Thursday, December 13, 2007

Cool Event Alert: Sigur Rós "Heima" @ Uptown Theatre 12/14/07

This is gonna' be cool, you should probably go... A special one night only screening of the highly talked about documentary film Heima by Icelandic post rock band Sigur Rós. and present:

Heima, a Sigur Rós Film

Uptown Theatre
Friday, Dec. 14th
Doors @ 11:55pm

Heima Trailer

Door prizes: Sigur Ros posters, DVDs, and CDs.

Call the Uptown Theatre Box Office at (612) 825-8620 for more info.

Limited number of free tix here.

See you there!

Sigur Rós - "Svefn g englar" (live in Philadelphia, 9/22/01):

Sigur Rós - "Glosoli" (live in Reykjavík):

2007 wrap-up/lists to come next week. Peace.

Sigur Rós Website | MySpace

Sigur Ros live @ Orpheum Theater 5/8/06

Led Zeppelin - "Stairway to Heaven" (live in London, 12/10/07):

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Concert Round-up 10/19/07 - 11/20/07: Stars of Track and Field, Raveonettes, Nicole Atkins, Mobius Band, Sunset Rubdown, M.I.A., and more...

So yeah, it's been too long since I've updated. I've been pretty busy with work and other extra-curricular activities the past few months so we'll have to see what the future holds for this here blog. Don't worry, I still read your blog, listen to new music, and check out bands around town.

Anyway, here are some shows I checked out recently but never got around to posting on the site:

>> Stars of Track and Field live @ 7th Street Entry 10/19/07

Flickr: Photos | Slideshow

One of the best light shows I've seen in the Entry. The band musically was pretty good. Kind of a mix between The Postal Service and Mobius Band.

mp3: Stars of Track and Field - Movies Of Antarctica

Stars of Track and Field Website | MySpace

>> Drive-By Truckers live @ First Avenue 10/19/07

Flickr: Photos | Slideshow

Caught the last 45 minutes of their set in the Mainroom after crossing over from the Entry. I'm not really into Southern Rock, but I was thoroughly entertained by these Georgia rockers. Wow, they really jammed out in true "Skynyrd" style. I haven't seen a Jack Daniels bottle being passed around on stage in quite a while. Poplife has more on the gig.

mp3: Drive-By Truckers - World of Hurt
mp3: Drive-By Truckers - Loaded Gun in the Closet

Drive-By Truckers Website | MySpace

>> The Raveonettes live @ 7th Street Entry 10/21/07

Flickr: Photos | Slideshow

mp3: The Raveonettes - Dead Sound
mp3: The Raveonettes - Aly, Walk With Me
YouTube: The Raveonettes - Dead Sound

The Raveonettes have blown me away every time I've seen them. This night was no exception. I still can't believe I got to see them in the Entry. Wow, the new stuff from the forthcoming album "Lust, Lust, Lust" (out 2/19/08) sounded brilliant. More on BRIAT. Rave on.

The Raveonettes Website | MySpace

>> Nicole Atkins & the Sea live @ 7th Street Entry 10/21/07

Flickr: Photos | Slideshow

Nicole and her band opened for The Raveonettes. I was pleasantly surprised by her performance, as I really didn't know too much about her. What did she sound like? I think the description on her MySpace sums it up: "Roy Orbison as a chick fronting a band of elves."

mp3: Nicole Atkins & the Sea - Party's Over
YouTube: Nicole Atkins & the Sea - The Way It Is (live on Letterman 10/30/07)

Nicole Atkins & the Sea
Website | MySpace

>> Mobius Band live @ Triple Rock 10/24/07

Flickr: Photos | Slideshow

Another very fine performance supporting label-mate Matthew Dear. The new album "Heaven" is great, and live the songs sounded even better. I still can't believe these guys aren't huge yet...

mp3: Mobius Band - Friends Like These
mp3: Mobius Band - Hallie
YouTube: Mobius Band - Friends Like These

