Thursday, May 27, 2010

I've Gone Half Crazy

Jukebox the Ghost at the Middle East, May 26th, 2010

Showing up 15 minutes before the first act doesn’t mean much when the first act cancels, so after an hour of nothing the show began with Free Energy.

They made me dance and they made me smile. They lived up to their name, and they had energy to spare. Everyone was happy, the crowd was having fun, and a good time was had by all. Their music was repetitious, but in the good, sing-along way rather than the boring way. “Bang Pop” was fun, as was the eponymous “Free Energy.” A large section of the crowd knew the words, which was great.

But I wasn’t there for them, and I really have no more to say about the general awesome of Jukebox the Ghost that I haven’t said before. They play perfect music that’s pretty much designed to win me over. They also played a cover of “I Love You Always Forever” by Donna Lewis, which sounds like a horrible idea, but it was one of the most goddamned adorable things I’ve ever seen. I want this in a recorded version right now.

What I also want in a recorded version is their new record, due out September 7th on Yep Roc. I’ve dragged my roommate to a bunch of their shows (well technically, as she reminded me last night, I only dragged her to the first one, and she’s come more than willingly to the rest) and we were both complaining that the new songs get stuck in our heads because we’ve heard them live, but we can’t fix it because we can’t listen to them anywhere. The biggest offenders are “Half Crazy” and “Schizophrenic.” I’m in love with both of these songs and want to listen to them now but can’t.

And the night ended with “Victoria.” That’s really as good as it gets.

Oh my god I just found an acoustic version of "Half Crazy" online. I love the electric guitar version, so so much, but this is also great.

And there's one from the same session of "Empire." So good, even though they didn't play this last night. I don't care, it's going here anyways. This is my musical diary and I'm going to want to rewatch this and so you're going to just have to sit back and enjoy it too!

And, this video was not taken by me, but I was standing maybe a foot away from the person who did at this show last year. Here's "Schizophrenic," probably the first time I heard it live, almost exactly a year ago.

I wish the sound quality was better. But it's alright. Almost, almost.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Lights Paints a House... And Herself

This looks like so much fun.

The new video for "Second Go" by Lights is really just her painting a house. But... more fun. I also hated the jerky movements at first, but it fits in with her superhero, comic book persona, as do the bright popping colors. I feel this video might have been more appropriate for the song "White," but I still like it.

It's not currently embeddable, which is a shame because it's very cool.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

We've Got To Move These Color TVs

I've spent the last three days moving from my apartment into a house. I am exhausted and sore and cranky.

This song came on the radio as I was driving and I laughed. It seems appropriate. And the video is everything hysterical about the 80s. There's really bad computer animation and neon glowing things and crazy outlines. It's as if they had just discovered the computer and tried out every graphic they had available. Oh wait. That's exactly what happened.

"Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits

This song always reminds me of being little and in the car listening to my dad's tapes. Most 80s music does. I think that's the main reason why I loved Glee's cover of "Run, Joey, Run."

Monday, May 10, 2010

Show So Hot We Set Off the Alarm.

Cobra Starship, 3OH!3, Travie McCoy, I Fight Dragons on the Too Fast For Love Tour at the House of Blues, May 9, 2010

Oh House of Blues. You and I are just not seeing eye to eye lately! When you state that the doors open at seven and the show starts at eight, that should mean that the doors open at seven and the show starts at eight. It should not mean that when I get there at 7:08 the first band is already playing.

So I got there just a little late for the I Fight Dragons set, which was sad seeing as I was there to interview them and was honestly interested by their music. They’re a chiptune band (and a pop rock band and an NES band and why do people have to stick so many labels on everything!) and so parts of their music are played with video game controllers. Seriously. There was a power glove and a power pad and one dude was playing a rock band guitar. And it was awesome. Their music stands up even without that as good pop rock, and the added video game theatrics just pull everything together. I love the combination of the old soundcards and the rock music. It’s just great. But more on them later.

Next up was Travie McCoy. He came out with a trio of glowing balloons and looked quite dapper in his derby fit suit. Most of the songs were backed by tracks, but I mind that less when the DJ is up on stage playing them. The drummer was Matt from Gym Class Heroes, and it’s nice that there seem to be no harsh feelings about that split. The music is very feel good, and it just makes you want to dance on a beach, quite appropriate with the recent video released for “Billionaire.” The songs aren’t out yet, but the crowd caught on fast and everyone was really enjoying it. Travie is a great frontman and even better solo, and he’s got some tricks up his sleeves with The Lazarus Project. I might just have to buy this album.

So part of the reason I went out the night before two of my finals (I’ve never done that before of course. Never. I’d never dream of it…) was to interview I Fight Dragons. So as 3OH!3 started their set I followed IFD's tour manager up to one of the green rooms upstairs that they were sharing with Travie. For my first completely solo interview, I’d say I held my own all right. I was nervous, and they were obviously a little amused by it, but I asked all of my questions and got some interesting answers. They explained how the chiptune works live, which I was super interested in, but you’re going to have to wait for the interview to be published to find out! We chatted about Weezer, and you know how much I love Weezer. There was that little bit of my brain that was screaming “You are interviewing! Let them talk! Do not explain why Raditude was a failure in a thirty page dissertation!” Interviewing makes me rein my rambling in a lot and sometimes I think that makes me sound stilted and forced. Thing to work on.

I wandered back downstairs for the rest of 3OH!3’s set, and I’ve missed that kind of crowd so much. It’s been a long semester and I threw myself into the crowd and jumped and danced and sang along. I did not care that I looked like one of the 16 year old fan girls, I just needed to get lost and forgotten in the middle of a dark crowd. 3OH!3 was loud and fast and dark and dirty and that’s really all I needed them to be. They were disappointed by the lack of ability to play with fog machines, so we couldn’t see the lazer beams coming out of the animatronic wolves' eyes (that sentence right there was ridiculous) but they didn’t need it. They were energetic and all over that stage. Also, their new keyboard played is Isom, from Tom and Isom way back at the first Cobra show I ever went to.

Then we evacuated the building.

No, seriously. The fire alarm went off, all the doors opened, and the scene tumbled out onto
Lansdowne Street. An overheated elevator, two fire trucks, and twenty minutes later and we were back inside and ready for Cobra Starship.

This was my seventh time seeing Cobra. They’re one of my favorite live bands, their show is just too much fun, but seven is a big number. I’d really hate to become “that fan” that’s always at the shows, but I’m always out at shows and they’re always playing in the area, so…

I danced. I sang. I threw my fangs up. I forgot that I’ve spent the last year or so maturing out of the crowd and into the back and just danced away these past four months. They played “Living in the Sky with Diamonds” and Ryland’s mom came out on stage and they heckled the Yankees, who were playing across the street at Fenway. I swear I’ve never heard a crowd so loud as when we were chanting “Yankees Suck,” but that’s Boston for you.

They seemed to be having fun too. The crowd was wild and full of energy, and that totally impacts a band’s performance. This many concerts in I’m not sure how much more I can expound upon how fun their set it, but they don’t take shit from anyone and encourage their fans to do the same, and that’s really the right setting for a dance party.

Kiss my sass.

Saturday, May 8, 2010



Here. Have a cute English boy singing about how love is really just chemical reactions in your brain. It's basically studying...

"Chemical Love"

Oh Charlieissocoollike. Your videos make me giggle.