If you like to experiment with music by artists new and established, but don’t want to graze single MP3s on a smattering of sites, why not check out the fine folks at Daytrotter? Their Daytrotter Sessions series is a treasure trove of indie, alternative and left-of-center singer-songwriters, all performing 4-5 songs live in their Rock Island, IL studio. The catalogue of artists is amazing, and they cover everything from newgrass banjo virtuoso Abigail Washburn to indie-rock epic-ness purveyors The Dears to our personal hero Bob Mould. What’s more, they have some fun illustrations and notes to accompany each session. I’m not sure how they do it all, but it’s bound to put Rock Island in a similar class as the vaunted Morning Becomes Eclectic from KCRW in Santa Monica.
In other Tuesday music-ness, there’s buzzing about the Dunk Tank because Sade is in San Diego tonight, with special guest John Legend. Yep, this is a sexy, sassy, classy night of music if ever there was one. Reports from friends across the country say that this is a gorgeous night of music, and we’ve been waiting for this with bated breath. Sade is one of the few artists who delivers exactly what you anticipate, plus an extra twist that is both exhilarating as well as surprising.
We’re in the tank for experimenters like Radiohead and Flaming Lips as well, but there’s something about the consistency of sound and experimentation that Sade Adu and her band mates concoct with ease release that’s a delight to hear. Here’s hoping that in addition to all of the hits they’ll throw in a few Sweetback numbers; John Legend as an opener is a perfect vocal foil to come in and lend an extra voice to the proceedings, and we’re betting on an amazing band to accompany him.
It’s also our first trek in years to Cricket Amphitheater, and we’ll see if our innate disdain for sheds as venues can be abated. Why the hater attitude about sheds? Hmm, well, if Rip Van Winkle waiting times for parking (both in and out), $12 cups of tasteless beer and human herding by security are your picture of fun, then color us wrong. Here’s hoping the extra scratch on VIP parking will yield some results and shave an hour off of the baby sitter’s time.
Anyway – head over to Daytrotter and snag some live-in-studio indie goodness, and then launch some Sade on Spotify and enjoy the musical fuel for your day.
UPDATE: We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention our sadness at the passing of songwriting legends Jerry Leiber and Nick Ashford. RIP to two amazing talents whose work is ingrained into our pop culture and history.