Went with some friends, including the wonderful sweetliligal, to see The Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys Wednesday night. We unfortunately missed most of the Monkeys’ set, but I wasn’t horribly upset, as I got to see them live last summer.
Anyway, I like The Black Keys. I do. But I would consider myself a casual fan- my favorite songs by them are basically their hits- “Lonely Boy”, “Tighten Up”, “Howling for You”, “Everlasting Light”… I have their albums, but I don’t reallyknowthem. I got a chance to see them at Austin City Limits Festival in 2010. And while that set was good, it was literally the first thing I saw upon arriving at the park at 4:00 in the blazing afternoon sun, with a hugemongous crowd, from a less than stellar spot. It didn’t leave a tremendous impression on me.
Wednesday night was completely different. The stage set-up was simple, but interesting with Dan taking the mic at center stage and Patrick behind the drums off to his left. Behind them were their bassist and keyboard player and some big ass stands with lights. From the first song, “Howling for You”, they had me. Dan certainly doesn’t dance around the stage, but he sings and plays with a lot of passion and enthusiasm. Patrick sat silently the whole night, but it was really cool when the drums took the lead in a song and he was backlit with a ton of lights.
Their bluesy, garage-rock kept me tapping my foot and dancing in my seat the whole time. Yes, I sat most of the show. We had excellent seats, so we took advantage of them. We did stand for the amazing encore. “Everlasting Light” was the first of the last three songs they played. To enhance the song, they had GIANT disco balls descend at the front and back of the audience. I loved it.
They closed the show with an awesome rendition of “I Got Mine”. I was really, really pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed the show. I walked out a much bigger Black Keys fan than I was walking in. If you ever get the chance to see them, do it. You won’t regret it.
Setlist (according to setlist.fm)
Howlin’ for You
Run Right Back
Same Old Thing
Dead and Gone
Gold on the Ceiling
Girl Is On My Mind
I’ll Be Your Man
Little Black Submarines
Ten Cent Pistol
She’s Long Gone
I Got Mine
Favorite new songs after the show: “Little Black Submarines”, “Gold on the Ceiling”, and “Dead and Gone”, which are, incidentally, all on their latest album, El Camino. So yeah, it’s good.
We took 277 CDs of varying quality to a local shop and they gave us $113 for 96 of them. Not bad for a stack of plastic that’s been taking up the upper shelf in my closet for 4 years. We plan on putting the rest out at a garage sale this weekend for super cheap, hoping some will get picked up.
The 277 that were on the chopping block did not include the 30 or so I just couldn’t bear to let go… all my Coldplay, Snow Patrol, the first Fiona Apple, R.E.M.’s “Automatic for the People”- basically CDs I listen/ed to constantly. We also still have at least 50 random classical and soundtrack CDs we haven’t even touched yet. Still, it feels good to de-clutter a bit, and hopefully, someone who’s really been wanting U2’s “Pop” will be pleasantly surprised this weekend.
Coldplay Saturday Song of the Day-A Message(acoustic Xfm Artist Confidential)
Just saw someone’s post about the concert last night, where they played A Message, I assume in the acoustic set they do. I hope, hope, hope it’s one of the ones they keep for the show I’m going to. Love this song.
I hope everyone who celebrates had a wonderful Easter weekend. We don’t really celebrate it… only in the most secular of ways (egg hunts and lots of candy, mainly), but we had a fantastic long weekend. In fact, it was so long, I’m still confused about what day it is.
Friday, my husband and I spent ALL DAY working in our pathetic excuse for a front yard. I’m happy to report it is no longer pathetic. Now it’s meh. But, this weekend calls for another marathon session of planting and digging, so hopefully after Sunday our neighbors will no longer look at us as being THAT house. You know, the one with half dead plants, more dirt than grass, and weeds liberally spread throughout. It was a very warm day, and it was a lot of hard work, but it felt great to be out there doing something with my hands. The kids were happily watching a movie inside, so we got to talk and enjoy some time to ourselves. I’m actually looking forward to doing it again this weekend. I’ll try to post some pictures when we’re done.
We also got to seeThe Hunger GamesFriday, and I really enjoyed it. I had just finished re-reading the book, so everything was very fresh in my mind, so that may have tempered my enthusiasm for the movie just a little bit, but overall, I thought it was really well done.
Oh, and I got a new toy yesterday. My Nook Simple Touch stopped working a couple of weeks ago, and I finally got a chance to take it in. They replaced it for me, and I decided to give myself a bit of an upgrade and went with the Nook Color. So far, I’m liking it, though I haven’t done much with it yet. Though, I did manage to get sucked into reading Catching Fire again last night.
I just spent an unplanned hour going through my archive… I went all the way back to when I started this blog in August of 2010. I’ve realized that I really need to get back to documenting stuff life on here. I’ve never been a huge text poster, but I did do it fairly regularly about all sorts of random stuff. Lately, all I’ve posted is songs, primarily because the thought of writing something out is emotionally exhausting.
There have been so many things lately that stir me, or bother me, or disturb me, and I want to get those thoughts and feelings out, but when it comes down to it, it’s easier not to. But, I need to. One, because it’s therapeutic (and I don’t have an actual shrink), and Two, because I’ve realized now it’s nice to have a document of what matters to me and how I react to things in this time and space.
So, I’m going to make an effort to get more written down more often. I hope you’ll stick around. :)
I’m late as usual, but I just got tickets to FINALLY see The Hunger Games Friday night. Best of all, it’s gonna be a date night with two of our favorite couples at Drafthouse, which means wine and delish food during the movie.
Re-reading the book, this time, it’s the actual hardcover I got for Christmas. Originally read it on my Nook, but it has chosen to stop working, so…
Need to take Nook to B&N
Have been working out like a fool and I think I’ve finally reached the point where, wait for it…. I actually ENJOY working out!
Have perfected a sneaky Banana-Berry smoothie recipe that involves spinach, and my kids LOVE it.
Loving Spring and these gorgeous days we’ve been having. Makes me want to be outside all the time.
We’re doing NOTHING for Easter and I am so excited about that. No traveling; just relaxing at home. ahhh.
Currently loving: The Voice (I know, I know… I can’t help it); Awake (is anyone else watching this show?? it’s awesome!); The Hunger Games (again); the new Of Monsters and Men album, My Head is an Animal.