I attempted to put this in order, but gave up after awhile.
Most Anticipated albums of 2009:
Manchester Orchestra (Spring)
Two Tongues (Spring)
Set Your Goals
Blikk Fang (MGMT & Of Montreal)
Jimmy Eat World
Saves the Day
The Dear Hunter
I Am the Avalanche
The Decemberists (3/24)
Animal Collective (1/20)
New Found Glory (3/10)
Antony and the Johnsons (1/20)
Architecture in Helsinki
Tegan and Sara
Four Year Strong (June)
Mute Math (March)
Lilly Allen (2/10)
Portugal. The Man (June)
I went to The Who Rock Honors Saturday night and it was pretty amazing. It was at Pauley Pavilion at UCLA, so not only was it at a pretty small venue considering the acts performing, but it was only a 4 minute walk from my room.
The following bands played:
Foo Fighters ("Young Man Blues" and "Bargain" also featuring Gaz Coombes of Supergrass)
The Flaming Lips (Tommy Medley)
Incubus ("I Can See For Miles" and "I Can't Explain")
Tenacious D ("Squeeze Box")
Pearl Jam ("Love Reign O'er Me" & The Real Me," accompanied by an orchestra)
The following were presenters:
Mila Kunis (messed up her lines, so she had to start over)
Rainn Wilson (dressed like the pinball wizard from Tommy)
Adam Sandler (wrote a comedic song to introduce the Who)
Sean Penn (went off teleprompter: "We know that we're all here tonight because The Who never did sell out, unlike certain music channels." Oh Sean Penn...)
Then the Who played an amazing set for over an hour. My friend admitted before the show that she didn't know anything about The Who, but it was a real testament to the Who that every time they started a new song, she said, "I know this song! I can't believe this is them!" Finally seeing the Who makes me feel like my life is just a little more complete.
Between songs they showed taped interviews by musicians explaining the impact of the Who. The testimonials featured Noel Gallagher, Patrick Stump, Mick Jones, Slash, Sting, Dave Navarro, Billy Idol, Billy Bob Thornton, Coldplay, etc...
I read that last year's Rock Honors featured as performers Keane, Nickelback, Gretchen Wilson and Alice In Chains. I hope everyone can agree that the group they put together this year was a 1000x better.
I'm excited to tape the show Thursday and re-live the concert. I would watch it as it airs, but I will probably be waiting in line for the Dark Knight already ;)
Note: no cameras were allowed, so pictures and video stolen from other sources
Monday I had the amazing opportunity to see the Foo Fighters play for no more than 400 people at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. It was a free show broadcast by KROQ and my friend luckily got me on the list. I couldn't believe I was only 10 feet away from Dave Grohl & Taylor Hawkins, and even got to see Pat Smear come out for a few songs (last saw him play a free Germs show with Shane West singing in Westwood last summer).
While it was weird that they'd play 2 songs, then have to break for commercials, then answer questions and chat with Kevin and Bean after the break, then another commerical break, then more songs, etc..., it was such an incredible experience. Dave is one of the funniest and most down to earth guys I've seen in the biz, especially considering the level the Foo Fighters are at. It was so strange getting to the Troubadour at 7:30 am, grabbing some free and crappy Jack in the Box French Toast sticks, and then seeing so many people in suits (so they can go straight to work afterwords) and Foo Fighters t-shirts ordering Jack and Cokes and beer for breakfast.
They opened with "Skin and Bones" with 8 people playing an arrangement of acoustic guitars, percussion, cello, and even an accordian. They played a superb and predictable set-list with "My Hero," "The Pretender," "Long Road to Ruin," "Times Like These," "All My Life," "Best of You." For only the second time ever, the very talented Kaki King came out to play the instrumental "Ballad of the Beaconsfield Miners" with Dave. Another surprise was Lemmy from Motorhead coming out to give Dave a birthday cake. It was cool that Dave was willing to get up so early on his birthday to play a show, even if it is for KROQ that (deservedly) pimps out the Foo Fighters quite a bit. All in all, the best way to start a new week.