Wednesday, December 26, 2012

#WhatchaListeningTo Wednesday 12/26/12

Here's what I've been listening to this week:

  • Civil Twilight - River - "Take a little dive into the river baby/ I don't mind..."
  • Jose Gonzalez - Heartbeats - This version of this beautiful song game up on the Gomez channel on Pandora. The original by The Knife reminds me a lot of something from Grimes.
  • Local Natives - Wide Eyes - the video, on first viewing, makes me think that it's about finally coming to terms with and facing your fears, but reading other listeners' takes on it makes me go back and re-listen and watch.
  • Mumford & Sons - Lover of the Light - "But I'd be yours if you'd be mine..."
  • Eels - I Like Birds - a cute little ditty that I heard while watching The Big Year.

So, #WhatchaListeningTo?

In Studio - Churchill

I had the opportunity recently to head over to Radio 92.9 in Boston to enjoy an in-studio performance with the band Churchill.  It was my first time in the Boch Studio 92.9 and it was definitely a cool experience being up-close-and-personal with a band that I'm just getting into - "Change" has been a huge hit for the band, and it was great to hear that and others live.
Tim and Mike
Amy Brooks interviewed the band, touching on many subjects from interesting questions on their bios from their band website to the name of the band.  Anyone for a tall, delicious glass of Tyler's favorite beverage, Purplesaurus Rex?
Hi, 1980s.
How did the band come to pick "Churchill", anyways?  They had "a list of names" - literally, a "piece of paper with terrible names and [Churchill] was the least terrible," one of the guys laughed.

The band played three songs, starting with the hit "Change."  The story behind it is that they were "terrified of signing a record deal," and the "idea that people would want to change [them]."  It was also mentioned that "doing what you believe is right in all things" when others may be trying to change you was an idea behind the song, as well.  
Amy Brooks Interviewing Churchill in the Boch Studio 92.9 
Bands that the members of Churchill find inspiring, have seen lately or just simply listen to on their free time include The Killers, The Punch Brothers and Fleetwood Mac.
Me with Churchill in the Boch Studio 92.9
 Advice for other bands? "Do as much as you can on your own... and have fun!"
Churchill with Mattu in the Boch Studio 92.9
Do your ears a favor and click over to the Boch Studio 92.9 page to listen to "Change," "Betrayed" and "Ark in a Flood."  After you do that, let me know what you think!  Don't forget to check out Churchill on Facebook and Twitter to see what they're up to next.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

#WhatchaListeningTo Wednesday 12/19/12

Here's what I'm listening to this week:


So, #WhatchaListeningTo?

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

In Concert: Radio 92.9 Ho Ho Hoedown

Is there a better way to celebrate the holidays than with adult beverages, fellow music lovers, good live bands and a Santa who throws free candy canes to the crowd?  According to Radio 92.9, there is NOT. 

Ladies and Gentlemen, I bring you the Radio 92.9 Ho Ho Hoedown of 2012.

A Silent Film

"Reaching The Potential"

I really enjoyed their set - very reminiscent of Snow Patrol, Keane and Coldplay.  They started the night out strong but not too crazy - just enough to get the crowd interested in them and what was to come.

Youngblood Hawke

Having the chance to watch these guys from backstage was a great experience.  I first heard of YBH during the summer (read more here) and have been following their crazy adventures and tour via Instagram and Facebook.  I would have loved to meet them, but hopefully they will get back to Boston another time soon.  The guys from AWOLNATION really like their music, or so Hayden from AWOLNATION told me.

From the moment Youngblood Hawke took the stage, they were totally invested in the show.  They rock some pretty crazy outfits which definitely matches their fun-loving and energetic show.  The crowd definitely loved when they played their single "We Come Running."


 I thought that the House of Blues was loud before AWOLNATION went on.  I was incorrect.  The place exploded when Aaron and the band took the stage.  They simply rocked.  
"Guilty Filthy Soul"

Thanks again to Radio 92.9 for a great night of music - who was your favorite band of the night?

