Monthly Archives: October 2011

beirut @ stubbs

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Saturday
October 29th, 2011

Headed to Austin to see Beirut (http://beirutband.com) at Stubbs
(http://stubbsaustin.com). I didn’t know what to expect with the show. We got up a little bit early to eat
there. Wonderful bar-b-que! Go up and try it sometime when you have a chance.
They also have some AMAZING shows! Cake (http://www.cakemusic.com) and Mutemath
(http://mutemath.com) are both coming there soon.

So after filling up on some yummy Texas food, we moved on down to wait in line for the
show. The line wasn’t too long at this point. It also wasn’t full of the unwashed young masses I was thinking would be there. I wasn’t the oldest! It was a colorful pre Halloween  evening full of some really creative costumes. The pedicab
drivers were trying to outdo each other. There was a transgender Adam and Eve,
Slash, a Bobby in basketball shorts. It made the time pass quickly. Wrestled an
ATM Machine (giggle giggle), and waited for the first band to start.

Ramesh

Opening band was called Ramesh (the former front man for Voxtrot ). It was an interesting
concept with the big band. I didn’t really care for them. I can’t tell if it
was the arrogance dripping from the lead singer, the unimaginative and
repetitive lyrics, the repetitive themes in the songs…the 80’s getup of the
lead singer…I don’t know, it just all sort of bugged me. Don’t get me
wrong, I LOVE a goofy off beat band as much as the next person, but I just
didn’t care for them. Below is a sample

I really don’t like giving bad reviews, maybe I just didn’t get it, or because I had a
bad day…nope, I just didn’t see anything redeeming in the whining emo  hipster crap spewed from the band.

Beirut

I went into this show with no expectation really. I figured there would be a lot of  hipsters, but maybe some people close to my age that enjoy a different sound. All warmed up by the opening band and knowing what was to come was going to be WAY better, I was excited. By now, you’ve probably figured out that it doesn’t really take much to get me excited when it comes to live music. I had read a little about the band beforehand, and I’ve heard several of their songs on amazon.com. They’re a lot of fun. The best way to describe the music is European folk style music. They have a wonderful mix of instruments (listed below, some unexpected) andthey have a tight set. Below is a nice selection of the bands videos.

This next song is called Nantes and the video is of an impromptu street show. This is what I really enjoy about this band.

And a cool Florance and the Machine cover of the previous song (for grins)

Sunday smile

I know that’s a lot of videos but I couldn’t stop posting! I had a lot of fun finding them.  Lead singer Zach Condon (originally from Santa Fe, NM) clearly enjoys what he’s  doing and been around the world sharing/learning his music. Here is a list of  the instruments played by the group, it’s pretty impressive:

The show was lively and I danced the whole time, it was much better than I had expected
(despite not really having expectations).

This blog kind of ended up all over the place today.  The cliff notes version is:

Beirut = fun! go see them

Ramesh = meh, pass

Enjoy the videos and the next blog will be of FUN FUN FUN FEST! So excited!

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bush @ sunken gardens

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Friday October 28, 2011 I found
myself walking toward the Sunken Gardens (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Antonio_Japanese_Tea_Garden)
to see Filter (http://www.officialfilter.com)
, Chevelle (http://www.chevelleinc.com) and Bush (http://bushofficial.com) on the last night
of their tour together. We were running late, traffic is terrible getting to
this outdoor venue just north of downtown San Antonio. As we were walking up we
could hear Chevelle begin their set. People started running past us, all I could
do was laugh. My friend and I are usually very good about getting to show early
and seeing all of the acts (standing up front of course!). We found at that
Filter had already played. I had wanted to see Filter since they were one of my
favorite bands from college, still have their CD from then. That was a little disappointing
to miss them.  A local reporter told us
they did an abbreviate set and was “OK”.

Chevelle

So we walked in listening to Chevelle and went to get our merch.
As much as I love Sunken Gardens appearance (archinerd moment, it is a classic
WPA amphitheater) its sound quality leaves something to be desired. It’s plenty
loud, just not very clear. They’ve worked on it for years. It’s been closed
several times and there is never enough money in the city to maintain it. It is
beautiful though, please see the photos page.  Ok, back to the music, Chevelle has some well-known
songs played on main stream radio. I have to admit that I’m not as familiar as I
would like with the rest of their collection as one might like. They had so
much energy and for just three people there is some amazing sound! Below is a
great little collection of some of the more famous Chevelle songs.

