October 02, 2007
The 20th of September was our September mixer. We had it at Blind Pig in the East Village. We even had a new member join us. Hopefully she will come back!
01. Seems Like Home To Me Two Gallants
02. Scenic World (Version) Beirut
03. These Days Mates of State
04. Lose Myself Lauryn Hill
05. Corazon Bishop Allen
06. Dreams Fleetwood Mac
07. Hallie Mobius Band
08. On A Freezing Chicago Street Margot & The Nuclear So & So's
09. The Night Starts Here Stars
10. The Last High The Dandy Warhols
11. True Affection The Blow
12. Silently Blonde Redhead
13. Swagger Calla
14. Too Tired DeVotchKa
BH & TIC
Me and Joy went to see Ben at Radio City on the 15th of September. I can't believe I almost forgot to post this info! Piers Faccini opened up for him and he was actuallypretty good. Ben came on at 8:55 and played until 11. Everyone was dressed up in sharp suits. It was a good show but did not make my top 5 Ben shows. It was a much more mellow show, more acoustic than his others. Plus it was at Radio City. Once you've seen him really close up like at Bowery and Irving (which is where this picture is from, July 2005), you get spoiled.
June 21, 2007
Outta This World
Last night was the June mixer. We were originally supposed to have it at Puck Fair but since it was their anniversary celebrations, the bar was mad packed from what I heard, I hadn't even made it to the bar! My cell phone started vibrating madly during dinner with accounts of people getting turned away and so many people that it was spilling out to the front. Long story short, we ended up at Grassroots Tavern, a nice dive like bar on St. Marks. I only say it's dive like because the bathroom was pretty decent. Last night's mixer was the biggest crowd we had in a long time. It was also Bill's last mixer as a New Yorker. A bunch of us chipped in and got him and Laura a gift card to Morton's Steakhouse (with locations in NYC and Chicago-which is where they are going), I made chocolate chip cookies and Alison bought cupcakes from Billy's. Below is our first ever group photo in honor of Bill's departure.
I'll post the scan of the card I made in another post. Here was my mix, also in honor of Bill cuz he's outta this world!
1. Theme From Space Island • !!!
2. Stars All Seem To Weep • Beth Orton
3. Sky Starts Falling • Doves
4. Shooting Star • Elliott Smith
5. Full Of Stars • Turin Brakes
6. The Moon • Cat Power
7. Honey And The Moon • Joseph Arthur
8. When The Stars Go Blue • Ryan Adams
9. Space Ho's • Danger Doom
10. Every Planet We Reach Is Dead • Gorillaz
11. Down With Moonlight • The Rakes
12. If Only The Moon Were Up • Field Music
13. 7 Stars • Apples In Stereo
14. Man In The Moon • Voice of the Beehive
15. No Stars • Figures On A Beach
16. Lost In Space • Fountains Of Wayne
17. Jesus Came From Outta Space • Supergrass
I lovingly got teased for sewing my cover this month and cutting out stars for my track list. And of course it didn't stop when they learned I made the card for Bill and Laura and baked cookies. HA!
April 19, 2007
It's A Girl!
Last night was the April mixer and since my mother in law is in town, staying with us to help with the baby, I couldn't let this opportunity pass by. I had to go out! It was a pretty subdued evening starting with dinner at Sapore, an awesome Italian restaurant across the street from the venue. At first it was meeting for dinner with 3 and turned into dinner with 9! And Sapore was a real small place! I easily got buzzed on red wine. The venue we went to was The Treehouse, a real cute place.
While it's true that I couldn't help but think about Sienna the whole evening, it was nice to get out and socialize and see everyone!
Here is my mix!
1. This Is the Day The The
2. Always Erasure
3. Girl Least Likely To Morrissey
4. That Girl Has Love Rooney
5. City Girl Tegan & Sara
6. China Girl David Bowie
7. Family Tree Belle & Sebastian
8. soldier girl (the GO! team remix) The polyphonic spree
9. Rich Girls the Virgins
10. Annabelle Heavens
11. At Last I Am Born Morrissey
12. Rollercoaster M. Ward
13. Open Eyes Apples In Stereo
14. Modern Girl Camera Obscura
15. Family Tree Ben Kweller
16. A New Family Colour Revolt
17. Cold World The Electric Soft Parade
18. While You Were Sleeping Elvis Perkins
19. Wet, Wet, Wet Badly Drawn Boy
20. Lullabye Ben Folds Five
February 22, 2007
Body and Soul
Last Tuesday was the February CDMOM that I had to miss because I was sick and miserable. It was held at Revival. This is my February mix in honor of my recent obsession with the 2005 Pride and Prejudice movie. At the end of the movie, the male love interest (Mr. Darcy) tells the female love interest (Lizzie Bennett) that "you have bewitched me body and soul and I love, I love, I love you." siiiiighhhhh. I'm such a sucker for that crap! Here's the tracklist:
1. Into the Open • Heartless Bastards
2. Wasted State Of Mind • ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
3. Yours To Keep • Teddybears
4. Love Will Come Through • Travis
5. Let's Make Love and Listen to Death From Above (Spank Rock Remix) • CSS
6. Only Love Can Set You Free • American Music Club
7. Happy Together • Tahiti 80
8. Je t'aime Moi Non Plus • Serge Gainsbourg
9. Fidelity • Regina Spektor
10. I Love You • The Pipettes
11. Heavy Hearts Brigade • The Little Ones
12. Soul Meets Body • Death Cab For Cutie
13. Crazy For Leaving • Catfish Haven
14. I'm Gonna Love You Anyway • Buckwheat Zydeco
15. What's Inside Of Me? • Starlight Mints
16. I Fell Deep • The Dears
January 18, 2007
Wa wa wiii wa!
Tonight was the cd mix of the month meeting and the group surprised me with a baby shower. WOW! I was totally taken aback and was in such awe and amazement that the group did that for me!! What a great bunch of guys. And there were cupcakes from yummy Sugar Sweet Sunshine even though I had bought one for myself before I went in. HA! Who says I can't have more than one?? We had it the old trusty Magician, where it all started. Shoot, even Yves came by and surprised me! It is very rare for him to come out on the weeknights since he wakes up at 5 every morning for work.
