Was watching the NBC show, “Life” this morning (thank you DVR) from inside the abode, the “Matt Cave” if you will & heard this song by a group even I had as of yet had not heard of, Honey Honey. With lead vocals by Suzanne Santo & guitar by Ben Jaffe this band is sure to be a mainstay for years. The mixing of Latin guitar rhythms with zydeco stylings to go along with that Billie Holiday essence Santo eminates but with an effervescent sexiness that makes even the most ardent homosexual turned on a bit.
Signed to Kiefer Sutherland’s, Iron Works Music Label, Honey Honey’s debut album, First Rodeo, was released Novemeber 4th & their video for “Little Toy Gun” (directed and staring Kiefer Sutherland) has already been number one on itunes. They don’t have too many shows coming up, one in Modesto (hell’s waiting room), but rest assured they will be touring soon enough to showcase all that talent.
I haven’t written for a while because I have been thinking of ways to revamp this site from an mp3 blog to strictly a writing blog. To that end I will be writing feature stories about bands that I think are not only making waves in the music industry but in humanity as well. There are tons of bands that are great in music, but do nothing with their status to give to others and advance worthwhile causes instead of lining their own pocket books (I’m talking to you Billy Corgan). So the first in this series is the Roots.
The Roots are a hip/hop band out of Philadelphia. but calling them simply a hip/hop band is doing them a disservice. They are truly an amazing conglomeration of musicians & human beings in general. They are one of the few hip/hop bands that plays their own instruments & many of the interchangeable members have actually left to pursue ventures in Jazz (The Josh Abrams Quartet) & become great producers (Scott Storch). While much of hip/hop speaks of violence and the belittling of women the Roots music speaks of love togetherness. They are active members of PETA and vegetarians. ?uestlove is one of the best drummers of his generation. He has been guest drummer on the Dave Chappelle Show & Late Night with Conan O’Brien when Max Weinberg is on tour with Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band.
The musicianship of the Roots is amazing. They incorporate a Tuba player into the mix for Christ’s sake. They do what most hip/hop bands can’t do, say that they are really musicians. They write their own music, they have fantastic lyrics, melodies & while they may not go platinum they have a loyal following since their beginning in 1987 in Philly. Along with their work with PETA they have performed on the children’s show, Yo Gabba Gabba, extolling the virtues of one’s family. They don’t fill their music with ridiculous slang or the divisive language that litters much of hip/hop today. This is truly the 21st century’s version of Sly & the Family Stone. They talk so much of love & peace that it brings out the inner hippie in me. They are not some clean cut group that doesn’t speak of the struggles of inner city living but they are not full of hatred or anger & it’s truly refreshing.
Recently, the Roots, ?uestlove in particular, have hinted at a retirement from touring & this is only becoming more evident with their new contract signing as the House band for the Jimmy Fallon show next year when he takes over for Conan O’Brien (who is taking over Jay Leno’s spot). Check out some of their stuff they are really a phenomenal band that is so unselfish with their gifts.
Just bought & listened to Ryan Adams & The Cardinals new album, “Cardinology“. It is an album that is beautiful in it’s simplicity. It isn’t strikingly relevant or an album that will stand out as something that will make a huge impact like some of their other albums but what it does do is provide excellent background music. It makes the time pass faster, it creates an aura of steady beauty that doesn’t offend the senses in the least. It’s gentle piano on tracks like “Stop” really make this an easy album to enjoy.
The lyrics aren’t complex, the melodies aren’t either, but it’s better than anything Jack Johnson could ever put out. Easy Tiger was a much better album as far as I’m concerned but I have no real complaints with Cardinology. Ryan Adams does this often, though. He has filler albums. He’s such a prolific writer that he’ll put out a huge studio release(Gold, Easy Tiger, Heartbreaker) then throw out some stuff that isn’t his best (Follow the Lights, Love is Hell, Demolition) but keeps the fans occupied while he keeps the great stuff for the next release. It’s actually quite brilliant. At least we’ll never get tired of him as he is constantly reinventing himself. Listen to the album yourself.