Wednesday, December 18, 2013

3 Annual Must Dos For Christmas

1.  How The Grinch Stole Christmas.  It's the ultimate animated show.  Standout:  Max.  Cartoon Network Saturday Dec 21 at 6pm. 

2.  Darlene Love sings Christmas Baby Please Come Home on David Letterman Friday December 20th.  No Jay Thomas to tell his Lone Ranger story and throw footballs?  Letterman's website lists the other guests as John McEnroe and Kristen Wiig.

3.  A Christmas Story.  I watched it last weekend and it never gets old.  It's a classic and TBS is running a marathon starting Christmas Eve at 8pm and running through Christmas Day. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Luscious Jackson Throws A Party

 When I'm about to go crazy
cause I'm still living here
I just get my friends together
and we dance, dance, dance
cause this is the state of the world
this is the state of the world
this city tells me what it's like to live

- City Song Lyrics

Luscious Jackson surrounded by dancing fans. 

If you're Luscious Jackson and you haven't played your hometown of New York in 13 years, why not throw a welcome back party?  It happened at Webster Hall on Saturday.  The band was in fine form and the audience loved it.

The show opened with Here from Natural Ingredients and also used in the movie Clueless.  (I will always think Roller Derby when I hear this song.)  When Gabby sang Get on the Floor/Let's Dance some more, the stage was set.  Early on they played the hit Naked Eye, still cool as cool.  Other highlights were Nervous Breakthrough and Why Do I Lie?  The new songs like Are You Ready blended in seamlessly with the old. The band has a new album, Magic Hour.

Jill entertained the crowd with her tale of the days when they would sneak into Webster Hall (which was probably called The Ritz at that time). It involved scaling a wall, a dumpster, a fire escape and a knock at the door.  This entry is no longer an option. 

There was probably some anxiety about coming back after over a decade hiatus.  Will people respond? Will they show up?  The floor was packed with people having a great time.   Jill, Gabby and Kate made us feel like they were enjoying the ride and we were passengers in their bus.  

Kudos to Sparkle Beauty Studio's Gabriel Trujillo and Jeffrey Fernandez who worked the hair and makeup. Loved Jill's sparkling eyes.  They could be seen from the balcony.  As she said, "Gabriel really gets the glitter on!"

Friday, December 06, 2013

Nelson Mandela

It was this song that really made me pay attention to Nelson Mandela. Who says music can't change the world?

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Luscious Jackson Return To New York

Reminder:   The ladies who brought us Naked Eye are playing Webster Hall on Saturday.  I'm guessing there will be lots of dancing.  I'm going, you should too!

Guster! A Symphony! Free!

It isn't cool enough that Guster recorded 10 songs with a symphony (actually, probably many), but they are giving it away free.  Link here.   They are not exactly forthcoming with what symphony, hence the title:  Live With The Redacted Symphony.  I'm guessing they've culled their favorite performances from several shows. 

Album includes the following:
What You Call Love
Two Points For Honesty
Fa Fa
This Is How It Feels To Have A Broken Heart
Lightning Rod
On The Ocean
Come Downstairs and Say Hello