So, check out the swag the baby got!!
There's a CDMOM bib (!), an I heart mom onesie, lime green pacifer, crib cd player, an I refuse to be pacified tee, alphabet cards wall art, photo mobile, an ipod onesie, a 2 cd baby mix, Stay Awake music cd, Prokofiev's Music for Children cd, a $25 AmEx gift card and a cute teddy blanket. The baby is off to a great start!! Thanks to Joy, Brenda, Cindy, Ali, Nuno, Carrie, Josh, Bill, Laura, Ken, Ben, Robyn, Eric, Jonathan, Matthew and of course my honey, Yves for coming out!
And of course, here is my mix for the month!
Here Comes A City • The Go-Betweens
California Waiting • Kings Of Leon
Mexico • Morrissey
Canada Vs. America • Broken Social Scene
Chicago At Night • Spoon
Detroit Rock City • Kiss
Escape From New York • Chris Mills
Fake Tales of San Francisco • Arctic Monkeys
Florida • Grandaddy
Omaha • Tapes 'n Tapes
Police Helicopters Over Brooklyn • The Sound Of Urchin
O Valencia! • The Decemberists
Tennessee • Arrested Development
Twin Falls • Ben Folds Five
Get Out the State • Spoon
From Georgia To Osaka • Gene
London, London (feat. Devendra Banhart) • Cibelle
Homesick • Kings Of Convenience
December 13, 2006
Sing it sister!
Tuesday night we had our CDMOM holiday mixer and voted on karaoke. We went to iBop, a private room BYOB place and it was super fun and cheap! I didn't think I would have as much fun as I did since I was sober but it was fun singing and laughing at everyone sing. I only did a couple of songs, Crazy by Gnarls Barkley, Living on a Prayer by Bon Jovi (must do some cheezy 80s!) and of course karaoake wouldn't be complete without me doing a Smiths song, There is a Light That Never Goes Out. They really had a big, wide selection including new songs from Interpol, Death Cab for Cutie and Franz Ferdinand. We had so much fun we may go back.
My mix for the month was a straight up Christmas mix.
Jingle Bells Andrew Kunz
Winter Wonderland Phantom Planet
When I Get Home For Christmas Snow Patrol
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Jack Johnson
Jingle Bells Barenaked Ladies
Last Christmas Jimmy Eat World
Have Yourself A Merry Little C Coldpay
Happy Christmas (War Is Over) John Ondrasik
Christmastime Smashing Pumpkins
All I Want For Christmas Is You My Chemical Romance
Jingle Bells James Taylor
Yule Shoot Your Eye Out Fall Out Boy
The Christmas Song The Raveonettes
That was the Worst Christmas Ever! Sufjan Stevens
Jinglebell Rock The Arcade Fire
Come On! Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance! Sufjan Stevens
Christmas Party The Walkmen
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) Death Cab For Cutie
Angels We Have Heard On High Sufjan Stevens
I Was Thinking I Could Clean Up For Christmas Aimee Mann
Jingle Bells Diana Krall & The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
I made an announcement at the end of the mixer about being knocked up for the few that still didn't know. Laura and Carrie started talking to my stomach and then Carrie joked that she couldn't believe she sang Afternoon Delight in front of the baby. HA!
December 07, 2006
Ryan and his patent leather boots
photo by Joy
Tuesday night Joy and I went to see Ryan at Town Hall. This is the first show I've seen since September!! It's a seated venue and we got the orchestra section, it's the only way to go with these kind of venues. I didn't bother with a camera cuz I knew TH checks and since Ryan always keeps the stage too dark to get a decent shot, I didn't want to bother. Joy brought her big ass camera tho. The Little Willies opened up, Norha Jones' side project. Ryan came on around 9:15 wearing his Black Sabbath concert jersey and his 8 inch (at least) patent leather platform boots. Tuesday night he wore silver glittery boots! It was a good show even tho it did not make my top 5 Ryan concerts. It was pretty mellow and he played mostly stuff from his recent albums and I mostly prefer his earlier stuff. He was very chatty too. He took a break around 10 for a few minutes and then continued playing up to the 11 o'clock curfew.
November 20, 2006
Don't call me baby!
So I totally spaced and forgot to put up my mix from last Tuesday's mixer. That's what happens when you are 20 weeks pregnant. Oops, did I say that? Well, if you can't guess from my mix, yep I'm knocked up! But I'll save the details on that for another entry. Here is the music!
1. Make Me Mommy • Ben Folds
2. You Mama You • Jude
3. Mama Roux • Sandie Shaw
4. Mama & Papa • Supergrass
5. Break Your Mama's Back • Slow Runner
6. Mama's Room • Under the Influence of Giants
7. My Mother Was A Chinese Trapeze Artist • Tarkio
8. Mothers, Sisters, Daughters & Wives • Voxtrot
9. Ganja Babe • Michael Franti & Spearhead
10. Baby I Don't Care • Transvision Vamp
11. Say Baby • Davíd Garza
12. ...Baby One More Time • Fountains Of Wayne
13. The KKK Took My Baby Away • The Ramones
14. Don't Call Me Baby • Voice of the Beehive
15. Baby C'mon • Stephen Malkmus
16. You Just Haven't Earned It Yet Baby • The Smiths
17. Baby I • Amy Millan
18. Sweet Child O' Mine • Luna
I couldn't resist the picture I found of my niece Elianna. Not sure how old she was but this was a couple of years ago. We had the mixer at Cheap Shots in the East Village. Before that I met Joy for dinner. I was in the mood for pasta and since Sal Anthony's was close by we went there. NEVER AGAIN! It was the worst Italian food we ever had! The calamari was old and rubbery and we had to wait for our entrees for over half an hour. My linguini and clam sauce was rubbery too. Joy's pork chops wasn't bad. Oh! What a waste of calories! Anyway, Cheap Shots was fun with an air hockey game.
October 12, 2006
You know what your problem is?