Mobius Band Website | MySpace

>> Matthew Dear live @ Triple Rock 10/24/07

Flickr: Photos | Slideshow

Hmmmm, I don't know, I wasn't that impressed. I liked the DJ-ing and electronica aspect, but really didn't dig the singing and band. I guess the show was ok. To be perfectly honest I missed 1/2 of it as I was talking with the guys in Mobius Band...

mp3: Matthew Dear - Dog Days

Matthew Dear Website | MySpace

>> Stook! | Dan Israel | Martin Devaney live @ Varsity Theater 10/26/07

Martin Devaney & Stook!:

Dan Israel:

Flickr: Photos | Slideshow

What a pleasant surprise this dual CD-release (Stook!, Dan Israel) gig turned out to be. I had a great time and really enjoyed all 3 artists (and all the guest musicians who appeared). HWTS has more. And yeah, being on stage with a bunch of friends and singing backing vocals to final tune of the evening "Rockin' in the Free World" was pretty sweet...

mp3: Dan Israel - Hurt and Love

Stook! Website | MySpace
Dan Israel Website | MySpace
Martin Devaney Website | MySpace

>> Sunset Rubdown live @ Triple Rock 11/2/07

Flickr: Photos | Slideshow

Spencer Krug can do no wrong in my book. Yep, the show was awesome. Wolf Parade still reigns supreme in my book, though.

YouTube: Sunset Rubdown - Us Ones In Between (live in Chicago)

Sunset Rubdown Website

>> The Cool Kids live @ First Avenue 11/20/07

Flickr: Photos | Slideshow

They opened for M.I.A. and their shit was dope. They sounded like a mix between The Beastie Boys and Run DMC... which got the crowd nicely warmed up for the main act.

YouTube: The Cool Kids - Black Mags

The Cool Kids MySpace

>> M.I.A. live @ First Avenue 11/20/07

Flickr: Photos | Slideshow

Saved the best for last... M.I. mutherfuckin' A. simply destroyed sold-out First Avenue. One of my favorite shows of the year. Some highlights:
  • The audience was totally into it. Kids were dancing their asses off.
  • M.I.A. was all over the stage and really gave it her all. Singing, dancing, crowd-surfing, climbing into the balcony. That girl really has some energy.
  • For "Bird Flu" (see photo above and video below) some of the crowd got to join M.I.A. on stage.
  • The light, stage, and video screen show were really amazing. A complete multi-media experience.
The after-party at Foundation Nightclub was pretty cool as well. What a night...

Here are a couple of live videos from the show.

M.I.A. - "Bamboo Banga" live @ First Avenue 11/20/07:
(Opening tune - 4:57)

M.I.A. - "Bucky Done Gun" | "Bird Flu" live @ First Avenue 11/20/07:
(Features lots of people on stage during "Bird Flu" - 11:03)

And my favorite song of the year:

mp3: M.I.A. - Paper Planes

M.I.A. Website | MySpace

PopLife has more and the setlist.
Star Tribune review.
Reveille photos.

OK, so that about sums it up for now. I think I'm finally caught up. I'll probably try to put up a few more posts before year-end. Maybe I'll do a list of sorts. Actually, probably not. I'm really sick of year-end lists already and it's not even December. Plus you know my top song of the year already (and my top album in a sec)...

I'll conclude with the latest video from my top album of the year (no surprise). Peace, take care.

Arctic Monkeys - Teddy Picker:

Arctic Monkeys

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

J-Girl and I carved pumpkins. Guess which one's mine:

We dressed up our dogs Ringo and Savannah (for ~ 5 minutes). Yes, we're that cruel:

And in the music world... The Pierces just released a brand-new Halloween themed video for "Sticks and Stones". It's pretty cool (thanks to reader Doug for the tip):

mp3: The Pierces - Sticks and Stones (YSI)

The Pierces
Website | MySpace

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Car crashes into First Avenue 10/19/07

More on Flickr: Photos | Slideshow

So I just got back from First Avenue... Holy shit, a fucking car crashed into the side of the building last night! Here's what I heard happened: Car and limo collide. Car goes into side of First Ave and hits a couple of people standing outside.

