Top 20 Albums
1. Vampire Weekend – Contra
2. Broken Bells – Broken Bells
3. Beach House – Teen Dream
4. MGMT – Congratulations
5. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
6. Spoon – Transference
7. Band of Horses – Infinite Arms
8. Chiodos – Illuminaudio
9. Tiger! Tiger! – I’ll Still Be There When You’re Ready for It
10. Portugal. The Man – American Ghetto
11. Lydia – Assailants
12. Local Natives – Gorilla Manor
13. Los Campesinos – Romance Is Boring
14. Fake Problems – Real Ghosts Caught on Tape
15. The Morning Benders – Echo
16. Emarosa – Emarosa
17. A Day to Remember – What Separates Me from You
18. Crime In Stereo – I was Trying to Describe You to Someone
19. Good Old War – Good Old War
20. Our Last Night – We Will Evolve
1. Places and Numbers – “Waking the Dead”
2. Alexisonfire – “Dog’s Blood”
3. Isles and Glaciers – “The Hearts of Lonely People”
Top 20 Songs
1. Broken Bells – “The High Road”
2. MGMT – “Flash Delirium”
3. Band of Horses – “Dilly”
4. Beach House – “Take Care”
5. Arcade Fire – “Ready to Start”
6. Vampire Weekend – “Cousins”
7. Chiodos – “Caves”
8. Emarosa – “A Toast to the Future Kids”
9. Our Last Night – “Elephants”
10. Crime In Stereo – “Not Dead”
11. Spoon – “Is Love Forever”
12. Local Natives – “Who Knows Who Cares”
13. Tiger! Tiger! – “When You’re Ready for It”
14. The Felix Culpa – “Escape to the Mountain, Lest thou be Consumed”
15. Isles and Glaciers – “Clush”
16. Portugal. The Man – “1000 Years”
17. Los Campesinos! – “Romance is Boring”
18. Places and Numbers – “Goldfinger”
19. Hopes Die Last – “Some Like It Cold”
20. The Morning Benders – “Excuses”
21. A Day to Remember – “All I Want”
22. Maroon 5 – “Misery”
23. My Chemical Romance – “Sing”
24. Alexisonfire – “Dog’s Blood”
25. Wavves – “Post Acid”
Most Listened to Bands (according to my last.fm)
1. Arctic Monkeys – 1,648
2. Vampire Weekend – 1,324
3. Phoenix – 742
4. Portugal. The Man – 591
5. Cursive – 544
6. MGMT – 521
7. Thursday – 448
8. Thrice – 390
9. Mute Math – 305
10. Beach House - 304
Best Bands Seen Live
2. Arctic Monkeys
3. Vampire Weekend
5. Beach House
Best TV Shows
1. Modern Family
4. How I Met Your Mother
5. Gossip Girl
6. Pretty Little Liars
Most Anticipated 2011 Releases
2. Gatsby’s American Dream
5. Arctic Monkeys
6. Dance Gavin Dance
7. Brand New
8. Rise Against
10. Manchester Orchestra
11. Mute Math
12. Portugal. The Man
13. The Swellers
On Monday I saw Manchester Orchestra, Silversun Pickups, and Cage the Elephant at Rams Head. Cage the Elephant played first and I had never listened to them before. They weren't really that great. During the last song the singer climbed up onto the balcony and sang up there and then jumped off the balcony. This is the first time I've ever seen anyone climb onto the balcony at this venue. The bouncers were pissed.
Then Manchester Orchestra played. They were very good, but they only played six songs and all were off Mean Everything To Nothing. I was expecting them to play for a lot longer.
Silversun Pickups played last and were amazing. They played for about an hour and a half. They played a lot of songs off Swoon and around four songs from Carnavas. They came on for a three song encore that I don't believe was planned since they had just played "Panic Switch" and "Lazy Eye". They seemed very appreciative of all the people that had come to see them. Overall, it was a great show.
Sorry that my videos don't have great quality. I turned the quality down on the camera so that I could record more videos.
The singer of Cage the Elephant jumping off the balcony.
