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Jiggy Jiggy Joe

Hello friends . The prodigal son has returned.  I just needed to google that to discover exactly what it actually meant.  I’m not necessarily wasteful or extravagant , so at any rate . . .

As you have seen it really has been some time . I get on “kicks” and the most recent one was a new career . This one suffered in consequence . Well given that my cousin commented she “always looking for new tunes and I have been sick of the mundane .” to a recent facebook post , I reasoned I need to get back on my horse .  I am hoping this is like riding a bike .

Since my previous post I’ve been to a couple of terrific shows . First of all we attended Mumford and Son’s first stopover on the Gentleman of the Road tour . It was a stunning day here in Portland . Eight band took to two stages over more or less 8 hours . Heading in I had been psyched to check out St . Vincent and Mumford , however knew little to nothing basically relating to nearly all the other bands on the tour . I enjoy new music that being said I made sure to get there early so I could explore some new sh !t . The musical combo that stole my heart that day ( and still possesses a tight grip it currently ) was a group of three sister from California that call themselves Haim . Initially I had been curious about how they coined this name , but down the line discovered that Haim was their last name . They actually have only one digital EP released titled Forever . I’ve listened to this modest three track sampling of the band again and again since my first encounter with these lovely ladies however I still believe it pales in comparison with experiencing them live . I recommend taking a listen to the EP, but also checking out about the video of an acoustic performance of the song Go Slow .

More recently I got to see Ben Harper at the State Theater here in Portland . It was the second show this year that I been to with my sister , the initial one being the Black Keys back in March. Ben Harper is truly one of my younger siblings most loved performers , thus she was seriously fired up in the days leading up to the show . I had been excited at the same time , just simply not as much as her . For this tour Ben was on tour all by himself , his the stage setup consisted of approximately 20 or more stringed instruments resting on stands , and the performance consisted of Ben pretty much randomly choosing one of these brilliant instruments and performing a song from his extensive catalog . For the most part the set was an acoustic one , however occasionally he did play one of his electrics .
In addition to an amazing overall performance was the fact that this was the show that never ends.  Ben took the stage took the stage approximately an hour and a half before departing from for the first time . The crowd , as you would expect , cheered him to return on stage . He then performed for about one more hour before leaving the stage a second time . The crowd had started to thin a bit , however the remaining 2/3rds continued rock the place . Ben came back again for an additional hour long set ! I very seriously believe he would have played longer had it not been for the midnight noise ordinance in P-town . He actually performed his final song after midnight without a mic and only his acoustic guitar inhand . According to BenHarper.com he played a total of 33 songs . It was insanly fun and super exciting to share one of my sisters favorites with her!  I somehow promised her Dave Matthews, which I may live to regret doing, but that is another story…

Check out one of the many gems from the night below.  It is a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s Atlantic City.


Put Me in Coachella! I’m ready to play!

For those who aren’t aware this weekend kind of kicks off the summer festivals.  (Ok, Ok, maybe South by Southwest does)  This years line-up includes a ton of great bands.  Ones I particularly enjoy are…

Day one: The Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys, M83, M.Ward, the Black Angels, and Grouplove

Day Two: Radiohead, Bon Iver, the Shins, Andrew Bird, Feist, The Head and The Heart, and tUnE-yArDs

Day Three: At the Drive-In, Florence + the Machine, Wild Flag, Gotye, Fitz and the Tantrums, First Aid Kit,  and Metronomy

The bands listed here are just the tip of the iceberg.  For a complete list go the Coachella line-up page.

This weekends Coachella performances are being streamed online via YouTube also!!  I actually got the screenshots you see in the post from the broadcasts.  The broadcasts are all in HD. (if your bandwidth permits)  Last night I watched The Black Keys, The Black Angels and The Arctic Monkeys.  A couple things to take into consideration Coachella takes place in Indio, California, so all all times on the site are Pacific Time.  That means headliners are all being broadcast at midnight or later for is east coasters.  Today’s live broadcast are starting at 3:55 PST (that’s 6:55 EST).  You can however go right now and watch select re-broadcasts of yesterday’s performances.  Oh yeah, almost forgot, the Coachella YouTube link.

The Black Keys killed it as usual.
Swedish House Mafia had a crazy awesome light show!
I HAVE to see the tUnE-yArDs live at some point.
This Shin probably played a great set, I was to enthralled with St. Vincent
Amazing! I knew her album was amazing. Her live performance was even better.
The only hotter than that outfit was Grace's voice.
Andrew Bird made me wish some other amazing performances didn't over lap
An always amazing (and beardless) Bon Iver

(I had Radiohead images, but some how I messed them up…)

If you go to the Coachella YouTube page you can watch about 15-20 videos from this weekends performances.  There are on a few songs by a few artist posted, and the don’t appear to be streaming and rebroadcasts today.

The Black Keys – 2012-03-06 – Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, ME

Yes, I know I have mentioned a few times here (and a million times on Facebook), but I went to see the Black Keys last night.  It was an amazing show! My sister and I had a awesome time! I can’t wait to see them again and again and again…

I am actually a fairly new fan of the Black Keys.  I discovered them through NPR’s All Song Considered sometime around the release of Attack & Release in 2008.  I really liked the album but it wasn’t until Brothers came out that I really started giving them a wider listen.  I fell deeply in love with Brothers, and started to seek out there older stuff as a result.  I gotta say I think it really sucks that I discovered them so late because everything they have put out is so amazing. Better late than never they say.

