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10
May
11

Day 4: Boot Stomping in London

So this morning we decided to head over to Knightsbridge to check out Harrods. It really is like a huge huge Macy’s. Neither of us purchased anything and we had hours to kill before the Mumford & Sons gig, so we went across the street to this restaurant where we sat outside and had tea, scones, clotted cream and jelly. Absolutely delicious. Must find a way to get this again when I’m back home.

And here’s Meg, drinking her coke and eating scones, while I had the tea 🙂

Anyway, after some hours of sitting and talking we got on the tube to Wimbeldon, to the New Wimbeldon Theatre to see Mumford & Sons. Matthew & the Atlas opened for them. I would have loved to see more banter from Matthew & the Atlas, but I did enjoy his voice, very unique. I will be sure to listen to more of their stuff. The venue was gorgeous too…

Meg and I tried to stand on the side near the railing but the usher sent us back to our seats immediately when the show began.
Anyway…. After some preliminary announcements and hoopla, it was time…. 1st person to come out:

Then….

Then….

And finally…

The crowd was energetic and eager to participate. Everyone stood up. Everyone clapped. Everyone danced. Everyone cheered. Old and young alike.., it was pretty spectacular. But when a moment of silence was asked for, this happened, and it was lovely:

Meg and I looked at each other like “OMG.” It was so silent you could hear a pin drop, I was very impressed that the silence lasted the entire song.

They also played another one of my favorites:

I love a multi talented man! Seeing Marcus on drums is invigorating, I was again… Impressed.

Overall I thought it was one of the best gigs I’ve been to in recent history. Winnie humped his banjo as usual, Ben smiled the entire time and whipped his hair back and forth, Ted was Ted, and Marcus left his heart and soul out onstage. It was inspiring and possibly one of the best nights of my life. Can’t wait to see them again.

Tomorrow would have been Paris, but since someone at the Eurostar website is smoking crack and trying to charge £400 roundtrip, Paris will have to wait. At least until I make my millions or the sugar daddy comes along, whichever is 1st.

So, more days in London, which I’m not sad about. Maybe some art… Maybe some sightseeing, maybe some more beer? Ok definitely more beer. Lol.

Til then,
-L

26
Dec
09

My Top Albums of 2009

Of course, this is in my opinion.. 🙂 And by top albums of 2009, I mean the top albums I’ve listened to and have dominated my itunes/ipod. They don’t necessarily need to have come out in 2009. So let’s get started!! I really tried to narrow it down to 10, but it was virtually impossible. So, in no particular order…