Friday, November 30, 2012

In Concert - Grace Potter and the Nocturnals / Trampled By Turtles

My incessant concert contest-entering paid off again!  I won a pair of tickets from 92.5 The River to see Grace Potter and the Nocturnals (with Trampled By Turtles opening) on November 30th at the House of Blues - Boston.  It's one of my favorite music venues in the area - great sound and atmosphere.  I was especially psyched because we had access to the Foundation Room!  If I could model my future home after the Foundation Room, I would.  I have a photo of the Prayer Room as the background on my phone - such a beautiful place.

Trampled By Turtles

I had only heard one song by Trampled By Turtles - Alone (featured on #WhatchaListeningTo Wednesday a few weeks ago), but I was not disappointed by their set at all.  I loved "Victory" - "the rain came at the break of day/ your light in the windowpane, said come on in..."  TBT really got the audience's energy level up - I'd love to see them again, for sure!

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - Wow.  They know how to put on a show, and that they did.  Grace started out at the keys with a shawl-type covering draped over her shoulders, and heels on, and ended up losing both, showing off her short skirt and killer legs.  Damnnnnn, Gina.  

She told the crowd that she was "glad to be back home in New England" - I learned that she is from Vermont, and there were shirts at the merch table with Vermont on it.  

She dedicated "One Short Night" to "all you troublemakers in Boston."

Overall, a FUN show - I now understand why there were TWO sold-out shows!

Thanks again to 92.5!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

#Whatcha Listening To Wednesday - 11/28/12

Here's what I'm listening to this week...

  • Death Cab For Cutie - Cath...
  • Bell X1 - Rocky Took a Lover - a live version! ( @KinkRadio has a lot of great performances, check 'em out.  Wish I was out in Portland to be able to stop by the studio!)
  • Bodeans - Stay - I love the horn in this. "Give me just one more day/ Baby, stay..."
  • The Kooks - Is It Me - The Kooks are growing on me...
  • Jamie Cullum - Wheels - Jamie's songs are some of my favorite to sing along to in the car.  "You remember everything you thought your life would be..." 

So, #WhatchaListeningTo?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

#WhatchaListeningTo Wednesday

Here's what I've been listening to these past two weeks - I hate when I miss my #WhatchaListeningTo Wednesdays, but hey, what can ya do?  Life happens, but I'm putting this week's post up a day early to make up for it!
  • Yeasayer - Longevity - a bit of psychedelic pop that makes me want groove in the driver's seat... don't judge.
  • The Jayhawks - Waiting for the Sun - Tom Petty influence, anyone? 
  • Two Door Cinema Club - What You Know - I love the interpretive '80s exercise video dancing.
  • Damian Marley - All Night ft. Stephen Marley - I don't care which Marley it is, I love it.  Dance party time!
  • Robert DeLong - Global Concepts - I guess I must be in a dance party mood lately, huh?  This one is sorta #NSFW, if you have little ears around.  

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

#WhatchaListeningTo Wednesday

Here's what I'm listening to this week. I hope that, if you're reading this, you are safe amidst the hurricane madness that's hit the East Coast.  It's been a tad scary in my area outside Boston, but it's nothing compared to what's in NYC and NJ.  Be safe, friends.

  • Churchill - Change - It starts at about 0:37. This video is interesting - listen to what the guy says just before the music starts. I think it's a pretty cool concept.
  • Bob Schneider - 40 Dogs (Like Romeo and Juliet) - "It's not as easy as I said it'd be, but there’s something right about you and me..."
  • Trampled by Turtles - Alone - Just a sweet, simple, reflective song.
  • Ben Folds Five - Mess - I'd never heard this BFF song before.
  • The Shins Australia - "Dare to be one of us, girl, facing the android's conundrum..." 

  • So, #WhatchaListeningTo?