talk like a pirate day but when it sort of becomes “official” what are the requirements for that and what has to happen?

Celebrating the start of production on season two of WGN America’s hit original series, “Outsiders,” Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto is set to declare Wednesday, May 18 “Outsiders Day,” with a proclamation ceremony at City Hall. Continuing the festivity for the addicting drama, produced by Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios, “Outsiders” star David Morse will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Pittsburgh Pirates game on Tuesday, May 24 at PNC Park.

Production on the 13-episode, hour-long series will commence in and around Pittsburgh, where 530 local crew and primary cast and 1,980 local extras and stand-ins were hired during the filming of the series’ first season.

Cast returning for the second season include David Morse (“Treme,” “Hurt Locker”), Thomas M. Wright (“The Bridge,” “Top of the Lake”), Ryan Hurst (“Sons of Anarchy,” “Bates Motel”), Joe Anderson (“The Divide,” “Across the Universe”), Gillian Alexy (“The Americans,” “Damages”), Kyle Gallner (“American Sniper,” “Veronica Mars”), and Christina Jackson (“Boardwalk Empire,” “Deception”). Additional cast to be announced.

“Outsiders” is created and written by award-winning playwright Peter Mattei, who executives produces alongside Fedora Entertainment’s Emmy® Award-winner Peter Tolan (“Rescue Me,” “Analyze This”), Touchy Feely Films’ Emmy® Award-winner Paul Giamatti (“John Adams,” “Sideways”), Michael Wimer (“2012,” “Rake”), and Dan Carey (“All Is Bright”). The second season of “Outsiders” will premiere January 2017 on WGN America.

Follow the series @OutsidersWGN

 

 

Watch Bill Murray & Kermit Ruffins Duet, Bare Necessities, for The Jungle Book

crawfordmurrayDirect from Girlie Action Media

New Orleans based Basin Street Records are kicking off a monumental month with some big announcements:

Long time Basin Street artist Kermit Ruffins sings Bare Necessities with Bill Murray for Disney’s The Jungle Book! Listen here:

Davell Crawford‘s Piano in the Vaults: Vol. 1 is in the works and will be ready in time for his Sunday, May 1 performance at New Orleans Jazzfest. He performs his own set, and a tribute to Allen Toussaint later on the same stage.

New Orleans Jazzfest is Friday, April 22nd through Sunday, May 1st and the Basin Street Records artists have a huge schedule. Check it out at https://www.BasinStreetRecords.com/on-tour.

Jon Cleary will be featured on PBS NewsHour next weekend. On Tuesday he will be honored as the Entertainer of the Year at Gambit Weekly’s Big Easy Entertainment Awards. He’s headed back to Europe including 3 nights at Ronnie Scott’s after a huge 2 weeks in New Orleans for Jazzfest.

The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra‘s big gala Market Fest is Friday, April 22nd at Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market. For details visit www.Phnojm.com.

Rebirth Brass Band will be performing at The White House for UNESCO International Jazz Day concert with Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock and more to be broadcast on ABC April 30th. You can find details at http://jazzday.com/news/.

A band named Tancred cannot be ‘power pop’

tancredThe new album from Tancred, Out of the Garden, is now available in stores and online!

They call it power pop. I was excited. I wanted to get pumped up, feel empowered, some sort of energy, it made me feel more somber than anything else. I was taken back to freshmen year in high school when Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes played “Romeo and Juliet.” Do Now I know I’m dating myself, but whatever, sometimes you hear music and it takes your back in time. That’s how my brain works. It’s like an archived soundtrack of life events. When I pulled up Tancred’s streaming playlist and listened to “It’s Not Likely” I found myself sitting on the pink carpet of my old bedroom wallowing in some sort of teenage drama listening to the soundtrack of what was supposed to be a hip, modern version of Romeo & Juliet. The soundtrack had tracks from Garbage and Everclear, One Inch Punch and Radiohead.

Now you know where Tancred stands in my realm of genre-ized music labels by back-in-time comparisons and I wouldn’t call it power pop. Maybe it’s alternative rock? It’s not bad. It’s not great. Either way I hope  you listen and find out for yourself!

Bring Me Up | by Christy Mannering