Sunday, October 12, 2008

blogging about music

I saw some great live shows in Los Angeles this year. But I hate writing music reviews. But I'm also bored on this Sunday morning and I don't want to clean my apartment and I have decided to put on the internet for posterity a record of a few of the good things that happened to me this year.

- Elbow at the Avalon in May. A great show. I'm not the biggest fan of their most recent album, but it's more than decent and all their stuff sounds amazing live. After I missed them in 2006, I was really looking forward to catching them this time 'round. Even with high expectations put on them, they did not disappoint.

- Robert Plant and Alison Krauss at The Greek in June. I don't have much to say aside from that it was really enjoyable and I never thought I'd ever see either of those musicians perform live and/or together. But you know that old saying "when you see a fork in the road, take it"? I might say the same thing about opportunities that present themselves to you at random. -- take them.

- Radiohead at the Bowl in August. This evening made the short-list of the 5 best things about being alive in 2008.

- My Bloody Valentine at the Santa Monica Civic Center. I knew relatively nothing about this band other than that Gary had an extra ticket and I knew he loved them. And I can trust Gary's judgment about music at least 95% of the time.

The memory of this show will stick with me FOREVER. I'm too lazy to write my own review, so click here to read about why

- And, this wasn't in Los Angeles, but it must be mentioned. I saw The Smothers Brothers perform in Maryland in April. They are two of my childhood heroes and I got to shake their hands and this experience is also on my short list of top 5 best things.

The end.

Dear Phil, I suck at posting stuff on music blogs. Please accept my resignation.



Tuesday, February 19, 2008

A mess of newish songs to smooth over my spotty posting...

Radiohead - "House of Cards"
I just think this is the prettiest song Radiohead has ever made. From "In Rainbows"

Andrew Bird - "A Nervous Tick Motion of the Head to the Left"
Brilliant. From "The Mysterious Production of Eggs"

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "Down Boy"
I don't think I'll ever be a huge YYYs fan, but they always, always pull out awesome tracks like this one. From their EP last year.

The Ravonettes - "Dead Sound" This song has officially turned me on to the Raveonettes.

Bettye LaVette - "Streets of Philadelphia" Easily the best Bruce Springsteen cover I've ever heard.

Dr. Dog - "Ain't it Strange"
This song is so damned fun!!! From "Takers and Leavers" EP.

Vampire Weekend - "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa"
I want to hate VW and this song, but I don't. Also, Paul Simon wants his song back.