Sunday, December 3, 2017

You Have To Watch This Video For Mondo Cozmo's Plastic Soul



I love Mondo Cozmo. I think his music is brilliant and I believe that he is one of the best new artists to come around in a long time. After reading that his latest video helps raise awareness for pets that are in need of a forever home, I love him even more. Mondo Cozmo has combined two of my favorite things: exceptional music and pets. Watch the video for “Plastic Soul” below:


Once again going the extra mile for rescue pets and animals of all stripes (the man did notably name his band after his dog!), Mondo Cozmo shares the music video for his latest single “Plastic Soul, and it raises awareness for Best Friends Animal Society.
 
 The heartwarming clip stars Cozmo (the dog) and the artist’s three-legged cat Santee. Intersplicing animated and home movie footage together, the audience witnesses a delightful narrative as it unfolds between furry friends. Moreover, it spotlights various lovable pups in need of forever homes from Best Friends Animal Society pet adoption centers in New York and Los Angeles —which Mondo (the person) visited on the road (in between playing sold out venues & festivals across the country).

About the clip, Mondo commented, “I wanted to make a video that would do some good. If one of these dogs gets adopted because of this video, I would be so humbled.”

Best Friends Animal Society Chief Development, Marketing & Communications Officer Julie Castle added, "Working with Mondo Cozmo on the video for ‘Plastic Soul’ was a wonderful opportunity to show not only the love we all have for our pets but also to showcase our work to save the lives of our nation's homeless pets. It was especially timely and meaningful because of our work in the Houston area saving hundreds of dogs and cats that were displaced by Hurricane Harvey.  We're grateful to Mondo Cozmo and Republic Records for this opportunity to raise awareness for Best Friends and our effort to Save Them All."

Sunday, November 26, 2017

What's The Guru Listening To? --- November Edition




Welcome to the November Edition of What’s the Guru Listening To? I get asked this question a lot. What am I currently enjoying and what would I recommend? And since time is severely limited these days, it gets harder and harder to post a full review of the outstanding music that I am discovering (or re-discovering). Therefore, every month I will fill you in on the latest song, album, and/or band that I am obsessed with.

Here's what The Guru is listening to this month:

Brian Fallon – Forget Me Not
Brian Fallon, former lead singer for the band that is on indefinite hiatus, The Gaslight Anthem, is gearing up to release his second solo record Sleepwalkers. That record will be released in February of next year, but Fallon has gifted us with the first single, “Forget Me Not.” It is an amazing, hand clapping, foot stomping, bar rocking song that I can’t get enough of. The song is magnificent and I recommend that anyone reading this give the song a listen right now. You will not be disappointed and you may have just discovered your new favorite song. I cannot wait for the entire album to come out this February.

Pop Evil – Waking Lions
Like Brian Fallon, Pop Evil will also be releasing a brand-new record in February. Their fifth release is going to be a self-titled record and the lead single, “Waking Lions” is available now. I’m sure that I say this every time Pop Evil puts out something new, but “Waking Lions” could be their best song yet. It’s a heavy, hard rocking anthem that I absolutely love. Pop Evil has never let me down and each time I learn that they are coming out with new music I get extremely excited. Waking Lions is another masterpiece that is bound to climb to the top of the hard rock charts and be another gem for Pop Evil. 

Count On Me – Default
I was listening to Tune In Radio one evening (I don’t remember which station, but I know it was one from Canada) when this song came on. I had pretty much forgotten about Default after their debut album, so it was nice to realize that they released a few more records after that. “Count On Me” is a spectacular song that left me wondering why I hadn’t paid more attention to this band since their initial CD. I’m sure that will change now. I’ve listened to “Count On Me” quite a bit this month and I anticipate that I will be listening to all of Defaults’ releases over the next few weeks. They are a great band that I let slip away, but now I am ready to embrace them once again.

