Thursday, August 30, 2007

Oh how I miss my daytime music...

Thanks Jetblue!

Man...I used to listen to music on my ipod or my computer all day long when I was in grad school. Turns out that's a no-no here in the working world. So how do I get my fix? By getting put on hold and listening to Vivaldi (our DC office's music of choice) or Counting Crowes (Jetblue's selection). I'll take what I can get.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Heima means "At Home"

From the director of Lilo & Stitch (ha!) comes a documentary about Sigur Ros and their string of concerts in their beautiful home country of Iceland.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Live From Abbey Road: Muse

Stumbled upon a pretty good show on Sundance last night:

Sundance Channel : Series : Live From Abbey Road

Each episode features 2 or 3 bands playing a few songs in the Abbey Road studios of Beatles fame. The cinematography was well done and the sound was amazing (might have just been my roommates TV). Always cool to see the band do variations of their songs when they perform live. Also include some mini-interviews spliced in. Try to catch the real version (with better quality)...but for now, I found the videos for the 3 songs I saw last night by Muse. Enjoy. (And oh yeah, Matt Bellamy is god!)


Map of the Problematique

Knights of Cydonia

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Matrix Music School: Lucky Lil' Bastards

Matrix Music School & Arts Centre
Matrix students record with Radiohead March 2007
Bass guitarist Colin Greenwood and producer Nigel Godrich invited thirty Junior Extension children to help realise an idea for one of the tracks on Radiohead's forthcoming album. The whole experience was great fun - for parents as well! - and we're all looking forward to the release date.

Why wasn't my elementary school this badass? My closes brush with stardom was when I got to milk a cow on the local news.

Guarenteed they are recording the kids clapping for '15 Step'...or atleast teaching them how to clap to the semi-complex beat. Uber-RH snob that I am, I of course had to properly teach my friends how to do it before the two shows I saw last summer at the Greek (cuz I'm so cool that I memorize brand new RH songs before 1.5 yrs before they are even released). And yes, by making fun of my music snobbery it makes it okay to be a music snob.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

NYC - early August

The week started off Monday with Muse at Madison Square Garden. I've seen them about 5 times now and they actually get better and better (and bigger and bigger) with each and every show. Even though there are just 3 of them, they definitely know how to put on a show. Highlights included 'Unintended' (one of my oldest favorites being played for the first time in the U.S.) and 'Invincible'. We had seats just above the floor on the side so had a pretty good view of the pit...ah those young kids and their moshing.

Upside of big concerts in NY: No post-concert traffic jam...just walk home.
Downside of big concerts in NY: No pre-concert tailgating.

Tuesday: Tornado

Thursday was Brooklyn and the Beastie Boys...I've already written about that...good show. I'd definitely go see them again.

Friday: Richard Serra exhibit at MoMA. Really great museum and an interesting exhibit of huge steel sculptures. Boring up close, but pretty amazing when you stand back and take a look and try to comprehend 'scuplting' such a piece. MoMA also has one of my favorite paitings, Van Gogh's 'Starry Nights' as well as a cool wing on Design and Architecture. It was also 60 and rainy that day which was cool (and cold). And Friday nights are free at MoMA courtesy of Target. Damn just make me love you more and more.

Saturday: My first sample sale. Quite an interesting environment...a loft full of racks of jeans and blaring techno music. Not sure why we needed techno music but it worked...I bought a pair of Lucky Brand jeans...probably the cheapest ones they had. Tried on some Seven jeans for the first time...pretty damn comfortable.

Saturday Night: Had Ethiopian food for the first time...not bad. Taking family style to the next level sorta as you share the one big plate they bring it all out on. No utensils of course so you just scoop it up with your hands or with the crepe like bread they give you. Very flavorful. Wet naps were definitely appreciated.

Tomorrow night...Shakespeare in the Park's Mid-Summer Night's Dream @ Central Park.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

No Sleep 'till Brooklyn

Beastie Boys - McCarren Pool, Brooklyn NY - 08/07/09

Wow...first time New Yorker and I got to see the Beastie Boys very first show EVER in their hometown of Brooklyn....very cool. Other than waiting an hour in the beer line for NO BEER, the venue was pretty cool (old, empty community pool). The Beastie Boys put on a very good show that definitely took me back to my old school days. Great being outside on a great night in Brooklyn...despite there being more threats of "tornadoes" (we couldnt even bring in our umbrellas...had to ditch them at the entrance. thankfully i was able to find mine after the show). And of course they closed with "No Sleep 'til Brooklyn".

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