I just saved Brooke Shields from drowning so I want the Foo Fighters to play my birthday party

So who can name a bigger rock band today that is still able to effectively cling to the DIY aesthetic and non-mainstream attitude that I love? Nirvana may have had more an immediate impact but the fact remains that The Foo Fighters have been doing this 1994. Hard to believe that it has been 23 years now, nearly three times as long as Nirvana. I will admit, when the news broke on April 8, 1994 that Cobain was dead I was devastated. Some people think it’s stupid to be affected by the death of a celebrity. I don’t wallow in the grief but the fact remains that music speaks to me in ways mere words cannot, so losing that band, especially in the manner it happened, just flat-out sucked. I was convinced no music from the other two guys would ever happen again. Read More

I just saved Brooke Shields from drowning so I want The Father Figures to play my birthday party

So here is what is bad ass about the post … ever since I moved to this new theme the whole idea of a band playing my birthday party, while totally cool, would totally never happen. Anyone that knows me at all knows that The Father Figures are my favorite band here in Phoenix. Heck, they have been one of my favorite bands period since I first saw them play their very first show July 18, 2009. Well, my birthday may have been on April 7th but this dynamite trio is playing a record release party to celebrate their fourth full-length disc Heavy Lifting dropping this coming Friday April 14, so I’m calling that my official birthday celebration. 🙂 Read More

I just saved Brooke Shields from drowning so I want The Smiths to play my birthday party

the-smithsHey, the last post was absurd as well, right? I have no expectations, or even hopes for The Jam or The Smiths to actually reunite and play again but there is no denying how awesome it would be if it ever happened. The Smiths were one of the most important bands of my high school and early college years. As much as I loved new wave music, and the U.K. provided some awesome exports from that genre, The Smiths focus on guitars, bass and drums was more to my liking as a post punk and punk rock fan. Sadly they never experienced the success they deserved here in the States during their brief but unreal run for a mere five years between 1982-1987. Read More

I just saved Brooke Shields from drowning so I want The Jam to play my birthday party

the-jam-2The only thing that stinks about the bucket list is there are some things you know will never happen. For example, I would love to skydive or walk across the Grand Canyon Skywalk but that damn fear of heights gets in the way. When it comes to music that means wishing some of my favorite bands would get back together and knowing it won’t happen. The Jam tops that list for me. I thought members of The Smiths couldn’t stand one another, The Jam takes things next level. Read More

I just saved Brooke Shields from drowning so I want Interpol to play my birthday party

Interpol - 2So the first time I saw Interpol live was down in Tucson exactly 12 years ago today. That was a ridiculous show, they were touring in support of their second album Antics. The band (even though I sure as heck couldn’t tell) goofed early while playing “Not Even Jail”, which just so happens to be my favorite song from the band. Lead singer and rhythm guitarist Paul Banks stopped, apologized to the crowd, then they started again. It was one of those one-off moments that makes the live concert such a special event and why I will ALWAYS have exponentially more respect for an artist that actually plays their instruments and actually sings during a show, rather than lip syncing or playing the air guitar. It was a very cool moment I will never forget as a fan of live music and as a fan of Interpol. Read More

I just saved Brooke Shields from drowning so I want Dead Can Dance to play my birthday party

Dead Can Dance - Temple Buell Theatre - 8-19-2012 - 3Sorry for the grainy pic folks, this was taken at the Temple Buell Theater in Denver, Colorado back on August 19, 2012. Yes, I got to see Dead Can Dance in concert during their 2012 reunion tour. That show truly was one of the most stupendous concerts I ever had the pleasure of attending. Rather than use space here to talk about it check out an old Musings post about Dead Can Dance in concert at the Temple Buell Theater August 19, 2012. Read More