Music Monday: Nature Springs – The Good, the Bad, & the Queen

There’s a distinct feeling of spring in the air, so why not kick it off with a song that seems to have little to do with spring. The allegedly unnamed British super group of Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon,  Simon Tong, and Tony Allen (produced by Danger Mouse) formed in 2007 to release the studio album, “The Good, the Bad & the Queen”, for which the band is often mistakenly referred to.

I recall seeing the British super-group perform during a desert wind-storm at Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California. Fantastic show – it’s a pity they blew the band up after just one album. But, nothing fortifies the legacy of a band like having a fan base left begging for more.

Enjoy the music!

Music Monday: “7/4 (Shoreline)” – Broken Social Scene, Live at Amoeba Records

One of the most popular bands to emerge from the Canadian Invasion of the late 90’s, Broken Social Scene (and several of its core members) had a prolific ten year run that started with their 2002 release “You Forgot it in People”. This song is an old standby for me, and the venue is one of my favorite places in LA. In fact, I may have bought this CD at Amoeba way back in 2005 (CD’s – remember those things???).

This is “7/4 (Shoreline)“, from their 2005 self-titled album. Played live at Amoeba Records in Hollywood.

Music Monday: “Inside Out” – Spoon, live on KCRW

Spoon is one of those bands that’s quietly been so good, it’s easy to forget how long they’ve been around. The Austin, Texas five-piece was cool even before Austin, Texas became a hipster/indie-rock hub.

This is “Inside Out”, performed live on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic”. Enjoy!

Music Monday: Chinese “èrhú” concert: Live at the Golden Hall of Vienna

In honor of Chinese New Year and ringing in the “Year of the Sheep”, this week’s Music Monday selection features the instrument most evocative of China: the èrhú. The èrhú is a two-stringed fiddle that has been a staple in Chinese folk music since the 10th Century.

One of the best parts about living in China is going for a stroll in a Chinese park and hearing an èrhú live. This video isn’t quite the same, but pretty darn close. Enjoy!

Music Monday: “Chinese Translation”, M. Ward live in the Bing Lounge

Besides the title, this song has little to do with China, but it’s a pretty darn fantastic song nonetheless. M. Ward is such an immense talent; it seriously looks like he was born with a guitar in his hand.

This is M. Ward performing “Chinese Translation” live in the Bing Lounge.

Music Monday: “Dog Days Are Over”, Florence and the Machine

Forget the coffee – here’s your Monday morning ‘pick-me-up’. Equally haunting, melodic, and sonorous – the vocal range by lead singer Florence Welch is astonishing.

This is “Dog Days Are Over”, by Florence and the Machine, live on the BBC.

Music Monday: The War on Drugs, “Red Eyes” | Live in Barcelona, Spain

Maybe I’m a little late to the party on this one (cut me some slack, I live in China), but does anyone else think these guys sound like Bruce Springsteen? I know, it’s always risky when making comparisons to a legend like the Boss, but c’mon – they’re from Philly, he’s from Jersey….it’s not too big of a stretch, is it?

Disclaimer: You can’t get angry about this post if you haven’t purchased any new music since Brothers in Arms

This is The War on Drugs, performing “Red Eyes” in Barcelona, Spain. From their 2014 album, “Lost in the Dream”. Enjoy!

Music Monday: “Blue Ridge Mountains” – Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes makes really good music; that’s all I have to say about that.

This is a song from their 2008 self-titled studio album, “Fleet Foxes”. I’d love to be a fly on the wall for this live session at the Grand Palais in Paris, France.

Music Monday: “All is Not Lost” – OK Go

This is my favorite “Tiny Desk Concert” of all time – watch NPR move its Washington DC office cross town with OK Go in the back of a flatbed truck!

I can’t imagine how much time it took for OK Go and the folks over at NPR to put this performance together – apparently it took them 223 takes to make this video – but worth every moment in my opinion!

OK Go performs “All is Not Lost” from their 2010 release, “Of the Blue Colour of the Sky.”