What's up folks, it's Monday again, but this week unlike most boring beginnings to the week there's actually something to celebrate — or dread — today because it's Valentine's Day. So whether you're madly in love with your sweetheart, desperately seeking someone or simply single and loving it here's a roundup of interesting sites, stories and songs we hope you'll love this holiday:
1. R.I.P. Jimmy Lathan
A long-time member of the Myrtle Beach music community, James "Jimmy" Lathan, passed away Wednesday at age 59.
Lathan worked for Burroughs & Chapin for many years with as a jack-of-all-trades as The Pavilion's general services manager. During this time he booked performances by acts large and small, managed The Attic dance clubs and coordinated events for the Sun Fun festival in addition to many other responsibilities.
For the past three years, Lathan had been the live production audio engineer for The Sea Cruz Band, where he helped Dino Fair and crew put on one of the area's best-known beach music acts.
Though we didn't have the pleasure of knowing of Lathan, the outpouring of emotion and love for the man and his many contributions to the community touched us in a way that we thought was worth mentioning.
2. Grammy Wrap-up
The 53rd Grammy Awards were held Sunday night and as always the show was packed with as many "trying to get creative" performances as possible, with some actual awards interspersed into the ceremony.
A lot was made of Lady Gaga's arrival in an egg, which was interesting enough, but when it came time to perform her song "Born This Way" the show was suprisingly straightforward. Some our our favorite "Grammy Moments" as they've been coined included Cee-Lo's Elton-John-Meets-Big-Bird outfit while performing "Fuck You" (aka "Forget You") with Gweneth Paltrow and Bruno Mars' Rat Pack-esque "Grenade."
Though the big winners Lady Antebellum and Arcade Fire were probably well deserved due to all the radio play "Need You Now" got and endless indie buzz "The Suburbs" received, it's hard to get particularly excited about either of those. Maybe the most fun win of the night was jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding who took "Best New Artist" straight out from under Justin Bieber's nose.
Still despite any individual drawbacks or issues folks who like to complain will have about this year's awards, it was entertaining as ever and definitely worth watching.
Here's a few Grammy links worth checking out:
- Grammy.com: Full list of winners
- Billboard.com: Grammy Wrap-Up
- E! Online: Grammy Best & Worst
- Entertainment Weekly: Grammy Style
3. 21 Down
In case you missed it, we wanted to link back to Paul Grimshaw's piece from last Thursday on new local band 21 Down featuring members from Black Label and The Kid Drew Band (aka Red Emotion Riot).
Though we've not been out to see them yet, we've heard nothing but good things about these guys since they got together recently. Here's a clip from the Surge story:
Late last year when it became apparent to veteran local drummer Jason Hearn that his gig with cover band Black Label might be coming to end, he and soundman Roddy McCarson took the proactive step of finding new work with a new band. The pair met with guitar whiz "Kid" Drew Voivedich, and 19-year-old bassist Daniel Simons, to create 21 Down. With a few gigs under its belt and two more this weekend, the new three-piece act, with McCarson at the soundboard, is already scoring high marks from fans of guitar wizardry, a punchy rhythm section, three-part harmony vocals, and a danceable set list.
Full story here...
4. Ten Toes Up on TV
Check out this short video profile of local rock band Ten Toes Up put together by Richard Green of Myrtle Beach for the Time Warner Cable show, Palmetto People. Though the info is likely nothing new for fans of the band it's always cool to see these professionally produced pieces on local bands as they expand beyond our area.
He also did a recent segment on Danielle Howle which is worth checking out.
5. Aloe Blacc "You Make Me Smile"
We always like to wrap-up our Music Monday's with a track that's been stuck in our playlist recently, and with it being Valentine's it's only appropriate that this be a love song.
Coming from California-native Aloe Blacc, a first-generation child of Panamanian immigrants, the retro soul sound of this track off of his September release "Good Things" is the perfect ode to that special someone who lights up your day regardless of how many other things in your life might be out of control.