Bon Iver and AA Bondy at The Troubador

This last week has been kind of a blur, what with my birthday on Thursday and then parties and fun times to be had the rest of the weekend. Well the fun didn’t stop, as last night I headed out to The Troubador with my friend Nick to see Bon Iver and AA Bondy, two of my absolute favorite artist/bands. The show started out with AA, who plays all alone with his trusty guitar and a collection of harmonicas. He proceeded to sing some beautiful country ballads and talk about mushrooms to a largely filled room. I was a bit disappointed that he didn’t play American Heart, but c’est la vie. But he did happen to play song called O The Vampyre that I liked quite a lot, which is the second video up there, so check it out.

By the time he finished the room was packed, and eventually Bon Iver made their way out. If you haven’t heard they’re record, For Emma, Forever Ago, then this post might not mean much to you. I wasn’t really sure what to expect when they came on stage. Their record is pretty bare and minimal for the most part, so to my surprise, they TOTALLY jam when they play live. Like improving, noise, feedback, you name it they probably did it. Well, they didn’t smash any guitars…

Overall though I was so thoroughly impressed, they are absolutely fantastic to see live. They played a new song as well called Blood Bank, which if this is a preview of things to come, then the new album is going to be much richer and full of life. They had reached the end of their set, and hadn’t played For Emma, and I was starting to freak out because it’s my favorite song on the record. Thankfully they came back out for one more song, so I yelled at the top of my lungs, “FOR EMMA!!!”, to lead singer Justin Vernon replied, “You got it.” And so they played my favorite song, and all was well in the world.

I posted a Take Away Video they did up top, to give you a sense of the sheer genius these guys possess, I hope you all enjoy it and get the chance to these guys live some time soon.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

August 26, 2008 / By

Radiohead at The Hollywood Bowl 2008

Last night I had the pleasure of seeing my favorite band in the world, Radiohead, perform at The Hollywood Bowl, one of the best concert venues I’ve ever experienced. This was my third time seeing Radiohead, the first being post Kid A, and the second being post-Hail to the Thief, the first time being one of my favorite concerts ever, the second being a pretty big disappointment, mostly because Hail to the Thief is crap. But last night could easily be described as one of the single best, if not THE best concert that I’ve ever seen.

The playlist was awesome, hitting songs from every album, and to my enjoyment, they finally didn’t play Creep, thank the gods. Of everything played the most surprising song was definitely Street Spirit, which I totally enjoyed, and was glad they played that instead of The Bends. The most improved song they played was The Gloaming, which is the second video above. I LOATHE The Gloaming, it’s probably my least favorite song ever, but they made it a little dancier, almost a remix of it’s original self, and it was pretty damn rad.

The absolute BEST part of the show though (and possibly the show-stealer), was the lighting. The top video up there is a performance of The National Anthem which should give you a taste of how extremely overwhelming and beautiful the effects were. The Gloaming was also really beautiful and helped to enhance the mood as well. The colors being shot out by those bars was absolutely incredible, I haven’t ever seen anything like this done to this level, it’s a pretty damn hard act to follow.

Hopefully some of you will be seeing Radiohead in the near-future, or possibly already have? I really hope they release a DVD of a live-performance, I’d snatch it up in a heartbeat.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

August 25, 2008 / By

All That’s Left Are Words, One Breath | A Kitsune Noir Mixtape

All That’s Left Are Words, One Breath | A Kitsune Noir Mixtape
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Since today is my birthday, I figure that I should give all of you readers a present, which is kind of backwards, but whatever. One of the best things I think I can give you all is a mix, so here you go! It’s called All That’s Left Are Words, One Breath, and is actually mix I’ve had kicking around since I first moved down to LA almost 3 years ago. It was inspired by an idea I had for a short film, something about a young guy who ends up feeling detached from people his age, so he starts hanging out with old people. Well, that was the idea at least. It’s a pretty somber mix, but I think it’s quite beautiful, and I hope you all like.

01 Regret by The Robot Ate Me
02 Tahquamenon Falls by Sufjan Stevens
03 The Mutineer by Mojave 3
04 A Small Setback To A Great Comeback by Her Space Holiday
05 Lately by The Robot Ate Me
06 Kaskaskia River by Sufjan Stevens
07 Everyone Was Still by The Robot Ate Me
08 Redford (For Yia-Yia & Pappou) by Sufjan Stevens
09 Interlude by The Robot Ate Me
10 The Backseat by Oh No! Oh My!

Also I just wanted to say thank you for all my birthday wishes, you all are some amazingly devoted readers and it really means a lot to me that you guys are so rad, so thanks!

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

August 21, 2008 / By

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In West Coast time, it’s a little after midnight on August 21st, which means it’s my birthday. As you can see above, it’s the big two six for me, I’m officially into my late 20′s, but it’s never felt better. I’m gonna try and hook you all up with something later today, but I MIGHT be having too much fun, so I’m making no promises.

Any other Leos having a birthday today?

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

August 21, 2008 / By

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Dave Franzese

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Dave Franzese

Dave Franzese

Morning everyone! It’s Wednesday so thankfully we all get to liven our desktops and I think everyone should be extra excited about this weeks. The artists name is Dave Franzese, a Brooklyn based artist who introduced himself to me a couple months ago through one of the best written emails ever. Long story short he wanted to do a wallpaper and after looking through all of his work I immediately said yes. A few weeks later he already had his wallpaper to me, not wasting any time at all. Dave currently is freelancing like a floozy, as he’s done work for clients like The New York Times, Vice, Converse, Yves Saint Laurent, as well as making lots of awesome shit for LVHRD.

I think this wallpaper is hysterical, as it’s a take on the old board game Operation, where you have to carefully remove the parts out of the patient without touching the edges. I’m not sure if everyone int he world knows what the game is, so that’s why I described it and included the link! But to me these doctors look a little cracked out, I mean one doesn’t even have his pants on. Also of interest, if you’re on a Mac and you have a lot of icons on your screen, increase the icon size to 84 x 84 and it’ll look like the doctor is pulling an icon out of the patient! AWESOME!

Bobby Solomon

August 20, 2008 / By

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