Mike Love - Permanent Holiday (SXSW 2014 Showcasing Artist)
I saw Mike Love for the second time the other day (this time was opening for Trevor Hall in Seattle, last time was opening for Nahko and Medicine for the People in Honolulu).
I’m convinced that he’s the most talented person in reggae.
He has an insane vocal range, and explores a wide variety of techniques. His songwriting is unique, going beyond the typical pop structures, but creating powerful and hooky songs at the same time.
He’s the most clever loop pedal users I’ve ever seen live - he does nearly everything with his bare feet, entirely seamlessly, pulling out harmonies for one part only once or twice while other sections are set up at the beginning or during the song and continue throughout. That’s a lot of coordination.
And he’s clever in how he uses it - this song is a perfect example. The bit he does in the middle with his layered vocals syllable by syllable is totally brilliant, creating order out of a chaos he set up himself. It’s very smart an very skillful.
This is intelligent stuff. And it’s all the more impressive when he’s playing solo, although the addition of a percussionist that occasionally harmonizes is a nice addition.
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My Chemical Romance - In The Studio 2002
I am about to freak the fuck out. I’m finally about to have my first show after years of trying to figure out the band thing. And these guys - their beginnings were a symbol to me, a beacon of possibility. I would have given my left arm to see this kind of early footage just a couple years back.
AND NOW HERE IT IS.
Gerard Way - “No Shows”
All I can really say about this is OF COURSE. Of course you would do this next. Of course you would ditch the arena shows for small intimate settings (I wish you genuine luck in getting away from that rabid fanbase, in the general sense), ditch the highly polished recordings for something deliberately and likely authentically lo-fi, of course you would own your adulthood, and your weirdo artnerd nature, and of course you would do a zine.
PS The zine I’m working on… swear to you I started that before I heard. For those of you that know me, you know this fuckin’ guy just gets to fucking everything before I do hahaha.