Archive for the ‘Youtube Corner’ Category

h1

Youtube Corner Pt. 7: Neil Young Concert

November 13, 2007

Last night I saw Neil Young at the Chicaco Theatre, on the first of two nights there, and it was really nice. The concert came in two portions, one half solo acoustic and the other half full band electric. I really enjoyed both portions almost equally. In the acoustic portions, Neil played his pianos, guitars, and harmonicas with great feeling, making each note as heartfelt as we expect him to. But the man knows how to rock out and do ten minute long guitar solos (on Old Black, no less!) with heavy distortion. I recognized a ton of the songs he played, which was something I was worried about not happening. He has such a massive discography that I expected him to do more obscure stuff than the hits, but he played a ton of his best songs and didn’t just dwell on the new or obscure. Really wonderful concert.

At one point during the acoustic half, he kind of broke off into a completely unrelated story about crawfish and his experience in the second grade. It was funny and distinctly Neil Young. After that, he went on to play one of the most beautiful acoustic renditions I have ever heard. It was Mellow My Mind off of Tonight’s The Night, and he played by himself with a banjo. It has been echoing in my mind for the past day. This is a very similar version of the song played back in 1976, at Budokan, and is completely flawless. My ears are in love. Enjoy.

Advertisements
h1

Youtube Corner Pt. 6: Some Coachella Stuff

May 2, 2007

Well, Coachella was over the weekend and now, only days later, the videos are pouring into youtube. The two biggest acts are, I think Rage Against The Machine and The Jesus And Mary Chain, both of which seem to have played exceptionally. But these two bands were not the only highlights. The fact that two awesome bands reunited for the festival was just the frosting on the cake. To be sure, Coachella has become the greatest music festival in the world, the lineup only getting better every year. No other festivals this year even stand a chance.

There are literally hundreds of Rage videos all over youtube from this show. It seems like absolutely everyone had a camera on them. But everyone knew that bootlegs and videos would be out for this show in no time. This is just a taste of what was up. The energy in the performance is just fantastic. Zack’s voice still sounds perfect and the band played like they hadn’t left. You have to understand that a Rage concert, let alone the first Rage concert in six years, isn’t too far from a riot and tens of thousands of people in the audience were jumping around rhythmically at any given time in the show. This may be just a taste, but once again, this was destined to be the most recorded show of the year. I wouldn’t rule out an official release of the show either. But what is the future of Rage? Well considering they are all unemployed otherwise, it’s my guess that Rage could be back for another album or tour.

The Arcade Fire have staked their place in the business with not only a great sophomore album but a killer live act. What struck me about this video was how much energy they all had. I don’t think there is really anything to say, because the video does the justice. Great quality, too.

The Jesus And Mary Chain ended up being a little crusty, which is understandable because it has been almost ten years since their last show and twenty since they were in their prime. Will’s voice specifically sounds a bit more tame, and some of the songs were played kind of slowly, but in any case, this is still The Chain. As far as playing goes everything was really tight. They actually debuted the night before, and someone has that whole show up on youtube for all to see. This particular clip is the band doing one of the most beautiful songs ever, Just Like Honey. But guess who showed up for both nights to help out on vocals? The one and only Scarlett Johansson.

h1

Youtube Corner Pt. 5: Does anyone remember the glory days?

February 7, 2007

The glory days when Chicago really did have a team that could be considered the undeniable greatest in their sport? It’s hard to believe. I have many memories of exiting my den flailing my arms and swearing because the Cubs just can’t seem to get some freaking runs, god bless them. Football I’m just hard pressed to get excited about. But basketball, now THAT is a spectator sport. You can get bored with everything else easily, but basketball is where it’s at. And believe it or not, I do remember staying up late watching basketball when I was a kid. I had a Jordan poster in my room, and I always looked for them on the court, the dynamic trio of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Dennis Rodman, of course with all the rest such as personal favorite Tony Cucoach to make the team as truly special as it was. When Jordan wasn’t on the court, my immediate reaction was always, “why the hell not?” I remember being told one morning by my dad that I had gotten up in the middle of the night to watch The Bulls play, and I held up a conversation with him even though he knew I was really asleep. That always stuck with me for some reason as a very special memory. When a sports team can conjure a memory that poignant, that special, you know you have something cool on your hands.

So even though this is pretty irrelevant, this is worth it’s own corner. It’s from a DVD from a while ago about Michael Jordan, and it’s his ten best slam dunks. All of them are very cool. Just watch him tear through that defense. Sometimes it’s just ridiculous, and that’s coming from a guy who isn’t even that big of a sports fan. It’s just crazy to watch him annihilate so much.

