Moving on, here's that meme where I update every day for a week.
day 01 | a song
day 02 | a picture
day 03 | a book
day 04 | a site
day 05 | a youtube clip
day 06 | a quote
day 07 | whatever tickles your fancy
Little Lion Man by Mumford & Sons. Their album Sigh No More is great.
Just kidding, I totally can't just upload one song. I've been to a bunch of concerts since I last updated for real, so here's a recap of concerts I've been to in the last four months or so accompanied by songs to download. I have videos from some of these concerts uploaded at my youtube page, if you're inclined to check that out. I've been trying to go to more concerts, because I live within walking distance of several good places to see bands and I've never really taken advantage of that before.
(I've got the venues listed, so I guess I should mention they're all in Columbus, because that's, you know, where I live)
CD101 Summerfest @ Lifestyle Communities Pavilion on August 22nd.
A Horse is Not A Home by Miike Snow
Get Yo Shit by Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears
The CD101 Summerfest is held every year and features a bunch of bands for only $5. Complaining about Ticketmaster charges is so 2000 and late, but whenever CD101 has these $5 shows they always cost double after Ticketmaster tacks on their processing fees. But even $10 isn't bad for a show that had performances by Band of Skulls, Company of Thieves, Living Things, stellastarr*, Matt & Kim, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, and some awful Columbus rapper called Envelope. Miike Snow was supposed to perform, but was probably replaced by Envelope or something, but I love A Horse is Not a Home so enjoy that instead.
I didn't really get to see Company of Thieves or Living Things, since they had a weird set-up where they played on a side stage and the other bands played on the main stage. I was mainly there to see Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears and they didn't disappoint. If you like blues/R&B, I would highly recommend checking them out, because they are super fun. Matt & Kim were really energetic, though aside from the amazingness that is Daylight, I'm not a huge fan of their music. I had seen stellastarr* at a CD101 show ages ago and they're pretty good. Band of Skulls was really good and while I haven't listened to them much since, I enjoyed their set a lot.
American Idols Live! @ the Schottenstein Center on August 25th.
Pick U Up by Adam Lambert
Heartless by Kris Allen
I thoroughly enjoy talented kids singing karaoke for two hours. Especially if they're hot or really theatrical. At the same time, it's all sort of pointless, because singing cover songs doesn't really tell you if their post-Idol work will be any good. Which obviously isn't the point of the concert - you're not there to figure out if you want to buy any future releases they might put out - but it's kind of weird to listen to people not sing their own songs during a concert. My mom loved Adam Lambert on Idol, but she doesn't really like his new album, because she's not that into that electro-pop stuff his album traffics in. I actually kind of like his album, especially the uptempo stuff like Pick U Up which to be honest, is really fucking awesome and I've listened to it basically a billion times since I first heard it. But he mostly sang classic rock and melodramatic ballads on the show, which I realize is due to the confines of their theme nights, so you could have not liked him on the show, but like his album because it's a lot different than most of what he did on the show (I always thought he should have done a Scissor Sisters song, because that's a lot closer to the type of stuff on his album than Aerosmith or whatever).
But, whatever, the concert was pretty good and I rolled my eyes a ton when Danny Gokey went all up with people on everyone, so thumbs up.
Passion Pit @ the Newport Music Hall on September 29th.
Sleepyhead by Passion Pit
This was a fantastic concert, despite basically turning into hipster dance city. I am neither a hipster nor a dancer, so I felt a little out of place, but I still had a blast. This video of them performing Sleepyhead (not my video) gives a good idea of what it was like to be there, because seriously, it was one of the most nuts concerts I've been to. This was another $5 concert and I probably wouldn't have gone if not for the cheap price, because I was not that into their album Manners before I went. It's now for sure one of my favorites of the year. They were so much better live than I was expecting. Also, they're super cute. It was a lot like when I saw LCD Soundsystem and grew to appreciate them because of how fantastic they were live.
Sea Wolf with Port O'Brien and Sarah Lov @ the Wexner Center for the Arts on October 7th.
