Listening: Distant Worlds, Music from Final Fantasy Comes to New Orleans

Distant Worlds, the music from Final Fantasy, will be performed at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans.  This performance will be held on March 31, 2017.

This is the first time the music from Final Fantasy comes to New Orleans.  The concert will feature Nobuo Uematsu’s music from the video game series.  The orchestra will be conducted by Arnie Roth with HD video from the games being played at the same time.

The concert includes the performance of:
  • FINAL FANTASY XV: Apocalypsis Noctis
  • FINAL FANTASY VI: Character Theme Medley
  • FINAL FANTASY VII: Opening Bombing Mission
  • FINAL FANTASY VIII: Liberi Fatali
  • FINAL FANTASY IX: Not Alone
  • FINAL FANTASY X: Zanarkand

Having been to the Legends of Zelda version of this, this should be a fantastic event.  For younger fans of Final Fantasy, it will expose them to the wonders of live orchestra music. For older fans, it will bring back floods of memories of the hours spending time playing the games.

Mr. Nola Nerd Couple Music Podcast Episode 17: My Favorite Songs of 2016

According to Spotify, I listened to 4,436 unique songs this year.  I consider that a down year.  While a good chunk of that is older music, quite a bit of it was released in 2016.  Now, I didn’t hear everything. In this podcast, I discuss my Top 25 songs for 2016.  These are the ones I kept coming back to throughout the year.

Show notes:

First song is #25, last song is #1:

Mr. Nola Nerd Couple’s Music Podcast Episode 16: The Afghan Whigs and the Jesus and Mary Chain

On December 10, 2016, the Afghan Whigs put on a benefit show for their guitarist, Dave Rosser, who has inoperable colon cancer. All the proceeds of the show, and two more shows in Los Angeles, will go to help fund Mr. Rosser’s medical expenses.  For the show, The Afghan Whigs were playing their 1996 album, Black Love, in its entirety.  Considering that this is my favorite album by them and the great cause that was going along with it, it was a show I could not miss. The next weekend, The Jesus and Mary Chain played in New Orleans. Finally, got to check them off my bucket list.

Show Notes and Pictures:

The Afghan Whigs

Black Love by the Afghan Whigs:

Pictures from the Afghan Whigs Benefit for Dave Rosser:

Dave Rosser’s Go Fund Me

Double Day by the Afghan Whigs

Blame, Etc.

 

The Jesus and Mary Chain

Playlist from the Jesus and Mary Chain Show in Atlanta (which I’m pretty sure is the same one used for New Orleans)

Pictures from the Jesus and Mary Chain

Head On by the Jesus and Mary Chain:

Mr. Nola Nerd Couple’s Music Podcast Episode 14: Peter Hook, Joy Division, New Order, Control

This week on Mr. Nola Nerd Couple’s music podcast, I review a concert by Peter Hook and Light at the Republic in New Orleans.  Mr. Hook played all of New Order’s Substance as well as Joy Division’s album of the same name.  It was a great night of music and one that has made me go back and listen to a lot of Joy Division and New Order. The venue, the Republic, was perfect.  I also talk about the movie Control, which depicts the life of Joy Division’s lead singer, Ian Curtis.

Show Notes:

Peter Hook and Light Setlist for November 14, 2016, at the Republic in New Orleans.

Joy Division: Substance

New Order: Substance isn’t available for streaming. You can find it on amazon.

Control (available for streaming on Amazon Prime).

Mr. Nola Nerd Couple’s Music Podcast Episode 12: Hiss Golden Messenger and Drive-By Truckers

This week on the music podcast, Mr. Nola Nerd Couple discusses two albums he has been listening to for the last couple of weeks.  First is the Hiss Golden Messenger’s personal album Heart Like a Levee.  I also discuss Drive-By Truckers new politically charged album, American Band.  Spoiler: it’s their best one yet.

 

Hiss Golden Messenger’s Heart Like a Levee:

Drive-By Truckers’ American Band:

Mr. Nola Nerd Couple Music Podcast Episode 11: New Orleans Music Venues

This week on the Mr. Nola Nerd Couple Music podcast, I discuss some of the concert venues around New Orleans.  After Katrina, it seemed like we just had large venues and small venues.  Now, we have venues for all sizes and types of music.  It’s a great time to enjoy live music in New Orleans.  This is especially evident in that if you listen to this podcast you could name 10 more venues that I didn’t even mention like the Orpheum, Mahila Jackson, and Snug Harbor.  Making a podcast about attending shows made me realize I need to attend more shows!

Mr. Nola Nerd Couple’s Music Podcast: Wilco and Frank Ocean

This week on Mr. Nola Nerd Couple’s music podcast, I discuss Wilco and Frank Ocean’s new releases. Wilco has been a model of consistent excellence over the years. Schmilco is no exception.  It is one of their quieter and more focused albums but it’s one that still plays to strengths of these very talented musicians.  In addition to Wilco, I discuss Frank Ocean’s new album which comes off to me as one collected song similar to how The Cure made Disintegration.  It’s definitely going to be on my end of the year best of list.

The podcast:

 

Wilco’s Schmilco

 

Frank Ocean’s Blonde (warning for language)