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Bunny Wailer is the Best Modern Day Marley

Posted by admin On August - 23 - 2008

~Z.T.~ In making the festival rounds this summer, I noticed that the artist whose music lives on the most is The Grateful Dead. By a lot. But after that, I’d have to say it’s Bob Marley. There are almost too many acts playing the dead, but most do it well. Marley covers are generally pretty solid as well, even though Elan and Stephen lean too heavily on trying to be Bob instead of being a vessel for his music. I’m sorry to say I didn’t know much about Bunny Wailer going in, but I’ll try to pepper some info in for you.
The soundtrack to festival parking lots everywhere.

I mistakenly called Bunny Wailer “Bunny Marley” in a twitter. It was a fairly easy mistake to mistake, what with Stephen, Damian, Ziggy, Julian and Ky-Mani all performing under the Marley name. I’ve seen Stephen and Damian. Stephen’s the one who really sounds like Bob. Elan (with The Wailers) sounds dead on and even emulates Bob’s moves. Bunny Wailer doesn’t much sound like Bob, but he evokes his spirit the best and feels more natural than all the others.Bunny Wailer asked us do do away with all -isms. His outfit was even sparklier than this one. Known as the third key singer of Bob Marley and The Wailers (behind Bob and Peter Tosh) his solo career has garnered him Grammy’s for best reggae album in 1990, ’94 and ’96.

Like most old legends, he came out with a grand spectacle after his band had been playing for at least 20 minutes. His voice is soothing and easily the least hoarse of the 60+ year olds I’ve heard this summer. He has a big presence on stage and manages to make it feel like you’re at a Bob Marley show, without trying to sound or act like him. Bunny is his own man and he’s a hell of a man at that. He was constantly giving shout outs to legends like Toots and Bob and Tosh.
Bunny wailer is only a month older than my dad. Also, his dad had a kid with Bob Marley’s mom. Doesn’t that make them step brothers? (p.s. see “Step Brothers”)

Bunny knew his audience well and played to their interests, covering the big reggae hits, but also sneaking in some deeper tracks as well. We heard “Trenchtown Rock” while waiting in the epic jerk chicken line and found Paul and Jordan just in time to eat our sandwiches for Peter Tosh’s “Legalize It.”Classics like “No Woman, No Cry” and “Easy Skankin'” were great sing-a-longs on a perfectly warm night in late August. Jahh. Stay Irie, my friends.

If you liked this, check out:
The Wailers at Rothbury
Elan of the Wailers’ dream band

Zack’s Top 5 Rainy Day Songs

Posted by admin On August - 22 - 2008

Andy’s list is solid, but I think he left off some key ones. Like Missy and the Beatles!

1. The Beatles’ “Rain” One of the most hopeful songs about “Rain” there are. And get a load of the credit George Harrison gives the Beatles for “Inventing MTV”

2. Jimi Hendrix “Still Rainin, Still Dreamin'”
I think I like this one even more than Rainy Day, Dream Away. That opening wamping guitar sounds like rain.

3. Missy Elliot “The Rain” (Supa Dupa Fly)
Remember this video?! This old woman sat in front of me and my sister every time we went to shul and she always wore this black shiny jacket that she must have stolen from the set of this video. We’d always giggle and call her Supa dupa fly and ask if she had the keys to the jeep.

4. Blind Melon “No Rain” The Bumblebee song! Embedding has been disallowed, so click it if you wanna watch the chubby girl dance around.
5. Guns N Roses “November Rain” Watching it now, I can’t explain why, but I honestly couldn’t sleep for months because of this video. I was horrified by it. I think I was just creeped out by the unexplained death of the bride. I don’t know what to tell you. Maybe because I was born in November?

Worst Rain song? Milli Vanilli’s “Blame it on the Rain”

*I wanted to put in Bob Dylan “Rainy Day Woman #12 & #35” but it’s not really about rain. Also, have to mention “Chocolate Rain”

Andy’s Top 5 Rainy Day Songs

Posted by admin On August - 22 - 2008

It is pouring outside right now and the Cubs are on rain delay. In honor of that, I am going to do a top-5 rainy day songs.

