Archive for the ‘live music’ Category

"Our words have formed a death sentence, and I wish that we had never talked. Our hips said it all."

March 10, 2009

Last night Blender sent on a mission to shoot a few men who have preached about hating their genitals

Although I do really like a few albums, I was never a die hard Cursive fan, but seeing them live made me reconsider. 

I typically don’t connect with live music, too often. But this show was pretty amazing.
I left Cursive feeling like I would have totally seen them again. 

Even decided that (due to the economy and not cause I’m stingy, of course) I would even pay 10 bucks to do so!

  • The set was beautifully diverse
  • The band went nuts and really enjoyed themselves
  • The crowd was friendly and accommodating (with the exception of the girl who didn’t want me standing near her at the front, even when the show hadn’t started yet)
  • I got to use my flash against Tims picnic shirt
  • I didn’t even notice they had played 20 songs starting at 11pm
  • I even forgot I was tired!

If you listen to Cursive, you’ll be able to tell that the vocals are distinctly different from your average semi screaming indie band. I feel like this photo is interesting because it illustrates how that sound got achieved. 

Instead of screaming directly into the mic, he kept screaming into his cupped hand, that was tilted into the mic. 
Such a small musical idea that is a major layer in the creativity of this band.

The actual review along with more photos that I took during last nights show, are up on Blenders Blog. 

I’m urging you to go to this blog entry by using big red letters, because I’m feeling proud and positive about my results from the night. 
This is a rare Chloe feeling

*I may also just be hyper emotional because to sleep deprivation. (I have yet to actually sleep since 8am, yesterday)

Jimmy Eat World Photos

February 24, 2009

Last Night, I ventured far into the city and shifted my way through a crowd of underaged ladies and overgrown boys to shoot Jimmy Eat World at Terminal 5.

They played the entire Clarity album from front to back (along with 5 others). The show was sold out and people were loosing it. They were really on point. It was a good kick off of their decade old album tour.

I think that half way through this shoot, after shaking and almost dropping my camera, I’ve snapped out of the denial that I most likely have given myself carpal tunnel, throughout my years of sitting in seemingly uncomfortable positions while using laptops for seventy five percent of my day, for a majority of my ‘adult’ life.

The Jimmy Eat World article can be found here
The photography is sponsored by the support and fuel of these two things:

ThermaCare Heat wraps

and Mushroom ravioli. The Italian dumpling

Some Facts about Eartha. (1927-2008)

December 27, 2008

  • She replaced Julie Numar as Catwoman
  • Original singer of the song Santa Baby
  • Died on Christmas, in New York
  • Played a fantastic role in the movie based around blues composer W.C. Handy, called St. Louis Blues.
  • Played in  San Quintin in 1982
  • Did a voice over in my newer enjoyed cartoon My Life As a Teenage Robot
  • She was a baby of rape
  • Shortly after leaving RCA the CIA portraid her as a nymphomaniac, forcing her to move to europe for work.
  • Went through some weird phase where she did musicals to appeal to the gay community, which adored her.
  • When she was 77, her SUV rolled over with her and her two toy poodles in it.

Acid Tigers Cigar Diet Review.

November 23, 2008

For a band that may have started as a fun way for friends to be able to share a common dedication, it has done so since the very first riff I heard, and when I first heard it put along side drums, my mind was blown. 

I felt like I was re listening to classic music that i used to love before it was ruined by musicians finding a single catchy beat or melody and milking it for an entire 4 minute song. Or by music that had an almost pretentious amount of mathematical involvement, making it intricate to enjoy the talent that goes into making  it without causing a headache 5 songs/ 3.5 minutes into the album.
But even now, I don’t know how to say what Acid Tiger reminds me of. What is it that I am re listening to for the first time?

Is it coming from my love for Black Sabbath and the stoner metal that followed in its footsteps, like Sleep?  
My dedication to listening to shitty punk music like S.O.D. and Bad Brains because i can hear the hyper emotion and synchronicity within the anger, chaos, and bad drumming?
Or from my time of listening to real deep soul music from the south, like Robert Johnson or Skip James, and really understanding how rich the simplicity in it is?
All of these comparisons makes Acid Tiger sound like a dirty angry spastic slow metal band with roots that stem back to the devil worshiping south. 
Which is true, to an extent.
And in a positive light. 

That real twist in this bands music that makes them more creative and original than that, may have to do with their most mutual inspiration, a little bit.
All four members have declared without any knowledge of each others answer, that Led Zeppelin was their all time favorite band, if it came down to it. The parts I find similar in both Zeppelin and Acid Tiger, if their ability to make every song into an epic adventure. 
Being able to do what bands will almost never challenge themselves to do, and those who have typically failing or keeping it to subtle to let the listener be effected by the transition or unusual sound.

Acid Tiger stands out from the crowd of American bands that you want to raise your fist to, because of their ability to start out a song unlike any other song they have, and mid way through they completely switch it up into a different type of song while keeping the roots grounded. Something I haven’t heard done so well since the Refused came out with The Shape of Punk to Come.

Acid Tigers natural chemistry has made this constant drastic change within a single song, seem to flow so naturally within a sea of abruption that has made me drool and laugh unconsciously because it summons an emotion that i wasn’t aware i had in me. Much like Zeppelin. This is a quality they have had since they came together, playing their music as raw as a band starting out should. 
But now the full length has been made. Extra little things have been added to take the music from a live band with a brutal set, into an extraordinary mastery of musicianship and creativity though buffering the fine details and adding elements that make getting a blow job into getting a blow job while having your balls fondled lightly

Im so stoked to be able to share the fact that they have two songs from the new recording up on their music page

I took the photos below of Acid Tiger during their first show It was New Years 2008. Not even a year has passed, but a lot has happened for all of the people involved. I’m so happy for them to have made it so far with so much dedication, since these photos at some shitty bar in Brooklyn.