On Friday I saw Rise Against, Rancid, and Billy Talent. I haven't listened to much Rancid or Billy Talent, but both bands had great sets and were enjoyable. Rise Against was headlining and were amazing. They played around 18 songs, including some old songs that they don't normally play, but acoustic versions. They played a lot from The Sufferer and the Witness, which is just as well since I love that album. They came back for two encores. Rise Against kind of reminds me of Thursday, not necessarily music-related, but like who the band members are as people. Both stand up for what they believe and seem to really care about others and overcoming obstacles. Very inspirational.
Overall it was a great show. I did notice that the crowd was a lot older than at the shows I usually go to. I'd say at least 75% of the people were over 21. I felt really young, haha. It didn't help that Rancid was playing songs that they wrote 15 years ago. My friend and I weren't really sure what the crowd would be like, so we decided to stand on the balcony, so I got to watch the mosh pit from above, people trying and failing at crowdsurfing, and people who are stupid enough to be drinking a beer in the middle of the crowd and then spilling it all over people when the band starts to play and the crowd gets rough. Good decision to stay upstairs. Since I was upstairs, I took a lot of pictures and some videos. I'll post the videos below.
It's kind of difficult to hear Tim's voice at times since everyone sings along, haha.
(first song they played)
Sorry for the poor video/audio quality and cutting off the beginning of some of the songs.
01. Common Existence -Thursday
02. Hell or High Water -As Cities Burn
03. Swoon -Silversun Pickups
04. First Temple -Closure In Moscow
05. With Roots Above and Branches Below -The Devil Wears Prada
06. Mama, I'm Swollen -Cursive
07. Homesick -A Day to Remember
08. OneOneThousand -Burden of a Day
09. Birtheater -Oceana
10. In Shallow Seas We Sail -Emery
11. Maybe... -Northbrook
And maybe I could add Happiness to the list if it actually came in the mail.
The first three are pretty solid, but the rest could change.
Overall, fun concert last night. It was the last day of the tour, so the bands were very enthusiastic.
Looking Glass Wars: They played around five songs and this is their only date on the tour. They're from New York and one of the members used to tour with Silverstein. They were decent, but no one really knew who they were. Also, they started playing about a half hour before the show was supposed to start.
Before Their Eyes: They were pretty good. The singer didn't really sound too enthusiastic; I think he wanted the crowd to be more energetic than they were. They played a combination of old and new songs.
A Static Lullaby was alright. I'm not a huge fan of the band, and I did not especially like the screamer's voice. They really got the crowd going though.
Blessthefall were as amazing as I thought they'd be. I tried to record most of their songs, but my camera doesn't hold that much video. Beau sounds very good live and interacted with the crowd a lot. During To Hell and Back there was a wall of death and there was a circle pit in a few other songs. They played three new songs and four old songs.
Silverstein better than they were when I saw them six months ago. They played around 17 songs, including a three song encore. They connected more with the crowd than they did last time. During the last song, all the bands came out and brought a couch onto the stage. Great end to the show.
On Tuesday morning, school officials called Huang and her husband, telling them that their 6-year-old daughter had a rash and asking them to pick her up, according to a police charging document. Huang and her husband did so, but Huang's husband felt the rash was not unusual, according to the document. At some point, she left her daughter with her husband, returned to the school and grabbed Jack outside a bathroom, according to the charging document...
Yesterday, police charged the stranger, a 39-year-old parent at the school, with kidnapping. Xuhua Huang allegedly attempted to abduct the boy because she thought her daughter was not being treated well at the school and she wanted "to make someone else feel the way she did in regards to how her child was being treated," police wrote in a charging document.
Do you think it's true? I sure hope so. There is no band I want to get back together more than them. I fell in love with their album Voices the first time I heard it, which was shortly after they broke up. I have yet to come across any band that sounds even similar to the way they do. Seeing them in concert would be the most amazing thing ever and a new album with the same quality as Voices would be equally amazing.
I'm going to go listen to Voices like ten times in a row. Them getting back together would make my life complete.