Donnerstag, 24. Februar 2011

All these ideas of forever are just fundamentally wrong.

She said: "Without you I'll be dead!"
...Well, I don't want to sound cruel here..but you still seem to be pretty alive.

Dienstag, 22. Februar 2011

You and Me,That is an awful lie. It’s I and I - Bright Eyes 2/18/2011 @ Berlin, Lido

Without any doubt this Bright Eyes show on Feb. 18 in Berlin, Lido has been the best concert I've ever been to. I was waiting 5 years to finally see them live (don't ask me why I couldn't manage it before...). 
Just to make sure I'll stand in first row I was waiting almost 3 hours in front of the entrance (some might call it obsessive and crazy..but some will understand me). When I finally got in, the first thing I did was to ensure my place just in front of the stage. Just half an hour later the support act came upon stage and so it was my second time seeing Tim Kasher live this week. This time Tim played just a few songs of his solo record, but it still was amazing...
At 9 o'clock and after some impatiently waiting of mine, the intro of Firewall with the voice of Denny Brewer sounded through the speakers. The band with Conor Oberst entered the stage and started to peform one of my favorite songs on the new record Firewall, followed by Haile Selassie and after those my personal first highlight of the show Goldmine Gutted. Conor Oberst seemed a little drunk but altogether he was in a "good mood", I'd say...I heard some crazy stories before when he was really angry and drunk and screamed around. But it wasn't that bad in Berlin, so in a Conor-Oberst-way he was in some good temper. 
He also was very close to the audience, for example when he played Approxiamte Sunlight. They also played Nothing Gets Crossed out, my second personal highlight and Conor dedicated it to Tim Kasher ("But I'm tryin' and take some comfort in written words, yeah Tim I heard your album and it's better than good. When you get off tour I think we should hang and black out together.")
The final song they played was One for you, One for me. I liked the song before but now, after hearing it live, I love it even more.
Other highlights were Poison Oak, Padraic My Prince, Something Vague, An Attempt to Tip the Scales and The Calender Hung itself.
I tried to make a few photos during the show, but I couldn't use flash and so the quality isn't very good. Besides I stood right in front of Conor and I really didn't want to harm him with making photos of him the whole time. But I managed to grab the setlist after the show.
I am really excited about the following german dates in june. I already got my tickets for Berlin and Cologne.

I stole one of those..


Mike Mogis

Setlist (they played Something Vague instead of Cartoon Blues..)

Some crazy girls kind of forced him to make a photo with them after the show. I am jealous. I was too shy and he had to leave..

And so I drink to stay warm
And to kill selected memories.

Montag, 21. Februar 2011

We're a family of strays, but together we've been found - Tim Kasher, Leipzig 2/16/2011 @naTo

Just one day after the lovely Azure Ray show, me and two friends were attending at the Tim Kasher concert. The venue naTo was really cool. Just a small stage, which created a very intimate atmosphere and an extra room with a bar, where you could smoke and they sold some delicious red wine for just 2, 90 € ..and yes I drank a little too much of those..
Anyway..the concert was really amazing. The support act Mexican Elvis, that also formed the band around Tim Kasher, was great, too. You should do yourself a favor and listen to their song the show they played this song with Tim Kasher by the way..
I have not much words to say about the concert. It was just great.. that's it. I loved the songs he choosed to play, almost his whole solo record (I already told you in an older post how much I do love the album..) and also three The Good Life songs and two Cursive songs. Tim Kasher is just such an amazing live artist and so the songs sound even better when he's singing them live. I would have almost cried when he played The Prodigal Husband with the Mexican Elvis girl or The Recluse, if I didn't stand in the first row...that would be embarrassing..
Is there anything else to say? I don't think so. Here's the setlist by the way:

No Fireworks
Bad, bad dreams
There must be something I've lost
You don't feel like home to me (The Good Life)
Grown Man
Surprise, surprise
The Recluse (Cursive)
Album of the Year (The Good Life)
I'm Afraid I'm gonna die here

The Prodigal Husband
Empty Bed (The Good Life)
Cold Love
From the Hips (Cursive)

P.S. After the show I had the chance to talk to Tim and he told me that a new Cursive record will be released in 2012, followed by a tour..Good news !!

You think too much
such terrible endings
You drink so much
to start the forgetting
Support act Mexican Elvis

Probably the only picture I will post of myself. Making a silly face..but he also does. ha ha.

Sonntag, 20. Februar 2011

It's funny how you can forget there's a world outside yourself - Azure Ray, Leipzig 2/15/2011@Schaubühne Lindenfels

On feb 15th I went to see Azure Ray live in Leipzig, Germany. I'm not so sure anymore of the setlist they played, but there have been old and new songs. I was a little disappointed that they didn't play my current favorite on the new album "Walking in circles". And so even bigger was the surprise that they played "Raining in Athens", which is probably my all-time favrorite song by them.The location fit like no other, which was also confirmed by Maria Taylor when she said, that this was the most lovely venue where they played so far. Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink were admirable as expected. With some wine in my hand and a precious friend of mine I stood in the first row and listened to songs like "November", "If you fall", "Signs in the leaves", "Safe and sound", "Hold on love" and "The drinks we drank last night". It's true, beautiful things can come from the dark.
Also the support act Sir Simon Battle was surprisingly good. This guy is it definitely worth to keep an eye on.
Here are some photos I made. I also made some videos, but actually the quality of the sound is too bad, so I won't post them..

Sitting audience before the concert.

Maria Taylor.
Orenda Fink.

Montag, 14. Februar 2011

It's Valentine's Day.

Usually I don't care about Valentine's Day, but I do like this song:


I won’t tell you, baby, you drink too much
This year, on Valentine’s Day.
And I won’t see you looking at that girl’s butt
This year, on Valentine’s Day.
I won’t remind you I’m not for granted,
Won’t have to beg you to take a shower.
I won’t even cry cause you don’t love me enough
This year, on Valentine’s Day.
Got my bags packed and I’m bringing the dog,
Going too fast on the highway.
Lost my love for me when I loved you,
Gonna reclaim it all on Valentine’s Day.
True love at last, on Valentine’s Day.

Gonna have dinner with the coolest girl,
Although she’s been broken down during this stay.
Just me, myself and my biggest laughter
Candle light dinner on Valentine’s Day.
And then, I’ll go dancing at the finest club,
Find a kid who’s ready to play.
Gonna get all the pleasure you never could give me,
This year on Valentine’s Day.
True love at last, on Valentine’s Day.

So I hope you are sorry and I wish you the worst
And that’s all I had to say.
I think we have fish sticks if you need dinner
This year, on Valentine’s Day.
Got a feeling this is going to be Valentine’s year.
Roses are red and violets are blue, sugar is sweet and I’m leaving you.