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Kate Nash @ the Henry Fonda

if you are a high school girl or anyone who has recently been involved in a break-up, you might like kate nash—she’s honest about the messiness of break-ups and of the strange attraction of and being involved with the wrong people. all such variables that make up life in high school or any other time in life that reveals the chaos of broken relationships.

the red-headed british import closed the last night of her tour with foundations:

“My finger tips are holding onto the cracks in our foundation,
and I know that I should let go, but I can’t.
And every time we fight I know it’s not right,
every time that you’re upset and I smile.
I know I should forget, but I can’t…”

broken relationships of all sorts, inside or outside of high school are painful but often somehow appealing (maybe because being alone seems scarier) — nash captures this dichotomy in her lyrics and catchy tunes. this fun show, which i attended in solitude, with a couple hundred of my closest stranger friends, helped me realize life goes on after break-ups and cute red headed girls with accents help usher along the change.

Tapes ‘n Tapes @ the Troubadour

it’s quite funny how my friends’ opinions mean so much to me. i try to pretend that i’m self confident and that i don’t really care what others think. yet last night, i spent the majority of my night worried if my friends, henry and kim, were having a good time at the troubadour. you see i really value henry’s musical taste and appreciation of music and i was afraid of what he might think of me if he didn’t like the music or the show of tapes ‘n tapes. to complicate the matters, kim and i have only hung out a couple of times and i worried what her impression of me would be at the end of the night.

music is one of those things that speaks about you in ways your own words can’t at times. a person’s musical taste says more about them to me than any e-harmony profile test ever will. and the show last night…well it was my idea. one in which i invited henry and kim. and for the first hour of the show i thought maybe i lost any solidarity i had with henry on the musical front. while tapes ‘n tapes put on a good show, the energy from the crowd was low at best—and i was hoping for much more. granted there was one short guy in a dodgers cap singing along and flailing his arms about—but the rest of the folks were just kind of there. the intimacy of the troubadour put us close to the stage but there wasn’t much closeness shared with the band or the music for me and i worried that for kim and henry this thursday night was squandered.

tapes \'n tapesi stopped worrying what they would think when i realized that my “newness” to the band was my alibi if they hated it. they couldn’t hold me accountable because i’m just as innocent as them—i just bought “walk it off” several weeks ago and according to my itunes playcount i’ve only listened to the album 7 times (though that doesn’t take into consideration my ipod plays). but it wasn’t until the ride home that i fully realized how naive i had been by worrying. the night wouldn’t have been wasted no matter who was playing or what the crowd was like because i was able to spend my night in the company of two great people who liked music and put up with me. and those two realizations affirmed that the night couldn’t have been any better.

Check out Tapes ‘N Tapes. Listen to the song Hang Them All.

Banyan @ The Mint

I like music. A lot. I like it when musicians are not limited to one place to explore their musical talents and abilities. My favorite band is Wilco. The current guitar player, Nels Cline is one of the best guitar players ever. Hands down he is one of the best live guitar players I have EVER heard. There are moments that I know I just experienced something that I might never hear again. Cline is a LA native and plays with artists/musicians that are not Wilco. I’m down. I’ll check them out.

Some friends and I went to the Mint and experienced the Art, Noise, Jazz, Experimental band Banyan. “The core of the group features Stephen Perkins (Janes Addiction & Porno For Pyros) on drums and Willie Waldman (Memphis Horns & Snoop Doggie Dog) on Trumpet. The rest of the roster is a rotating of amazing guest musicians who happened to be Mike Watt (The Minutemen) and Nels Cline.

The experience that I had was amazing. Simply amazing. It was a night that I know that I won’t be able to experience again. It was spiritual. It was beautiful. It was life changing. It was these things because the music was chaotic and uncontrolled. The guitar playing of Nels was breath taking. It changed me and challenged me. He plays with a fluidity that is so rare. I love seeing live shows that you get lost in the moment of the music and you don’t worry about who is around you and what they are wearing but that you experienced some amazing musicianship and a man who creates/paints in the moment. I loved it.

There was nothing about Wednesday that I didn’t LOVE. Amazing. Simply amazing.

A Night in the Park

There is a great park in Pasadena called Memorial Park. It’s a train stop off the gold line and as you emerge from the underground tunnel into Old Town the park is right there. It’s usually quiet but there is a pavilion, ripe for opportunity to interact with the community. Last night in the park there was a benefit show to raise awareness on Human Sex Trafficking. I have the honor to have roommates that work for an organization, The Sold Project , that helps raise awareness of child prostitution in Thailand.

The night was fantastic because there was a large amount of people gathered to talk about the problem, engage in conversation, and there was quite a bit of music being played for the ears of the community. The songs were various, some covers while others were explorations of the soul. I loved it. I love the thought of people expressing themselves through song, in the middle of a city that rushes by, next to a metro stop station, ripe for opportunity. We have the ability to choose our own adventure. We have the chance to expand the way we live our lives with eyes wide open rather than mouths shut and robots consuming rather than interacting.

The music was local. It was not over produced but it was people sharing their life stories in a way to help others have some sort of life that is not filled with oppression but offers life that can be innocent and pure.

The Avett Brothers

I fell in love with the music of the Avett Brothers not to long ago. The record Emotionalism is a favorite as of late, for the americana feel and raw, passionate lyrics. Fellow Empty Framer, Travis and I (Amy) went and saw the Avett Brothers at the El Rey a couple of weeks ago.

Seeing a band live is something that can make or break my experience. The Avett Brothers only made me love them more. Their energy and passion was overwhelming through the first songs, and they reeled you in with their energy, screams, beats, and fantastic lyrics. They are a band hailing from North Carolina where it’s obvious that living in the South has shaped their musical personality. That was something I recognized when I walked out of the show. I was amazed at how they understood the music that came before them (Carter Family, Bluegrass) as well as knowing that you always need to push musical lines. They are definitely a group that understands where music also needs to reveal it’s current place in history. Beautiful.

Some of our favorite tracks of the night:
“The Ballad of Love and Hate”
“Die Die Die”

Here is a video from the tour:

I am a sucker for the banjo.