Iron Maiden – Book Of Souls: Live Chapter
Iron Maiden was kind enough to bless us with an early holiday treat this month, The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter. As has been the case with most of their previous albums since the return of Bruce Dickinson, Maiden released a live album from the tour of the previous studio album. In this case, it was the Book Of Souls Tour. The songs captured on the live album are taken from several stops on their world tour including Europe, North America, and South America. Sadly, there are no cuts from the USA stops, but that’s all right. It’s still live Maiden which means it’s good enough to add to the collection. This round of live material includes six songs from The Book Of Souls, an exceptional live version of “Children Of The Damned,” and an incredible “Fear Of The Dark,” which was recorded in Brazil. Those of you that prefer to see your Iron Maiden instead of hearing your Iron Maiden need not fear: there is also a Blu Ray release available. And either would make an awesome holiday gift for the metal lover in your life.

Classic Holiday Music
I will be the first to admit that it is a little early to break out the Christmas music, but I couldn’t seem to help myself! I love this time of the season when the year is coming to a close, the holidays are upon us, the Thanksgiving Feast is ready to be served and the joy of the Christmas season is all around. Normally I wait until the Monday after Thanksgiving to play the Christmas tunes, but I got bit early this year by the holiday song bug. And the classic holiday tracks also seem to relax me and fill me with joy. This month I’ve listened to Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” and “Good King Wenceslas,” “Must Be Santa” by Mitch Miller, “Home For The Holidays” by Perry Como, and “Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” and “Silver Bells” by Andy Williams. I know that next month I will listen to Holiday songs almost exclusively, but they sound pretty grand in November too! 

Comments are open. Feel free to post some. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Elton John Ultimate Greatest Hits Compilation Diamonds Available Now



Elton John has released the ultimate greatest hits compilation. If you don’t own any Elton John music in your collection---A: What the hell is wrong with you? B: This is the collection to get. If you do own some Elton John, this is still the collection to get!
Diamonds is available in four physical formats: 1 CD, 2CD, 3CD and 2LP. I highly recommend the 3CD set as you get all the hits and some deeper tracks as well. It is definitely worth the investment! 


Kicking off with the ever-stunning 'Your Song,' this definitive collection brings together all the landmark hits of one of the greatest song books of all time, including 'Tiny Dancer,' 'Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be A Long, Long Time),' 'Candle In The Wind,' 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart,' 'Sacrifice,' 'Can You Feel The Love Tonight.'

'Diamonds' coincides with the 50th anniversary of Elton's phenomenal song writing partnership with Bernie Taupin. Meeting in 1967 through a music magazine advert seeking songwriters, Elton and Bernie went on to become one of the most enduring song writing duos of all time, achieving a sustained level of success that puts them head and shoulders above the competition. Catapulted into the limelight as a song writing force in 1971 with 'Your Song,' the duo never stood still creatively, defining an era with their run of back-to-back classic 1970's albums. While 'Candle In The Wind' topped the charts in three different decades and 2016's critically acclaimed 'Wonderful, Crazy, Night' was a top ten hit in the US, their legacy is one that is unrivalled in terms of longevity, creativity and commercial success.

Speaking about their relationship, Elton says: 'We are at 50 years, and our relationship is healthier than it's ever been. There have been times in our relationship when we've written with other people, but it still didn't stop the love. I love Bernie more than I've ever done and I think he probably feels the same way about me, because we've both led separate lives; we both write in separate rooms. We have an amazing respect and love for each other that's only grown.'

Bernie Taupin says: 'We still get a kick out of what we do; it's what we do - when we come together and write something, it still has that magical quality to it - it doesn't get any better than that. That feeling hasn't aged.'

