Yo, Philly locals, how great is this weather? Please don't tell me that you love winter. The last few days are the type of weather that just make you want to fire up the grill and have a meal al fresco (which I did yesterday, yum), and maybe head to a fantastic nature preserve like Mt. Cuba (yeah, I that yesterday, too). Follow that up with a couple of Final Four hoops game, and you've got yourself a pretty good day. Check!
Mt. Cuba has a big emphasis on local and native plants, and shouldn't we be thinking the same with music? Philly is busting at the seams with great local bands. Here's another one that is simply FANTASTIC! You ready? Cayetana. These 3 local ladies simply rock. So think locally when picking out what to listen to, ok? Here are a couple of face melting tracks from Cayetana that I think you'll dig:
Yup, that first one is a New Order cover, very good that you caught that. These ladies rock, right? I thought you would like me more if I shared these local discoveries with you. And even if you don't like me at all, you gotta appreciate the great sounds coming from these women. I mean, they're a helluva lot better than the Red Army Choir, right?
Haha, who the hell wants to listen to the Stalin Album? And what songs are on it? "Sweet Gulag?" "I Need to Purge?" "Five Year Plan?" "I Met My Girl (Through the KGB)?" Seriously.
But Eastern Europe recognizes the great stuff in the West that we ignore so that we can self-flagellate over our latest nonsensical political outrage. Here's some pictures from Budapest that make you think, yes, the message did get out and, yes, it's pretty damn good in the West.
Uh huh, now THAT's what I'm talking about. How many cool things come out of the US that the world gloms on to? Great cars, style, music. It's all here. And even when they don't get it all right, they do recognize that you can combine classic American cultural musical references with the world's best breed of dogs.
I love that song - when it comes on in the car, the volume goes up and the windows go down - no matter the season! That's the kind of stuff that just oozes out of the US. Can you imagine guys like this jamming? I think they sang a song about sheep.
How did I get here? I was at Mt. Cuba and Cayetana and ended up in Croatia. Hey, it's a weird world out there, but one that you ought to get out and see. However, if like me, you don't have the time to go do that just this second, stay local and party hard on the Philly music scene. The world will catch up one of these days and say, damn, I wished I lived in Philly so that I could see all those great bands. Guess what? You do live in Philly and this is your jawn. Use it. Or, in the words of a great bumper sticker:
We all hear those voices. Some of us are smart enough to listen and reap the spoils. Live your life. Love those that you love. Do crazy stuff and tell the tales far and wide. Write that damn book. Sing that song. Stick it to The Man. Go For It!
My name is Bill, and I live in the greater Philadelphia area. I love music, and I have a lot of opinions. This site is primarily focused on music, but sometimes I get off track. I hope you enjoy.