Can’t remember who the first band was. The second band was Cults, *groan*.
So, Foster The People. Is it just me or did they just sneak attack into the music scene out of left field? Just me? Ok, cause I don’t listen to the radio or watch music videos and I don’t troll music blogs like a music news junkie. I’m the complete opposite of a hipster, I find out about bands after everyone and their grandmother has heard of them. I had never heard of them or their song Pumped Up Kicks up until about 5 weeks ago when I was on a little weekend getaway with my friends and completely at the mercy of their iPods. There was a lot of Katy Perry and some other stuff, then my friend played Pumped Up Kicks. It didn’t strike me, but it was a cool song.
I was really lazy about this, just never got around to it until now. This was a fantastic show, both openers were great, which was a nice surprise since opening bands are usually awful and painful to sit through. A few pictures below, I wasn’t trying too hard at this show, just wanted to enjoy it. And I had the tallest men in the world right in front of me.
This band’s name is terrible, awful, dumb. Poor, poor choice for a band name. I read somewhere that they picked it as a joke because they seriously thought they would never get anywhere. Oops. That being said, their music is great. And nothing like what you would imagine it sounds like if you were going by their name alone. They should’ve named themselves Mink Robot or something. Cause they have four keyboards on stage and their music is soft but not too soft. I’m kidding of course, but it’s still a better name than Star…ugh.
Many special guests joined the Cabin Down Below band for Dylan Fest this year. To name a few, or actually most of them: Norah Jones, Nicole Atkins, Binki Shapiro, Adam Green, Jack Dishel, Regina Spektor, Zane Carney, Will Forte and the New Orleans Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Most of the same people played on the second night and a few others showed up, including Reeve Carney, Justin Long and Alia Shawkat.
I haven’t done this in a while. I went for a walk during the snowfall in the evening, that didn’t last long. Then again the next day after it was over.
You can see more pictures in my online portfolio, NYC Snow Blizzard 2010 pictures. Let me know what you think.
So my sister, my friend and I were fortunate enough to win tickets to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs Spank You Very Much 10th Anniversary show, which was held at Secret Project Robot in Williamsburg Brooklyn last night.
We got to the show early and found out that only 150 tickets had been sold. The band wanted to have a small group of rabid fans for the show and that is exactly what they got.
I didn’t bring my SLR camera to this show because I didn’t know if it would be allowed, but regardless, it probably would have gotten destroyed at some point because everyone went insane and I was mostly just trying to focus on staying upright. But here are the few pictures I did manage to take, some are of us and a few of the band. Don’t expect greatness, I used a point and shoot with flash and some are from my camera phone.
The show was a lot of fun, it was like a crazy house party. It was packed, there wasn’t any air conditioning, just a fan. The refreshments consisted of a couple of brands of bear, free cups of water which you served yourself from a cooler and a candy dish.
They opened with Rich, which I was able to take video of and here it is:
They went on to play a variety of their older songs including Y Control, Maps, Graveyard, Miles Away, Machine, to my delight, they played Art Star and Modern Romance and they closed with Heads Will Roll.
I think I have video of Modern Romance which I may upload soon.
All in all it was a great experience, I’m glad I got to be there. Great show, great crowd (expect for the one jerk who tried to lift my sister out of his way to take her place up front), it was a great night and a big thank you to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs for such a great experience.
– Roselyn Fortuna