At the start of each week, we bring you an assortment of the best news, commentary, links and new music we've observed over the past seven days in a weekly feature we like to call Music Monday. This week's list features some free tickets, tunes for troops, the top music of 2010 and more. Check it out:
A1A pays homage to Buffett Tuesday
Ever since Legends In Concert rolled into town more than 15 years ago, Myrtle Beach has been a town for tribute acts. But it seems within the past few years, we've been laying it on extra strong with Dino's TV Variety show, the short-live Metal Legends theater at Broadway and a string of tribute shows at House of Blues.
The latest of these to appear is A1A: The Official & Original Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band, a six piece ensemble formed by Atlanta native Jeff Pike in 1989. Like all tribute acts, you're enthusiasm for this particular show will likely be based on your love of the source material, but even non-parrotheads may enjoy the laid-back vibe as the band will also showcase some Bob Marley tunes and a bunch of new original songs from their upcoming CD, "Road To Paradise."
The show is Tuesday night at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.) If you're interested tickets are $7.50, or perhaps, you just need to hit the right local business, as it appears HOB is literally giving away tickets in an attempt to help fill the house. We recently picked up a pair of tickets to this and Wednesday night's Blackberry Smoke show at Supercuts in the Bi-Lo shopping center in North Myrtle Beach after getting a trim. And if you really want to save the $7.50 just drop us a line and we'll be more than happy to arrange to give our pair.
Are we the next Provo?
In reading this article on Neon Trees that someone sent me, I noticed this snippet:
Who knew that Provo, Utah, has a thriving music scene? Neon Trees front man Tyler Glenn was pleasantly surprised when he followed his childhood pal, guitarist Chris Allen, there from their hometown of Marietta, Calif. "We grew up playing music together and when Chris decided to go to school out there, I decided to go with him. I fell in love with the Utah scene," he says. "It's a surprisingly great art scene and there's a friendly competition among bands that helped build our backbone. All of (the band members) are from different places, but met in Utah."
It raised a pretty simple thought, which is "Why can't Myrtle Beach be the next Provo?" Not that we should specifically model ourselves on a Utah town, but its just that same idea that I saw in a comment from local musician Phil Fox on Facebook recently, which basically amounted to "the people make the place, the place doesn't make the people."
All it takes is one big opportunity for a local act or enough people who believe and want to be a driving force to really get things moving in the right direction. At least that's how we see it.
Tunes for the troops
Know someone stuck overseas on active duty this holiday season? Send them the gift of entertainment through a project called Tunes 4 Troops, started by a Cleveland, Tenn., teen named Kaylee Radzyminski.
Radzyminski, who started the program in 2005 while participating in a camp called the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps,has been doing the program the past five years to help prove that youths are not lazy and inactive and to let the brave soldiers serving around the world know who they are serving and fighting for.
As of Dec. 16, the program had collected more than 750,000 CDs and DVDs to be sent overseas worth more than $13 million dollars. So if you feel like doing something nice for those serving our country and have already made the leap to digital music anyway, why not donate all those old copies of physical media to the cause.
Top albums of the year
Two weeks ago we talked about locally-run Metal website The New REview and it's Top 10 albums of 2010. Now, with the year set to officially wrap up this week, we've examined a whole slew of other top album/song lists for 2010. Our basic observations are that most everyone loves Kanye despite how crazy he might be and that we've been so busy focusing locally that there's a ton of great music made in 2010 that we never even knew existed. Check out the following lists based on your tastes in music journalism:
- Billboard.com: The Year in Music 2010
- Spinner.com: Best Songs of 2010: 50 Tracks That Blew Our Hair Back This Year
- Pitchfork.com: The Top 50 albums of 2010
- SPIN.com: Best 40 albums of 2010
- RollingStone.com: Top 30 Albums of 2010
New music of the week
There's plenty of great new music going on this time of year, inclduing some , but we've been hooked recently on some tracks from a friend of the site, by an Ohio MC named Themidas Touch. He's been making noise in his hometown of Columbus for a few years now and is really starting to make things happen with his recent release "Beat Up The Beat" which is available as a FREE download on his website TheMidas.org.
If you love hip-hop, branch outside S.C. for a minute and give this guy a shot. He's got some clever rhymes and a couple guest appearances from some of the midwest's finest including Ill Poetic, L.E. For The Uncool and DJ Bombay.