Category: Music

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.

In my spare time I photograph for Casual Band Blogger, an Australian up-and-coming music blog. Most of my photo galleries can be viewed on my author page. I previously photographed for Tone Deaf.

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.

There are 34 photos in this post, and I have attempted to optimise and serve different sized images for different resolutions, so that the best image for your device and resolution is displayed. Hopefully that means faster loading!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Back in 2012, I made a mental list:

Huge bands I must see

  • Blur
  • Weezer
  • 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.

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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!

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