Friday! Brought to you by Stagecoach Weekend Headliner — Lady A. Wish I could be there for an encore performance of last year. Saldy, got other plans. That was one of the craziest weekends of 2012 featuring all your favorite country artists. Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, & Steve Martin’s performances still hold up in my mind. You can relive the picture highlights here. One of my biggest blogging regrets was not writing up a megapost of that battle. It would’ve been erased by Google like all my B4M memories, but still. This year’s card left me underwhelmed. To all those crazy country souls…my only advice is to wear a mask & take claritin because that hayfever is a bitch to recover from.
I’ll mark Lady A from list one of these days. Update y’all later.
Still don’t know what to make of last night. I felt off. Should’ve saw it coming. My astrology predicted it back on April 1st. Yeah, I was surprised too. Weird Voodoo. Bad mojo. Cool Runnings man. Bobsled. (haha, coolest line I’ve written in days) Can’t say I’m disappointed in myself, but no one to blame except me. *sigh* Such potential. Moving on.
Excited for the weekend. Long day looming. Here is a song to get it started. Cheers to Friday!
Something sweet to celebrate this Thursday morning. Yesterday was too crazy. They didn’t finalize the elements of our show’s weekend show until 5pm on Tuesday afternoon and much of the pieces were news ones that were being featured yesterday & today. Did as much as I could on Tuesday. All I could do was let the pieces fall where they may. Did repay you all with a laundry list of great new music. Recall that?
Absolutely loved Strangeland. Pity, didn’t give it enough attention. That’s why it didn’t find it’s way on last year’s Top 25. Makes for nice breaks in my 13,000+ shuffle. Can you imagine listening to Sea fog on a beach? Wind howling in the early morn. Watching the lifeguards train. Seagulls calling. You sitting on the beach or at a cafe. Sipping your coffee. Close your eyes. For this song will take you there. It’s meant to.
The version below is a live performance they did for KCRW more than a year ago. Just as haunting as it sounds on record. Pity I missed them live last year. I’ll knock them off my Concert Bucket List eventually.
Drawing a blank. Means that this post is slowly coming to an end. Wing Night tonight. Then, more Cheers.
I’ve been pulling a nightly marathons all week. For a show that began before my conception, still holds up very well. All the footage feels dated…many of the references too. Gets my recommendation.
Special Birthday shout-out to KW. May it be great. Now here’s some Keane.
First big SXSW post is down. Not really. Day 1 was the second smallest day at the festival. Wasn’t able to spell check any of it, so still have that ‘overthinking college student after turning in a last minute final paper after an all night bender’ sort of mentality…full of doubt. The one noticeable evolution, that I’m very proud of, is the placement of the photos. New thing for our WordPress articles despite being commonplace back on Blogger. The wordpress format is the most the challenging thing about writing a showcase review. Spend so much of my time clicking back & forth from the visual & text tabs that it messes up my authorial flow. Getting better at it. Moving forward I’m gonna write the post then make it pretty.
From a blogging standpoint, shows major growth on my part. Self review: A+ for effort, C- on content.
Big day ahead: Comic book shop with my friend than Sky Fierr– Frier– Fierrea? (Check the briefcase!) Oh, Sky Ferreira at the Bootleg. Knew it started with a ‘F’. Rolling with Pixie. He seems driven to capturing a very happy Sky compared the ‘over it, Taylor Momsen kind of attitude’ he saw at SXSW. Excited to see the 50 sides of the up & coming artist. Curious how High Highs will do. Children of Indie Pop Not sure how long I’ll stay. Gonna be a long one. Report to drop tomorrow with pictures uploading in the evening. Unless something goes wrong.
Nothing else to report. Happily. Here’s Kenny Chesney’s mellow country song — “El Cerrito Place” from his latest ‘Welcome to the Fishbowl’. Gonna have the hook — I’m looking for ya baby…all night long — stuck in my head all day.
Rascal Flatts’ uplifting title track from their latest venture is showcased with the story of a irresponsible man slowly realizing he’s doing more wrong than good. Slowly, Charles Esten of Nashville fame, you are redeemed. Yes, a literal video boarding on preachy. The production value, however, can’t be topped. Look how pretty it is.
