Archive for February, 2010

22
Feb
10

music to my taste buds

I always like to have a nice variety of music playing whenever I have company over – I employ the rule of “knowing your audience,” and my collection is eclectic enough that I can satisfy any guests’ musical taste.  But until recently I seldom ever played music during dinner, when it’s just my family.  I never gave much thought as to why, but I think it had to do with convenience.  For my b-day in December I was gifted a kick-ass iPod docking speaker system, so now instead of rummaging through CDs and turning on multiple stereo components, I can click a few buttons and my 8600+ songs are available.  This has allowed/motivated me to play music at dinner all the time now, and for no reason other than selfish interest I thought I’d blog about what dinner music works and what doesn’t.

In general, instrumental music seems to work best.  That way you can still have a conversation during the meal.  Loud rock songs are fine for raucous restaurants, but blaring “Free Bird” while eating at the kitchen table just seems a little too obnoxious.  My first thought in selecting dinner music is “What kind of food is for dinner?”  If we’re having Mexican, or any Latin American food for that matter, I gravitate toward flamenco music like Paco de Lucia, Rodrigo y Gabriela or Strunz and Farah.  I also like to put on Cuban music like the Buena Vista Social Club soundtrack.

For Italian or most European-inspired food, I like to play classical music…it just seems to fit.  Jazz can pretty much fit with any meal as well, although I think it works best with comfort foods; I also like it with Greek cuisine for some reason.

For BBQ, some nice Allman Brothers jams are great.  If you’re going the Cajun route, the best band to ever come out of New Orleans, Galactic, is the musical way to go.  They’re a mostly instrumental, jazz-rock-funk-fusion band that kicks out the jams live.

The roadblock I run into is what to listen to when we’re having Asian cuisine, which is usually at least once a week.  I don’t have any “Asian music,” like traditional Chinese or Japanese music.  I suppose I could listen to the band “Asia” or the Vapors’ “Turning Japanese,” but that’s just silly.  Any suggestions?

So what do you like to listen to when munching on delectable comestibles?  Let me know!  (And if you’re interested in more food-related topics, check out my food blog here.)

10
Feb
10

no rest for “rust in peace”

To put it simply, Megadeth’s “Rust in Peace” is one of the greatest metal albums ever recorded.  Any fan of metal music cannot deny this.  It also unfortunately marks the last good album Megadeth released, but hey, if you’re going to take a turn for the worse, might as well go out with a bang.  It’s been 20 years since “Rust in Peace” was unleashed, and to commemorate the event, Megadeth is doing a spring tour where they will play the entire album at each show!  I’m bummed they aren’t coming to my area, but they will be here in August on the American Carnage Tour with Slayer (rescheduled from this month), so maybe they’ll still play a lot from the album then.  Testament, also part of the American Carnage Tour, is opening for Megadeth on their spring tour, along with old-school thrashers Exodus (Metallica’s Kirk Hammett was Exodus’ original guitarist, if you didn’t know).  Testament has been around almost as long as Megadeth, Slayer and other thrash metal pioneers, but have not gotten as popular as their cohorts.  But among metal music circles they are well respected, and deservedly so.  And they will be playing their first album, 1987’s “The Legacy” in its entirety when they open for Megadeth this spring.  It’s a great album, although not nearly as landmark and awesome as their second release “The New Order.”  But what a killer show – the entire “Legacy” album followed by “Rust in Peace!”  Here are the dates – hope you can catch it.  And if you do, let us know how it was!

http://www.megadeth.com/pr/RIP2010.html

04
Feb
10

John Petrucci – Damage Control: G3 (2005)

Although I’ve never been into Dream Theater as a band, I must admit that John Petrucci (lead guitarist) is quite simply one of the best prog rock musicians I’ve ever seen.  If you have not had a chance to see him in action please check out the video below (yes, it’s 10 minutes long, but worth every second trust me!).  It was taken from a show in Tokyo where Petrucci was 3rd on the bill behind Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. I’m curious if G3 will tour again any time soon, anyone know? Enjoy!

03
Feb
10

Al DiMeola NJ concert Tonight!

Just announced on Al DiMeola’s website, he will be playing a benefit concert tonight (Wednesday, February 3rd) for Haitian relief in Old Tappan, New Jersey at the Charles De Wolf Middle School.  Tickets and show information can be had by calling 201-664-1475.

Clearly a last minute gig by Al but for a very good cause indeed.  Welp, if you’re lucky enough to find this blog and live in the Tri-County area, see the master!

If you go to this show, please comment back how it was; we would love to know!

02
Feb
10

Al DiMeola Website Corrected!

Al DiMeola’s website has now officially taken down the “Final US tour” text…although, not as a result of this blog I’m sure.

I thought it odd after his show on Saturday night and his introduction of a new album being released that he would not follow it up with a tour (everywhere on the planet in his case).  I’m hoping that this was simply a teaser date and that he will re-visit Albany when the album is officially released.