Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Liam Finn

When: Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Where: No Vacancy, Los Angeles
Accompanied by: Tiffany
Genre: Rock


First and only time seeing Liam Finn....and most definitely not the last!!  And if ever there is another show held at No Vacancy, count me in!!  Cannot explain the experience, other than to tell you that it must be experienced!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Maynard James Keenan Celebrates Cinquanta

Who: Maynard James Keenan & all that goes along with him
When: Sunday, May 11, 2014
Where: The Greek Theater
Accompanied by: Cody
Genre: Rock/Metal/Dark

Failure set #1:
The Nurse Who Loved Me
Sargeant Politeness
Dirty Blue Balloons

A Perfect Circle set #1:
The Package
The Noose

Puscifer set #1:
Vagina Mine
Polar Bear

Failure set #2:
Another Space Song

A Perfect Circle set #2:
Weak and Powerless

Puscifer set #2:

Failure set #3:
Stuck On You
Wet Gravity

A Perfect Circle set #3:
Counting Bodies Like Sheep To The Rhythm Of The War Drums
By and Down
The Hollow

Puscifer set #3:
The Undertaker (Spanish Fly Mix)
Rev 22:20
Man Overboard
Telling Ghosts
Cuntry Boner 
Three Little Pigs 
Devo Keenan on cello
The Humbling River

Saturday, May 3, 2014

3rd Annual Cinco de Mayo Party

Who: Mariachi El Bronx, Ozomatli & Los Lobos
When: Saturday, May 3, 2014
Where: Greek Theater, Los Angeles
Accompanied by: KJ
Genre: Mariachi, Latin, Hip Hop, Rock

This is what I get for waiting too long to write about shows...I know I was there. I know I had fun. The end.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Birds of Satan with a side of Chevy Metal

When: Friday, April 18, 2014
Where: Rock & Roll Pizza, Moorpark
Accompanied by: Too many to list. Y'all know who you are!!
(Thank you, Cynthia for getting my tix)
Genre: Melt Your Face Rock & Roll

Set List:

Photo by Debbie Flaska
Oh bloody hell, I have no words. I will say that it was a night to remember. And if only I'd just said no to that "special" cookie, I'd remember more... but I do know I had a damn good time. However, for this blog post, I'll just let the photos speak for themselves. 

Pat Smear (c) TaiDyed 2014
Pat Smear
Taylor Hawkins (c) TaiDyed 2014
Various Shades of Taylor
Mick Murphy (c) TaiDyed 2014
Mick Murphy
Birds of Satan (c) TaiDyed 2014
Sound Check
Birds of Satan (c) TaiDyed 2014
Birds of Satan with a side of Chevy Metal, 4/18/14
To read a full review of this amazing show, check out:  TourBus Live Review CLICK HERE

For photos of the evening portion which includes Nate Mendel, Dave Grohl, and more Pat Smear, check out: TourBus Live Photos CLICK HERE

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Shifty & His Dead Peasants

When: Friday, April 4, 2014
Where: Rock & Roll Pizza, Moorpark (Awesome owner David Veggie Vieira)
Accompanied by: Sarah, Cheryl, Cosmo, Debbie...the usual suspects
Genre: Country, Honky Tonk

Set List: no clue ...lots of honky tonk fun to be had this night. I'm sure that it consisted of some, if not all of the following - Good Time Charlies, King of Fools, Wham Bam, I'm Gonna Break Every Heart, I'm Tired, Walk Through This World With Me, Live Fast, Bull By The Horns, Bottle Let Me Down, Guitar Pickin' Man, Skid Row,....etc

Made the long ass drive out to Moorpark on a Friday.  Why? Because I support all all that is Foo - regardless if it's not my cup o' tea music wise. Besides, as I've written in previous posts, Chris has found a way to infiltrate country music into my heart (but dammit, Chris, you can't have my soul). We'll see how long it lasts, but for the moment, I don't hate it.  I'm fairly certain there are a handful of other CS&DP shows in the near future. Chances are I'll be there. It's what I do. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Neil Young, Solo and Acoustic

When: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Photo by Sweet Joni
Where: Dolby Theater, Los Angeles
Accompanied by: Kathryn Knox
Genre: Folk Rock, Acoustic

Set List One: From Hank to Hendrix, On the Way Home, Only Love Can Break Your Heart, Love in Mind, Philadelphia, Mellow My Mind, Reason to Believe, Someday, Changes, Harvest, Old Man, Goin' Back

Set List Two: A Man Needs a Maid, Ohio, Southern Man, Mr. Soul, If You Could Read My Mind, Harvest Moon, After the Gold Rush, Heart of Gold

Encore: Thrasher

Talk about a win-win situation. Actually ALL sorts of win:
  • Tickets won courtesy of KLOS
  • Neil Young SOLO
  • Neil Young ACOUSTIC
  • Dolby Theater - home to the Academy Awards
  • Did I mention, free tickets?
The evening was a bit voyeuristic. The audience was allowed to sit back and watch Neil in what felt like what would be his music studio/living room transported from home onto the Dolby Theater stage. As big as the theater was, the intimacy was undeniable. I honestly sat at the edge of my seat the entire show, completely mesmerized and enchanted. Neil wandered around the stage, telling stories, singing songs...like an old man puttering around. But with way more talent.

Photo by Jeff Allen
Between his story telling and every song telling a story, the time flew by much too quickly. I cried during Philadelphia. I cried during Harvest Moon.  I am sure I cried during a few others, but those are the two that I remember the most. It's not that I've never seen Neil Young perform before. Thanks to Bridge School and a few other CSN&Y shows in years past, I've had the opportunity. But none of those shows compares to this. 

The best part was being able to spend this evening with a friend who shares and understands what it means to love music so much that at times it hurts. 

I love you, Kathryn.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

NO. @ Fingerprints Records

When: Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Where: Fingerprints Music, Long Beach
Accompanied by: Solo venture
Genre: Indie Rock/Alternative

Set List:  Another Life, What's Your Name, Monday, So Scared, Last Chance, The Long Haul, Leave the Door Wide Open, Stay With Me, North Star, Hold On

NO. is a band that my friend, Colleen told me about a few years back. They were performing at a little hole in the wall art show in Long Beach one night so we made it a date and ventured out into a strangely isolated industrial area of North LBC. That was my one and only time being introduced to their sound.  Fast forward 2 years later and NO. was booked to debut their new full length CD "El Prado" at Fingerprints Music - which being just five minutes down the hill from home made it a must attend event.  And I'm so glad that I did.  

I'm not one to write reviews. That's not my thing. I go to shows to absorb the sound. Embrace the mood. Transition my soul. Last night was no exception.  Even more so since my phone died about 5 minutes into the show, so I spent the entire time soaking up every moment of the music. A ten song set list. Can't say for sure how long it lasted, but I would have been happy with more. There isn't one particular other band that NO. reminds me of. Maybe kinda sorta Black Keys, but with six members versus just two, that's not really accurate. Kings of Leon. Maybe, but not really. They are definitely rock. With a mix of folk. The lead singer, Bradley, has a voice that is hauntingly beautiful.

Found this posted on Youtube from LAToyBoy:

Afterwards, the guys stuck around to meet, greet, and sign CDs, posters, and what not. They could not be any nicer. Extremely gracious and seemed genuinely happy to be in the moment.  After a little bit of chit chat, each of the guys signed my CD, poster, and the set list that I snagged from the stage.  All in all, a damn good night in the LBC.