Another day filling in for Joy!
Today's Joy of Music, Bishop Style, brought to you by The Legacy Theater, is an artist new to Alice. We're gonna hear from Saul Williams. If you're not familiar with Saul, hopefully you'll become as big a fan of his work as I am. He's not just an extremely talented trip-hop artist, he's also a very well rounded spoken-word poet and an actor.
You may have seen Saul star in the 2001 Kevin Spacey/Jeff Bridges movie K-PAX where Saul played a soft-spoken patient at a mental hospital. He also starred in the epic movie Slam. See a list of other movies and TV shows Saul has starred in here.
Tonight, with The Joy of Music, we'll hear the tune "Dance" from Saul's most recent album Volcanic Sunlight. Watch the video here:
I could go on and on about Saul Williams, and I will! I first was introduced to the depth of his work when I found out his album The Inevitable Rise and Fall of Niggy Tardust was produced by Nine Inch Nails master mind Trent Reznor. Not only did Reznor produce it, he also helped Saul with the distribution--something that was revolutionary. Around that time Radiohead had released an album online for "name your price." Reznor followed shortly thereafter with a similar release and then Saul released his album, essentially free (or you could name your price).
My girlfriend was teaching a poetry course at a community college at the time and actually used several of Saul William's poetry books as course material.
Then I went to see him at a small, 300-person capacity, club up in Chicago back in 2008, and it was amazing! Needless to say, I'm now a huge fan and hopefully I have turned you on to Saul Williams as well!
So much more!
You can tell a lot about the artists you see live with the music that's played in between acts. I was thoroughly pleased that before Gaslight Anthem performed in Chicago at Lollapalooza, they were rocking out to Fugazzi! I love Fugazzi! I just wish they were still putting stuff out. Either way, you can relive the entire Gaslight Anthem performance, because Gaslight Anthem's entire Lollapalooza performance is online! The band is on a tour of the Northeast with dates throughout New York, Boston and Washington DC. Expect those shows late November into early December.
If you missed yesterday's blog linking up videos from Lollapalooza's performances, be sure to check that out, including my personal favorite video. More media is coming out from the festival. A ton of pics have been posted by Alternative Press: Day 1, Day 2 & Day 3's on-stage festivities!
And, again, something different!
There's this bizarre blog called "Everything is Terrible" that posts some of the most absurd things you will find anywhere. Mainly, they compile old VHS videos of lame TV commercials or how-to presentations--most of which will blow your mind with nostalgia. Check out this gem about practical jokes you can play on co-workers and loved ones. Can you guess what year this came out? (BTW, I Don't condone you performing any of these acts)