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arcade fire

the arcade fire was fun. i like concerts. the greek theater was a good venue to see the arcade fire in, because there are a bunch of singalongs.

10 people onstage. in the top right, two horn players: one was on trumpet/french horn, and the other was on saxaphone/french horn. he’d let his giant sax dangle from his neck and pick up a french horn and turn his head all the way sideways to play it, then put it down and play his sax again during songs. next to them, middle back, was the drummer. i like drummers. they go crazy. at one point he switched with a girl in a pink sash and pink hair ribbon and he played the keyboards for a while. then, back left, was a guy who played the xylophone like a madman. for one song, he played an organ. with giant silver pipes. that was pretty cool. bottom left was a guy who ran around drumming on things and shouting into megaphones (which they all did) and playing the keyboard. for one song, he banged on a cymbal with one hand and banged on the keyboard with the other. for another song, he ran around banging his drumsticks on something different every measure–the singers’ mic stands, the metal supports to the stage, the lights. he put a helmet on a stick and banged on that. then there was the aforementioned pink-sashed girl that cranked this strange wooden device, and an accordion, and sang lead on some songs, and had bracers on her wrists that also had bells on them. i want bracers like that. badly. she could sing high, and that sounded good, almost like a strong clear falsetto, but her chest voice was pushing it a little at parts, maybe it was just cold. i liked her white boots. the main singer guy broke a lot of strings on his guitars. after one, he said “when i’m standing in front of the pearly gates, i can look at st peter and say: i broke my low e string during the softest song on the set.” he also said “your fog broke my amp. thanks a lot, motherfuckers… just kidding… it’s not your fault… i’ts your… character… if you didn’t have fog like this, you wouldn’t write all these songs about the california days filled with sunshine… take the good and the bad…” then there were two string players: one violin and one viola, i think. they both sang while playing their instruments sometimes. that was awesome. i counted 10 people on stage but this is only 9. one more must have been banging on something. oh, and someone brought out a giant double bass painted silver for a song or two, too.

i like their sound. rockin’. favorite was a song that the girl sang lead on, not because of her (i don’t think she was very strong tonight) but because of this heartbreaking sequence on the strings. oh it was beautiful. and of course, they walked off stage after the end of the proper set singing the “oooo” refrain to the last song they played, and amidst the cheering, the stadium kept it up until they came back for the encore. that’s a lot of fun. i like the greek theater.

i brought three blankets and used one. i missed elecrelane, mostly–what i heard as we were looking for seats sounded like some loose improv and a kaoss pad, haha. screechy guitar sounds

MUSE: san francisco, april 9, 2007

I don’t know where to start.

I’m an extrovert, a word which here means “one who only finds validation through other people who can understand her emotions,” so I’ve exploded all over forums and communities about the concert, but not in my own livejournal yet.

You can play “Where’s Judy?” with this picture from club six, though it is not alliteratively satisfying: http://live105.com/pages/347009.php?imageGalleryXRefId=135297

I’ll edit this post later with an indepth account. For now I just want to say, people went crazy over the video of the little jam Matt did on the kaoss pad. I got all upset because my video editing software messed up the cut and it ends early, so I uploaded a full version, but after the cut-off version already was linked everywhere and had 9 youtube honors. hahahahahaha

My videos:
soldier’s poem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bid3o9IpI38
invincible: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUFsSgVGGq8
kaoss jam: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_U4heFGlCM
stockholm syndrome: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCz5h3MzPjg

city of delusion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fM9GCWRYKM
plug in baby: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWDRqHTKA0Y
knights of cydonia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9x32lp98Dgg (I fought with myself. I wanted a video that was semi-watchable, but … i had to jump. I HAD TO. I advise you close your eyes when the riff kicks in. hahaha.)

Anyway, other people got better videos than I did… better sound quality, less shaky, and you can actually see Matt jumping around like a demented pixie with his ridiculous scarf flouncing about, it’s fucking fantastic
hysteria: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHsAKwAkrZ4
map of the problematique: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJB-TuutsyU <–HE SKIPS DURING THE END RIFF HAHAHAHAHHH
take a bow AND hysteria: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtCFAoB4OUI (good shots of the crowd, too!)
supermassive: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EnI0DVaT68 <—kill me now, just kill me

The concert was amazing.

more here, and pics with immigrant: http://www.flickr.com/photos/judytuna/sets/72157600061484134/

haha wes carroll is in this facebook group

muse in sf on april 9 update
presale starts tomorrow at 10am: https://ticketing.concertmaps.com/muse/ <–this presale is run by muse?
another link to a different website to get tickets is here: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1C003D87EBA6B67D?artistid=910029&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=60 <–this presale is run by live105?

so apparently it'll be $35 and they say it'll be completely general admission. 3000 standing, 4000 seated

download festival

Download Festival at Shoreline Ampitheater on Saturday. Only reason I was there was Muse, but we stayed the entire day. Sported brand-new Muse tshirt acquired at the Davis show.

