Posts Tagged ‘Bob Dylan

09
Nov
12

Official Opinions: Docs That Rock part 1

It’s well known that the Stitely staff loves music, so its probably a no-brainer that we love movies about music as well. But given the extensive list of films made about musicians over the years, how do you find the good ones? Here are just a few of the historically significant music documentaries that have been released in the past 60 years. Stay tuned for part two in which we recommend our personal favs.

There are two kinds of music documentaries: rockumentaries and music documentaries. In rockumentaries, the film is primarily focused on concert footage and how a band sounds live, while a music documentary deals with the musicians personal struggles in addition to their music.

Below are five Music Docs that historically rock.

1. Don’t Look Back -1967 by D.A. Pennebaker
Don’t Look Back is one of the original music documentaries. In 1998 it was selected to be preserved in the U.S. National Film Registry for being artistically significant to our country’s film development. In this doc, Pennebaker follows Bob Dylan around on his 1965 European tour. He shows the music, Dylan’s manager and friends, and also covers the entirety of his romance and break-up with Joan Baez. The film starts with a music video for Dylan’s song “Subterranean Homesick Blues“. This beginning became one of the first music videos ever produced and changed the whole way people experienced music.

3 days of music

2. Woodstock – 1970 by Michael Wadleigh

This documentary is the heart of concert film. Named for the famous festival in 1969, it documented many of its famous performances starting with Richie Havens and ending with Jimi Hendrix.

A national and critical hit, it was nominated for Academy Awards in several categories including Best Editing and Best Sound. It also won the award for Best Documentary. In 1996 the film was selected to be preserved in the U.S. National Film Registry. Even though it was made with a small budget of only $600,000, it became a smash hit in theaters grossing over $50 million dollars, making it the 6th highest grossing film of the year.

3. The Last Waltz – 1978 by Martin Scorsese

The Last Waltz tells the story of the The Band’s farewell concert and includes interviews of the band about their musical experiences. Special guest stars such as Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Ringo Starr, Muddy Waters and Neil Young really helped The Band go out with a bang. The film is still hailed today as one of the greatest concert films ever made.

4. & 5. The Decline of Western Civilization, 1981 & The Decline of Western Civilization Part 2: The Metal Years, 1988 by Penelope Spheeris

We combined these since they are part of a series about the changing music scene in Los Angeles during the 1980s. The first film looks into the punk rock scene of LA and the second covers heavy metal. There is a third chapter made debuted in 1998 that follows gutter punks, but it was never released to the general public after going through the festival circuit.

All that hair…

The first film features both live concerts and interviews with the bands, punk magazine publishers and fans. These interviews show a well rounded experience of the punk rock movement and the bands that came out of it such as Black Flag, X, Circle Jerks and Fear. These bands helped to shape the sound of punk rock, hardcore punk and music in general.

The second film follows the Metal scene of L.A. focusing particularly on Glam Metal. Less concerned with concert footage, this film features more interviews conducted between band members and an editor of Screamer Magazine. It also shows footage of the musicians dealing with their drug and alcohol abuse and vanity issues like celebrity status. Some of the bands & musicians featured are: Aerosmith, Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper and Megadeath. Music buffs now mention the film as partially responsible for the death of glam rock and the rise of thrash metal and grunge. Fans were disgusted by the excess used by the rockers and decided to turn elsewhere.

Schyeah right!

The films were well received and jump started Penelope Spheeris‘ film directing career, giving her multiple job opportunities. Although she turned down the offer to direct This is Spinal Tap because she thought it was impossible to make fun of heavy metal she later directed the music comedy Wayne’s World. How’s that for a turn of events?

That’s all for this post, stay tuned for part 2!

31
Oct
12

official opinions: Costumes for the musically-inclined

Who wouldn’t want to wear this?

Every year I have trouble deciding what I want to be for Halloween.  You’d think after 27 years of celebrating the same holiday on the same date I’d think ahead, but it’s like I’m surprised every time.  If you’re like me, then you probably don’t have a costume planned yet either- well, never fear. The Stitely staffers (and a few friends) put their heads together and came up with a fantastic list of music-related costume ideas. Enjoy!

Katy PerryClick here for directions on how to make this costume.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart– Don’t forget to practice the “Amadeus” laugh.

Michael Jackson– This costume is always a “Thriller.” (Sorry, had to do it.)

