Friday, December 12, 2014

A short update

Winter is coming....

No it really about two weeks.

Been quiet, but busy around these parts, trying to make time for live shows and music, movies etc.  Much of the time is spent on the ice coaching hockey, which I really do enjoy.

Appreciate any stops on the page, working on my annual "favorite records of...." which will probably see the light of day in mid January.

Trying to remain inspired to post..maybe 2015 will see an uptick.  Many of the old blog chums have moved along and I need something new, so maybe will go on the hunt for some like minded folks.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Short burst

So we are chugging along.  Its mid November, we had a little snow, but nothing like the folks in New York.

The year is coming to an end and the headphones are abuzz going back to the records that came out this year.  The plan is to do the favorites of the year per the norm.

Hockey has been life though.  Coaching takes a lot of time, but I love it.  Maybe a full time gig with pay some day?

Thanks for poking around.  We shall see if this gets me inspired to post more.

Have a great Thanksgiving to all the US readers!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Caspian - Larcom Theater, Beverly MA October 18, 2014 10th Anniversary Show, set list

Larcom Theater, Beverly MA
Saturday, October 18, 2014

A cool Saturday evening in an old classic theater in the bands hometown, Caspian celebrated 10 years. A lot has changed for the band over these ten years. The band has remained largely intact since its inception and their dedication to their art was evident in this two hour show.

Spread over two sets, the first which was just about 55 minutes, started with Cigarette. A slow building track it was the way to start up the evening. The band then launched in to Quovis/Further Up/Further In (three songs in a row that fans have come to call “Trio”). Energy was very high and other than an occasional hand wave from guitarist Phil Jamieson the band stayed on task.

The audience hung on each note. The seated venue, the band would note, is the first show they had ever done with reserved seating. Still the front of the stage area found fans on the floor leaning up against and off to the sides as well there was ample standing room. My view from the front row of the balcony was stunning and the sound really filled the room. It was top notch.

At the end of the first set, Jamieson was able to greet the audience and thank us for coming. He was thrilled how it was going and the band was going to take a 10 minute break.

Set two began with the quiet of “Concrescence”. Members sitting down and quietly strumming guitars. A solid pick for a set opener as the usual set closer “Sycamore” followed. The build was stunning and fans are always used to this being the end, but it was so early in the set we knew we had more. “Gone in Bloom and Bough” was next and the 12+ minute track just perfect. The slow build, but with monstrous riffs and flashing lights pulled you right in. The set continued on and ended with a rowdy version of “Fire Made Flesh”. With that the band headed towards backstage.

The encore took a bit to get rolling as the band brought out a string section and some things needed to be moved around the stage. At this time Jamieson took to the mic to thank the theater, the fans etc. Everything you'd expect, but the genuine feel and appreciation was wonderful. The band played “Hymn for the Greatest Generation”. Dedicated to former bassist Chris Friedrich who passed away suddenly a year ago. The band noted they don't play the song often, as it is difficult to pull off live, but it was stunningly beautiful.

The band did one more song, a new song. Part of me wanted something we were all used to, but the great part is the band was there to celebrate 10 years, but also show they were not done. That as a prefect way to end it all.

Fans headed to the street and you'd be hard pressed to not hear “wow's” or notes of assurance to others how great the show was.

The full set list.
Further Up
Further In
Ghosts of the Garden City
set break
Gone In Bloom and Bough
Halls of the Summer
Fire Made Flesh
E: Hymn for the Greatest Generation*
Unknown New Song
* w/strings

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The new U2 Album...

So today in the US the newest U2 record "Songs of Innocence" is released on "physical media" vs the direct to iTunes download a month or so ago.

Being a long time fan I accepted the download just fine and listened a few times but wasn't blown away.  Could have been time, circumstance etc..who knows.


Since 1984 I've bought every single new U2 release the day it came out.  That rolls back to Unforgettable Fire (I recall the ride to the mall with my older brother) to Joshua Tree (walking from school to the local shop, getting it on tape vs my typical vinyl purchase at the time (always put the record on a maxell XLII 90.)
It was always an "event" for me.

This time, I am not sure.

I type this while still at work, and I can pass a record shop on the way home.....

The ride home will tell.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Hello have you been?

