Sunday, 17 April 2011

Michael Franti is the Shit! Day 130, April 18th, 2011

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Day 130, April 18th, 2011

We are back from an incredible weekend in Singapore.  Gary and I had the opportunity to cover Singapore’s ROCK & ROOTS FESTIVAL.  It was a marvelous and radically appropriate kick off to the filming of Season Three and our emphasis on music festivals around the world.  We had the opportunity to see Toots & The Maytals, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Imogen Heap, Bob Dylan, John Legend and the show stopping performance of Michael Franti & Spearhead.

Steve Filming Franti at work.

Michael Franti and his incredible band ended the show on Friday night (Night One) and basically embarrassed every other artist with his musicianship and presence.  Not to take anything away from Toots and Co. but Bob Dylan doesn’t allow filming for a reason.  Simply put, if you do not have any music by Michael Franti, do yourself a favour and pick some up.  Your mood will thank you.

The Man, Michael Franti.
 Imogen Heap and her multi-instrumental charm and quirky hairdo (which is better face to face, not on large screen for the masses to tolerate) was my pick for performance of the night throughout the second evening.  This was not an easy pick as Trombone Shorty and his 2-note-circular-breathing-trombone-ridiculousness was rather epic.  John Legend was as great as John Legend could be was but his audience is not the 34-year-old man, unless that 34-year-old man is in bed with a 26-year-old woman.

Imogen Heap doing her thing, which is a lot of things.

We won’t be releasing the “Festival” episodes for a while, as there is still so much to come from ON THE BEAT AND PATH including next month’s show from Myanmar & Thailand.  There is so much ridiculous coming your way that Randall no longer watches the episodes as he claims they have the same effect on him as sugar.

Welcome to the new member of our crew, Kyra Boyer who will be lending her photography brilliance to upcoming shoots.  She joined Hannah in taking photos at the Rock and Roots Festival.  Stay tuned.  Check out her work at

We are halfway through April and there is so much to see from our Sumatra release: episodes, podcasts, blogs, photos.  Check them all on the official site:

STEEL CAGE MATCH (continued):
Today’s Challenge: D’s

Today’s Competition:

David Bowie        
David Bowie        
David Bowie        
Ziggy Stardust
David Bowie        
Young Americans
Deep Purple        
Smoke On The Water
Del Shannon        
Depeche Mode        
Personal Jesus
Derek And The Dominos        
Diana Ross        
Baby Love
Diana Ross        
You Keep Me Hangin' On
Diana Ross        
Where Did Our Love Go
The Wanderer
Runaround Sue
Dionne Warwick        
Walk On By
Dolly Parton        
Donna Summer        
Hot Stuff
Donna Summer        
I Feel Love
Dr. Dre        
Nuthin But A G Thang
Dusty Springfield        
Son Of A Preacher Man
Dusty Springfield        
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me

There are many ways one could evaluate this round.  There are some classic gems in this set list (classic gems are sort of missing from my list of finalists so far).  Songs like Runaround Sue, which is so annoyingly catchy it makes me beg for ‘Steal my Sunshine’ ( I know I can be more of a modernist (is that a word?).  At times it is like comparing basketball players from the modern era to those from 1960. It is not that I don’t love music from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s.  I do. 

Who doesn’t love putting the bomp in the bomp da bomp da bomp?  I love putting the bomp in the bomp da bomp da bomp.  However, I am not moved emotionally by putting the bomp in the bomp da bomp and that makes a big difference.

Dionne Warwich is tragically eliminated due to her involvement in late night TV hawking (hey, it’s my competition and I’ll vote how I want to).  So since we’re dealing with the D’s, I’ll choose Dolly Parton’s Jolene for obvious reasons.  Plus, this Jolene cover by punk rock super group, Me First and the Gimme Gimme’s kicks ass:

Winner of the A’s: AC DC’s HIGHWAY TO HELL.
Winner of the B’s: Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues
Winner of the C’s: The Clash’s London Calling
Winner of the D’s: Dolly Parton’s Jolene

Have you seen Lake Week?  It can make you moist and leave you damp:

Otherwise, Catch Us Live Somewhere on this Planet.


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