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I go to lots of concerts, I’ll usually post info and a photo or two from the concert. Sometimes, I’ll post advance info, not jut to let you know I’m excited but so that you have the opportunity to hear about it in advance and maybe go. If you want to join us (or sometimes its just me), just let me know, I’ll tell you what the plans are and we can meet up or car pool…

Written By: Gary on June 19, 2006 2 Comments

We went to see Brandi Carlile last Friday in Ann Arbor. She was at the Blind Pig and as always the small venues are always better, IMHO. The opening act was Penumbrae and they’ll get a separate post later.

She was great, when she first walked out I thought she looked really young (I had thought she was in her mid-20s) and thought I had her music mixed up with someone else’s but once she started playing she was who I thought (she did reveal later she was 25 and she did look older later on…). She was excellent! She played a lot of different types of music, on her CD there is a song or two that has a hint of country and that come out in a few of the songs. She did a few acoustic and some with the band (four guys). I only knew her by name because they were playing her at Barnes and Nobel and I checked out what her name was. I knew I had to have heard some on TV or a movie (I was actually thinking a WB-type show), turns out she had three songs on Grey’s Anatomy last season (Tragedy, Throw it all Away and What Can I Say).

Her music has a range, a few make me think Norah Jones, some the melody makes me think Indigo Girls. I met her and got her to sign the CDs that I purchased and she was just super nice to everyone there. I’d definitely see her again if she comes to town. I should have brought my camera in, I didn’t even think of it (it was way to dark for my cell phone camera but of course I tried anyways, here’s two from while she
was performing and signing autographs).

The concert was non-smoking which was great (it was by request of one of the bands). It was pretty cool in there (until the end of the evening) considering the heat outside Friday. Some of the people at the concert were load to the point of being rude, that’s one of the problems with inexpensive tickets some people just don’t value the experience.

PS – The just re-released her eponymous album with two bonus tracks (and I think new versions of two other songs) so if you get it be sure to look for the one with more than 10 tracks.

Written By: Gary on March 15, 2006 2 Comments
So far I’ve completed:

  • 03/15/06: Frame all of my college degrees.
  • 03/11/06: Get a new desk for the landing.
  • 03/11/06: Do my taxes for last year.
  • 03/08/06: Post this list on-line.
  • 03/06/06: Figure out a plan for my mortgage.
  • 03/03/06: Get a new carbon monoxide detector.
  • 02/17/06: Do my taxes for the year before last.
  • 01/15/06: Get a new desk chair.
  • 12/08/05: See Anna Nalick in concert.
  • Way back in September 2005 I said I liked the idea of this 101 things in 1001 days.

    As it says on the 101 in 1001 site:

    The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

    So I’ve built a list and I’m crossing them off. I broke them down by categories: Blog, Entertainment, Family, Health, Home, Me, Money, Other, Technology and Vacation (the last category may be overloaded). Of course the list is at http://101in1001.garylapointe.com/ and I’ve got it all geeked out (but the template needs work).

    On the site there is a countdown as to the time left and how many tasks I’ve completed (and what percentage of tasks I’ve completed vs. percentage of time passed).

    Recently completed items are in the left sidebar of this site on many of the pages. Also on days that I post a new entry there and here, it’ll automatically show up under the date. Unfortunately, it was an afterthought so it doesn’t show up on days when I don’t post here, but I’ll figure something out…

    There are RSS 2.0 and Atom feeds if you’re a feed reader…

    These are things I’m doing so some of the posts will be relevant to life so I’m trying to figure out a way to incorporate them more here.

    Written By: Gary on March 8, 2006 One Comment

    Tori fade to redThis is a little different it’s Tori Amos: Fade to Red a video collection and commentary from the Apple iTunes store. It looks good, I’m not just sure if I want to buy it and it’s not DVD quality. Most of it’s old stuff that I already have on video or DVD. I guess I should check to make sure, it’s possible I already have all of it…

    They have all the other Tori Amos music, videos and they actually have a few live concert “bootlegs” too (Boston, Manchester, London, Denver, LA and Chicago).

