Friday, December 23, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
The day began with a relaxing train ride along the Hudson River courtesy of Amtrak. We arrived at Penn Station around 4:45, checked into our hotel, met up with friends, and grabbed food and drinks at a couple taverns near the Garden. The pre-game couldn't have gone more smoothly -- I knew it was going to be a great night.
I wanted to be sure to catch all of Band of Horses set that started at 7:30, but I was more than disappointed with our sideview, stage right seats (the price you pay for waiting until a month before the show to buy tickets). After hearing Band of Horses' "Cigarettes, Wedding Bands" opener, I was determined to move. So we shimmied over a few sections and grabbed some empty seats so that we could at least see the screen behind Band of Horses (which played a fluttering photo montage of the band on tour and nature). And empty seats were easy to come by. With just a small crowd in the pit and a thousand or so scattered in the seats, the place felt empty and cavernous while BoH was playing. I don't think it's because no one knew who they were, it was simply too early for the New York City crowd. BoH still played like the place was packed to the gills, running through a "greatest hits" setlist, playing songs from all three of their studio albums in a little over an hour, not allowing much room for the intimacy you would expect, even during tender acoustic songs like "For Annabelle". They still sounded great, but I wasn't quite satisfied. But, I guess I can't expect much more; they were there to get the crowd primed for the main event, and lead singer Ben Bridwell was obviously stoked to have that pleasure, saying, "Man, we're so happy to be here in New York City for the last show of our tour. It's been an honor opening up for My Morning Jacket. Those guys are the best. The Jacket's up Next!" (or something like that). I was equally as fortunate to see them at all.
Anyway, here's Band of Horses' setlist:
Cigarettes, Wedding Bands
The Great Salt Lake
Is There a Ghost
The General Specific
The First Song
Islands on the Coast
No One's Gonna Love You
Ode to LRC
Am I A Good Man (I had never heard this one, a really nice surprise. He also brought out flute player/composer Brian Jackson)
By the time My Morning Jacket came on, I was on another planet, or at least in a new seat. We made our way "stealth-like" around the arena so we could get a front facing view of the stage -- and it payed off big time. The sound was infinitely better. The point in opener Victory Dance when the bass kicked in was so loud it made my hair stand up. Same goes for Circuital, when the band kicks in following the acoustic intro riff .. it was like ... holy shit awesome. Then, as few bands can do after hardcore rockers, they brought it back down to earth with the deep and tender It Beats 4 U. First light and I'm Amazed brought the tempo back up steadily, followed by the acoustic favorite Golden, which saw Jim James share the stage with Ben Bridwell - one of the highlights for sure. The rest of the first set was rocking and seemed to get better with each song. I was on cloud nine and didn't want to come down. Thankfully, after a short break, Jim James came back on, wearing his cape -- which is a sure sign of good things to come.
After a beautiful Bermuda Highway with Jim performing solo to open the second set, Wordless Chorus steered off into the dark and mysterious. Day is Coming was a nice choice for a follow up to such an ominous song. Then came a cover of Gil Scott-Heron's "The Bottle" (I had to look this up). I knew Jim and the band were fans of 70's soul/funk jams, and this was a rare treat, complete with the "Uno, Uno, Dos, Tres, Quattro" intro (Jim obviously enjoyed it). It also took full advantage of guest Brian Jackson's flute. Then came the two everyone was waiting for, Holdin' On To Black Metal and One Big Holiday: a live concert experience I'm glad I had a chance to see, and one as good as any these days.
I'll Be Home For Christmas with the Band of Horses fellas was a nice nightcap to a special evening.
Beats 4 U
Wonderful (w/ Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses)
Outta My System
Dancefloors (with horn section)
Dondante (guest playing flute and keyboards; extended Carl sax)
Smokin' from Shootin'
RunThru into Touch Me I'm Going to Scream Pt. II
Off The Record
Extended Jam of Gideon closing first set
Bermuda Highway to start the encore - Jim solo
Day is Coming
Cover - The Bottle (1974, Brian Jackson and Gill Scott-Heron, composers; Brian Jackson on flute)
BLACK METAL with horns!
