I like it… I like it A LOT (I just said that in my best Ace Ventura voice.)
Chris Chu is so likable; you almost have to dislike him. The lead singer for the much-buzzed band the morning benders (intentionally lowercase’d by the way) has two acclaimed albums out – the recently released “Big Echo” is especially catching fire, and is currently selling out tours whether his band’s headlining or warming up. Yet, despite all that, the 25 year old seems like a chill, low-key guy (note the monotone interview below) living a mellow life in the midst of a chaos. At least, so he says. In an interview earlier this month, I spoke with the grounded singer/songwriter from an East Village hotel rooftop and asked him all about the band’s burgeoning success.
Case in point: the band just wrapped up a headlining tour and will hit the road this summer supporting Broken Bells and The Black Keys. To quote Adam Sandler – “not too shabby.”
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The Black Keys sound like a modern-day Jimi Hendrix. No question. Their throwback sound make me think of how it must’ve been back in the day when you felt the music and the music itself meant something. Not like today. Anyway, let me get off my rocker, and rock out. The Keys have a DVD coming out Nov. 18: “The Black Keys Live at the Crystal Ballroom DVD” on Nov. 18. For just a sample, click the pic and get an mp3 of “I Am Mine” live. The disc will include 17 live songs, original music videos for “Your Touch,” “Just Got To Be,” and “Strange Times,” and behind-the-scenes footage of the band’s new album, Attack & Release. The performance was recorded on April 4, 2008 at a sold-out show at The Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR. Bet you weren’t there. Bet you wanted to be.
By Jon Chattman
Back in 1994, I opted not to go to the Woodstock reunion. I don’t remember why but pretty much it was because I was more concerned with how I was going to get there. Five years later when they did another reunion show and all hell broke loose (riots, fire, groping dopes), I wasn’t impressed with the lineup. Maybe it was because back then there were no meaning to most of the music. Zoom in now to present day…seven years removed from 9/11, a lame duck two-term jackass of a president mocking up the country, and two candidates running for his office and, well sorry, I’m not leaping for joy with anything either has to say as of now. Change. Yes. But how?
In any event, what all this rambling comes down to is I really think it’s time we had another Woodstock. Make it organic like the first one, not commercial like the others. Invite artists, use the Internet to get word out that it’s happening, and screw sponsors. That last line won’t ever happen. Ever. But seriously if ever there was a time to unite for something it’s now. There are so many artists now who have something to say. Plus, there’s a ton of new and old musicians who can move us with their music or at the very least, get us to rock, make, and trip out to. With that, I present my full roster for Woodstock ’08 – something that should’ve happened, never did happen, but still could happen. Oh, f-it it ain’t happening but look at acts below and tell me in this summer of festivals that this wouldn’t have been incredibly kick ass – oh and keep in mind – this is a three-day festival in my head. Show opens with Richie Havens as always…