Tuesday night was the first time I ever missed a CDMOM in it's 2 year history. Another first is Bill and Bill's mix was not there either. Shocking and amazing! The mixer was at The Crocodile Lounge, which I was bummed to miss because they have skee ball and whack a mole! But I still have a mix (doesn't the cover look familiar?) and if you can't see the setlist, here it is again.
You Keep It All In • The Beautiful South
Lighten Up • The Beastie Boys
Imaginary Girl • The Bees (U.S.)
Mess • Ben Folds Five
You Ain't No Picasso • Bishop Allen
Charmless Man • Blur
You Turn The Screws • Cake
Lloyd, I’m Ready To Be Heartbroken • Camera Obscura
Dangerous Type • The Cars
Schizophrenia's Weighted Me Down • Cat Power
We Used To Vacation • Cold War Kids
Cut Your Hair • Cassettes Won't Listen
Your Racist Friend • They Might Be Giants
Your Eyes Are Liars • SOUND team
You Make Me Wanna Die • Soft
You Could Be Happy • Snow Patrol
If You Talk Too Much (My Head Willl Explode) • People In Planes
Your Little Hoodrat Friend • The Hold Steady
September 28, 2006
Of Montreal/Jamie Lidell at Irving Plaza
I bailed on Joy to see the Raconteurs at Roseland this past Tuesday. All along I thought she got tickets to their Monday night show and being the DOY she is, she never remembers what date she gets the tickets for unless they are right in front of her. So I totally blame her for my double booking on Tuesday. I was super excited that Of Montreal was playing with Jamie Lidell. I love, love, love Of Montreal and haven't seen them since last August and I didn't go to their free show at the park this summer. And Jamie is always fun. So I rallied Pete to go and he actually got us in for free cuz it was a Wired event. Even better! So I bailed on Joy and Tammy was more than happy to take my place. As much as I know the Racs would put on a kick ass awesome rock show (which they did, I hear) I knew that OM and JL would be fun and they were!
Nate and Mari were also joining us and I met them at Sharaku for dinner, me and Yves favorite Japanese restaurant. Delicious as always.
I won't go into the details of the show but Of Montreal were super fun and played for a little bit over an hour. During the show, Kevin Barnes put on these really short shorts and there was a bit of S&M like play during one part. There was a stupid tall guy in front of me that thought dancing was swaying side to side with his hands in his pockets while his little pixie friend was jumping up and down. At least she was only bugging the person right behind her and not 3 people behind like the tall dork was. I swear I really wanted to smack him. They ended their set with The Party's Crashing Us and thankfully the dork was no longer right in front of me so I was both dancing to the song and for delight that I had an unobstructed view again.
Pete ended up leaving before Jamie came on because his friend was going through a break up. He's such a good friend. Shoot, I wouldn't be answering my phone during a concert!
Jamie came on around 11ish. He was fun as usual and as usual we had some idiots in front of us. A couple that seemed to be on a first date or something. They kept talking and kept creeping backwards which in turn made us move backwards so we ended up a few feet back than where we started. Nate and Mari only last about 30 minutes. They were super tired and Jamie's light show didn't really help. I stayed around for a little bit longer but left before midnight. I guess seeing him 3 times in a year might have been a little much. But I'm glad I got to see Of Montreal. Did I mention that I love them?
September 18, 2006
So I went to see The Kills Friday night at Southpaw. I like that venue because it is small but it's always hot in there. Anyway, I went with Joy, Tammy and Mark. Pete was supposed to come but he bailed at the last minute. Since it was a sold out show, I was able to sell his ticket. Me and Joy met up for dinner and went to Al Di La. Joy has always raved about this place except she called it something else, something that doesn't sound very italian. Anyway, we got mussels for appetizers (YUM!) and I got the skirt steak medium and Joy got the pasta special with pork shoulder, goat cheese and ricotta. The steak was absolutely awesome, it was cooked perfectly! Joy's pasta dish was amazing. The pasta was cooked just right. I swear, orgasmic. We also shared the pear cake for dessert. This place doesn't take reservations but since we got there early enough, we didn't have to wait for a table. And they don't rush you out either and always fill up your water glass before you need to ask. I will definitely make my way back there!
We met up with Tammy and Mark a little before nine and made Tammy eat, since she hadn't already. There were 2 openers that night so we were fine. We went to Los Pollitos II. Everything smelled good and Tammy said her dish was delicious.
Ok, so on to the show. They made us check our bags since it was a sold out show but I had to fill my pockets up with my wallet, chapstick and extra batteries for the camera. The Kills didn't come on until about 11:30 and Jamie apologized for the delay. Alison was wired! She couldn't stand still. The show was great and loud. My ears were ringing afterwards. They played for about an hour and then did the encore but we went to get our bags during that. The added plus was that it only took me half an hour to get home!
September 13, 2006
You're going to dance!
Tonight was the September mixer and we had it at Vol De Nuit a cute little bar that serves mussels and frites and belgium beer. Although my mix is called You're Going to Dance and Have Some Fun it's not what I would really say was truly dance music but I certainly think it would make your butt shake. The line is actually from the first song, Groove is in the Heart.
This photo was taken in front of the NY public library.
I realize the cover is a bit hard to read but I didn't get a chance to change it since I'm actually freelancing this whole week!
September 07, 2006
BH&IC at Summerstage
Tuesday me and Joy went to see BH at the Summerstage. There was a steady rain all day and it didn't stop at the show. We missed 45 minutes of his show since we were in Chinatown for dinner and the 4/5/6 was all messed up. He actually came on 7:30 like his website said! He played for 2 hours, which included 2 encores. I thought for sure Damian would come out for a song but he didn't. It was still a bit on the short side for BH. Needless to say, Ben was absolutely fantastic. His acoustic encore was a bit on the short side but that was fine with me. I like his more rocking stuff. Acoustic I could just listen to his albums. Joy was complaining that it was just a teaser and we didn't see enough. I agreed. The next day she found someone on craigslist that was selling his Wednesday nite tix for face value. After we both contacted him, Joy set up a meeting time for 6:30 in front of Penn since he was coming from LI. I thought that was a bit on the late side and we were going to miss Damian's set again but as long as we saw all of BH's set, I didn't really care. Well, the dude was late and it was 7:30 when we decided it wasn't worth it. Even if he showed up then, it was going to take at least 45 minutes to get up to the summerstage, which would mean getting there the same time as we did the night before. At least we got to see him.