    (Later) And now I see that Amazon carries the Tori Amos – Video Collection: Fade to Red DVD. So I guess it’s not as different as I though (although, it did come out less than a month ago). But that’s full screen and it’s a few bucks cheaper too, but I’ll still need to see if I actually need any of the videos.

    Oh, who am I kidding, it’s Tori, I need to have it…

    Written By: Gary on February 22, 2006 One Comment

    Here is an audio file of me talking on the way home from the Aimee Mann concert (it’s got a slight disclaimer on the quality at the start). It’s not polished nor is it what I plan to have as a podcast once I get there. It’s me talking over Aimee playing on the car stereo, I’m recoding it on my digital camera.

    So I’m testing audio enclosures with MovableType and MT-Enclosures. I’m just playing with it (it’s only supposed to be in the RSS 2.0 feed as of now, does anyone else use MT-Enclosures in other feeds?). The file is too big, but it should have good ID3 tags (names and info) including album art. Can anyone tell me if it’s working? (In your feed, with your podcast downloader or anything?)

    Written By: Gary on February 19, 2006 No Comment

    Since Aimee Mann disappointed me the other week by canceling her concert. I thought I better speak up since things are now way better at my end. She’s rescheduled for tomorrow in Ann Arbor and I managed to get a seat in the front row!!! I’ll post a review later (hopefully with photos).

    So if any one reading this is going, drop me a note and maybe we can say “hi” before or during or after or something…

    Written By: Gary on February 4, 2006 4 Comments

    AimeemannitunesorigOkay, she didn’t actually disappoint me because I didn’t actually see her. It’s the fact that she rescheduled and I didn’t get to see her was the disappointing part. She was supposed to be in Ann Arbor tonight at the Michigan Theatre, I didn’t have tickets but there were seats available and I usually do pretty good picking some up at the last minute. I’m not sure when the show got bumped to the 20th (not one-hundred-percent sure I can make that one, but I’ll try). Since I really enjoyed the Liz Phair iTunes Originals album I picked up the other day I thought I’d pull out my Aimee Mann iTunes Originals album I had never really appreciated them before Liz’s so I’ll have to check out the few others I’ve purchased (and didn’t purchase).

    I first saw Aimee Mann in concert (and started listening to here) at the Lilith Fair test tour, this was the tour when Sarah McLachlan took some other female artists out with her to show the concert promoters that people would come. I think it was Aimee, Sarah, Lisa Loeb, Patti Smith and Paula Cole. It was a nice concert in that it wasn’t a madhouse with all these bands playing on all these difference stages, but (if I recall correctly) it seems the performances were cut a little short due to having five headliners….

    On other disappointments today:

  • Since I didn’t go to AA, I thought I might check out the festivities downtown for the SuperBowl but the weather is so crappy out I don’t even want to be wandering around downtown.
  • So I since that didn’t happen I figured that I always enjoy Battlestar Galactica so let’s watch that, but I really thought this week’s was a little slow :(

    The thing about Galactica is I never rush to see it but it’s always SO good I never understand why I waited to watch it…

    Actually I had a pretty good day today, I’m not moping, I’m just whining because I was just listening to her and thinking about it so I started typing…

  • Written By: Gary on January 22, 2006 No Comment

    LizphairitunesoriginalsSo I bought the iTunes Originals album with Liz Phair. It’s great so far I really like her commentary between the songs. I think it’s 12 songs and 11 commentary tracks for $9.99, now that’s a deal. She covers the whole range of her songs old and new so I think I’ll enjoy the rest. (There is a non-explicit version if you poke around the store, I’m assuming it’s missing a few of the older tracks).

    I’ve seen her in concert a few times and I’ve always enjoyed her (I’ve mentioned Liz Phair before).

    You can see all the iTunes stuff with Liz Phair here.

    Written By: Gary on December 9, 2005 2 Comments

    anna nalick So Anna was great!!! She was at the Soaring Eagle in Mt. Pleasant, pretty small theatre, mostly good seats everywhere (try and stay away from the sides). We were pretty close up front (but to the side) and I snuck up closer to catch a few of the songs. She only played for about 40 minutes so that was a little disappointing but it was a great 40 minutes. No new songs either. I took a few shots but as usual the low light just didn’t come out very well. At some point she realized she didn’t have a set list and didn’t know what was next, she was pretty funny about it. She was very excited about her new boots and mentioned them a few times. And she was really cute in person too.

