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|Weeping's Concerts: 2011|
It was a pretty great year for shows. I know a few of you guys from rthe north east went to some of these
(Best Buy Theater in NYC) Second time seeing these guys. It was fairly
intense. The band did pretty much what I expected which was non-
chalantly busting out jams that clearly lent themselves to more intense
stage presence, but I guess that's just how Glassjaw roll. If I remember
correctly, the set was very long which was nice because I got to hear pretty
much every song I wanted to. Plus they played some Coloring Book songs
for the first time as their encore which was great.
Everything Goes Numb
(Pearl Street Night Club in Northampton, MA) Third time seeing this band. I
went to this more for nostalgia and hanging out with friends than anything
else. I'd seen the same song and dance a few times before this, but they
still put on an impressive show. It's pretty much impossible not to have fun
at a Streetlight show. All in all, I'm happy I went but my desire to see them
again is pretty low now. Still, great for old time's sake.
|3||Bomb The Music Industry!|
(Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT) This would mark the first of many
times I would see Jeff and his crew this year (though my second time in
general). Show rocked pretty hard, got to scream words into their faces
and I sweat roughly three and a half tons. Basically, a hugely successful
Tales of the Inexpressible
(Pearl Street Night Club in Northampton, MA) I had absolutely no idea what
to expect from this and it ended up being pretty mind blowing. Me and
some friends *ate some sandwiches* prior to it because it only seemed
proper before a Shpongle show and I gotta say, Simon Posford really
knows how to get a room going. He had a way of melding his songs into
each other and packaging them into a nice and cohesive package. There
was a lot of energy in the place and everybody, including myself, seemed to
be really into it. It was an awesome way to end the school year.
|5||My Heart To Joy|
Reasons To Be
(Some community center in Madison, CT) I actually didn't know My Heart To
Joy at the time which is why I left before their set. I now have to live with
the pain and regret of never seeing them for the rest of forever now
because this was their last show. The rest of my waking life is now and
forever will be haunted by this retarded decision. Everyday, I must decide
whether or not life is worth living anymore because of this oversight. Living
with this is now my cross the bear... Anyways, I mostly went for Snowing
and Algernon Cadwallader who rocked the house. Seriously I didn't even
know these guys well enough to sing along or anything and it still felt
pretty cathartic. Definitely one of the better shows this year if you just
forget the fact that I didn't stay for My Heart To Joy. Ah well, at least I saw
Snowing before the broke up a few months later.
(Webster Theater in Hartford, CT) I've never been huge on La Dispute.
I've never disliked them by any means but I guess they just never clicked
with me like they seemed to with everyone else. That being said, I mostly
went to this concert for Defeater and Native. Luckily, despite not loving La
Dispute bands on record, I have to give them credit where credit is due as
they put on a really cool live show. I mawshed pretty damn hard, got
rocked by a few stage divers and managed to shout the few lyrics I knew
which was pretty fun. Still though, Defeater probably put on my favorite
show because they played almost everything from Lost Ground and a lot of
good songs from their other two records. Native were pretty awesome to
just stand there and watch perform. I got there about halfway through The
World Is A Beautiful Place And I'm No Longer Afraid To Die's set, but they
seemed pretty alright (they're the My Heart To Joy's singer's new band so
that kind of made up for not seeing them a few weeks prior). And even
Former Thieves, while pretty fucking bro-y, looked like they were having a
good time up there so that was cool. This show was just a bunch of good-
ol' new wave hardcore kids having some fun and embracing what they love.
|7|| ||B.O.M.B. Fest|
(Comcast Theater in Hartford, CT) I don't really know why this festival
wasn't more popular. Some pretty big bands went, namely Weezer,
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Coheed & Cambria, Wiz Khalifa
(had to cancel), George Clinton (also had to cancel), Shpongle, The New
Pornographers, etc. People usually flock to that kind of line up but it was
strangely empty. Still though, I had a pretty great time. I got to see Titus
Andronicus, Against Me!, Holy Fuck, Dan Deacon, Weezer, Portugal. The
Man, Health, State Radio, Real Estate, a few RJD2 songs, and a bunch more
than I'm probably forgetting to include. Other than the $4.50 water
bottles, this was a really good time. I'm not sure if it happens again next
year, but if it does I recommend people going even if they're slightly
interested in the line up.
The Stage Names
(Webster Theater in Hartford, CT) This marked my fourth time seeing Titus
Andronicus, who was opening along side Future Islands. They both
released my 2 favorite albums of last year and The Monitor is probably my
favorite thing of all time, so needless to say I was jizzing-in-pants excited.
Unfortunately, I showed up a few songs into Future Islands' set. But golly,
Sam Herring is one psycho motherfucker which made it all the better. His
gestures and motions and gravelly voice really drew attention from the
crowd. I could tell that most people who didn't know them previously, but
everyone seemed to be fixated on the charismatic frontman. Titus
Andronicus was a voice-killing good time as always. I got to rock out with
Amy Klein before she left the band, which I'm happy for. Okkervil River was
icing on the cake. I don't listen to them too much anymore but it was some
pretty good for nostalgia's sake. Fun times all around.
(Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY) Third time I saw this man. Unfortunately, I
spent about 45 minutes of the concert waiting in the bathroom line and it
was crowded as fuck (seriously, thousands of people there probably and 8
porto-potties). Still though, from what I didn't get to see, I still heard and
from what I did get to see, he was a great preformer as always. Not sure if
it was totally worth the trip, but it was free and I got to spend some time in
New York City which is always fun. A few days before the show I realized
that RVIVR was also playing in Brooklyn that night and I kind of wish I went
to that instead. Oh well.
(Heirloom Arts Theater in Danbury, CT) Literally knew nothing about this
band but my friend's band was opening so I went in support of them. It
was a cool little place with a stage yet still maintained the intimacy of a tiny
room. Despite some pretty average opening bands this was a good show.
Mansions also opened which made me check out their 2011 album which
went unnoticed but was still pretty cool. Aficianado are really awesome
performers too-- very good stage presence and managed to draw me in
despite not knowing any of their music. They're actually playing with Make
Do and Mend, Screaming Females and mewithoutYou to open for Thursday
on 12/28, so I'm excited for that. Cool, cheap concert that introduced me to
a few cool groups.
(The Space in Hamden, CT) Wow. Easily top 5 concerts this year, possibly
top 5 concerts of all time. Silberman's vocals were just as, if not more,
breathtaking live as on record. For band that is somewhat known as a
bunch of recluses, their stage presence was awesome and they seemed to
have this inate ability to just groove together so well. They mixed up a lot
of Hospice songs in with Burst Apart songs which was cool. There's really
no other way to describe this other than just completely, 100% solid.
Really, I don't know how else to describe it so I'm done with this summary.
|12||Bomb The Music Industry!|
(Lily's Pad in New Haven, CT) 3rd time seeing them, 2nd time this year. As
always, really high energy, voice completely shot, sweat soaked right
through my clothes-- everything I've come to expect from a BTMI! concert.
My only complaint was that there was way too many people for such a
small room. I usually like small crowded shows, but this was just too much.
People kept being pushed on stage and ended up knocking shit over which
got Jeff mad which is pretty much like disappointing a parent. They ended
with Syke! Life Is Awesome though so all was well.
(Port City Music Hall in Portland, ME) I was determined to see these folks
on their last tour and the Boston show was sold out, so yeah damn-
straight I was going to drive 4 hours to Maine. On the way there I was
pulled over going 101 mph and so I got into some deep shit for that, but
still it was worth it. Zechs Marquise and Fang Island opened and it would
be my second time seeing all three bands there. Zechs Marquise grooved
pretty hard and Fang Island were, as expected, really high energy. Rx
Bandits were phenominal. They played a really long set but I just did not
want it to end. Their set list was just a few choice songs from their last 3
albums in chronological order. Everyone was totally in synch the whole
time and busted out the coolest of jams. Seriously, every member is so
good at their respective instrument and they play with such ease yet still
make everything so intense. It's really a shame that they're done touring
but if they ever do any reunion stuff, expect me to be there in a heartbeat.
I'm going to go ahead and say that this was the best concert of the year.
|14|| ||Jeff Mangum|
Live at Jittery Joe's
(Academy of Music in Northampton, MA) Back at school, what else to do but
see JEFF MOTHERFUCKING MANGUM? It was just him and his guitar and he
played a bunch of Neutral Milk Hotel songs. He interacted with the crowd
quite a bit too and he was generally really cool. The whole thing was just
one big blast of nostalgia to the face as I got to relive and sing along to
songs from my obsession album from a few years back (In The Aeroplane,
of course). I never really thought I'd be able to sing along to Holland, 1945
in my life so this was a treat. He's touring again in 2012 and hey, if it's
convenient, I'd definitely go again. If NMH where as huge of a part of your
life as they were mine, then definitely catch Jeff Mangum if he comes near
|15||Bomb The Music Industry!|
(Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, MA) Amazing as usual, blah blah
blah. You all pretty much know how I feel about this band. They played all
four parts of King of Minneapolis which I'm pretty sure they never do, so
that was a bonus.
|16|| ||Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Ochestra|
13 Blues For Thirteen Moons
(Pearl Street Night Club in Northampton, MA) I expected a pretentious
show with Efrim sitting in a corner bleating like a sheep the whole time,
which he definitely did, but he also managed to interact with the crowd a
lot as well. I'm pretty sure he even smiled a few times which is basically
the last thing I would ever expect Efrim Menuck to do. Musically, they were
breathtaking. I'm pretty sure they played at least 1 song from every album,
and they grooved hard on every one. Really cool stuff. Also, Giraffes?
Giraffes! opened so that brought some of the mathiest math rock I've ever
seen. Definitely one of the better concerts of the year.
The Mysterious Production of Eggs
(Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA) I pretty much never miss this guy
whenever he comes around because he's just so cool to watch perform. He
covered Bein' Green at this show which was the fantastic. Seriously, The
Muppets + Andrew Bird = one of the greatest things ever.
