Many moons ago, atop one of seven mountains surrounding a picturesque Norwegian countryside, two scruffy-faced individuals-Fredrik Saroea and the man known simply as Ket-Ill-made a pact to alter the face of contemporary music as we know it by single-handily transforming themselves into what they called the peak of pop evolution.
Saturday, June 30, 2007
From The Line of the Best Fit:
"Earlier this month, Band of Horses finally made it over to the UK for a
whistlestop tour. Rich Thane caught up with frontman Ben Bridwell to find out
what the band have been upto since the release of last years outstanding debut Everything All The Time, and how they’ve found playing to a UK audience for the first time. "
Friday, June 29, 2007
09/13 Tampa, FL - St. Petersburg Times Forum
09/15 Atlanta, GA - Gwinnett Civic Center
09/17 Charlotte, NC - Charlotte Bobcats Arena
09/19 Washington, DC - Patriot Center
09/21 Philadelphia, PA - Wachovia Spectrum
09/23 New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
09/25 Boston, MA - Agganis Arena
09/26 Montreal, Quebec - Bell Center
09/27 Toronto, Ontario - Air Canada Centre
09/29 Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena
10/02 Denver, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheater
10/04 Salt Lake City, UT - E Center
10/06 Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheater (Download Festival)
10/08 Seattle, WA - Key Arena
10/09 Vancouver, British Columbia - General Motors Place
10/11 Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
10/13 San Diego, CA - Cox Arena
10/14 Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl
10/16 Houston, TX - Toyota Center
10/17 Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Alright - I promise these will be the last posts on The National for awhile. I saw this 3-part series and thought it was pretty cool. Hopefully, you do to0. If nothing else, you'll defintitely see these guys (especially lead singer, Matt Berninger) give it their all.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
- 4pm - RHCP, Live in Milan
- 5pm - VH1 Storytellers: Pearl Jam
- 6pm - VH1 Storytellers: Dave Matthews Band
- 7pm - VH1 Storytellers: Coldplay
- 8pm - VH1 Storytellers: Bruce Springsteen
- 9pm - Isle of Wight Festival: The Who/David Bowie
- 10pm - Isle of Wight Festival: Snow Patrol/Jet
- Monday - Morrissey
- Tuesday - Bryan Ferry
- Thursday - Velvet Revolver
- Monday - The Apples in Stereo
- Tuesday - Explosions in the Sky
- Wednesday - Jonny Lives!
- Monday - Jet
- Tuesday - The Format
- Wednesday - Teddybears
- Thursday - Midnight Movies
- Friday - The Nightwatchman (Tom Morello's solo project)
Friday, June 22, 2007
- Arcade Fire and LCD Soundsystem apparently will be touring together this fall (credit to Product Shop NYC). Only a Red Rocks date (Sept 17) has been announced, but expect more to follow. I don't know what it is, but I just can't get into Arcade Fire. I know I'm one of the few, and I'm sure I'll take some heat for making that statement - but, so be it.
- The White Stripes played a "secret" show in LA for which fans, according to An Aquarium Drunkard, sat out for 4 DAYS! Are you kidding me? If people in LA don't have anything better to do for 4 days than sit out and wait for a concert, I'm moving there ASAP. Also, whoever was in charge of keeping the concert of a secret did a pretty shitty job and should probably be fired.
- Stream the new Beastie Boys album The Mix Up (June 26) through Brooklyn Vegan. This bad boy is all instrumental.
- Interpol videos from their new album, Our Love to Admire (July 10) from ultra8201 here.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
I decided to drive to the 9:30 Club instead of hopping on the Ghetro mainly because of The National wasn’t scheduled to come on until 10:15. I didn’t want to have a repeat performance of when I saw them at the Black Cat in October and have to leave early in the set to catch the last train. This turned out to be a great idea – not a lot of traffic and a nice, cool breeze made for a pleasant ride. It also gave me a chance to give the new QOTSA album an honest listen and I’m digging it.
I went to the sold-out show without a ticket. No, I didn’t tell anyone that I didn’t have a ticket for a few reasons: 1) I had a good feeling that I’d be able to buy a ticket from someone there, and 2) I didn’t want to jinx myself. After about 15 minutes of standing out front of the 9:30 Club, a lady offered up an extra ticket for face value. With my cat-like reflexes, I snagged it up before anyone else knew what happened. Thank you blonde bombshell for being my damsel in distress… but sorry, I’m taken.