In addition to this, I have a couple of other music related tidbits to share.  I’m not a fantastic source for this kind of news though, so don’t depend on me every time you want to know something about a band I just happen to like.  Anyway, Nine Inch Nails new album is called Year Zero and it’s out on April 17.  There is also finally a release date on the new Smashing Pumpkins album.  It will be released on July 7 (7/7/07) and it will be named “Zeitgeist,” a german word that refers to the state of a culture at any particular time.  Thank you Billy Corgan for finally divulging us with information that isn’t half assed.  I pretty much won’t talk about it until it’s out, because that’s the information I wanted and that’s all I need at the moment, save the lineup which I will talk about once I actually get the album and review it.  It should also be noted that Smashing Pumpkins are booked for four European festivals.  I know someone who is going to Germany just for the occasion, so he will tell me all about it.

h1

Youtube Corner Pt. 4: 5 Great Music Videos

November 2, 2006

Hey folks. I’m going to sort of take a break here and do a youtube post. I might not update next monday, we’ll see. I think I may need to take a week off to concentrate on some stuff, we’ll see. But there are some great music videos out there that you may or may not know about, and I’d like to share them with you. They each have their own distinct personalities and great qualities. I promise you, all of these are timeless in some way, whether or not you like them. If it was “the five best music videos” than things would be far too obvious. I’d have to include Coffee And TV and Thriller and Fell In Love With A Girl and all that shit which I just don’t feel like doing right now.

But just so you know, I totally had in mind to include Reverence by The Jesus And Mary Chain, because in some kind of weird way, that is art. But youtube doesn’t have it, so I replaced it with something. I won’t say which. But look for the Reverence video, or at least the Far Gone And Out video, because JaMC videos are badass.

1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. Really, it’s almost hard to swallow how many fricking many videos the Pumpkins had. It’s more than you would think, really. Like, sort of a ridiculous amount for each album, save Gish maybe. To be honest, almost all of them are great, save some that are otherwise brilliant if you ignore the fact that Billy Corgan seems to love the camera lens a tad too much, not giving anyone else a chance. But this is probably the best one. If you ever forgot what the 90s were like, and what it meant to go out on a weekend and just screw around going to parties and being a total jackass, well, this is the perfect reminder. Believe it or not, this kind of stuff happened. And it was great.

Rabbit In Your Headlights by Unkle. Really, the fact that Thom Yorke does the vocals is pretty irrelevant, but worthy of note. The song itself is moody and atmospheric, but the video makes it really special. If you want thought provoking, this is the one to watch. Many times when this kind of short story type of art is put into video form, it just doesn’t work out. It seems too campy and poorly planned, because these videos by nature just are very hard to do and make meaningful. However, this one is good. It all really builds throughout the entire thing.

Dayvan Cowboy by Boards of Canada. What’s really cool about this one is that it’s real. Like, the first part. The second half is essentially cool ass shots of waves and surfers and such, but the first part…well, that is the biggest ever freefall. He was out in the exosphere or some shit, practically in space. Skydiving seems crazy enough to me, but this guy, wow. He survived too. Apparently if one little thing went wrong he would have essentially been burnt to a crisp in the atmosphere. Does the music good justice, and it really gets you thinking, which is kind of what music videos are supposed to do at their core. BoC have always been very dissonant, and this pushes that notion along.

Hoppipolla by Sigur Ros. I don’t know the band that well, but this is a fantastic video. What does it really mean to be a hooligan anyway? On an artistic level, this video does everything that a heartwarming song like this should evoke. Of course, the song is sort of a piece to imagine your own image up to, but I think this was a very powerful video with a very powerful but vague and open-ended set of themes.

Once In A Lifetime by The Talking Heads. A true classic of it’s age, for sure. The song is surely the Heads’ best, and the video is nothing short of hypnotic. It almost plays like a skewed 80s instructional video, on how to be effectively unpredictable. Perhaps it is a product of it’s times, but theres nothing like throwing this baby out on a dance floor and getting some cheers.

h1

Youtube Corner Pt. 3: AW SHIT! It's spontaneous music video time!

September 21, 2006

OK, I figure since it takes me so little time to make a youtube post and a fricking long time to make a standard review, I might as well just do more youtube posts. I’m online almost every day anyway, so I figure if I’m going to be here anyway I might as well just take a minute to post something interesting every so often at another random day during the week. I’m pretty proud that I have adhered to this schedule as well as I have… I usually can’t follow schedules at all. But I’ll let this be sort of my reason to run wild.

