[on John Mayer and writing about her ex-boyfriends]
Girl is hilarious. I wish we could be friends.
[on John Mayer and writing about her ex-boyfriends]
Girl is hilarious. I wish we could be friends.
I nearly melted when I watched this performance last night on the premiere of SNL.
Oh hay John Mayer. We see you.
1. Queen of California
2. The Age of Worry
3. Shadow Days
4. Speak for Me
5. Something Like Olivia
6. Born and Raised
7. If I Ever Get Around To Living
8. Love is a Verb
9. Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1967
10. Whisky, Whisky, Whisky
11. A Face To Call Home
12. Born and Raised (Reprise)
Can’t wait until May 22nd to hear his new stuff?
Here’s a track for you to listen to now: Shadow Days
Today, I went on a John Mayer listening spree and made an entire playlist for the guy on Spotify adding not only every CD he has ever put out, but all of the singles and tracks that didn’t make it onto the albums. One of my favorite songs from John Mayer that never actually made it onto a CD was Breakaway and I’m surprised I forgot about it for some time until today.
John Mayer is reportedly inflicting his douchebaggery on none other than Miley Cyrus! Yes, we get it now, you’re an adult!
Even though she spent a day flirting with Joshua Bowman at Griffith Park, she was said to be following John around at the Grammy Awards, like a lost little puppy! Ugh.
A snitch on the scene said, “At one point backstage, Miley was rubbing John’s back and, when he thought no one was looking, he leaned over and kissed her!”
Eww.. Come on, Miley! What are you thinking?!??
Taylor Swift is an amazing and talented artist; there’s no denying that. She writes songs that she feels her fans may be able to identify with and has said it in countless interviews that her songs are based on her own life experiences. In fact, they are so personal and honest that she doesn’t leave any names out. Her hit single, “Forever and Always” was written about Joe Jonas. Although the song title may seem sweet, the lyrics are not. I’ve always wanted someone to write a song about me, but definitely not a song like that.
In her new album, it is safe to say that she has written a song for Kanye and about Taylor Lautner and even John Mayer. This hasn’t been confirmed quite yet, but there is a new song off her album entitled “Dear John” and the lyrics completely point in the direction of John Mayer. John and Taylor even collaborated on his song “Half of My Heart” for his “Battle Studies” album, but I never thought that there would be anything more to that relationship.
I’ve rounded up a few questions:
Does this make her dating life complicated? If I were a guy, I would hate to cross Taylor because then there would be a whole song written about me and those don’t exactly go away.
I’ve heard that Duncan Penn finally went out on his date with Taylor Swift – in reference to the second episode of The Buried Life’s second season. Does this mean he will make it into a song as well?!
For anyone attending John Mayer’s concert tonight at the Key Arena… I am so jealous of you.
This has to be one of my all-time favorite songs! I’m surprised that I haven’t chosen this as a “Song of the Day” yet. David Ryan Harris isn’t as well known as a solo act, but he’s also John Mayer’s second lead guitarist. His CD is great, David is definitely someone you should be looking at in the future.
So I’ve had John Mayer’s new album Battle Studies for almost two weeks. Right when I got it, I listened through every single song not skipping ahead and giving each its deserved attention. My first thoughts: this album is really… weak. There was nothing that blew me away. The songs were nice yeah, but where was the raw John Mayer. Everything was so soft. Too soft. Too girly? What did Jennifer Aniston DO TO YOU?! I was disappointed because we all know that John Mayer writes loves songs and such, but he has so much potential to do more.
I let the album grow on me a little bit. If I would’ve made my review post then, I would’ve bashed it and become a hypocrite. While there are some songs that make me go wtf?! on the album, there are some that I like.
There are 11 tracks. I like about 7 so far. Meaning I rate this album 7/11
Tickets for John Mayer in Seattle go on sale tomorrow. I’m crossing my fingers that my brother will buy me tickets :) I have yet to see him live and I would really love to.
Let’s hope it doesn’t suck!
No specifics yet , but at least you’ll know where he’ll be heading on his 2010 winter tour. I don’t care if people think he’s a D-bag, I would do anything to see him live.
