Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I'll Send a Postcard!

I will be on vacation for the next week, hanging with Ben's family down in gorgeous Hilton Head Island, SC. Stoked for massive amounts of beach time + pool swimming.

Try not to miss me too much, k?


Monday, August 16, 2010

Playlist #5: Q1 + Q2 2010 Shows

Key tracks from bands I've seen live in the first half of 2010. Image is the only reasonably focused picture I took at the Neon Indian show.


What are some live shows you've been to recently?

What are some of your favorite bands to see live?

What are some of your favorite venues for live music?

I Will Come Back by Holy Ghost! [06/18/10 at Sonar]

Deadbeat Summer by Neon Indian [06/13/10 at Sonar]

Autonomy by the Buzzcocks [05/12/10 at Ottobar]

O.N.E. by Yeasayer [05/06/10 at Ottobar]

Fantasy by the XX [04/23/10 at Sonar]

My Propeller by Arctic Monkeys [04/07/10 at Ram's Head Live]

Shake It Out by Manchester Orchestra [04/05/10 at the Recher Theatre]

Lauren Marie by Girls [03/30/10 at the Recher Theatre]

Sleepyhead by Passion Pit [03/29/10 at Penn State York]

Yalira by The Very Best [03/14/10 at Sonar]

Friday, August 13, 2010

Farts & Craps


Tiff and Tricia have officially moved to Charm City!

This is GREAT. Pretty much the icing on my Baltimore-life cake.

One of the best things is that Tiff and I can shop at fabric and craft stores together & then take those purchases home for Arts and Crafts evenings. LOVE.

I finally feel some of my creativity coming back! My current craft obsession: hair accessories.

My creations thus far:





Apparently my preppy side (that I was unaware I had) has been coming out in full-force.

You like? Dislike?
Pretty? Ugly?
Feeling crafty yourself? What have you been crafting lately?

Sunday, August 8, 2010

We Used to Wait

On Friday night, Ben and I went down to Merriweather Post Pavillion to see Arcade Fire (Spoon opened).

Arcade Fire totally blew me away. I had pretty high expectations, and I really love all 3 of their albums. And the newest album - which came out on Tuesday and has been on repeat ever since - is EXCELLENT. The live show did not disappoint. Such a great live band, awesome energy.

One of things that I was especially impressed with was how Arcade Fire managed to make such an enormous venue still feel intimate. As someone who almost always goes to tiny shows, I was a little concerned with getting lost in the massive crowd. But I hardly noticed the gigantic venue, I was so entranced with the band.

And that's definitely a sign of a great show.

Spoon was pretty good, especially considering how little the crowd was paying attention to them. At a pavilion like Merriweather, there's lost of people wandering around the grounds/hanging on the lawn, so it can be very distracting. But I digress..

On to the photos:

Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire

p.s. beers were $8 at MPP. that's highway robbery! tailgating highly recommended.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Playlist #4: Sirius XMU: Great Station, or GREATEST Station?

Some of my musical discoveries via Sirius XMU. This is just the very tip of the iceberg. I've found so many unbelievably good bands from listening to this station.

What are some bands you've discovered via radio?

What stations do you listen to for new music?

Esctasy by JJ

Should Have Taken Acid with You by Neon Indian

Odessa by Caribou

Young Adult Friction by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Let's Dance to Joy Division by The Wombats

VCR by the XX

You'll Need Those Fingers for Crossing by Los Campesinos!

Evangeline by Handsome Furs

Warm Heart of Africa (feat. Ezra Konig) by the Very Best

I'm In Love with a Ripper by YACHT

Stillness is the Move by Dirty Projectors

Nothing Ever Happened by Deerhunter

Die Slow by Health

Jail La La by Dum Dum Girls

Boyfriend by Best Coast

Swim by Surfer Blood

Life Coach by Fang Island

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Playlist #3: Excellent Discoveries via Opening Acts

Bands that were previously unknown to me, until discovered as opening acts at shows I went to for the headliner. Now some of my very favorites. Image is a picture I took of Publicist when he was opening for The Very Best at Sonar.

What bands have you discovered as openers?

Bhang Bhang, I'm A Burnout by the Dum Dum Girls (opener for Girls)
Valient Brave by Ganglians (opener for Wavves)
Heart to Tell by The Love Language (opener for Cursive)
Live In Dreams by Wild Nothing (opener for Neon Indian)
Chain Gang by Publicist (opener for The Very Best)
Kick Drum Heart by The Avett Brothers (opener for Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers)
New Mind by Pictureplane (opener for Health)
Might Like You Better by Amanda Blank (opener for Matt + Kim)

Monday, August 2, 2010

Playlist #2: Some Great Songs

Songs that I never get sick of. A couple of artists got two tracks, my very favorites. Those are my Sony MDR-7506s that I use to listen to Some Great Songs.

What are some songs that you never get sick of?

My Sweet Charade by Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers
Pedal Steel by Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers
Subterranean Homesick Blues by Bob Dylan
Paper Bag by Fiona Apple
Social Development by Pete Yorn
Strange Condition by Pete Yorn
Poses by Rufus Wainwright
Jesus, etc. by Wilco
Shelter by Ray LaMontagne
We are Beautiful, We are Doomed by Los Campesinos!
California on my Mind by Wild Light
The Pharoahs by Neko Case