I could suggest you check out The Clincher, it’ll make you get up and move.

One of my favorites is Send the Pain Below:

And of course The Red:

All three got the crowd moving and singing with the band. Always a
good thing at a show!

Bush

I’ve been listening to Bush since I was in college (around 1994)
and loved them! I’m not one of those girls that wanted to marry Gavin Rossdale
like so many of my friends. And now I can’t watch him dance and not think about
Pee Wee Herman or an epileptic Steven Tyler. For being married to Gwen Stefani
he cannot dance! This was only a minor distraction to the whole entertaining
value of the show.

The group kicked off the set with my absolute favorite song of
theirs Machinehead. That and Glycerine are the two songs that firsts made me
fall in love with them. Those songs kept me going through the long days and
nights of studio. Trying to get my project finished, drawing, painting,
coloring (yes, I learned to color in the lines in college!). Good times! The set
Bush brought back a lot of memories of those times. They also played some new
music from the album The Sea of Memories
released August 19, 2011. When Gavin started singing All Night Doctors I had to have it!

I was so impressed by how humble and genuine the band was. They
weren’t prancing around acting as if they were the best band ever. They were
just enjoying the last night of tour and the crowd that had assembled at this
beautiful venue in San Antonio. I had a lot of respect for Gavin after he came
down into the crowd and sang with them. It’s nice to see a band that has been
around as long as they have and still plays for the love of music and the
people not to just to be famous and be catered to. There are a lot of bands
that seem to lose that at some point and treat the audience with little to no
respect (Echo and the Bunnymen, I hope your listening). If it weren’t for the “goofy
people: standing there paying $40 a ticket and $30 a shirt you wouldn’t be
there. Soap box under the bed now.

They did a really great cover of Come Together (hello Beatles!). I’m
posting this not just for the song but for the “sweet” moves. It’s really
adorable, makes me laugh.

I leave you with this. It was a Top 10 show for the year. My
friend says I say that after every show. I just don’t say who was moved out of
the Top 10 because I don’t want to hurt feelings. It was a very impressive show
and Bush still has it. Check out their new album. I picked it up on Amazon.

Please see the next post on the band Beirut @stubbs.

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So, I have my daring moments, like singing with Sister’s Morales
many moons ago during an open mic night, walking along the DC mall alone at
night to see the sights, you know, stuff that I probably shouldn’t have done if
I had thought long term.

So, this morning as I was walking into work I had my bag and drink,
it was quiet, until I turned the corner at which time this came on a giant screen TV in the lobby:

Now, I’m not specifying my feelings on the quality of the
presentation…or the content…but I wish I had the confidence to do something
like that and not be worried about being made fun of. Not just the being made
fun of, but the fact that it’s in electrons for all to see FOR EVER! This was a
bold move. It’s seen by some 8,000 people every day. I couldn’t do it…and I’m
fairly bold. So, to this guy…congrats on the win, and here’s hoping you have
a bold future.

La La Lu

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Well, here it is. A little teaser of what I’m working on.

I loved Lady and the Tramp when I was a kid and we ended up having a cocker spaniel when I was a teenager named Lady that looked just like the cartoon dog. I decided to do a little Peggy Lee and sing La La Lu. I haven’t recorded the whole song yet, since I don’t have a mic yet. Hopefully I’ll be a bit better organized going forward. Attached is a VERY rough cut of the begining of the song.

la la lu

As I said, rough. No accompaniment, no tweeking, just my voice. As I practice more, it will get better…I promise.

Alright then, until next time where hopefully the recording will be much better!

singing

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I haven’t posted in a while, it’s been crazy around here! So this is what’s happening, I’m going to sing a little baby medley. I’m looking about six or so songs. The first one is going to be the song from Hook called When You’re all Alone. There is discussion on who will accompany me. Will also be singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Ella style, with my cousin doing accompaniment for that one. I’ll post the rough versions up here to show the progress. I’m excited. Going to teach myself some guitar and warm up the old piano again to do some of the background. It’s all very exciting. Its all for family, so this will be the only place you’ll find it, as I’m not really what you would call commercially viable. I love singing and playing music, so this is great and its out of love for a new little buddy that entered the world. If it turns out ok, will probably send it out to some friends that have kids that I don’t get to see, so they have some Auntie Jen Jen around.

Alright, here it goes, wish me luck. Next post will have some tunage attached.

Many blessing everyone.