Archive for January, 2014

I love great cover songs.  Triple J TV has a fun series of interviews with live cover performances that they call Like A Version.  In this episode Grouplove “covers” their own song “Ways to Go” with a Johnny Cash spin then tackles their current tour mates Cage The Elephant’s “Spiderhead”.  I have to say this is even better than the original.

I stand corrected.  The Grammy collaboration that I was least excited to see ended up stealing the night.  The live mashup by Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons was unique and exciting.

The Boston Calling music festival has announced their 2014 dates and lineup.  May 23-25, 2014 in City Hall Plaza.  Highlights include Jack Johnson, Modest Mouse, Deathcab, The Neighbourhood, Bastille and Frank Turner.

Can you believe that it has been 20 years since G. Love and Special Sauce released their self-titled debut album that featured the hits “Cold Beverage” and “Baby’s Got Sauce”?  Brings back such great memories of high school days.

Fun fact #1: I was one of the first people anywhere to play the single “Blues Music” on the radio “91.7 WPAA broadcasting live from the basement of Evans Hall on the campus of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts…”

Fun fact #2: I went to school with G. Love aka Garrett Dutton at Germantown Friends School in Philly.

Now 20 years later we are all grown up, and to the delight of many thirtysomethings, the original lineup of G. Love, “Jimi Jazz” Prescott and “The Houseman” Jeffrey Clemens have reunited to record the new album, Sugar, which will release on April 22.  You can pre-order at Philadelphonic.com.  G and the Sauce have also announced a 20th Anniversary U.S. tour to support Sugar that will include complete performances of their debut album at each stop.  Congratulations to the band for reaching this milestone anniversary and continuing to entertain us.

Check out the video for the first single “Nothing Quite Like Home” below.  The song was co-written with Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons and includes supporting vocals from Ben Harper and Marc Broussard.

Best of 2013 Spotify Playlist

Posted: January 15, 2014 in Playlist
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I know we are already half way through January but its not too late to look back at the best songs of 2013 according to TheSystemOfSound.Com.  Listen here on Spotify.

Another Festival announcement.  This time of year is so exciting.  The Hangout Beach, Music and Arts Festival lineup has been announced for May 16-18, 2014 in Gulf Shores, AL.  Haven’t attended this one before but have to look into it this year.  What better place for a festival than the beach!  Starting to get an idea of what the festival circuit is going to look like this year and this one is pretty standard.  Not saying that it is not a great lineup, just no big surprises.  Good to know that Outkast is going to do the circuit this year so there is no need to deal with the craziness of Coachella to see them.  Also looks like Jack Johnson and Queens of the Stone Age are going to be at it all summer.  And you can never go wrong with The Black Keys and The Killers to round out the headliners.  Looking further down to the medium sized print Fitz and the Tantrums, Portugal. The Man, Flaming Lips and Capital Cities always entertain.  Then we get to the small print which is the most exciting for me.  I would definitely arrive early to see Amos Lee, Bastille, Black Lips, Bad Sun, and RDGLDGRN.  Finally, DO NOT MISS Robert DeLong who blew me away at the Life Is Beautiful Festival in Vegas last fall

Hangout Festival Lineup