Here is the tracklist for each version:

1CD STANDARD (U.S. Only)

1.         Your Song
2.         Tiny Dancer
3.         Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be A Long, Long Time)
4.         Crocodile Rock
5.         Daniel
6.         Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)
7.         Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
8.         Candle In The Wind
9.         Bennie And The Jets
10.       Philadelphia Freedom
11.       Island Girl
12.       Don't Go Breaking My Heart [Elton John and Kiki Dee]
13.       Mama Can't Buy You Love
14.       I'm Still Standing
15.       I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
16.       Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me [George Michael and Elton John]
17.       Can You Feel The Love Tonight

STANDARD (2CD, DIGITAL)

CD1    
1.         Your Song
2.         Tiny Dancer
3.         Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be A Long, Long Time)
4.         Honky Cat
5.         Crocodile Rock
6.         Daniel
7.         Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)
8.         Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
9.         Candle In The Wind
10.       Bennie And The Jets
11.       The Bitch Is Back
12.       Philadelphia Freedom
13.       Island Girl
14.       Someone Saved My Life Tonight
15.       Don't Go Breaking My Heart [Elton John and Kiki Dee]
16.       Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
17.       Little Jeannie

CD2    
1.         Song For Guy
2.         Blue Eyes
3.         I'm Still Standing
4.         I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
5.         Sad Songs (Say So Much)
6.         Nikita
7.         I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That
8.         Sacrifice
9.         Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me [George Michael and Elton John]
10.       Something About The Way You Look Tonight
11.       I Want Love
12.       Can You Feel The Love Tonight
13.       Are You Ready For Love?
14.       Electricity
15.       Home Again
16.       Looking Up
17.       Circle Of Life


DELUXE (3CD, DIGITAL)
CD1    
1.         Your Song
2.         Tiny Dancer
3.         Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be A Long, Long Time)
4.         Honky Cat
5.         Crocodile Rock
6.         Daniel
7.         Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)
8.         Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
9.         Candle In The Wind
10.       Bennie And The Jets
11.       The Bitch Is Back
12.       Philadelphia Freedom
13.       Island Girl
14.       Someone Saved My Life Tonight
15.       Don't Go Breaking My Heart [Elton John and Kiki Dee]
16.       Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
17.       Little Jeannie


CD2    
1.         Song For Guy
2.         Blue Eyes
3.         I'm Still Standing
4.         I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
5.         Sad Songs (Say So Much)
6.         Nikita
7.         I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That
8.         Sacrifice
9.         Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me [George Michael and Elton John]
10.       Something About The Way You Look Tonight
11.       I Want Love
12.       Can You Feel The Love Tonight
13.       Are You Ready For Love?
14.       Electricity
15.       Home Again
16.       Looking Up
17.       Circle Of Life

CD3    
1.         Skyline Pigeon
2.         Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
3.         Pinball Wizard
4.         Mama Can't Buy You Love
5.         Part-Time Love
6.         Victim of Love
7.         Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)
8.         Kiss The Bride
9.         That's What Friends Are For [Dionne Warwick with Elton John, Gladys Knight & Stevie   
             Wonder]
10.       The One
11.       True Love [Elton John and Kiki Dee]
12.       Believe
13.       Live Like Horses [Elton John and Luciano Pavarotti]
14.       Written In The Stars [Elton John and LeAnn Rimes]
15.       This Train Don't Stop There Anymore
16.       Good Morning To The Night [Elton vs PNAU]
17.       Step Into Christmas

2LP
Side A 
1.         Your Song
2.         Tiny Dancer
3.         Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be A Long, Long Time)
4.         Crocodile Rock
5.         Daniel

Side B 
1.         Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)
2.         Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
3.         Candle In The Wind
4.         Bennie And The Jets
5.         Someone Saved My Life Tonight

Side C 
1.         Don't Go Breaking My Heart [Elton John and Kiki Dee]
2.         Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
3.         Song For Guy
4.         Blue Eyes
5.         I'm Still Standing
6.         I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues

Side D 
1.         Nikita
2.         Sacrifice
3.         Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me [George Michael and Elton John]
4.         Can You Feel The Love Tonight
5.         Are You Ready For Love?