So when I saw (via the Black Keys email newsletter) that they were coming to Portland, ME I was super excited.  After the euphoria cleared I noticed that the show was on my birthday!  I instantly new it was fate. So a couple conversations with my sister and two days later, I bought our tickets.  I actually bought my tickets two days before the general pre-sale via an exclusive Black Keys newsletter pre-sale.  (tip to readers, sign up for your favorite bands email newsletters).

So last night, after dinner with my new wife and sister at Granny Burritos (do check them out if ever in Portland) and a quick trip to Bull Moose (our local record store), we went to the show.  The Arctic Monkeys were the opening band.  They did one hell of a job although I think much of the Maine crowd was pretty unfamiliar with them.  I myself am a semi-fan of them and was pretty excited to see them live.  They played 15 songs which is quite a lot for and opening band.   If you would like to see the set list go check it out at http://rorypond.tumblr.com.  Annika got a signed copy of the set list.  Cool concert swag!  My picture below is a little blurry, but apparently the only one I took of them.

After a pretty short break and abandoning our spot near the front (we are getting to old for the pushy crowd) The Black Keys came out.  The crowd was amazingly loud.  Lets put that into perspective, Maine crowds are usually pretty tame compared to shows in other places.   I often wonder if fan in Maine are even awake for shows here.  I even think that bands get put off by how subdued a Maine crowd can be, they just have to realize us Mainers are pretty chill.  That being said the fans last night rocked it.

Based on the set-list posted at setlist.fm, they played 21 songs.  I knew they played a lot of songs but I didn’t realize they played that many.  My sister and I totally rocked out and I for one have a very sore voice from screaming and yelling so much.  Below is one of the dozen or so pictures I took during the set.  Amazing show!

I did buy a t-shirt at the show as I always do at all my favorite shows.  As you can see below it is a baseball style shirt with a Black Keys logo on the front and a list of all the tour dates on the back,  I would have like to have purchased one of the tour posters for this particular show but had to refrain from spending to much money.  Anyway, amazing show if you get a chance go see them.  (tour dates are listed on the shirt below).  Thanks for going with me sister!


Hello my friends. As you may have noticed, I have been away from my blog now for a couple weeks.  Some of you may know that I got married this past week and have been very busy with preparations as well as with an excellent trip to Key West, Florida.   I am now home and very tanned and ready to start posting on my blog again.  (among other things)

I actually didn’t really get much time to spend with my music the past week.  To my own bewilderment I was so busy chillin on the beach and enjoying my new wife that I didn’t even visit a record store on my trip.  That is possibly a first!  Although I missed my music wife, my new lady wife is well worth it.

I have spent a little time since getting home playing some vinyl, and trying to catch up on music news.

What I missed this week:  a new song by the Arcade Fire, a performance of Jack White on Saturday Night Live, 4 concerts including 2 news songs from my favorite band Radiohead, a new Bon Iver video and a new Shins video.  I’m sure I missed more, but those are just the few thing I know I missed.

So I am over at dimeadozen.org downloading two of the Radiohead shows.  While watching various of the above mentioned videos over on Stereogum.com.  I am doing this all while trying to burn some music for a friend and uploading my wedding pictures from my camera. Pretty hectic really.

I should be completely back in the swing of thing tomorrow.  Tuesday I see the Black Keys.  So I’ll will be posting an update about that probably wednesday.  I am glad to be back and ready to tackle life as a married man.



What is your Top 10?

So here is my year end list of the best albums according to me in 2011.  I have been a faithful listener of NPR’s All Songs Considered for 3 years now and they have year end shows dedicated to both their opinions and their listeners votes.   The following list below is my top ten.  I really had a hard time with my top 6 for they all were very special to me this year.  I would have to say this has been a pretty amazing year in music.  So here it goes:

  1. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
  2. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  3. Civil Wars – Barton Hollow
  4. Black Keys – El Camino
  5. Bright Eyes – The People’s Key
  6. Wilco – The Whole Love
  7. Radiohead – The King of Limbs
  8. Fruit Bats – The Tripper
  9. tUnE-­yArDs – w h o k i l l
  10. Noah and the Whale – Last Night on Earth

Honorable mentions include Florence + The Machine – Ceremonials, Feist – Metals, Alison Krauss And Union Station – Paper Airplanes, Death Cab For Cutie – Codes And Keys, James Blake – James Blake, Brown Recluse – Evening Tapestry, Metronomy – The English Riviera and Cass McCombs – Humor Risk

If you want to give them a listen on Spotify “here” is my playlist what include all of the above albums. (including the honorable mentions).

So what are your favorites?  What do you think of my list?  What did I miss? What is your Top 10?

Here are some great link to others top ten lists.

NPR All Song Considered Listener’s Top Albums

NPR All Song Considered Year in Music – (Bob Boilen’s, Stephen Thompson’s and Ann Power’s Top Albums)

Metacritic’s Top 1o of 2011 – this one includes the top ten list’s from 50+ different sources!