Almost a year ago a friend gave me Sturgill Simpson's album 'A Sailor's Guide to Earth'. I love the entire album and highly recommend it. I would play the cd every morning while taking my son to daycare and on my way to work. All around you is one of my favorite songs.
awesome song, wierd video.
ABOUT In The Open
We are people who love music to put it simply. Ranging from writers, designers, photographers, and cinematographers we all love music equally and want to spread as much music as possible in just about every format we possibly can.
Forewarning – Jon O’Brien “Family” definitely not the lightest of songs … but I listened to it 3 times in a row on two separate occasions and I’m about to press play again. I love it.
“I think to be human, Love is all we need!”
Equipped with his guitar and warm smile Michael Bernard Fitzgerald took the time to play us a song . He is currently driving his white van across the Country on tour for his album The MBF Love LP. He started in Victoria with a show at Lucky Bar and made his way across the straight to play in Vancouver at the Biltmore. We met up with Michael before the show to film a session and decided to set the couch inside the sculpture “We” by Jaume Plensa, perched at the edge of Sunset Beach. It was definitely a pleasure meeting Michael and think all of us at Green Couch can say the goosebumps weren’t just from the extremely cold february day. Don’t just take our word for it, stay tuned to hear this amazing session!
The Greencouch Sessions were partially inspired by the amazing Take Away Show series that made me fall in love with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. [side note, they are currently on the very unique outdoor Railroad Revival Tour with the phenomenal Mumford and Son's AND Old Crow Medicine show]
“Once I had a dream, we were young and once invincible”
This song, it won’t get out of my head. It’s older but at the moment I’m needing to hear it once a day – otherwise I just start singing it over and over again.
I saw JJ Grey & Mofro at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC on Oct. 23, 2010. I had never heard of them before and just wanted to get out of the house. I was invited by a great friend Neil who had an extra ticket and seemed very excited about the show. I listened to a few tracks online before I went but really had no expectations. Funny thing when you don’t expect anything, that tends to be when some magic happens!
JJ Grey & Mofro was hands down one of the very best live shows I have ever seen! EVER! You have never seen such a group of talented musicians have so much fun on stage, the energy is infectious. The crowd … fucking trashed, dancing, singing, nice FUN! After the show I’ve listened to much of the recorded music and I’ll tell you know it does no justice. It’s absolutely nothing like seeing them live. If you ever get the chance to go see them live, do yourself a favor … GO, and have some fun!
I watched and fell in love with 1 Giant Leap 9 years ago. It has now reappeared and been mentioned more collectively in the last month then all the years combined! What makes that extra special is the fact that 99.9% of you have probably never even heard of it let alone seen it, especially if you’re based in the US. If you’re cool enough to live in the UK then it’s a different story
ABOUT 1 Giant Leap
1 Giant Leap is a concept band and media project consisting of the two principal artists, Jamie Catto (Faithless founding member) and Duncan Bridgeman.
Based in the UK, the two musicians set out to create a multimedia project that would encompass a CD, DVD and cinematic presentation that would offer a complete artistic statement. The project offers music, digital video footage shot over the course of six months by Catto and Bridgeman, images, rhythms and spoken word content.
The band was signed to the Palm record label and its eponymous CD was released on 9 April 2002. It features contributions from Dennis Hopper, Kurt Vonnegut, Michael Stipe, Robbie Williams, Eddi Reader, Tom Robbins, Brian Eno, Baaba Maal, Speech, Asha Bhosle, Neneh Cherry, Anita Roddick,Michael Franti, Zap Mama, and other artists and authors. The band’s theme for the project is “Unity Through Diversity”. A Making Of was also shown on the Discovery channel, which featured some of the effort involved in finding and working with the musicians and other people involved in the project.
In 2004 they moved onto to a deal with Simon Fuller and 19 Entertainment to make a second film and album entitled What About Me? The concept was the same as their initial CD and DVD – traveling the world interviewing artists and sampling music – though the second time around their journey was longer (four years) and doubling the number of contributing artists from their debut release.
Last year at this time I fell in love with three boys from over seas who instantly rocked my world … and no that’s not them above it was White Lies. White Lies opened up for Kings of Leon at the Target Center in Minneapolis in the middle of that oh so interesting carbon monoxide week I had. I still get messages from the younger orchard staff that when they hear Kings of Leon they think of me AWESOME! Whenever we were slow and every night that we closed up White Lies and Kings of Leon rocked the shit out of the farm! The concert rocked my world so hard (especially the WL drummer Jack Lawrence-Brown) that I protested the next day at the farm that I would very much like to be a Rockstar. Although I play no instruments I felt very well suited for the career. Half dead that’s the only clear thought I have from that week, some people see a bright light I see music.
This November my life looks 1000% different then last year with one tiny little similarity I fell in love with three more boys from over seas. Yes, them above that’s David, Poul and Sören of New Politics out of Denmark and they’re fuckin’ AWESOME!
