Hey fellow music lovers. Bruce from Some Velvet Blog here. I am seriously late for my shift this week, but I think I got a good excuse. A couple months ago I decided it would be really cool for the radio station that I work at – WXPN to webcast the Roots Picnic tomorrow here in Philly. Crazy, right? With a main stage lineup that includes Little Dragon, The Dismemberment Plan, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Esperanza Spalding w/ the Roots, Wiz Khalifa and Nas w/ the Roots, I just had to lift this plane off the ground. So, needless to say, the week began and continued with hundreds of e-mails and logistics meetings and calls and ISDN line checks, and well, here it is, Friday nite. Now I am sure you haven’t all been waiting in front of your RSS readers waiting for this post to come through. That said though, I love to write this column each week and when I looked up from my computer today at work, to think for a moment about the shit I didn’t do this week, well, this was one of them. That said, here goes:
Something New: If you’re not familiar with Francis & The Lights you should be. Especially if you like any kind of soul music. Ever since I heard the first note of last year’s It’ll Be Better I’ve been a fan. Francis Farewell Starlight fronts the group of smooth operating electronic flavored blue-eyed soul men and as a producer he’s best known for the work he’s done with Drizzy Drake. Francis & The Lights recorded two new jams with Daniel and Andrew Aged of Inc. that are just great. You can download “Eiffel Tower” and watch the video below. And go here to grab “The Things That I Would Do.” You Weeknd fans are gonna love this.
Something Old: I’ve been an ages long fan of Genesis both the Peter Gabriel era and the Phil Collins as lead singer era. While I’m fond of many of their albums, their 1977 live album, Seconds Out not only remains one of my favorite albums by them, but it’s one of my favorite all-time live records. Right up there with Little Feat’s Waiting For Columbus, Bob Marley, Live, Frampton Comes Alive, Europe 72 by the Dead, Skynyrd’s One More For The Road, The Who’s Live At Leeds, Ya-Ya’s by The Stones and the Allman Brothers Live at Fillmore East. Here’s the Seconds Out version of “Dance On A Volcano,” followed by a video of a very young and beautiful Gabriel fronting Genesis on “The Musical Box.”