I haven’t always been the most proud to say that Brand New is my favorite band of all time because, quite honestly, I didn’t feel like they deserved it. I started listening to the band in 2001, in the middle of seventh grade, after a suggestion from my neighbor and then-best friend. He sent me “70×7” and “Mix Tape” and proceeded to change the course of my entire life. Up until that point music had just been a commodity of sorts to me, something to put on in the car to avoid conversations with the parents and to make long drives go that much quicker. What I listened to was prepackaged and sold to me on top 40 stations, and I was okay with that because I didn’t think there was any alternative. But there was. There always was, I just didn’t know about it. I didn’t know how to know about it. Until Brand New. Continue reading
Hi, blog. I’ve neglected you quite a bit over the past semester, not really giving a shit and just posting setlists of shows I’ve been to and radio playlists. Well, I swear I’m going to start treating you right again. That and I think my friends are getting less and less receptive to me shoving records down their throats.
Anyway, the new Andrew Bird record is great. Really great. I remember hearing it for the first time when it came out at the end of January and knowing it was the first “big deal” record of 2009 that I would throw on my top 10 list and see how many publications did the same. From the opening violin swells of “Oh No,” the album’s got a very ethereal sound, one that’s simultaneously calculated and carefree.
Andrew Bird’s always been the kind of thing I have to be in a specific mood for, but in the last few weeks I’ve found myself coming back to this record more and more. With an empty house and a warm summer breeze rolling through the windows, I’ll put on Noble Beast and watch it fill every corner of the room. It seems a grave disservice to listen to it any other way.
For either my 9th or 10th time seeing the guy, I can’t remember which, a solid setlist. I felt like there was more off of “Put Your Ghost to Rest” than usual, but after looking over it again, the last few albums were pretty well covered. “Carnival” live is still insane.
Also picked up the Brian Bonz full-length, get your hands on that if you can!Yr Damned Old Dad Cotton Crush Carnival Time to Burn (Another Bag of Bones) No Time Flat You’re Trailing Yourself Go Haunt Someone Else Hand of God Me and My Friends The Longer That I’m Out Here Buried By the Buzz I Could Be With Anyone Keep Ringing Your Bell The Burning City Smoke Lord, I Know We Don’t Talk You Are the Daybreak Just Stay Brother’s Blood
Great show. I managed to run into and make an ass of myself in front of Colin Meloy roughly 5 minutes before their set. I expected them to play way more off of Hazards of Love, but whatever, I’m probably gonna catch that tour anyway.
They were also way more fun than I expected, with unexpected surprises raging from chicken fights during “The Perfect Crime #2” to guitar duels during “The Chimbley Sweep.” Maybe it’s just because they hated the crowd, but whatever, I enjoyed it.The Crane Wife 1&2 The Crane Wife 3 July, July! Sleepless Sixteen Military Wives The Legionnaire’s Lament Days of Elaine The Perfect Crime #2 Billy Liar The Sporting Life The Engine Driver The Rake’s Song O, Valencia! The Chimbley Sweep
Sonic Youth – “Sacred Trixter” Dr. Manhattan – “Big Chomper, Big Chomper” Manchester Orchestra – “Pride” Radiohead – “Subterranean Homesick Alien” Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – “The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth” Cursive – “Caveman” Little Brazil – “Wasting Time” The Peekers – “Canoe Trip” Vetiver – “More of This” Mirah – “Gone Are the Days” 1090 Club – “ITSON” Harlem Shakes – “Niagara Falls” Ice Palace – “Thoughts/Facts” The Decemberists – “The Island”
The Get Up Kids – “Red Letter Day” The Decemberists – “The Tain” Vetiver – “Everyday” The Appleseed Cast – “The Summer Before” The Boy Least Likely To – “I Keep Myself to Myself” Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Down Boy” Ice Palace – “Thoughts/Facts”