RIP 2014

From Rolling Stone Magazine comes this collection of photographs featuring musicians whose talents have transitioned to another plain of existence.  We thank you for sharing your talents and making the world a more exciting place.

RIP 2014

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Suuns on Tour

SUUNS

Secretly Canadian

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If one were to combine algebra, calculus, geometry and trigonometry in a big bowl, you might not think Montreal’s Suuns would emerge; however, take one listen and you will be hooked. The intricacies that this band produces might conjure those years spent in middle, high school and college figuring out how these problems work. Thankfully, Suuns have provided the answers.

Suuns are preparing to tour in February with Secretly Canadian label mates Disappears.   Here are those dates:

  • Feb. 20 – Chicago, IL @ Garfield Park Conservatory
  • Feb. 21 – St. Louis, MO @ The Billiken Club
  • Feb. 22 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency
  • Feb. 24 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
  • Feb. 25 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
  • Feb. 26 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB
  • Feb. 27 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
  • Feb. 28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade NYC
  • Mar. 1 – Washington, DC @ Rock N’ Roll Hotel
  • Mar. 2 – Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s 20 Lanes

To whet your palette, check out this performance for KEXP in Seattle. The first track they perform is “20/20” and it is quite the head-trip.

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Catching Up On 2014: Foxygen

Having started so late, I want to take some space to write about bands you may have missed.  Let’s start with Foxygen from the Jagjaguwar label.

FOXYGEN (Jagjaguwar)

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In October, 2014, Foxygen released their third album “…And Star Power” to somewhat mixed reviews. Still, they can be found on many publications top albums of 2014 lists. This particular song, “How Can You Really” is a slice of 60’s bubble gum that borrows heavily from Todd Rundgren’s “I Saw The Light.” Still, it has that same infectious quality that will have you up and dancing.

Here’s what some have said about this release:

PITCHFORK: “This is an album you get lost inside—you don’t so much listen to its four-sided sprawl as free-fall into its increasingly deranged depths.”

PASTE MAGAZINE: “Songs are allowed to fall apart, tones are empowered to free themselves of any continuity song-to-song, revealing vignettes of sometimes profoundly earnest song tidbits, and sometimes simply random rummagings of sounds.”

EXCLAIM (Canada): Foxygen have the heart of the Rolling Stones in the bodies of millennials.

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Check out this video for “How Can You Really”.

A New Beginning

Back in October, 2004, I began writing a blog that bared the name of this current blog.  For almost five years, I continuously published the best of music I felt lied in “THE GREAT BEYOND.”  In 2008, I ceased publication for various reasons.  Now, after a almost six year hiatus, I felt it was time to return to publishing.

Here is what I wrote back then.  I believe this still holds true today.

As far back as I can remember, music has been a part of my life. I can remember my maternal grandmother playing 45 RPM records on her console stereo and being fascinated by the sounds that emerged. I was astonished when I learned that my paternal grandmother and her six sisters were all musicians. I recently learned that my father was a musician, although he probably hasn’t touched an instrument in over forty years.

Still, today I find music to be very stale. What we are fed by major record companies is tantamount to mold on bread that has been left out for five days. Thus, I began a quest to search out great music that radio wouldn’t dare touch (with the exception of college radio). It is here that the idea of “The Great Beyond” was born.

I began to scour independent magazines such as Magnet, Elemental, Under The Radar, and others seeking new music. From there, I hit websites and found that the wealth of music available for my ears to discover was astonishing.

My hope is that this will become a local radio show in Albuquerque, NM. My pie-in-the-sky dream is that it might go national. In the meantime, keep checking back for reviews, interviews, and what/who magazines are covering. My first reviews will be posted shortly. Some may go back in time, but most will be timely.

I have discovered some cool music that deserves attention. I hope you enjoy what comes from my heart, but please understand that these are only my opinions. Your voice is welcome. Enjoy and welcome to “The Great Beyond.”

Thank you for your time,
Sal Treppiedi

Again, I thank you for your time and hope you enjoy the music contained within these posts.

Click HERE to go to the previous incarnation of “The Great Beyond”.