It's the week before Christmas, so you're probably not all that busy at work (unless you work in retail or shipping or something of the sort, to which I say, "May God have mercy on your soul"), so why not turn your computer speakers up and rock your office space with the sounds of Metallica frontman James Hetfield yelling things? Enjoy your aural trip to NEVA NEVA LAND! OOHWA!
Kade Mislinski moved to Tucson when he was 6 and graduated from the UA in 1997. He was once a member of the local jazz-funk band Interlocking Grip and DJ’d at mostly now-defunct clubs around town, including the Airport Lounge, the Velvet Tea Garden, Heart-Five and Club Congress. These days he’s co-owner, with Jenny Rice, of HUB Restaurant and Ice Creamery, the Playground Bar & Lounge and Lulu’s Shake Shoppe.
What was the first concert you attended?
Robert Plant, TCC Arena, 1988. Heard “Tall Cool One,” “Ship of Fools,” “Immigrant Song” and “Communication Breakdown.”
What are you listening to these days?
Sonny Rollins, Gary Clark Jr., Sigur Rós, Eric Dolphy, Son House, Calexico, Beck. I also use Spotify, so I jump all over the place listening with the kids. We listen to EDM, jazz, indie, rock and soundtracks.
What was the first album you owned?
Tuff Crew, Back to Wreck Shop. And on 45 it was “O-o-h Child” by the Five Stairsteps.
What artist, genre, or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don’t get?
Chris Brown and Justin Bieber. And I'm good with pop—just don't get these guys.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?
The Killers. I know, I know—but man, they're just good. Favorite song: “All These Things That I’ve Done.”
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
“Liwa Wechi” by Miriam Makeba, then “Let's Go Crazy” by Prince.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Sigur Rós, Peter Gabriel, Hans Zimmer, and every year, the Coachella Music Festival—it may be the best thing you'll ever do.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Miles Davis, Sketches of Spain.
What song should everyone listen to right now?
“Bright Lights” by Gary Clark Jr.
Sadly, the We Got Cactus music-blogging empire is not flush with the sort of cash that would allow us to purchase official Hootie and the Blowfish soccer jerseys for our entire readership, but it's the thought that counts, right? While we're busy trying to negotiate a significant bulk discount with the Blowfish braintrust, feel free to peruse the other wonderful gift options on the site, including a Hootie holiday stocking, which includes two t-shirts and surprises!
Truth be told, I generally don't dig today's indie rock that much. If there aren't loud guitars or drum beats that threaten to change my heart's rhythm, I'm generally not into it.
Now, here's another truth: "The Deep" is an awesome song, and in an effort to find out where they're going to be playing next, I've just liked Roll Acosta's Facebook page. (No, seriously, they can tell you who likes their page. You'll see "David Mendez." Facebook is not a game, people.)
Watch that video. Dig their sound. Be disappointed if you (like me) did not see them at the Great Cover-Up. We'll go to the next show together. It'll be fun.
One of my favorite holiday season traditions each year is the Sonic Solstice radio show broadcast by KXCI FM 91.3.
Now in its 11th year, the program — which airs tonight, Monday, Dec. 17, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. — combines live, in-studio performances of holiday classics and original songs as performed by an always-stellar lineup of local acts, with recorded highlights from past years' shows and amusing DJ banter filling out the time between the live stuff.
Supplying that banter this year will be hosts Cathy Rivers (The Home Stretch), Matt Milner (Locals Only), Bob Girth (The Hub), and Laura Adams (The Music Mix); and the list of scheduled live performers looks a li'l something like this:
Hip Don't Dance
Jacob Acosta (of Race You There and Roll Acosta)
Gabrielle Pietrangelo (of Silver Thread Trio)
Keli Carpenter and Taylor Bungard (of The Tryst)
Carlos Arzate and the Kind Souls
The Great Collision (Ryan Green of Ryanhood and Paul Jenkins of ...music video?)
Pretty sweet, right?
It's the sort of "event radio" that just doesn't happen very much anymore. So, for one night, turn off the TV, put down the video game controllers, and suck back some eggnog with friends and/or family with your radio tuned to 91.3 FM (or stream it at kxci.org). If you're not in the holiday spirit at the end of those four hours, well, you're on your own this year.
I've got to admit something: Kendrick Lamar's much-beloved new album "good kid, m.A.A.d City" wasn't the revelation I had heard it would be would be upon my first listen. It was good, sure, but I didn't freak out about it like I was lead to believe I would—there are skits after most every track, and Lamar tends to lean upon accents and repeated phrases in a way reminiscent to Eminem's worst album, Relapse. That's a shame, considering that his verses are often incredible, showing a lyrical mastery that few today can match. The album is growing on me, but tends to distract just as often as it impresses.
Which is why I'm glad that Lamar made a guest appearance on the new single from Dido (most famous for her collaboration with Eminem on "Stan" more than a decade ago), entitled "Let Us Move On."
This, to me, is what Lamar's album should have been, coming from someone who was unfamiliar with him prior to hearing "good kid, m.A.A.d City": he brings fire and passion to his verse without being concerned about holding the weight of the song's chorus; the backing vocals by Dido, combined with the song's already hip-hop friendly beat, make this a great listen. Check it out below.
Attention all daytime rockers: Because Tucsonans start shivering when it dips down to 60 degrees, and OK, because it might rain, thereby destroying all the equipment donated by our generous sponsors, all of the Great Cover-Up events this afternoon have been moved from the Hotel Congress patio to the Rialto Theatre.
I know, it's no big deal since they're across the street from one another. I'm just trying to save you a few steps and an egg or two on your face.
Admission to both today's and tonight's events is open to all ages. The daytime is FREE, and tonight will set you back an $8 donation to SAAMHA (Southern Arizona Artists and Musicians Healthcare Alliance).
Here's the schedule for the remainder of the event:
Saturday, December 15, (daytime) at
Hotel Congress' outdoor patio the Rialto Theatre.
12:30p Evan Dando/Lemonheads
1:00 Robert Johnson
2:00 The Doors
2:30 '80s One-Hit Wonders
3:30 James Brown
4:00 Tom Waits
COVERED BY THE FOLLOWING LOCAL BANDS (in no particular order):
Kyle Brondson, Roman Barten-Sherman, Smallvox, Jumper, The Tangelos, Jeremy Michael Cashman, Roll Acosta, Sinphonics
Saturday, December 15, (evening) at Rialto Theatre
6:00p Joe Walsh
6:30 Quiet Riot
7:00 Flogging Molly
7:30 Leonard Cohen
8:00 Stevie Wonder
8:30 Dixie Chicks
9:00 The Kinks
9:30 Violent Femmes
10:00 The Smiths
10:30 LCD Soundsystem
11:00 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
12:00a Paul Simon
12:30 Red Hot Chili Peppers
COVERED BY THE FOLLOWING LOCAL BANDS (in no particular order):
Wolf Larsen, The Gallery, ...music video?, Skinkfinger, Awkward Moments , David Clark Band, Hank Topless, Holy Rolling Empire, LeeAnne Savage, The Gunrunners, Electric Blankets, The Distortionists, The Tryst, Some Of Them Are Old