Playlist for a Pandemic, a look at music series on YouTube

The worst symptom of the Coronavirus might be boredom. So it’s time to go down some of these wormholes on YouTube to get me through the social distancing.

Also, to start writing my blog again.

So I’m going to do different topics, I think mostly music related. This one will be kicked off with some various music series on YouTube that are fun to follow. To be honest, I haven’t checked in with some of these for a while.

AV Undercover

This is a fun series where top up-and-coming acts come through and cover a song from a selected list. Some of these can be really inspired.

Other times, you’re wondering what the hell you just watched.

But that’s the pure fun of this series. I haven’t been following this lately. But above is a fun cover of “Brandy, You’re a Fine Girl” from Looking Glass. Or maybe you’ll know it better from Guardians of the Galaxy II,

Below is one of my favorites from the series, which is Ted Leo and the Pharmacist covering “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.” It’s just a fun rock-punk vibe to an 80s staple.

And this one might be my favorite, Nada Surf covering “Bizarre Love Triangle” from New Order. This song seems to be a favorite of a lot of people as I’ve seen numerous covers of this song. Nada Surf added some horns and a beatbox (kind of) to this song which makes it fun.

PS22 Chorus

I stumbled across this when I was looking up music from Walk The Moon, and “Anna Sun” was one of those earworms I couldn’t shake off. That’s when I discovered this performance with this chorus in New York. It’s a really good series that’s truly inspiring.

Here’s another fun video with Portugal the Man performing “Feel It Still” with the chorus.

Live from Daryl’s House

This is an amazing series that features Daryl Hall of Hall and Oates, and he brings in various acts for some amazing jam sessions. This started when I was obsessed with Fitz and the Tantrums and I was blown away when they were on.

I think this one is a real gem with Nick Lowe, covering his hit “Cruel to be Kind.”

And finally, here is Neon Tree with Daryl covering their hit “Animal.”

Let me know what your favorite music series are on YouTube and I’ll feature my favorites in a future blog. I need the inspiration during this pandemic.

Bands I’d like to see at Coachella 2017 who haven’t been there before

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By Leighton Ginn

Guns N Roses reunited at Coachella, and hell didn’t freeze over. So anything is possible at the Indio Polo Grounds.

There are several acts who have not performed at Coachella, and here’s hoping they will find their way into the 2017 lineup.

 

REM

This is a dream reunion. Coachella built its bones on alternative music, and REM were at the very top. It’s surprising they haven’t played together.

It’s been four years since they’ve disbanded, but lead singer Michael Stipe has been performing with a beard that was nearly ZZ Top proportions. He’s been seen singing at David Bowie tributes and supporting Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.

Hopefully these public appearances will stoke the fire for Stipe to reunite with his band mates.

 

U2

There was talk U2 would appear at Coachella when they were asked during the Palm Springs International Film Festival by Bruce Fessier of the local newspaper in 2014. But it never materialized, although the interest was mutual. I gotta think this is still a possibility. This was covered in a past blog.

Predicting 2014 headiners for Coachella

U2 is a big arena band, but playing in the California desert might be good for their career. Tickets for their arena shows are astronomical. Well, so are Coachella tickets.

But U2 could open itself up to a different demographic and build its audience. If that is possible.

GIN WIGMORE

I am surprised Wigmore has not played Coachella yet. She has a great array of songs, and a strong following. I’ve seen her twice, and been blown away both times.

Reviews are below

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RUN RIVER NORTH

They are a local band that’s worked really hard and this summer seems like they could be on the brink of something. XM’s Alt Nation has been playing their latest song, “Run or Hide” in heavy rotation.

This is an up-and-comer that’s in the mold of other great bands Coachella has helped launch.

Long wait is over for Run River North

WALK THE MOON

They were actually a guest of The Chainsmokers during Weekend 1, but haven’t played as an act at the Indio Polo Grounds.

But why they haven’t been at Coachella is puzzling.

They’ve performed in a lot of big events, including NBA All-Star Weekend and during the NFL Super Bowl weekend. “Shut Up And Dance With Me,” is a monster hit and “Anna Sun” is such an idyllic summer song that they seem like a natural.

However, when I got to meet lead singer Nick Petricca, I had mentioned how I hoped to see them at Coachella and he seemed a little uncomfortable, as if negotiations have been a struggle. I hope I read that wrong, but that was two years ago, and they’ve only gotten bigger.

And still haven’t been at Coachella.

BRIAN WILSON

Why not have the legendary songwriter and musician of the Beach Boys? I remember a few years when Coachella had Leonard Cohen, and there was just something so idyllic about Cohen singing “Hallelujah” on a clear Desert night. I can imagine that with Wilson singing “God Only Knows.”

Maybe Wilson is more suited for Desert Trip, as his legend shines just as bright.

ELTON JOHN

I didn’t really consider him before because he had regular shows in Vegas, but with Calvin Harris headlining last year, there’s no reason to pass on this music legend.

So many hits, he could fill a whole day.

Like Brian Wilson, he could also play Desert Trip. Probably should.

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA

I thought this might be a possibility last year with a new CD out and world tour, but it didn’t happen.

Sometimes ELO gets lost in the crowd for whatever the reason, but the music is legendary. People have heard the songs, but don’t know it’s ELO.

ADELE

The puzzling thing about Coachella is how there has not been a female headlining act since Bjork in 2007. I feel like they have to go big to end this. Adele doesn’t do many festivals, so for her to do Coachella would make it special.

There’s a lot of huge female artists who could fill the spot, but Adele would be the perfect fit.

Coachella is overdue for a female headliner