I always enjoy seeing Japandroids. Growing up right outside of Vancouver, I’m super happy to see a band that I like come out of the time I lived up there that doesn’t sound like 54/40 or Nickelback.
Well Brian and David rocked my face off again. Their light show was great. Great show as always. Check out the photos.
Japandroids started our their North American tour last night in Seattle to a near full house at Neumo’s. Back from playing Europe, the guys were all amped up and ready to go and tore right into songs playing for a strong 90 minutes. Being just three hours from their home town, they were quite thankful for the years of support from their friends just a couple hours south of their home town Vancouver. Japandroids played every song from their new album, Celebration Rock, playing songs in a new, old, new, old frequency. Check out photos from the show below.
Best Coast came to Seattle last night, and having a huge crush on Bethany, I had to go. I was treated with a great show and this cover of Storms from Fleetwood Mac. Check out the video and photos from the show below.
A week or so ago I got to see Band of Skulls and We Are Augustines at The Neptune Theatre. It was my first show over at the newly remodeled Neptune which is a great place to see a show. This is the 3rd time seeing Band of Skulls, so I knew what I was getting into with them, a great show. But I was very excited to see We Are Augustines. They can thank REI for using Chapel Song in a commercial and it made me buy their album on Amazon. The show was great, Bill and the rest of the guys played a great set. The crowd was into it. I got a chance to talk with Bill after the show and was super gracious. Good group of guys. Check out my photos. Enjoy.
I bite the bullet and ordered the Canon 60D yesterday from the nice people at Adorama. One of the nice things about living in Boston was it arrived this morning from New Jersey. Score!
I took a couple shots with it around the house getting used to the controls as well as testing my timer I bought on Ebay for $20. Everything works great. I’ll post some more photos tonight. From just the couple hours messing with the camera today it appears to be well worth the $300 difference from the Canon T2i with the same lens. The 18-135 lens is a huge upgrade over the 18-55 kit lens included with the T2i. The 18-135 is smoother then the kit lens, but does make a little noise when zooming and soft focus when recording video. I can’t complain though. The new audio controls are a nice upgrade as well over the T2i. You can set the gain.
Well off to take some photos. I’ll post some more tonight.
Canon announced a new camera last week, the widely rumored Canon 60D. This fits right in between the highly successful prosumer Canon 7D and the consumer Canon T2i. It has all the weather proofing and build quality of the big brother 7D, but is priced within range of the T2i with the same lens. I am seriously considering picking up the 60D when it goes on sale later this month. I have been looking at a DSLR camera for quite some time and I think the 60D would fit all my needs. Excellent photos, interchangeable lenses, and 1080p video recording. I have been working with my Panasonic FZ28 for a couple years now. The zoom is great, but the lack of control in low lighting really hurts photos I take while I’m at concerts. I typically have to use the flash, which really ruins the look. Also just having more control over the shutter speed, ISO, and light metering would be awesome.
Well back to collecting cans to pay for this bad boy.
I remember when my good pal Chris Croft had me listen to a strange band in his Mustang back in 1995. I remember vividly driving down H Street plugging in the tape adapter to listen to Spacehog. Sadly I never got the chance to see them live way back when but fast forward 15 years (holy shit!!) and 3,000 miles to my new home in Boston and I get the chance to see them live. They played some of my favorites, In the Meantime and others from their first album Resident Alien such as Space is the Place, Spacehog, and Zeroes. It was a great show. They were a little rusty, even cracking jokes how they forgot some of their songs, but it brought me back to rocking out so many years ago.
Mew started their short tour to promote their new album No More Stories Saturday in Boston at the Paradise Rock Club. Mew opened with New Terrain, which was astonishing to see performed live, then played seamlessly into Introducing Palace Players. It was a wall of sound that is rarely heard. The layering of sound was incredible. Mew played for the next hour and twenty minutes covering their entire catalog. Like previous Mew shows, they included a video projector synced to the music, including cats and rabbits playing violins. One of the great moments in the background video is during Sometimes Life Isn’t Easy where they have guys dancing synced to the clapping and stopping their feet, then it changes to kids singing the chorus. As always Mew is an amazing sight to see live and I’ll always see them if they are playing.
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