Friday, November 26, 2010

Weezer and My Chemical Romace - My Name is Jonas

So this is old, I know, but I currently only have tickets to see two bands: two nights of Weezer in December, and MCR at the House of Blues in May.

It's really awesome, with two amazing singers with such vastly different styles on stage together singing from my favorite album. But what's better than that is the warm up video that came out a few weeks after:

It's the way that Weezer is almost surprised that MCR knows the song so well, that MCR is proud to impress them like a couple of fans. It's the broken down version of the song and the way Rivers and Gerard smile at each other at the end, one flattered and the other mildly starstruck. It's this great interaction between the two bands, as though MCR isn't a huge rock band and Weezer doesn't know that they're cited as an influence by almost every rock band out there at the moment. It's Patrick Wilson pondering that their guests could be "zany." It's this great, great meeting and it's these sorts of videos that I wish I could capture at some point.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Playing God

Remember, back before I saw Paramore live, when I ragged on them for ripping off No Doubt? The cover of Rock Steady and the cover of Riot! are almost identical, especially for two loud girl fronted bands, but I forgave them once I saw them rock.

However, this hair has been done before. By Gwen Stefani. So...

The video is an interesting concept, but it's the style I'm more in love with. I love her hair, even though it's too reminiscent of No Doubt, probably because Gwen is the reason I started dying my hair five or six years ago, back when No Doubt was one of my favorite bands. I've always wanted to be able to pull off a full head of bright color like this, but I tend to settle for stripes. And one of my very favorite things to pair ridiculously colored hair with is classy clothing.

I like the filming and the colors of the overall video as well. This was my late night driving album this summer and the songs remind me of backroads in Connecticut with sleeping passengers and highways in Western Massachusetts with no other cars and the scent of a show clinging to my hair.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

"After All, It's Rock and Roll."

It's super cheesy, and I hate using it, but the "uniting power of music" has always amazed me. From standing at the front of a crowd of 20,000 people screaming along with Blink-182 to a tiny crowd silently focused on Amanda Palmer pouring her heart out through her keyboard, the sense of togetherness that comes from a music crowd is overwhelming. It was one thing I really did love about the scene at it's height, that it took in everyone, no matter your gender or race or orientation or viewpoints or hair color or style, and united them all around a chorus and a beat.

And the fact that Rock and Roll, the love of music and the belief in it's power, caused someone in New York to send me music and a message to keep believing? That's what makes music fucking awesome.

The lyrics are an exact description of what I'm looking for in music right now. "Remember folks we're not just saving lives we're saving souls, we're having fun."

Right now, I want to listen to Brian Fallon and Frank Turner and Jason Lancaster and Tim Barry. I want to listen to the people who understand, who believe, and who can feel.

It'll take work, I think. I'll admit that so much of the pop-punk scene was fed to us by Fueled by Ramen and Alternative Press and Pete Wentz that I never had to hunt down a show or a scene. This, however, will take just that, with a little help along the way from the other Rock and Roll souls whose paths I cross.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Two Years

Two years of Fake Pink Glasses. 248 Posts. Band interviews, concert reports, cd reviews, music videos, and love of sound.

The scene is gone and I'm here, two years later, searching for something new.

OK Go has always made brilliant videos, and here's the newest one, released today, for "Last Leaf."

Last Leaf

OK Go | Myspace Music Videos

Maybe I'll take those glasses out for a spin to my last class of the day.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

A Song With no Singer

Motion City Soundtrack and Say Anything at Lupo's in Providence, RI November 6, 2010

A Great Big Pile of Leaves
opened the show and they were a decent little rock opener on their first tour. After their set, the thirty something dude next to us leaned over. "Have you guys ever heard of Saves The Day?" he asked. "Of course!" I replied. "Good!" he said, turning to his wife. "My wife and I were wondering if anyone here would. They're more our generation..." He explained that he'd seen them ten years ago at URI and I had a brief moment of wonder as to who I would still be seeing in ten years.

Saves the Day played a lot of newer songs, much to the dude's disappointment. They used to be huge, but I only recognized a few. It really was his generation, not ours. One of the friends I was with knew more than I and loved it, and they were a good punk rock band. That sort of lasting power is hard to come by.

I've been meaning to see Say Anything for a couple of years now and they did not disappoint. They rock the whole crowd. I haven't seen a crowd move like that in a while and it was refreshing. We were all singing out hearts out to songs from all of the albums, though I was surprised they didn't play "Hate Everyone." "Do Better" was a crowd favorite, though "Woe" and "Baby Girl, I'm a Blur" and "Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too" followed close behind. The crowd loved them and they played hard and loud.

Poor Motion City Soundtrack. More specifically, poor Justin Pierre. He lost his voice, and squeaked and mouthed his way through the set. The crowd picked up some of the slack, but there was only so much we could do. We sang along, we proved that we loved them still, but it wasn't their best night. They were trying so very hard, but it's not easy to pull off a set with a singer with no voice. They played all the hits and the crowd held their own but some of the smaller songs they struggled with. It was still fun, we still danced and had a good time, but a night of vocal rest might also have been a better option in the long run. God bless him, though, for thanking us over and over and coming out at the beginning and squeaking "I'll try so so hard."

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A Concert from Miles Away

The Dresden Dolls played two headlining shows last night and tonight at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston.

That's actually the incorrect tense. They're playing right now and I'm watching them live online. They just finished the entirety of "Yes, Virginia" with "Sing." Amanda read the "Yes, Virginia" letter before starting the song and I had one of those holding on moments, from miles and miles away, wishing I was there to sing along.

When I went to AFP's Twitter show last summer, I noted that I would go and watch her just talk for a night, no music necessary. I love the way she sees the world, and she explains it during her sets both through music and speaking. She interacts with the crowd and opens up and I love it.

The encore's starting. I so love that they're the kind of band who will livestream a concert. Not the same, and I can't imagine who utterly awesome it would be to be there right now. They're not just good musicians, they're also great, funny, personable performers. I've never heard Brian speak before these past two nights and he is just as amazing and funny as Amanda. Love, love it.

UPDATE: Amanda is running through the balcony singing "Mein Herr." I can't describe how much they perform.