stoopid munday

It’s is definitely a way chiller Slightly Stoopid, but I’m already on board with it…channeling Hawaiian vibes.  Can’t wait to hear the rest of the album, due out June 30, 2015.  The band is on the road with the Dirty Heads, The Expendables, and Stick Figure for the Everything Is Awesome tour.  Awesome.


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A cactus, a guitar, a statue bust, a piano, a metronome, walk into a Ratatat music video…

“What does it all mean?”

“It all makes sense.”


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Not just music, but the world lost a true king on Thursday night.  B.B. King passed away at the age of 89 in Las Vegas, after  reportedly spending a few weeks in hospice.  The legendary blues player influenced so many in the game.  His talent, style, his demeanor were…legendary; it’s difficult to find any other word.

I’ll never forget seeing him take the stage at Bonnaroo in 2009.  How lucky, I thought.

On a hot, dusty, sun-scorching summer afternoon, hundreds were gathered in front of the big stage.  Many were waiting in line for the pit for Jack Johnson, who was the following act.  Others were strewn across the great lawn catching some z’s.  Some were oblivious that this wasn’t a recorded intermission.  More than a few were grooving…feverishly.  And there he was: sitting in the middle of the stage, like a king in this throne.  How he moved his hands that fast, how he did made that sound sound so cool, it was like he aged, but never got old.

I’ll never forget seeing him take the stage at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2013 at MSG.  Among all of those noteworthy, talented acts on the bill, there was the king in his throne.  He was respected by everyone in attendance, audience and fellow musicians alike.  Again, I wondered how he moved his hands that fast, how he did made that sound sound so cool, it was like he aged, but never got old.  My goodness, did he play.

Seeing B.B. King live was a bucketlist-er.  How lucky, I am to have seen him live twice.  How lucky, we all were to have been influenced by a legend.


Watch Eric Clapton Thank B.B. King ‘For All the Inspiration and Encouragement’


Thank you, BB.

Originally posted on TIME:

Eric Clapton remembered his friend and colleague B.B. King in a video posted to Facebook Friday morning, saying he wanted to express his sadness.

“He was a beacon for all of us who love this kind of music,” Clapton said in the video below. “If you’re not familiar with his work, I would encourage you to go out and find an album called B.B. King Live at the Regal, which is where it all really started for me as a young player.”

Clapton and King collaborated on the 2000 album Riding With the King. King died Thursday night; he was 89.

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reelin in new music

Irators have anticipated new music from Iration since they hinted at it when they announced their Tales From the Sea tour with Hours Eastly and Stick Figure.  They played some new material on Friday at the Irving Plaza in New York City–good music from good guys.  As the song description explains, the direction of their sound is heading towards heavier drums and bass and a mix of synth.  It’s become evident that their reggae-esque music genre has been compromised by surf rock and I’m stoked to hear more.


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