Post by rabbitrabbit on Jun 9, 2011 22:18:10 GMT -5
mika and didilynn thanks for the insight into Maroon 5 and Bruno. Interesting case studies that might apply a bit to possible directions for Adam, as well as great musicians in their own right. Thanks!
Didilynn - Thanks for posting that review as I had been curious about the Bruno Mars performance. I'd debated buying a ticket to hear Janelle Monae and am glad I didn't spend the money.
I've heard Bruno on TV and there's no doubt he can sing, however I just can't take his material. It reminds me of the 'Barry Manilow' school of writing - all sickly sweet, with lots of well-worn cliche's about love and dying for your partner paired with mundane tunes. I change the channel when his songs come on the radio and can't even fathom spending a dime for The Lazy song, but clearly I'm in a minority. He gets played all the time here.
Does his success mean Adam has more of a chance. I guess we'll see when the next album drops. There are some good singers who have hit songs and i knew as soon as I heard Adele and Cee lo's tunes that they would be hits because they're so catchy. But then total auto-tuned, formulaic dogs with no melody - like ET or Get on the Floor become monster hits and I have no clue why. So basically, I don't really get the market and I'm not counting on Adam getting tons of radio support unless either his fans get behind him in a major way or he has a song that's as irresistable as Rolling in the Deep or Forget You.
mika... thanks for all the info on M5. I knew very little about the band, so it was nice to get some background. Definitely an "outlier" group from your description, and I can't believe how long it took for their album to creep up the charts... OMG, 26 months! That's crazy!!
And didilynn.. really enjoyed your write up of Bruno and Janelle, too. Bruno's voice doesn't do a lot for me on the radio, but it sounds like he really shines in concert and does some really eclectic stuff!!
Yay! Someone watched. She is really amazing. Did you see where the HeWhoCannot amedet player is watching her with amazement and a smile, then he just goes over to sit down and watch/listen as if to say "I'm not needed here, you've got this". That's a pretty great honor.
And hoopla1, with the tweeting. I'd love to hear/see Adam's reaction to this performance. I know I would love to see Adam duet with a lot of people, but could you imagine the two of them at an impromptu thing like this................................
Yay! Someone watched. She is really amazing. Did you see where the HeWhoCannot amedet player is watching her with amazement and a smile, then he just goes over to sit down and watch/listen as if to say "I'm not needed here, you've got this". That's a pretty great honor. And hoopla1, with the tweeting. I'd love to hear/see Adam's reaction to this performance. I know I would love to see Adam duet with a lot of people, but could you imagine the two of them at an impromptu thing like this................................
Gotta say it again "he/she shoulda won".
Thanks for bringing this over. I really enjoy Haley's singing style and loooove the interaction with the band. She totes shoulda won.
With every fiber of my being I know you are going to be iconic. Yes, you are. - Paula Abdul
I just finished watching the second episode of The Sing-Off (NBC a cappella groups). Last year's winner, Committed, sang a snippet from their new album and I almost gasped at the fabulous sound. This is contemporary a cappella. I just purchased it from iTunes and the sound is amazing. I highly recommend it. All of you who have been looking for contemporary music with great vocals take note. They even cover Bruno's Grenade.
Here is a YT of their single. They also have a radio version that has some instruments in it. This song is religious (not preachy) but not all the songs on the album are. I'm not religious but am enamored with the musical content--the sound--just wow! Definitely headphones are a plus.
Here is a really interesting interview from the broadcast Sound Opinions with producer Bob Ezrin. Ezrin talks about his experiences working with Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, and Kiss. It demonstrates just how much collaboration occurs between artist/producer (we wouldn't have Beth or Comfortably Numb without his influence). And for Rihannsu there is a very brief U2 mention at the end
“People are really trying their best. Just like being happy and sad, you will find yourself on both sides of the equation many times over your lifetime, either saying or hearing the wrong thing. Let's all give each other a pass, shall we?” ― David Rakoff, Half Empty
My thoughts and concert recap of VINTAGE TROUBLE and THE PARLOTONES Atlanta Ga. 10-14-2011
Well, first of all, I want to thank NoAngel, or was it SusieFierce, for tweeting the YT of "Stars Fall Down" by the Parlotones. They had me at "trace my face while it's a happy face". This group just makes me happy. If I had to label them with one word, it would be "lovely".
Although their songs kinda have a "sameness" to them, (I'm normally bored with too much of the same), I find myself loving most of the Parlotones' tunes. The group seems tight knit...very cohesive and talented...but I find I only notice Kahn Morbee, the lead siinger, most of the time. There's a sweetness about him and I love the tone of his vocals, especially on the slower songs (my favs are the bleeding heart love songs). I also love the silly lyrics, "Umbrellas and trampolines" "money schmoney", " billions of blue, blistering barnicles", etc. And, of course, I find their So. African accents just adorable...."desire...inspire...dance...chance". Also, I've noticed a favorite lyric/image used quite extensively is "taste". Whether its "honey, we have forever to taste...tickle and taste...honey you're delicious..do we taste the same....as chocolate melts on your hot, hot lips/skin, and lots more. Since I'm an official AFL "team tongue" member, maybe I'm just more into that imagery. LOL. Anyway, on to last nite's concert(s).