This video premiered yesterday thus marking the one year anniversary of the record’s release.
Three soulful white boys from Seattle. Singing & rapping about substance abuse in the most haunting way. Don’t you agree Allen’s hook is just chilling? Scroll to 1:15 to feel it. One of my favs from ‘The Heist’. Still one of the best from 2012. Go pick it up…maybe from a Thrift shop? (hehe)
Two more photo albums, Fitz / City & Colour, made their way onto the flickr last night. Would’ve added more if I wasn’t so distracted by good TV & Rilo Kiley’s RKives stream that I stumbled across on Tumblr. You’re gonna be surprised by it. Despite my recent beef with Ms. Lewis’ team, can’t not be a fan of their classically reinvented unreleased tracks. It’s not perfect, but nice bookend to their abrupt end. Jenny is also featured on the Wavves’ new record. It’s streaming all over the net.
Our show is pretaped today which hopefully means not much work allowing me to start sinking my teeth into our SXSW post. It’s a long story that I hope to move through quickly and without much fat. Lean, mean, and Bourdain-ish. My mental goal. It’s gonna come out stream of conscious with misspellings galore. Try to do my best to fight that urge to ‘phone it in’. As a writer, my words are starting to feel like the writer of old. No longer stuck at writing passage crossroads. It’s flowing. Imaginative. And fun. All I had to do was keep pushing through.
Pay day with Wing Night to come…here’s to Thursday.
Last night was mad real. LBT were so great that it actually shocked me. Their cover of John Mayer’s “Born & Raised” was one of the highlights of the night. Yet, I’m getting ahead of myself. That review will be dropping tonight. On a social media front, I tweeted…instagramed…cinemagramed…and email throughout the whole show. Need to get closer to really optimize the iPhone APPs. Wonderful practice run tho. The future seems bright.
SXSW is booked! Thanks to my old boss the cat got out of the bag and became a bigger deal than it really was. My new boss confronted me about it and I was like, it wasn’t even finalized…plus, i need a backup in case something bad happens or I get sick. Both my bosses seem okay with it, but quite nervous about me taking a break. Means they have to step up. I have really became a core part of our daily show. Either they will suffer or find a way to replace me and I’ll be out of a job. I’m so over the whole thing. Chalk it up being emotionally exhausted. My daily life have become so mundane that it’s nice to pursue other exciting ventures. Part of me, thinking about the future, got quite sad when I realized that I did for most of January was Work, go to the bar, and went back to work. Everyday…the same damn thing.
Happily, Showcase #2 happens in two nights.
I’d rather be the King of Spain. Yes, like this song. TTMOE is one of my favorite indie folk artists. Surely being in Spain and listening to this track jointly is the way it’s suppose to be taken in. Take a listen and have a great weekend! You’ll hear more from our adventures shortly!
Oh I know exactly where.
Now that the author is done (& recovering) with his hazy late night birthday. (Seriously, still feeling that absinthe.) The party continues for it is our 4 year Anniversary! Wait…2010, 2011, 2012, to 2013. Really three, but I’m counting 2010. I’m partially Asian and they count the second of inception. Is that right? Correct me if I’m wrong. Yep, we’re way pass the infant stage. We’ve learned how to walk. Going to the potty by ourselves. Poop. About to start kindergarten. Unless blog years is equivalent to animal years. That means we’re hunters. Yep, still hunting for amazing driving music and awesome concerts. Those are the best.
The Cultural Experiment of Light & Sound, Bored 4 Music, and now Guerrilla Nights. Three incarnations. I do feel we’re at the best state of our site. I have learned a lot between Blogspot & WordPress. As author, still haven’t reached my full potential. Working to it. The music has never been better. The brief moments when I lose myself to the page and songs is a feeling that I channel into pure joy. And as we continue to grow readers, promise funny GIFs and late stories. All I need to do is get out more. Let’s see if I can keep to it.
Unless I able to get out tonight, our first showcase of 2013 is Little Big Town in a week or so. At the Wiltern. Cause we’re doing venue showcases now. Life hasn’t been better. Can’t wait to share it with all you through music! For it’s
Thanks for being apart of our journey. We’ll be back Monday with more stuff!
