Sunday, April 29, 2012

In Concert: Kina Grannis (with Imaginary Friend)

I "introduced" you to Kina Grannis (@kinagrannis) back in January  and was finally able to see her and meet her this weekend.  She performed at The Paradise in Boston on Friday night, and was great!  Imaginary Friend opened for her, and joined her onstage for a beautiful cover of Coldplay's "Fix You."  For the majority of Kina's set, she was supported by Keith Tutt, II (@keithtuttII) on cello - his sound complimented Kina's voice beautifully.  Her lyrics really connect to and speak to the everyday person trying to deal with relationships, in my opinion.  
Imaginary Friend

 Kina with Keith

Kina taking video of the audience - she really loved the Boston audience!

So great to finally meet Kina - thank you to Bri & Jon for hooking us up!

We were joking around about how it would be great if Kina would bust out some "Free Bird" or some rap or something... and then she came out with this:

Yep, that would be Coolio's "Gangster's Paradise".  The girl can do it all, folks.

Highlights from Kina's set included:
World In Front Of Me - a great song to open with!
The One You Say Goodnight To
The Goldfish Song
Message From Your Heart (she unplugged for this one, and encouraged audience participation)
In Your Arms - or, as my student refers to it, "The Jelly Bean Video Song"

Do yourself a favor and check out this talented chica on her tour if you can ( or at least just check out her youtube page. Let me know what you think!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

#WhatchaListeningTo Wednesday

Here's what I'm listening to this week:
  • The Naked and Famous - Punching in a Dream - this is a song off of TNAF's album Passive Me, Aggressive You... and as someone who has some weird ass dreams, I enjoy this song.
  • Graffiti6 - Stare Into the Sun - Not reflective of my current situation ;-) but I saw this band open for Augustana and thought they sounded pretty good live!
  • Needtobreathe - Keep Your Eyes Open - Definitely an uplifting song if you're having a tough day!
  • The Flaming Lips - She Don't Use Jelly - from the band's website, about the song: "With its chiming pedal steel chorus breaks and seemingly nonsensical lyrics, the song entered into the realms of novelty hit. It's a happy little ditty about strange people and their individual idiosyncrasies, with pretty melodies laced throughout and punctuated by trademark moments of crunching but still harmonious noise."
  • Heartless Bastards - Parted Ways - Gonna be honest here, I didn't realize that the lead voice I was hearing was a woman's voice until I watched any live performance videos... whoopsies.  Either way, I love this song.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Record Store Day 2012

This past Saturday, April 21, 2012, was Record Store Day!  It started in 2007 to celebrate "the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally." It's now celebrated the third Saturday of every April, and artists and record labels celebrate by releasing special compilations, limited editions of albums/vinyl, etc.  I checked it out for the first time last year, and was so excited to check it out again this year at Newbury Comics in Newton, MA.

 Here's what I ended up with!

Now Hear This! February 2012 compilation
Record Store Day 2012 compilation
New West Records - On Air At World Cafe
John Legend - Once Again
Walter Trout - Common Ground  (a truly random selection)
J Cole - Friday Night Lights
Record Store Day 2012 Presents Coachella
Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlanticism
Holy Fuck - Ghost
Sub Pop - Terminal Sales, Vol. 5: Mixed Nuts
Marc Broussard - Keep Coming Back
Universal Music Group Sampler 2012

So far, I've checked out the John Legend and Death Cab albums - really enjoying them both, as I suspected I would.  Can't wait to check out the rest.  I also picked up a 2011 Newbury Comics St. Patricks Day glass.

Did anyone else check out Record Store Day and pick up anything good?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

#WhatchaListeningTo Wednesday

Here's what I'm listening to this week:
  • The Brew - When Darkness Comes - Some good ole' local music - they're from Amesbury, MA. Makes me wanna play the piano again: "And I didn’t tell you where we’re going/ But you brought your film camera/ And some good wine in a jar..."
  • Needtobreathe - Shine On - I don't care if this song/band is considered a Christian song/band or not - something about it just caught me. I'd love to see Needtobreathe in concert.
  • Ryan Adams - My Winding Wheel - a great Ryan Adams tune I hadn't heard before - took me by surprise on the radio recently.
  • Spoon - Don't You Evah - Are you tapping your feet to this song yet?... How about now?
  • Mike Doughty - Na Na Nothing - His lyrics and wordplay keeps me wanting to listen to more and more songs... which I usually do...
So, #whatchalisteningto?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tupac's Back?

