Friday, February 20, 2009

Blatent Plug

Hall & Oates keep it live
Published February 18, 2009 07:02 AM
By Kym Kilgore / LiveDaily Contributor

Daryl Hall and John Oates are getting ready to head out on a US tour that sticks close to the East Coast through mid-April.

The duo is set to kick things off Feb. 20 in Boca Raton, FL, and play a dozen cities, including Orlando, Baltimore, Boston, Atlantic City and Biloxi, MS. Two-night stands are booked in New York City and Lake Charles, LA. Details are listed below.

Oates also has a couple of solo dates on the calendar to support his sophomore solo effort, "1000 Miles of Life," which surfaced in September. Those shows can be found at Hall & Oates [ tickets ]' website.

Last November, the blue-eyed soul duo released "Live at the Troubadour," a CD/DVD package that captures Hall & Oates' May 2008 return to the legendary Los Angeles venue. The two-night engagement marked the first time the performers had taken the Troubadour stage in 35 years.

"John and I have a lot of great memories associated with performing at the Troubadour, since it was our first show in LA," Hall explained in a statement. "It's like going back to where it all began for us. We've always had an enthusiastic following in Los Angeles, and this is a chance for our fans to see us up close and personal in an intimate setting."

Hall & Oates' most recent studio release is 2006's "Home for Christmas," which features a host of holiday classics alongside a couple of originals. They offered up their latest set of non-holiday music with 2004's "Our Kind of Soul," comprising 14 classic soul covers and three originals.

Hall has also been busy with "Live From Daryl's House," a monthly Internet concert featuring him playing alongside special guests. This month's webcast with The Bacon Brothers (Kevin and Michael) debuted last weekend and is streaming at the Daryl's House website, where fans can also watch archived episodes.

During a career that spans four decades, Hall & Oates have sold more than 60 million albums and scored eight No. 1 singles, many times appearing simultaneously on adult contemporary and R&B charts. In 1987, the RIAA recognized the performers as the No. 1 selling duo in music history, a record they still hold today, according to a press release.

Last spring, Hall & Oates was honored with the BMI Icon Award in recognition of their "unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers." They were also recently honored by Billboard as the No. 15 most successful Hot 100 chart artist from the past 50 years.

[Note: The following tour dates have been provided by artist and/or tour sources, who verify its accuracy as of the publication time of this story. Changes may occur before tickets go on sale. Check with official artist websites, ticketing sources and venues for late updates.]

February 2009
20 - Boca Raton, FL - Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park Amphitheater
21 - Orlando, FL - Seaworld

March 2009
6 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live!
8, 9 - New York, NY - The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
11 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
13 - Asbury Park, NJ - Paramount Theatre
14 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Event Center

April 2009
3, 4 - Lake Charles, LA - L'Auberge Du Lac Casino and Resort
7 - Melbourne, FL - King Center for the Performing Arts
10 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre
14 - Ft. Myers, FL - Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
18 - Biloxi, MS - Beau Rivage Theatre

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Albums That Changed My Life

Forwarded this over from Facebook.. thought it was very cool :)

Think of at least 25 albums that had such a profound effect on you they changed your life or the way you looked at it. They sucked you in and took you over for days, weeks, months, years. These are the albums that you can use to identify time, places, people, emotions. These are the albums that, no matter what, they were thought of musically shaped your world. When you finish, tag 25 others, including me. Make sure you copy and paste this part so they know the drill.

No being cool. Which albums have you actually listened to thousands of times?

In no particular order:

1. Mickey Mouse Disco
2. Annie (The Musical) Soundtrack
3. The Chipmunks - Christmas with the Chipmunks
4. Buddy Holly – The Buddy Holly Story
5. The Drifters – Drifter’s Golden Hits
6. The Eagles – Hotel California
7. Journey – Frontiers
8. H20 – Daryl Hall and John Oates
9. Beastie Boys – Ill Communication
10. Enya – Shepard Moons
11. Prince – Purple Rain
12. Prince – 1999
13. Weird Al – In 3D
14. Lenny Kravitz – 5
15. Foreigner – Records
16. Styx – Kilroy Was Here
17. Michael Jackson – Off the Wall
18. Sarah McLaughlin – Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
19. Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine
20. Led Zeppelin – Houses of the Holy
21. Incubus – Morning View
22. Radiohead – The Bends
23. Yes – 90125
24. Erykah Badu – Baduzium
25. Digable Planets - Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space)
26. Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill
27. Woodwork – Viewfinder
28. Sting – Nothing Like the Sun
29. The Smiths – Louder Than Bombs
30. The Cure – Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
31. Depeche Mode – Catching Up With Depeche Mode
32. The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
33. Cocteau Twins – Four-Calendar CafĂ©
34. Crowded House – Woodface
35. The New Radicals – Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too
36. Howard Jones – Dream Into Action
37. Yaz – Upstairs at Erics
38. INXS – The Swing
39. U2 – War
40. Jamiroquai – Traveling Without Moving
41. Two A.D. – Various
42. William Orbit – Strange Cargo III
43. Acen – 75 Minutes
44. Jeff Buckley – Grace
45. Moby – Play
46. Peter Gabriel – So
47. Rick Springfield – Living in Oz
48. Ten Hands – Be My Guru
49. Weezer – Weezer
50. Wolfmother - Wolfmother

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Accessibility and Responsibility

From NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and

It’s nice to see a President accessible and own up to his mistakes – not only via press release, but also on national television. Here are a few remarks that gave me chills and left me with more hope, despite the “mistakes.”

“..I’ve got to own up to my mistake, which is, that ultimately, it’s important for this administration to send a message that there are not two sets of rules… I’m frustrated with myself, with our team, but ultimately, my job is to get this thing back on track….”

“The fact of the matter is Tom Daschle pulled out today, and I’m here on television saying I screwed up. And that’s part of the era of responsibility is not, never making mistakes, it’s owning up to ‘em and trying to make sure you don’t repeat ‘em. And that’s what we intend to do.”

--President Barack Obama

See the video here: