Archive for ‘Klar’

November 6, 2015

Your Friday Jam: Some F-ing Rhymes

“Do ya know what we need, man? Some rhymes.”

Absolutely. What are ya, insane?”

No I ain’t. Action Bronson‘s always dropping a rhyme.”

What?”

Yeah. He’s got a lot of rhymes dropping all around him in the songs, and it always works.”

You’ve lost it, haven’t ya?”

No, I’m serious.”

Me too. That’s stupid. Name one thing you gonna need a rhyme for.”

You don’t f-ing’ know what you’re gonna need it for. They just always need it.”

What’s this ‘they’ shit? This isn’t a song.”

Oh, right.”

Is that right, Chance?”

All right. Drop your stupid f-ing’ rhyme.”

I’ll drop my stupid rhyme. I’ll drop it. This is a dope rhyme right here.”

Tags: , ,
October 23, 2015

Your Friday Jam: Losing Side of Twenty-Five

In a matter of a few hours I will be heading out for some live music – a band introduced to me by my brother just this year.  American Aquarium out of North Carolina possesses a gritty, roots rock sound that meshes perfectly with tobacco and alcohol – specifically cigarettes and brown liquor.

Apparently they considered calling it quits just a few short years ago.  The band was unable to gain much traction outside of a small group of loyal followers, and with hardly enough cash to support themselves the members went into the studio for what they thought was going to be their last album.  Turns out Burn.Flicker.Die. actually sold, and American Aquarium came back with another album earlier this year.

I have never seen them live, but have heard that it is quite the experience and am very much looking forward to rocking out with them this evening.  Before I do, please enjoy “Losing Side of Twenty-Five”, from their latest album Wolves.

September 25, 2015

Your Friday Jam: Is Back!

Guess who’s back, back again.  Klar is back, tell a friend.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, bros and hoes, it is I, your purveyor of excellent music, back with another jam to kick-off an epic weekend.

Deciding what song to play this week was rather difficult.  Mac Miller has a new album that is quite good.  Brandon Flowers (of The Killers fame) released his second solo album earlier this year that I never got around to posting.  However, this spot has always been a “fly by the seat of my pants” area, and I usually just post whatever song I was jamming to that day.

This week is no different.  And while you should 100% listen to the above mentioned albums, this week’s jam is coming to you from Johnny Cooper.  Cooper combines the two excellent genres of red dirt country and alt-country, and does a brilliant job of it as you can hear from “Can’t Hold Onto You”, off his 2009 album Follow.

 

April 6, 2015

Opening Day

Well, here we are.  Opening Day – the greatest day of the year.  The day where people all over this great nation are settling down in the bleachers with a cold beer and a hot dog to watch their home team kick off the baseball season on a beautiful spring day.  After the national anthem their ace pitcher will take to mound to mow down the opposing batting order.  In the bottom of the inning their stud slugger will launch a bomb over the left field wall and the fans will go crazy.  High fives will be exchanged among family, friends, and complete strangers.  This is baseball.  This is the national pastime.

People will come.

So even if you cannot make it out to the ballgame today, enjoy this great American holiday.  Put your game on the TV or the radio and celebrate baseball.

Tags: , ,
March 27, 2015

Your Friday Jam: Spanish Mary

Most folks consider Bob Dylan to be one of the greatest songwriters America, if not the world, has ever produced.  The man was prolific in his work, and wrote a number of songs that he never actually recorded – masterpieces that were destined to never be heard.  Thankfully, in stepped The New Basement Tapes, a group of musicians who decided to band together and let the world hear these previously unrecorded Dylan tracks.  In 2014 Jim James, Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, Taylor Goldsmith, and Rhiannon Giddens all banded together to perform twenty Dylan songs, and the result is truly spectacular.  Every song on their album, Lost on the River, is worth more than one listen, but the track below might be my favorite.  Enjoy this week’s Friday Jam.

March 6, 2015

Your Friday Jam: Remember the Alamo

On this day in 1836, the heroic band of Texas independence fighters at the Alamo finally fell to the army of General Antonio López de Santa Anna after a thirteen day siege.  Legend holds that when it had become clear that reinforcements would not arrive, Colonel William Travis drew a line on the ground and asked any man willing to stay and fight to step over — all except one did.  The men who stayed to fight at the old mission, including Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, all sacrificed their lives that early spring morning for the cause of Texas independence.  By holding off the Mexican army for almost two weeks they allowed General Sam Houston to muster his army and prepare them to win independence from Mexico a mere six weeks later at the Battle of San Jacinto, where the Texan battle cry consisted of “Remember the Alamo!”.