Don't worry, I am here..(I know..yay!)

I'll have something for you to kill time to shortly.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Colony House - Fall tour!


The Nashville rock trio Colony House released their debut album When I Was Younger on July 22, 2014 via Descendent Records (The Lone Bellow) to raving reviews. The album charted #3 on Billboard Heatseekers Chart, #7 on the iTunes Alternative Rock Charts, and their single “Silhouettes” continues to be the #1 played track on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation with 50 spins per week. When I Was Younger now available on iTunes.

“Silhouettes” is also the most downloaded song by SiriusXM AltNation listeners from the SXM site and is spinning on Alternative radio stations across the nation.

On the heels of the debut release and single success, the band announces the second leg of their U.S. tour that will hit over 20 cities throughout the fall. 

Colony House Chart Facts:
#1 most played and downloaded single on SiriusXM Alt Nation
#3 Billboard Heatseekers Charts
#7 on iTunes Alternative Rock Charts
#32 Billboard Independent Charts
#154 Billboard Top 200

Fall Tour Dates:
Sept 2 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
Sept 3 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Sept 4 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Sept 5 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux
Sept 6 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Sept 7 - Spokane, WA @ The Big Dipper
Sept 9 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
Sept 10 - San Francisco, CA @ Neck Of The Woods
Sept 12 - Los Angeles, CA @ Satellite
Sept 13 - San Diego, CA @ San Diego Music Thing
Sept 14 - Las Vegas, NV @ Backstage Bar
Sept 16 - Phoenix, AZ @ Pub Rock
Sept 17 - Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
Sept 20 - Tulsa, OK @Vanguard
Sept 23 - Fayetteville, AR @ George’s
Sept 24 - Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
Sept 25 - St. Louis, MO @ The Demo
Sept 26 - Cincinnati, OH @ MidPoint Music Festival
Sept 27 - Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
Oct 1 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-Fi
Oct 3 - Milwaukee, WI @ Club Garibaldi
Oct 5 - Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Rock
Oct 8 - Houston, TC @ Fitzgerald’s
Oct 9 - Bryan, TX @ Grand Stafford
Oct 11 - Dallas, TX @ Prophet Bar
Oct 12 - Austin, TX @ ACL
Oct 14 - New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
Oct 16 - Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
Oct 18 - Charlotte, NC @ Evening Muse
Oct 21 - Washington, D.C. @ U-Hall
Oct 22 - Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy
Oct 24 - New York, NY @ CMJ
Oct 26 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Oct 28 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Oct 29 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
Oct 30 - Columbus, OH @ The Basement

Grand Point North Festival - More news, After Parties!!

We posted a few weeks back the exciting news and line up for hte Great  (refresher is right here)

The After Parties have been annoucned!

Marco Benevento Band, featuring the Grand Point North All Stars!

Higher Ground & Grace Potter and The Nocturnals announced the official after parties for both nights of Grand Point North. On Saturday, Sept. 13th, FLY GOLDEN EAGLE will perform at Nectar's in downtown Burlington. Tickets are $15 advance and $10 day of show. Then, to close out the festival on Sunday, Sept. 14th, THE MARCO BENEVENTO BAND featuring THE GRAND POINT NORTH ALLSTARS will perform at the Higher Ground Ballroom. The band will feature Dave Driewitz, Andy Borger, Grace Potter & members of The Nocturnals, and more! Tickets are $17 advance and $20 day of show.

 The 4th annual Grand Point North Music Festival takes place on Saturday, September 13th and Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at Burlington, Vermont’s Waterfront Park. In addition to Grace Potter & the Nocturnals playing both nights, the main stage line-up for the 2014 festival will include Lake Street Dive, Trampled By Turtles, The Devil Makes Three, Dr. John, The War On Drugs, Lucius, Rayland Baxter, and Debo Band. Also featured on this year’s bill are some of Burlington's finest local talent, including Caroline Rose, Swale, Villanelles, Anders Parker, Lowell Thompson, Gold Town, The High Breaks and Dwight and Nicole.

 Individual day tickets for the Grand Point North Festival are available for $49 each. Two-day General Admission Passes $79.