So we decided to head over to S'MAC. I knew I shouldn't have but I wanted some kind of consolation. I did good tho and ordered the garden, which included broccoli, cauliflower and mushrooms and lite cheddar and whole wheat pasta. I also got the breadcrumbs. It wasn't bad considering it was lite. Joy got the cheeseburger, full force, no lite stuff for her. Overall it was good but the breadcrumbs weren't crunchy enough and seemed too fine. It caught in the bottom of my throat and made me cough. I don't think I would go out of my way to go there again, only if I was in the 'hood.
August 22, 2006
Friday night we celebrated the 2nd year of exchanging mix CDs. You can see all my mixes here. The theme for my mix this month centered on two, for obvious reasons. Pete gave me the idea of two hit wonders and there were so many of them, it became a 2 cd mix. So hence the subtitle "a 2 cd mix of two hit wonders that made the top 20 compiled by 2 people for the 2 year anniversary." Pete really did all the work with compiling the information and getting the songs together. All I did was pick and choose the songs, re-organize the order and designed the cover. Yves burned the copies for me. So it actually took 3 people to put this together. Shhhh!
We had the mixer at the Frying Pan and since it was on a Friday night, Yves even came. It was a beautiful night although the boat was a bit more rocky than I would have liked. I think that kept the drinking down to a minimum, which is a shame since last year we had drunken fun taking head shots. The Frying Pan is really very cool and next to it is a tugboat that's all rusted out but they put tables and chairs on there so people can hang out there as well. Here are a couple of shots of the tugboat.
July 28, 2006
damn right I'll rise again!
Last night I went to see The Hold Steady at Castle Clinton with Alison and Brenda for a free show. I got there at 4:40 to get tickets (they were giving them out at 5) and the line wasn't bad at all. I didn't have to get there so early either. New York is just so strange. When I think there are going to be a ton of people, there aren't. When I think nobody is going to be there, there are a ton of people.
Anyway, it was HOT! And it was probably hotter inside Castle Clinton because it's enclosed. It's got an open roof but we didn't get much breeze from the water. But THS put on a great acoustic show and played a few new songs from their upcoming album out in October. I couldn't pinpoint why I liked them so much. Craig Finn doesn't actually sing, he tells a story and I read somewhere (I think it was TONY) that his songs are like slam poetry but better and smarter. And his songs are full of little details. So, that is why I like them. I didn't get many pics of the band cuz like I said, it was HOT and I didn't want to do too much fussing around. They had a horn section and a cello player with a mohawk.
Craig likes to use his hands
Franz also played the piano and harmonica
July 21, 2006
I'm Breakin' Out
Last night I went to see Shemekia Copeland for free at Wagner Park downtown. Althought the day turned humid, it was a very pleasant evening. Laying on the grass with a view of jersey (I'm being sarcastic here) and listening to Shemekia belt it out. If you like blues, you should know her name. She can belt it out without the microphone. And I was pleasantly surprised at how close to the stage we were. Plus there wasn't an opener and I was home by 9:30 and she played for 1.5 hours!!
She had on a cute dress and hot pink shoes
a nice view of the sunset
July 19, 2006
Life & Death
Last night was the July mixer and we were supposed to have it at The Porch but they were closed for renovations! Grrr!! Bill's wife Laura was meeting him there and discovered it was closed. He called me while I was on the train coming into the city so I made a mad scramble of phone calls changing the venue to d.b.a., the place we went to last month.
I'm not entirely satisfied with my mix. I did it kinda last minute and with it being my birthday month, I originally wanted something happy but with my grandfather dying and going to the wake/funeral right after my birthday really put a downer on things. I've never been to a burial before and there's all this traditional stuff you have to do. So that combined with the heat and humidity we've been having really sacked my energy. I wouldn't say my birthday sucked but I've had better ones. So I came up with this Life & Death theme and used a picture I took at the Greenwood Cemetary.
So it was a wonderful surprise when everyone at the mixer sang happy birthday and gave me a birthday card and cupcakes and cake from Sugar Sweet Sunshine. YUMMY!!!! I think I tried just about all of their cupcakes now. The pistachio is always top notch but the red velvet, YUM! Even the chocolate one was good (which I didn't like on a previous trip.) and the carrot cake one. The cake was delicious too with almond paste inside and cute almond bees on top. Yup, I ate that too!! It's my birthday dammit!
June 29, 2006
Let Your Body Decide
Last night me and Pete went to Bowery to see The Ark, an over the top glam rock band from Sweden. They were absolutely AWESOME! They were so much fun! The lead singer came out in a leopard leotard and later on (after a costume change!!) made 'reference to his outfit. Since he is from Sweden, he said there were some things about the english language that he didn't understand. Since leopard and leotard are spelled the same way, why are they pronounced differently? He wondered who decides those kinds of things and then he said 'that person must be a reo-tard.' hahahaha. We were also laughing at the people in the front row groping the singer's leg and at one point, the guitarist had a solo and came out front and this guy would not stop rubbing his hand up and down the guitarist's leg. Hysterical! We both also liked the bass player and his sex doll toy mouth.
Anyway, I didn't get to take many pictures before 'security' told me to put my camera away. At least that's what I think he said since I didn't really hear him. At least I didn't get kicked out but my peeve was that there were plenty of other people in the audience taking pictures throughout the whole evening and some with flash too! So just because these people were in the middle of the audience, they are allowed to take pics? Security too lazy to move through the crowd and tell those people to stop taking pictures? If you're going to enforce the rule, enforce the rule for everyone! Sheesh! Later on I thought that maybe he thought I was taking video since I didn't use flash. But then he must be a reo-tard. hahaha!
Baby Dayliner opened up, a sort of rocky crooner. I liked him but Pete wasn't a fan of his stage presence, or lack of it. We also ran into Allison, who was there with her man, who went to high school with BD's bass player.