But I’ll post this one on schedule simply because I will include more than one video in it. But from now on, don’t be too surprised if I just jump in with a post on a day that’s not Monday or Thursday. I mean, youtube is a big site. Theres a lot to see and hear, and I think that I might as well take advantage of that vastness and ability to post a video easily here.

This is a lovely little music video from a band called Lush. They were around in the early nineties and made a lot of sweet, kindhearted, and, well, Lush music about love. They were part of the shoegaze era and consequently had a lot of layered guitars and sound effects and such. Almost every song by Lush is great and extremely interesting. This song is called Sweetness and Light. I like the band a lot. I might do a review of one of their releases later. Sorry about the poor quality, but the video is already so spontaneous that it hardly matters.

This is Nirvana playing Radio Friendly Unit Shifter live at MTV Live And Loud. I recently bought a poster that has Kurt on it with one of the statues in the background behind him, and it looks like he has angel wings (for $6.99 too!). I don’t know if it was taken from this concert, but I’m thinking it wasn’t. The statues were a rarity, but I think they were there more than once, maybe just twice. Really, this is one of the best Nirvana performances I have seen, at least as far as individual songs go. The song is the perfect mix between melodicism, angry punk, and sheer noise. Notice how every band member seems to be in a great mood, including the awesomeness of Pat Smear on the right. The energy here is just crazy, especially near the end when Kurt and Pat go on a fantastic little hypnotic guitar feedback trip thing. It’s about everything you could ask for in a great Nirvana performance, considering it’s not so common a song that the members are totally sick of it and that everyone on stage is having great fun. Great, great performance.

This is a classic Led Zeppelin Promo for Traveling Riverside Blues. I don’t have a completely extensive knowledge of the music industry, but if you were to ask me what the earliest music videos were, I might tell you some stuff from The Beatles’ Hard Days Night or that one Bob Dylan video of the cue cards. It’s hard to say. But music videos only became widespread in the 80s. Led Zeppelin had a few things which they didn’t exactly call videos but more promos. This is one such promo for arguably my favorite Led Zep song. It’s classic blues sort of adopted from an earlier blues artist who I can’t recall the name of at the moment. I am also in the process of reading a Led Zeppelin biography for school. It is very interesting. Apparently, Jimmy Paige knew damn well and admitted at the critics first notice that a lot of the songs were borrowed from earlier artists. I would hardly say they “ripped off” anyone so much as didn’t bother to credit them because they thought that anyone who would make the connection wouldn’t really mind too much. It’s probably one of my favorite music videos ever.

And I leave you with a moment of clarity from our good friends of My Bloody Valentine doing a trippy video for Soon. Surprisingly enough, the band actually made a few music videos. They were very surreal and cool, and although the ones for To Here Knows When, You Made Me Realize, Swallow, and Feed Me With Your Kiss were pretty cool, I’d say this one fits the music best. It’s very calming and soothing, and the video is too. By the end of their career as a band, MBV decidedly made Bilinda Butcher the centerfold of the music with her touching and extremely effective lyrics. She was also the focus of the latter music videos too, and considering the focus of the band was sensuality and sex in the latter days, it would make sense to put the fairer gender in the spotlight. You get some really good images of Bilinda in this video, as her body glistening with distortion dances on through the music. The videos for Soon, To Here Knows When, and Swallow are close to identical really, but if I had to choose the best one it would be this. Really, anyone who likes the band should just do a quick youtube search of any of the MBV songs I listed along with the band name. But don’t just search the band name, or you will get five pages of shitty anime tributes featuring a godawful Good Charlotte song.

Well, that’s it for now. I hope you guys enjoy this batch of videos. They’re good’uns.

h1

Youtube Corner Pt. 2: Why I appreciate artists with a sense of humor.

August 18, 2006

I guess lately the Radiohead buzz has still been on. Fans like me have sort of been torn between waiting patiently for an album that might not even get to them for a year and complaining a little, but whatever. As long as they get it out eventually. Hearing stuff like the full band version of Arpeggi, 15 Step, Videotape, House of Cards, and Down Is The New Up really makes me feel better. They have something down, and I like that.

Anyway, thought this was funny, even though it is very old.

h1

For the love of all that is holy, I promise that this summarizes with the utmost perfection the greatest aspects of mankind.

July 21, 2006

Massive street cred to whoever put the footage together.