Thursday, December 12, 2013
Aimsel Ponti has been obsessed with - and inspired by- music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She's a huge fan of the local music scene and interviews an act every week for "Making Noise" which runs in the Press Herald GO section. You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets.
Reason # 457,824, 548 why the local music scene of Portland, Maine is so impressive:
The Other Bones (Loretta Allen, Andrew Mead and Eric Bruce) is a trio of electronic, rock, soul, pop awesomeness.
Go here for more info on them: epk.theotherbones.com/
I'm posting about them because they have taken one of the worst Christmas songs and made it SO GOOD!
When I think of Christmas music, I think of Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosy, Johnny Mathis, Judy Garland, Billie Holiday Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and the like. I also think of a few 80's gems like The Waitresses "Christmas Wrapping" and The Pogues' "A Fairytale of New York."
All of this is to say that "new" good Christmas songs are few and far between. Here's one example:
Four years ago, Tori Amos released a seasonal album called "Midwinter Graces."
The album is gorgeous, haunting and everything that a Tori album should be. (read: I worship the ground she walks on). My favorite song on it, and the reason for this post, is called "A Silent Night With You." Four years later, I am officially declaring this song as a personal holiday favorite. What are some of yours?
HOORAH FOR THE RED SOX!!!
Wow, people. Just wow!
I am over the moon about the Red Sox and since we won last night YOU ARE FREE tonight to see what will no doubt be a crazy awesome night of music at Empire.
Hey there Music Fans,
OK so there I was at the last Red Sox home game of the regular season yesterday. There I sat under sunny skies watching our bearded boys defeat The Blue Jays from my seats deep in the outfield.
In between innings I heard a most unusual sound played by Red Sox organist Josh Kantor. It was not one I could have ever expected to hear but one that pleased me immensely.
Kantor played a snippet of David Bowie's 1972 song "Starman." The song has always been a favorite and it's one of many brilliant ones from the "Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars" record.
Singer Anna Lombard and her guitarist Treny Gay (Paranoid Social Club, Arc of Sky) stopped by the Press Herald on Wednesday to record a Newsroom Sessions with yours truly.