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The Best Way to See a Concert with a Child

October 16, 2012

I may or may not have mentioned here that earlier this summer I took my niece, her friend and Harry to a One Direction concert. (Clearly, I think it’s important to take children to see quality live music in their formative years. Harry’s first concert was The Wiggles.) And I should know better…says me, the person whose parents had the foresight to take me to see Elvis for my first concert when I was one. One Direction on the other hand, well, you know, what it lacked in long-view cultural relevancy, it made up for in its sheer volume of tweens screaming, resulting in its sheer volume. It was a whole scene. But really nothing like the scene at ACL Fest this weekend.

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I Like To Play Tennis. The Band.

May 21, 2012

I’ve been playing lots of Tennis lately. No, not the sport. That would be ridiculous. I’ve been playing the music from the band Tennis, made up of husband-and-wife duo Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley. You can listen to them here.  Or watch this…

I found that top photo here. 


Musicality: Six Bands I Can’t Wait To See at SXSW 2012

March 1, 2012

*UME photo from Beat Lawrence

So 80 kabillion people are about to descend upon our city. And I couldn’t be more excited. I’m already filling my calendar with interesting parties (watch out, this blog is going to be filled with party shots and details over the next few weeks) and music too.

Last year, I way over-extended myself…because, let’s face it, SXSW is eternal, and when you live here, people just keep coming in, and there are things to do, and the next thing you know, you have The Bird Flu. Oh yes you do.

But this year, I’m going to pace myself. Did you hear that? You can totally use that against me in two weeks when I have The Bird Flu. But until then, let’s preview some music.

UME. I’m exceptionally excited about seeing this group perform live. For real.


Quiet Company. I’ve been listening to Quiet Company’s 3rd album “We Are All Where We Belong” on a loop this week. I can’t wait to see them!


Wild Moccasins.  I’ve never seen them live either, but it’s time. I love female lead singers….


Young Magic. These guys are new to me. But their sound is addictive.


Rosie and Me. You guys know I have a love for these bluegrassy sounds…


Say Hi. These Seattle guys seem pretty happy. I like them. Tell them I said hi.


Rogue Wave

November 29, 2011

Photo from IndieBall

Rogue Wave is a swell California band. Thier song Harmonium was released a while ago, I think 2007, but it’s currently featured on an MLS Soccer commercial that plays very often in our home.

I love this song.

The Tontons

November 22, 2011

I can’t believe I haven’t posted about them until now. Because they’ve been playing non-stop in our house for a while now. Especially since their new album Golden came out about a month ago. The Tontons (Asli Omar, Tom Nguyen, Adam Martinez, Justin Marinez) are a severely talented group of people, and I can’t wait to see what’s next for them. They’re going to be huge.

Go and listen to then right here.  You won’t be disappointed.

My favorite is the title track: Golden.

And they are exactly that. Enjoy.

(I can’t find a decent version of Golden in YouTube, but here’s a lighter version of Charlie. On a roof.)


This Is What My Great Uncle’s Barns Sound Like

August 30, 2011

We’re in the process of cleaning out seventy years of stuff…a lifetime of work…piled up high into five barns. I’m spending a lot of time in these barns. Looking through the artifacts of love ones’ lives. And even though it’s stupid degrees outside, I feel so lucky to be given the task. It’s a sober rush of nostalgia, intrigue and pride, tied up with a quiet reminder of how short our time here really is. I swear, if these barns could speak, they’d be telling me exactly that…intertwined with a few hundred hilarious stories. And if they could sing, they’d sound like this….

Les Sins

January 5, 2011

This is what I’m listening to today.

Youth Gone.

Toss and Turn.

And Lina.

The 12 (best) Songs of the Season

December 1, 2010

This is a total Re-post of Christmas Past…but since most of my posts from July 2006 to July 2010 are Grinched Out/Jacked Up, I’m going to find my Happy Holidays place and push refresh on things not holly and/or jolly. See? Done. Christmas Power! Activate!

It’s December, y’all! Therefore it’s finally legal to tune in to tunes of yule. And while this duet in this brilliant album will probably always remain my favorite, here are the top 12 seasonal sounds I’m playing on a loop this year in no particular order. Enjoy! (And click on the titles of the songs to hear them. You won’t be disappointed.)

1. All I Want For Christmas Is You: Mariah Carey. Okay, I’ll admit it, Mariah isn’t all bad. (Just mostly)

2. Sleigh Ride: Ella Fitzgerald. Mmm, can’t you just taste the gin?

3. What Christmas Means to Me: Hansen. Honestly, I hate my own guts that I love Hansen’s version of this song the very very most.

4. Winter Wonderland: Ray Charles. Yes. Perfect.

5. Hark the Herald Angels/Angels We Have Heard: Straight No Chaser. I love the poetry of the phrasing.

6. Oh Holy Night: Kelly Clarkson. Gorgeous.

7. All Is Well: Micheal W. Smith. Let there be peace.

8. Christmastime is Here: Tony Braxton. When I grow up, I want to be Tony B.

9. 8 Days of Christmas: Destiny’s Child. You go, Houston!

10. Christmas: Jon Bon Jovi. Come on, admit it, we all totally dig New Jersey boys.

11. Joy To the World: Whitney Houston. Crazy can sing.

12. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Diana Krall. From my house, to yours.