    Anna and GarySo afterwards (after Rob Thomas) she was at the souvenir stand doing autographs. Got over there pretty quick so there were only a few people in line before me. As she was signing my CD (I bought another one) she happened to look back and saw how many people were in line now and there were hundreds, she really seemed surprised there were that many, I’m not sure what happens when she plays in a larger venue. She seemed pretty normal with the stuff she talked about and they way she acting about things, that was really nice…

    I didn’t really know much of Rob Thomas’ songs (they seemed to think he was the headline act). I knew a few and a few of the Matchbox 20 songs that he played. And towards the end he did Let’s Dance by David Bowie and it was excellent. He also did a song with Anna at the end but I was way up front waiting in line to get my autograph.

    Written By: Gary on December 7, 2005 2 Comments

    Speaking of getting hit by the search engines, I get lots of hits on my earlier posts about Anna Nalick but strangly very few comments.

    She’s in Michigan a few times this week (Mt. Pleasant and Detroit). I know I’m going to at least one of the shows.

    Anyone else out there going to any of them? It actually might be billed as just the Rob Thomas concert but she’s opening, so don’t be late! They’re both at small venues so leave a comment (or e-mail) and maybe we can say hi at the concert(?)…

    Written By: Gary on December 7, 2005 No Comment

    BlondfirexmasSo Blondfire (formerly known as Astaire) has released an exclusive Holiday EP through iTunes. It’s only $3.96!! I’ve mentioned Blondfire several times before and seen them in concert and I sure wish they’d play somewhere local again.

    I’ve purchased it at iTunes and I am (impatiently) waiting for the tracks to download…

    And speaking of holiday tunes:

  • The free iTunes download of the week is Jingle Bells by Diana Krall (it’ll only be free through the 13th of this December).
  • And for 99 cents you can get Let it Snow by Carly Simon.
  • Written By: Gary on September 2, 2005 No Comment

    tori amosSo I never got around to saying much about the Tori Amos concert the other night. I ended up getting great tickets, they freed some up a few hours before the show, so I ended up getting in the orchestra section a little on the right (row 4) so it was great. Totally different concert from when she was here in the spring, she played lots of old stuff then and (unfortunately) very little old stuff here.

    One of the cooler songs she played was a excellent mix of God and Running Up That Hill, the latter being a Kate Bush song. She also played Starry, Starry Night I have heard her play before and I like it. A few other covers too, but I didn’t know them (I suppose they could have been a new song that I didn’t recognize). (I’m back, I just googled a set list) So here’s what she played, I would have guessed there were more songs, I thought she played close to two hours (at least 90 min). Tori Amos

    Toriaug2005-2Click the thumbnails for a larger image. Not the best quality, but it was mostly dark and there were heads bobbing around in front of me…

    Written By: Gary on July 21, 2005 3 Comments

    Megan RyanOne of the last of my painted rocks entries (see some other painted rock posts).

    So when I first saw this rock and noticed the way it was written I thought that something happened to Meghan, maybe she died or was in a coma or something, but later when I was looking at the images I didn’t think see it that way so much. But now as I’m writing this post I feel it again. Something about Meghan makes me feel like she’s in the past tense (especially the last sentence), I get the idea that Meghan was never going to see this rock and it made me wonder why? What do you think when you read it?

    As you all know I had that sad Avril song running through my head as I was climbing along (and I thought it was sad when she sang it at the concert). But that hasn’t been as all-consuming in my brain lately.

    Written By: Gary on July 18, 2005 No Comment

    Avril LavigneSo the Avril Lavigne concert was great! She was at the DTE Music Theatre (Pine Knob) and I mangaged to get some great seats (row E). It was one of the better concerts I’ve seen in a while. All the screaming enthusiastic fans reallly help to get you going. I don’t know how tall she is, but she can’t be much over 4’10“ (150 cm) and she’s constantly bopping around all over the stage. She literally skipped around in circles during the parts when she didn’t sing. She played all the songs I wanted and I think she played every other song I knew. She played for over two hours! Some just singing, some guitar, piano and the drums. It was really great.