2/8 Charleston, SC North Charleston Coliseum
2/9 Birmingham, AL BJCC Arena
2/10 Nashville, TN Sommet Center
2/12 Auburn Hills , MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
2/13 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
2/16 Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place
2/17 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
2/19 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
2/20 Washington, DC Verizon Center
2/21 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center
2/24 Boston, MA TD Banknorth Garden
2/25 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
2/28 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
3/1 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
3/2 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
3/4 Omaha, NE Qwest Center
3/5 Oklahoma City, OK Ford Center
3/6 Houston, TX Toyota Center
3/8 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
3/9 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
3/10 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
3/12 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
3/13 Louisville, KY Freedom Hall
3/15 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Complex
3/16 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena
3/17 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
3/19 Memphis, TN Fed Ex Forum
3/20 St Louis, MO Scottrade Center
3/22 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
3/23 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
3/25 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
3/26 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
3/30 Portland, OR Rose Garden
4/1 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place
4/3 Calgary, AB Pengrowth Saddledome
4/4 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
4/6 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre
4/7 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
4/8 Fargo, ND FargoDome
4/10 Chicago, IL United Center
I first heard of John West from my friend Gelesia. The girl has been my concert/show company for almost two years so naturally I trust her instincts when it comes down to good music. Over the summer, she sent me a video of a live John West performance and from that moment on I was sold. His entire CD was on repeat for at least a month while I was at home over the summer. John West is an artist that reminds me a lot of the Seattle music I listen to. Although I have never seen him perform, his songs are very catchy and relatable to a wide audience. Plus he sounds just as good live on his tracks as he does on his CD, which believe it or not, that is not always the case.. John is great, let’s make him come to Seattle ya dig?
Q: Where are you originally from and has that influenced your sound if at all?
John West: I’m from Baton Rouge, Louisiana originally. I would definitely say the southern feel, particularly the jazz and blues of Louisiana have influenced the music I’m making. But so did Erykah Badu :)
Q: When I was sixteen years old, I knew I had wanted to work with music and PR when I planned my first concert. At what point did you realize, this is what I want to do?
J: In college I was studying art – cartooning to be exact, but music was something that I had pursued since I was a little kid singing in the church choir. It wasn’t until my last year of college, when I started my first real band that I was like “Hmm, I think this is my real passion.” Also, some of my music had been selected for an end-of-the year concert thing at Columbia College in Chicago where I was graduating from (another town that influenced my music). So that random opportunity inspired me to really go after it.
Q: What’s a typical day for John West, give us a run through.
J: Wake up 9:30am. 200 crunches and 100 push-ups – not really. More like 20 emails and 50 friend requests on Myspace/Facebook. I try to get a workout in three times a week. Emphasis on the word ‘try’. During the past summer, I’d be out on the Santa Monica Promenade 4-6 days a week. So that’d be from noon-8pm usually. I have lunch meetings sometimes, and even afternoon naps. I tend to work on writing/recording music in the evening. I stay up late watching “Mad Men” and “Californication“.
Q: Pick one: John Mayer, Jason Mraz, or Jack Johnson and why?
J: Ha, I like this one. I’m gonna have to say John Mayer because of that song he did with Alicia Keys. But I think hanging out with Jack Johnson could teach me a lot. And Mraz is just dope and making music that he loves to make – I think he’s the most interesting of the bunch.
Q: I follow you on Twitter, it sounds like you enjoy playing in lots of public places such as Third Street or the Promenade, why these places? I think it’s great that you are bringing the music to the public and expanding your fan base by the way, maybe more artists should do that!
J: Street performance is a great daily opportunity to get in front of hundreds if not thousands of new potential listeners, to refine your live show, to make a living, and to promote upcoming “traditional” shows. It has it’s ups and downs, but I’ve been loving it this year.
Q: What is your guilty pleasure collaboration? Who would you like to collaborate with that your fans might find a bit surprising?
J: I would love to link up with Wil.I.Am, I think amazing things could happen. Production is such a fascinating mystery to me. There are some real geniuses out there. Surprising collaboration? How about John West & The Jonas Brothers? haha
Q: The music industry is a tough business to get into, what is one hardship you have endured and what piece of advice would you give to those who aspire to become a successful musician?
J: It takes time, and meanwhile you get older. A hard thing to reconcile sometimes. You have productive months, and then months where you feel lost. My advice would be to make great music however you can. I think it’s valuable to understand ProTools or Logic (two most popular recording software) so that you make your own music or at least communicate intelligently in the studio. Promotion is so important. Exposure. Playing shows that make sense. For more advice, email me. I work as a new-model consultant haha
Q: What is on constant rotation on your iPod?
