Archive for October 1, 2015

I’ve been following Disclosure for a couple of years now and I was lucky enough to see them at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood before they blew up. There last album was hot from first to last song with some unknown guests (at the time), like Sam Smith. For this new album Caracal, they’re not holding back with the A+ guests and they’ve brought back Sam with the first single “Omen”. But what has me losing my shit, is the second single “Magnets” featuring Lorde. My first thought hearing this song, was damn, Lorde should’ve held on to this song for her own album! The song is bad ass and the vid is even badder. I can’t picture anyone else doing this song besides Lorde, the beat and Lorde’s voice blend in perfectly. So far Disclosure has two for two hits and it looks like they’re going to replicate the success of their last album. Wait until they release “Nocturnal” with the Weeknd!

I first discovered Linda Ronstadt in the late 80’s when my mom took me to Linda’s concert for Canciones de Mi Padre. I remember enjoying the full concert, mostly because I’ve always liked mariachi music. A few years later I saw Linda performing an English song on TV at the Grammys with Aaron Neville. I wasn’t familiar with her music history and I was immediately interested in discovering more. This search took me to the early 70’s with pop/rock; into the 80’s with pop standards and country; and finally to this Grammy performance of “Don’t Know Much”. I instantly became a fan and listened to her music as I grew up into adulthood. A few years ago, I heard Linda had retired from singing due to Parkinson’s. I was bummed because I would not be able to see her live in concert again but this week I was lucky enough to see her in person and hear her life story. Linda shared her life story for almost two hours at the Valley Performing Arts Center but it wasn’t enough. Her life story is as amazing and eclectic as her music. From her childhood in Tucson, to being part of the rock movement of the 70’s, to crossing over from English to Spanish with her Mariachi album…what an amazing career. Dan Guerrero, who is also a friend of Linda, was the interviewer and kept the conversation moving smoothly and provided some laughs throughout the night. I don’t usually pay to go see someone speak (I rather spend that money on concerts) but this was a exception and I’m glad I went. Also glad to hear Linda give praise to Brittany from Alabama Shakes, when she was asked about today’s music scene. Now the question is when will we get a Linda Ronstadt movie…I’ll even settle for a TV movie.

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