Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Lead by the Nose

If only it was only me now.
This is certainly a rare post as Ive never featured shows and web projects here before. But I'm glad to make an exception as Im fairly late with this discovery.



I hopped on a KT Tunstall's video on the youtube recently and it lead me to her sessions with Daryl and John (Hall & Oates). Her sessions included of Daryl Hall, John Oates & co. and Tunstall's reworked versions of "Black Horse and A Cherry Tree", "If Only", "Out of Touch", "Kiss on My List" , Bonnie Raitt's "Lets Give Them Something To Talk About" and along others. After an hour of watching these mind-blowing versions around the channel, I proceeded to the root of my moments of insanity which was LIVE FROM DARYL'S HOUSE.

How have I not known about this before??!!

Basically LIVE FROM DARYL'S HOUSE is Daryl Hall and John Oates' (pop music duo in 1970s and 1980s) monthly performance webcast of playing music with his friends at his house and putting it up on the Internet. It is/was(?) an online sensation and I couldn't agree more after sauntering along the website. So far the show has had appearances by U.K. singer-songwriter KT Tunstall, Kevin Rudolf, Eric Hutchinson, and Gym Class Heroes' Travis McCoy, a longtime Hall fan, as well as a holiday special featuring songs from the Daryl Hall and John Oates release, Home for Christmas. The show recently also featured guests Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger of The Doors and the list goes on.

Daryl and John are already both in their 60's yet they definitely can still knock my socks off. I really do think that this is a very very very wonderful and unique way for artists/musicians for proving their virtuoso talents in their art. Because sometimes media frenzy can generally change a lot of how people perceive musicians and their material. P-Thugg and Dave 1 of Chromeo even rock out superbly "No Can Do", a Hall & Oates' original. Now what does that say about their musical limits? And this also refers to Daryl and John taking on mainstream pieces such as "Tenderoni" and "Let It Rock" beautifully. LFDH has been been praised by such varied publications as Rolling Stone, Daily Variety, Yahoo and the influential Lefsetz Letter.

Along with today's mix are artists one way or another featured on LFDH.
Hall & Oates- "Kiss on my List"
Company of Thieves- "Oscar Wilde"
Company of Thieves- "Pressure"
(LFDH also introduced me to Company of Thieves!)
KT Tunstall- "I Dont Want You Now"
Bonnie Rait- "Lets Give Them Something to Talk About"
Chromeo- Call Me Up (Banana Dynamite Remix)
(Chromeo is truly amazing)
Eric Hutchinson- "Oh"

I couldn't stress out more my love for this webcast. As a proof, heres a video of Chromeo's Tenderoni session (fast forward to 2:25) from LIVE FROM DARYL'S HOUSE for verification of this webcast' greatness. Some videos can be found in their channel but for complete and archival sessions, the website is the best way to go. Happy watching.
:) :) ;)



Strauss said...

I searched for this in elbo.ws and disappointingly, only 1 post appeared. So thanks for the heads-up, great to see more people know about this.

That Chromeo track is bangin' btw. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

OMG, this site is the best thing that happened. LOVE YOU FOR THIS!!YOURE TRULY MY HERO.