Artists I Love: The Weepies// The List

Hello! Hope you’re all having a lovely Monday so far. Today I give you number three on my list of Artists That I Love… The Weepies!

 

 

 

Genre: Pop acoustic rock

How we met: I really can’t remember how I first came across this duo. Maybe on emusic? Maybe through MySpace? It’s been several years since I first heard one of their songs, and I’ve been in love with them ever since. I finally saw them in concert for the first time a few weeks ago. They haven’t toured much in years. I saw them play at The Variety Playhouse in Little Five. It’s a pretty decent size venue, and the place was packed! Most artists that I love tend to do better in small, intimate venues, but The Weepies definitely held their own that night!

Sit, stand or dance: We sat, but you could most certainly dance to most of their stuff too!

Buy the album?: The have four, plus a live EP that you can get on iTunes. I recommend them all! Each album I bought initially for one or two songs, but over time I’ve come to love every single song! They have such a delicate and whimsical sound with such beautiful lyrics!

Favorite songs:

1) Nobody Knows Me

2) Somebody Loved

3)Painting By Chagall

(Not a lot of good YouTube videos for The Weepies. I recommend just going to their website, www.theweepies.com, and listening to their music there.)

Favorite video:

World Spins Madly On

 

 

 

Artists I Love: Griffin House// The List

Ready for #2 on my list of 12 artists I have loved this year? Ladies & gentlemen, I introduce to you Mr. Griffin House!

 

 

Genre: Rock/folk

How we met: (Technically, we have never “met”, but it sounds better for a title than How I First Discovered His Music, or How I Wound Up Unintentionally Seeing Him Perform. My friend met him though when she worked at his merch table once, and she can attest that he’s very friendly & nice in person.)

I first saw Griffin House when he was opening for Mat Kearney a few years ago. I saw them play at The Roxy, which is a standing room only venue. We got there early and had a front row spot for the opening act. He played an acoustic set with one other guy accompanying him on guitar as well. I was seriously impressed! So much so that I actually enjoyed his set better than I did Mat Kearney’s. Nothing against Mat Kearney though; it was more the crowd I was standing in than the performance. Right before he went on, a gaggle of sorority girls came and stood in front of us. They kept spilling their beers, then squeezing by to buy more, and I swear I watched the two directly in front of me douse themselves in perfume right before he walked out. Griffin won me over when he asked the crowd to stop talking when he played one of his more serious songs. (I had been wanting to tell them to shut up for a while.)

Since then, I have seen him play live more times than I can remember. He did a round (or two?) with the Ten out of Tenn group, plus I’ve seen him solo a few times at Eddie’s Attic and once at Smith’s Old Bar. Every show was great in its own way, I haven’t been disappointed yet! I’ve introduced several of my friends to his music as well and they are now all fans as well. Wait! I did meet him once! I just remembered. It was after one of his shows. My friend who I mentioned earlier wanted to say hi after a show at Eddie’s so I went with her. I remember because I bought her the tickets that night for her birthday present. He was nice, and remembered my friend. Not a diva at all. 😉

Sit, stand, or dance: Sit or dance, it depends on the venue. Once during a show at Eddie’s, he made everyone get up and dance at one point. Although, during another one of his shows there one of my friends got up and started dancing by herself… it was pretty awkward. If you’re standing while he plays, you’ll be dancing at some point!

Buy the album?: Of course! He’s got several, although some are re-releases of the same songs. My favorites are the House of David EP’s and Homecoming. I would recommend browsing his music on his MySpace site or lastfm and figure out which one you like best to start. His sound varies slightly between albums; some are a little more country or folk, others more rock. I honestly haven’t listened to all of his newest release yet, so I can’t say much about it. I like what I’ve heard of it though.

Favorite songs:

1) The Guy That Says Goodbye to You is Out of His Mind

2) The Way I Was Made

3)Only Love Remains

Favorite video:

I Remember (It’s Happening Again)

This is really my favorite song, but since I love the video for it too I thought I’d put it here instead. He wrote the song about his grandfather, and this video reminds me of my great-grandfather. He lived with my family and would often just randomly break off into stories about his time in WWII. Good memories.