Higher Ground & Grand Point North Present

Saturday, September 13th, 2014
at Nectar's
Time: Doors at 11pm, Show 11:30pm.
Ages: 21+
Tickets: $15 advance | $10 day of show
Tickets go on sale Friday, July 18th at 11am.
Charge by phone: 888.512.SHOW
In person: Higher Ground Box Office / 1214 Williston Rd / Burlington, VT

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Higher Ground & Grand Point North Present
ft. Dave Driewitz, Andy Borger, Grace Potter & members of GPN and more!
Sunday, September 14th, 2014
at Higher Ground Ballroom
Time: Doors at 9:30pm, Show 10:30pm.
Ages: All Ages
Tickets: $17 advance | $20 day of show
Tickets go on sale Friday, July 18th at 11am.
Charge by phone: 888.512.SHOW
In person: Higher Ground Box Office / 1214 Williston Rd / Burlington, VT

Catchy song alert! - "Paris" from the band "Scenic Route to Alaska"

Canadian indie-folk rock band, Scenic Route to Alaska, made up of childhood friends, Trevor Mann, Murray Wood and Shea Connor.

After growing up together, Scenic Route to Alaska is able to display masterful sounds together, while continuously impressing their audiences. Check out their track "Paris" off of their second album, Warrington, and prepare to be overtaken by their advanced and complicated drum patterns, letting its deceiving simplicity keep the song replaying in your head long after

Dig in, I can't stop playing it!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Queens of the Stone Age - Providence Performing Arts Center July 14, 2014

Queens of the Stone Age
Providence Performing Arts Center
Providence, Rhode Island
Monday July 14, 2014

Support – Brady Dalle

Readers of this blog know that I am fan of the band. Been a fan for many years and last night marked the 13th time seeing the band live. Some things were the same, but much has changed, for the better over the years. The band is a bit more focused on the visuals (far more lights in the show than I ever recall seeing) and a tight...very tight set list.

Opening with “You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, but I Feel Like a Millionaire” was a very solid, rowdy opener and that sped right in to “No One Knows”.

For the full 90 minute set found the band really not straying. I don't even think lead singer, founder and guitarist Josh Homme even changed his guitar. Josh was spot on vocally and he would toss his swagger off his hips and “just the right” amount of stage banter really kept it moving.

The band, which always seemed to have a revolving door of musicians seems to have settled least for now. Troy Van Leeuwen was stage right, changing his guitars often and offering many vocal harmonies. Bassist Mikey “shoes” Shuman was to Hommes left and is steady and animated as ever. Jon Theodore really can work the drums, and was even given a short solo late in the show. Dean Fertita played just about everything, focusing mostly on keyboards, but he'd strap the guitar on many a time during the night.

2013's critically acclaimed record “...Like Clockwork” was well represented and the tunes all play out well in a live setting. “If I Had A Tail” mid set was a stand out and the swirling bass on “Turnin' the Screw” was a perfect bookend to the track.

The main set ended with “Go With The Flow” and Josh thanked us all for coming. The band left with waves and smiles and the audience didn't need to wait long for more.

The three song encore opened with “The Vampyre of Time and Memory” a piano lead track with Homme just off center stage playing under spotlights. A wildly fun “Feel Good Hit of the Summer” was extended with some ad libs from Homme and the extended drum solo from Theodore all lead to the great closer “A Song for The Dead”. Walls of guitar, thunderous drums and just a spastic light show ended the set on a high note.

The full set:
You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar, but I Feel Like A Millionaire
No One Knows
My God Is The Sun
Smooth Sailing
I'm Designer
Monsters in the Parasol
I Sat By The Ocean
...Like Clockwork
If I Had A Tail
Turnin' The Screw
Fair weather Friends
Little Sister
Make It Wit Chu
Sick, Sick, Sick
3's & 7's
The Lost Art of Keeping A Secret
Go With the Flow
The Vampyre of Time and Memory
Feel Good Hit of The Summer
A Song For The Dead

All in all I was pleased. The set seemed a tad short with the bands extensive catalog, but I didn't really leave feeling they left anything out. Of course one could argue they didn't play …... but what good would that do, you'd be taking from a fine fine set.

I'd have posted a picture or two, but I can't ever seem to grab a worthy picture off my I'll spare you.