The show was absolutely incredible. Setlist? Sorry, but I have no idea. They opened up with “Start a War” and didn’t look back from there. I read in a blog recently (sorry, I can’t remember which one) that “they just get it.” And that they do - in a major way. I don't think a lot of people knew exactly what to expect, but The National gave their all and by the end of the night everyone was grateful for having experienced it. Don’t believe me? Check the concert out for yourself on NPR here. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.
As for the Boxer vs. Alligator debate between me and Lilbabyjesus… you win. I’m a changed man (still an ass-man though).
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Now in those first 20 minutes, I was also treated to a number of commercials for other new reality shows. I'm embarrassed to even mention some of these:
Inturn - I didn't know they were looking for the next soap opera star.
The Real Wedding Crashers - If you're thinking, "there's no way that this can be as funny as the movie," you couldn't be more right.
The Next Big Thing - to do what, join the circus??
and my personal favorite, Pirate Master - Why are pirates so funny? Because they arrrr! (I just lured you into that joke, and you didn't even see it coming)
Tonight at 6pm EST the White Stripes will be treating us to a live webcast. I haven't picked up a copy of Icky Thump yet, but I'm sure this light a fire under the rump shaker. They're currently boasting overall solid reviews on metacritic.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
This will be my second time seeing them - the first being last October at the Black Cat in which I scored a free ticket from a generous passerby. The show is sold out, so this should be interesting (you know, with me not liking people and all).
In any event, the Sundance Channel is providing our ears and eyes with a Wilco/Jeff Tweedy two-fer this Wednesday (tomorrow):
10pm - Jeff Tweedy: Sunken Treasure Live in the Pacific Northwest
Filmed over five nights, this live concert film, directed by Christoph Green and Brendan Canty, captures Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy in solo concerts held in theaters, ballrooms and college auditoriums from Seattle to San Francisco during the winter of 2006. One of the modern masters of the acoustic guitar, Tweedy performs more than 20 songs, including "How to Fight Loneliness," "In a Future Age," and "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart."
11:30pm - I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
In an ironic confluence of timing, just as Chicago's alternative country rock band Wilco completed what would be their breakthrough album, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot," their label, Reprise, chose to drop them. Fortunately for anyone with a vicarious interest in the commercial music world, photographer and filmmaker Sam Jones was at work on this revealing documentary when Reprise made its decision. The twists and turns of fate that follow make this tale of art, commerce, clashing creative personalities and rock success a "rare gem." - Chicago Tribune.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
From the Live from Abbey Road website:
"Artists will perform inside a studio environment, without a television presenter or a public audience. Each artist will perform 3 tracks, which will be interspersed with intimate interviews.
Live from Abbey Road will be a 12-part season and each week it will showcase an hour of the world's greatest musicians."
Dave Matthews, David Gilmore, Gnarls Barkley, John Mayer, Massive Attack, Muse, Ray LaMontagne, RHCP, Snow Patrol, The Good The Bad & The Queen and The Killers are just some of the musicians that were enlisted to take part in this series.
The premier kicks it off with Richard Ashcroft (anyone want to take bets on if he'll dust off "Bitter Sweet Symphony" for this one), John Mayer and Norah Jones.
Today's schedule (all times are CST)
12:30 PM - Robert Glasper Trio
01:00 PM - John Butler Trio
02:00 PM - The Flaming Lips
03:00 PM - Bob Weir & Ratdog
04:30 PM - Wolfmother
05:30 PM - Wilco
07:15 PM - The White Stripes
08:45 PM - Widespread Panic
So what's my purpose you ask? I'm not looking to change the world - yeah, it would be cool if I could, but I honestly doubt that I'll be delving into that deep of issues. I joke around that the world wants to hear what I have to say... now I guess it's time to put up or shut up.
Seriously though, I’m not really sure why I'm doing it. For some reason, I think I’m in a “I want to express my feelings” phase. Which is weird because I rarely express my feeling (probably because I do a terrible job of expressing them). So why blog instead of talk to people about it? Easy, because I don't have many friends.
I’m not really sure how long this phase of my life is going to last. It may be 2 weeks, 2 months or 2 years. Don’t worry though, you’ll know when the phase is done because I stop posting. So until then, sit back, relax and enjoy.
Here I am blogoshere! Be gentle.