I had some time this evening to finally get to work on this month’s mix, but it’s just not going very well. It’s not flowing at all and the music is all over the map. I think I’m going back to the drawing board. Did I mention the new Jay-Z record? I can’t really say I’ve been much of a fan, but I really like this album. I’ve been listening to a lot more hip-hop because of work and it’s always fun to discover something new which I probably never would have been exposed. Also of major note is the new Basement Jaxx album. Certainly one of the best albums I’ve heard all year.
Friday night Joel and I went to check out Paul’s new bar in the valley. It’s called NoBar. Here’s all the info:
10622 Magnolia (one block west of Cahuenga)
North Hollywood, CA 91401
Saturday & Sunday: 8pm-2am
The Leona Naess and Josh Rouse show was pretty mediocre. Leona’s a great songwriter, but her performance left me pretty bored. The highlight was seeing Ethan Johns playing guitar with her. I had to pull him aside after her performance to tell him how much I love the new Ray Lamontagne album. I told him the story about how I just happened to take it home one night, listened to it a few times and was nearly moved to tears. He said he cries every time he listens to it and said it was one of the most amazing experiences he’s had as a producer. Josh was off. I don’t know how else to explain it. Of course I only have one other show from which to compare, but it just didn’t feel like he was super into it. The crowd was good to him and sang along wit a lot of his songs. We ended up leaving as the band came on for an encore. Thanks to Nili at Ryko for the tickets.
Time to catch up on TiVo and eat dinner. Have a great week.