Tuesday, January 29, 2008
There was a dog on stage(her backup singer's) who was completely unmoved by the performance, she explained that he was deaf and wasn't excited because there "weren't enough squirrels in rock these days". She also talked about being in Vermont for the past three weeks rehearsing for the tour and she spent a lot of time talking about Vermont's delicious french toast.
You may have noticed from the picture that i got one of the posters! That's never happened to me before. For some shows Higher Ground has an artist do a hand signed and numbered limited edition poster that they hand out at the end of the show. Now not every show has posters and I'm not sure what the criteria for a poster worthy show is but I finally got one.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
My current obsession the Mars Volta will be on Letterman this Thursday(17th). They are also on the cover of the new issue of Harp.
I'm still laughing about the latest post on What would Jesus Blog?.
Friday, January 11, 2008
This show left me speechless so instead of a proper review here are some random notes.
Almost three straight hours of face-melting rock.
For such a serious sounding band the members seemed to be having a lot of fun.
They never stop playing. They slow down and one person will retune but the music never stops... unless it's part of the song and then they stop and start on a dime.
Higher Ground has the coldest beer on tap, it's a degree away from being a slushie.
After a few beers and some incredibly hard complex rock my wife feels like she should talk shit about Iron & Wine.
The hair is even more impressive in person.
I know the names to none of the Mars Volta songs... except The Widow... which they played. I'm pretty sure I also heard Wax Simulacra.
It was hot in HG but they never took off their jackets.
Cedric and Omar both did their funky dances.
Nice t-shirts but how bout one with tour dates?
My ears were still ringing at noon the next day.
Sunday, January 06, 2008
1. The New Pornographers - Challengers
2. Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
3. Ryan Adams - Easy Tiger/Follow the Lights
4. The Cribs - Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever
5. Beirut - The Flying Cup Club
6. Bright Eyes - Cassadega
7. Jens Lekman - Night Falls over Kortedala
8. Band of Horses - Cease to Begin
9. Josh Ritter - The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter
10. Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna are you the destroyer?
11. The National - Boxer
12. Bishop Allen - The Broken String
13. LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
14. Radiohead - In Rainbows
Best T.V. of 2007
1. 30 Rock
2. The Office
3. Kitchen Nightmares
Best Covers of 2007
1. KT Tunstall - Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead
2. St. Vincent - These Days - Jackson Browne
3. Peaches and Tone Loc - Wildthing
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
In addition to music i also like books. Here are the books I read in 2007 in the order i read them. The * denote a graphic novel.
1. Children of Men P.D. James
2. A Grave Tattoo Val McDermid
3. The Devil’s Feather Minette Walters
4. The Blade Itself
5. Love is a Mixtape Rob
6. Judgement Ridge
7. The Walking Dead Vol I *
8. The Walking Dead Vol II *
9. Alternadad Neil Pollack
10. The Walking Dead Vol III *
11. The Walking Dead Vol IV *
12. Black Monday
13. Leave Me Alone I’m
14. Mistress of the Art of Death Ariana Franklin
15. Escape of the living Dead *
16. Pattern Recognition William Gibson
18. A Gentlemen Abroad Bridges and Curtis
19. Strange Son Portia Iverson
20. Daniel half Human David Chotjewitz
21. Dress your Family in Corduroy and Denim David Sedaris
22. Hitler Youth: Growing up in Hitler’s Shadow Susan Benbletti
23. Blood and Chocolate
24. The Shakespeare Riots
27. This land was made for you and me Elizabeth Partridge
28. 13 Bullets David
29. Childhoods End Arthur C. Clarke
30. Five People Who Died Having Sex
31. Andy Warhol: Prince of Pop
32. French by Heart Rebecca Ramsey
33. The Harlequin Laurell K. Hamilton
34. Children of Hurin J.R.R.Tolkien
35. Everybody Hurts
36. A Walk in the Woods Bill Bryson
37. Tales from Jabba’s Palace Kevin J. Andersen
39. How to Survive a Horror Movie
40. March Up Country Weber Ringo
41. Mole People
42. Too Far From Home
44. Escape: the Story of the Great Houdini Sid Fleischman
45. When the Emperor was Devine
46. Ananssi Boys Neil Gaiman
48. Deathly Hallows Rowling
49. Hole in My Life Jack Gantos
50. Inca Gold Clive Cussler
51. The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold
52. All I Did was Ask Terry Gross
53. No Reservations Anthony Bourdain
55. 2001 Nights Yukinobu Hoshimo *
56. My Boring Ass Life Kevin Smith
57. Sold Patricia McCormick
58. Stiff Mar Roach
59. The Glorious Cause Jeff Shaara
60. State of Fear Micheal Crighton
61. A Man Called Kev Garth Ennis *