Category Archives: music

Videos That Have Recently Caused Me to Feel

I like music videos for all sorts of reasons but probably my favorite is their ability occasionally to elicit from me some sort of emotional response – a visceral reaction that gets me out of my head and in touch with my body.

Here’s two of my recent favorites- Gotye’s ‘Heart’s A Mess’ and Bright Eyes ‘First Day Of My Life’.

SXSW2008 – Music to Feed On

blitzen-trapper-at-sxsw2008.jpg

Blitzen Trapper @ the Mohawk

The South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin Texas often feels to me like a crash course in the current state of the indie music scene. In just 4 days I saw 31 bands perform with as many diverse styles as there are BBQ sauces in Texas. Now that I’m home, my mind wanders back over the musical banquet I was fed while there and am starting to crave more of some of the sounds I heard. My musical stomach has now been stretched and I’m left feeling hungrier than before for new sounds (because who can visit Texas and not begin to make food analogies?!).

I’ve made an iMeem playlist of some of my favorites from SXSW2008. The two stand-outs for me were Blitzen Trapper and Liam Finn. You can check out my Flickr photoset from both the interactive, film, and music segments of SXSW here.

Feel free to share your own playlists or recommendations from SXSW2008 in the comments. Help feed this ravenous music glutton!

Bay Area Bands invade SXSW!!

picture-3.png

Here’s a piece I did for WiretapMusic.com on the Bay Area bands at SXSW 2008!

“It is time once again, my friends, to journey to the vast flatlands of Texas. It is time to voyage to that place where music-obsessives gather each year to feast on tasty musical offerings from far and wide. Yes, we’re talking about South by Southwest 2008 (SXSW 08), and yes, it’s almost here!

We here at Wiretap Music are deeply excited by this year’s line-up and we’re impressed by the incredible amount of reprezentin’ shown by the Bay Area music scene. At last count, there were 73 Bay-Area bands confirmed at the festival – w00t!

Because we know navigating the SXSW landscape can be an eye-crossing task, we wanted to cull the list a bit for you, our beloved readers. Listed below are our Top Ten Picks, a few more random picks, and a full list of Bay Area bands playing SXSW 08.”

Read the rest HERE!

See y’all next week in Austin!

Music-luvahs Unite!

OMG OMG OMG OMG!!

Attention regular live music goers (are you a goer? winkwinknudgenudge)- I am SO excited about this new site I just found – SonicLiving.com. It is so rad and has already provided me with mounds and mounds of unreasonably giddy happiness.

Here’s how it works.

You upload your iTunes list of artists and it scours all the Bay Area venues and marks your wish-list calendar with shows by those folks. You can mark the shows you’re interested in and shows you’re attending so they show up on your music calendar. And you can see what shows your pals are going to. AND you can listen to a band on the page of that show, watch YouTube clips of their live shows, buy tickets, check out the message board of each show about venues, ticket availability, etc.. ALSO (wait, there’s more! heehee) – if you subscribe to Pandora or LastFM it will check your accounts there once a week to see what you listened to and/or gave thumbs-up to and it adds those artists to your wish-list. Crazy!

Other nerdy luv-ly-ness – You can get artist alerts sent to your wireless email account. You can subscribe to the RSS feeds of your friends’ wishlists. If you download their Hellaphresh software, everytime you add a CD to your iTunes it’ll add the artist to your wishlist. AND, it’s invite-only so you get to feel all cool and stuff (tho’ I’m hard-up for friends – message me and I’ll send you an invite- I need you to make me feel loved).

I just set up my account and it took about 10 minutes. It was created and is run by Gabe Beneviste – who by day is a Mac OS X system administrator at Pixar Studios (can you say ‘lack of free time’?!). It’s apparently been up for a year and Gabe regularly has forums (read: buys a pitcher of beer for a random group of users at a show and asks for feedback) so a lot of the bugs have been worked out. It’s extremely user-friendly, visually pleasing, and so far it runs nice and quickly.

The live-music junkie, computer nerd, and the neurotically scheduled ‘J’ in me all approve wholeheartedly!

-ALV-