Posts Tagged ‘live music

11
May
11

Day 6: Farms and Facepaint in London

Today. Such a conglomeration of happenstance. I don’t even know how or why it came together, but it did.

A simple tweet alerting us of a Marcus Foster performance, a few more tweets later we got confirmation of where and when. Then… Walk the Moon was already on the agenda. Was turning out to be quite the day, lemme tell ya.

First, we lounged around til about 3 and then finally got up and headed to Hoxton. The farm was in the area, so we decided to grab some food nearby. We ran into this small little cafe, which coincidentally is a recording studio. There were pics of artists up on the walls to prove the point. Meghan and I both got the eggs florentine, and for the first time eating that, it was super delicious! Then we sat talking for hours and finally ended our brunch with some slices of chocolate cake, in honor of Meghan’s birthday of course.

Strolling a little bit down the way, we managed the find the farm where Marcus and Chris were to perform. Just one problem…. It was invite only. *cue horror music*

Meghan explained how Chris said we could come down, and they finally let us in, thank goodness. It wasn’t packed at first, but it did quickly fill up eventually. Free booze, and free food nonetheless, lol. We relaxed and enjoyed the atmosphere and appetizers until it was time for Marcus to sing.

We made our way into the little barn like area, and lo and behold…. A cozy couch for us to sit on and watch. Odd thing is, the total number of people that actually came into the barn to watch the show was only 12. 12 people! So odd. I guess the wanted their free booze more than a gig… More for us then, because it was like a private party! Woo!

They did only 5 songs, but hey, after 2 years, that was more than enough to make it worth my while.

  1. I Don’t Mind
  2. Shadows of the City
  3. Don’t Need to Lose You To Know
  4. Tumble Down
  5. Kiss is a Knife

I recorded 2 of the 5, but the files are too large to upload now. Will have to do it when I get back home 🙂

Those guys certainly make a great team, and so happy to see Chris playing a cajon! Thats an instrument that needs way more love.

After the show, Meg and I chatted with them a bit, but we had to be on our merry way to see Walk The Moon!

Finally making it to the venue, there was about and hours wait until the got on. I had to partake in some facepaint. Sadly it was so hot in there, Meg declined… Maybe next time?

Finally the boys got on! The crowd is nowhere near as energetic as the last time I saw WTM in Brooklyn, but still a fun time. My favorites are Quesadilla,I Can Lift A Car and Anna Sun, of course.

Kevin Jones and Ben Lovett even showed up to the gig. I wonder if Ben already knew about them from Communion NY or if they are gaining a following in London… Ah well.

Afterward, Meg talked to Kevin, and mentioned Bushstock, and the exclamation of remorse for it getting rescheduled was instant, lol. Considering everything that has happened in place of it, I am not mad about anything at this point!

So now, sitting here in my facepaint, blogging. With the feeling that I don’t wanna wash it off, lol.

What a day.

Who the hell knows what tomorrow will bring.

Til then,
– L

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10
May
11

Day 5: Derp Derp in London

Ok so this morning, we totally overslept. I’m talking after 12pm. Meghan still had leftovers from the Thai we ate the previous night, but I didn’t, so I decided to walk down to the fish and chip shop in town. I got the cod and chips, and by the power of magic he produced this, sprinkled with sea salt and malt vinegar in like 2 seconds. Hot, crispy, delicious. Then I headed over to Tesco to get some water and some more snacks! This time I got different bags of crisps: Wotsits, Doritos, and Thai Sweet Chili. Haven’t tried them yet, but I will let you all know how it goes.

Back at the pad, stuffing the fish and chips in my mouth, or at least as much of it that could fit comfortable, perusing Twitter, we found out that Walk the Moon have two more shows in London, today and tomorrow. Without nothing else on our agenda, we decided to check out today’s show in Kings Cross.but beforehand, we decided to catch a movie at Leicester Square.

We saw Water for Elephants! Ha! No, i kid. Really, we saw Limitless… A movie I’ve wanted to see forever now, but just now getting around to it. First off, what’s all this sweet popcorn business? Who knew that was so popular? Secondly, I ordered salty popcorn. I get the popcorn and I peer around the theater looking for it in earnest….

WHERE IS THE BUTTER FOR CRYING OUT LOUD.

Do you all not believe in buttered popcorn? Wait, that’s blasphemy… But seriously,how can you Londoners eat dry ass popcorn? I was so baffled by this.

So toting my dry ass popcorn and slushie, we made our way into the theater. You could easily tell we were the only Americans in the place for the simple fact that Meghan and I totally laughed at the American humor on the previews. Mind you her laugh can alert the masses anyway (read: loud).

The movie in itself was good! Very good actually. I wish something like that existed in real life… Even though it might kill me, it’s worth it, lol.

After the movie, we headed to Kings Cross, but we were both famished, so decided to stop at the little pub before heading to the venue.

