ACL Preview – Austin City Limits Music Festival

The Fall (Amazon Exclusive)

After reviewing the lineup for the Austin City Limits Music Festival I am ready for an interesting three days of music. I must admit I am an Eagles fan. And I am hoping for the hits “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” “Take It Easy,” and “Hotel California.” The Eagles reached supergroup status long ago in Texas and obtained Rock and Hall Fame glory in 1998. In fact the entire album Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 was on constant rotation in our house. An evening with “Lyin’ Eyes” and “Already Gone” would be commonplace.

Hotel California

Don Henley and Joe Walsh by themselves should be future Rock and Roll hall fame inductees. And I am hoping for some solo gems like “Life’s Been Good,” “Rocky Mountain Way,” or even “The Boys Of Summer” and “The End Of The Innocence.” From southern rock  classics like “Seven Bridges Road” to soft rock standards “Desperado,” “One Of These Nights,” “The Best Of My Love,” and “Take It To The Limit” the Eagles have been an integral part of my life since early childhood. So I’ll have to disagree with The Dude on this one. The Eagles are worthy! And I am looking forward to “Witchy Woman” and another “Tequila Sunrise.”

Come Away With Me

Norah Jones should be a great show. Her newest album The Fall included the electrified “Chasing Pirates.” And her lush vocals on “Come Away With Me” and “Don’t Know Why” are now legendary. Jones is a talented pianist and her music will be a perfect fit for Austin. In this same easy-going musical vein, I am excited about seeing the talented singer Amos Lee perform sweet tunes like “Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight.”

The Resistance

The Muse versus M.I.A. problem causes a little consternation for me. I am a sucker for dancehall, electronica, and Public Enemystyle beats with female emcees. So M.I.A. and her funky fresh posse are certain to bring chaos to Austin, Texas. At her last appearance at ACL, M.I.A. unleashed mayhem. The new album Maya offers some tasty singles to drop, including the feature track “Xxxo.”  And the crowd pleasers “Paper Planes” and “Galang” are always slamming. Yet I’m going to try and catch the end of MUSE because this science fiction infused rock band brings a wicked light show to accompany their monster jams. Take a listen to “Starlight,” “Uprising,” or “Knights Of Cydonia” for a taste of their sound.

Maya (Deluxe Version) [Explicit]

The Monsters Of Folk are my must-see band for the festival. The band includes M.Ward, Yim Yames aka Jim James from My Morning Jacket, and Conor Oberst and Mike Moogis from Bright Eyes. This modern-day supergroup has a country hippy sound reminiscent of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers. For example, check out the beautifully crafted “The Right Place.” And they have a couple of haunting stunners like the super hit “Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.).” The Monsters Of Folk will have you tapping your toes and singing along to songs like “Say Please.”

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

I am also excited about seeing Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The National, Mayer Hawthorne, Vampire Weekend, and Broken Bells featuring Brian Burton aka Danger Mouse and James Mercer of The Shins. Plus the great thing about ACL is a lineup full of Texas-based musical artists like Robert Earl Keen, Spoon, and Asleep at the Wheel. And finally, on a reggae note California stoners Slightly Stoopid and the American reggae band Rebelution add some good vibes to the lineup.

Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975

One Of These Nights

Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.)

Broken Bells

ACL Preview – Austin City Limits Music Festival

Top Albums of December 2009

Top Albums of December 2009

This month saw the return of the “Cool Ruler” Gregory Isaacs with his new album Brand New Me. And on the Texas side of things Norah Jones released The Fall.

  1. Gregory IsaacsBrand New Me [Tad’s Records 2009]
  2. Norah JonesThe Fall [Blue Note 2009]
  3. Various ArtistsKGSR Broadcast Volume 17 [2009]
  4. Bost & Bim – The Bombing: The Very Best of Bost & Bim [Bombist 2009]
  5. Brother Ali Us [Rhymesayers 2009]
  6. The Senior All StarsHazard [Skycab 2009]
  7. Chezidek I Grade [Tabou Records 2009]
  8. Kiddus I Rocking Rebel [2009]
  9. Various Artists Strictly The Best Vol. 40 [VP Records 2009]
  10. BlackrocBlakroc [Blackroc Project 2009]
  11. Various Artists Strictly The Best Vol. 41 [VP Records 2009]
  12. Various Artists Joe Gibbs 12 Inch Reggae Disco Mixes, Volume 3 [17 North Parade 2009]
  13. Various Artists – Joe Gibbs 12 Inch Reggae Disco Mixes, Volume 1 [17 North Parade 2009]
  14. Various Artists – Joe Gibbs 12 Inch Reggae Disco Mixes, Volume 2 [17 North Parade 2009]
  15. Black Sheep DresFrom The Black Pool Of Genius: The Prelude [Bum Rush/T-Stylz Wreck 2009]
  16. Guy Clark Somedays The Song Writes You [Dualtone 2009]
  17. Various ArtistsStrange Things Riddim [Ire Ites 2009]
  18. Gift of GabEscape 2 Mars [Cornerstone Ras 2009]
  19. Junior DanReggae Road Map [Hi-Try 2009]
  20. Various Artists Sugar Riddim [Sugar 2009]
Top Albums of December 2009