Tuned Out: June 2007: Archives

June 26, 2007

Eagles: Hotel California (1976 & 1994) genre: Tuned Out & Video-Philes

Not much I can say about this one...if you haven't heard the Eagles sing Hotel California, you've been pithed like a frog in science class...ouch (I can't believe we actually did that when I was in grade school)!

Anyway, I found these two video clips today and I had to post them. Enjoy.

Eagles - Hotel California (1994)

Eagles - Hotel California (1976)

Daniel DiRito | June 26, 2007 | 5:55 PM | link | Comments (0)
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June 23, 2007

Elvis Perkins In Dearland: While You Were Sleeping genre: Tuned Out & Video-Philes

I saw Elvis Perkins in Dearland for the first time on Late Night with David Letterman and I was instantly impressed. Perkins is the son of the late actor Anthony Perkins and Berry Berenson, who died on one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center on 9/11.

His songwriting is reflective of the tragedy that he has endured. His sound has been compared to Bob Dylan, David Gray, Neil Young, and Rufus Wainwright to name a few...all of which are appropriate comparisons.

The following video clip is Perkins performing the song While You Were Sleeping from the album titled Ash Wednesday. Both the vocals and the instrumentation are remarkable and the manner in which the sound is built in layers is noteworthy.

Daniel DiRito | June 23, 2007 | 8:19 PM | link | Comments (0)
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June 21, 2007

Ivri Lider - Jesse & The Man I Love genre: Tuned Out & Video-Philes

Ivri Lider is an Israeli singer songwriter who, following his success in Israel, has captured the attention of the gay world. His voice and music are ethereal and he sings about love and loss from a gay perspective. His song Jesse has all the making of a classic love song...one about the love one man has for another.

Jesse is included in a new compilation, Revolutions, released by Music With A Twist, a Sony/Columbia Music LGBT label. Lider's music is symbolic of the changing environment of gay culture and its acceptance and emergence into the mainstream.

No doubt Lider isn't the first artist to sing about love with someone of the same sex...but he may be one of the first to do so with the raw and vivid emotional imagery that has been seemingly reserved for songs about boys and girls.

I've included a second song, a cover or the classic The Man I Love. I would also recommend finding and listening to Offer Nissim's remix of Lider's cover of the Moody Blues classic Nights In White Satin...a blend of beautiful vocals, subtle and haunting electronics, and a great dance riff.

Ivri Lider - Jesse

Ivri Lider - The Man I Love

Daniel DiRito | June 21, 2007 | 8:02 AM | link | Comments (0)
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June 16, 2007

Forever Young: Who Sang It Best? genre: Tuned Out & Video-Philes

The song Forever Young has always been one of my favorite songs...and one that has been covered by countless artists. The following three clips are three memorable performances of the song...Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Patti Labelle.

Let me know which one is your favorite and feel free to suggest other renditions and I'll see if I can hunt them down and post them here.

P.S. I chose this particular Patti Labelle version despite the fact that it was recorded live and she sings the last few bars of the song sans microphone. Her performance is just too good to overrule the recording quality.

Bob Dylan - Forever Young

Joan Baez - Forever Young

Patti Labelle - Forever Young

Daniel DiRito | June 16, 2007 | 9:59 AM | link | Comments (2)
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June 1, 2007

Beatles: Sgt. Pepper's Loney Hearts Club Band - 40!! genre: Happy Remembrances & Tuned Out

On June 2, 1967, The Beatles released the album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. That's forty years ago...wow. I found two videos to share that I've posted below. The first clip is from a program that celebrated the twenty year anniversary of the album...and it contains the songs Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and With A Little Help From My Friends. The second video clip is Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.

From Wikipedia:

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is the eighth album by The Beatles. It is often cited as their magnum opus and the most influential album of all time by prominent critics and publications, ranking number 1 on Rolling Stone's The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003. It was recorded by the Beatles over a 129-day period beginning on December 6, 1966. The album was released on June 1, 1967 in the United Kingdom and on June 2, 1967 in the United States.

Upon release the album was an immediate critical and popular sensation. Innovative in every sense, from structure to recording techniques to the cover artwork, the artistic effect was felt immediately.

The Beatles - From The Program "It Was 20 Years Ago Today"

The Beatles - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

Daniel DiRito | June 1, 2007 | 10:39 PM | link | Comments (0)
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