Staying meta with the links this week... I realized that over the weekend was the 1st anniversary of the OTW phenomenon sweeping my hard drive, so happy birthday to us. My goal for year number two is for some explosion of negative energy to erupt in the comments section, so welcome trolls.
Hopefully we'll finish 2007 strong... get my ass off the couch a few more times and after a month hiatus, expect a heavy dose of Phish and Panic Nedstalgia between now and December.
I also realized that I had hoped to follow up my first trimester report of my faves from the year thus far with a second one sometime at the end of August and totally spaced on that. So, with a quarter of the year left, here's what I've got for you. My CD purchasing/show going have really slowed down due to the real-life combination of insufficient funds and insufficient energy, but I'd love any recommendations you can muster... or any comments on the 1st year of the show here.
Here we have it...
Up to 55 shows in 42 nights, over 100 bands seen in 38 different venues with just under $750 spent on live music.
Top 10ish shows of the year thus far (links for reviews):
- Austin City Limits Festival @ Zilker Park, Austin TX
- Freaks Ball VII @ Southpaw
- Bustle In Your Hedgerow @ Temptress Cruise Ship
- Midlake, St. Vincent @ Bowery Ballroom
- Do Make Say Think, Berg Sans Nipple @ Bowery Ballroom
- Widespread Panic @ Bethel Woods
- Iron & Wine @ Town Hall
- Wilco @ Warsaw
- Rose Hill Drive @ Mercury Lounge
- Emergency Party @ Piano's
- Shanir Blumenkranz Group/Masada String Trio @ Abrons Arts Center
- !!! @ Bowery Ballroom
- The Bad Plus -- Prog
- St. Vincent -- Marry Me
- Marco Benevento -- Live at Tonic
- Do Make Say Think -- You, You're a History in Rust
- Iron & Wine -- The Shepherd's Dog
- Menomena -- Friend and Foe
- The Arcade Fire -- Neon Bible
- Apostle of Hustle -- National Anthem of Nowhere
- Wayne Krantz -- Your Basic Live 06
- The Sea and Cake -- Everybody
- Neil Young -- Live at Massey Hall
- Of Montreal -- Hissing Fauna...