Or, if you don’t like reading – all you really need to do is watch his Takeaway Show in Paris with La Blogothéque. To summarize briefly: Leon’s voice is on point, the harmonies are soulful and soothing, the red wine is boss, and the Parisians give zero fucks. It’s glorious.
So once you’ve watched and fallen head over heels, be sure to give the full album Coming Home a listen – I assure you it’s worth it.
Really, there was no way this performance video wasn’t going to be incredible. Let’s look at the ingredients of this magical and wonderful musical layer cake:
1) The Blogoteque – One of the OGs when it comes to cool and unique performance session videos, no one really does it better
2) Paris – The acoustics in this old chapel (Saint-Saturnin Chapel, Fontainebleau Castle) are incredible, and the setting is absolutely stunning (especially when they move up to the roof)
3) That Badass Silver Upright Bass – No need for elaboration on this one.
4) Jack White – Let’s be honest, the man is in his prime right now. From demolishing vinyl sales, to being totally unimpressed by sports, to his fantastic arrangements, it seems that there is nothing Jack white can’t do.
So – take it all in, friends, and enjoy.
In case you hadn’t seen already, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival released their lineup announcement video today, and it might quite possibly be the most inclusive lineup I have ever seen. Ranging from Phish to Public Enemy, Solange to Foster the People, Trey Songz to Jason Isbell, Arcade Fire to Avett Brothers, Eric Clapton to Christina Aguilera (seriously). Not to mention the smattering of traditional NOLA jazz and gospel acts. I can’t decide if this is the most amazing strategy ever since people have already been going to Jazzfest for years regardless of the lineup, or if it’s going to result in the biggest clusterfuck in the history of music festivals.
Thinking about going? I know…so am I. Here’s a nifty to guide for everything you need to know if you’re planning a trip.
Best part of this announcement? It’s put a (temporary I’m sure) damper on all the Coachella-philes.
With the weather warming I feel like it’s time to get the ball rolling on some spring/summer tunes. Don’t you? Of course you do!
Ironically, this sunny track (first brought to my attention by the wonderful RPB) comes from Sin Fang, who are from – wait for it – Iceland. Originally dubbed Sin Fang Bous – Sin Fang is the solo project of Seabear‘s Sindri Már Sigfússon (say that five times fast, or even say it at all). Sunbeam, off the 2013 release Flowers, is like a layer-cake of sounds. It moves quickly and frivilously, as one might while frolickling along the beach. It’s fun and easy to listen to, with a super catchy hook. Try not to start whistling along…seriously, you can’t.
If you enjoy this I seriously recommend checking out the whole album (it’s on Spotify to make things super easy) – while it’s not the most diverse thing in the world, it’s all fun and enjoyable, and will definitely get you in the mood for some serious sunshine.
Check out the band performing Sunbeam live from Seattle’s KEXP at a hostel in Iceland.