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Music Monday: Death Cab For Cutie

Way WAY in the back!

Howdy, all!  Now, normally I would use Music Mondays to bring you an artist that is new(er), or at least new to me, but today I’m taking a different track.  I saw Death Cab live on Saturday, and it was the balls.  So, I’m just gonna go ahead and talk about them.  ‘Cause I can.  Yay! Go me.

So, my friend Trevor and I braved the deluge we got here in Orlando on Saturday to catch their show at House of Blues.  This tour is to promote their newest album, Codes and Keys.  That album, which came out in May, is way different from anything I’ve heard from them before.  It’s very. . . happy.  I’m thinking that marriage agrees with lead singer Ben Gibbard (he’s hitched to super cutie Zooey Deschanel).  I’m still trying to gather my thoughts about it.  I like Codes for the most part, though.  Especially the lead single, “You Are A Tourist.” The video is funky and cute:

Luckily for me, I didn’t have to think to hard at the show.  They started off with a rocking 9-minute jam version of one of my favorites, “I Will Possess Your Heart” off their album Narrow Stairs.   They even played “Photobooth” off The Forbidden Love EP.  I think this might have been the first song of theirs I ever heard.  Hearing it live took me waaaay back.

That was probably the best thing about this show- remembering where I was when I heard those songs, or who I dedicated them to in my mind back then.  That and they sounded so great live.  Gifted musicians and well crafted songs are always a good time!

Death Cab for Cutie is on tour now- catch them if they’re in your town.  Click here for tour schedule.  And check out Codes and Keys.  Let me know what you think! Have a fantastic day.  Thanks so much for stopping by! xx


Lauryn Hill Came to House of Blues Orlando

That’s right!  And- SPOILER ALERT!-  she was great!  There’s been a lot of talk around her new tour.  Folks are saying that she can’t sing anymore, that she freaks out on stage, and that the show isn’t worth the ticket prices.  In my experience, that just wasn’t true.  She sounded awesome, her arrangements were fire, and the whole live experience was soooo BOMB!

I went with a couple of friends from work, Trevor and Shawna;  as well as Trevor’s wifey Sumie.  We had a blast jamming out to the opening act, Hot 8 Brass Band (NOLA was well represented!).  After Hot 8 was a kind of annoying DJ who screamed “WHAT’S UP ORLANDO, CALIFORNIA?!!!!” at us.  It was embarrassing for him.

Me, Shawna, and Sumie, waiting for the show to start.

Trevor and I love Lauryn Hill!

Around midnight, Lauryn finally came out.  I was a little loopy by then.


A little out of it by midnight

Once the actual show got on the road, it was hot!  She did a couple of newer songs, and gorgeous versions of her hits from The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, including a groovy version of “To Zion.”  She played pretty much non-stop, except for a couple of times when she had to make the band jam out while she fixed some sound issues.  I heard a lady in front of me say, “I think she might be a diva. . .” which cracked me up.  I don’t think folks realize how much bad sound impacts a singer’s performance.  Check it:  if your sound isn’t right, you could sound a hot mess, and even hurt yourself.  I loved watching her take charge of her band!

Probably the best part was a medley of Fugees songs that she did.  She sang and rapped everyone’s part!  It was bananas.  And I really liked her performance of “Killing Me Softly,” which is forever my jam.

Such a good night!  I’m so glad I didn’t listen to some of the chatter about Ms. Hill, because it was so worth it to see her live.  Definitely check her out if she comes to your area!  xx

Music Monday: Who Are Phoenix?

I’m going to see Phoenix at the House of Blues on Tuesday, and I’m way excited.  I’ve loved them since I first heard their single, “Everything is Everything,” on the Virgin Atlantic flight I took back from London in 2004.  Yeah, it’s a love affair.

Like I said, I’m pretty stoked for this show, but when I asked if anyone wanted to go with me, most people had no idea who the eff I was talking about.  So, here’s a bit of fawning review, just in case.