J: Pandora is my new iPod. I love setting up a station around Friendly Fires and Cut Copy. I like Thom Yorke’s new solo album (the single at least). I want the soundtrack to “Away We Go”. I like listening to jazz on 88.1
Katie note: I wholeheartedly recommend Friendly Fires and Cut Copy as well.
Q: Some of your songs revolve around love? Were these songs inspired by experience? What’s your idea of a perfect date and what traits do you look for in a girl?
J: Wow, what traits do I look for? I just want someone real and kind. Who loves to laugh and knows what it is to cry. Besides that, who knows – there are wonderful people everywhere. And yes, my love songs come from real experiences.
Q: Aside from yourself, who do you think is on the rise currently? Who should my readers be listening to?
J: I’m definitely no music expert, my finger is not on the pulse of the business, but I really dig that one rapper Blu. U-N-I are cool. There are probably a bunch of great singer-songwriters I’ve never heard of that are awesome and about to get record deals.
Q: Are you considering touring at all? And if so, Seattle will make the cut right?
J: Girl, you know I’ve got Seattle covered. Seriously though, expanding throughout the west coast is the next move for me.
Q: What’s new for John West? What can we expect from you in the next few months or year?
J: Autumn EP coming soon. Big Roxy show on January 23rd. Headlining on a Saturday night, wooo- new website in the works, more big moves coming soon :)
Me: Thank you so much John! Best of luck to you with your music and future!
J: Only two months late on the interview, but was my pleasure to answer your questions! They got me thinking.
To listen to more of John’s music visit his Myspace
It’s a BIG news day. These will be my only posts of the day unless something relevant comes up. It’s finals week so you’ll won’t be seeing too much until Thursday :)
- Eunice Kennedy Shriver has passed away today at the age of 88. She was the founder of the Special Olympics.
- The famous Times Square Studio will no longer be home to MTV. The glass window is known for being a classic tradition during the live tapings of MTV’s hit show TRL – Total Request Live
- Last week news broke that Emmy Rosum had split with boyfriend Justin Siegel. Turns out that they were actually married and had a confidential marriage license.
-Twilight Barbies. Enough said.
The trailer for Heath Ledger’s final film “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” has been released.
- Jennifer Hudson gave birth to a baby boy with fiance David Otunga on Monday.
- In case you haven’t seen… Mac Book Touch
I hate Macs, but I still think it’s pretty. To read more about the article click here
Charlize Theron is gracing the cover of THE SEPTEMBER ’09 issue of Vogue and because of the financial crisis we’re all living in, the fashion magazine has scaled down to a mere 584 pages this year. oh man more ads and less text I’m sure.
- Did anyone watch the Teen Choice Awards last night? It was completely all about The Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus and Twilight. Granted, the Jo Bros were the hosts of the night so that’s understandable.
- Kathy Griffin took Levi Johnston (Bristol Palin’s baby daddy) as her date. Then they talked about it on Larry King Live? and it was awkward to the max. This must be a sick joke.
- Miley Cyrus’s very controversial performance at the Teen Choice Awards performing “Party in the USA.”
I guess the pole part wasn’t that bad… but I can see why it might make people uncomfortable. DAMN what does Nick Jonas think of Miley now?! And this song is really catchy… can’t stop listening to it.
- 60 year old grandpa John Moyer has been sentenced to two days in jail, 180 days of probation and 50 hours of community service for publicly groping Minnie Mouse at Walt Disney World back in June ie giving her “fake Minnie Mouse boobs a squeeze.”
How did this go down in court?
“It doesn’t matter she was grabbed. She’s just a mouse,” argued the prosecutor. “It’s not just a mouse. It’s a person … It’s not OK to go to the diner and pinch a waitress’ butt anymore, and it’s not OK to go to a theme park and pinch a character’s butt.”
- Scott Schuman’s book “The Sartorialist,” featuring his profession as a photographer for street style will debut this Wednesday. I’ll be at Border’s reading it all Saturday.
- Some guy has a handgun strapped to his leg during a health care forum. In public. President Obama is attending and no one is doing anything about it really.
- and irrelevant Country music news. Brooks & Dunn are ending their music career after 20 years. no big deal.