Caught Rogue Wave (ryan likes them a lot, but I don’t know them as well. They were really laid-back, but they sounded pleasing), and TV on the Radio (they were pretty cool. the guitarist put chimes on the end of his guitar, and i think they broke out a melodica at one point… i want to go find out more about them). I missed most of the shins cuz I was running around the secondary stage =(

Here is the only picture I got through the entirety of the festival:

My camera’s batteries ran out. After this picture, the camera wouldn’t turn on.

We opted out of going to see The Like on the secondary stage, staying for Rogue Wave instead. But here’s a picture someone on flickr got of The Like’s incredibly hot bassist:

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You’ll have to look through flickr yourself to see her hotpants.

Muse came on just after sundown and, of course, played an electrifying show. 10 songs–same setlist as Davis, minus New Born. The venue the festival was at was huge, though, and since there were SO many bands the crowd was really dead, becuase there were so many people there to see other bands who’d never heard of the current one. lawl. We made a little crazy Muse-contingent, though, so I had a lot of fun. I love them.

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I think my expectations were too high. I wanted jumping around. They seemed tired–Matt’s falsettos were beautiful and haunting, but not screamy and crazy–I want that because I’ve seen all the best of their best performances on youtube. He didn’t even do that twirl-jump on plug in baby =( at least I got to see him do that at Davis. I wanted to see crazy tapping solos but there was no Muscle Museum or Newborn. I wanted to see Assassin! The group directly behind us on the lawn had a guy who knew every word to “map of the problematique,” but during the rest of the set these girls in their party sat down and chatted the entire time. The crowd sucked! There were people going crazy, to be sure, but they were only small pockets of activity among the giant listless hordes… How can you stay still for Muse? I don’t understand!
Enough complaining. Take A Bow was tremendous!!! It made everyone cheer. That song is so rousing live and it went off perfectly at this show. I screamed so hard at the opening of Hysteria that three girls in front of us turned around to shoot me dirty looks and left the area. Haaaaahahahahaha. What else? Matt played with feedback for a while afer MotP (I think), Dom said “listen to that, that’s sweet!” and other than that and “cheers!” and “thank you san fransicsoooo” they didn’t say much.

The yeah yeah yeahs were weird. The singer came out in a dinosaur costume; Angela reported that these high/drunk girls behind us kept saying “what the fuck is she wearing? why is she showing her pussy to the world?” so that gives you an idea of how revealing it was. Personally I thought that costume was awesome. I want one for halloween, but I’d wear tights.

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Beck was FREAKING AMAZING. This was the most creative performance I’ve ever seen in my entire life. Okay first of all, there was a puppet stage in the middle of the stage, with four puppeteers. The RL stage was replicated on the puppet stage, and there were puppets for every single member of the band that copied every band members’ movements exactly. I’m talking details here, like toe taps and guitar strumming and head turns, and the cymbal crashes were perfectly on beat and everything. It was fucking ridiculous. The puppets would change instruments as Beck’s band members changed instruments and everything. Ok not only that, for one song they brought out a dinner table and instead of drumming or playing their regular instruments, they drummed with forks on the table and slapped plates around and ate sushi and made wine glasses sing. I shit you not. Of course the puppets had a dinner table on their stage too. Ok not only that, for the encore, someone held a teddy bear on the puppet stage… and Beck came out in a bear suit. I coudln’t believe it. Of course he sounded good, too. The encore also included a movie starring the puppets, as well as snakes on a tour bus. At one point the Beck puppet genuflected before a Raiders poster and said “O Lord Raider, give me the strength to rock harder than Muse!” lololol

amazing pictures from concert photographers:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rustedlight/sets/72157594307045624/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fling93/sets/72157594308339314/

and then random peoples’ photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/geeky/258148428/
http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=96534038%40N00&q=download+festival&m=text
The Like
http://www.flickr.com/photos/k4rl/sets/72157594306916712/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ashleyv/sets/72157594306883897/

Edited to add videos from the download festival
knights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vntGnFl6M8
starlight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4jX_uJtngI

