I wanted to make a radio show that would celebrate the true, absolute power that music holds. I play tracks that have influenced me emotionally, spiritually, and/or musically and talk about how/why they have done and continue to do so. I also play the best NEW MUSIC every other week. I typically have a theme other weeks, but sometimes I neglect to think of one and just play whatever I feel like.
But it gets boring riding solo ALL the time...I'm definitely open to guests coming on my show with playlists of their own and talking about why they selected those songs, what they mean to them, etc, as well as having bands on my show to perform live, play some of their recorded tracks, and/or just talk about whatever!
SO! If you'd like to be on my show, feel free to contact me at email@example.com or find my Facebook fan page (search "Ian's Hour of Musical Power"; it should take you right there) and contact me there. And don't forget to "Like" it! I'm also on twitter at @ianshourofpower, so follow me!
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Foxygen finally took the stage to roars from the crowd. The band looked like it had come straight from Woodstock, with long flowing hair and colorful, flowery garments. To drive the point home, the curly-haired, cap-wearing guitarist looked like a Bob Dylan impersonator. Without saying a word, they made their opening statement: they are the hippies of now. The modern-day flower children. The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic.
And they proved it. They proceeded with their set of dreamy, beatnik rock and schizophrenic grooves, and the crowd danced and screamed the night away. They opened with a few 21st Century cuts, and I was initially unimpressed by the sound: the lead singer could not even be heard, and I couldn’t make out any actual lyrics—it all sounded like slurred mumbling and loud yelping. Eventually, though, the sound crew apparently got it together as the band exploded into the psychedelic album opener, “In the Darkness,”—one of my favorite cuts on the album—which sounded great! The short, bluesy jam “Bowling Trophies” was another treat, and later we heard some more of the album’s singles: the flowery pop of “San Francisco” and the ethereal ambience of “Shuggie.”
From there on out the music was good, the band was very tight with good on-stage chemistry and energy. The singer, Sam France, however, was another story all together. He was very animated and hyper, and accompanied his lyrics with coordinated movements and facial expressions. It was very intriguing to watch, and enjoyable at first, until he started taking (in my opinion) far too many creative liberties with the songs. He changed the melody up in the chorus of “San Francisco,” taking it much higher than on the recordings and utilizing a strained, Top 40-style vocal tone of which I was NOT a fan. He even rapped a little on “Shuggie:” the line “I met your daughter the other day/Well that was weird” became “I met your daughter the other day/YO THAT WAS WEIRD YA’LL!” It was corny, annoying and out-of-place.
But other than that, the singing was beautiful, pure, and in tune, and France was a great frontman! At least, when he was singing. The other area in which Foxygen, and mostly France, need improvement is stage banter. Between songs, France rambled about nonsense, trailed off mid-sentence, and made his best attempt at sounding profound. “I’m really bad at this stuff, you know,” he said. “Thoughts. The mind. The inner monologue. Like, what is reality? Are we even in this room, right now?” Kris and I exchanged a look that was some mix of bewildered and cynical.
Eventually, the crowd began heckling the poor performer.
“Most people just want me to shut up and play,” France said into the mike.
“Then shut up and play!”—A drunken yell from the crowd.
Amazingly, instead of perpetuating this painfully awkward situation, France simply said something like “All right, then.” and proceeded to comply.
Foxygen played some more cuts from their album, including the epic, building “On Blue Mountain,” which was a fun sing-along for all. They ended their set with a collaboration with members of Wampire on the tail end of 21st Century Ambassadors: “Oh Yeah,” the title cut, and “Oh No.” This made for a grand, spectacular ending for all, and the crowd went away with smiles on their faces.
Despite sound issues, quirky, unwelcome changes to the original album cuts, and the uncomfortable stage banter, the show was overall enjoyable. Foxygen is a fun, unique, and ever-interesting band to hear and observe, and they clearly love what they do and have fun doing it. If you like their albums enough, give their live show a chance! They’re definitely a band to keep an eye and an ear on.
|It Is What It Is||Blood Orange||Cupid Deluxe|
|I Don't Blame You||Phantogram||Voices|
|Rattlesnake||st. vincent||St. Vincent|
|Bitches in Tokyo||Stars||In Our Bedroom After the War|
|Gasoline||Alpine||A is for Alpine|
|Bumpin'||Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside||Summer EP|
|Dead Room||NICK WATERHOUSE||Holly|
|Waking Light||Beck||Morning Phase|
|Here Comes the Night Time||Arcade Fire||Reflektor|
|Sit Down I Think I Love You||Buffalo Springfield||Buffalo Springfield|
|What's Wrong With This Picture?||Van Morrison||What's Wrong With This Picture?|
|My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)||Neil Young and Crazy Horse||Rust Never Sleeps|
|Just Be Simple||Songs: Ohia||The Magnolia Electric Co.|
|Southern Point||Grizzly Bear||Veckatimest|
|I'll Be Gone||Tom Waits||Frank's Wild Years|
|On My Way||Fanno creek||Monuments|
|Stay All Night||Matt Hopper & the Roman Candles||Reverse Odyssey|
|Feels Like the First Time||Corinne Bailey Rae||The Sea|
|My Love||Jill Scott||The Real Thing: Words and Sounds, Vol. 3|
|Valerie||amy winehouse||Back To Black (Deluxe)|
|At Last!||Etta James||At Last!|
|Smoke Gets in Your Eyes||Eartha Kitt||Heavenly Eartha|
|I'm Wild About That Thing||Bessie Smith||The Blues Biography|
|That Lucky Old Sun||Louis Armstrong||Greatest Hits|
|What a Difference a Day Made||Jamie Cullum||Twentysomething|
|A Night in Tunisia||Ella Fitzgerald||For the Love of Ella|
|My Favorite Things||Perry Como||By Request|
|The Impossible Dream||Frank Sinatra||The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings|
|Turn That Heartbeat Over Again||Steely Dan||Can't Buy A Thrill|
|Serious As a Heart Attack||Matt Hopper||The Gold Rush EP|
|Keep Your Heart||TV on the Radio||Nine Types of Light|
|Heart Cooks Brain||Modest Mouse||The Lonesome Crowded West|
|Good Morning Heartache||Billie Holiday||Ultimate Billie Holiday|
|In the Hearts of Men||First Aid Kit||The Lion's Roar|
|My Foolish Heart||Bill Evans||Waltz For Debby|
|Devil in Her Heart||The Beatles||The Beatles' Second Album|