I loved this cover of Hall and Oates’ “I Can’t Go for That” by Nicki Bluhm and the Gamblers:
I Can’t Go for That
The Seikilos epitaph is the oldest surviving example of a complete musical composition, including musical notation, from anywhere in the world. The song, the melody of which is recorded, alongside its lyrics, in the ancient Greek musical notation, was found engraved on a tombstone, near Aidin, Turkey (not far from Ephesus). The find has been dated variously from around 200 BC to around AD 100.
That’s pretty darn awesome. You can read more about it here.
New Music: Matt Nathanson
I’ve been looking for some new music lately, much to my delight, Matt Nathanson released his new album Modern Love just a few days ago. I thought that I’d like it when I bought it, but I didn’t think that I’d like it as much as I do.
Two nights ago, Matt Nathanson performed his single “Faster” on Jimmy Kimmel Live:
He also performed the title track “Modern Love“:
Right now, my favorite song is the more moody “Kiss Quick.”
I liked the whole of Modern Love so much after just 24 hours with it that I bought Matt Nathanson’s prior two albums, Beneath These Fireworks (2003) and Some Mad Hope (2007). So far, I don’t like them quite as much as Modern Love, but I am enjoying them.
Here’s his video from his more mellow song “Come On Get Higher” from Some Mad Hope:
Paparazzi From the Mouth of Babes
A Bit of Awesome
If ever you get depressed with the state of the world, just consider how much innovation has happened in recent years to enable this bit of awesome:
The violinist/singer is Paul Dateh. I liked what I heard so much that I bought his two albums in iTunes — Paul Dateh and The Good Life — in iTunes. It’s more bluesy than my usual preferences, but I like it!
(Via Trey Givens)