I'm working on a new project and need qualified collaborators. Here are some of the criteria that I'm looking for: (any of the following, you don't have to match everything in the below list, but if you do, aces):
I was shocked and disappointed in myself that I haven't posted these videos yet (as well as posted a new mix since February, but that's another story). The past 2 months have been a flurry of changes and busy times. But now, as I have a free few minutes, I'm righting the ship and sharing with you...
The Wedding Present, live at The Bell House in Brooklyn on March 21, 2012 performing their 1991 classic album Seamonsters. I got 3 great videos of some of the songs from the set, here's the first 2 songs off the album, "Dalliance" and "Dare":
The Wedding Present are one of those Brit Pop bands that was I way late to the game on. Already firmly established in the 1980s and achieving legendary status in the 1990s, I didn't really tune into them until the early 2000s. Luckily, they've since reformed and have been putting out new material (which is awesome), but these nostalgia tours of playing classic albums are always fun and hard to pass up the chance to see, especially when they play songs like "Corduroy":
This show in particular was a blast because I was able to meet up with some of my longest and bestest friends and had an nice little group to hang with. So much of the live show experience is the people you see the show with. Of course the band will probably be good. A band like the Wedding Present are pros and David Gedge is a stellar front man, but having friends around you who also are as psyched to be there as you are makes the night that much more memorable and awesome.
That said, it's somewhat fitting that the last song I got on video was The Wedding Present's classic single "You Should Always Keep In Touch With Your Friends"...
I was in relatively good shape going into February, mix wise. I had a few tracks set and loaded early on, but then I hit a wall and sure enough, the short month of February put the pressure on. Luckily, the end of the month proved to be productive in terms of discovering new music as well as seeing what music was exciting me this month. That's what the mixes are meant to be for me, a collection of new songs I'm digging, songs of bands I've seen recently or ones that I'm going to see soon. The closest I'll come to documenting my life is by documenting these 13 songs that I listen to each month. That said, let's dive in...
1. "Songs About Your Girlfriend" - Los Campesinos - I saw Los Campesinos live in early February and they solidified themselves as one of my guaranteed good time bands. I danced my ass off and loved every moment of the show.
2. "Comeback Kid" - Sleigh Bells - You always worry about that second album from a band you really liked with their debut. Luckily Sleigh Bells have delivered another great set of songs complete with shredding guitars. Love it.
3. "Traveling" - Tennis - One of my new music finds this month, I love the airy, retro pop sound of this band.
4. "New Map" - M83 - I'm as mystified as you are as to how much I like M83. This album has firmly been in rotation since I got it. It's really close to perfect.
5. "Helpless" - Sugar - you may have saw my post earlier this week of video of the Bob Mould show where he preformed the entire Copper Blue album. Yeah, so that's why this song is here. I'm obsessed
6. "The Right Profession" - Hospitality - Another new music find, with female vocals and yet it's slightly different than Tennis above. Unique and memorable.
7. "The Unsinkable Fats Domino" - Guided By Voices - I don't think the new GBV record is better than the older ones, but it's damn good and tons of fun to listen to
8. "We Are Young" - fun. (featuring Janelle Monae) - I'll admit, I first heard this song on Glee. Had no idea it was fun. The new fun. album has it's issues, but this is a fantastic song.
9. "Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)" - The Wedding Present - I get to see The Wedding Present live again in March! I can't wait! I love their covers and this cover is on the full Sea Monsters album, which is what I'll be seeing them perform. I wonder if they'll do this cover
10. "Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie" - Black Flag - The majority of my hardcore has been east coast based, I've listened to Black Flag here and there, but this month I really dove in and I can finally see why this band was so important, emotionally not academically. I mean, I get it, but after listening to them alot this month, I really get it
11. "Envy" - Youth of Today - And here's the east coast hardcore. Further, I got tickets to see a bunch of old east coast hardcore bands later this year. I cannot wait. June can't come fast enough.
12. "Paperwork" - Hot Snakes - Another band that I'm going to be seeing live soon, and it's a band that I never thought I'd see again. Luckily I'm able to navigate scheduling conflicts to see them...in Seattle.
13. "Who Loves The Sun" - The Velvet Underground - I want to go back in time and make 15 year old me listen to The Velvet Undergound. He'd be much better off.
If I were to share with you my top 10 albums of the 1990s and even my top 10 albums of all time, "Copper Blue" by Sugar would be towards the top of both lists. I remember the first song I heard off the album, "Hoover Dam," on a mix tape a friend had made me. The song sounded like nothing I had ever heard before. The entire album quickly became a soundtrack for me and my group of friends through high school in the early 1990s. I was too young to understand Sugar's front man Bob Mould and his connections to underground music via Husker Du in the 1980s, much less Mould's stature and importance as one of the greatest musicians/songwriters of my generation. Further, I was too young to comprehend the influences to Sugar, such as My Bloody Valentine (a comprehension that would come years later as I got more mature with my listening skills). All I know was that "Copper Blue" was 10 songs of focused energy, emotion and gracefulness. They were 10 songs that would leave their mark on me forever.
I never got to see Sugar perform live, and I always had them on this list in my head of great bands I'd never see (along with The Smiths, My Bloody Valentine, Minor Threat and many others. It's interesting to see the bands fall off that list as reunions and one-time gigs occur and who I will still never see, but that's a discussion for another time). When I saw Bob Mould perform with his backing band at ATP 2008, I was blown away that he played "Hoover Dam." I wasn't expecting it and yet here it was, live and being performed in front of me. So when the music festival in San Francisco, Noise Pop announced that Mould would be performing the entire "Copper Blue" album live, I had to be there.
After much drama, conflicts and touch and go moments, I found myself with some of my closest friends at the Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco, California on February 24, 2012, waiting for Mould and his band, bassist Jason Narducy and drummer Jon Wurster (of Superchunk fame) to take the stage. When the first note started, I had to look around and verify that this was actually happening.
To prove it happened, I took some video of the first 5 songs. I had intended to do the entire show, but after "Hoover Dam", I had to put my camera down and just rock out. I wanted to share this video with you so you can see the happiness and energy that Bob Mould shared with all of us. Seeing this amazing group of songs performed live helped push Mould to the top of my list of "Best Live Shows I've Ever Seen."
If you don't have "Copper Blue" - go buy it now and enjoy the videos below.