Some people like him, others find him really annoying. Either way, I felt in these two clips Neil DeGrasse Tyson makes some good points about practice and preparation and their importance to success and making something look easy. Both are closely related, let’s start with this one more focused on practice:
Now move on to this one, more focused on how important preparation is to make something look natural:
Do you agree? Or do you think there is a “secret” people just don’t want to tell you?
OK, not just for this Friday evening, but for any evening really. First watched it / listened to it a few days ago and I’m certain I will watch and listen to is many times again. An absolutely stunning performance by The Big Moon with three songs from their latest album “Here Is Everything”:
I hope they do more like that. While I think their videos to the studio recordings are among the best if not the best this might be even better.
The song is over a decade old, but I only came across it a few weeks ago. It’s been on heavy rotation ever since and probably will be for quite some time. I love the “dirty” sound, the guitar riff, the banging drums, the pounding bass. And the band name is pretty cool as well.
I’m not entirely sure when I discovered Skating Polly (Kelli, Peyton and Kurtis), I think probably somewhere around 2018 or 2019. In other words, before I started my Bands New To Me series/category. But with their latest song having just been published I decided to give them a dedicated entry with some of my favourite songs by them, starting with the latest:
In a similar noisy style, but also with beautiful layered vocals:
But they also have a different side, voice, piano and guitar:
Back to noisier sounds from their New Tricks EP with two famous guests, Nina Gordon & Louise Post of Veruca Salt:
Enjoying Hollywood life while not moving to Hollywood or joining the Hollywood crowd:
Another of their older songs, I love the bass line in this one, as well as the pounding and rattling drums:
The second to last song is another quiet one with just Kelli and Peyton singing while playing the piano (and some light drums):
And to close some pure simple noise from before Kurtis joining with just a basitar and drums (and of course voice):
It’s loud, it’s noisy, it has guitar, is has bass, it has drums. And a fun video. All is good.
Unfortunately never wrote a Bands New To Me post about them (I started that series later), so can’t link to more from them (yet). Have to think about a series Bands I Discovered A While Ago series. And catch up on 2022.