I saw one woman walk away (in shock) ok. One other guy was more seriously injured. I think he had a broken leg... First Avenue had hardly any damage. I still can't believe ~ 14 police cars showed up. I thought another bridge went down ;)

And yeah, I did watch Stars of Track and Field tonight. I also managed to get some photos of Drive By Truckers. They were actually really entertaining... Crazy night. More to come.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Spoon | The Ponys | T.O.G.P.T.F.F.S.O.T.W.O.T.H.E.A.T.S.Y.O.A. live @ First Avenue 10/10/07


The Ponys:


Spoon on Flickr: Photos | Slideshow

Band-by-band breakdown:

> T.O.G.P.T.F.F.S.O.T.W.O.T.H.E.A.T.S.Y.O.A.: I know what you're thinking, WTF? OK, here's what the band name means: "Three Old Guys Play the First Five Songs Off the Wipers' Over the Edge Record and the Song "Youth of America"... They were NSFG, "not so fucking good."

> The Ponys: I loved these guys last time I saw them in the Entry. This time they were ok. They started out kinda' average, but once the set got going they really jammed out. Their last couple of tunes rocked.

> Spoon: Wow! Amazing, love these guys. The chronological setlist was brilliant.

I think that's all I need to say. Others have already covered it:
mp3: The Ponys - Double Vision
mp3: Spoon - The Underdog (YSI)

And... the videos from the show, in chronological order (of course):

The Ponys - "Small Talk" live @ First Avenue:

Spoon - "Utilitarian" / "The Minor Tough" live @ First Avenue:

Spoon - "That's The Way We Get By" live @ First Avenue:

Spoon - "The Beast and Dragon, Adored" live @ First Avenue:

Spoon - "Don't Make Me A Target" live @ First Avenue:

Spoon - "The Underdog" live @ First Avenue:

Spoon Website | MySpace
The Ponys Website | MySpace

Oasis - Lord Don't Slow Me Down

New(ish) video by my boys. The concert double DVD under the same name is out November 6th.

Lord Don't Slow Me Down contents:

Disc One:

* Feature length documentary tour film 'Lord Don't Slow Me Down' in stereo and surround sound. · Bonus audio commentary - Noel, Liam, Andy and Gem guide you through the film with their recollections of the tour. · A Noel Gallagher Q&A session with fans runs alongside out-takes from the film.

Bonus Disc:

* Oasis live at City of Manchester Stadium on 2nd July 2005 - sixteen classic tracks shot in HD with stereo and surround sound. · Bonus Disc also features unique footage and pictures sent in by fans who attended the concert.

Sweet... Oasis is currently preparing a brand new album for release in 2008.

Teasers from the DVD:
mp3: Noel Gallagher - Whatever / Octopus's Garden (live acoustic) (YSI)
mp3: Oasis - Married With Children (live) (YSI)
mp3: Noel Gallagher - Slide Away (live acoustic) (YSI)
mp3: Oasis - Let There Be Love (YSI)

Oasis Website | MySpace | YouTube

Girl Talk | Tay Zonday live @ First Avenue 10/5/07

Girl Talk:

Tay Zonday:

Girl Talk | Tay Zonday on Flickr: Photos | Slideshow

Show of the year!!! Ha ha, just kidding. It was pretty insane, though. YouTube Superstar Tay Zonday was pretty good... for a novelty act. I don't know... my Karaoke version of "Chocolate Rain" would be more entertaining, I think. One thing is for sure, the guy definitely can't dance.

Girl Talk (Greg Gillis) had the mostly intoxicated college crowd going absolutely nuts inside First Avenue. I danced my ass off. I had never seen crowd-surfing at a DJ club show before... All in all, Girl Talk really impressed me. "Smash Your Head" ruled. Boy knows how to mix up the tunes...

