Volume two of what I am enjoying listening to while I’m at the gym.
The Music category is one of my biggest categories. Posts in this category are often reviews of concerts I have been to, general discussion about bands I like, my experience playing piano or other instruments, or photos of concerts. Photos of concerts are likely to be in the Photoblog category as well.
I share some of my favourite tunes to work out to.
A quick recap of seeing The Beach Boys live last night at the Star Event Theatre. They were supported by The Temptations.
Recently I had an opportunity to join my favourite band, Hey Geronimo, on their tour bus as they travelled around Sydney to play ten shows in one day. We had a really good time and got to hear a lot of their upcoming album.
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I call myself a Wombats fan now – this Liverpool band has some incredibly catchy hits, and we saw them play live over the weekend. A great start to the year.
Nick and I just saw Walk The Moon, a band from Ohio. We’re on our way home now. Most people would know Walk The Moon for their hit Shut Up And Dance. It’s the only song I know by them. Often that isn’t enough to get me to see a band, but I felt like it was going to be good this time.
I was right! It was awesome. I couldn’t sing along to anything except that song, but that was OK. We had a good time dancing anyway. We spotted Pete from Hey Geronimo, too. I’m no longer surprised that we spot him at gigs. 😛
I have to say that I will be listening to more of Walk The Moon now, now that I have seen them live and enjoyed a lot of their songs. There was one called Avalanche that I really liked, and one funny one that stuck with me was I Can Lift A Car.
I was hoping to do Pop 101 every month but there wasn’t too much going on in the past couple of months – apart from my Blur concert, which I dedicated a whole post to – so this post seems quite ‘late’. I hope you still enjoy the breezy post. Let me know what bands you have seen recently and what’s on your playlist!
I haven’t been listening to much music lately as I have been focusing on finding some podcasts to listen to while I work. So if you have any music suggestions I would really appreciate them. I will give anything a listen but I think I’m looking for some soft rock and folk pop at the moment. Death Cab For Cutie, Yo La Tengo, Ed Sheeran, anything like that.
Back in 2012, I made a mental list:
Huge bands I must see
- The Smashing Pumpkins
I only started seeing live music regularly that year, so I had a small list. I’ve only ever really been into seeing local bands, so that list of the ‘big guys’ has remained small.
On Saturday I had crossed off all three of those bands, finally seeing Blur live, at the same venue I saw Weezer and The Smashing Pumpkins.
It has been a while since I have properly written anything about concerts or music in general. I tried my hand at a Music Monthly segment last year, but lost interest. I had made regular playlists in Spotify then ported them to 8tracks, but I could no longer bother keeping it up. Apart from that, I also haven’t listened to a great deal of new music. There also haven’t been many interesting gigs and concerts this year, and last year it died down as well – I went to a total of 41, whereas in previous years I would have easily gone to at least double that.
So I’ve decided to at least sum up my gigs, music I’ve discovered, stuff I am listening to, and other similar things. I have named this segment Pop 101 after the Marianas Trench song. 😀
I will still write in-depth about any gigs or concerts or music when I like, so the purpose of this is to write a quick summary. I’m thinking of doing this every quarter/three months, but to allow it to be more flexible in case I change my mind, I’m just going to number them with volumes rather than writing “Q1”, “Q2” and so on. As this volume recaps the last three months, it’s a tad long… but let’s roll!
My dad and I share a love for The Beatles. I was brought up with them (and other older, well known classic bands) when I was young, even though I didn’t take a great interest in music until I was about nine years old. The Beatles, of course, no longer existed as a band when I was born, meaning that seeing them live would be practically impossible.
Unless, of course, you go for seeing a tribute band or watch someone play a handful of Beatles covers. This is unfortunately the closest you will get to hearing the “real thing”. To be honest, I have always thought tribute bands were silly simply because they were not the real thing. There are a couple of tribute bands for bands that currently still exist, which doesn’t make sense to me. Why would you want to see a fake band when you could see the real thing?
I think that part of my opinion was shaped after I found out about Beatallica, a mash-up band that plays music made from combinations of songs of The Beatles and Metallica. I was a bit mortified that someone would tarnish The Beatles in such a way – not saying that Metallica is a bad band (I like them too), but the mash-up, though mostly intended for fun, horrified me a little bit.