By P.J. Gach
Good lord, if Thanksgiving isn’t a good enough excuse to eat like a pig, I don’t know what would suffice. I don’t know about you, but I quit half ways through my thirds, took a break, then dove into dessert. Yes, my T-Day was just full of food. It’s not my fault. Ivan’s girlfriend Roxanne is an amazing cook and her favorite holiday of all time (next to Halloween) is Thanksgiving. She made two turkeys and everything else you could name. When the food was brought to the table, we fell on it like ravened animals. Unfortunately, everything was wonderful and I don’t plan to eat for a few weeks. I’m just going to live off what I ate last night. Oh, we did do some exercise after dinner. We all crawled (very slowly) into the living room, argued about politics (I think that burns calories), then did “jazz hands” while listening to the soundtrack to “All That Jazz.” Um, we tried to do “jazz hands” but we laughed too hard to get any exercise out of that. Wait a minute, doesn’t laughing burn calories?
If you’re looking to get rid of some of the poundage you packed on yesterday, check out the O.A. R and Virginia Coalition show at the Hammerstein Ballroom, Saturday, November 27th.
The Washington Post claimed they are the best band in DC. The Philadelphia Daily News said, “Dexterous rockers Virginia Coalition have fun juggling rock n’ soul and R&B with bluegrass, hip-hop and hippie on “OK to Go (Blue Hammock), with good tunes throughout to steady the course.”
They play over 200 shows a year, giving their audiences straight up high-energy, intense and exuberant performances. Their latest release, “OK to Go” (Blue Hammock) was produced by Matt Wallace. He also produced Maroon 5, Blues Traveler and Faith No More.
Now, if you’re looking for something harder, check out punk band The Matches Monday, November 29th at The Knitting Factory. They’re touring to support their release, “E. Von Dahl Killed The Locals” (Epitaph). They’ve gotten rave reviews from Rolling Stone, Revolver, Zero Magazine and absolutepunk.net. CMJ New Music Report claims, “…a debut as dangerously full of pride, grit and rebellious spite as one could ultimately hope for.
Their music is loud, vibrant and filled with clever hooks. You’ll definitely loose a pound or two trying to keep up to the beats.
Or…check out Blues Explosion at Irving Plaza Tuesday, November 30th. John Spencer, Judah Bauer and Russell Simins are touring to support their latest release, “Damage” (Blues Explosion/Sanctuary Records). You like funk? You like amazing guitar work? You like to hear music that hits you in the head and the pelvis? Just go and get yourself a ticket.
And now for some weird news…it seemed not too long ago, that everyone was getting their own chat show and being stars for 15 minutes. Then TV quieted down again. Not everyone wants to see a chat show devoted to plumbing. Well, guess who has a chat show debuting December 9th at 11 PM? John Mayer. Yup, it’s called, “John Mayer has a TV Show.” It’s a talk show on the road. Part documentary, part “behind the scenes” and part comedy. This is a half hour special that has him dressing up in a bear suit and other things. For more information go to http://www.vh1.com/shows/dyn/john_mayer_has_a_tv_show/series.jhtml
Have you ever wanted to play DJ and do a remix or two? Now you can, slide on over to The Depeche Mode Sound Toy, play with their online sequencer and sampler and you too can remix any of their songs. I haven’t tried it yet, so if you do, please send me an email and tell me how it went.
Have a fabulous weekend. Next week I’ll have as usual, more goodies and news for you to enjoy. This weekend I’m hunting for the perfect heel, wish me luck.