Here’s what happened. We get there at 7:30, there are supposed to be 2 opening bands, so we took our time and ate slowly. At 9pm we walk (ACROSS THE STREET) to the venue, and guess what… We see them packing up the van. WE MISSED THE ENTIRE GIG! I could have spat fire I was so disgruntled,lol. We chatted up some folks outside just to make sure we really botched this terribly, and yes, indeed we did miss the show because we were eating across the street.

DERP DERP.

So instead of new pics of Walk the Moon, I’ll just insert these pics from the last time I saw them, so you guys can just squint really hard and pretend they were taken in a London pub.

Thankfully there is another gig tomorrow, and we will not miss it. I will not leave London without a painted face.

Plus, tomorrow is Meghan’s birthday 🙂 Victory shall be ours!

Til tomorrow,
-L

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

25
Apr
11

Visions of JellyBabies…

Ohhhh k. So here’s the first blog entry from the iPad. Takes some getting used to, but I’ll get the hang of it soon enough.

London. The final frontier. Not really, just wanted to say that,ha! I made a decision to chronicle my time there, Paris and Brighton so that I will never forget it. I think you could consider this a milestone. My first time out of the US, my shiny new passport just begging for a stamp. I’m beyond excited! Looking forward to all the new sights, sounds, smells and accents to bombard my senses. Haha.

While I’m testing this app out, might as well test this photo feature too….

If that’s any indication, Sofarsounds is on the agenda while I’m away as well. Cannot wait to see the talent across the pond.

Well I guess that’s all for now… Next post soon!

L

20
Nov
09

Joshua Radin?? Is That You??

Was the man I saw last night really Joshua Radin?? I was expecting a weak-voiced, whispering singer. But what I got was a man who filled the room with his voice without the aid of a mic, and has some hard rocking tunes under his belt as well. Webster Hall was lit on fire last night by the man I least expected to do it. The crowd was as loud as a stadium show for this man, and I completely understand why.

If you don’t know who Joshua Radin is, you should get yourself well acquainted with him. He’s going to be super famous, you mark my words. Such a talented songwriter and dynamic performer. He sings with such feeling and emotion. He admits, a lot of his songs are inspired by loves won and loves lost, so you can see and feel the emotion he puts into them while singing. Yes, he moved me to tears at one point during a song called “No Envy, No Fear”. He says he wrote the song after living in LA for 4 years, and how the singer/songwriters there at a local bar accepted him as one of their own.

He’s also got quite the mouth on him.. motor mouth that is. He had these long gaps of banter. Now, being a John Mayer fan, I’m already a huge fan of banter and Joshua’s banter did not disappoint. He was engaging, funny and adorable. I enjoyed every talking section just as much as every song. He made sure it didn’t just feel like he was singing to us. He wanted us to know the reasons behind every song and get a glimpse at who he really is as a person. I definitely appreciated that about him.

At one point he jumped down from the stage and proceeded to sing a Bob Dylan song, without the help of any mics or amplifiers of any sort. And I must say you could hear him completely.

Overall.. completely impressed with Joshua Radin. He blew me away. Not only because his songs were painfully gorgeous, but because I wasn’t expecting him to sing so powerfully while still maintaining that ethereal beauty of the songs. I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing him again very soon. I also said I would want him to sing at my wedding if I could afford it. He did a song called “Today” that was amazingly gorgeous and coincidentally it was also the same song he sang at Ellen Degeneres and Portia DiRossi’s wedding. 🙂 For more on Joshua Radin, check out his website at http://www.joshuaradin.com

I also wanted to say a bit about the opening band, The Kin. Two brothers from Australia, I was pleasantly surprised and amazed with them as well. Such gorgeous voices, and easy on the eyes as well. 😉

Literally, all their songs were gorgeous. I wanted to buy a cd, but I ran out of money, so I will have to order it online. But wow!! Such great voices on these guys. I wasn’t expecting them to be so good. Check them out when you can at http://www.myspace.com/thekin.

For all the photos from the show, as well as other shows, check out my photos at http://picasaweb.google.com/tynie626.

02
Aug
09

MEGA Update…

Ok to catch you all up on what has happened:

  • 2 Bobby Long shows
  • Kings of Leon show
  • MuteMath “Armistice” Listening Party

Yes, I’ve been quite a busy bee. So let’s recap shall we…

Bobby Long, Night #1-

He performed at SOB’s this time.. His 1st show in a venue like this. I must admit, I never would have thought i’d see him perform here, because SOB’s stands for “Sounds of Brazil”. They cater to Brazilian music, but over the years they have branched out into other genres. This was the night of “HOPEstock”. There were so many talented acts there, I was completely enjoyed every moment of the night. All the artists were diverse enough to keep it quite fresh and interesting.