Beatz & Pieces Vol. 1
(Pearl Street Night Club in Northampton, MA) Pretty much the only concert
here I didn't love. He split the show with his guy Michal Menert, who I
thought sucked pretty hard (seriously, what kind of clown spells Michael
that way?). Gramatik was okay though. His live show has less of a funky
vibe like on his albums and more of a bro-y one, but he didn't hold a candle
to Michal Menert as far as shitty bro-ness goes. If my friends and I didn't
*eat a fuckload of sandwiches* before the show it would have been so
|19||Laura Stevenson and the Cans|
(The Space in Hamden, CT) So good. So fucking good. I basically stared at
her with puppy-dog eyes the whole time. She's really awesome with crowd
interaction and the music was flawless as expected. They covered Web In
Front by Archers of Loaf which was a huge plus. They only played for like
40 mintues thougheason
|20||Bomb The Music Industry!|
Goodbye Cool World
(Irving Plaza in NYC) I don't really know much about The Slackers, but I
went for BTMI! who were opening. Again, I don't think this needs any
further explaination. Met daily quota of sweat.
(Toad's Place in New Haven, CT) Going to this tomorrow. I've
actually never listened to a Thursday album all the way through (nothing
against them, I just haven't had any desire to. What I have heard seems
not bad though), but mewithoutYou, Make Do and Mend, Screaming
Females and Aficionado are opening so that should be cool. I'm pumped to
hear new mwY stuff. ason
|22|| ||The Mighty Mighty Bosstones|
Let's Face It
(House of Blues in Boston, MA) Basically the same deal as The Slackers
show. I know that one Bosstones song (The Impression That I Get) and
maybe a few others which I like just fine, but I'm mostly going for BTMI!
who are opening. Seeing the Might Mighty Bosstones in Boston (where
they're from, obviously) the day before NYE should be fun.
|FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU artwork -.-|
anyways yeah, i missed a lot of shows i wanted to go to this year (frank turner w/ andrew jackson jihad, boris, earth, bane, the flaming lips) but all in all, pretty successful year
|so many concerts come around where i live... definitely lucked out there|
|i know how you feel for 5. i left before Envy after Touche Amore, and i left before Make Do and Mend at their record release show. both retarded moves.|
|Of this list I saw Streetlight and Aficionado. Both pretty cool. This was probably my best year for shows that I've had. |
|as far as shows go i think 2010>2011|
|nice list, I saw BtMI! this year as well, but I only went to like 5 shows total, was gonna see Glassjaw but it sold out I was so mad|
also I wish I still lived in Northeast, they get the best shows
|Still super jealous that you got to see Mangum.|
|Northeast represent! I ended up at most of these, and its a shame you missed Frank Turner cause that ended up being the best out of all of them lol.|
|a friend almost dragged me to that slackers show hehe. lemme know when you're dropping ino the city next|
|"I spent about 45 minutes of the concert waiting in the bathroom line"|
What the fuck is wrong with you? You did NOT need to go to the toilet THAT badly unless you had explosive diarrhea.
|I've never seen any of these, but I'd absoloutly love to see Jeff Mangum. He's playing an ATP festival at the other end of the country in March and I'm desperate to go but just can't afford it. Big sadface.|
|bomb opened for mighty mighty bosstones? i love it|
|yeah why did bomb open for slackers? I didn't know the slackers were that popular|
|I really want to see the antlers and jeff mangum now.|
|The east coast is so much better for concerts|
|'i didn't know the slackers were that popular' -- it's a new york thing.|
and so many huge bands pass through la wachutalkin bout trebor? browse some last fm lists and songkick and other such places and you'll find several you'd like to see every week or two
|"it's a new york thing."|
ah, I see. but isn't btmi a New York thing too?
|"The east coast is so much better for concerts"|
Joyce Manor basically only play in CA and if you don't go I'm not speaking to you anymore.
"What the fuck is wrong with you? You did NOT need to go to the toilet THAT badly unless you had explosive diarrhea."
5 minutes became 10 minutes and then 10 became 20 and at that point there was no way I was waiting in line for that long for no reason.
|"They played all four parts of King of Minneapolis which I'm pretty sure they never do, so that was a bonus."|
fuck you you fucking fuck
|WELL I WISH I WAS DEAD AND I HATE MY FRIENDS I MUST REPEAT THIS TILL THE END YOU STILL HAVE A HOME EVEN IF YOUR HOME'S A VAN!|
|oh well they played syke and sort of like being pumped and everybody that loves you and 25! and other awesome stuff when i saw em|
|yeah i've seen them play all those songs a couple of times|
basically what i'm saying is you're dumb for living in kansas
|this year i only went to 3 shows|
would've like to have seen about 100 others but i'm content. if only i had a car and a job.
|this year i only went to 3 shows|
would've like to have seen about 100 others but i'm content. if only i had a car and a job.
|not my choice also i fucking hate you still|
|hey what did i do?|
|I find myself clicking on these lists to see if the maker saw Streetlight because it was such a good concert. This year was my first time seeing them and I was absolutely blown away.|
|not bad weeping, not bad.|
|La Dispute was pretty great when I saw 'em both times this year. I'm not the biggest fan, either, but they're awesome on stage.|
|yeah definitely can't knock them on their live show|