Also, Tuesday night me and Pete went to check out the The Brazilian Girl's free show at Hudson Pier. Well, we left just as they were starting their set. We weren't feeling the vibe of the pier or the audience and they were having sound problems and it sounded very bassy. Granted, we didn't give it much of a chance but Pete was hungry and craving Bubby's. Who am I to argue? We shared their sour cherry pie and homemade banana ice cream. YUM!
June 27, 2006
Ain't Yo Momma's
Last night was the June mixer at d.b.a. and we scored a table outside. It was a beautiful night for drinking and exchanging music. I made a mix of covers.
June 26, 2006
Later on Saturday I met up with Tammy, Mark and Joy to check out DevotchKa at Bowery. I've read good things about their show and been wanting to see them since last summer when I went to see CYHSY at the Seaport. They were opening for Dev. but I left before they came on to go get dinner and on the way home later, ran into a random guy who was also at the show and said Dev. were really great. The show was fun, I was expecting great but that was my fault. Plus it's really annoying to have a girl behind you talking really loud to her friends during the show. What a way to ruin the mood. But other than her, the show was interesting, they have a romantic gypsy like sound. If you can imagine that. The opener, Norfolk and Western, were pretty good too.
My pictures suck but you can't win them all.
June 13, 2006
Super Uber Music Geek
Me with Darren Jesse and my big cheesy grin. That's his drink I'm holding!
I discovered today, via the many music blogs I read, that Darren Jesse has a new band called Hotel Lights! He was the drummer in Ben Folds Five, one of my favorite bands and he was my favorite. So this prompted me to pull out some photos from back in '99 when I saw a few of their East Coast shows while they were touring with Jude, another favorite. I made a t-shirt using the Charlie'sAngel's logo with each of them either holding drumsticks, a microphone and a guitar. The bottom I turned into a piano. I managed to get all 3 to sign my shirt and it's hanging on my wall. Just walking down memory lane with the pictures.
my grin isn't as big and cheesy as with Darren.
May 24, 2006
2 Days in the Desert again mix
Last night's mixer was at Lucky Jack's. It's a cute bar on the LES with 2 entrances and a pool table. This month's mix is a 2 CD set of all the bands I saw at Coachella. The inside cover is a montage of all the photos I took.
May 17, 2006
I love KEXP
Wow, I'm actually posting something that happened today! I woke up extra early to go to Gigantic Studios in Tribeca because KEXP is in town this week and me and Pete signed up to see French Kicks and Ambulance, LTD. I would have signed up for We Are Scientists if I knew they were playing but I got to see them anyway! We met at 8:30 at Bubby's for breakfast and headed over after. Fk had some technical difficulties so they didn't start until 10:30. Each band played for half an hour, way too short, in my opinion! After their set, we walked around for a bit and stopped into this flea market type place and discovered this gem:
It was overpriced at $100 or else it would have gone home with Pete. We went back into the studios and Ambulance, LTD played on time. They were actually done in 20 minutes! Darn it! The wonderful KEXP lady said I could come back to see We Are Scientists! Yay! After grabbing some bubble tea with Pete, he went off to meet a relative at MOMA and I went to meet Tammy for some soup dumplings (which, btw, was not up to par today).
I went back to see WAS and they started on time too. From the promo pictures I've seen of them, I knew they were going to be cut-ups, they were funny and entertaining and really awesome! Definitely my favorite of the day. The light was hitting Chris, the bass player, perfectly and was the only picture of any bands I took today. They played a full 30 minutes and I was happy all the way home. Why, oh why doesn't New York have a station like KEXP???
May 04, 2006
Coachella part 2
Day 2, Sunday, April 30, 2006
We made it in time to catch the last song of the Magic Numbers so I can't really tell you if I liked them or not.
The Magic Numbers from the UK
Phoenix are from France. I heard a rumor that Thomas Mars impregnated Sofia Coppola.
Metric formed in Brooklyn. I saw this band years and years ago, they opened for somebody I can't remember. I liked them enough to buy one of their label-less cds. I'm glad they are doing well.
Matsiyahu-Brooklyn by way of PA. He was a lot of fun, as I expected.
Jamie Lidell from the UK. Although I just saw him last week, I liked him enough to stay for his whole set, which unfortunately was cut 15 minutes short for reasons unknown since he was playing when I arrived. But he did not disappoint!
Wolf Parade from Montreal. I really enjoyed them.
Sleater-Kinney from Washington State. I'm not a big Sleater-Kinney fan so only stayed for a song or 2.
This guy climbed up this metal sculpture. Not sure how high it was.
Gnarls Barkley are Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse. I really wanted to stay for more than one song but it was mad crowded and I wanted to see Stellastarr really, really badly. That Cee-Lo is a crazy dude!
New York based Stellastarr. I stayed for their whole set, it was easy to get up front, probably because everyone was over at Gnarls Barkley. I was really happy that they played my favorite, favorite song ever, Love and Longing. I took video of the song but I was standing right in front of the speaker so it came out distorted. Oh well. I definitely have to see their show next time they play.
YeahYeahYeahs are from New York! They were pretty cool, stayed for a few songs.
Seu Jorge. I couldn't get a really good shot of Seu Jorge. I only stayed for a song or 2.
Editors are from the UK. They had a really good set and stayed for more than a couple of songs. I wanted to get over to Madonna.
It was crazy over by the dance tent, people were climbing on top of the portopotties. It was after 8:30 before she came on when she was supposed to start at 8:10. This was as close to her as I got, a tiny glimpse of her on the big screen. I left after her first song, Hung Up.
The Go! Team are from England. They were FUN!! I was really feeling weak by this point with getting sick and being in the sun and using up my energy for Jamie Lidell and Stellastarr or else I would have been dancing up a storm like everyone else around me.
Art Brut from the UK I love Art Brut! They were great! Fun and campy and just a riot. And the last band.
It was a madhouse getting out into the parking lot. They closed one of the exits we used Saturday night so it was a big bottleneck to exit at the main entrance. We all got separated so I waited by the campgrounds for Tammy and Mark, who was waiting for Joy who didn't even get out into the parking area yet. Plus, they took away the parking lot balloons so we couldn't find the car right away. I was just feeling really miserable and weak by that point. We didn't stop at In and Out this time, stopped by a 7Eleven but didn't see anything I wanted so we went back to the condo and went to bed.
