I was browsing around Gorilla vs. Bear earlier when I came across a link to a guy named Clutchy Hopkins. At first it seemed like one of those overly weird bands/artists that I pass on because of their overt weirdness. But I decided to give him a listen to see what it was all about.
Shit. This guy is so good.
He’s got a crazy blend of jazz/funk/hip hop that just sounds so perfect.
You can listen to 12 of his songs on his Stage.FM site in order to get a good feel of what he’s all about.
His official site says that he has some records at the Amoeba on Sunset, so I’m going to have to check that out tomorrow.
Pearls Before Breakfast
This is an article from the Washington Post that I saw on Kottke. The photo above is Joshua Bell, the focus of the article. But overall the story is a brilliant social experiment.
“No one knew it, but the fiddler standing against a bare wall outside the Metro in an indoor arcade at the top of the escalators was one of the finest classical musicians in the world, playing some of the most elegant music ever written on one of the most valuable violins ever made.”
So, would you stop?
I got this in my e-mail today. Phil Elvrum hardly ever plays shows… like EVER. And the fact that he’s playing at Family makes it all the more exciting. I’m getting Graham and I a ticket tomorrow morning. WOO!
I was able to get two, although the guy there only wanted to give me one! Lame!
KEXP has the best connections. They were hanging out at South by Southwest and had a few really awesome bands come by, namely, Beirut, Fujiya & Miyagi, Peter Bjorn & John and Okkervil River. Not only that, they also have the performances available for download… for free!
Visit KEXP’s blog to download all the free goodness!
P.S. Check out Midlake live on The Interface. Another awesome free download.