Have you seen this yet?
From the little research that I did, Tupac was gone before the first Coachella ('96 and '99, respectively), so I'm curious to know how he's able to give a shoutout to Coachella specifically... I guess it's just the marvels of modern technology? informs me that, the hologram effect was "actually rear-projection on a semi-transparent screen" and that Nate Dogg was supposed to get the hologram treatment as well... but, uh, didn't.  Poor Mr. Dogg. The company that rap fans everywhere can thank for this hologram tribute is from Britain - Musion.  They've even created a hologram of Prince Charles. Sorry, if I'm going to have a hologram of any prince, it's Prince William. #JustSayin

The best part: 
Everyone has a Twitter page, even holograms.  Check out this Twitter account (@Hologram2Pac) - he's got a good sense of humor, for a hologram. ;-)

What do YOU think about his Coachella performance?  To hologram, or NOT to hologram?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

#WhatchaListeningto Wednesdays

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

  • The 88 - Coming Home - Who wouldn't want someone to write a song for them like this?  Also, what an amazing way to spend a music video budget!
  • Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Learning to Fly - I really can connect to the lyrics in this one. Nice going, TP.
  • Keane - Silenced By the Night - "I lie in the dark, I feel I'm falling/ Feel your hand on my back, hear your voice calling..."
  • Katie Herzig - Free My Mind - can't help but tap my feet to this one; I heard it on the way to work last week. 
  • Martin Solveig & Dragonette - Hello - where ISN'T this song being played? So catchy.

So, whatcha listening to?

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

#WhatchaListeningTo Wednesdays

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

So, whatcha listening to?

Monday, April 2, 2012

Making The Mixtape: Dance Party

I am psyched.  Why, you ask?  Don't worry, I'll tell you.  I'm going to be helping run a 


Okay, it's not exactly a dance party extravaganza.  

However, it's pretty damn close.  I work with special needs high school students, and we've been having a gym teacher run an "aerobics" class for them twice a week for the last few months.  I put aerobics in quotations because it's really more of a "dance around the room for an hour" time.  Can't really complain about it too much, really.  I get paid to "dance around the room for an hour" with kids who crack me up.  Better yet, the kids really seem to like it.  

Story of my life.

The gym teacher's sessions with us end in a week or so, but we are going to try to continue it on our own, and lead the students in our own version of "aerobics" - zumba videos, aerobics videos, general dance-around-the-room-fun-time-ness.  It's gonna be a fantastic time.  Here's the playlist that I've started to put together from my iTunes collection; I originally had it about twice as long, but then realized that a bunch of songs were slightly inappropriate.  Ah, $#%&.  

Oh, what was that?  You don't know the Cha Cha Slide (Part 2)?  

Dear Casper, I'm waiting for Part 3.  Also, where's Part 1? I'm confused. I can't find it. XO, Jo.

What do you like to get your groove thang on to? What do you boogie down to?

Sunday, April 1, 2012


Back a few years ago (in my past life, as I refer to it), I was putting together a birthday gift for the guy I was dating.  He and I were both really into music and went to a lot of concerts together, and when we could, we'd stay after shows to get autographs or go to CD signing events. I had an idea to take his signed album covers and have put them in a frame.   I decided to do the same with mine, but haven't hung it up in my apartment yet... actually, I never got around to hanging it up in my last apartment, either. Hmm. Maybe I'll get on that. 

Anyways, my musical tastes have since expanded, but I think it's kinda fun to look back at what I was listening to a few years ago.  I don't listen to BNL as much anymore, Guster still has a place on my iPod, and of course, my friends in The Last Goodnight will always be on there, even if it's just Kurtis John doing his own thing now. Graham Colton has since started to do his own solo thing, and I'm diggin' what he's doing.

My first autograph: Sean Hurley from Vertical Horizon

I've been keeping all of my recent ticket stubs on my little board by my door - just started collecting 'em there.  Eventually, they'll make their way into my scrapbook.
Dropkick Murphys; Josh Radin; Flogging Molly; Ron Pope; Immortal Technique; 
Augustana; Amos Lee; The Airborne Toxic Event; Marc Broussard; Chadwick Stokes (Radio 92.9 Holiday Show)

Do you save concert tickets? What about other kinds of tickets? I realize now that I have a Museum of Fine Arts stub in there, too.  What makes you want to save ticket stubs?