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I have seen some awesome concerts in my day. I’ll admit it. Four stand out as being just stupendously awesome that they all tie for my #1 spot. In chronological order…

X) 16 Horsepower in Cleveland. The raw energy was amazing. Watching David Eugene Edwards  switch off between his banjo, guitar, and bandonian was great. This bass player was riviting. And how often can you say that about bass players? Live is really the best way to experience this band. (The live DVD does the live show some justice, so since the band no longer exists it is a nice second-best. Just make sure to check out the LIVE DVD and not the INTERVIEWS DVD. Biiiig difference.)

      

X)  Sufjan Stevens in both Cleveland, OH and Lancaster, PA. I suppose if I had to drop one artist to narrow down to a top three sharing the #1 spot, it would be Sufjan. But still, both concerts were fantastic for different reasons. It was 2005 on the cusp of Sufjan’s explosion into the indie elite and the crowds were just electric.

X) Man Man in Harrisonburg, VA at MACRoCK festival. How many times could a festival show be totally stunning? Not too often. Macrock takes an edge just for the fact that most of the stages take place in actual bars like a real show. Thankfully, Man Man played late enough that they probably played a good half hour to forty minutes. Which, honestly, is probably the average length of their set, anyway. You can’t really describe Man Man… they have to be experienced. Preferably live. Because on CD it sounds much flatter. It just explodes on stage.

(Above image not from the Macrock show. I couldn’t find any. Sigh.)

X) Sonic Youth, The Magic Numbers, and The Flaming Lips in Allentown, PA at the  2006 town fair. Hard to believe this show happened almost a year ago already. Yet here we are. Sonic Youth is one of my favorite bands, with only The Residents realistically rivaling them. And chances are I’ll never be able to see The Residents live in any way in person… so seeing Sonic Youth was kind of like the completion of a dream for me. And it was pretty much amazing. The only thing that could have made it better would have been to play more songs from the mid-to-late-90s, particularly off of NYC Ghosts & Flowers. The Magic Numbers opened and were pretty much awesome also. And The Flaming Lips closed and, despite me not being a huge fan of their music, they sure know how to put on a huge live experience. (The only downer to the evening was an excruciatingly long set from the horrible Ween.)

(Again, not from actual show.)

Which brings me to http://www.freeyrradio.com. They put on a series of benefit concerts and have a bunch of video footage on their website that can be downloaded. Of special interest to me were the three full Man Man songs they had up. The one was really bad (instead of watching Engrish Bwudd on their site, go to youtube.com and search “macrock” and “man man” and it will be much, much better. Plus you’ll see me in the crowd at a couple of points.) But the second song must be new, because I don’t have any record of it… it’s pretty cool. Definitely the sort of song that works really well live. Then the final songs is awesome, also… not new, though.

Sonic Youth also did a benefit for free yr radio. Unfortunately there is no footage on the free yr radio website, but if you go to pitchforkmedia.com, there is a great video of them performing a song off of their first full length album, Confusion Is Sex. I hate pitchfork as much as the next self-respecting sub-indie snob, but they do occasionally provide some cool stuff. Definitely check that one out. It. will. blow. your. mind.

After all of that, if you still happen to have a mind, either search youtube for 16 Horsepower or Man Man (not an easy task given the insanely common occurrence of the term “man”) or Sonic Youth. You’ll thank me later.

August 12, 2007 Posted by | Internet, Music | Leave a comment

First Post

“Glory, glory hallelujah…” goes the common refrain. In this case it is a reference to my discovery of wordpress, which looks like an honest-to-goodness free (FREE!) serious blog site. I had always been under the opinion that Xanga served my needs quite nicely. I still think that Xanga would work great for serious blogs. I mean, the set up and layout is great. There are two serious problems with xanga. 1) You have to become a xanga member to comment. 2) The general population has Xanga stereotyped as a social journal kind of site. Regardless, I have no qualms in acquiring more of a serious blog on which I will various reviews and commentaries. The Xanga shall continue to exist for updates on me. And it was good.

A little about me:
Name: Jacob
Age: A totally mature 23
Beard-growing Capacity: Amazing.
Location: Central PA

I am into music, particularly that of a quirky/avant-garde nature. Examples: Sonic Youth, The Residents, The Fiery Furnaces, The Danielson Famile, and so forth. I also like normal indie stuff: Sufjan Stevens, Wilco, Hella, The Arcade Fire, TV on the Radio, blah blah blah. And more mainstream things: Eagles of Death Metal, Queens of the Stone Age, Bjork, Kelly Clarkson, The White Stripes, etc. There are very few genres I don’t appriciate to some extent, although I have a tough time enjoying emo, ska, and r&b.

Movies are pretty cool, and although I don’t pretend to be an expert on them, I will talk about them occasionally. I tend to gravitate toward the pretentious serious films like anything from the Tarantino catalog: specifically Jackie Brown, although Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill are both excellent. I also quite enjoy comedies like Office Space, The Princess Bride, and Saved!. Not to mention anything Monty Python related. In fact, British humor is definitely more my speed.

I would say I love books more than movies on the whole. My favorite authors include Madeleine L’Engle, Tad Williams, J.K. Rowling, Ray Bradbury, and oodles more I am forgetting at the moment. My genre of choice right now seems to be children’s or adolecent fantasy because it does a much better job of capturing the spirit of fantasy than a lot of adult fantasy which insists on throwing in obnoxious, gratuitous sex and stuff.

The one thing most people don’t realize about me when they meet me is my fanatical obsession with Phillies baseball. I am a huge, huge fan and I watch every game that I can on TV. Also a big fan of football (go Eagles)… but nothing really rivals my commitment to the Phillies. The one sport I truly, honestly hate with a passion is basketball. Really, what is the point?

I am a beer snob. I love microbrews. Thankfully Central PA has quite a few very good ones… and is only an hour and a half drive to Philadelphia where there is a whole slew of microbreweries. And hey, we have Stoudts! Every month some church friends and I go to a brewpub and check out the local goods. Expect opinions and reviews on beers right after such trips.

Television. I am a much bigger fan of the products created for TV than the big screen. I mean, Arrested Development? Futurama? Classics. Then there is the old Police Squad show that lasted exactly six episodes before getting canceled… the creators of that went on to do movies like Naked Gun and Airplane!. And can’t forget Monty Python’s Flying Circus… that was one of my best ebay finds.

I have long been a creator of content on the internet. I started off on h2g2.com, a website created by the awesome and clever Douglas Adams, who wrote the entirely too funny Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy. I was young and naive. It’s a good site but I only go back really once a year and try to remember my bloody log-in info. Then I moved on to the afore mentioned xanga and blogcritics, of which blogcritics is the most prestigious. Check it out, it’s awesome. Blogcritics.org, a “sinister cabal of superior writers.”

The last thing I shall mention in my virgin post here is that I go to Millersville University where I am in the process of making sure everyone realizes that I am totally awesome.

August 7, 2007 Posted by | Beer, General, Internet, Literature, Movies, Music, Sports, Television | 1 Comment