More reviews/pics/video/commentary:
mp3: Girl Talk - Bounce That
mp3: Girl Talk - Smash Your Head (YSI)
mp3: Tay Zonday - Chocolate Rain

A couple of videos from the show:

Tay Zonday - "Do The Can't Dance" live @ First Avenue:

Tay Zonday - "Chocolate Rain" live @ First Avenue:

Girl Talk Website | MySpace
Tay Zonday Website | MySpace | YouTube

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Jamie T & the Pacemakers live @ 7th Street Entry 9/19/07

Jamie T on Flickr: Photos | Slideshow

The sold out 7th Street Entry crowd went crazy for this one. Yeah, lots of Anglophile hooligans in the audience, including myself. Jamie T and his backing band "The Pacemakers" were shockingly great in a live setting. Even after the show, I'm still not exactly sure how to classify Jamie's music... it's a hybrid of various styles, ranging from hip hop to rock 'n' roll. At times it sounded like the bloody Arctic Monkeys or The Clash were on stage. Other times it was really "grimey", ala The Streets. Anyway, bla bla bla, boy is really talented, and delivered one of the most fun shows I've seen in a while. And yeah, I did get one of his "mixtapes" at the end of the show. I'm still working on finding a tape-player to play it on ;)

Sarah over at CP also has a review. So does Brody (including setlist).

mp3: Jamie T (feat. Lily Allen) - Rawhide (YSI)

Some videos from the show:

Jamie T - "Calm Down Dearest" live 9/19/07:

Jamie T's Guitarist - "Purple Rain" (Prince cover) live 9/19/07:

Jamie T - "A New England" (Billy Bragg cover) live 9/19/07 (final encore):

Jamie T Website | MySpace

I'll be back with some fun summer photos and a mix CD soon.


P.S. A note on the "Purple Rain" Prince cover. I guess Prince is not messing around when he said he was taking stuff down around the internets! YouTube took down my Jamie T YouTube video for a "Copyright claim by the publisher". Wow!? Luckily, we have imeem as an alternative...

Rilo Kiley | Jonathan Rice | Grand Ole Party live @ First Avenue 9/14/07

Rilo Kiley on Flickr: Photos | Slideshow

Yeah, I agree, Rilo's latest record "Under The Blacklight" may not be my (or your) favorite. However, wow, "indie rock darling" Jenny Lewis and company really know how to put on a live show. Sold out First Avenue was crazy-packed for the gig. I haven't seen that many 18-20 year old girls in one place in a long time...

Hmmm, what else can I tell you? The band really impressed me, as I had never seen them live before. Jenny's voice and stage presence were fantastic. The rest of the band and back-up singers were equally impressive. Even the new stuff sounded great. And what do you know... now I really kinda' dig the new album. That's why I go to shows.

Opening bands Jonathan Rice and Grand Ole Party were ok. Not really 100% my thing. I was a bit bored to be perfectly honest. Both seem pretty talented, though, so definitely check them out.

I'll leave in-depth analysis to others. You can read more about the gig over at HowWasTheShow and on Brody's blog. Also, check it, they stopped in for an in-studio session on the Current.

mp3: Rilo Kiley - Smoke Detector (YSI)

Some cool vids from the show:

Rilo Kiley - "Breakin' Up" live @ First Avenue 9/14/07:

Rilo Kiley - "Rise Up With Fists" (Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins cover) live @ First Avenue 9/14/07:

Rilo Kiley - "Does He Love You?" live @ First Avenue 9/14/07 (final encore of the night):

Rilo Kiley Website | MySpace
Jonathan Rice Website | MySpace
Grand Ole Party MySpace

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Editors live @ Fine Line 9/12/07

Editors on Flickr: Photos | Slideshow

Wow. Editors did not disappoint. They were absolutely brilliant at Fine Line Music Cafe last week. One of my favorite shows of the year. No comparisons to that "other" band necessary. They're the real deal folks. I think MFR agrees. So does Brody.

mp3: Editors - The Racing Rats (YSI)

Have you seen the "Absolutely NO Video" signs inside Fine Line? Ha ha, yeah...

