Archive | July, 2010

And Poof! Kanye Reappears

31 Jul

After a considerable hiatus Kanye West has once again leaked into in music scene. His newest single “Power” has received considerable airplay, even before the formal release of his newest album.

West made waves in the beginning of the week after spontaneously debuting some of his newest material a capella style at Facebook headquartors. Kanye and Facebook? Can you say pop-culture aneurysm?

He also appeared by Rolling Stone magazine, presenting a nearly two hour Town Hall like talk. He spoke on a rage of topics, from dieting to resposibility in the music industry. Kanye promises his upcoming album will reflect a newly adopted, more positive outlook in life. “I feel like [now] I can be a vessel for good will and energy”,  he states.


Eminem/ Rihanna Collaboration

29 Jul

Hey there all!

I’m sure you’ve all heard the number one Billboard hit “Love the Way You Lie” off of Eminem’s newest CD, “Recovery”. Rihanna sings the chorus and will be starring in the track’s upcoming video too.

Obviously, Ri was not a random choice of artists for the single. Her unfortunate past with Chris Brown and experience with relationship violence definitely makes her an appropriate choice for the collaboration.

Em has clearly benefited off of Rhianna’s presence in the song. The single’s success has officially relaunched him back into musical relevance. Personally I’m floored by the guy’s longevity, due to the fact I remember chanting “Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?” at virtually every 8th grade Bar-Mitzva.

“Recovery” is a standout album for Eminem. He has distanced himself from silly accents and dumb comedic gimmicks and discusses real, true to life subject manner with honest and precision. “Love the Way You Lie” is the first time, at least that I can recall, in which he discusses an actual relationship (as opposed to just fantasizing about shoving his ex-wife into the trunk of his car).

But the lyrics to the latest song have been received with some controversy. The verses are very raw and graphic, as Em even states in the end “If she ever tries to leave again…I’ma tie her to the bed and set the house on fire”.  Do you think this may be close to home for Rihanna, a real life victim of relationship violence? Do you think the lyrics might be to easy on the abuser in a relationship? Personally, I think the lyrics portray this kind of situation realistically, highlighting cycles of guilt, shame and hostility.

Let me know what ya’ll think!

Best Sellers in Stores…In 1940

27 Jul

In July of 1940, the first music popularity chart was calculated by Billboard magazine. Today, 70 years later, the leader of the current Hot 100 chart is Eminem and Rihanna’s “Love the Way You Lie.” In “Love the Way You Lie,” Eminem writes, “Just gonna stand there, And hear me cry.”

Flashback to July 27, 1940. Frank Sinatra’s, supported by the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, sings Ruth Lowe’s “I’ll Never Smile Again.” Sinatra croons, “For tears would fill my eyes.” BREAKING NEWS: Crying still exists in music.

Seriously though, Billboard charts have been around for a while and on July 27, 1940, “I’ll Never Smile Again” became the first ever #1 hit on the Billboard weekly Best Selling Singles chart.

Happy Anniversary Billboard charts.

Now, to some other news. For 10 days, fellow Music Court blogger, Amanda Grannis, will take over posting. I will be away from the blogosphere. But, I leave the Music Court in fantastic hands. Enjoy her great posts and have a fantastic number of days!

Anna Rose’s Ode to Old Time Rock N’ Roll

26 Jul

Huck Rose

Anna Rose is dedicated to music.

Once, after getting into an argument about whether Eric Clapton or Jimi Hendrix was the better guitarist, she physically removed the Clapton supporter from the car. “I’d rather have innovation than interpretation any day of the week,” said Rose.

Rose does go on to say how great of a guitarist Clapton is, but, her pure passion (as described above) is just a treat. I mean I would like to think that I would defend great music to the death, but, I don’t know if I would throw someone out of a car if they did not agree with me. Well…maybe.

Anna Rose is a 25-year-old singer/songwriter from New York who just released her debut album Nomad. The 12-track disc features a great assortment of Rose’s multifaceted music style. This style was accomplished by Rose through hard work and many great music influences. Heck, her dog’s name is Joplin. Listen to track five “I’ll Be Gone” and hear how much sense this makes.

“I’ll Be Gone,” displays Rose’s bluesy side and her voice is a powerful example of good blues singing. Plus, it’s different and original. It has an old feel but it is not a superannuated piece of music. It is fresh and exciting and Rose’s voice is a tour de force.

“Music,” Rose says, “More than anything, I have always straight-up just totally and truthfully loved it.”

And, her love for it shows. Her inspirations range from Jim Morrison (who she would like to look like on stage) to famous guitarists like Buddy Guy. “From the beginning, I was a guitarhead,” said Rose. She started playing the guitar when she was five and even received lessons from Arlen Roth, the guitarist who has performed with Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and who wrote the book ‘Masters of the Telecaster.

Guitar is quite prevalent in “Picture,” one of my favorite tracks on the album. In it, a gritty Rose lets loose her rocker side and plays a powerful song with a well-placed, neat electric guitar solo which wraps the song together. Her voice displays such fantastic emotion and the fact that the song comes after two less powerful tracks portrays great album organizational skills (an art that often goes overlooked).

Rose said, after playing a show in L.A., “It was like I had found a place in the music world,” and this debut album affirms that sentiment. It is a sweet blend of warm rock n’ roll music with a youthful vigor injected into each song. And, best of all, at 25, Rose still has room to grown…in a music sense that is.

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Traveling the Dark Star

24 Jul

“Shall we go, you and I
While we can?
Through the transitive nightfall
of diamonds”

-Robert Hunter from “Dark Star”

Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter claimed that this obscure lyric was the first he ever wrote with San Francisco psychedelic superstars, the Grateful Dead. In my opinion, the “transitive nightfall of diamonds” is the obfuscated world of dreams, both tenebrous and terrifyingly apparent. Today, I entered the dream of Christopher Nolan and experienced his new film, “Inception.” It explored different levels of consciousness in wicked cool dream-like action scenes and it sustained a deep message about loss, memory, and guilt. It was not overly complicated. Heck, it’s as easy as saying, well it’s all dreams.

I am not a movie critic so I will stop with my poor review. But, Nolan’s phantasmagorical film did get me thinking about the anagogic subject of dreams and movies. And, wouldn’t you know it, after a quick online search for some fresh court links I came across some news on a movie about one famous guitarist who entered the unknown close to 15 years ago…well, who knows, maybe he just woke up.

Before the long strange trip began

The long-awaited Jerry Garcia biopic finally has a script and a director. Amir Bar-Lev, director of “The Tillman Story” will take Topper Lilien’s screenplay, which is based on of Robert Greenfield’s book, “Dark Star,” and turn it into a motion picture. The movie will focus on Garcia…before the Dead. Now, the question is…who will play Jerry Garcia?


Zach Galifianakis (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)

Jerry Garcia


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