In 1996 Nada Surf was on top of the world. Their hit single, "Popular" was an anthem for depressed high school students. The song served as a painstaking guide book to teenage popularity. They had a major label record contract and were destined for greatness. Fast-forward 9 years and the mainstream music scene had basically written them off. They were a one hit wonder. With four albums to their name, Nada Surf released "The Weight is a Gift" at the end of 2005 on Barsuk Records. The album serves as a beacon of
On a balmy Friday evening in South Florida, with relatively low (and I say lightly) humidity, I set out on the hour long drive down to North Miami Beach to see one of my absolute favorite bands, Medeski Martin and Wood. What can you say about Medeski Martin and Wood. They are by far the most talented improvisational, funk, jazz, modern, eclectic, ground paving, limit pushing trios out there. And have been for over a decade. I picked up my friend Sarah and we hit the road.
Pearl Jam is back, I'm not saying they ever left, but remember when Aerosmith quit drugs and came back with a hugely successful album, that's kind of like this. Pearl Jam has never stopped creating music or touring almost non-stop in the past 15 year. This new album, I think, is the best thing they have ever done. I know there are a lot of Pearl Jam fans that will disagree with me, but regardless, this music is right for this moment in time.