Monday, February 28, 2011

Time for an update?

I think this week I'll update the layout/background of this blog. I might lose some links and stuff, but it will maybe put some life back in this thing.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Life is pretty good ......great cover tune!

When one of the up and coming bands right now (well they've been at it for a bit), but getting more widely known. Anyway...The Decemberists doing a cover of one of my favorite R.E.M songs of all time...yes please.

Check out "Cuyahoga" for free download right

Friday, February 11, 2011

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings - Met Cafe, Pawtucket, RI February 10, 2011

Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings
The Met Cafe, Pawtucket, RI
Thursday, February 10, 2011

Support - The Jay Vons

I really want to do a proper review, but wanted to get this up as well. This is the set list from last nights show singed by "most" of the band (More on that in a moment)

*one thing to add..the band came out after 100 Days and did 2 songs. The second Sharon introduced the entire band, each had a quick solo etc.

This was my second time seeing the band (review of the last time is here). Met Cafe is a pretty cool venue, I hope to see more shows there.

Band was tight tight TIGHT as always. Sharon just lays it all out on the stage. How she has anything left is beyond me. The stage was full with members but she got all over the place, pulling up two men out of the audience to dance with and then a few ladies for a dance later.

She ripped through her set and tossed in at least one new song (at least new to me). I really can't say enough good things about the show. If you haven't seen her so. You'll love it.

As far as meeting the band Sharon is VERY generous. After all that hard work within 10 minutes of the show being over she heads to the merchandise table and signs EVERYTHING that comes her way. Poses for pictures..takes a few moment to chat with you one on one and always ends it with a hug and kiss on the cheek. The rest of the band mills about but I wanted to say hi to the backup singers. These women can SING..ohh man. Saundra and Star spent at LEAST 10 minutes with myself and friends, singing things, talking about the tour and opening for was like we were with old friends. Saundra at the end asked for our names..and said "I might never remember them but you were all very sweet".

With that we took to the cold Rhode Island night for ride home filled with favorite moments. There were so many the ride quickly evaporated.

See this band me.

Links for you:
The band's main page is here.
myspace and
Wiki page. the bands label site is here.

Follow the band on twitter and become a fan on facebook.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Decemberists continue tour and other news.

Granted they played two shows in Boston to kick off the tour here are more Dates, both US and abroad.

February 7, Uptown Theatre, Kansas City, MO#
February 9, Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO#
February 10, Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO#
February 12, The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA#
February 13, House of Blues-San Diego, San Diego, CA#
February 14, Fox Theater, Oakland, CA#
February 18, Paramount Ballroom, Seattle, WA#
February 19, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR#
March 4, Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland
March 5, ABC, Glasgow, UK
March 7, Birmingham Institute, Birmingham, UK
March 8, Bristol Academy, Bristol, UK
March 10, Manchester Academy, Manchester, UK
March 11, Leeds Academy, Leeds, UK
March 12, De la Warr Pavillion, Bexhill, UK
March 13, Trix, Antwerp, Belgium
March 14, Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
March 16, Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK
April 16, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO+
April 17, Holland Performing Arts Center, Omaha, NE+
April 18, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA+
April 19, Overture Hall, Madison, WI
April 21, Benedum Center, Pittsburgh, PA+
April 22, Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI
April 23, The LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH+
April 25, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI+
April 26, Iroquois Amphitheater, Louisville, KY+
April 27, The Pageant, St. Louis, MO+
April 29, House of Blues, Dallas, TX
April 30, Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheatre, Austin, TX
May 1, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LA
May 2, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta, GA+

# with Mountain Man
+ with Justin Townes Earle

This tour will include the band's first-ever appearance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 1, and a rescheduled performance in Royal Oak, Michigan on April 22. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning February 11.

The Decemberists are currently in the midst of the sold-out first leg of their North American tour on the heels of their #1 album The King Is Dead. The band's live show has already drawn rave reviews from the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Chicago Sun-Times. The New York Post wrote that "the set spanned the band's 10-year career, but wisely leaned heaviest on The King is Dead. Songs from that record made the best case for why the group should be superstars."

Rolling Stone recently premiered "The Great Outdoors," an original song written by Yo Gabba Gabba that was performed by The Decemberists and will appear in the February 8 episode of the popular Nick Jr. children's television show. The band will also be featured over the coming weeks on Sirius' XMU channel (February 9), KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" (February 11), and World Café (February 14).

For more information be sure to hit up the bands official site.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

A Wish for Fire - Live @ TT The Bears

A Wish For Fire combines powerful drumming and raw, understated riffs. They defy conventional structure and blend sometimes smooth, sometimes gritty vocals that are unlike anything likely to be found on commercial radio. There is a trace of psychedelic and classic rock in the composition with both the sound and arrangement following more of a feeling than any conventional pattern. They layer melodies to create multi-textured sounds ranging from simple and elegant to a full on sonic assault. The lyrics are complex and full of disheartening yearning. The music and vocals combine to make an unmistakable mood unlike anything out there.

The band released Sight Unseen, on September 18, 2010, and was dedicated in loving memory to Sep’s mother, “Ma Sep” (Anne D. Sepavich). It is a three-year audio scrapbook created during tumultuous and joyous times in A Wish For Fire's member's lives. It is the ultimate culmination of their passion and dedication. They feel it is easily their strongest, best-sounding effort yet.

The details!
T.T. The Bear’s Place, Cambridge MA
with MidAtlantic, Full Body Anchor and Tired Old Bones
$10, Show 9 PM
10 Brookline Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 492-0082

Check out the official band site here
You can read more and become a fan onFacebook, or check even more information out on

Finally, a full bio AND mp3s are available right here.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 has been snowing...

Like much of the US we have been blanketed with snow. Mind you I've lived in the same area my entire life. I am used to snow, really, it is part of winters in New England.

It just has been too much this year.

All of last year we had 25 inches or something..this year *end of January* we had 60+ inches. It just has been a lot. There is no place to put it the walks with the kids to the bus (when they do have school) is awful because the sidewalks are not getting plowed. It is just crazy and people are starting to not only freak, but just be angry about it. Myself included.

Snow used to be fun. You'd go out and listen to it fall..smell the air, sort of take it in. Chances are that is when you last went sledding and didn't have to race to work, or drop someone off and you can't open the door on one side because the snow banks.

The snow will melt, hopefully not all at once and we will move on..but it really needs to change....please....