You have never seen someone put out so much energy on stage as David, I’d be willing to put cash on that bet … he’s absolutely nuts on stage and it’s fantastic! On the photography side pretty much impossible for me to get a still picture of. The only time his ass was still was when he was in some freeze and I could see his foot perfectly still above the crowd of heads in front of me. To see someone feel it and dance so hard with no inhibition in front of a very inhibited Charlotte crowd who had no idea who they even were was inspiring and fun!
I went with two friends who were exhausted after 3 days of MOOG Fest and a concert the night before that. Then, me wiped from 3 days of packing and moving … I was literally running suitcases into the cabin I’m staying at so I could meet them in time to get on the road to the concert! There was a team effort to rally enough energy to make it to that concert and when we got there we didn’t even want to see the opening act.
When New Politics came on we all looked at each other shocked at how good they were and kinda sad that we didn’t have the energy to even bounce to the beat. The performance was so diverse too, song to song I had no idea what they were going to do. Seriously one of the craziest new mixes I’ve heard. When we were trying to compare who or what they were like we came up with some heavy Rage Against the Machine & a bit of Cure coming from David, some epic 30 Seconds to Mars / KOL type sounds and vocals coming from Sören and SICK beats from hip hop to rock out coming from Poul.
Since I couldn’t get a single shot where they were all in focus on stage I made my way over to the merch table to get a shot of the three of them. That alone was something interesting to see as girls just flocked to hug David’s extremely sweaty self. While waiting for all 3 of them to be free at the same moment took a while so I had some time to talk them individually. Now, if I had talked to them first and then seen them perform it might have been to much … my head might have popped off. Why, cause holy shit they’re nice … like super sweet humble nice and to talk to them you would never in a million years think that they do what they do and how they do it on stage.
I have this issue where even if I love the art but then don’t like the artist I end up not caring or wanting to see the art. This however also works in reverse if I like the art and then love the artist it makes me care 10 fold about the art. So, New Politics concert & music fantastic, liked a lot, had fun … then I met them and now I fuckin love New Politics and can’t wait to see more and help show you more of them. Below is one of my favorites off there album Love is a Drug.
Read their bio here >> BIO << you’ll love them too!
They’re on tour through early December in the US from west to east coast so GO see them before they’re back over seas!
Then the completely different balls out Burn
good god good blues … they melt me. It’s all over when good blues are on, I can’t function it crawls under my skin and washes through my veins. My body feels like it no longer belongs to me, Shit gives me goose bumps, heats up my skin and takes my breathe away. Good blues is like good sex, that feeling … it stays with you … gives you that glow and that smile. You know that smile.
Listening to Tab Benoit makes me feel like I didn’t move far enough south. I don’t want swamp and gators but ... Those sounds and soul that come from the south, they’re the sounds worth living for.
No, your not seeing things and no it’s not photo-shopped!
Yes, that is my name tattooed on her tummy!!!
Is she my new favorite person?
It’s even spelled correctly, I almost never see my name spelled correctly by anyone but me. I’m shocked every time it happens.
So, what’s the deal. Well as the shirt shows we were at The Enemy Lovers concert and I met the girl through a mutual friend. She’s a dog trainer and I wish it was the first time I heard it but, her dog was named Kiesha.
… but no, wait it kinda is. See, I have a thing for wolves and she once rescued a wolf when it was just a pup. Those prints are the actual wolf pup prints shrunk down for the tattoo. So, not a dog she had a wolf named Kiesha and loves her so much that she got the tattoo.
Would you be the wind to blow me home
Would you be a dream
On the wings of a poem
And if we were walking through a crowd
Well you know I’d be proud
If you call my name out loud
Do you suppose that I would come running
Do you suppose I’d come at all
I suppose I would
And if we were walking
Down a dead end street
Would you be the one to let our eyes meet
Or would you just keep on walking
Down to the turn around
’cause you know I’d be proud
And if I was gone from the land we know
Would be the dawn
And let your beauty still show
And if you were walking
And heard the cold night coming
Would you call my name
’cause you know I’d come running
I caught Jeff Tweedy on Farm Aid’s 2010 live streaming performance on YouTube. Unfortunately of the videos uploaded Jeff’s performance is not among them. Hopefully that will change because it was captivating. I put the concert on as background music and then ended up dropping everything within moments of Tweedy starting to play.
This song in particular struck a nerve with me. This is the only one I could find, it’s shaky but the sound quality is good enough to get the feeling. It’s sad this solo isn’t available, I’ve listened to the recording of it with Mavis and also with Tweedy & Feist overseen by Beck but neither feel as good.
The WHOLE Album – listen, enjoy! I’ve seriously played through this entire album just about every day for about two months now. Sometimes twice a day … it’s that good. So, get good speakers or head phones … hit play and enjoy! Then, after you’ve decided you love them check out the Band of Skulls tour dates and by their album!
This is your moment - let the sunlight in!