May 03, 2006
Coachella part 1
Coachella kicked my ass this year, I'm sick! I was reminded that I got sick last year too but I was able to nip it in the butt by the end of the trip. Not so this year. Right now I could breath but my throat is sore. Anyhow, I'm posting up pics in the order I saw the bands. I was really running around this year (more so on Sunday) so it's no wonder I got sick under the desert sun. Here we go...
day one, Saturday, April 29, 2006
Unfortunately, we missed Lady Sovereign so CYHSY were the first band we caught at 5 pm.
San Francisco's Deerhoof
Kentucky's My Morning Jacket
a bunch of dorky fans catching MMJ
Brooklyn's TV on the Radio
UK's Imogen Heap, also in Frou Frou. My favorite picture so far because of the palm trees and mountains in the background.
Crazy folky Devendra Banhart. How can you not love a guy that's drinking Verve Cliquot during his set?
Scotland's Franz Ferdinand. They are always fun! Since the sun went down, I started dancing.
California's own Eagles of Death Metal. I wasn't sure what to expect with them but I actually liked them and plan on buying their album. They were fun too. Or maybe I was just in a fun mood after Franz.
Depeche Mode What can I say? I love these guys and they did not disappoint. I think they only played a couple of new songs, which is good because their old songs really pumped the crowd. I was singing and clapping and dancing throughout their whole set.
Last year we made it a tradition to stop by In N Out after the show. this time we went inside and ate to properly compare the In N Out burger with the Fatburger we had last weekend. No comparison, Fatburger all the way! It wasn't crowded at all like last year either.
There will be more tomorrow with day 2 and then Joshua Tree!
Some notes about our trip while I remember.
We scored an upgrade on our car again this year, probably because it was so late. We got a Jeep Commander, it was pretty sweet but not as comfortable in the back when there are 3 people.
The stupid rental agency didn't give us directions from their office to their condo and at 2 am in the morning, it was pretty annoying. We managed to find the place, surprisingly! The condo was cute, a bit bigger than last year's condo with 2 bathrooms. Tammy and Mark's room had an Egyptian theme, our bathroom was nautical and the whole condo was sort of 70's.
Mark's friend Rob got totally lost on Saturday trying to meet us at Ricks for breakfast. He's a New Yorker that just moved to Los Angeles.
The coffee at Ricks was not as strong as I remember and the Cuban coffee is too sweet.
I liked the nifty little trays at In and Out burger and asked the cleaning guy if we were allowed to take one home. Of course he told me no but when we were outside waiting for Tammy in the bathroom, the guy came out and asked if I really wanted one and when I said yes, he gave me one! He said not to tell anyone or else he'd get in trouble so shhhh!
April 26, 2006
J. Lidell at Bowery
My friend Pete took me to see Jamie L at Bowery last night along with Nate. I was not familiar with his music but he described him as being a 70's style soul singer from the UK. Well, from his show, you would not have known that! He was rocking his laptop with beats as he sang over them and he was quite funny. He was awesome and a lot of fun! And that's despite the fucking obnoxious bee-yatches next to Nate and Pete that were drunk off their asses and clearly only there because the 2 industry guys they were with got them in there for free in the hopes of getting laid. We ended up moving and actually got up a bit closer. Here are some pics, not the quality I was hoping for but the floor was literally shaking from everyone moving and dancing. Super talented guy and you should definitely check him out if you get an opportunity. I know I'm going to check out his set at Coachella! Thank you Pete for taking me!!
April 25, 2006
Fuck the Radio
Last night was the April mixer, moved from last week due to taxes, Easter and lack of time. We had it at Art Bar in the West Village. Pretty cool place with a fireplace and sofas in the back and booths with a totally different vibe in the front.
My mix this month pays homage to the internet and how I discover new music. I don't listen to New York radio anymore, maybe for five minutes in the car, while pluggin in my Ipod or longer if I forget it. I realized that I would be getting to see (or hoping to see) a couple artists on my mix at Coachella this weekend. So they might repeat for next month's mix. Hmmm, I'm sure people won't even realize!
April 14, 2006
Ben at ACL 04
I went to see BH last night at the Supper CClub with Joy. He was awesome! He played for 3 whole hours! Unfortunately, I did not take any pictures because they made me check my bag in. I did not anticipate this since I usually bring my smaller bag and only brought my larger one because I went to pick up my negatives. Blah. So I thought I would put up one of my favorite pictures I took of Ben at ACL in 2004. The venue was pretty small, smaller than Bowery. He came on at 8:30ish (no opening band! Yay!) and finished at 11:30ish. He played both new and old songs.
March 24, 2006
AC at Webster Hall
Storsveit Nix Noltes
Last night me and Nuno went to see AC at Webster Hall. First we had dinner at Elvie's Turo Turo for some kick ass Filipino food (ya gotta check it out!). We got to the venue around 8:30 and the first band hadn't come on yet. They came on around 9 and I didn't catch their name. They were a bit ear piercing at times but also had some interesting moments kinda electronica, ambient, jammy, not much vocals...They played for half hour and shortly after their set, the second band came on, Storsveit Nix Noltes.
A nine piece band from Iceland that included a kick ass cellist, trombone, upright bass, banjo (?), accordian, guitars and drums. They were awesome and totally worth admission. They sounded very Eastern European, not much vocals (seems to be the theme of the night), folky and jammy. They played about 45 minutes.
AC came on a little before 11 and I'm sad to say I was a little disappointed. I was expecting them to blow my mind. The first couple of songs there wasn't much singing, just sounded like chanting. There was a delay effect on the vocals throughout the whole set and I found that annoying. The guitars were too spacey sounding and just wasn't cohesive to me. I was kinda frustrated after the first 20 minutes but we braved it out for a little over an hour hoping for some little piece of golden nugget. We left a little after midnight.
March 22, 2006
Ready for Spring!
Last night was the March mixer at Antarctica in Soho. Pretty spacious bar with a pool table and booths.
It was a pretty low key night, it was hard to mingle sitting in a booth and the bar was very warm.