One Big Holiday
I'll Be Home For Christmas (with all of Band of Horses)
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
As far as technique is concerned, the boys have some work; and Justin - please keep your shirt on. In all seriousness, though: above all pills, diets or remedies that claim to make you "feel better", exercise works every time.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
I was lucky to see them live in 2010 at the now defunct Revolution Hall, in Troy. Since then, they haven't come within stone's throw of the upstate NY region. Damn it, Dog! Looking foward the album, which is sure to be full of the Beatles-esque arrangements and riff-heavy tunes that have made Dr. Dog one of my favs.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
1. Lonely Boy
2. Dead and Gone
3. Gold on the Ceiling
4. Little Black Submarines
5. Money Maker
6. Run Right Back
8. Hell of a Season
9. Stop Stop
10. Nova Baby
11. Mind Eraser
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Chris Cornell - http://www.theegg.org/events/981 (After party: Red Square)
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
How it is that I got more days in skiing 10 years ago, with no job, than I do today is beyond me. Lift ticket prices are out-of-control and it's hard to justify buying a $1,000+ season's pass when you have bills to pay. So I had the idea of buying a randonee setup to take advantage of the Adirondack slides and avoid pricey lift tickets at resorts. Well, that isn't quite panning out either. After doing some research, I've found the cost of randonee gear -- freeride skis, lightweight boots, touring bindings and skins (which alone are $175) -- is just as pricey, if not pricier, than traditional alpine gear - as this article in Outside details. I guess I'll have to suck up the price of tickets, get at the back of the lift line and settle for another stellar five-day season.
I'll still manage to get psyched up to ski though. This video helps!
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Fruit Bats cover "The Other Woman" by Loretta Lynn
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Check out more of his work here.
Monday, October 3, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Ray LaMontagne (4:45 today)
Stevie Wonder (8-10 on Saturday)
Fleet Foxes (6:30-7:30 on Sunday)
Arcade Fire!! (8:30-10 on Sunday)
And, of course, My Morning Jacket (Saturday, also at 8) ...
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Phish Vermont Flood Benefit Show: Wednesday (tomorrow!) Sept. 14 live from Essex Junction, Vt.:
When Phish plays in Vermont, it's naturally a big deal. While none of the band members are natives of Vermont, they formed at UVM in '83 and have since become synonymous with the Green Mountain State. They also have a history of giving back to places near and dear to them, and back a couple of foundations, Mockingbird Foundation and Waterwheel Foundation.
Click here to order the webcast for $20 and test your audio/video capabilities.
Wilco, Live on Letterman: 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21:
Stream Wilco live on Letterman's stage in New York City. Likely debuting some new tunes off their upcoming album, The Whole Love, and hopefully playing some staples #jesusect #iamtryingtobreakyourheart
Click here to watch the webcast free next Wednesday.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Gotta love Arcade Fire's approach to "alerting the media" about progress on their most recent album, Suburbs. Good-old-fashioned paper correspondence (the stamp is a great touch).
Here's to hoping the United States Postal Service is able to adapt to the reality of online bill paying, email and the like.
I used to write,
I used to write letters I used to sign my name
I used to sleep at night
Before the flashing lights settled deep in my brain
But by the time we met
By the time we met the times had already changed
So I never wrote a letter
I never took my true heart I never wrote it down
So when the lights cut out
I was left standing in the wilderness downtown
Now our lives are changing fast
Hope that something pure can last
- "We Used To Wait" by Arcade Fire
Friday, September 2, 2011
The headliners this year are:
G-Love and the Special Sauce
Should be a good time if you haven't made plans that weekend and want to wook out at a festie.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
I had to share this new social gaming app I stumbled on. Following in the footsteps of Foursquare and Facebook Places, Vail Resorts introduced the Epic Pass.
With Epic Pass, Vail Resorts (including Vail, Keystone, Breck, Heavenly, Beaver Creek) enables skiers and riders to track their activity on the mountain and gain points and badges for number of days skied, runs in a day, being first on the mountain and more -- all tracked by a microchip inside the pass itself (you don't even need a mobile phone or GPS because the pass does the work for you). Then, you can share your accomplishments with other Epic passholders on Facebook (and iPad/iPhone via the Epic Pass app). Too bad I don't live near Vail, or else I'd jump on the Epic Pass (Shaun White's in, dog!). Especially for a mere $650! Not bad ...
I never pictured the day when social media and the outdoors would coexist. But it may be upon us.
I wonder if you get points for being first in the bar at the end of the day?
