Wednesday, August 19, 2009

All Points West Report (All 3 Days)... 2 Weeks later

The eye of the hurricane. It was one of the last things George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg saw before their ship capsized and sunk in a tragic swordfishing accident. For me, the eye of the hurricane was All Points West, a three day center of calmness amid the storm that was my twenty consecutive days of work. Has any human being ever worked twenty consecutive days before? Most likely. But has anyone complained as much about working twenty consecutive days before? I doubt it.

On to the show-

Rushing from work on Friday at 4pm during a not-so-metaphorical storm, I arrived at Liberty State Park soaking wet at the half-set point of The National - my favorite band playing that weekend. I had seem them once before when they opened for Arcade Fire two years ago. When I saw them before, I wasn't into them at all. But several months later when I was accidentally listening to their album, I decided The National would be a "good band to get into while I'm in my 20's". So like a son's first shared beer with his dad, I picked up the beer can that was their first album, Boxer, and chugged it. And the rest is history.

As far as their performance at All Points West, they sounded brilliant - a rare auditory experience that gave me goosebumps and warmed my heart at the same time. Next was Vampire Weekend, who I'd like to thank for teaching me that 'sincerity is the new irony'. In a world (upper west side) where sarcasm is as rare as sunglasses that aren't raybans, Vampire Weekend showed us that having 'good clean fun' is cool again. Thanks guys!

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Jay-Z were pretty sweet. To be honest, I missed probably half of each of their sets because my friend got us artist passes and getting free booze with Ice-T, Matt Pinfield and John Norris are things you don't pass up in life. We rolled through MSTRKRFT and jammed out for a second before calling day one a wrap. If anyone reading this has any pull, my dream is for my death to be reported by John Norris during an MTV News Update. Just pass that along to the right people.

Day 2-

After Day 10 of 20 consecutive days of work, I hurried over to New Jersey (ew) and saw Tokyo Police Club who are so dead-on with their sound. They could be really big if they keep on rocking out. My Bloody Valentine pulled some weird shit and under-volumed the chick singer. I know the hardcore MBVers defend this... "that's their sound; you wouldn't understand'.. blah. It was kind of underwhelming, but I expected it from a band that had that much track layering to create that sound in the first place.

Then came Tool, which was a very loud cornicopia of people/emotions. Tool has two types of fans, both equally crazy about them - one is the fifteen year old whose mom refused to take him to Hot Topic one Saturday morning. He hates life and everything in life and Tool 'understands' him. The second Tool fan is of the philosophical mind and sees deeper and more intricate nuances in the music. No show I had ever been to had highlighted the fan difference as much as Tool. Oh well.

Day 3-
The Coldplays. But first, Lykke Li (marry me, pleeeease) put on a good show. She covered Lil Wayne's 'a milli' and played through most of her cute little album. The Black Keys rocked out. And then something extraordinary happened.... Coldplay..... was awesome. As Chris Martin banged his colorful pirate jacketed chest and flopped around on stage presumably confessing his singular and special yet entirely universal love for Gwyenth, I let go and forgave Coldplay for all their sins against humanity. They are just dudes that love music and love money. While there are so many things a band can use their celebrity to acheive (e.g. Radiohead), the Coldplays do their own thing and walk to the beat of their own Viva La Vida drums. But letting go of all that for that night, I realized it was a perfect ending to a perfect storm.


The Coldplays


The National

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

GigMaven Podcast: Chris Enriquez from The Delancey

I had the opportunity to speak with Chris at The Delancey in NYC. Chris has an interesting position as a talent buyer and a performing musician. I'm sure many of you wonder what someone in his position must think, so here it is.

Let us know what you think, leave a comment.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

GigMaven Podcast: Nila Kay

Are you looking to perk up your day? Yes? Check out this Podcast with the enormously pleasing personality of Nila Kay. She likes to read books and stretches herself to the limits to expand her senses. Maybe you would just like to know how she describes a rain puddle (liquid tambourine vibrations).

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

GigMaven Podcast: James Lanman

Check out this GigMaven Podcast with James Lanman as I "take his podcast virginity." Also, James performs a live tune at the end. Definitely check it out.

Let us know your thoughts and leave a comment.

Cool App set to launch for iPhone

Songbird, a cool, mobile music application is set to launch for iPhone soon. It has become popular for computers.

The application, which seems to be similar to iTunes, contains many features you won't find in the latest iTunes 8 software. has even published a "10 differences from iTunes" list to distinguish Songbirds features from iTunes.

A few cool features that can not be done on iTunes include tabbed browsing, meaning you can play music while downloading new songs, settings, add-ons and more. Add-ons allow users to fully customize their players with skins, extensions (tweeter, iPod support, and more). You can even turn a webpage into a playlist. So, take your favorite Gigmaven band and turn their profile into a playlist for your own personal listening, on the go. Also, unlike iTunes, songbird can play a wide arrange of music files from MP3, FLAC to WMA, WMA DRM and more.

You can even run Songbird on Linux operating system; if you are nerdy enough to use Linux still..

Here's Songbird for Windows XP and Vista if you are interested in trying it out on your computer before the solution is available for your iPhone.

You can even buy concert tickets for your favorite artist while you listen to the same artist.

Pretty's a demo of Songbird for the computer:

Monday, July 27, 2009

The mobile instruments we all possess

But it doesn't mean you're talented..

Everyone that has a set of lips, a tongue, teeth, and working vocal chords, has entire set of instruments just waiting to harmonize (with others or yourself)..

No, I am not talking about singing but the artistic masterpiece that can be found in beatboxing. Beatboxing is one of the coolest talents one can possess and the possibilities are endless.

Famous artists constantly use beatboxing in their music in order for their projects to reach their full potential. It's extremely entertaining too. Check out this guy do thriller.

Beatboxing may be the most mobile instrument known to man besides singing, but not everyone is blessed with a great voice. Beatboxing can be learned with practice, however some natural talents can always be beneficial.

With enough talent, you can even put together an entire band and track. Just pack it up and take it with you when you're done...aka just shut your mouth.