March 03, 2006
TNP/B&S at Nokia
Went to see TNP and B&S at Nokia with Nuno, Alison and Joy. It was the first time at this venue and it felt like I was going to the movies. I didn't know it was underground. There was seating in the back, 4 gigantic chandeliers, 2 coat check areas and 2 bar areas. It was bigger than I thought and the sound wasn't too bad. When we got there a little after 8:30, NP were playing. I really enjoyed their set and wished it was a little longer. Then this band called "A Matter of Trust" came one. They were saying something like they met the NPs at a festival in Denmark. They said "please don't blog this tomorrow." Then they proceeded to sing the Billy Joel song "Matter of Trust" and it was kinda funny. The four of us cracked up laughing and I'm pretty sure we were among the very few that knew the song and who sang it originally, as in lots of youngsters at the show. Then B&S came on around 10 and played until about 11:40 with an encore. It was a fun show even though we were kinda in the back and had to shuffle around in order to get a good view. I didn't take any pictures because I couldn't figure out how bad the consequences would be. On one hand, I saw a few cameras without any question (small, pocketsize ones) and then I saw a bouncer tell a guy he had to check in his camera and his camera looked a bit more professional and my camera was somewhere in between. So, oh well, I have the ticket as a souvenier!
February 14, 2006
Last night was the February mixer and we had it at Black Bear Lodge. It was a very cute, cozy lodgey bar and the bartender was very nice. This was my mix, which also went out to the get crafty swap and the swap-bot cd swap! This mix got around!
Happy St. Valentine's day everyone!
January 18, 2006
Not Of This Country
Yesterday was the January mixer and we had it at Kettle of Fish. It was a long night and I didn't get home until 2 AM! I haven't done that in ages! My comrades to the end were Richard, Alan and Brenda. My mix this month is called "Not of This Country" and it's mainly British bands but there's also Aussies and Scots and Swedes in there too!
01. My Little Brother Art Brut
02. Apply Some Pressure Maximo Park
03. Hi - Skies The Morning After Girls
04. We Get Low The Dead 60s
05. Groovy Train (Terry Farley Mix) The Farm
06. Summertime In Wintertime Badly Drawn Boy
07. Fallen Angel Elbow
08. Ashes Embrace
09. What Else Is There Royksopp
10. I Need Some Fine Wine and You, You Need to Be Nicer The Cardigans
11. Hide And Seek Imogen Heap
12. Margerine Melodie Stereolab
13. Another Sunny Day Belle and Sebastian
14. Here Comes A City The Go-Betweens
15. What Katie Did The Libertines
16. The Perfect Kiss New Order
17. Disco 2000 Pulp
18. There's No Other Way Blur
19. Pregnant For The Last Time Morrissey
November 20, 2005
And I got high, high, high, high
Ryan is looking at ME!!
Friday night was the Ryan Adams show at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center as part of the free music series, like Buddy Guy and Jeff Tweedy. It was FANTASTIC!! There wasn't an opener so they played for over 2 hours. I bet if there wasn't a curfew, he'd have played all night. Ryan was in a good mood and talked a lot in between songs. He even came late and said he couldn't find the venue. He was playing mostly songs from Jacksonville City Nights and Cold Mountain. I was kinda hoping he'd play more older songs but that's ok. He did play a slower version of To Be Young which was kinda cool although I like the speedier version better. And he was drinking whiskey, that's my boy! Minnie Driver came out and sang "Games" with Ryan. We saw Norah Jones on the side but I guess there wasn't time for her to come out and play "Dear John" which was perfectly find with me! Dave from CDMOM offered up the extra VIP tix he had and Brenda took it. She went to check out the VIP party afterwards and tried to get us to sneak in but said there really wasn't much going on and left shortly after getting there.
November 18, 2005
He's the man who loves me
Went to see Jeff Tweedy play Wednesday night as part of the Wall Street Rising Music Downtown Series. He was awesome! Nels Cline, Wilco guitarist, opened up and he did 'experimental music' and let me tell ya, it was torture. It was kinda cool for the first 5 minutes but 35 minutes of that stuff was just insane! Quite a few people walked out and hung out in the hallway. Joy left to smoke 2 cigarettes! Jeff came out about 10 after 9 and played till about 10:40 including 2 encores. He was great and had some really funny banter in between songs.
Tonight is Ryan Adams as part of the same series and I can't wait!!
I'm still on dial up and it's driving me insane! DSL is supposedly working but apparently something might be wrong with the line. They are going to come out on Monday to check the inside and outside lines. This is not a good sign.
November 16, 2005
Last night me and Joy went to see Buddy Guy as part of the free music series downtown (Wall Street Rising) held at BMCC. Man, everything was fantastic! Yes, I'm getting old when I appreciate a seated venue, getting inside within a reasonable time and when all the acts start on time! The 'commemorative' ticket said that you had to be at the venue between 7 and 8:15 to redeem it for a real ticket and then after that, tickets will be given away to stand bys. We got there around a quarter to 7 and the line wasn't too bad, maybe 5 to 10 feet long. We were in the doors by 10 after 7 and got pretty good seats. Besides it being hot in there, it was a real nice place! Shemeka Copeland came on at 8:20 and she kicked ass!! What a voice on that woman! She played until 9 and Buddy Guy came on at 9:15. Woohoo!! Hardly a wait at all. He was freakin' amazing! I wish I had my better camera with me but oh well. He is certainly a legend. He played for an hour and a half and at one point even came into the audience and went all the way to the back and up the stairs. Pretty sweet!! Oh yeah, John Mayer came out near the end as a 'surprise' and then Shemeka came out, which is what this picture is of.
October 20, 2005
Last night was the October mixer. First we started out at Otto's but since it was open mike comedy night, the back room wasn't available for our drunken debauchery so we headed to one of our favorite east side haunts, Hi Fi formerly known as Brownies, many moons ago. The cool wavy table in the middle was waiting for us. Josh was dying to know if we got him a Jeff Tweedy ticket from Music Downtown. I got a beer out of him and Joy got a club soda with lemon and lime out of him. Plus kisses on the cheek. Well, he got off way easy and Joy gave him the tickets shortly after. I told her we could have gotten so much more out of him. Oh well. We then headed over to The Beauty Bar for a final nightcap. Very kitschy.