Today, we remember the Alamo, as well as the lessons taught us by the heroes who died at that shrine to Texas liberty.  To the men who gave their lives for the cause of freedom, we raise our glasses.

March 2, 2015

Texas Independence Day

179 years ago today, Texas declared its independence from Mexico, as a group of settlers declared their solemn right to live in liberty, free from tyranny.  Thanks to the valiant sacrifices of the men and woman at Gonzales, Bexar, the Alamo, Goliad, and finally San Jacinto, Texans today are raised in the same spirit of independence.  This commitment to freedom is best encapsulated in the letter that Commander William Barret Travis wrote while surrounded by enemy forces at the Alamo.

Commandancy of the The Alamo

Bejar, Feby. 24th. 1836

To the People of Texas & All Americans in the World-

Fellow Citizens & compatriots-

I am besieged, by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna – I have sustained a continual Bombardment & cannonade for 24 hours & have not lost a man – The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken – I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, & our flag still waves proudly from the walls – I shall never surrender or retreat.  Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch – The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily & will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days.  If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country – Victory or Death.

William Barret Travis.

Lt. Col.comdt.

P.S.  The Lord is on our side – When the enemy appeared in sight we had not three bushels of corn – We have since found in deserted houses 80 or 90 bushels and got into the walls 20 or 30 head of Beeves.

Travis

Now go out, eat some brisket and Tex-Mex, wash it down with an ice-cold Shiner Bock, and enjoy all the things you like about Texas.

February 20, 2015

Your Friday Jam: Pitchers & Catchers Reporting for Duty!

Hokay, so dis is the erf.

It’s a pretty sweet erf.

Pitchers and catchers reported for spring training duty today (at least in Surprise, Arizona, spring training home of the 2015 World Series Champion Texas Rangers), so today’s Friday Jam will obviously have a baseball theme to it.  If you don’t like baseball, move back to Russia you stinkin’ commie.

I thought long and hard about what song to use today.  This being America, countless musicians, from Simon & Garfunkle to Kanye West, have recognized the place that baseball has in our hearts and used the national pastime as inspiration in their craft.  The undisputed greatest baseball song of all time (if you don’t count “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”) is John Fogerty’s “Centerfield”, but I used that in a Friday Jam last spring, so I had to do something different this time around.  Therefore, this weekend I’m going with a piece that is very dear to my heart.

All throughout my childhood, the theme from The Natural was played at Texas Rangers games whenever the Rangers launched a home run, and to this day I cannot help but feel happy when I hear it.  To me, it perfectly encapsulates the epic drama of a sport where every at-bat is its own mini-game – the dramatic build up to the pitch, everyone holding their breath as the ball sails towards the outfield, and the sparks showering the field as Roy Hobbs rounds the bases.

So this Friday, as MLP players and shaking off the winter rust in warm climates of Arizona and Florida, enjoy the theme from The Natural and pray that the games start soon.

January 16, 2015

Your Friday Jam: THE KING

This week’s Friday Jam is a combination music post and UFC post.  My favorite MMA fighter, The Notorious Conor McGregor, is fighting this Sunday night in Boston (and on Fox Sports 1), and a win for him solidifies a title shot.  The last time the Irishman fought in Boston he was on the under-card, yet the UFC still dimmed the arena lights and blared his song for his walk-out.  What was his song?  Well, it started with one of the most epic of Irish ballads, the Foggy Dew with Senad O’Connor and The Chieftains:

And then turned into the most fitting song for the location, Shipping Up to Boston by The Dropkick Murphy’s:

So enjoy the fight this Sunday – you will see one of the most talented strikers currently walking the face of the earth, the King, the Notorious, Conor McGregor.

January 9, 2015

Your Friday Jam: Waiting on the Maker

For anyone who has listened to even a handful of my Friday Jams (or simply taken a peek at my iTunes library), you know that I am a huge fan of The Departed, as well as their previous incarnation, Cross Canadian Ragweed.  With their latest album HippieLovePunk releasing next week on Tuesday, January 13th – this week’s jam just HAD to come from the upcoming album.  However, I had already posted all of the pre-released tracks here already, and we ain’t about reruns here.  Then, as if by Divine providence, The Departed released another track just a few days ago.

Maker is a tribute to a member of The Departed’s road crew, Lovey, who believe it or not, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting before at previous shows with The Departed.  Lovey owns the distinction of being the world’s oldest roadie (it’s not like anyone fact checks these things), and the song perfectly encapsulates his laid back attitude.  And when the keys come in towards the end of the song… dear Lord.

Click on the image below to check out Maker.  Also, pre-order the new album here (they have several different packages available).