Did you watch the Grammy Awards last night? What’d you think?
Highlights for me: Jack White, Mavis Staples and others in the Levon Helm tribute, Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Boys, Bruno Mars and Sting but mostly when Damian and Ziggy Marley came on stage, The Lumineers and the Dave Brubeck tribute. Overall, I was surprisingly pleased which much of the show. I mean, you have to accept it for what it is, but compared to past shows I’ve endured, I thought there was a abundance of real musicians on the stage. And, the audience seemed to be supporting all the music. And Prince, just by his royal presence and his off-the-cuff statement that he loved the Goyte song which won for Record of the Year. Not the mention, the utter star-struckedness of Goyte and Kimbra.
So, while it’s easy to sit here and complain about all the bands and artists who deserved to be on that stage or at least nominated… At least the Grammy’s seem to be trying… right? Or do you disagree? I’d love to hear what you have to say.
1. No Way Out by In Pursuit from City Without Subway (1986)
Jay Joyce is now a successful producer who has worked with Cage the Elephant among others. In the later part of the 80s. In Pursuit appeared to be on the verge of breaking out big time. They got a slot opening some dates for aHa (you know the Take on Me band). This track is reminiscent of their gorgeous sound.
2. Promises by Nitzer Ebb from Industrial Complex (2010)
This was the sixth studio album by British EBM legends, released 15 years after their fifth album.
3. Missing Pieces by Jack White from Blunderbuss (2012)
As mentioned, his set was a highlight of the night.
A great song from the legendary Jim Lauderdale
5. Living of Love by The Avett Brothers from Emotionalism (2007)
Great Music from The Avett Brothers
6. Broken by Cherryholmes from Cherryholmes III Don’t Believe (2008)
Bluegrass band on Ricky Skaggs’ label.
7. Desespero by Staccato du Mal from Sin Destino (2011)
A vintage electronics project from Miami Beach.
Another classic track from the Irish band’s 2nd album.
from the 3rd album by this Cincinnati Americana band.
A Buffalo, NY based Indie/Shoegaze band.
A great track from a former featured band – FallsStart hail from all over the place and play some awesome hard alternative rock.
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