Editors - "Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors" live @ Fine Line 9/12/07:

Editors Website | MySpace

My favorite shows of 2006
Stellastarr* / The Editors live @ Fine Line 4/18/06

Video: Rilo Kiley - "Does He Love You?" live @ First Avenue 9/14/07

Final encore of the night last Friday at First Avenue.

Full wrap-up of Editors and Rilo Kiley to come ASAP.

Ruckus on the Westbank 9/8/07 featuring: Dance Band, Big Quarters, Poison Control Center, North, The 757s

Ruckus on Flickr: Photos | Slideshow

Chris over at Poplife has a review for you

Nomad World Pub did a fabulous job putting on this event. A couple of thoughts on the musical acts I witnessed: Dance Band was a blast to watch. They really want you to, ummmm, dance! Hip-hop duo Big Quarters were quite good. Unfortunately, they struck out finding somebody from the audience to beat-box for them on-stage for one of their tunes. Yeah, not one of my talents... Iowa's Poison Control Center definitely performed the high energy ADD set of the evening (see photos). Insane. North was my favorite music act. Think Radiohead meets Coldplay. The 757s closed out the night. Very nice guys and a great way to finish the festival.

Poison Control Center's brand new album "A Collage of Impressions" drops 9/25/07 via Minneapolis' Afternoon Records. Here's the first single:

mp3: Poison Control Center - Magic Circle Symphony

Also, check out a tune from their EP "Glory Us":

mp3: Poison Control Center - Glory Us

Poison Control Center Website | MySpace

Ruckus bands in the order the played (I missed the first 5):

02:00pm - Spiritual Mansions
03:00pm - Estate
04:00pm - City on the Make
05:00pm - Ice Palace
06:00pm - The Melismatics
07:00pm - Dance Band
08:00pm - Big Quarters
09:00pm - Poison Control Center
10:30pm - North
12:00am - The 757s

And yeah, no, Tay Zonday didn't play.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

VHS or Beta live @ 7th Street Entry 9/5/07

VHS or Beta on Flickr: Flickr Photos | Flickr Slideshow

Due to the Federer vs Roddick US Open tennis match I wound up skipping the opening bands. I've seen locals Maps of Norway before (they're pretty good). Sorry Walter Meego, come back for a visit from Chicago soon...

Last time I saw VHS or Beta was in the First Avenue Main Room a couple of years ago when they opened up for Electric Six. They were quite good that night. So, even though I'm not a huge fan of their new album Bring on the Comets I was kind of excited to see the guys live again. VoB were ok in the 7th Street Entry. They still have lots of stage charisma and their set was solid. The older stuff rocked, the new stuff was so-so. I had a great time at the show and they're definitely still worth checking out live. Hopefully they'll return to form and wow us with the next record...

mp3: VHS or Beta - Can't Believe a Single Word (YSI)
mp3: Walter Meego - Romantic
mp3: Maps of Norway - Manners

VHS or Beta live on the Current

VHS or Beta Website | MySpace
Walter Meego Website | MySpace
Maps of Norway Website | MySpace

Friday, September 07, 2007

Quickies: I'm back | Luciano RIP | Ruckus on the Westbank | Tony RIP | VHS or Beta | Arctic Monkeys on Letterman | M.I.A.

> So... it appears I took a much needed blogging vacation in August. Yeah, I had loads of fun. However, as of today, the blog is back in session. Regular updates to follow.

> Luciano Pavarotti RIP. My favorite tenor. I was lucky enough to witness the legend live a few years ago at Xcel Energy Center. Absolutely amazing show. This song still gives me goosebumps:

Luciano Pavarotti - Nessun Dorma:

> Cool event alert! Ruckus on the West Bank goes down tomorrow, Saturday 9/8/07, 1pm - 2am. Lots of great bands and it's FREE! I'll see you there...