It’s hard to really capture how great of a musical artist he is with just a few videos, but hopefully this gives you enough of a taste that you’ll go get more of his music on your own. It doesn’t look like he’s currently touring, but if you hear his name playing near you in the future, go! You won’t regret it!

 

photo by Martin Dam Kristensen, Source: http://www.myspace.com/griffinhouse

 

 

Artists I Love: The Civil Wars// The List

I’m so excited to share with you guys the first of twelve artists that I have loved this year, The Civil Wars!

If you’ve been around me for long at all you know how much I love this duo. They’ve been performing together for just over a year, and I’ve already seen them 4 times! Every time I’ve taken at least two friends, and every one of them has left as in love with them as I am!

Genre: Folk/acoustic/Americana

How I heard of them: Joy Williams (the girl) has been performing as a solo artist for years. I saw her play a show here in Atlanta about a year ago with a group of other artists from Nashville, called Ten out of Tenn. Actually, I met her before the show in the ladies’ room before I knew she was performing that night. She commented on how pretty my tattoo was while I was washing my hands, and so we chatted a bit about tattoos. When I got back to my table, I told my friend that I had just met the nicest girl in the bathroom. When she walked up on the stage a few minutes later, I had to laugh!

Anyway, I was pretty impressed with her performance that night. When I looked her up online when I got home, I discovered that she had just started performing with this guy John Paul White as The Civil Wars. I downloaded their live album and absolutely fell in love! I swear I think I listened to it in my car non-stop for at least a month.

Dance, sit, or stand: Sit. This is group you will want to listen to. Amazing vocals like these are best appreciated sitting down.

Buy the cd?: Yes!… when it comes out in February. In the meantime, they have a 4 song EP you can purchase on iTunes. They also have a full length live recording that you can download for free here. This was recorded here in Atlanta at Eddie’s Attic (which just so happens to be my favorite venue for live music). If that wasn’t enough free music, they just added two Christmas songs for download on their MySpace page as well.

Favorite song: This is a tough one… I like so many of them! How about I pick my top three instead?

1) If I Didn’t Know Better

2) Barton Hollow

3) Falling

Favorite video: Poison & Wine

There are tons of YouTube videos of The Civil Wars performing, I could sit here and link to them all day!

They will be playing some shows out on the West Coast in December, so all of my California readers should go check them out! I seriously considered flying out to LA to visit my old roommate in a few weeks just so I could take her to their Hotel Cafe show, but then I reminded myself that I’m unemployed and broke, so probably not the best idea for my pocketbook right now.

Artists I Love// The List

Last week I shared with you guys my list of things to do this year, and my pitiful performance accomplishing said list to date. One of the items that I said I was going to do this year was take someone to a concert each month. I actually did this 3 or 4 times this year, but definitely not every month. To make up for my missed months, I’m going to share with you all some of the great artists that I would love to take you all to see one day! Since that probably won’t be possible until I win the lottery, I figured I would introduce you to the sounds of these up and coming musicians that I’ve found one way or another, in hopes that you’ll love them too and go see them when they visit your town! (And maybe even take a friend. :))

I’ve picked 12 artists that I’ll be sharing with you over the next 5 weeks. I picked them based on a two criteria. One, they are all artists I’ve actually seen perform live within the past two years; and two, none are considered major artists (yet). The reason that I decided to start taking people to concerts with me was that I kept running across these great musicians that none of my friends knew of and hence no one would pay to go to shows with me. By buying their ticket for them, I get to not only share music that I love with my friends, I also get to help support up and coming musicians. There are some really great musicians playing the bar scene right now, and I’m lucky enough to live in a city with a lot of bars (and other great venues, too).

Check back tomorrow for my first selection!

 

If life were a to do list, I would be dead.// The List

I like making lists. Really I do. Usually, I also like crossing things off said lists. Except that sometimes, like this time, I forget about the lists, for oh, say 7 months. Do you see where I’m going with this?

Back in March, I made a list of things to do in 2010. I started making the list in January, it just took a while to make it official. My 2009 list had been a huge success, complete with piercings, tattoos, trips to random cities and many, many great concerts. I was pretty happy with my list for 2010 and thought all in all, it was totally do-able.