Bobby’s set was the most anticipated of the night, though, made very obvious by loud cheers of “PHIL! PHIL! PHIL!” as he took the stage to ready Bobby’s guitar. But as soon as the man of the hour walked onstage, the crowd went insane! The host even commented “Damn, ya’ll love some Bobby!” Bobby happened to walk past me, as I patted his arm and yelled a final ‘Good luck!’ to him. He was his usual British, quirky, shy self, and the crowd loved it. But as soon as his eyes closed and he started to sing, all his anxiousness disappeared. It was just a man and his guitar, singing from his soul to anyone who will listen. His music comes across honest and very organic, and had everyone in the room totally captivated. He sang 6 songs – 1 coming as a complete surprise to whom he dedicated to “a woman he met in a restaurant, that was meant to be a joke”.

After his set, he retired to the VIP section, doing press and taking photos. Afterward, there was a small meet and greet where Bobby met and chatted with fans, signed merch, and took photos for EVERYONE who waited. He was gracious and humble and quite charming.

But that was just a tease compared to:

Bobby Long, Night #2-

This show brings us to Arlene’s Grocery, which is admittedly, Bobby’s favorite venue to play at. He certainly did not disappoint! It was the best I’ve ever heard him sound! His playing has also excelled. He was unafraid to try new things, both vocally and musically. He also talked a lot more, and interacted with the audience.

The part that always makes me laugh, and even made Bobby laugh, is on “Dead and Done” when he sings “Johnny Cash came round and we split a beer…” everyone always cheers! It’s very funny, because he has to keep singing and he starts smiling every single time! Ha!

The hour long show was followed by the usual meet and greet. He stayed until each and every fan who was on line got a photo with him. Talk about dedication!

For photos from these shows, check out:

http://picasaweb.google.com/tynie626/BobbyLongSOBsNYC

http://picasaweb.google.com/tynie626/BobbyLongArleneSGrocery72709

Kings of Leon-

Caleb tunes his guitar for the next song

So about a week ago I managed to score a free fan pass to see the Kings of Leon perform on the Today show. The fan pass just allows you a closer viewing spot, but the show itself is free. I left my house at about 1:45am and got there around 3:30am. There were only 7 people on the fan pass line at that time, so I was happy! We entered the stage area at about 5:30am and got to see KOL warm up and soundcheck. They sounded amazing live! Caleb’s voice is just ungodly good! I was mesmerized by it! The show continued on, with them performing 3 songs total- “Use Somebody”, “Notion” and “Sex on Fire”. It was a great experience! Probably the only time I will ever get front row to see KOL, I’m so glad that I decided to go!

For more KOL, visit http://tyniepics.wordpress.com. There is a video and a few pictures that I took. For the whole set of photos, visit: http://picasaweb.google.com/tynie626/KingsOfLeonTODAYShow73109

Mutemath Mobile Listening Party-

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After I changed my clothes, I headed out to Jersey City, NJ for the Mutemath Mobile Listening Party, or MMLP for short, for their new album “Armistice”. Of all the luck in the world, nothing could have prepared me for Paul Meany being on our bus!! If you don’t know, Paul is the lead singer/songwriter/keys for the band. Genuinely down to earth, funny, intelligent and engaging. I was very impressed with him. One interesting interaction with him- when he asked “What song would you be disappointed not to see on tour?” and I replied “Stall Out”.  His reply- “Stall Out?? REALLY?” He sounded genuinely surprised, as if that song was the one that nobody ever chose. I reveled in his reaction, because everyone else’s choices got the headnod, and the “Ok” or “Right” or “Yes”. (grins) I wanted to ask him why was he shocked to hear that mentioned, but I just settled for “Of course, it’s my favorite.” Anyway, we were armed with a pen and a clipboard to record our thoughts on the various songs of the album. Not surprisingly, the space they gave me for my thoughts was far too little. The album provoked so many images and emotions, I couldn’t contain the thoughts rolling around in my head. It was heartbreaking, whimsical, funky, explosive, experimental, gritty, and overall a complete sonic journey.

Needless to say, this album blew me away. I was literally tearing up on one song, although I cannot remember which it was! There were so many beautiful points in this album that it’s hard to decipher when the feeling was evoked. But I’ve said it numerous times- the sign of a great album is when it causes me to FEEL something when I listen to it. No, not just nod my head, tap my foot, or spew out a lyric or two, but really FEEL the emotions that the songwriter and musicians were feeling at the time they conceived it. And this album does it for me. Mutemath has always done that for me. And it’s why they will and most likely will always be my favorite band. Period. I highly suggest you all check out “Armistice” on August 18th. You will not be disappointed. Also, check out their tourdates on http://www.mutemath.com. Best live show I’ve ever seen in my life, seriously.

The MMLP was a fantastic experience that I wouldn’t hesitate to do again. Thanks to everyone who had a hand in putting it together. And, special thanks to Paul for agreeing to take a photo with me:

Me and Paul Meany at the MMLP

Me and Paul Meany at the MMLP

So yes, that’s all folks! But have no fear… I will have lots more to report- Friday and Saturday are the Sam Bradley shows at Joe’s Pub. I’m sure there will be lots to talk about after those.




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