“Devil in a Blue Dress”– Step 1: Wear blue dress. Step 2: Add devil horns & tail.

“We are Devo”

Devo– All you need is a flower pot and a “whip.”

Bob Dylan– Click here to get a how-to and links to important accessories.

The White Stripes– Super simple couples costume- just wear black, red and white.  Add a black wig and drumsticks.

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne– Another fun couples costume.

The original tiny dancer

Elton John– Don’t forget the shades.

Janis Joplin or Jimi HendrixEasiest costumes in the world!  Bust out your fav bell-bottom jeans or go to a thrift store, pair with a psychedelic shirt, and put a headband or bandana around your head.  Don’t forget to accessorize: for Janis bring out a whiskey bottle and for Jimi use a real or inflatable guitar.

A Mariachi Band– Grab 4 friends and a sombrero.

iPod– Now THIS takes talent!


07
Sep
12

Official Opinions: it’s Friday, I’m in love playlist

“I don’t care if Monday’s blue. Tuesday’s gray and Wednesday too. Thursday I don’t care about you. It’s Friday, I’m in love.”

It may be a gloomy day, but at least it’s almost the weekend. And Stitely is here to bring you some love on this rainy Friday. So whether you are in love, searching for love, or not a fan, there is a song here for you. What are some of your fav love songs? Tell us on our Fan Page.

1. Friday I’m In Love – The Cure

2. Hysteric – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

3. Tainted Love – Soft Cell

4. Let Me Go – Cake

5. Winter Winds – Mumford and Sons

6. Buckets of Rain – Bob Dylan

7. Falling Slowly – Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova

8. If There Was No You – Brandi Carlile

9. First Day Of My Life – Bright Eyes

10. All You Need Is Love – The Beatles

23
Dec
11

Official opinions: Countdown to Christmas playlist

Christmas is (literally) right around the corner! Hope these holiday videos help you get through the next 48 hours. Furious gift-wrapping starts…. NOW!

Number 5: “It Must Be Santa” as sung by Bob Dylan

Number 4: Southpark’s Eric Cartman sings O Holy Night

Number 3: “Frosty the Snowman” from Frosty the Snowman

Number 2: “The Grinch Song” from How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Number 1: “Christmas time is Here” from A Charlie Brown Christmas

Happy holidays from Jeff, Rachel, Carly, Peggy, Ed, Shana, Bree and the whole Stitely Entertainment team!

11
Nov
11

Official opinions: Rachel’s Beatles bash/wedding playlist

Our colorful, Beatles-themed wedding

On September 4th my husband and I were married in a Beatles-themed wedding extravaganza in Toledo, Ohio.  Doug and I are huge Beatles fans and their music was the soundtrack to our college courtship.  When we got engaged in May of 2010, before we knew when and where, we knew that our wedding would include a lot of Beatles music. And not to brag, but my wedding turned out to be AMAZING!  (Mostly because Carly, Stitely Entertainment‘s Event-Planning Coordinator/Guru, planned my wedding from top to bottom. Thanks Carly!)

The "Please, Please Me" table

The "Please, Please Me" table (See the melted record candle-holders?)

Our theme was really fun and allowed us a lot of flexibility in our decorations and other “typical” wedding traditions.  For example, each table was named after an album and was decorated with Beatles trivia cards and melted record-candle holders (which were also favors). Our bridesmaids were called the Honey Pies and our groomsmen were the Day Trippers, while the man of honor and best man were called (what else?) The Walrus and The Eggman. And of course, our theme influenced our music choices and special dances:

  • First Dance: Don’t Let Me Down
  • Father/Daughter & Mother/Son Dance: In My Life
  • Anniversary Dance: And I Love Her
  • Bridal Party Introductions: Come Together
  • Bride and Groom Introductions: All You Need is Love
  • Cake cutting: A Taste of Honey
  • Garter Toss: Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?
  • Bouquet toss: Octopus Garden
  • Second to last song: With a Little Help From My Friends
  • Last Song: The End

Just because our wedding had a Beatles theme didn’t mean we wanted to limit ourselves to only their music.  We also included some of our other favorite dance music that ran the gamut from Motown to indie rock to hip hop.

