Terrific Tuesday

PivenThis Tuesday brings you something a bit different. In the past, I’ve done Terrible Tuesdays, but today we’re going with a Terrific Tuesday! Check out the awesomeness that is this one man band in the streets somewhere in Croatia. He’s got a great song going as he walks down the street. Pretty cool how he didn’t let the camera bother his sweet performance.

Also, I think this might actually be Jeremy Piven, or Cheeeeese from Old School.

Electric Picnic 2009

Oh man! I love a good music festival, and I just stumbled across one that may be the best in the world this year. The list of bands I’d quite like to see includes Röyksopp, Whitest Boy Alive, Flaming Lips, Fleet Foxes, Sugarhill Gang, Okkervil River, Madness, Marina & The Diamonds, MGMT, Zero 7, Orbital, and even Flock of Seagulls! Such a great lineup! Now I just need to get a lot more money, a ticket to Europe, and I’m good to go!

Check out the concert site here.

The Sounds US Tour 2009

The SoundsThe Sounds are a Swedish band who have released two albums and have a third due to release in June 2009. Maja Ivarsson is the lead singer, and has a pretty recognizable voice. It’s not quite raspy, and I’m not sure what it is, but I dig it. How was that for a great description?

Anyway, they’ve got some quality music, great for listening to when you want to get some energy flowing through your ears. They just started their massive US tour where they’ll start in the Midwest, then on to California, then across the Southern states to where I’m at in Florida, then over to Europe for a bit. They finish things off with a long stay jumping all over California.

Check out the tour dates on their Myspace page.

Here’s a sample of my favorite song of theirs. I recommend increasing the volume of your speakers significantly. Enjoy Painted by Numbers:

Spinal Tap is Touring in 2009

One of the greatest rock movies of all time is This is Spinal Tap. If you haven’t seen it, go rent it right now! This post will still be here when you get back.

So, now, around 25 years after Spinal Tap was blowing minds all over the world, they are reuniting to tour once again. The band consists of Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer. They’ve all gone on to do many great things, including Christopher Guest’s movies Best in Show, A Mighty Wind and so on. The tour dates can be found here: http://www.unwigged.com/tour.html

Now, a little video action to help you either reminisce or learn about some awesomness. Here, Nigel Tufnel shows off some of the band’s equipment:

And here is the performance in the movie of my favorite song of theirs, Stonehenge:

Red House

A few years back, my Dad had been watching the DVD of the Fender Stratocaster’s 50th anniversary. The concert featured a number of great guitar players, and the performances were mixed in quality. He sat me down and showed me some highlights, then he said to just sit back and enjoy this, which invitation I extend to you:

Yeah, well done Gary Moore, well done. Neither of us had heard of him, but man, that was one of the greatest covers I’ve ever seen. The man can play a mean blues guitar. I love the part around 5-8 minutes where he breaks it down and just works the guitar as it was meant to be used.

That’s all for now, I recommend watching that video on occasion, as it still gives me goosebumps every time I take 10 minutes to view it. I think Jimi would be proud to see his song treated with such respect.

Australian Pink Floyd Show Tonight

I’m very excited about tonight’s concert I’ll be attending. The Australian Pink Floyd Show is playing at Hard Rock Live in Orlando tonight! I saw them a few years ago at the E Center in Salt Lake City and it was incredible. Tonight’s show is a performance of the full The Wall album. From AussieFloyd.com:

For The First Time In Over 25 Years Pink Floyd’s Legendary Rock Opera
THE WALL – live In concert & in its entirety
Performed by The Australian Pink Floyd Show.

The World Premiere of an amazing new stage production
including animation, lasers & inflatables
PLUS a very special ‘greatest hits’ encore

Yeah, I can’t wait! Here’s a video in poor quality that hints at the grandeur, if you will, of the production.

David Gilmour Live on PBS

David Gilmour Live at The Royal Albert HallWell how about that! I was just flipping channels tonight and stumbled upon a gem on PBS! David Gilmour Live at the Royal Albert Hall. I just caught the last half of it I think. I first saw some of Gilmour’s latest stuff, which is alright, it hasn’t grown on me just yet. Then came the magic.

That oh so familiar sound at the beginning of Shine On You Crazy Diamond sounded, and I got very excited. Sure enough, that song kicked in and it was a good one! It was a simplified version, but done perfectly, just the way David Gilmour always does. It was cool, the guitar solo was less embellished but still had all the meat in there to keep it true to the Floyd style. David Crosby and Graham Nash were singing the harmony along with Gilmour, which was incredible.

After that, Coming Back to Life was played, and a few other great ones. One that got my arm hairs to stand up was Find The Cost Of Freedom, which is a song by Crosby, Stills, and Nash. It is a short one, all acoustic, and wonderful. Gilmour’s voice with Crosby and Nash was some of the most beautiful a capella I’ve heard.

Finally, here’s PBS’s little write up on the show, it was a lucky find:

Pink Floyd’s Dave Gilmour is joined by David Crosby, Graham Nash and David Bowie in this December 2006 concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall, featuring classic Floyd songs, plus cuts from his 2006 solo CD, “On an Island.” Included: “Arnold Layne.”