My first visit to the University of Minnesota as a perspective student eleven years ago was the day after a Fleetwood Mac concert.
Guess what. Guess who I saw last night …… Lindsey, Stevie, Mick and John.
Totally blew me away. Teri and I walked, skipped, jumped and ran our way into the arena as Tusk was playing; unbelievable. Don’t Stop, Gold Dust Wom[y]n, Landslide, and Silver Springs were just a few songs played. Mick totally knocked my socks off with his loony, tripped out drumming tactics and little red shoes. Lindsey’s voice, incredible. John rocked it. And Stevie, amazing. A full set and two encores later even for an arena show, I was was not let down, not even a little bit.
The house was packed, mostly with…..the Minnesota nice who sit real still in their seats. WHO SITS STILL AT SUCH A SHOW?
So I am driving to the northern suburban library, and it is like whoa, far (a 7 hour walk according to mapquest) and I am listening to the radio and a super fantastic song comes on, but I don’t know what it is. So I pick up my phone, turn on Shazam and tag the song as it is playing on the radio. What is this song that I need to know the name of?
You’re a Wolf by Sea Wolf
I spend about an hour in the car a day to get to and from that library. When I tell people this, they are like, OMG, that is a long commute. Yes, it is, but I love what I do, and I love having the opportunity to listen to 89.3 The Current and discover new music that I may have not been aware of earlier. You can totally listen to The Current on-line as well. Just click here
I am all about the music festival. I have been to my fair share and hope to go to many more. However, a music festival that is even overwhelming to me is SXSW in Austin, Texas. Tons and tons of bands and tons and tons of venues. Seems almost dreamy, and then I panic at the thought of the scheduling chaos, how to get from one venue to the next, which band to see and which to skip…I am almost hyperventilating right now. So even though it almost sounds hellish to attend this grandiose pot of wonderfulness, I would do it, and hopefully one day I will. But in the mean time, I appreciate music festivals as they give the up and comers a time to shine and introduce themselves to us.
Six of the bands who are performing at SXSW March 13-22 are from MPLS/STP: Grant Hart, Doomtree, Brother Ali, Dosh, Haley Bonar and Mark Olson and Gary Louris.
If your music collection sounding a little stale? Check out the SXSW line-up, introduce yourself to a few of the performers, download a song here and there and broaden your musical horizon and that of your friends.
SXSW line up
I am always on the look out for street art. My latest sightings occured in Dinkytown. More than meets the eye, the transformer homage was spotted one morning while I was parking my car.
Teri and I spotted this little piece after seeing Lykke Li at the Varsity Theatre in Dinkytown. WB= that suburban library off of I94.
PS if you ever have a chance to see a show at the Varsity. DO IT. Seriously, amazing venue. The atmosphere is amazing.
The GRAMMY Awards are a little over a week away! I’m kind of a sucker for music award shows. Just sayin.
Record of the Year nominees are: Adele, Coldplay, Leona Lewis, M.I.A. and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.
I am fairly certain Adele will win. However, I would like to see M.I.A. bring it home.
Chasing Pavement by Adele
Viva La Vida by Coldplay
Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis
Paper Planes by M.I.A.
Please Read the Letter by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
Why do you let me stay here by She and Him
Ooh la la by Goldfrapp
OMG, have you seen Young at Heart yet? I am fairly certain you should. Senior citizens singing cover songs from Coldplay to the Clash. Seriously, docu-amazingness.
See the trailer below and then use that library card of yours and go get it.
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