The above picture is my mix. If anyone is interested in a copy, let me know!
October 17, 2005
Whoopee! Got my tickets for the free Ryans Adams show in November and also Jeff Tweedy (on different days).
On my first day of being job free, I woke up earlier than I have for work! Me and Joy got downtown a little after nine and the line was already down the block. Josh ended up not getting up to wait in line at 7 and he showed up around 10:30 I think and decided not to stay in line. They were giving out tickets starting at 11 and by the time we were done, it was a little after noon.
October 02, 2005
Across the Narrows
Yesterday was Across the Narrows and I went to the Staten Island show with Joy, Tammy, Mark and his sister and friend. The ferry ride was actually not that bad and the ballpark was really close. We got there around 4ish and just missed Tegan and Sara! Oh well, I saw them quite a few times so that's ok. During the security check, they told us that if we get caught taking pictures, they would take the camera away. I hate that shit because then it just makes you paranoid the whole time and you know what, no one cared that pictures were being taken. That being said, I'm not very happy with the pictures I took because I was trying to be quick. Here are a couple of shots.
British Sea Power
I'm not a fan of the Killers but everyone else wanted to check them out. After 7:30, the ferry runs on the hour so we wanted to be on the 10 pm ferry. We left around 9:30 so we could at least be in the front of the crowd instead of the back. Well, talk about feeling like a herd of cows! We're all crammed into the ferry waiting for the doors to open and it was just crazy! Once the doors opened, (after 10 I might add!), everyone was just pushing their way through the doors. I just had to laugh. We lost Tammy and co. but Joy and I went downstairs to the front so we would be the first ones off. That's when we found out that the ferry people weren't told that there would be this mass of people today and if they knew that, they would have kept the ferries running every half hour.
September 26, 2005
The White Stripes at Keyspan
They were rocking!! M. Ward and The Shins opened up (both acts were great!) and The White Stripes hit the stage at about 9:15, played til 10:05 and then came out for their encore for about another 40 minutes. The sound was pretty good at this venue but standing around for that long was pretty tiring. Here are some pics, I only had the little pocket camera with me, was nervous to bring the better camera since the ticket said 'no cams.' and since I never been to this venue before I didn't want to chance it. Now I know!
Jack was taking polaroids of himself and Meg throughout the night and throwing them into the crowd. This last shot is of them taking a polaroid of themselves.
September 22, 2005
I've been on vacation all week, you'd think I would have updated my blog earlier. HA! Anyway, Sunday night Joy and I went to Irving Plaza for Mojo Aid, Jesse Malin put together this benefit concert for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. There were a lot of musicians on the bill so they all played about 20-30 minute sets. We were mainly there to see Ryan Adams but I was also excited to see Ted Leo and Debbie Harry. There was supposed to be a big surprise guest at the end, which I didn't stay for and I'm glad I didn't because I heard they never showed up. Among the other artists playing were Joseph Arthur (his set was bad timing since he played acoustically after a few rocking bands and he got boo-ed a few times, which I think is very very rude!), Marah (a pleasant surprise), Butch Walker (also a pleasant surprise), and er other people that I don't remember. David Johansen was "host" although he didn't come out til after over an hour into the show. I didn't even bother taking pictures during Ryan's set since the stage was just way too dark and I suspect he likes it that way. A lot of people left after Ryan's set, which I thought was unfortunate cuz Debbie came out after him. I was disappointed that she only played 3 songs but she still had her groove.
September 15, 2005
Doves @ Apple
I am so glad I took off from work today to go down to the Apple Store to see Doves play. They cancelled out of Coachella in April due to Jimi's throat problems. They played Webster Hall earlier this year but I kinda hate Webster Hall and last night they played Warsaw in Brooklyn. The reason I didn't go to that one is because I couldn't understand why tickets were $30 when all the other shows they played across the country were $12-15. I know they are playing Across the Narrows in a few weeks, I'm going to the Saturday show only. Anyway, even though it was only 35 minutes, it was awesome! Now this is an intimate venue! I got there around 1:50 and there were a few people on line already. They shuffled us in at about 2:45. I was in the second row! Jimi was right in front of me! So freakin' cool! Now I kinda wished I went to see them last night but if I had a choice between seeing them last night or seeing them today, I'd have picked today.
August 28, 2005
Went to see Of Montreal with Yves last night at Northsix. Again, caught without fresh batteries. Ugh. Anyway, the evening started with Kevin Barnes (lead singer in Of Montreal) playing his mixed tape of his djing. Hmmm, Kevin, don't quit your day job! It wasn't bad but it wasn't that great. sorry! The opening act was called Management and at first I wasn't sure if it was a joke band or not. Actually, I'm still not sure. It was 2 guys, a sound track, an electronic drum and some hanging guitars that they didn't even play. They even called themselves a karoake band. Then finally!! Of Montreal comes on a little after 11, I felt like I was waiting forever. Of Montreal was great! I love their energy. They are coming back next month for CMJ and I hope to get into that show since we didn't stay for the whole show last night.
August 10, 2005
Clap Your Hands!
So I finally made it to my first free summer show tonight! I can't believe it! It's August and I finally get to one. Went to see Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at the Seaport with Tammy. It was ok, they don't really sound that much different from their cd, which is fine. And I can't believe it but I had 3 sets of rechargable batteries with me and they were all dead! I did get this one shot before it went dead. I took some horizon shots of them too and I hope they came out. I also had my little camera but the zoom is practically nothing. It was a fun show and we left right after them cuz we were starving. We walked over to Chinatown for some soup dumplings. YUM!
July 28, 2005
Went to see Ben Harper last night at Irving Plaza. There was a sign saying no cameras or recording devices allowed but I don't know how hard they were looking because they missed my camera in my bag. I don't understand why they wouldn't allow them as I thought Ben Harper was a tape friendly artist and ya figure since he's tape friendly, he wouldn't be camera shy either. I managed to take a few cool shots.
anyway, I'm new to this blog thing and I don't really know how to change this template or anything. If ya got tips, please share!