about new bands usually.
Lemme look back on some of my predictions in January... Katy Perry is doing real well, and i still expect Innerpartysystem, Low Vs Diamond, and Ryan Star to do the same.
Also, thanks to working at Live 105 I've been able to see A LOT of concerts so far this year. Plus, a lot on my own time.
Did I mention I that I don't mind when bands begin to sound more radio friendly, I also seem to be the least critical person I know when it comes to older band's current stuff. Really growing to like this new Weezer, I also think the bonus track "King" is their "Hotel California". This track is one I feel is just as epic with a similar vibe. Definitely one I feel will go overlooked seeing as it didn't make the actual album.
The new one from The Offspring ain't half bad either..."You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" should be a great follow-up single to "Hammerhead", which still hasn't clicked with me.
Alkaline Trio who I've caught live twice so far this year, once at an intimate show at San Francisco's tiny Cafe Du Nord, also have some new tracks I love, on an album that needs to grow on me.
Enough about those...let's get on with it.
Highlights as far as shows go this year: Foo Fighters - I worked out in the pouring rain and wind for 4 hours before I got into that show in Oakland, CA. Dave Grohl just got over a flu, and Led Zeppelin didn't show up, but that show was still great, even though I had to go BACK OUT into rain to pass out stickers when "Everlong" started. I'm still bitter.
Santa Barbara, CA's stoner reggae/rock band The Expendables were my first show of '08, and were actually a lot of fun. so what if every song is about Weed?
along those same lines - Cypress Hill at the Fillmore on 4/20 - I was working, didn't matter, I was so second hand high at that one, maybe it was their eight foot bong "Excalibur"?
The Bravery surprised me, I heard they weren't so great live, but I dug their set in March.
Augustana acoustic for free in a random hotel in santa rosa, CA. Also fun, and sounded real good even with just the two members there.
Meeting Andrew from Ludo and catching their set w/ The Presidents of the United States of America was a fine time.
Apocalyptica wow'd me with cellos and one of the oddest crowds I'd seen, they all love "Enter Sandman" though.
Best set of the year was Thriving Ivory's album release show in San Francisco on 4/18. Played the whole album and a few others...Sounded flawless and Clayton (lead singer) can beatbox. If they aren't at least as popular as Augustana by the end of the year, something is wrong with your radio.
a few other good sets i've seen so far this year: Oslo Brave Citizens Low Vs Diamond Jimmy Eat World Thrice Envy on the Coast
just to name a few...
Let's talk about Velvet Revolver who I caught the week Scott Weiland went to rehab. Now that, was an interesting show.
Slash was great.
Scott couldn't stand up
and said he couldn't sing for shit.
I mean, great to see 'em, but eh, hopefully STP impresses people this summer w/ a drug free weiland - oxymoron?
somethings I'm excited for: Innerpartysystem - live on 7/21
New Anberlin album on 9/30 Butch Walker - "One Man Band Tour" on 7/10 and new album "Sycamore Meadows" soon. Nine Inch Nails - 9/5 The Classic Crime - live on 8/15 and album 7/22 Madina Lake - working with David Bendeth on next album, o ya.
will Charlotte Sometimes, Justin Nozuka, State Of Shock, Middle Class Rut (if you miss Jane's Addiction, vocally, with the aggressiveness of Refused), Carlotta, or Audrye Sessions get huge?
time will tell.
O, and I got a lot to keep me busy with the rest of my 2008.
That's not even the half of it people.
Thank you music for letting me get away from whatever else is going on.
Let's do it.
O, and try and tell me this girl won't be huge, not my usual thing, but come on if Sara Bareilles can do it...Tamar - "New Day":
and some of my favorite videos of 2008, so far:
People in Planes - "Pretty Buildings"