Sunday, March 28, 2010

A simple, but awesome music vid

I love me some techno music videos, especially those done by fans.

Here's a Swiss guys' jaunt around the alps put to some Armin Van Buuren mixes. Pretty awesome. Amazingly, he never hits a stop light:

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

What a week for Pres. Obama

Health care passed (well, kind of, to be continued...) and an arms treaty with Russia.... I guess that over an year of work is paying off.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Dying to see the Arcade Fire live again

It's been too long, and they are too awesome:

Friday, March 19, 2010

How is Willem Dafoe not in more movies?

Just saw Boondock Saints again for the first time since college. Willem Dafoe steals the show! He's amazing. How can this guy not be in more movies?

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Great strategy to get someone to listen to a whole record

Went on iTunes to fill out my cadre of songs from a band I'd rather not name, and saw that buying the whole CD at $4.99, was cheaper than trying to add the 5 songs or so I needed to fill it out myself at $1.29 each... Hmm interesting pricing strategy if your goal is to get people to listen to your whole record, rather than making money. I like it. Got the whole record of course.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Muse can give a concert!

Man, can Muse give a concert. The last time I saw them was in 2005 in some cruddy basement in Milwaukee with terrible acoustics. They were still good, but the venue wasn't working for them and even for a small venue, their gate sales couldn't have been that good. Fast-forward to 2010.... What a difference - sold out show in the biggest indoor arena in Boston... I wouldn't be surprised if Madison Square Garden had sold out the night before.

The show was in short, amazing. Their songs are wicked hard to play (I know because I've learned some), and those guys must have been practicing for hours on end for weeks, because they were not only hitting every note, but Matt Bellamy decided to play solos behind his head Jimi Hendrix style when not jumping around. The laser and light show was great as well, and their use of floating platforms that also projected video was very unique. They even ended up nearly running out of tour shirts before the opening act took stage! What a difference a few years can make.

The Silversun Pickups who I'm a huge fan of were also quite good, but I don't think they've gotten the hang of playing big arena shows. They also seem like the kind of band that would be great to catch in a small club, if they'll ever be able to tour around and play anything that small again. The stadium was nearly full at 7:30 on the dot to see these guys who were the opening act. A.) Never heard of such an established band being an opener, and B.) I guess they're starting to get known, and all along, I thought that I was the only guy that knew them but I guess not as the whole crowd was singing along to most of the songs. In any case, great ticket combination for them because both of the people I went with had never heard of them (I dragged us there to see them open), and they were both won over as fans after that set.

If you're reading this and the tour is coming to your town. Get a ticket stat regardless of the price. If I wasn't a broke grad student, I'd buy a ticket, airfare, and hotel out to another show right now instead of writing this blog post.

Here's a vid someone got from nearly the first row:

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Once again wishing I was in the Strokes

This song seems like such a blast to play live.