Monthly Archives: August 2011

Toadies acoustic

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Whitewater Amphitheater

It was a hot Friday night at the tail end of August at Whitewater
Amphitheater (http://whitewaterrocks.com/)
adjacent to New Braunfels. And the sold out Toadies Acoustic show was about to
kick of Dia De Los Toadies 4 2011! I had been waiting for this concert for
months. Bought the tickets the week they came out!  As always, my friend and I got there before
the gates opened so we could get a good spot up front. While in line, heard
talk about seating, ok, seating, probably off to the side. After we walked in…nope,
it was all up front! I didn’t remember seeing it as an option online…fail! First
time I’ve bought tickets for a show, so I will never be allowed to buy tickets
again! So we went and picked up a drink and something to eat. While in line,
guess who was behind us!? Todd Lewis, the lead singer of the Toadies! Rock
stars have to eat too! And I guess its tacos and fries.

Here is a video from last year’s show. I’m just out of frame of
the video…was in the thick of it for most of the show.

Quiet Company

While we stood in line we heard a little preview of Quiet Company
(http://quietcompanymusic.com) doing their sound check. I knew I was going to
dig it! They did not disappoint. The venue was intimate and the crowd was much
smaller than expected. The whole band was wearing suits (insanity in the heat! But
looking sharp).  And this is what they
opened with

No, this isn’t a video from the show, but it gives you some
flavor. Next was a Pixies cover of Here
Comes Your Man
which of course I sang along with. This was followed by Songs for Staying In and a cover of
Weezers El Scorcho with one of my
favorite lyrics “I’ll bring home the turkey if you bring home the bacon” The
band will be releasing a new record called WE ARE ALL WHERE WE BELONG Oct 4 with a little release show
Sept. 30th.  Their new song Fear and Fallacy,
Sitting in a Tree
is going to be something I’m guessing will be played on the radio pretty
soon, check it out:

To break it up the lead singer Taylor
Muse told a dirty nun joke, will not repeat on this blog, maybe in
person.  Next was a fun cover of Cakes Friend is a Four Letter Word. Then we
are back to another new song off the upcoming album called How Do You Do It with the sweet lyric “ just wanna see your smile
in the morning”, with their cuteness, wish they were singing it to me *grin*. After
that up beat tune we move onto a cover of the Smiths Ask, so here are the Smiths actually singing:

Lastly, sadly, they played another new song called On Husband’s Wives. I would recommend ya
go see them. Hopefully they won’t be wearing suits in 100 degree weather again.
Also, love buying merch and they have some really fun stuff. Bet if you go in
the next few weeks you can get some “Fire” sale merch and catch and autograph (I
did!) They were all very sweet and approachable.

Toadies

(http://thetoadies.com)

With a fun opening cover like O0h
La La
how can this show go wrong!?! It didn’t! With Lewis playing a mandolin,
it was even better! The shows I’ve seen in the past are usually fairly hard
core. This set was mellow, which was a very nice change. Even the Toadies pointed
out that it’s not really an acoustic show, it’s more of a…well what do you name
it? I was thinking “Limited Edition Mellow Show” but even that doesn’t really
cover what this show is.

Up next was Dead Boy Boogie. I have seen the Toadies four times
now and they keep the show really fresh and the crowd goes crazy every time.  Of course was crowd favorite Tyler with a sing along and mandolin. Next
up were Doll Skin and  Mine.
There were a lot of covers tonight but I
really enjoyed the Toadies cover of the Beatles Don’t Let Me Down. Next came the crowd rousing I Come From the. Everyone was singing along with the whole song. It
was funny and sounded great despite all the drunk singers. Normally, I’m a “I
paid to hear the singer, sing not you!” person, but it was pretty amazing.

Followed by an AMAZING cover of the Talking Heads Psycho Killer and Clark killed a guitar
solo. Next up was Paper Dress and Song I Hate. And to much cheering it’s mandolin
time again aka “tiny guitar” and a cover of LCD Soundsystems Someone Great, check it out here:

Of course they had to play the song that sort of lead to this
whole Dia De Los Toadies(said in Texas accent) thing Possum Kingdom (which I’m sad to hear had burned again this year
due to the drought), followed by Send You
to Heaven
and another cover of and artist called Ida Maria called We’re All Going to Hell. After seeing
her video, I understood the attraction, very cheery/cheeky.  Clark on keyboards, finished up the night with
Mexican Hairless (we think, no lyrics
so not 100%)

The whole night was just so much fun and created some good
memories. Next year seats! And I guess I won’t be in charge with that. I swear I
didn’t get that option!!! And I leave you with this:

Also keep your eyes peeled for some photos to be posted
ASAP.

Next up will be the show…but I want to make sure that I have
it all put together in an orderly fashion. So it might be a few more days. My
life has been very busy, and I have a new computer to get us to. Will try it
put it tomorrow.

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writer/bloggers block…

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I have started this review of Matt the Electricans live album several times and just can’t get out of my writers block. So I’m watching The Walking Dead to try and get out of it….I’ll write a proper bloggy review here shortly.

Sad that I can’t seem to write, especially since this is such a great album, alive with some great music.

This too will pass.

In the mean time, check him out at http://www.matttheelectrician.com

As they said in The Walking Dead, “sometimes words fall short”

disappointed

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This week has been very sad in the independent music world.

