Concert-ing: Exile on Bourbon Street

Exile on Main Street by the Rolling Stones is a mess of a record. Mick Jagger has never actually warmed up to it. Keith Richards was intoxicated most of the time. The mix isn’t muddy and could be so much better. They just run with the mistakes throughout the album.

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In other words, it’s a perfect rock’n’roll album.

Over the years, it has always gone up in stature. It continually appears on the multitudes of best rock albums of all time and usually quite high on the list.

It’s a monolith of an album that can intimidate anyone trying to cover any of the songs off of it. Someone would have to be crazy to cover all of it.

Enter Ryan Adams.

Ryan Adams is one of the Nola Nerd Couple’s favorite musical artists. He is the rare artist that we both love equally. He can rub people the wrong way, but he doesn’t say things that are genuinely insane like some other more famous artists in the news today. He has always had a prolific output, and he is consistently good and sometimes reaches the heights of his idols. He has done the cover the entire album thing before with his intriguing cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989. He found his truths in the songs.

But that was in a studio. On May 5, 2018, he will cover Exile on Main St. live at the Saenger Theater in New Orleans (tickets). He will be joined by Cyril Neville, John Medeski, Mark Mullins, Terence Higgins, and more are promised. Don Was will be the musical director.

Ryan is readying himself for the challenge.

 

We will be there, thanking California for its bitter fruit along with Mr. Adams and company.

The Mr. Nola Nerd Music Podcast: My Favorite Albums of 2017

I didn’t listen to as much music as I normally would in this past year. However, I don’t really think I listened to an album that I felt wasted my time.

This is not a best of list, but just a podcast on my favorite albums of the year.  The higher the ranking the more I listened to the album is how I ranked them.

Spoilers: My top five after the jump:

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Listening: Glen Campbell

If you look at my record shelf, Glen Campbell is an outlier.  Most of the records are from the 80s and 90s alternative acts, classic rock, and jazz.  Then there is Glen Campbell.  Then when you truly think about it, it belongs right there with him.  Glen Campbell loved jazz and played on some the of the great albums of the 60s as a session player.  In the late 2000s, his Meet Glen Campbell featured mainly artists who were alternative acts from the 80s and 90s.

I loved him because he knew how to interpret a song.  Sometimes he knew how to change a song for better.  “Galveston” started out as an anti-war song and he turned it into a simple song of why one goes to war…and why one doesn’t want to go.  By making it more ambiguous about the soldier’s feelings, he brilliantly made it more melancholic.  Sometimes he just did this with his voice.  The Velvet Underground’s “Jesus” is full of doubt while his is full of longing.

And he could play the guitar.  He played on Pet Sounds.  His solo on “Whitcita Lineman” is just as full of longing as the words and his singing.  We did get to see him on his farewell tour, and while his memory couldn’t remember most words without a teleprompter, his fingers remembered where every single note was.

Today, at work, we have a lot of time to get our classroom and lessons ready for the first day of school tomorrow. If you come to my room, speak up, because  I won’t be turning Mr. Campbell down.

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).