Hearing Brian Blade play the drums makes my day automatically, significantly better. Watching him play doubles the effect. I post this excellent video here in the hope that some day, a year from now, I stumble upon it again. It just seems like one of those YouTube gems that will pass out of my consciousness just as soon as it entered. Here's to correcting that. What a musician. What a spirit!
Saturday, May 10, 2014
I also wondered: as good as this new project is, will anyone be listening to The Both five years from now? It seems like the shallow bombast of an Arcade Fire or Coldplay has given way to cool minimalism and synergy between pop and hip-hop (think Rick Ross on Lorde's "Royals" or Juicy J collabing with Katy Perry). I actually dig those tracks a ton. But it doesn't seem like there's too much of an opening for a straightforward power pop group these days. Maybe it seems obvious that The Both should not be mentioned in the same breath as these artists. But I kind of wish they were. I just don't want to see this album collecting dust in the used bin in a few years.