1. Led Zeppelin – “Fool in the Rain”
2. CCR – “Who’ll Stop the Rain?” or “Have You Ever Seen the Rain”
3. Jimi Hendrix – “Rainy Day, Dream Away”
4. Johnny Nash (popularized by Jimmy Cliff) – “I Can See Clearly Now”

5. Toto – “Africa”

True Stories: David Byrne

Posted by admin On August - 21 - 2008

~Z.T.~ Most people think of “Stop Making Sense” when they think of David Byrne DVD’s. If you want pure, quirky Byrne go for “True Stories.” Andy kept talking about how bizarre David Byrne was after that bike lock story he posted. I insisted he watch some of this 1986 film. His response with a weirded out look on his face: “Does it get better?” How could it get better?! This is pure genius!

Funniest Blog I’ve Seen

Posted by teibs On August - 20 - 2008

~Z.T.~ It’s not music news, but Fail Blog is making me laugh too hard not to share. Enjoy!

David Byrne Designed Bike Racks For NYC

Posted by admin On August - 20 - 2008

-A.S. Talking Heads main man David Byrne isn’t just releasing a brand new CD with producer Brian Eno. He’s making art of a whole different kind. Byrne has designed nine bike racks that will be spread throughout New York City.

Byrne’s racks are all different and themed to their location. According to the article on Yahoo! News there will be one that looks like a dollar sign in Wall Street and another shaped like a guitar in Brooklyn.

A Festival Crashers Fan Club?

Posted by admin On August - 19 - 2008

-A.S. Well, not an official fan club per se, but they’re definitely fans of our work. I wrote the satirical article “You Know How I Know Coldplay Isn’t Gay?” a while back joking about how 40-Year-Old Virgin was ruining Coldplay for us all. This morning I woke up to an e-mail from a fan of Festival Crashers.
A Cannuck that was thanking me for writing the post, saying that he “was about to literally throw out my entire Coldplay album collection until I saw your article ‘You know how I know Coldplay isn’t gay?’ on your blog. I thought that your message would soon spread around the Internet that Coldplay wasn’t gay, but the idiocy has still not ended.”

He has created a Facebook group dedicated to his cause. I said in the post, I am not for calling Coldplay (or anything/anyone) gay all. The point of the post was to comment on how ridiculous of a situation being called gay for liking Coldplay was. I am honored that we have fans that feel so passionately about our work, but c’mon. Jokes, we still get jokes…right?!?!

Free Music at Deezer!

Posted by admin On August - 19 - 2008

~Z.T.~ It looked like today was going to be a pretty depressing music news day with Muxtape going down and Pandora’s legal issues swirling. Then Big Bri linked me to Deezer: It appears to be free streaming music. Enjoy it until some soulless RIAA people find out about it and shut it down too.

This site isn’t perfect, but it has free music on it and that’s always a premium goal of Festival Crashers. Free music. As Big Bri just told me, “I just want 4 or 5 million tracks i can stream or download anytime for free. Is that too much to ask for?

Don’t listen to this track! It’s too good.

Death to Muxtape

Posted by admin On August - 19 - 2008

~Z.T.~ If you went to play your favorite mix at Muxtape today, you saw this message: “Muxtape will be unavailable for a brief period while we sort out a problem with the RIAA.” That site just bled “illegal.” I can’t believe it lasted a week, but it was fun while it lasted.

Cure for the Tuesdays

Posted by admin On August - 19 - 2008

~Z.T.~ Anyone else wish it wasn’t Tuesday? Festival Crashers NOLA rep Sami just linked me to this gem “Love Today” from Mika, who turned 25 Monday. Can anyone say Freddy Mercury’s long lost brother? Thanks Sami!

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