  • Range Life– Pavement
  • Blister in the Sun- Violent Femmes
  • Do you Realize? – Flaming Lips
  • Send Me on My Way- Rusted Root
  • Home– Edward Sharpe and Magnetic Zeros
  • Superstitious- Stevie Wonder
  • Sexyback –Justin Timberlake
  • Speaking in Tongues- Eagles of Death Metal
  • Crazy in Love- Beyonce
  • 1901- Phoenix
  • Dog Days are Over– Florence and the Machine
  • 10 Dollar – M.I.A.
  • The Way you Move- Outkast
  • Power of Love- Huey Lewis (Requested by my dad!)
  • This is Not a Test- She & Him
  • Electric Feel –MGMT
  • Fidelity- Regina Spektor
  • Bang a Gong – T. Rex
  • Forget You- Cee Lo Green

Some of my favorite memories from our wedding were our musical shout-outs to the Honey Pies and Day Trippers. We wanted to acknowledge their love and support throughout the length of our friendships (and planning process) by picking special songs that reminded us of each of them.  We played some during dinner & some during dancing.

  • Measuring Cups- Andrew Bird
  • Dreams –Cranberries
  • Man in Me– Bob Dylan
  • I Won’t Back Down- Tom Petty
  • Bicycle- Queen
  • Hollaback Girl- Gwen Stefani
  • Land Down Under– Men at Work
  • Ain’t No Other Man- Christina Aguilera
  • Gold Digger – Kanye West
  • Idioteque- Radiohead
  • How Bizarre –OMC (It’s a LOOOOONG story)

Despite the questioning of the skeptics, we couldn’t be happier with the way our wedding turned out!  And by the end of the night many of those dubious relatives said that ours was the most fun wedding to which they had ever been invited. So if you and your fiance don’t want to follow the typical wedding color schemes or traditions, or if others think some of your ideas are “crazy,” just ignore them. It’s your day, do it your way and have a blast!

28
Oct
11

Official opinions: Halloween events for the musically-inclined

 On Wednesday we helped you pick your costume, now it’s time to show it off! Enjoy some great music all around Chicago this Halloween weekend.

For a fun, inexpensive Friday night check out the Double Door. They are hosting their 15th Annual Halloween Bash with a fantastic lineup of tribute bands.  Featured bands include The Clash, the Runaways, Stone Temple Pilots, NOFX, and Bob Dylan. The show begins at 9:00 PM and tickets are $12 at the door.

If these bands aren’t your style, head over to the Abbey Pub on Friday night. Their tribute band lineup includes The Sex Pistols, Weezer, The Bangles, Squeeze, R.E.M., Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe. Tickets are $12 at the door and the performances begin at 8:30PM. Depending on your musical tastes, either of these two Chicago bars would be a great way to begin the Halloween weekend!

If you want to party like a high roller, spend some of that dough on Saturday at one of the biggest events of the year- Chicago’s Galaween.  This event at Venue One helps raise money for The Chicago Cultural Foundation, which supports free public arts programs.  This night of fun will consist of dancing, an open bar and outrageous costumes to be judged in a contest with a grand prize up to $1,000! Get your tickets now and do you part to support the arts.

Whatever you do this weekend, Stitely Entertainment wishes you a very happy and safe Halloween! Have fun!

26
Oct
11

official opinions: Costumes for the musically-inclined

Who wouldn't want to wear this?

Every year I have trouble deciding what I want to be for Halloween.  You’d think after 26 years of celebrating the same holiday on the same date I’d think ahead, but it’s like I’m surprised every time.  If you’re like me, then you probably don’t have a costume planned yet either- well, never fear. The Stitely staffers (and a few friends) put their heads together and came up with a fantastic list of music-related costume ideas. Enjoy!

Katy PerryClick here for directions on how to make this costume.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart– Don’t forget to practice the “Amadeus” laugh.

Michael Jackson– This costume is always a “Thriller.” (Sorry, had to do it.)

“Devil in a Blue Dress”– Step 1: Wear blue dress. Step 2: Add devil horns & tail.

"We are Devo"

Devo– All you need is a flower pot and a “whip.”

Bob Dylan– Click here to get a how-to and links to important accessories.

The White Stripes– Super simple couples costume- just wear black, red and white.  Add a black wig and drumsticks.

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne– Another fun couples costume.

The original tiny dancer

Elton John– Don’t forget the shades.

