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What's In Your CD Player - a.k.a. The Music Thread
So yeah, Firefly was pretty ******* awesome. I wouldn't call it "Bonnaroo awesome", but still great nonetheless. You could kind of tell it was a first year music festival, things were exrtremely unorganized at times in comparison to what it is like at Roo. I still had a great time and the music was absolutely phenomenal. Jack White and the Black Keys absolutely blew me away. The Black Keys show may have been the most fun for a concert I've ever had, but both of their shows **** you in the face with awesomeness. The Killers were a good show, but I don't really have any attachments to that band, so I don't really think I enjoyed it quite as much as the people who were there to see them, though I still had an absolute blast at that show. Modest Mouse was a really cool show, got to hear a few of my favorite songs of theirs as well as a few of their songs I don't know that I really enjoyed. The Head and the Heart was also great, got to hear a few more of their new songs, and I must say, I'm real excited for their next album. Their music is headed into a much more dynamic place, dynamic enough to match the emotion of their music, and I am extremely excited to hear their new, finished album. Walk the Moon was a great show, everybody there was dancing the whole time, lots of people were covered in facepaint and having a great time. Cake was one of my favorite shows, got to listen to one of my favorite bass players and groove out for that show. Went to a The Flaming Lips for a most of their set, and I can see why people love their shows. Real trippy type setting, crazy lights and stage displays, as well as the lead singer crawling in a bubble and walking into the crowd. Saw more tits for that show than any other I've been to, and those were just what was on the screen, lol. The Cold War kids came out andput on a great show, played a lot fo their bigger songs as well as a few of my favorite lesser known ones. My friend who I went with wans't familiar with them before that show, but really liked it and will be looking into their music, I'm sure.
It was definitely a different type of festival than Roo. More of a hipster festival than a hippie festival, but we lucked out and had great neighbors. I'll be real interested to see what the lineup is next year, and what the price is, because, if the lineup is as good as it was this year, I might just go again, because I'd imagine that some of the issues that the festival had this year will be fixed now that they know what to expect.
These guys are incredibly talented musicians. It says something about a musician that can play multiple instruments, but they way these guys do it and the arrangement of their songs are incredible. If more people knew about instrumental music like this, there would be no reason for dubstep to exist
Originally posted by TimD
Change of plans, Im going to the Bon Iver show. Cant wait.
I saw your thing on Twitter, glad you were able to go. I'm sure you were blown away. Bon Iver is one of those shows that you remember all your life...
I finally saw an entire Ben Howard set live on Friday Night, after missing some of his set during Bonnaroo, and it was one of the best shows I've ever seen, and probably my personal favorite. He played every song I wanted to hear, Old Pine, The Fear, The Wolves, and played songs that give me an entirely new appreciation for them. The live version of Black Flies is something that is absolutely unreal to watch. Depth over distance was what they opened with and what a way to open it. They didn't play The Fear until the encore and it was one of the highlights of my music going experience this summer. I actually just got goosebumps again thinking about it. Ben Howard played one of their newer songs by himself, Ezmerelda, and it might be the single most incredible thing I've ever seen a guitarist do. The crowd was so into the show, I've never seen a more vocal/enthusiastic crowd at such a small venue. And the people around us were great. There were four women who came up next to us who drove from DC to the show in Philly and were great to talk to between sets/songs, they were probably the only group of people that knew them as well as me and my friend who I went with. After the show we were hanging out and I found out the one girl knows Johnathan and Tyler from The Head and the Heart, which was just crazy to think about how small of a world we live in.
We were about the fourth row from the stage and got to see everything perfect, I was almost directly in front of where Ben was playing, with a great view of India and the drummer, Chris. They also have a backup guitarist, who is actually Chris's brother. Adds a whole new dynamic because he can hold a rhythm while Ben goes and and does some crazy fingerpicking that no one has ever heard of before, or he can solo while Ben does a absolutely crazy rhythmic fingerpicking on his guitar. Usually while India is singing like an angel and playing a funky ass bassline. Chris, who is usually the drummer also plays bass, and there are a few songs where he is playing bass and drumset at the same time. And I hate to say it because of my obsession with India, but his basslines are even better than hers, both more difficult rhythmically and for exploratory in the melody of it. Even when its just the three of them, they produce such a full, complete sound that it is as if an entire orchestra is on stage. It really is one of the best shows I've ever seen. I actually just got chills again thinking about it.
Seeing a show like that is what its all about for me. I left that single show with a similar feeling when I left Bonnaroo, disappointed it was over, but fulfilled. Seeing a group of musicians working so closely together and having so much fun, not only with themselves, but with the crowd. There was one guy in the crowd who had some great responses to what Ben was saying in between songs. Ben said "I'm gonna play a little bit of a sad song now" and this guy blurts out "Ben your sad songs make me happy" and it got a chuckle out of Ben and India, and Ben follows it up with "at least the hecklers here are friendly". That's Philadelphia for you Ben. Another guy asked India to a date and Ben has the perfect response, looks over at India and says" You hear that? You were officially asked out by the guy in the green shirt with the monstrous guns" And then picks up his scrawny surfer arms like a body builder. Perfect crowd interaction.
The one girl in that group that we would talk to turned around after The Fear was over and said to me that my life has been changed. She was probably joking because of the conversations we had throughout the show, but she was right. That show put even more of a light under my ass to become a better bass player and a better musician, I can't even really define it but there is something more to it than there was before. This was one of those rare moments where I was able to enjoy one of the best possible live performances and take away more than just the performance. That type of atmosphere, that type of feeling that I had at that show, and since, I can't say I've ever had that before, and it is one of the best possible gifts I could get. That type of entertainment and inspiration, even the mind set the show put me into, was priceless, and it only cost me $20. That is what music is about.
Ben Howard show Friday night, I spent most of the day listening to Babel. I know I said it before, but its a masterpiece. I'm not going to go into specifics about any songs until its released because I don't want to ruin it for anyone, but I already bought the album for myself, and I suggest anyone else who likes Mumford buy Babel as well, the money is well spent and, like what I said in the end of my other (obviously too long) post, the return you get from it is well worth the price of the album. The music I heard this weekend was really perfect. I found myself in a great head space and thought this out after it all...
Any music can make you dance, good music can make you think, and great music can make you come to realizations.
On Mumford's album especially, listening to the lyrics, and feeling the emotion of the songs, its easy to just find yourself upon what I would call a "truth", some sort of standard that I will live by, or realizing the importance of people and things in your life without even really truly thinking about it. You have the thought and you know its right. Listening to Babel is an emotional thing for me. Mumford is so good at making the listener feel specific and broad emotions with their music and their lyrics. I've probably listened to Babel a handful of times through this weekend and each time through I've gotten goosebumps, tears, or moments where I find the only thing I am able to do is laugh like an idiot. Those pure emotions that you get out of music are what its all about, and Mumford is incredible at helping you reach those moments.
Yeah a Bon Iver show is a must see for any music fan. It was a great time. I'm going to see Two Gallants in Brooklyn tomorrow. Theyre in nyc tonight, but I unfortunately cannot go. Theyre my all time favorite.
*edit: I may have already posted these songs, but I'm all giddy and excited for tomorrow.
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