> Tony Wilson RIP. Tragic. 24 Hour Party People may be my favorite music film every made.

Happy Mondays - 24 Hour Party People:

> I watched VHS or Beta live @ 7th Street Entry a couple of days ago. Photos and words to come soon. In the meanwhile, check out their in-studio appearance on The Current. Brody also has a short review.

> Arctic Monkeys are performing live on Letterman tonight, 9/6/07.

> M.I.A.'s new album Kala is fantastic. After camping last weekend, this tune is officially one of my favorite songs of the summer:

M.I.A. - Paper Planes - live @ Lollapalooza 8/3/07:

OK, that's all I have for now. More to come. Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Kings of Leon | Wild Sweet Orange live @ First Avenue 8/3/07

(Kings of Leon live @ First Avenue 8/3/07)

Kings of Leon live. Wow, finally, I've never seen them before. Last time they were in town I skipped the show 'cause it was the first day I had quit smoking. Yeah, that was stupid, and an amazing show (from what I heard)... And yeah, since then I've started smoking again ;)

So this was the make up date for the canceled May 18 show. Snowden did a great job for the boys that night, I remember. KOL made up by playing two shows last week instead; the show Thursday 8/2/07 got really good reviews: Strib | PopLife (including setlist). Friday was no different...

I saw a couple of tunes by Wild Sweet Orange. The Alabama boys were quite good and fit the bill well. I talked with them for a while and they're really nice guys; hopefully they'll be back soon...

(Kings of Leon live @ First Avenue 8/3/07)

As for Kings of Leon. Jesus, the brothers Followill are spectacular live. It's weird thinking I just watched The Cribs (3 brothers) and now KOL (4 brothers) right in a row... Unfortunately, they had a super-strict "no camera" policy that night at First Avenue. Yep, both of my cameras were confiscated that evening. Luckily I was still able to get the photos above and a couple more on Flickr. Sorry, obviously, no videos...

Luckily they played Lollapalooza on Sunday and it was streamed live online. Did you watch it? It was pretty sweet... EdVed even joined them for a tune.

Kings of Leon & Eddie Vedder - "Slow Night, So Long" 8/05/07:

Speaking of EdVed, Pearl Jam really rocked (and I'm not even a big fan).

Pearl Jam - "Rockin' In the Free World" 8/05/07:

This was one of my favorite tunes at the First Ave show.

Kings Of Leon - Fans (4/18/07 - London):

Kings of Leon Website | MySpace
Wild Sweet Orange MySpace

P.S. A very special "Hi" goes out to the ultra-cool people who drove all the way down from Winnipeg, Canada, to watch the show! Great to meet and watch the show with you. You guys/gals rock!


A few things that are new, or I forgot to mention:

> The Current, has some great recent in-studio performances:> New concert announcements (at least they're new to me):
> The Cribs love The Replacements. Duh.

> New Underworld!

> I need to get a new cell phone soon. iPhone or Blackberry? I need something that works as a phone, but also to text people and check my email. I'd love to surf the web while on the bus as well.... Whatcha' think?

> One more time:

Have a great week!

Friday, August 03, 2007

The Cribs | White Rabbits live @ Turf Club 8/1/07

(The Cribs)

(The Cribs)

(The Cribs)

(The Cribs)

(White Rabbits)

On the day "the bridge fell", White Rabbits and The Cribs delivered a classic performance. Jesus, what a day; and what a show.

White Rabbits were absolutely brilliant. I wouldn't even call them an opening band. They were more of a co-headliner. They reminded me of a mixture of Arcade Fire and Modest Mouse. A lot of percussion, and very engaging to watch. These guys will be huge. They'll be back here with Tokyo Police Club 10/9/07 in the 7th Street Entry, so if you missed 'em, catch them then...

