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Super Bowl – The CSI Half Time Show

Almost needed matchsticks in the eyes as I waited up to 1.30am this to see The Who rock the Super Bowl.

The show was without doubt visually spectacular, however, if you want to check out the band at their best then I would direct you to their performance from The Concert For New York back in 2001.

Don’t get me wrong the Super Bowl show was great but it was hindered to a degree by the limitations of the event.

The “set” is limited to a maximum of 12mins and whilst the lighting is awesome the sound is lacking the punch that you would get with the usual Who set up.

The technology and work that goes into putting on these half time shows is amazing when you consider the there is only 15mins to set up the centre of pitch stage.

As for the band’s setlist the small snippets from “Tommy” (Pinball Wizard’s opening and See Me Feel Me) were perhaps needless given that the remaining songs were targeted right at the CSI audience with Baba O’Riley, Who Are You and Won’t Get Fooled Again all having been used as theme tunes to variants of the CSI genre.

The Who chat boards are full of discussions relating to the degree of use of backing tapes, given the restrictions on sound systems for such a performance it would be of no surprise if some audio embellishment had been used.

Nevertheless it delivered what was promised a great half time attraction.

Long Live Rock

February 8, 2010 Posted by | The Who, Video | , | Leave a comment

Hurray for the Riff Raff

Hurray for the Riff Raff is a recent addition to the explosive New Orleans music scene.

Birthed in the summer of 2007 and bred in the heat of the crescent city, Riff Raff carries a sound that has an innovative mixture of Appalachian old time and minor key waltzes, without losing the grittiness of diy folk. “Hurray for the Riff-Raff’s junkyard folk is stubborn, melancholy and beautifully played.

Alynda Lee sings like Jolie Holland or Leslie Feist, lit up with sorrows. They are the perfect soundtrack to your Southern gothic romance, a junebug serenade, a two-step bramble-bush waltz. (Sean Michaels, Said the Gramophone)”

Well so says their Facebook page.

One of the reasons I bother with this Blog is to bring music into peoples lives which they may otherwise not come across, if only one of you out there enjoy this brilliant track then this will once again be deemed to have been all worthwhile.

“Too Much Of A Good Thing” – Hurray for the Riff Raff

Now my music taste may not click with you all first time so make sure you give this a couple of listens as this is just brilliant.

Now you can buy their music by clicking HERE

january 2010 saw the release of the 10-track Young Blood Blues which concentrates 2008’s gorgeous, if gangly, debut It Don’t Mean I Don’t Love You while expanding its sound in every direction.

Lee’s exquisite gypsy-folk gems still resemble hymns: a banjo’s tinny strings typically shivering a few lone notes before her soft contralto offers a blanket. But Blues feels like a more studied work, its lead tracks often led by an organ (“Little Things”), accordion (“Too Much of a Good Thing”), drumbeat (“Is That You?”) or violin (waltzing Gillian Welch altar “Slow Walk”).

Many were spontaneous decisions encouraged by recording engineers Chris George and Daniel Majorie, whose Algiers studio the Living Room provided a bridge for the Riff Raff’s evolution from bedroom folk project to full-on country band. “It was really nice to have drums and to have some more rock ‘n’ roll-sounding songs,” Lee says. “But I think more so what I want to do is get into this country vein. We’re changing, but it’s all going in the right direction.”

Validation is coming from everywhere. Lee was selected by Jason Molina (Songs: Ohia, Magnolia Electric Co.) to open a Circle Bar show, unfortunately canceled for health reasons. “That, too, totally surprised me,” she says. “I kind of figured they picked me out of random. It sounds like he heard the band and liked it, which is a big honor.”

Noshing at the Cake Cafe months back, Lee recognized the bearded man at a nearby table: Will Oldham of Palace and Bonnie “Prince” Billy. Swallowing her pride, she put a CD in his hands. The alt-country icon has since become a fan. “It felt like a totally New Orleans experience, how things here just work differently. I ran into this guy I really admire and decided to give him my CD. It felt really personal in this New Orleans way.”

February 8, 2010 Posted by | New Music, Video | | Leave a comment


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