morning babble: Happy 40th, Lulu! / New Music Friday with boygenius, Metallica, & Dave Matthews / Quote via Taylor Hawkins

morning babble / Friday 03-03-23

This is the scribble that leads to the babble. Sometimes, it gets tidied up; but other times, not so much. When all else fails: watch the video!

Unbeknownst to me, my son’s pet bird delivered something to my shirt this morning. Isn’t that supposed to be good luck or something?

Anyway, Happy Weekend! . . . we got De La Soul music streaming for the 1st time on all platforms. I’m going to be enjoying some of that magical hip-hop sound today. (clip)

Also, big touring announcement via the Foo Fighters as they have made good on their promise to return “soon” to the stage despite the recent loss of drummer, Taylor Hawkins, who died last year. The announcement lists their first headlining concerts of 2023 and these shows are taking place in May and June. We still don’t know yet who will be behind the drum kit for the band at these shows.

Personal news – I finished my 1st Draft of my book – Confessions of a Workaholic. Initial plan was to get my man, Cecil, the draft today, but I’ll be dropping it off this weekend. Ironically enough, I have some work to attend to before I can get that done.

(loverboy clip)

I promise not to do that again.

New Music Friday:

I put together a Spotify playlist of the songs that I talked about and thought about today for New Music Friday. Click here for that!

  • The latest single from Metallica’s upcoming album, 72 Seasons, has been released. It’s nearly a seven-minute journey called “If Darkness Had a Son” and there’s a video. (clip) We’re getting some good stuff from Metallica. Full album drop occurs on April 14th. Their tour dates kick off in Europe that same month, before a bunch of North American shows later in the year.
  • More new music was released from boygenius – it’s the fourth track taken from the group’s highly anticipated album, the record – the song is called “Not Strong Enough” (clip) I have no idea why I’m enjoying this music so much. That probably sounds bad but I just know it’s not meant for some 50-year-old dude. They would probably be creeped out. I could never be at their shows unless I got my daughter into them. But then, could you imagine me in the front row – Phoebe! Anyway – I think it’s just an appreciation of their music. Something magical is happening with them as a group and I can hear that. the record will be released in its entirety later this month on the 31st
  • (clip) I’d say that I missed this one. The Dave Matthews Band came out with a new song “Madman’s Eyes” (clip) Was it last Friday, February 24th? Nope – it was all the way back on January 24th. I try. I really do. I’ve like these guys since they did the antique version of The Stone Balloon on the stomping grounds of my U of D days in Newark, D-where. I think they were there in 92 or 93. Could I go when they came there – nope – I was too young, but I knew about them. I believe Hootie came with them. Or – maybe I’m just making that part up. They were at the Balloon though and it was prior to their debut album in 1994. I’ve always enjoyed the Dave Matthews Band – for me, Dave sounds a lot like Peter Gabriel and he’s weird like him too. Again, enjoyable. their 10th studio album with a dozen new songs Walk Around the Moon will fully drop on May 19th. (clip)
  • Other new music – Big Thief Debuted their New Song “Vampire Empire” the other night on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert / Nicki Minaj singing about “Red Ruby Da Sleeze” / Lastly, country stud Morgan Wallen unleashed his massive, 36-track third studio album – that’s nearly 2 hours, One Thing at a Time. I mean track #1 is called “Born With a Beer in My Hand.” I might be double fisting by the time I wrap up that album.

Thank you to Spotify, Rolling Stone, Apple Music, uDiscoverMusic, Pitchfork & I know there’s more.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY WIFE – she turns 40 this weekend!

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“Life is funny. If you don’t laugh, you’re in trouble.” – by Taylor Hawkins

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