As for The Cribs... holy shit, they absolutely @#$% destroyed Turf Club. Wakefield's favorite brothers Gary, Ryan, and Ross Jarman really tore it up. They're everything I love about rock 'n' roll. Great tunes, raw, loud, fast, crazy. I still can't believe they're not one of the biggest bands on the planet. One of my favorite gigs of the year...

The Cribs setlist:

More The Cribs / White Rabbits: Flickr Photos | Flickr Slideshow

Vids from the show:

White Rabbits - "Kid On My Shoulders" (opening tune):

White Rabbits - "Maggie's Farm" (Bob Dylan Cover) / "I Used To Complain Now I Don't"

The Cribs - "Our Bovine Public":

The Cribs - "Men's Needs":

The Cribs - "The Wrong Way To Be"

The Cribs Website | MySpace
White Rabbits Website | MySpace

The Cribs - "The Wrong Way To Be" live @ Turf Club 8/1/07

Classic. The closest I could get without actually being on stage with the band.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

The Fratellis | Switches | Dappled Cities live @ Varsity Theater 7/29/07

CityPages and Pop Life have reviews for you. I thought Dappled Cities (sorry, no pics, as I only saw a couple of tunes) were bloody awesome. These Aussie boys will be big. Switches were ok. The Fratellis' set was spectacular; really tight. Did I mention it was 100 degrees in the front rows of the Varsity?! Yeah, a pretty awesome show. Dancing to "Sweet Caroline" after the final tune was pretty "cool" as well...


(The Fratellis)

(The Fratellis)

(The Fratellis)

The Fratellis setlist:

More Fratellis / Switches: Flickr Photos | Flickr Slideshow

Here's the opening tune from the gig.

The Fratellis - "Baby Fratelli" live @ Varsity Theater 7/29/07:

And more vids from the show:

The Fratellis - "Vince The Lovable Stoner"

The Fratellis - "Whistle For The Choir"
The Fratellis - "Flathead"
The Fratellis - "Pretty Like A Girl" (new song)
The Fratellis - "Henrietta"
The Fratellis - "Johnny Come Last" (new song)

mp3: Dappled Cities - Fire, Fire, Fire (Loving Hand Remix)

The Fratellis Website | MySpace
Switches Website | MySpace
Dappled Cities Website | MySpace

Birthday Suits | The Blind Shake live @ 7th Street Entry 7/27/07

So after the Erasure gig I went over to the 7th Street Entry for some punk rock. Absolutely insane. Birthday Suits and The Blind Shake really tore it up. Do check them out when you have a chance.

(Birthday Suits)

Birthday Suits live @ 7th Street Entry 7/27/07 (Video 1):

Birthday Suits live @ 7th Street Entry 7/27/07 (Video 2):

(The Blind Shake)

The Blind Shake live @ 7th Street Entry 7/27/07:

More Birthday Suits / The Blind Shake: Flickr Photos | Flickr Slideshow

Birthday Suits Website | MySpace
The Blind Shake Website | MySpace

White Rabbits - "Maggie's Farm" (Bob Dylan Cover) / "I Used To Complain Now I Don't" live @ Turf Club 8/1/07

This is pretty great, therefore it deserves its own post:

Bob Dylan Website | MySpace
White Rabbits
Website | MySpace

Erasure | Young Love live @ First Avenue 7/27/07

(Erasure taking a bow @ First Avenue 7/27/07)

More Erasure: Flickr Photos | Flickr Slideshow

22 years after forming in 1985, Erasure still has it. Wow, what a great show. I haven't seen that much dancing at a live show in a while.

(Young Love not falling off the stage @ First Avenue 7/27/07)

NYC band Young Love opened. They were pretty good. Erasure had a really elaborate stage set-up so these guys had to play right at the edge of it. At times during their set it seemed the lead-singer was almost bound to fall off. He didn't; the band did a great job getting the crowd warmed up for the main act.

