Born Ruffians – Needle

A light hearted song that makes me want to go out to the park, I really don’t know what else to say. From their album “Birthmarks” which was released today and is something I’m going to waste my late night hours on for sure. Well let me know what you think of it.

Pictures from High Sierra 2012… who wishes we were still there? (Recap 1)

all photos by Felix the Hat

After a 5-6 hour drive to Quincy, CA. we pulled into what seemed like dirt fields for miles, but we were all so eager to set up tent and get on the with the good times (even though there weren’t any shows that Wednesday night). The anticipation was upon us, and couldn’t wait for the morning to come, to venture out through festie-land to discover and rediscover all the different genres of music High Sierra had to offer.
But first a few things to share with you, such as, I had no idea the filth that came with just being there (which wears off after a couple of days, and you begin not to mind the grime between your toes and underneath your fingernails); the age range which never seemed to end (5 month old baby’s, to an older man I was hanging out with that was in his mid-80’s); to very friendly, happy people who invited you into their tent area to show their hospitality (which varied on all ends); to just pretty much the best music event I have ever been to, and hope to make it to #23.

The festival consisted of three main stages “The Grandstand”, “Big Meadow”, and “Vaudeville”, with many smaller acts that you would stumble upon all day at random venues and atop of RVs. No two bands sounded alike which is what makes the festival so eclectic. The stages included genres that you can only hear at the High Sierra Music Festival, from rock, blues, bluegrass, soul, reggae, jazz, space-rock, low-fi garage, doo-wop, gospel, ragtime, punk, psychedelic country, electronic ensembles, Punjabi Roots, latin, mambo, hip-hop, front-porch, dance-hall…. let me just stop there, I have gone on way too long already. But the great thing was that if you couldn’t get down with the band or their sound, you had a couple of other choices to head over to, a mere 5 minute walk away. Not to mention that on your way, fans are camped everywhere and anywhere…

Have you ever been to a silent disco? I had never heard of one myself… but one late evening, say about 2am, we stumbled over to this grassy area, where there was a line to exchange your ID for a pair of wireless headphones. And yes, there was no loud music or even a visible DJ around, just a bunch of us getting down and dancing to the music coming through our headphones. It was comical to remove the phones and watch everyone movin’ their stuff to what seemed like silence… just another highlight that you may only be able to experience at a festival of such.

More to come on featured at band from High Sierra Music Festival later on… well, or mores so shortly.
Felix the Hat,
Live Music City, high hopes!

Where have the Killers been hiding?

photo courtesy of SICD

I don’t actually have the answer to this (maybe you do), but wanted to share their cover of the Rasberries’ song “Go All The Way”. It appears in Tim Burton‘s adaptation of Dark Shadows, which is out in theatres now… you will have to wait until the credits to hear The Killers, and it doesn’t appear on the soundtrack.

Felix the Hat,
Live Music City, high hopes!

Scott Weiland gives contribution to The Avengers Soundtrack with “Breathe”

photo courtesy of Grunge Report

So cool that two bands we grew up with, have created such masterpieces for this summer’s upcoming ultimate superhero, action movie, The Avengers. We have already been graced with a preview of Soundgarden‘s contribution to the soundtrack last month, “Live to Rise”, as well as the full song today. Now we hear that Scott Weiland, former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman/lead singer, has added his own project to the soundtrack, a song titled “Breathe”. Great, great song, which only means the movie will be that much better.. I mean, I have been freakin’ stoked to see this movie, and have had no idea that the production team would be pulling together such amazing music for it.
Listen to Scott Weiland’s “Breathe” Here

Felix the Hat,
Live Music City, high hopes!

Video for “Dark Parts” from Perfume Genius

Is it me, or does this song belong to the Garden State soundtrack… it would have fit in perfectly if it was written in 2004. A very peaceful song done by Perfume Genius, but not quite getting the video… he hangs out with his mom, leads her down some mysterious road, almost as if it were a horror film with happy indie rock music… check it out.
Felix the Hat,
Live Music City, high hopes!