How music is related.

The first two songs I have posted in this blog, “Get Misunderstood” by The Troublemakers and “She’s Not There” by The Zombies are two seemingly unrelated songs that have been turned into relatives of sorts by the third song. The question posed by some about the third is was it a rip-off or is it a piece of music to be enjoyed for the new blend of elements? I do enjoy Malcom McLaren’s “About Her”, but I am glad to have learned the background of it. I think if fits well into Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill: Vol. 2” soundtrack. The whole “Kill Bill” is an homage to several films and viewers of this film have had the same critique as listeners of “About Her”. In the end, only the viewers and listeners can come to their own conclusion about what they like and what they consider to be good music/film/art.

Thank you to the people who commented on this first video for enlightening me to the origins of this song. In the 3rd video, another YouTube user took the time to put a clip of Bessie Smith singing the refrain, “My man’s got a heart like a rock cast in the sea.”

“and the text is actor Jean Pierre Léaud in the beginning of “Liberté , La Nuit”, dir. Philippe Garrel, 1983.
gr0upthe0ry 2 months ago
Reply
@ELSHADAZERI This is the song that was stolen in 2004 by Malcolm McLaren, and appeared, reworked in Tarantino’s Kill Bill v2. The original refrain is of course Bessie Smith’s “St. Louis Blues”… the refrain being, ‘My man’s got a heart like a rock cast in the sea.’
gr0upthe0ry 2 months ago”



Two French Bands to add to your music rotation.

This past Thursday (October 6, 2011), I had a chance to catch Chateau Marmont & Revolver at The Prophet Bar in Dallas, TX as part of their “Voulez-Vous?” tour. So glad I went as both of these French bands put on an excellent show. I managed to take a bit of video for each band. It’s only from my mobile phone, so the quality is lower. Also, I couldn’t help but groove out to the music, so sorry for the shaky cam, heh, heh. 😉 I have also included a few snap shots, again the quality is to be desired, but at least some of the moments of this enjoyable experience were captured.

Revolver, who played first, is a delightful pop de chambre (chamber pop) band. Their music has been described as a bridge between pop and classical music or even the Renaissance or the Baroque and influence everything from Beatles to Bach, from Benjamin Britten to Elliot Smith.

Here is a video of them playing “Get Around Town”. ( Check out the Get Around Town – Official Video and Balulalow – Official Video)

Chateau Marmont was up next. This Space Pop/Rock band mesmerizes with its futuristic, airy, and rich tunes. Not too long ago, I posted Chateau Marmont’s video “Solar Apex” along with some other “outer-space” music videos for those interested in seeing more space inspired videos and music. Space. The Final Frontier. A Music Video Tribute.

Chateau Marmont performs “Solar Apex”. (Check out Chateau Marmont’s One Hundred Realities – Official Video)

I’d like to thank all of these gentleman again. Not only did they put on a great show, but they were very amicable to the audience. It was great to meet them all and to see them perform live. They still have some tour dates remaining and I suggest you check them out if they are near you.

Check out more links on Chateau Marmont and Revolver:

Live Review: Chateau Marmont, Revolver, Kelli’s Starlight Wishes at The Sunset

TOUR DATES CHATEAU MARMONT & REVOLVER US TOUR (Follow the Voulez-Vous? Tour Tumblr Page)

Revolver – Official Website

Chateau Marmont on Bancamp

Shopping List Music en Français.

I’ve come across a few shopping list songs that I adore!

Les Cornichons by Nino Ferrer





Foux du Fafa by Flight of the Conchords





Zooom! by Sukia off the compilation Pop Romantique.(Slide show fan video I created for this track.)

Cover Songs that Wow You!

Sometimes a great song or good enough song gets covered by another musician/band that wows you with a new rendition of the original. Here are 3 songs with their covers that I can’t listen to enough.

“True Love Waits”  as done by Kevin J. Deal and the original by Radiohead.

“Psycho Killer” as performed by Bruce Lash and the original by Talking Heads.

“Guns of Brixton” as performed by Nouvelle Vague and the original by The Clash.

Space. The Final Frontier. A Music Video Tribute.

Us earthlings have a fascination with space. Artists, writers, film makers and musicians continually turn to space for inspiration. Lately, I’ve been on a kick of watching music videos with great music and space travel. Here is a selection for your listening and viewing enjoyment.

I had to include this as it so fits in with the theme of this entry.  “I’ll Sleep When I Die” by Daniel Perez:

“Four Three” by All India Radio:

“Solar Apex” by Chateau Marmont:

“Pump Up the Volume” by M|A|R|R|S:

 

***This blog is also dedicated to NASA’s last Shuttle launch today.

The Last Day at Metro Diner – Gaston Avenue

Yesterday morning, I finished my first and only breakfast at Metro Diner on Gaston Avenue. I had been to this location on several occasions for dinner options and easily fell in love with its charm.  It’s a little slice of a time past where you are greeted with friendly hellos and your waitress (I know some prefer server) will fondly call you sugar or honey.  The food, though it may not have been the leanest, was good, old-fashioned American diner fare with some southern, home-style favorites.  For this type of food and this certain atmosphere, you could never go wrong.  Many types of people poured out to visit the little diner for the very last time.  I even ended up sitting in the booth in front of the founder, James Adams, and the current owner, Wayne Adams.  The jukebox was playing some of its last tunes and Channel 8 WFAA’s Shon Gables and team were there interviewing patrons and founder, James Adams.  The place was alight with life, fondness, and a bittersweet feeling for some. I couldn’t help but think I might be part of a certain generation that will be the last to remember, “how things used to be.”  These are not even things from my lifetime, but they were left over remnants of a time gone.  More and more historical landmarks are being torn down around Dallas and other parts of Texas. They are irreplaceable keys to the past that you could use to step back through time’s door and see how life was in yesteryears. Although, I was only a patron for several months, I can say I’m going to miss this little joint. I’m sad to think about the old-timers, the students, the hipstsers, the late-night-shifters, the drunkards,  the I-don’t-know-whatsters, neighborhood residents, artists, performers, lonely-hearters, weirdos, and I’m just stopping by crowd not having a place to feed them at all hours of the day.  This was one of the few spots, at least in this part of Dallas, to serve food 24 hours.  Metro Diner was sold to Baylor Hospital so they could expand their facilities.  I know the hospital employees, patients, and families will also miss this place.  It truly was a Dallas landmark. I wish the Metro Diner Staff the best of luck in their new endeavors.

If you get to take my picture, I get to take yours. 😉

Shon Gables of Channel 8 WFAA.

The Woody – Classic Metro Diner Breakfast.

Metro Diner’s Oak Cliff location will remain open. – Farewell Bulletin Board in back of diner.

So farewell, Metro Diner, you were a joy to know even if for me it was only a short time. This song, which is one of the last songs I heard here, was an appropriate fit.

Links to articles about Metro Diner:
One Last Cup of Coffee at the Metro – by Robert Wilonsky with photos by Dylan Hollingsworth
Landmark Dallas diner closes after 43 years – by Shon Gables
Metro Diner Closes After 43 Years – by Amber Fisher with video

Link to a cute video that features Metro Diner and several other Dallas Landmark made as a tribute to the Dallas International Film Festival.