VIDEO:  New Order’s “Blue Monday” turns 35 today; here’s Orkestra Obsolete’s inventive re-interpretation
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VIDEO: New Order’s “Blue Monday” turns 35 today; here’s Orkestra Obsolete’s inventive re-interpretation

Thirty-five years ago today, New Order released their seminal New Wave dance hit, “Blue Monday.”  The song — along with its iconic packaging for the 12″ vinyl single as an over-sized floppy disc — represents a key moment in time for the band, the clearest  indication that it had moved beyond its more austere roots … Continue reading

A chat with Arturo Sandoval:  the legendary musician talks about the state of jazz, sharing it with younger generations, the importance of Arban, and much more
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A chat with Arturo Sandoval: the legendary musician talks about the state of jazz, sharing it with younger generations, the importance of Arban, and much more

The multi-talented Arturo Sandoval, best known as a jazz trumpeter, is in the middle of a four-day residency at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.  He plays a concert tonight, but the bulk of the “Sandoval Jazz Weekend” at The Wallis is devoted to showcasing and engaging young jazz talent … Continue reading

Foo Fighters, MTT, and the LA Phil (AKA how I’m spending my weekend)
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Foo Fighters, MTT, and the LA Phil (AKA how I’m spending my weekend)

It’s been a fun and interesting week.  I’ve been spending a few days in Las Vegas  for the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show,  checking out the endless forest of 100″ 8k super-mega-ultra-uber-HD TVs, robots that sing and/or play beer pong, and acres of other mind-blowing/mind-numbing technology that will grace our homes, offices, and bodies (“wearable technology” … Continue reading

VIDEO:  “Word Crimes” is brilliant
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VIDEO: “Word Crimes” is brilliant

A tip of the hat to Shannita Williams (LA Opera’s Associate Director of Communications, Social Media) for pointing me towards “Weird Al” Yankovic’s latest release, “Word Crimes,” an absolutely spot-on ode to proper grammar and word usage, set to the tune of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” I’m a little sad he didn’t skewer “very unique” in his rant, and … Continue reading

A chat with Ben Jaffe about Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s past, future, and interesting partnerships in their present
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A chat with Ben Jaffe about Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s past, future, and interesting partnerships in their present

Preservation Hall Jazz Band returns once again to Southern California tonight, this time for their inaugural visit to the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre.  This makes about a half-dozen visits to the area since they released That’s It!, their first-ever album devoted exclusively to new compositions (notwithstanding the special editions that include some live versions of classics such as … Continue reading

VIDEO:  The best combination of music, beer, and technology ever devised
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VIDEO: The best combination of music, beer, and technology ever devised

Yesterday was Canada Day (aka “Canada’s Birthday”), and I trust my Canadian friends spent the day doing appropriately Canadian-ish things — you know, like singing “O Canada” and drinking an appropriately Canadian alcoholic beverage. With that in mind, the good folks at Molson Brewing honored Canada Day by sharing the most ingenious and wonderful kind … Continue reading

VIDEO:  Bruce Springsteen covers Lorde’s “Royals”
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VIDEO: Bruce Springsteen covers Lorde’s “Royals”

Bruce Springsteen singing Lorde’s hip-hop-influenced pop tune “Royals?”  Believe it.  As a matter of fact, both song and singer hold up very nicely, thank you very much. Actually, it makes perfect sense that the quintessential blue-collar bard from New Jersey would cover the working-class 17-year old girl from New Zealand to offer this unlikely take on the anthem which thumbs its … Continue reading

Music Video:  the only rock song I know that features a harpsichord is . . .
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Music Video: the only rock song I know that features a harpsichord is . . .

“Golden Brown” by the punk/new-wave/post-punk band, The Stranglers, from their 1981 album, La Folie. In addition to the liberal use of harpsichord, you’ve gotta love the time signature alternating between 6/8 and 7/8 in the main riff.  Given that the song’s title refers to obsession with heroin, a girl, or both, the occasionally disjointed rhythm is perfect. You have … Continue reading

Sway for me on a Mardi Gras day (because Preservation Hall Jazz Band says so)
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Sway for me on a Mardi Gras day (because Preservation Hall Jazz Band says so)

In honor of Fat Tuesday 2014, I offer you the magnificent Preservation Hall Jazz Band with one of the oldest Mardi Gras songs around: “Tootie Ma is a Big Fine Thing.” In fact, since I’m feeling generous, here are two different versions of “Tootie Ma . . . ” The video above features a pared-down … Continue reading

Trading (perhaps treading?) on the family name:  Alexis Gershwin releases a new CD
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Trading (perhaps treading?) on the family name: Alexis Gershwin releases a new CD

George Gershwin is one of my favorite composers, easily in my top three if not my absolute favorite of all time.    His classical music compositions, harmonically and rhythmically complex yet thoroughly lyrical and organic-sounding, were so inimitable and uniquely formed that both Maurice Ravel and Arnold Schoenberg refused to give him composition lessons on … Continue reading

More photos of Rodrigo y Gabriela, DeVotchKa, and Lord Huron at the Hollywood Bowl
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More photos of Rodrigo y Gabriela, DeVotchKa, and Lord Huron at the Hollywood Bowl

Here are more pictures from last Sunday’s concert at the Hollywood Bowl by Rodrigo y Gabriela, DeVotchKa (with The Section Quartet), and Lord Huron. Once again, all images are care of my good friend and photographer extraordinaire, Tim Strempfer, exclusively for All is Yar. To read my review of the concert, click HERE. The usual reminder:  if you … Continue reading

Rodrigo y Gabriela unleashed at the Hollywood Bowl
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Rodrigo y Gabriela unleashed at the Hollywood Bowl

When last we saw Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero — AKA Rodrigo y Gabriela — at the Hollywood Bowl, it was for their 2011 debut at the legendary amphitheater when they played two nights backed up by the full forces of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Between then and now, they appeared locally at smaller venues … Continue reading