Category Archives: Music
Happy New Year to those of our readers who use the same calender as me! I hope that the first headache of the new year was WORTH IT! Granted, some of you might be professionals like me and stumbled to your sleepspace at 3AM and woke at 8AM wishing that you packed your running shoes. Really!! I sometimes make myself sick.
We roasted a pig at a friend’s place, went through two kegs of Yuengling, discovered that Fresca and box wine is really not as bad as it sounds, and set off hundreds of dollars of fireworks. We’re having a lovely afternoon on 1/1 of watching the Steelers win (yeah, we’re by Pittsburgh). So now we’re sitting, watching rom-coms, drinking Victory Smokin’ Oats, and eating delivered sushi. And I have no idea what to post, so I’m asking the crew for their music video suggestions. Here’s what the great minds have put together. And it’s legitimate because they have local flavah.
Pittsburgh State of Mind – Michael E. Moats and Addi Twigg
A Good Life – Joe Grushecky
(and because it was played last night a BUNCH OF TIMES)
Captain Jack Sparrow – Lonely Island
Hope everyone had an amazing weekend! Bear and I felt like putting up some Christmassy music for you this week.
Christabel and the Johns – The Best Kind of Friend
(I LOVE the first line of this one – “Christmas time is here, can I get you another beer? Because you’re the best kind of friend, can you believe it’s been a year?”)
John Lennon – Happy Christmas (War is over)
Have a great new year!
(we have some posts lined up for you, don’t worry!)
I’ve recently moved up to the area (and luckily met with Bear) from East Tennessee. One thing that I miss is the amazing local music scene. There is *some* here, don’t get me wrong, but driving 45 minutes to a venue, going to a coffee house in the early evening, or Sunday afternoon jazz just isn’t the same as being able to head out any night of the week, traveling five minutes to a downtown and picking one of five, ten, or fifteen shows ranging from prog-rock to americana to punk to blues to metal.
I’ve excitedly followed some local bands as they made their way beyond the area and into regional and national tours. I’ve been exposed to some amazing artists on their own tours. Some have even made it to the elusive, striven for, capital B and T Big Time.
One such band is the Black Lillies. The frontman of the band, Cruze Contreras was once the CC part of Robinella and the CC String Band. After they broke up, Cruze went on to start the Black Lillies, who ended up doing quite a few wide-spread tours. About a year ago, I went to a friend’s bachelorette party the night of a BL concert, and we ended up at the same bar. Cruze was a sweetie and bought my friend a drink. To make it even more personal (granted, sometimes it seemed that everyone in East TN played an instrument), Trisha Jean, the female vocalist in the band, is my best friend’s mom’s best friend’s daughter.
Right now, the Black Lillies are an independent band and have a music video on CMT! Now before you deride it as ‘country’ I will put my reputation on the line to let you know that they aren’t your conservative C&W band. The Black Lillies come from the East TN culture of subversive, anti-The-Man americana that Appalachia tends to produce. The following video, Two Hearts Down, is up for one of CMT’s best videos of the year. So, if you like it and want to show the big companies that little folks can make it (I’m sure you can think of a beer-related parallel), vote for them here:
Black Lillies – Two Hearts Down
And a few other favorites from the region:
Phil Pollard and the Band of Humans – Land of the Living
Christobel and the Johns – More than Friends
A good example of how the music scene just *happens*:
Jon Worley / Fox Hunt / Cutthroat Shamrock jam
Ok, let’s just stop being late and make Music to Quaff to a Monday thing. Whether you’re like Bear with a job that’s more-or-less a regular 40 hour thing or like me with a serving job that gives me odd days off, you certainly need a soundtrack for chilling on the beginning or end of your work week.
So this weekend we had a 90s party. While typing this up on Sunday evening, I’m still recovering from that, 11 hours of table waiting (in one day), and a 5 mile run to support the local Special Olympics so let’s have a 90s themed dance party … or a 90s themed night of sitting in your room writing bad poetry with a stout that is as dark as your misunderstood soul, your choice!
Week two and we’re already late with your music.
Goodness, well, Bear and I haven’t had much time to discuss this, so let’s put up a video from Marah, who were amazing enough to grace us at the Prohibition party at Elk Creek Aleworks and Brewery this past weekend. Once we get our video edited from the event and the brewer interview, you might see a bit more of the striped guitar and dexterous piano playing.
So, We’ll see what happens, but I’d like to start a weekly thing where on Friday or Saturday either Bear or myself (Gexx) post some music we want to share. It could be new, it could be old, but it’ll be good.
This week’s “Music to Quaff to” is brought to you by serendipity. Bear and I both like to run (note, I said “like to”, not “are runners” or “are good at running”) and on my mp3 playlist yesterday, this gem popped up. And then Bear posted it in anticipation of Black Friday. So here is the first Music to Quaff to….