    I don’t have her old stuff except for some live cuts and a few odd singles (from the iTunes store). For the encore she did Smells Like Teen Spirt and Hey Ya! (at least I think that’s what it’s called). My photos aren’t so great but click on the thumbnail for the best one and this is my second best one (the others are worse). She’s much cuter in person than I thought (she usually looks mean), the photos don’t do her justice. If you were there and got some better ones can I get a copy…?

    Written By: Gary on June 11, 2005 One Comment

    Dominique Durand IvySo we went out last night four bars/clubs and for the fourth one we ended up back at the first (so it was really three). There was a mission though, Ivy was in town at the Magic Stick (which is above the Majestick, get it?). So it was regular happy hour, to the greektown casino where L’usa were playing (we’ve got friends in the band) and then to the concert. We missed most of the opening acts but we kinda knew that with all the running around (that’ll be another post).

    Ivy was great, I think I originally heard her on a WB show (or some show) and they showed her information in the end credits. I think the band is generally three people but I think we counted eight at one point. The photo is of Dominique Durand (I needed to be closer, my camera is great but my flash is pretty lousy). I gave my e-mail to a woman there who took a lot of photos I hope she sends me a few!

    So the concert was great, a nice small venue but there weren’t many people there. They’ve got four or five albums out there so I would have expected a few more. I knew it was a small club so I bought my tickets in advance in case they were sold out, I guess I could have saved a few dollars and picked them up at the show. If you had considered going, you really missed out! If you haven’t heard them check them out at the iTunes store.

    I looked to see where they were playing today (I’d have done a short road trip), I’m surprised there is no Saturday show, Toronto tomorrow (a little to far for me on a Sunday night). I’ll be keeping my eye out for them again (and picking up the few albums I don’t have). Here is their official Ivy the band web site.

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    Written By: Gary on May 29, 2005 No Comment
    1. Crowd:: Party
    2. Hamburger:: Joint
    3. Choker:: Sexy
    4. Lights:: Cap On
    5. Tinsel::  Christmas
    6. Testament:: Old
    7. Best part of the day:: Breakfast
    8. Election:: Day
    9. Clarinet:: Concert
    10. Cake or death:: Marie Antoniette(?)

    From Unconcious Mutterings.

    Written By: Gary on April 20, 2005 One Comment

    So I was just reading another blog (Glimpse of a Girl) and she has her review of the Tori concert and I realized I never said anything about it when I went last week! I think it was Thursday the 14th of April.

    It was great!! The seats were really good, row M to the right, you always want to sit on the right at a Tori concert if you have a chance since she usually faces that way. She generally has two keyboards but plays most songs on the (baby?) grand on the right. This time was different she had four keyboards of various types and was constantly bouncing around so it offered a better view for others but the right was still the place to be… Tori Amos

    Here’s the set list and now that I look at it I realize I forgot to mention she did a great cover of Bob Seger’s Turn the Page. Although the Abbey Road song I believe was hers (see the lyrics), she said she lived on Abbey Road (or near it) in a beautiful house and muttered something like “I should have bought that fuckin’ house…”

    The odd thing was (and I’m not complaining since it’s not my favorite song) is she didn’t play Cornflake Girl which I think she always plays. I did miss Little Earthquakes, I kinda had that one running through my head…

    It was at the Detroit Opera House which was a nice small venue (3,000-ish seats?). I had really thought I had been there before but I hadn’t, I had been to the music hall which was just down the street. I think the second balcony was bigger than the main floor, the first balcony were sorta/kinda box seats. Lame setup for the souvenirs though, couldn’t get very close to see if there was anything I needed.

