Friday, May 24, 2013

Remember to Enter the First Ever #EDAS Contest!

Hey Readers! Don't forget to enter our 500th Post Contest for a chance to win some pretty cool swag. Entries have to be received by next Tuesday and to be eligible is Friend us on Facebook, then email with the subject EDAS @ 500! and guess as many of the amazing music stars in the picture below as you can. If you have been reading along, you should have no trouble guessing at least 10 of these. Especially astute readers should be able to get the whole shebang. Enjoy the long weekend and make sure not to miss out on this great chance to win!

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The Beatles - I've Just Seen a Face

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Stone Temple Pilots Fire Scott Weiland, Pick up Linkin Park's Chester Bennington.

On of my favorite bands growing up, Stone Temple Pilots, have cut ties with their longstanding frontman, Scott Weiland. His history of substance issues and unreliability had caused internal stress within the band, but somehow I think this solo tour playing the band's material broke the camels back. In his stead, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington has joined up with the remaining guys to release a new STP song. I was never much of a fan of Linkin Park but Bennington actually replaces Weiland quite well vocally. I certainly don't remember as much yelling, and the song definitely suffers from a lack of Weiland's lyrical approach, however if you are begging for more music from Eric Kretz and the DeLeo Brothers, there could be much more where this is coming from. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

#EDAS Album Review: Molly Drake, Molly Drake

by Justin (@justasstrazdin)

Label: Squirrel Thing / Alimentation - March 5, 2013
Artist-Fair Shopping: CD (US), CD (UK).
(Sorry nerds, no vinyl, but both CD's come with liner notes and poetry book.)

Style: Painted Portrait Where the Eyes Move, Haunted Home Studio, Ouija Board Lyrics Generator

Audience: Milk Bath with Opium & Honey Crowd, Gents Who Relax with Lipstick, Nostalgic Grandmothers, Ghost Hunters with an M.A. in Literature

I doubt anyone approaches this collection without acknowledging that Molly Drake birthed Nick Drake, and in turn got him into music. She kept a reel-to-reel recorder in the home, and Nick used it for some home recordings released in the 2007 collection Family Tree. Molly died in 1993, but two of her songs made that album because her daughter, Gabrielle, cashed in with grace and style to reveal more about Nick and Molly's lives and music. In 2013, nineteen of Molly's private songs (including the two on Family Tree) were quietly released to show that Nick's craft ran in the family.

The album opens with the sad words, "Happiness is like a bird with twenty wings / Try to catch him as he flies." Look at the album cover for a moment. A regular portrait, for an album of regular music, yet there's a haunting and fragile quality to her lyrics, led by a husky, yet quivering voice. Her son's early death may have a lot to do with my lyrical interpretation, as it is tempting to analyze a musical family's individual works on the basis of the lives and misfortunes. Their voices share tonal similarities and their writing often feels dark.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Concert Recap: Har Mar Superstar Shines @ (Le) Poisson Rouge 5/5/13. Catch Him Solo Tonight on The Moon.

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Last Wednesday, I made sure to follow a strict caffeine regimen in order stay awake and catch Har Mar Superstar rock (Le) Poisson Rouge at midnight.  I ended up sleeping it off for almost the whole next day but holy crap it was worth it. Sean "Har Mar" Tillman and crew (featuring #EDAS favorite, Denver Dalley) brought an old fashioned RnB show, the likes of which I haven't seen since I caught Little Anthony and the Imperials Shimmy, Shimmied their Ko-Ko Bops years ago at BAM. You may have already read our review of Bye Bye 17, which is certainly in the running for 2013 Album of the Year, but this man's stage-show is a whole other ballgame. I would categorize his act as part Marvin Gaye, part pro-wrestling villian's manager.

If you missed this amazing show, don't beat yourself up. New Yorkers get another chance tonight when Har Mar Superstar is the musical guest for my absolute favorite comedy show, The Moon. Join hosts Nat and Bob at Union Pool as they welcome funnymen Myq Kaplan and Mark Normand as well as the incomparable Cocoon Central Dance Team for their mind-blowing 79th Show. Tickets are only 5 measly bucks and the show starts tonight (May 21) at 8:00 PM. If you are going to miss this show as well, then I heck, you might as well start beating yourself up, hard.

Har Mar Superstar - Prisoner

As a final note, I must say that this was the first time that I can remember ever being disappointed that a grown man did not strip down to his underpants. Looks like Har Mar may be growing up. There is a realistic chance that the next time you hear from him, he will be one of the top adult contemporary artists this side of Carnegie Hall. Check the pictures below to see him in all most of his glory.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Some Jerk Hits Toots Hibbert With Bottle. Provokes Karma in The Worst Way Possible. *UPDATED*


Toots went to the VCU Hospital where he received 7 staples. He has been released and somehow has already performed a show in New York. He does have this boss scar now. What a freaking trooper.

It appears that some ass-head threw a bottle at the man who first coined the word reggae. Frederick "Toots" Hibbert and his Maytals have been bringing irie vibes to the masses for over 45 years and they certainly deserve better than this crap. I have seen him on several occasions and he is truly one of the great performers out there. I would advise any live music fans to catch him with his original bandmates before they hang it all up.

They have already caught and arrested the perpetrator, some teenage schmuck who has now dragged the entire Virginia  music scene through the dirt. This jerk is lucky he hasn't caused massive damage, very few 67 year olds can take a vodka bottle to the dome. We here at #EDAS just want to send our positive thoughts and prayers over to the man himself and wish him a short recovery both physical and mental. I don't have much to say to the bottle-thrower, karma will take care of him no doubt. Enjoy a historic blast from the past with an old school Rasta Mon-day.

Toots & The Maytals - You Gonna Need Somebody

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Old iPod Song Review: Bill Cosby - I Love You Camille

by Justin @justasstrazdin

These posts concern an old 1st generation iPod Touch that I recharged looking for an old demo I made, and instead listened to a crapload of songs I forgot about.

Bill Cosby, Bill Cosby Presents Badfoot Brown & the Bunions Bradford Funeral Marching Band, "I Love You Camille"

Okay, this is some confusing shit. Many know about the 1971 release Bill Cosby Presents Badfoot Brown & the Bunions Bradford Funeral & Marching Band, due to Bill Cosby playing electric piano on it, A Tribe Called Quest sampling "Martin's Funeral" on "We Can Get Down," and a 2008 reissue of that rare LP, but "I Love You Camille" is from 1972's Bill Cosby Presents Badfoot Brown & the Bunions Bradford Funeral Marching Band. Go back and read the two titles carefully. You'll notice that the 1972 release is missing an ampersand, and Bill Cosby on keys--he merely produced this record and did a guest vocal. The liner notes are notoriously murky, there is only speculation as to who performed on these sessions.

To further confuse people, that Youtube embed above has the wrong artwork, the 1972 record art is this. It remains out of print, and probably won't see a reissue on account of Cosby not performing, but there is a solid cinematic soul instrumental in "I Love You Camille," and it puts me in a good place every time I hear its dated goodness. Until next time, draw a bath and listen to "Martin's Funeral" on repeat until your fingies wrinkle.