  • The Foreign Exchange – Leave It All Behind
    When this album came out, I can’t even remember what else I was listening to, but I know I loved this one as soon as it came out. Guest appearances from Darien Brockington and Phonte made it all the more worth while. Favorites: “Daykeeper”, “House of Cards”
    Foreign Exchange - Leave it All Behind
  • Radiohead – In Rainbows
    I remember when this one came out, I didn’t pay it much attention as I wasn’t a huge Radiohead fan. I know, blasphemy. But I listened to this one and it instantly drew me in with Thom Yorke’s sometimes mumbling incoherent lyrics and the haunting melodies. Always one of my favorites to listen to on a crowded subway ride. Favorites:  “All I Need”, “House of Cards” “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi”
    Radiohead - In Rainbows
  • The Fray – The Fray
    I’m not even sure how I stumbled onto this band. I think it must have been someone on Twitter who blipped a song or something, but nevertheless I became obsessed with them after a short while. Favorites: “Vienna”, “How To Save A Life” “Hundred”
  • Ray Lamontagne – Gossip in the Grain
    1st time I came across was in a romantic comedy with Katherine Heigl called “27 Dresses”. A song called “Be Here Now” was included in the film, and I set out to find out who the hell was that man singing with a voice like raspy silk?? I had to find out, and that’s when I fell under his spell. Favorites: “Sarah”, “A Falling Through”, “I Still Care For You” “Winter Birds”
  • MUTEMATH – Armistice
    This band has been my favorite for a while and I was anticipating this album for so very long. Of course they did not disappoint. While the frantic drumming and complex rhythms remained, there were new sounds such as violin and trumpets included. Adding another layer of genius onto an already genius band. Favorites: “Lost Year”, “Burden”, “Odds”, “No Response”, “Pins and Needles”
  • Mayer Hawthorne – A Strange Arrangement
    Perhaps the most soulful and refreshing album released in 2009, Mayer Hawthorne came out of nowhere for me. I was thoroughly surprised to hear what I heard after seeing major musicians like Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys and John Mayer all say how impressed they were by this. Curiosity got the best of me, and I bought the album on iTunes. So glad I did. Favorites: “The Ills”, “Green Eyed Love”, “I Wish That It Would Rain”
  • Kings of Leon – Only By The Night
    Once again, I stumbled upon a song called “Cold Desert” online that I fell in love with immediately. Before then I had no idea who KOL was or heard any of their music. Then I heard “Sex on Fire” and I knew this band was worthy of me giving it a deeper listen. The whole album was great, IMO, so then I listened to all their old stuff and I’ve been hooked ever since. Favorites: “Cold Desert”, “Sex on Fire”, “Use Somebody”, “Notion”
  • John Mayer – Battle Studies
    Ok, I admit when I heard the 1st single “Who Says” I had very low hopes for this album. It was lackluster, boring and so unlike John. I thought it was an all out lazy song, and I was so pissed because I knew he was better than that. Then I heard the snippets of the album, and one song called out to me right away called “Edge of Desire.” That song alone compelled me to purchase the whole thing and I was so glad I did because it’s become one of my favorite albums this year. Such an easy listen all around. Time can only tell if he will ever surpass the genius of “Continuum”, but this album is brilliant in its own right. Favorites: “Edge of Desire”, “Assassin”, “Heartbreak Warfare”, “War of My Life”
  • Black Milk – Tronic
    Yet another talented artist from Detroit, Michigan. I remember when I first heard this, I had to put all my other albums on the back burner,lol. It’s just hip hop done extremely fucking well. That’s all I can say about this. If you haven’t listened to this and you call yourself a hip hop fan, you’re a damn liar. Favorites: “Give The Drummer Sum”, “Losing Out”, “The Matrix”, “Long Story Short”, “Bounce”
  • Marcus Foster – Marcus Foster
    So, I’m not sure if he classifies this as an extremely long EP, or an unofficial album.. but it says EP on the cover… hmm. I dunno. There are 11 songs total on this, but it was only sold at his shows while he toured. A shorter, 6 song version was sold on iTunes. Lucky for me, I got the long one and I find myself coming back to this over and over again. Beautiful melodies, excellent songwriting. Just pure music. Pure as it can possibly get and that’s why this is a brilliant album. Sometimes something so simple can be so perfect, and there’s nothing about this I would change. Congratulations Marcus. The only artist to make me shed a tear this year,lol. Favorites: “Tumble Down”, “In Your Head”, “Movement”, “Circle In The Square”, “Make It Easy”
  • Coldplay – Prospekt’s March
    Being the complete Coldplay fan I am, I was always searching for unreleased music of theirs online, because they are the type of band to have all that kind of stuff floating out there, you just have to dig around a bit to find it. I found out about this one in my internet travels, and was so excited about it. While there were a few reworked versions of a few of my faves on “Viva La Vida” , there were a few new tunes added into the mix. A lovely little compliment for the full length album. Favorites: “Glass of Water”, “Prospekt’s March”, “Rainy Day”
  • Maxwell – BLACKsummers’night
    Last time I fell for Maxwell and his damn crooning ass voice, I was shelling out $180 dollars for tickets to see him at Jones Beach and I didn’t think twice about it. Maxwell is one of those artists that I would blindly buy anything they put out because I know it’s gonna be damn good. And this album was good! If I had a boyfriend at the time, no one would ever see me because I’d be having tons of sex to this album. It’s one of those albums. Unluckily for me I’m single, so all I could do was save up ideas of what I will be doing to whomever takes that boyfriend spot next. He’ll be back next year with the second installment, and I can’t wait. Favorites: “Cold”, “Pretty Wings” “Bad Habits” “Fisful of Tears” “Stop The World”
  • D’Angelo – Voodoo
    I’m not sure what possessed me to pull out a nearly 10 year old album and have it become one of my 2009 faves, but I suppose it’s just a testament to how talented he is and how timeless this album is. I still have faith that one day D’Angelo will be back out again, giving us another album that will go over everyone’s head who isn’t ready for his type of genius yet. I can only hope… Favorites: “The Root”, “Untitled”, “Spanish Joint”, “One Mo’ Gin”
  • As Tall As Lions – As Tall As Lions
    I admit I had no idea who this band was until I looked them up. I saw they were opening for MUTEMATH, and I wanted to at least listen to them and decide if I liked them before I had to endure their opening set. So glad I did, because this band gave me one of the most touching songs of 2009. A tiny acoustic song called “Kicking Myself” found its way into my heart and buried itself there. How convenient that song came along at the exact time I could relate to it so perfectly. And oh no, they aren’t all about heartfelt ballads. These guys can rock out like nobody’s business. The lead singer has one of the best voices I’ve heard all year. Damn near perfection, really. Favorites: “Kicking Myself”, “Ghosts of York”, “Stab City”
  • MUTEMATH – MUTEMATH
    I think I can honestly say this album has been in my favorites for almost 2 years straight now. It never gets old to me. I really can’t say a bad word about this album at all to be honest, it’s pretty muct spot on perfect, LOL. Favorites: “Noticed”, “Stall Out”, “Picture”, “Typical”, “You Are Mine”

And that’s all folks. Why don’t you tell me a few of your favorites. I’m always interested in adding more to the bunch 🙂








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