(Erasure live @ First Ave)

Erasure. Never seen them before. You know I'm a big Depeche Mode fan, right? Needless to say I was excited to see what Vince Clarke and Andy Bell sound and look like now-a-days. Turns out, they're still fantastic. The tunes sounded spectacular in a live setting. Andy still has a great voice and is definitely still a sex symbol to the "alternative lifestyle" crowd. Vince did a sweet job on the keys, computer, and guitar. The back-up singers looked and sounded awesome. The stage show/set-up and light show was amazing. The nearly sold-out First Avenue audience loved it; Erasure's whole set turned into a non-stop dance party. All in all, A+ gig.

Need more proof? Yeah, I have the video to prove it.

Erasure - "Chains of Love" live @ First Avenue 7/27/07:

More vids I shot at the show:

Erasure's Setlist:

Erasure Website | MySpace
Young Love Website | MySpace

I35W Bridge Collapse

(Photo courtesy of Dani Bora)

Time-out from the music for a second. I just wanted to let everyone know I'm alive and kicking. So is everybody else I know. Thanks for all the concerned phone calls, texts, and emails.

By now I think you've heard that the I35W bridge collapsed over the Mississippi here in Minneapolis yesterday at 6:05pm. I think I'm still in shock. I was actually on the bus on the way over to J-Girl's house when it happened... Crazy to think that when I drive to work (I've been taking the bus lately) I often go home right around that time via I35W over the bridge. What a tragedy; definitely a day I will not forget for a long time.

My thoughts and best wishes go out to anyone affected.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Travis live @ First Avenue 7/22/07

Travis live @ First Avenue - "Flowers in the Window"

Lots more (72) great Travis Photos: Flickr Photos | Flickr Slideshow

Travis. Holy f*cking #@$^. Wow. To get you "primed": Read Kyle's review of the DC gig over on Information Leafblower. After you're done, come back; don't worry, I'll wait...

OK, here's what happened at the First Ave gig:

> Yes, they entered from the back of the audience, walking through the whole crowd in boxer warm-up outfits with the theme from "Rocky." They then proceeded to the stage with James Brown's "Living in America." Their first (opening) tune was "Selfish Jean." Perhaps the greatest entrance of a band I've ever seen. Witness for yourself...

Travis - Rocky Theme / Living In America / Selfish Jean @ First Ave 7/22/07:

> "All I Want To Do Is Rock" really "rocked." ;) Guitarist Andy went into the crowd for this one...

Travis - "All I Want To Do Is Rock" live @ First Avenue, 7/22/07:

> Last song before the encores, "Turn." Magical. Watch Mr. Francis Healy jump off the drum set.

Travis - "Turn" live @ First Avenue, 7/22/07:

> First encore, b-side "20," I almost cried. Francis Healy solo, acoustic, without the PA system. Watch for yourself.

Travis - "20" live @ First Avenue 7/22/07 - w/o Mic:

> Second encore, "Flowers in the Window." Barbershop-quintet style...

> Third encore, "Sailing Away." According to Fran they had never played that one before... Check it out.

> They closed with the "pogo version" of "Why Does It Always Rain On Me". I don't have video of that one... Because I was jumping around pogo-style, sorry.

Luckily, Travis has a 2 minute summary (which includes the "pogo") of their whole DC show:

> After the show I got to hang with the boys for a bit.

> And look who I also hung out with.

Yeah, the Schwandt brothers from White Light Riot were in the house...

Setlist (A+):

This was the 7th time I've seen Travis. They put a smile on my face every time I see them. Fran is one the best and most entertaining lead-singers you'll ever see. Yes, he's Bono-like. Do check Travis out at a venue near you soon.

See you @ Fratellis Sunday. I hear they're playing The Fetus that afternoon as well...

Travis Website | MySpace

P.S. Klaus! Klaus! Klaus!...

P.P.S. For the record, I saw opening band/guy John Paul White as well. The guy was ok, not great. The ELO cover of "Cant' Get It Out Of My Head" was killer, though...

John Paul White Website | MySpace