My Last Concert
Yesterday, thanks to a presale code I received from the Michigan State email list, I bought two tickets to the U2 concert in East Lansing, MI next June. Combined with the Bruce Springsteen concert we’re going to tomorrow night up in Baltimore, I think that this is the last concert that will be a “must see” for me.
I didn’t go to too many concerts until I was in college, so I missed out on Bruce and U2 and others back in the 80s and 90s for the most part. But in the past ten years, I’ve been lucky enough to afford to be able to see concerts like those and Billy Joel (with Elton John), and even Bon Jovi and Def Leppard (making up for missing them in my youth). Looking around at some of the top concert tours going right now, I find little else I actually want to go see. The Eagles and Dave Matthews Band seem to be the highest draws that I might want to see, but they’re not must see material for me, definitely not for what tickets cost these days. The only “new” artist I’d be interested in seeing is Arcade Fire (not on tour), and the “old” artist would be Beastie Boys maybe (also not on tour).
What do you think? Is there a great concert out there that I “must see?”
Chuck Brown, DC Institution
I can now check off another unique DC institution from my list: I have now seen Chuck Brown, the Godfather of go-go, perform live in concert. Chuck Brown has been performing for decades around the DC music scene, doing his unique blend of funk and jazz and continuous drum beats. Yesterday, he was performing for free at the Reston Festival, and the wife and kids were out of town, so I decided to ride my bike up to go see him play. What a show! The wall of sound hits you from the first note and never lets up (I felt bad for the conga and drum players, who never got a break in the late afternoon heat). The crowd was predominately African-American, but everyone was into the groove and chanting along, “Wind me up, Chuck!” It really was a great show, and I admire the guy for performing at such a high level into his 70s. I can’t describe how glad I am that I was finally able to catch his show. Awesome.
The first thing I thought when I saw that Charlton Heston died was: “Well, I guess you can pry the gun out of his cold, dead hands now.”
I’m a bad man.
Songs You Didn’t Know Were Covers
Holy crap, I had no idea that They Might Be Giants’ classic, “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” was a COVER. That link also has an MP3 sample of the original version by The Four Lads. My world is falling apart…
I was skeptical of the critics’ raves for Pushing Daisies, the new show on ABC. I had been disappointed by the premieres of Chuck (it’s got potential, but at times is just too far-fetched, yet predictable as far as the spy scenarios go) and Bionic Woman (didn’t much care for the lead actress, which is not good when she IS the show), so I decided to record Pushing Daisies to see if it could fill a spot in my rotation. It definitely is.
The show has the fantastic look and soundtrack of Tim Burton films like Big Fish and Edward Scissorhands. The cast combines relative newcomers Lee Pace and Anna Friel with veterans Chi McBride, Kristin Chenowith, and Swoosie Kurtz, and they all click, filling their roles perfectly. Even the voiceover, which was a bit overdone, seemed to blend right in with the rest of the show.
In short, this show is getting added to my season pass list, while Chuck and Bionic Woman are on hold until I see something good from them. You can watch the Pie-lette episode on abc.com to catch up before the second episode airs tomorrow at 8pm.
Bionic Woman review
So I watched Bionic Woman last night and this morning. Sort of like the Heroes premiere went, it was largely a setup episode to get Jaime her bionic body, and introduce the Katee Sackoff character (she just wants to be loved, is that so wrong?) and a few others who will come into play later (her boyfriend’s possible evil dad). It has potential, but I was pretty disappointed in the performance of Michelle Ryan. She was pretty good in the action scenes, but was fairly bad in anything that required, oh, acting. Hopefully she’ll get better, but she’s no Jennifer Garner.
I still have the Chuck premiere on Tivo to watch. But I did watch the Prison Break premiere, which was the best premiere for that show so far. Too bad the audience didn’t show up for it (down 2 million viewers from last year).
Just for fun, check out user buckshotwon (aka Adrian Pasdar) on YouTube. Some good behind the scenes videos there.
Heroes is Back!
Unlike other TV faves Battlestar Galactica and Lost, Heroes premiered last night, like most normal TV shows, in the fall. I have to say it looks like it’s going to be an interesting season. (By the way, you can get a bit of background on Maya and Alejandro by reading the graphic novels on NBC’s website. Kind of confusing otherwise.) Aside from the god-awful Irish accents near the end of the episode, they put together a good episode, giving you an idea of what’s been going on for each of them for the past four months. Oh, and how bizarre is it that Sark from Alias is Takezo Kensei, Hiro’s hero?
RIP Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman died Monday at the age of 89. He was a wonderful filmmaker who made movies that were art, not crap.
I Miss The Comfort In Being Sad
Making its way around the intertubes is a funny “Thriller” video. For you kids, that was a big hit for Michael Jackson before he went all crazy. If I’m ever incarcerated, I want to go to the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center in the Philippines.
And here they are doing “Radio Gaga” by Queen. Not as awesome, but funny when they do the clap-clap part of the chorus.
On an only vaguely related (by music) note, I got Nirvana’s “In Utero” from LaLa a while back, after reading “Life is a Mixtape.” I’m not going to go by a shotgun like Kurt, but even if you couldn’t understand everything he sang, he wrote some pretty good songs. And as “Life is a Mixtape” suggested, I really do relate, at times, to the songs on this album. Worth revisiting if you’re all groweds up now and last listened to it in college.