keep your expectations low and i will rise to the occasion.


Friday, April 30, 2010

does this mean xylophones are coming back!?

its cool, weird and creepy... yet also intriguing all at the same time.

DOWN WITH THE COWBOYS!!! (literally...)

nothing makes me happier than watching the implosion of the cowboys' stadium in 3D!!! granted... they have a new one right next to it but its still the principle of taking it down!

go redskins!!!

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friday's random music video vol. XIV

less than jake - "the rest of my life"

Thursday, April 29, 2010

punk rock poetry is neat. part 2

"this is not me"
by jason gleason (former frontman of further seems forever)

what's it like to make a metaphor?
my mother's womb
my dad's guitar
my love is a heart
or a kiss
or a star
or a prayer for my life as i sleep in the car
she's a doctorate in rain
and the same last name
or a light in the dark and my god is the same
my life is a speck of dust
or a flame
and i'm all the better for it
not knowing, or caring, it's not for me to choose
same call it trust
some call it faith
it's all just a matter of taste
and this is not me
and i've fooled you all again

um... patrick stump is half the man he was, literally... but he sounds great!

for reference, patrick stump was the lead singer of fall out boy

and this was him a year ago...

well done, sir.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

punk rock poetry is neat. part 1

“You Are The Moon”
by Greta Salpeter (from the rock band The Hush Sound)

Shadows all around you as you surface from the dark,
Emerging from the gentle grip of night’s unfolding arms
Darkness, darkness everywhere, do you feel all alone?
The subtle grace of gravity, the heavy weight of stone

You cannot see what you possess, a beauty calm and clear
That floods the sky and blurs the darkness like a chandelier
All the light that you possess is skewed by lakes and seas,
The shattered surface, so imperfect, is all that you believe.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Monday, April 26, 2010

"there's no police between two beating hearts"


this video was taken during the most docile point in the show and with my ever-increasingly annoying blackberry. the quality is bad but you get a feel for what i was seeing.

the show was great. the songs rocked and the energy was infectious. but what really made the night was what happened after the music stopped. my buddy and i went to the bar for another drink, waited for the tweeners to clear out and then re-approached the stage. for the next 30 minutes we would introduce ourselves to 3 of the band members, including dallas green and have short but memorable conversations.

my biggest takeaway:
music being made for music's sake still exists.

in europe and in canada, alexisonfire are gods. they play sold out arenas and the number of fans that show up are counted in the tens of thousands, not the tens... in america, they havent caught on. i asked the bassist why, in his mind, alexisonfire was not as big in the us. he responded with "im not sure. the country is so big and so diverse from state to state. you could affect one and make almost no impact. there are also just so many bands to trying to do the same thing and make it. and we dont do fashion or publicity stunts, we play music." they do their own sound checks. they do their own setup and their own load out. i asked another member if one of their roadies had a marker. he responded "we dont really have roadies." they are international rock stars and are still just as pumped to play an 80 minute show for 75 kids in a rundown bar in richmond, virginia.

no gimmicks. no cheap sound effects. no marketing ploys. just pure punk rock for the love of punk rock.

top ten things about last night's concert:
10. my buddy walking up to dallas green prior to the show while we were waiting in line, shaking his hand and declaring him a god.

9. getting devastated by the spicy bbq sauce at buffalo wild wings at our pre-concert dinner.

8. dancing around in "the pit."

7. when they play "boiled frogs" and the whole place went up!

6. giving up my cell phone as collateral to use a merch guy's sharpie.

5. a nice young lady apparently stealing my phone from the merch guy and texting people.

4. conversation with dallas green. you know, the greatest musician of our time?! yeah, we talked to him.

3. watching alexisonfire do their own load out. offering to help and the guitarist says "its ok guys, tonight is your night off!"

2. after-party at the happy budha (japanese themed club) which included cheap drinks, bass-thumnping music, free food bar and kung fu movies on giant flat screens.

1. ending the show with an 8 minute rendition of "happiness by the kilowatt" which was incredible. one of the greatest live song performances i have ever seen.

below is the acoustic version of "happiness by the kilowatt" performed by dallas green. this version is different than seeing the full band do it but in some ways, better.

great evening with these canadian musical geniuses.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

how are you spending YOUR sunday night?

"Two hands come together to pray for greater yields
Two poles of a compass guided by a field
In the mind of every man, two ghosts dance
Was this place made, or was it here by chance?"

alexisonfire - "born and raised"

as for me, i will be in the mosh pit, screaming at the top of my lungs, enjoying one of the most incredible bands of all time in a small club in richmond.

alexisonfire tonight at the canal club. doors open at 6pm. jaws drop at 9pm.