Edited again to add “Aussie power trio Wolfmother has pulled the plug on the last six days of their current world tour, including their stop at the second annual Download Festival at Shoreline Amphitheatre, due to the premature arrival of a baby boy to the band’s bassplayer/keyboardist, Chris Ross.” http://blogs.mercurynews.com/aei/2006/09/download_festiv.html#more Not a death of a singer’s mom like I’d heard from someone. haha

As for Davis, there’s

from http://www.flickr.com/photos/beccamorte/255487831/in/photostream/

You can see Matt chuck his guitar off the stage at the very end of b&h in this video someone got: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc1BliaFE04
He spun around, tore off his guitar, and chucked it. I saw it slide a few feet on the stage and gasped in horror. Haha. After that he loped offstage. When he reappeared he stood in front of his mic and calmly tuned his guitar. Still don’t know what that was all about–guess he was pissed off about his guitar cutting out. Haha.

Thursday seems so long ago, but I’ll write a quick recap here: I got a ride up with wayne530 from board.muse.mu and stood in the front row with katenotkatie and karen (who keep winning things from a sacramento radio station). I met krystal and rollercoastermike and alex-the-fuzz-factory-guy while waiting around by the tour buses afterwards. I crashed at hoa’s place. I hung out with krystal the next day randomly on some lawn in Davis while waiting for my bus, and totally cut in line because I was a standby… if I ever have to take it again, I know to make reservations. I got home at like 4:30pm on Friday. I’m going to wear my new Muse tshirt every day, I love it so much. This is me, kate, and karen:

odd men out quick notes because i am very tired

When Ben Lee came onstage, the first thing he said was “I’m Ben Lee, and I’m from Sydney, Australia, and [turning to his band] these are my Soldiers of Bliss.” That was pretty awesome. I’d never heard him before–he plays the guitar, his songs are laid-back and catchy.

Ben Folds delivers awesome concerts. This was the second time I’ve seen him. He started with “Bastard” … he played “Brick” which I think is pretty rare right? … he played “Narcolepsy” which is one of my favorites … he ended with the audience-participation song “Not the Same” which is another favorite (stood on top of his poor piano to conduct us at the end). Ben Folds is darn fun to watch live. How can one guy have so much energy? He had a bassist and a drummer with him… I think I liked his solo show more, since he got to tell more stories and his piano-acrobatics were over-the-top and that much more noticeable. The crowd for this show was kind of weird. First of all, nobody was here during Ben Lee (poor guy, he kept saying “it is my goal to play the best music for filing in as I can… I want you all to be able to say that you had an exceptional filing-in experience”) and then not as many people sang along in “Not the Same” as in the other show I went to. Or maybe it’s just weird to hear a rock concert in a symphony concert hall. Oh yeah, some girl rushed the stage during “it’s hard to grow up” and was very very smoothly escorted (well, manhandled would probably be a better term? but it was so smooth) off of the stage by the “manhandle crazies who try to jump the performer” guy. That was exciting. Good morning son. I am a bird. I love seeing him in concert becuase he’s just silly. Oh and he did the dr. dre cover “bitches ain’t shit” … hahahahhahahahaahahahhaa that’s some conversation for your ass. And in the middle of his set he pulled out Rufus Wainwright (clad in green pants that he later changed out of, by the way) and they sang Wham’s “careless whisper.” Very funny.

Rufus Wainwright was too far away to see, but he must be hot because anybody with a voice like that must be hot. And what a voice. mbarrien and berkeleyjew didn’t care for him but I liked him. The complaint was that you couldn’t tell what he was saying, but I don’t mind that, I can never tell what anybody is saying to me anyway even if they’re not singing. I just really like his voice. The only songs I knew of his before tonight were “hallelujah” and the song about the windmill wings on the Moulin Rouge soundtrack in french (which I liked a lot). It’s strong and steady. (Except for once when he faltered transitioning to a note a step up after a sustained one at which point he said “yikes!” and “well I’m not a diva yet” in the middle of a phrase. I guess we are all fallible.) What a voice. […I looked up what he looked like. He is eccentric: not everybody is brave enough to pose as a fallen knight, or write songs about a gay jesus. Not as hot as I’d hoped (god I hope he never reads this, in my infinite egomania. Vienna Teng’s story ending with “if she were hot I’d totally be stalking her” comes to mind. Livejournals are stupid. No, blogs are as smart as the people who write them), but hotness-quotient fulfilled with that one black-and-white photo where he’s wearing a polka-dot suit.]

“Quick notes” my zonkey.