Fast forward to last week. When I remembered said list. I looked up the Facebook note I had posted it in and read it with great trepidation, hoping that maybe by chance I had accidentally done some of the things that I had set out to do this year. No surprise, not a whole lot of luck on that one.

The good news though is that 2010 isn’t over yet! I’ve got a month and some change to knock out as many of these things as I can. Since I’m practically unemployed, it’s not like I don’t have the time and luckily most of them don’t involve money. Personally, I need to feel like I’ve accomplished something this year (besides quitting two jobs), so here’s to making December one hell of a month!

The List

I did have some successes prior to forgetting about the list. Some items just aren’t doable in a month. My modifications and/or accomplishments are noted in italics.

1. Finish reading Ulysses. (I love me some James Joyce, so really why is it so freaking hard for me to finish this book?) Only 10 more chapters to go! Granted, that’s over 500 pages of very tiny print, but I’ve read more in a weekend.
2. Take someone to a concert with me once a month. (A little variation on last years goal. Although I wound up buying lots of extra tickets anyway since that was the only way I could get people to come to some of the shows with me.) Did this, but not every month. I’ve got an idea for how to make this one work though.
3. Have a piece of my writing published. Does this blog count?
4. Do something fun with my brother. ( As far as I can recall, we have never done anything social or fun together in a non-family gathering atmosphere. And since he’s my friend on FB now and will most likely read this, it just may happen this year.) Still doable.
5. Get down on paper a business plan for the business of my dreams. Almost done!
6. Go somewhere I have never been before and do something there that I have never before done. Hmmm… I could use some help on how to accomplish this one. Sadly, I don’t think I’ve visited any new cities this year. That’s a first in itself.
7. Build a piece of furniture all by myself. Can do.
8. Make 10 new real friends this year and re-establish real relationships with 5 old ones. I’ll have to think about this one. I’ve definitely made new friends this year, plus patched up more than few old ones.
9. Design and sew a dress for myself. Can do.
10. FInd a cause that I believe in and start volunteering on a regular basis again. Can do, if we define regular as once or twice.
11. Read a book in Spanish. Ok, learning Spanish has been on my list for like five years now. I don’t know if I can do it by January, but I did buy a book in Spanish and in English, and I have a dictionary, so maybe?
12. Paint a portrait of my dog and cat. ( I am so weird.) Can do.
13. Try one new recipe every month. This one I may have actually unintentionally accomplished.
14. Be intentionally thankful and encouraging to others on a daily basis. Ha. I guess it’s not too late to start now.
15. Perform in front of a crowd. Not sure how, dancing again maybe? Haven’t done this one yet. Maybe is number 22 happens…
16. Learn how to play the violin I bought on ebay last year. Can you teach yourself how to do this in five weeks?
17. Perfect the bow pose in Bikram yoga. I think I actually did this one! I couldn’t do it now, and there is a chance my instructor was talking to someone else in the class named Elizabeth, but come on, were to 17 and I still haven’t marked one off yet.
18. Give God another year to break the silence on some things. This one, I’m glad to say has worked pretty well. Still no answers, but just giving him space has helped tremendously.
19. Give away more than what feels comfortable each month. Another one that I can check off!
20. Watch at least one classic film each month that I have never seen before. Movie marathon, anyone?
21. Plant a garden this spring. (and I sooooo want to say get some chickens and a goat too, but I just don’t know if my income and schedule will permit me to live out my livestock fantasies just yet.) And done! No chickens, no goats, but lots of tomatoes and herbs!
22. Organize a massive karaoke night with a few dozen of my friends, a la Lost in Translation. I have actually participated in something like this years ago, and it was a lot of fun. But I am so much cooler now, so it will be even more fun this time. 😉 I don’t know if I even have dozens of friends anymore, but it’s not too late to give the concept a try.

Alrighty, faithful readers. Over the next few weeks I will be busting it to knock every one of these items off my list. To prove it, I’ll be sharing each one with you as I do. Ideas and encouragement are welcomed!