O Maria! by Sea Wolf
This was not an amazing concert, but Sea Wolf was good and played a bunch of songs that I love, so I can't complain. I decided to go at pretty much the last minute too. I love Sea Wolf's first album Leaves in the River and they did a lot off that, like You're a Wolf, Middle Distance Runner, and Black Leaf Falls. So good stuff, just not particularly memorable.
Sunset Rubdown with New Villager @ The Summit on October 18th.
Rich Doors by New Villager
Dragon's Lair by Sunset Rubdown
Sunset Rubdown are amazing live. The Summit is a small bar and it was a fantastic place to see them, because when you're standing up near the front, you're practically on top of the band. Spencer Krug is fantastic and hot and brilliant. The crowd was totally into them and very nice, so it was a super pleasant concert aside from standing right next to a huge speaker and basically having my hearing destroyed.
Andrew Bird with St. Vincent @ the Southern Theater on October 19th.
Oh Sister (live) by Andrew Bird with Annie Clark of St. Vincent
Andrew Bird was good, but a little bit of a letdown. Maybe because I saw him the day after Sunset Rubdown and that was so fantastic, I don't know. He was good and he's a brilliant musician and his whistling is adorable, but I think maybe I would have liked it better if he had performed with his band rather than solo. He also didn't do very many of my favorite songs, which is more my problem than his. I'd maybe see him again if he came back with his band. St. Vincent was pretty good, though I'm not a big fan of their music. There were two people who were super into Annie Clark of St. Vincent, to the point where they audibly gasped when she said she was going to sign autographs and I was a little worried for her safety, but I also kind of wanted to see them die of excitement when they met her.
Bob Dylan @ Lifestyle Communities Pavilion on November 3rd.
Wicked Messenger by The Black Keys
The Man in the Long Black Coat by Mark Lanegan
Bob Dylan in concert is always the same and if you're into that sort of thing, then that's cool, but I find Bob Dylan bordering on boring live. I've seen him four times and usually if I've seen a band that many times, you could assume that I love seeing them in concert. I don't know if I expect that Bob Dylan will suddenly start talking to the audience or stop playing weird versions of all his songs, but apparently I do. He's awesome because he's Bob Dylan, but beyond that, there really, really isn't anything special about his concerts, aside from being able to say you saw Bob Dylan. It was sort of cool, because Lifestyle Communities Pavilion is a way smaller venue than he normally plays, but still, it was all kind of whatever. Bands that I like live engage the audience in some way or they're really fun or something. To me, Bob Dylan isn't really anything in concert. The Mountain Goats are my new favorite live band and while they don't really fit the criteria of "fun", John Darnielle totally connects with the audience because he's amazing and I appreciate that. I even like Chris Isaak better in concert than Bob Dylan, because he's super funny and there's so much to his show that it doesn't matter that Chris Isaak is not in Bob Dylan's league in terms of songwriting and being a legend.
So I really must stop seeing Bob Dylan, because I get it. (Also, the songs are from the I'm Not There soundtrack).
Dan Auerbach with Justin Townes Earle and Jessica Lea Mayfield @ the Newport Music Hall on November 5th.
Keep It Hid (the whole album) by Dan Auerbach
Dan Auerbach was fucking amazing live. Easily the best concert I saw this year (maybe, I don't know). If you aren't familiar with Dan Auerbach, he's half of the Black Keys, who are also amazing and from Ohio, so I kind of have to like them. Dan Auerbach released a fantastic solo album this year and he's touring with a fantastic backing band and oh my god, they are just phenomenal. Based on how good he was at this concert, I'm super sad I've missed seeing the Black Keys several times because I've heard nothing but good things about them live. I have several videos from this concert, but his cover of Inside Looking Out by the Animals is especially great.
Justin Townes Earle was really good too, especially if you like country/folk music that's a bit crazy.
Coming up, I'll probably see Phoenix, maybe Crystal Antlers, and if I'm crazy, which I totally am, I would kill to go to the South by Southwest music festival, so I don't know, I might have to do that next year.