First is the rioting in London. Luckily, my new friends in Van Susans are ok (posted today) however, I’ve read that one of the warehouses that holds several indy bands music to be distributed was burned. @TDCinemaClub and @Pitchforkmedia reported it this morning on their twitter feeds. I’m all for expressing ones self (I have glitter nail polish on right now and look forward to having purple hair one day) but not when it comes at the expense of others expression. It makes me mad, sick and sad when I hear that. A few years ago, the state put up some hand painted murals along the road, someone when and tagged it. Why? What is the point of destroying someone else’s work!?  So, rioters, stop! You aren’t doing yourself or anyone else any good by behaving this way.

Second, someone stole Portugal. The Man’s (http://portugaltheman.com) equipment van! With all the equipment! The van was returned but all of the equipment is gone. They have posted that they wouldn’t like donations…but I know I’m defiantly going to their next show and buy a shirt. It’s nice to see the music world pulling together and helping out. It just sucks that anyone would do that! And at Lollapalooza! I hope whoever stole their stuff gets what’s coming to them (all things bleeped)! Again, people! Don’t mess with artists! What did they ever do to you!? Just don’t touch other peoples stuff period!

PS – here is a site with a list of all of their missing stuff. if you life in the Chicago area or stalk eBay please check it out and see if you can help: https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?hl=en_US&hl=en_US&key=0AhuqJxSxnrEPdEUyd0oxNWJPTGphLXZkN1hNRFQ5dXc&output=html

Ok, I’m off the soap box….for now! As Wil Wheaton says “don’t be a D!*K!”

My next post will be WAY more fun. I’m going to write about Matt the Electricians live album which came out in January of this year. It’s really funny. One of the songs is called “Facebook Friend” (and it’s not bleeped). Sooooo keep your eyes peeled and let me know what you think! Here’s hoping that Portugal. The Man has a run of really good luck! And that the indy artist who’s work burned are able to recoup.

THANK YOU!

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I just wanted to thank everyone for coming by and reading my post on Van Susans! So excited and hope you all enjoyed. As I’ve said many times in this blog, this just the beginning and I know it’s a bit bumpy right now. Expect it smooth out over the next few posts. I hope you come back and check it out again, and even subscribe. There is some really good music out there and you never know what I might run into and blog about 😉

Again, a Texas sized Thank YOU goes out to Van Susans for introducing themselves to my blog 🙂

van susans _ we could be scenery

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Until last week, sadly, I had not heard of Van Susans (http://www.vansusans.com). Fortunately they found my blog and introduced themselves to me. Now, they say they pattern their music after Jack’s Mannequin, which is why they wrote me. To me, they sounded a bit more like old school Material Issue with a little Erasure and a touch of Cure b-sides (70’s style). 

The EP I’m reviewing is We Could Be Scenery. The first song Cha Cha Bang was really where I heard the Erasure bit, and just a little bit. It’s a very catchy almost anthem tune. Check out their music videos on their website or see this live one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DPVe-KE4cA&feature=related . Love the Luchadores style fighting in the video on their website (the chones as a mask was maybe too far for me, but funny). I think my favorite line is “this girl, she’s crazy, it’s like dancing with a gun”. Sets the tone for the rest of the album. Very tongue in cheek love songs.

After that the EP takes a twist into Bones (re-mix), which starts out very quietly and builds to this mass of music and emotion. I definitely heard the Jack’s Mannequin in this one, and I don’t think it was just in the piano playing. The middle portion with Get Up, Get Out is probably my favorite song in this EP. It might be my new “get’n ready to go out” song. It’s another slow burn into some serious dance energy, though that might just be me. I was tapping my foot and shoulder shaking most of the song.

Plans is actually a sad song about lost love…but with that crazy peppy beat that makes you forget it’s about being apart from the one you love and still dreaming about a future that probably won’t have. Probably hit me that way because it’s feeling pretty applicable to my life right now…stupid life…but I digress. Check out the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B38TBWLZ7gw

Now, the end of the album, Glow, which I hear as a homage to Jack’s Mannequin. It was a perfect end to the whole thing. “she made me feel like I’m glowing like starlight”, so beautiful and sad in one short phrase. As I listened, I wanted to hear more of the piano part and a little less drum, but it was a very organized cacophony of piano, drum, and guitar.

All and all, I would recommend checking out Van Susans We Could Be Scenery on a day you need a little pick me up. Maybe you’ll hear some other influences’, I’m not an expert, just a lover of music. I hope they come across the pond some day and if they play someplace with in driving distance of my little southTexas home, I bet it will be well worth my drive! I did buy the album off of Amazon so I could do this review. It was less than five dollars and worth every cent.

Again, please let me know what you think about my blog. I am always looking to grow and tailor to whatever ya’ll what to read/hear. Thank you to Van Susan’s for reading my blog and hope you enjoy my review! Your feedback would be greatly appreciated.

sounds under radio!

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Back a few months ago, my friend and I drove up to Austin to see Echo and the Bunnymen. They had a great band open for them called Sounds Under Radio (http://www.facebook.com/soundsunderradio). If you listen to bands like Interpol (http://www.interpolnyc.com) and Muse (http://muse.mu ) you will love Sounds Under Radio! They are a three-piece unsigned band that clearly loves music (saw the lead singer at the Chris Isaak show). I would highly recommend checking them out if they are in your area and see below for a free download. And then, run out and buy their music where ever you buy music!

 “Sing” will be featured on Phoenix X103.9 “The Leak” ALL WEEK LONG! Listen/download HERE! http://tinyurl.com/SURTheLeak