Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I wish you would tell me how you really feel

I'm kind of behind on my blogging. Couple weekends ago, we went to the Make Music Pasadena festival. An annual free event full of awesome bands. This was my first time going. Previous years, The Raveonettes and Plastiscines played. I wanted to see them but it was literally over 90 degrees and I remember just staying home. This year, it wasn't too hot. It had been June gloom grey skies all week, until the day of the festival. I was expecting the same, but the sun came out and it got pretty warm in there, in that crowd, with the sun beating down on us. I remembered why I don't really like to go to these things. Too crowded, chaos, too hot, short sets, lots of waiting, porta potties. Yeah. Well, with that being said, I still had a nice time I guess. This was my fifth time seeing The Morning Benders. Definitely better to see them at a headline show, instead of a free event. Best Coast was fun. There were lots of fans and it got super crowded. A little too crowded with uncomfortable lack of personal space. I don't know. It gets crazy crowded at the shows I go to, but the vibe is different. I just don't like big events like this. But I'm still glad I went. Oh, and need I even talk about the unnecessary long pauses caused by crowds blocking the pathways and police shutting down the performance until it cleared? Oh, gawd...

The Morning Benders

Best Coast


Happy Summer!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I've got something to prove I am shooting the moon

A good set feels short because you wish it went on and on. A bad set feels long even when it's short because you want it to stop. That being said, I thought Mona played a really short set. But, later, I realized it wasn't short, I just wanted to see more. Almost a year since I first fell in love with their song. Can you believe I still freakin play that song on repeat? What is wrong with me. Thankfully, their other songs are good as well. Their debut album is out in Europe and a US release is set for September. If you're like me and can't wait and like buying albums, you can get it online. So good. So exciting.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Euphoria, take my hand

Glasvegas is back with a new album "Euphoric Heartbreak" and they played a sold out show at the Troubadour. I saw them two years ago at the same venue. Watching the show, at moments, I felt completely captivated by their stage presence and their sound. I love it when I get that feeling because it feels special and I'm not easily impressed by every band out there. This band, however, has it. They played several from their new album like "Lots Sometimes" and "Euphoria, Take My Hand", and hits from their older album. For the encore, James sang "Flowers and Football Tops" and I kind of choked up and feared I might cry (but I didn't). That song reminds me of two people who are no longer here. It was a really sad time in my life. Anyways, the show was awesome, we all sang along to "Go Square Go". Go pick up the new album 'cause here we f*cking go.

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Didn't I say how bad I feel

I don't look up bands and then listen to them. I need to hear the music first somehow. I listen to NME radio or Little Radio (or some other source) and only bother to look up the artists' names when I hear something I really like. So, last summer, I heard this song I really liked (If You Wanna) but couldn't find the name of the band for several months. They were still pretty new and Google didn't seem to know who sang "If you wanna come back it's alright, it's alright" until about December. Then, I heard another song (Post Breakup Sex), and was able to have my sister Shazaam it. I figured I really liked their sound. This band happens to be The Vaccines, whom I was fortunate enough to see at Satellite (ex-Spaceland) earlier this year. They recently supported Arctic Monkeys on their U.S. tour. I would've gone, except the show sold out before they announced that The Vaccines were supporting. Not that I don't like Arctic Monkeys, I actually do. And I've seen them twice many years ago. So I thought I missed out. But, thankfully, The Vaccines played an in-store at Amoeba in Hollywood. I love the entire album. Please go buy it.