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
However, when I got to the public meeting, held in a school gymnasium packed with local residents and local politicians (including a state congresswoman), I expected to find townsfolk reeling with excitment. Instead, I found many were in opposition. The big box store, they said, would put smaller businesses like the family-owned Aubuchon Hardware out of business and spoil the nature of their Adirondack town.
The Lowes was approved, and a 120,000 square-foot box was erected - nearly infringing on a fragile wetland (The sign looked Adirondack-y!). But it never met its targets over the years and was among a few others in the country to abruptly announce it will be closing.
Aubuchon Hardware, on the verge of being choked out by Lowes, was suddenly given new life. This article was one of the more fullfilling I've red in recent memory. A real David vs. Goliath sucess story.
Still, that mega-box will have to be filled. A Bass Pro Shops has the popular vote.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Photo by Joe Alper, 1962.
Saratoga Springs, NY: Home of the Saratoga Race Course, Hatties Chicken and the historic Cafe Lena -- the coffeehouse that hosted some of the earliest performances by Bob Dylan and Arlo Guthrie, and was reportedly the place where Don McLean wrote "American Pie" -- was recently listed at No. 75 on Money Magazine's list of Top 100 Places To Live.
But the people have spoken, and in the past few days, Saratoga has risen 72 spots on the list to No. 3 on the fan favorite poll. Take that Money!
Click here to vote for Saratoga and help get it to No. 1 on the list.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
BoH sent this email to me today:
Hey there Friends Of BoH!
We're thrilled by all the support you're showing us, and have been working behind the scenes to do everything we can to come see you. Unfortunately, we won't be able to hit up all of the places we'd planned on visiting with Kings of Leon. BUT!!! We're happy to announce that we're going to play SOME SHOWS!!! Details are below. We are working on adding more, and will have another update very soon.
We would like to thank Kings Of Leon for the opportunity to play the shows we did, and wish them all the best.
The band have asked their fans to help them pick the setlist for each show. Check the BOH facebook page for details. Here are the new club dates:
Friday, August 5th - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
Tickets ON SALE NOW here: BUY NOW
Tuesday, August 9th - Philadelphia, PA - Theater of the Living Arts
Tickets ON SALE NOW here: BUY NOW
Wednesday, August 10th - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
Tickets on sale Friday, August 5th at NOON EST here: BUY LINK
Well played, BoH. Now, let's hope you're "working" on lining up a gig upstate NY.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Ever wondered what's behind the iconic Marina City towers in Chicago, used for the cover image on Wilco's 2002 album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot?
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
We are so sorry to say Kings of Leon are canceling their entire US tour due to Caleb Followill suffering from vocal issues and exhaustion. The band is devastated, but in order to give their fans the shows they deserve, they need to take this break. Unfortunately, the US dates cannot be rescheduled due to the band's international tour schedule. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase. Tickets purchased online or via phones will be automatically refunded. The band will resume touring in Canada at the Rogers Center in Vancouver, BC, on September 28th. That show was originally schedule for September 14th.
Friday, July 29, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
I've been listening to The Errant Charm for a few weeks now. You need to be in the right state of mind to really get into it, but it's a great album with awesome musicians nonetheless.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
The track listing for Death By Stereo hasn't been released yet, but I suspect recent live staples like "Conduit", "Booth Love", "Nipple Trix", "Puppet Strings," and lead singer/guitarist Brendan Bayliss' acoustic number, "Susanah", will make the cut. Though, they could surprise with a mess of new material that we don't even know about, and that's exciting.
After a four-night stint at the Brooklyn Bowl from Sept. 6 - 9, Umphreys will hit other perennial stops on the east coast such as the Higher Ground in Burlinton, Vt., and the Calvin Theater, in Northampton, Mass. Click here to see all their fall dates.
Umphrey's camp says:
"We are pretty jazzed about this one - we think you will be too."
Monday, July 11, 2011
I'm super excited to learn, not only about the fest, but also about some of the headliners:
TRUCK America will be held at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY, and early bird tickets are on sale for $99.
TRUCK America is in its infancy and I can't wait to be a part of what is sure to become a big deal (and probably move to NYC or something).
See you there
Sep 11 TRUCK America Festival, Big Indian, NY (See you there!)
