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Mumford Magic

created some very high expectations for this post. But I think the bigger pressure is coming from Mumford’s latest announcement. As the NY Daily News pleads to the band: “Mumford and Sons, we will wait for you.” But how long you might ask? “There won’t be any Mumford and Sons activities for the foreseeable future following Friday’s show.”

I was at the Friday show they speak about, ladies and gentlemen, so maybe I got the news before anyone else (even before Rolling Stone?). They announced to us that they were taking a break, they explained that they have been touring nonstop and they need a break. The crowd cheered–I didn’t (because it was sad)–but I think they were cheering out of support. Like, take a break but come back soon PLEASE.

So now for the show. We drove 4 hours from St. Louis to Kansas City and back in one night–can we say dedication? My response to everyone who asked me about the show was that it was “magical.” It was a cool 65 degrees with stars painted in the sky. We found a spot in the middle of the lawn and got comfortable, which is more than I can say for the hundreds of people who lined the sidewalks.

I’m going to skip and go straight to the encore. They boys came back out and sung two songs around one microphone–they basically told the audience to shut the f*** up, and of course we listened! It was magical. They ended the show with a little Bruce, “Atlantic City,” and that is definitely a sure way into my heart.

I reveled in their energy. My (face) cheeks hurt after the show from non-stop smiling. To say this was the best show I’ve ever been to would be an understatement. The band makes you feel in a crowd of thousands like they were just singing for you and that is priceless. To those of you who haven’t seen Mumford in concert, you might have to wait a while, but even if you have to drive 8 hours in one day it is BEYOND worth it. I am a lover of the light. c. 

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prince akeem’s red light

So,  Eddie Murphy plays reggae now.  Oh, and Snoop Lion is featured on his break out single, “Red Light,” of course.

Murphy told Rolling Stone that his other collab with Snoop, “Mellow Miss Mary” “is just a new weed anthem.”  Between the revolutionary issues he sings about in “Red Light” and the vibe he creates with Snoop, the actor/musician has a new kind of sound that we will hear on his album 9 (expected next summer).  Welcome to America, Eddie-Murphy-reggae.

-j

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wtf

Rolling Stone’s new issue features Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the “man” responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings, on the cover.  The release of this issue last night has sparked outrage across America, particularly on the magazine’s Facebook page.  Many subscriptions have already been cancelled.

A featured article inside the magazine?  Fine.  Expose “revelations” from the bombing?  Fine.  Post the criminal’s face on the cover?  No fucking way.  This is not fine because the intention that I assume was to criminalize (?) “The Bomber” is completely lost in the presentation that glamorizes Tsarnaev.

Rolling Stone, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is not rock n’ roll.  Stick to music and we will be just fine.

-j

 

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americanarama

AmericanaramA Festival of Music

Bob Dylan, WILCO, My Morning Jacket…all touring…all together.

6/26 West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre
6/27 Tampa, FL – Live Nation Amphitheatre
6/29 Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
6/30 Nashville, TN – The Lawn at Riverfront Park
7/02 Memphis, TN – AutoZone Park
7/05 Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center
7/06 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
7/7 Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
7/10 St. Paul, MN – Midway Stadium
7/11 Peoria, IL – Chiefs Stadium
7/12 Chicago, IL – Toyota Park
7/14 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/15 Toronto, Ontario – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/18 Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
7/19 Bridgeport, CT – The Ballpark at Harbor Yard
7/20 Mansfield, MA – Comcast Center
7/21 Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/23 Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
7/24 Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
7/26 Hoboken, NJ – Pier A Park
7/27 Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater (My Morning Jacket does not perform)
7/28 Camden, NJ – SusquehannaBank Center
7/31 Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
8/01 Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
8/03 Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/04 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/bob-dylan-touring-with-wilco-my-morning-jacket-for-americanarama-festival-of-music-20130421#ixzz2RP5wB3kN

-j

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sigh no more, camden

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As told in Rolling Stone‘s recent Mumford & Sons story, “The members of Mumford & Sons have no trouble saying sorry.  ‘We’re not, like, hard men,’ Marshall says.  ‘We’re emotional, weeping pussies.  We’re not, like, rock and roll.  If AC/DC had ever apologized, that’d be the end of their career.'”

If you haven’t read that story, I highly suggest you do because you’ll learn every band members’ strengths, and their weaknesses (of being weak) as a band.  You’ll also learn why the second album, Babel, sounds very similar to their first, Sigh No More.  If you listen closely,  every song tells a different story; they are much more instrumentally sound on Babel.  This is what it is like to be an artist.  It’s the same reason why painter Mark Rothko’s work is a variation of another.  It’s important for everyone who says that “every song sounds the same” to understand that they were simply not ready to stop making the music they wanted to make.  Why would they stop if it sounds so good?

The sold out show at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden on February 16, was a w e s o m e.  Mumford & Sons have some Jersey mojo because when I thought their kickoff show in Hoboken was outstanding, they just had to put on another outstanding show in South Jersey.  Haim opened the show for Ben Howard who preceded Mumford.  Haim, a band of sisters, didn’t do it for me, although many of the Philly hipsters were thrilled to see their dramatic performance.  While I favor this tribal-drum-beating trend that was featured in all three sets, words can’t explain how nice it was to have Ben Howard break up the night.  Actually, they can: he was a breath of fresh air.  You should probably listen to him right now.  Or I’ll make you in my next post.

It’s easy to lose yourself in Mumford’s songs when Marcus Mumford seems to be pouring his heart and soul out, confessing his rage, and passionately apologizing for being incredibly attractive and good and what he does.  Well, maybe I exaggerated the latter, but every word he sings he sings to me and you and the person who inspired the song.  When you sing along, you feel like every word you sing is to that person (and maybe to Marcus, too).  Like they said in Rolling Stone, they have no problem apologizing.

The night ended with an encore of Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City.”  Everyone poured back on stage: Mumford with Marcus at the drums, Ben (who I think was MIA), Haim, and all of the outstanding string and horn accompaniments.  Imagine a packed bar down the shore around closing time.  Everyone has their last beer of the night in one hand and someone else in the other.  Well, this bar was a few thousand deep.  Blissful, everyone bounced up and down, sloppily shouting the words to a New Jersey anthem.  Bruce’s song or not, that’s how every Mumford & Sons show ends…with a smile on your face.  Sorry I’m not sorry.

-j

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against himself

So, something I have read about more than once in the news recently, is the ongoing issue concerning ‘transgenderism’.  This case in Colorado is the latest.  Remember this post about Tom Gabel of Against Me! ?

Admittedly, I don’t understand the ‘ism’, the issue, or all the fuss.  I have a million and a half questions.  To learn more what this was all about, I revisited Tom Gabel’s account of transitioning to Laura Jane Grace.  To my surprise, I learned that most transgenders, too, don’t even understand the issue or all the fuss.

You can read more about Laura Jane Grace in Rolling Stone‘s story and even watch clips from MTV of her explaining her life including the struggles of growing up, starting a family, and even clothes and how the materialistic staple influences the identity.  She says that she is putting her story out there for others who are struggling as transgenders.  Little does she know that it’s educating more than just that group of people.

What people need to understand, most importantly, is that Against Me! is still the same band.  The same band who is currently touring the US [*East Coast*: they are here 3/22-3/29 in major cities].  The same band who has over a million likes on Facebook that they are touring the US and get to see not Laura Jane Grace, but the band, Against Me!.

The music doesn’t change.

But, behind all the music is a story.

-j

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