Phoenix is an Indie Pop/ Rock band originally from Versailles, France.  This scored them mayjah points with me, as I was a French Minor in college and lourve all things French. They’ve released five albums, the first of which, United, had a song on the Lost In Translation film soundtrack.  Their sound is kind of like Daft Punk, but without as much Electronica.

Check out “Too Young” below:

They really blew up abroad with their second album, Alphabetical.  This was the first album I heard, and it quickly became one of my faves that year.  Seriously, it is the business.  “Everything is Everything,” which is the song from my Virgin flight is below  (Watch the awesome video here):

Apparently, these guys make some pretty badass commercial music, because I swear I feel like I hear their stuff all the time.  (A quick Wikipedia search proves it’s true!  They’ve got songs from Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix in a Cadillac commercial, and in the trailers for Where the Wild Things Are, Alice in Wonderland, and Valentine’s Day.) Sound familiar?

Yeah, I will be dancing my butt off to this on Tuesday night, with my one friend in Orlando who loves them, too.  OK, so obviously, you might not know Phoenix, but you’ve heard them.  And you’ve probably liked what you heard.  So, will you be coming out with me on Tuesday?  Hmmm?

What’d you think?  Let me know in the comments.  AND, if you’ve caught the fever, Phoenix are playing at Orlando’s House of Blues this Tuesday.  See you there!

Sara Bareilles Came to House of Blues Orlando. . .


"I'm amaziiiiiiiiiiiiiiing!"


. . . and she really let me have it!  Omigosh she was the balls!  Lemme give you the rundown:

I went with a bunch of friends (all fellow performers) after work on Tuesday.  Some of us met up for food and drinks beforehand, so we were good and ready for some piano stomp-rock (That’s how her music is described on Wikipedia.  Why?  Yeah, I don’t know either).

Afterward we headed over to HOB for the show, which was part of her “Kaleidoscope Heart” tour for the new album.  Right off the bat, Sara came out to introduce her two opening acts and chat with us for a minute, which was awesome.


Me and E.J., 3 drinks in.


First up was Holly Conlan.  She makes complete sense as a support act- piano-based pop songs about love and boys.  She was great.  Really cute with a Regina Spektor vibe.  Most of her short set was just her on a little Casio with a guitarist.


Ringmaster, er, I mean Musician Holly Conlan. . .


Next up was Greg Laswell, whom you might know from various Grey’s Anatomy soundtracks.  Or you might have ignored his cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” while  chomping on popcorn and waiting for your movie to start at an AMC Theater last year.  Either way, I recognized quite a few of his songs.  My friends and I pretty much agreed that he was kinda pitchy at the start, but he got going near the middle.  His set was a tad long for me, but I still enjoyed him for the most part.


Laswell that ends well (obligatory pun)


While waiting for Sara’s set to start, we snapped a couple photos:


Me, Christina, and Lindsay: United Colors of Benetton



Me, Tiffany, and Michael: Children of the World


The show was bananas from the beginning.  She started things off with “Vegas,” and stomp-rocked her way through several other hits from her last album.  She brought Holly Conlan back out for a fun performance of  “Gonna Get Over You,” and Greg Laswell reappeared for a fantastical cover of Radiohead’s “Nice Dream.”


"What good does it do? I'm just a basketcase. . ."


One of my favorite moments was her performance of “Basket Case” from the new album.  She set us up with a funny backstory about writing the song, which made her performance even more crushing.

I’m starting to think that might be what makes her songwriting so good- her ability to look at life with humor.  Sara Bareilles’ way of writing from a woman’s POV that’s not melodramatic or pathetic lets you really feel the truth in her words.

And it doesn’t help that she’s got a crazy good voice and plays, like, 50 instruments including piano, guitar, and whatever the aitch this thing is:

For real.  It’s not an accordion, is it?  I’ve never seen it before.  Gah!  I had such a good time at this show!  Good friends, good music, and I left feeling so inspired as a musician.  That’s what it’s all about, kids!

“Kaleidoscope Heart” is out now!  Pick it up on iTunes and check out Sara Bareilles’ new tour!  (And, seriously, if you know what that thing is she’s playing, tell me in the comments!)

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