Sep 12 Middle East, Cambridge, MA
Sep 13 Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
Sep 14 First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA
- Thanks ; )
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Here I am, four years later and, after having spent three years at a newspaper writing community news and doing page layout, I find myself in a marketing position with a paper company that markets many of its paper lines primarily to graphic designers.
I've learned more about graphic design (best practices, pre-press, paper selection, ect.) in the past seven months than I could have ever dreamed of learning in a classroom. Not to mention learning how to coordinate a world-class marketing campaign. Better yet, this weekend I'm off to Chicago, where I'll be in the thick of things at the HOW Design Live Conference: a mecca for graphic designers and industry experts. I'll be sitting in on sessions with some of the best graphic designers and typographers in the world.
Who woulda thought, little old me, at the HOW Conference?
As fate may have it.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
After a good stretch without seeing any live shows, I definately got my fix this weekend.
It started Friday night with Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Ray and the dogs played through 2010's God Willing and the Creek Don't Rise and other Ray staples (Trouble, Shelter, Jolene ..). A stand-out highlight of the night was a gritty, freewheelin' version of Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried" that saw Ray accompanied by the Secret Sisters. Ray sounded better than advertised, especially from front-row Orchestra. He is no-doubt one of today's premiere performers and I've been lucky enough to catch him twice now, with the other being at a festival, so this was a whole new experience -- and a great one at that.
Early to wake and I was off to Mountain Jam in Hunter, NY. My fourth year in a row and it was a dandy. Highlights from Saturday and Sunday: DAWES! Dawes made a name for themselves among the some 5,000 that caught their Sunday afternoon set. While I had been listening to When My Time Comes, Western Skyline and a couple other songs by them, they delivered way more than I was expecting. I will be buying their albums, including their new one, Nothing Is Wrong (release tomorrow). Ryan Montbleau, Edward Sharpe and Grace Potter also delivered great sets (I got to hang out with Ryan Montbleau and chat during Avett Brothers' less-than-desired set) and My Morning Jacket capped things off with a strong showing that showcased everything off Circuital and many of their staple favorites (see setlist above). As I assumed they would, Preservation Hall joined them late in their set. Still, it didn't reach the height of my first MMJ show I caught in Essex Junction. Some shows just can't be matched.
Here's to live music and being fortunate enough to get to see the bands that inspire me with the people that mean the most ; )
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Track listing for Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Listen on ...
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
1. Reuters reported yesterday that online news consumption surpassed newspapers for the first time, attributing the milestone mostly to new technologies such as the iPad and other mobile devices.
2. One thought I hadn't given to things like e-readers is how they will affect the public library system, like this NY Times story details.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
According to the site, "The first five downloads will be live songs taken from each of their shows at New York’s Terminal 5 this past October. Scroll over the poster artwork below for the download dates.On April 12th, the countdown ends with a new song from Circuital."
Give your email to receive all the music as it's revealed.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
"Vetiver are currently in the studio with Thom Monahan putting the finishing touches on their next album. Recorded in Los Angeles (Melva), Hoboken (Water Music), and Sacramento (The Hangar), Vetiver's fifth album should be out by summer on Sub Pop and Bella Union.
Soon we'll be hitting the road again, playing select cities en route to SXSW. Dates and venues are up on the site.
Andy also has a solo show in February with friends Eric Johnson (Fruit Bats) and Richard Swift, part of a series to benefit the Buckman Arts Focus Elementary in Portland. Info is up here.
(From 24/01/11 @ 3:28 PM) "
Friday, February 18, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
A true crouching tiger, hidden dragon move by Radiohead to announce their album a week before it's released (and then sneak it out a day earlier than the press was anticipating), but I'm all for it! This First-Listen, album preview nonsense takes all the excitement out of holding a new album in my hand and tearing it open when I get into my car -- love it or hate it. I would say that was the reason why I haven't gone out and bought the new Decemberist and Iron & Wine albums (although they are good).
More good news for your Tuesday:
This, on the Fruit Bats blog:
"Just starting work on the latest album, expect new Fruit Bats jams sometime this year! Also, I've composed the score to a couple of movies this year. The first of those is called Ceremony (in theaters April 8th!), directed by my buddy Max Winkler. You can check out the preview here - we even used an old Fruit Bats chestnut for the trailer as you'll hear! More to come very soon, friends... Much love, EDJ"
Check out said trailer for "Ceremony" here.