Janis Joplin or Jimi HendrixEasiest costumes in the world!  Bust out your fav bell-bottom jeans or go to a thrift store, pair with a psychedelic shirt, and put a headband or bandana around your head.  Don’t forget to accessorize: for Janis bring out a whiskey bottle and for Jimi use a real or inflatable guitar.

A Mariachi Band– Grab 4 friends and a sombrero.

iPod– Now THIS takes talent!


18
May
11

guest star: bill overton – making music (and molasses)

Stitely Entertainment (SE): What are the five songs you’re listening to the most right now?
Bill Overton: “You Are Too Beautiful” (NOT “You Are So Beautiful”) and “Lush Life” from the John Coltrane/Johnny Hartman album.  Johnny is my favorite singer, so anything by him is on my list; The tunes are wonderful musically and lyrically, but Hartman takes you to the heart of the feeling and emotion in them.

I’ve been digging “The Hurricane” by Bob Dylan, which, of course, is the story of the fighter, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who could have been champion but was framed for murder.  Dylan set the bar so high that very few other songwriters have come close to his depth and power.

There’s a mesmerizing clip of the flutist, Hubert Laws, playing “Windows” on Youtube that I’ve been checking out.  He and James Moody brought the flute into the jazz mainstream.

And, last but not least, I’ve been learning some Jimmy Webb tunes from the Glenn Campbell recordings.  “Galveston” is a really gorgeous, haunting tune that came out while the Vietnam war was still raging and “Wichita Lineman” is a beautiful tribute to a working man’s dedication to his wife and family.  I’m a sucker for that stuff.

SE: Who or what inspired you to be a professional musician?
Bill: There was never a time when I didn’t want to be a full-time musician.  I have loved music and been committed to it from the first time I heard it.  I always thought that playing together was the coolest, most fun thing you could possibly do.   Whatever band I was in in high school rehearsed three times a week and played a couple of gigs on the weekends.  These gigs were
almost always street dances, proms or frat parties.  I had a blast, made some money and learned a ton.

SE: Do you have any regular gigs?
Bill: I play regularly with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra.  We’ll be playing every Monday at Andy’s for the 5:15 set starting in June.  This group has been going for twenty-five years and we’ve played with so many greats (Joe Williams, Kenny Burrell, Ron Carter, Jimmy Heath, Phil Woods, etc.).  We perform every year for the Kennedy Center Honors event in Washington, D.C. and the year Quincy Jones was honored, he conducted the band.  The picture shows me playing lead alto with him conducting.

SE: What was your first concert?
Bill: It was the Jimi Hendrix Experience in Memphis in August of 1970, and I smuggled in my little Westinghouse reel-to-reel and taped most of it.  I still have the tape.  They played “Fire,” “Foxy Lady,” “I Don’t Live Today” and others from the record, as well as covers like “Sunshine of Your Love.”  I went to so many concerts back then.  I always loved hearing Blood, Sweat and Tears.  My favorite group to see live was Jethro Tull.  The original players were all in their thirties at that time and were really seasoned, mature players who sounded great live with beautiful dynamics, even in those cavernous coliseums that every town had.  Their live show was wild, too, with lots of illusions and the like.  One night Gentle Giant opened for them.  They were unbelievable.  They all played the hell out of five or six different instruments and sang and had a great live sound, too.  Later on I heard Weather Report with Alphonso Johnson in a club and was blow away.

SE: If you could share the stage with any musician, dead or alive, who would it be?
Bill: I spent twenty years in New York and got to play with many of my idols: Mel Lewis, Doc Cheatham, Mickey Roker, Major Holley and many others.  Still, I’d love to play with Eric Clapton, but not with HIS band; just jamming.  I’d also love to play with Peter Erskine.  His time and musicality are most unique.  I’d also love to sing a duet with Alison Krauss and then take her home to a cabin in the woods and live the country life, making whiskey and sorghum molasses.

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SE:  You are stuck on a desert island forever. Which three albums do you want with you?
Bill: That’s like asking which three of my nineteen children I would take with me.  I don’t have to bring any albums with me, anyway, since my favorites are playing in my head all the time. But, I’ll say The Complete Atlantic Recordings of John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald Live in Berlin and Cannonball Adderly with Nancy Wilson just to give you an idea.