Was trying to save this song for Friday because this is what 29 sounds like. Repeated that thought to myself on the ride home after work yesterday as “Morning Comes” blasted out my open window. Choreographing my widow’s peak as it waved carelessly in the wind. After hearing “Bottom of the River” was expecting ‘Carry The Fire’ to be more southern. Boy was I surprised. It’s super soul pop. Catchy hooks. Powerful anthems. Was about 6 tracks in when it finally hit why this record didn’t make 2012′s best of lists. By track 7 the slow songs hit and I’ve been like…’skip’. Which ruins the succeeding tracks pacing. Am loving the first half. At least I have that. This is my favorite track, followed by the title track. Gets a recommendation from me. Guess that means I have to surprise you & myself come Friday morn when we celebrate my birth and our B4M Anniversary. 3 years. wow.
Didn’t do much yesterday. Watched NHL, Bourdain’s “The Layover”, and How I Met Your Mother. Taipei was really intriguing. Never had the urge to visit Taiwan but after the episode might have to give it a chance. For I love all those night markets. Have a weakness for finger foods and that whole section made me super hungry. HIMYM was okay. Marshall & Lilly are freaks, Ted is old. The standout of the episode Barney & Robin with this animated GIF making so much sense at my ‘berry old’ age of 29.
(…or how I feel at a EDM concert. =)
Not really. I’m still raging, but yeah … in a world of young immature kids. That’s how this office feels like. All my former vault comrades seem so mature comapred to all these fresh kids who keep giving me the sensual ‘he’s worldy’ eye. Don’t get me wrong. Part of me is trying to enjoy HIMYM. I am. Kind of want a road to conclusion, but of course I have to wait. No fear I haven’t already stated. Boo.
It’s Tuesday Starting off on another long 13 day streak. Usually you get combo points for such things. Bonus points? Naw. Paramore is up next. Have a good one.
Check out the live music video for The Offspring’s Gone Away featuring Emily Armstrong that happened last year at the Hollywood Palladium. They also show you some backstage highlights of Emily with the guys. Great track. Pity I wasn’t there.
Vessel was one of those albums that I picked up over the nice bed stricken weekend and was utterly impressed. As if Professor Green went on a introspective punk rock fix. My stereo has been stale since January 1st and had time to seek out new beats. Django Soundtrack was another favorite. Anthony Hamilton’s ”Freedom” was another track that made a continuously loop in my head. So soulful. Another 200 tracks added to the collection. Including the Lone Bellow. They are playing Hotel Cafe tonight. Not sure if I’ll make it. I’m still not 100%. Roughly 65%. Strong enough to make it to show. Just not powerful enough to outrun the exhaustion that will result from it. Might surprise myself, but currently my bed will win out. January is the worst showcase month for so many reasons. Don’t hold it against me. The goal remains the same.
Ravens won. 49ers won. Now I get my dream Super Bowl match up. Siding with the Ravens, Ray Lewis, & Waka Flacco. They are my team. Can’t wait to chat with my Patriots friends. Praying they will be sad. haha. Hockey returned too. Opening night was awesome to watch. That made me happy. Can’t wait to have some fun at a few games at Staples before April. That’s all I’ll rant about sports in this session.
Watched heaps of TV & Films. Too many to list off — mostly documentaries. Art of Rap. Jiro dreams of Sushi. Last Train Home. Yeah, I really like Foreign films. Good thing so does Netflix. Caught up on some DVDs I picked up after XMas. Long story short. Best weekend ever! Can put the cherry on top by saying that the ‘Real Husbands of Hollywood’ is one of my new favorite shows.
Kevin hart is da man. But besides the random TV topics & music news, that I’ll be able to write about because the rest of my life is kind of boring. Not a bad thing. Get reclusive when I’m sick. Just let me sit in my cave. When I’m 85%, you’ll know. Because I’ll be at the bar raging. The perk performance level for Friday’s shenanigans.
It’s Monday, at work because my work doesn’t respect MLK. Which means soul music to follow.