    Written By: Gary on January 10, 2005 No Comment

    Smashmouth 2005
    So I didn’t say much about Smashmouth (did I say anything?) who we saw a few nights ago. They did a private concert sponsored by RealOne/RealPlayer/RealAudio in The House of Blues which which was a smaller club. They were fun, I knew their hits and they played some older “stuff” (a few Van Halen and I can’t think of what else. The lead singer’s Dad (or older brother) was there, he was having a good old time too :)

    Written By: Gary on August 27, 2004 No Comment

    katyrose53Went to Chicks with Attitude tonight. Unfortunately we only caught part of Katy Rose on stage, she had already started when we got there, I really enjoyed her singing. She was great and really diverse in the songs that we heard. I did buy her CD Because I Can, got to say HI and had her autograph the CD too. She has that album out, a two track single, she did a song on the Mean Girls soundtrack and one on the Thirteen soundtrack.

    Written By: Gary on August 24, 2004 No Comment

    Anyone planning on going to see Liz Phair and Co. on Friday the 27th in the Detroit area? We’re doing Happy Hour at my place (Dearborn) and then we’re heading on over to the concert in Royal Oak. If you want to stop by beforehand (or meet up when you get there) let me know.

    Chicks with Attitude Tour
    Chicks with Attitude Tour 08/27/04 Royal Oak Music Theatre

    Written By: Gary on July 23, 2004 No Comment

    I finally got some photos posted from the concert last week. Was playing with the photo viewer so I could use it for my vacation photos.

    Later: This flash player never worked perfect. Still doesn’t on some computers. Never used it much after this trip.

    Written By: Gary on July 20, 2004 No Comment

    I was dead center and so close the only seat that might have better was the one behind me.

    Both in Rochester, Michigan at Meadowbrook!

    SC came out first she was excellent. I have many albums of hers but I haven’t seen her. Even the songs I didn’t know were wonderful. She brought out her six year old daughter, Callie, at the end who scampered off as soon as Mom set her down.

    CJ are great too! I’ve seen them but not so close. Margo dances all around and I never realized she was so beautiful.. Oh yeah, the other five band members are great too. :)

    Well, back to the concert… (I’ll try and post pictures in the next day)

    Written By: Gary on June 22, 2004 No Comment

    igstill200406The Indigo Girls, as usual were excellent, I’m glad I got out there, problems and all. Fun people to chat with on all sides of me. Good sound at the theater (used to be Freedom Hill). Not very busy though and they didn’t play Romeo & Juliet, but they rarely do any more….

    Here is a short clip from the concert 8MB. All the stills I tried were really cruddy.

    Written By: Gary on June 22, 2004 No Comment

    Here I am at the Indigo Girls concert after a wretched car ride in rush hour AND running out of gas near the world’s loooongest exit ramp.

    I am now in the the eleventh row dead center!!! Can’t complain too much about that (other than when I called earlier, they had row 2!).

    After some pizza and a few large ‘beverages’, I’m relaxed and ready for thls boy band to finish up and for Emily & Amy to come out.

    And cross your fingers for me that she’ll play R & J for me…

    Written By: Gary on May 4, 2004 No Comment

    If you could be invisible for a day what would you do and why? Hmm… This would have been been a lot more interesting when I was an adolescent. It offers some interesting voyeuristic opportunities but not much that you couldn’t do with some inexpensive technology these days. Wandering around backstage before a concert could be interesting. Having someone think their house was haunted might be a little fun. Maybe use it a way to figure how to get ahead at the casino? If it was only for a day I don’t think they’re be time to figure out how to turn it into a way to be a superhero, although it’s night like you’d need a costume or anything.

    From The Tuesday Iffers

    Written By: Gary on March 14, 2004 No Comment

    I don’t know where the time has gone… I’ve been working on a few projects and things but not my blog (actually a little, just not stuff you’ve seen yet. I’ve been at one of my favorite conferences MACUL did a presentation (that I’ve never done before) that went well. Missed two Liz Phair concerts (wasn’t feeling well so I couldn’t do to the drive to Chicago and back), she did a regular concert and played at the Apple Store the next day.

    So since I didn’t go there I didn’t get to see Heather either… But she’s in England with Nan for the so she might have some extra interesting posts this week. Finally bought an Xbox to play / hack around with, trying to install Linux, no success yet, but it’s been fun (anyone in the Detroit/Dearborn area who can offer me some help…?). Reading some books which I never seem to remember to comment on. The EXTRA nice part is it’s been sunny the last few days and that’s always nice in the winter!

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