Husband, son and I headed to Atlanta...arrived at Smith's Old Bar in Midtown @ 6pm. We had dinner (fairly good bar food) and just hung out until the first opening act at 9PM. It was almost 1AM ET before the Parlotones finished. Vintage Trouble played for about 45 minutes and then another not-so-good group for another 45 minutes and The Parlotones for about an hour or so.
While we were waiting beforehand in the bar, I noticed Ty Taylor out front of Smith's Bar takiing pics of the front. I went outside and talked to him for a while. He was really sweet...seemed thrilled that I knew who he was. He asked how I knew about the band and I told him because of Adam. He grinned from ear to ear. I, of course, went on and on about how wonderful it is that Adam is so supportive of other musicians, etc. He asked me how well I knew Adam, LOL, and I told him I was a "big time" fan...talked about GNT...told him about flying out for ClubNokia show...showed him my tattoo, etc. I had mentioned that I was from Alabama and had driven over 200 miles...and he thanked me several times for coming so far (he assumed I had come just to see VT)
Although I had seen some YTubes, I really didn't know much about VT, except for the AFL connection...so I didn't know their songs. I liked their stuff, but didn't love it. Ty worked the stage well....got so sweaty that the back of his tan suit coat was soaked through. There were only about 8-10 peeps standing in front of the band (only got l dark pic in photobucket link below) and maybe 20 more seated.....I kinda felt sorry for them, but outside of 2 fans from LA (who were also AFL fans) no one there knew who they were. He reached down and squeezed my hand during one song...I thought that was really sweet. I tried doing my part, but the audience love was minimal. After their set ended, I watched him (still in that soaked coat) lugging his equipt. off stage. I thought about how hard groups like this work.....some make it big, and some struggle on and on. I couldn't help but think of our Adam, and how wonderful his life is now....Thank You God!
After a second opening act (don't remember their name) the Parlotones began around midnite. By this time, there were probably 100 people there. I had no problem walking up and claiming front row center (Thank goodness there were some tables and chairs or hubby and son wouldn't have made it) The venue was basically a bar. A small stage and GA area.
I felt really special being so close up. (most of the pics hubby took were awful, but I picked out a few below), but also felt a little sad that there weren't more people there. I stood next to 2 lovely 20 somethings from So. Africa who were in Atlanta for business. They were so proud of The Parlotones. There were maybe a hand full more fans who knew the words and sang along. They sang probably 10-12 songs....most of the best ones, including...Overexpose, Stars fall Down, Push Me To the Floor, Only Human, Life Design, Remember When, Baby Be Mine, Giant Mistake, I'll Be There and I'm forgetting one or two. They didn't sing "Beautiful", but did an encore of a new not yet released slow song and Elvis' "Hunk of Burning Love". lol. About a dozen of us up front yelled loud enough that they did an encore.
Kahn is just so cute. He's kinda small. Sings a lot with his eyes closed...really seems to be feeling the music. He also dances around and is just precious. Hubby and son said they liked Stars Fall Down and Push Me To The Floor best....thought the sound was really good about 25 feet back where they were. They both agreed that The Parlotones sounded better than Adam Lambert!!! Off with their heads!!! They really try, but don't enjoy listening to AFL....his music is just not their cuppa.
Anyway, sorry to be so rambling. But I had a really good time...enjoyed myself.. and because of the low attendance,felt like I almost had my own personal concert. And another highlight of the evening was the opportunity to tell all the Parlotone fans about AFL and how I found VT and The Parlotones thru my associations with AFL and AFL fans. It's all good.
Anyone not familiar with The Parlotones check out their fantastic, very prof. vids on YouTube....very impressive. I wish them well.
Bama, thanks so much for your recap! Sounds like a lot of fun! Loved that you talked to Ty--only 20 or so peeps at beginning--yep, that's probably what AFL felt like at CV gigs. So nice that you made him happy by recognizing him. I really like VT youtubes.
I don't know who is opening for the ParloTones in SF or Sac--but I know I'm going to enjoy the shows! I pretty much love all live music and don't get to go out here in Sac (bff says don't do public trans after dark!) So YAY for PTones in NoCal soon!!
This bit about VT's set just about ripped my heart in two...
Ty worked the stage well....got so sweaty that the back of his tan suit coat was soaked through. There were only about 8-10 peeps standing in front of the band (only got l dark pic in photobucket link below) and maybe 20 more seated.....I kinda felt sorry for them, but outside of 2 fans from LA (who were also AFL fans) no one there knew who they were. He reached down and squeezed my hand during one song...I thought that was really sweet. I tried doing my part, but the audience love was minimal. After their set ended, I watched him (still in that soaked coat) lugging his equipt. off stage. I thought about how hard groups like this work.....some make it big, and some struggle on and on. I couldn't help but think of our Adam, and how wonderful his life is now....Thank You God!
I think you're so right about this. Probably 95% of peeps doing music never make it big, and just struggle on for many years performing gigs in little bars/nightclubs/cabarets to often apathetic audiences. Hell, 95% is probably high... it might be more like 99%.
By the way, what was the original connection between VT and Adam? Did he tweet something about their music?