SE: Beatles or Stones?
Bill: Apples and oranges, in my opinion.  I love then both for who they are, but if it’s one or the other I have to go with the Beatles.  I was ten years old when they hit and it is really impossible to convey the excitement, wonder and adoration I, as well as every other person my age, felt for them.  The music was so fresh and wonderful and they were charming and obviously having a great time, not to mention that they were all killer performers and writers.  My friends and I got every record hot off the presses and learned every lick we could.  They just kept getting more and more amazing, too, with every new record.

25
Feb
11

Official Opinions: it’s friday i’m in love playlist

“I don’t care if Monday’s blue. Tuesday’s gray and Wednesday too. Thursday I don’t care about you. It’s Friday, I’m in love.” After a gloomy week, it’s Friday and the sun is trying to shine. So as February comes to a close and spring is in the air, we at Stitely are here to bring you a Friday love playlist. So whether you are in love, searching for love, or not a big fan of love, there is a song on here for you!

1. Friday I’m In Love – The Cure

2. Hysteric – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

3. Tainted Love – Soft Cell

4. Let Me Go – Cake

5. Winter Winds – Mumford and Sons

6. Buckets of Rain – Bob Dylan

7. Falling Slowly – Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova

8. If There Was No You – Brandi Carlile

9. First Day Of My Life – Bright Eyes

10. All You Need Is Love – The Beatles

-Emily

12
Nov
10

Official opinions: nostalgic music – A Blast from the Past

The sound waves of a childhood tune hit your ears.  You are immediately flooded with the smells, the feelings, the images, and comfort of a moment in the past.  So you close your eyes and immerse yourself (hopefully you aren’t driving), wanting to savor the moment.  Just in that instant, time stands still as you inhale this blast from the past, and nothing else matters. Nostalgia.  If you are anything like me, you live for these moments, for the ability to remember what it was like to be a kid with a simple life, happy, and carefree.

Music serves many purposes from livening up an event, setting the mood, expressing your mood or feelings, telling a story, relaxation, and many more.  In my opinion, the best and most important function of music is to serve as a nostalgic trigger.  What good is the music we make and choose to listen to today if it has no significance tomorrow and for many tomorrows to come?

The Stitely office crew took a moment to revisit the past and share a favorite childhood memory triggered by (what was at least back then) an awesome song.  Take a break and meet the child within each Stitely office member.

– “Bye Bye Blackbird” by Miles Davis

“I heard this song in my house when I was in 6th grade.  At the moment of hearing it, I decided that’s what I want to be – a jazz musician.  I was smitten!”Jeff Stitely

– “Puff the Magic Dragon” by Peter Paul and Mary

“The Cover Art on the album was amazing. My mom used to sing it to me all the time and I can still picture her back then.” – Eric

“Rock & Roll Band” by Boston

“Loved, loved, loved it and the whole album (which was my brother’s by the way).   My mom got so sick of hearing it, she hid it from me for a while.” – Peggy

– “Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown” by Jim Croce

“Every time my family went on road trips my parents would pop in the Best of Jim Croce cassette tape and the whole family would sing along to this song.  Whenever I hear this song I am instantly transported to a 1988 Ford Aerostar van.” – Rachel

“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” by Burt Bacharach

“My parents used to play it during summer days in the house when I was 3-4, and we would make up silly words to insert for “head” (i.e. ‘raindrops keep fallin’ on my LOKE’ or “NOGGIN”, etc).” – Shana

Like a Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan

“My dad used to dance with me to this song when I was a baby and little kid.” – Carly

– “We Got The Beat” by The Go Gos –

“My mom and I always used to listen to this song and sing together.  I totally wanted to grow up and be in an all girl band.” – Emma

“To Be With You” by Mr. Big

“When I was little my dad used to play this song on his guitar and I loved it. I called it the Little Girl Song.” – Lindsey

“Man on the Moon” by R.E.M

“Automatic for the People was the cassette of choice for my dad when driving.  It’s the main thing that I remember from road trips as a kid.” – Taylor

“With You” by Tony Terry

“My uncle sung this at my aunt’s wedding when I was about 3 years old, so it became “Auntie Kim’s song”. Every time I heard it on the radio, I felt like the most special kid in the world because the radio (which was worldwide in my mind at the time) was playing my Auntie’s song, and I recognized it and KNEW it was her song.” – Ebonee

What songs remind you of our childhood?

 

 

~Ebonee Tinker, Planning Intern




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