People Like You

My iTunes is being really crazy and not working lately, so I’ve just been listening to stuff on bandcamp which is actually nice because I’ve found some cool new things. This band from Boston is so cool. It’s very The World Is A Beautiful Place-y  obviously but is super post-jazz too. Broken World Media is an incredible label, and I’m so happy they’ve got these guys. If you don’t already follow BWM and their bands you must start doing so.

But really listen to this album it’s incredible.

Concert Review: Joyce Manor, The Hotelier, Crying

I just got back from seeing Joyce Manor with The Hotelier and Crying at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. We took the train to lovely Brooklyn which is always so nice. It usually goes a lot faster than expected, and then you’re suddenly in a totally different place. BK feels a lot like San Francisco to me because it’s lower and you can look out. Also lots of hipsters, gentrification, real estate wars and bicyclists. So some of the good and some of the bad.

We missed some of Crying’s set which was sad because I like them, but the songs we did hear were awesome. She has a sick voice and their music has a really unique sound (especially the electronic shit and the drums).

The Hotelier was okay. When I was a lot more emo/sad I really liked their album It Never Goes Out (2007), but I never really got into their other music. Unfortunately they really didn’t play anything off of said known album, and the stuff they did play I did not like as much. Also some asshole guys on the balcony were yelling mean things at the band and throwing beer which occasionally hit us. Nice! These asshole guys will make another appearance later in this review.

Joyce Manor was dope as always. I’ve seen them approximately 6 times including at tiny SF spaces like Amoeba and The Chapel. They were as fun as ever! Insane energy, crazy crowd, and Barry is always a great/engaging frontman. The friend who came with me to the show was laughing at me earlier in the night for saying I’m not emo/pop punk because, as she pointed out: “We’re here aren’t we!” However, my lack of knowledge of recently released Joyce Manor was proof of my no longer being (as) emo. I don’t know their most recently released two albums very well. I was also totally the person most excited in the crowd when they played shit off their demo. The new stuff was fun live, and I’ve listened to and enjoyed it before, but it’s not as good as ST or their other early stuff in my opinion. Every time I see them they play fewer of the songs I love which is sad, but tonight they did play Housewarming Party which could be my all time favorite song.

So it was a good show. However, unfortunately, aforementioned assholes threw a fucking folding chair down on the crowd from the balcony which hit me in the eye. My eye currently has a bump and is red and hurts. So fuck that. I hate when punk/rock/emo/pop punk shows get so rowdy that only a select few members of the crowd (usually larger men) get to have a fun time. Moshing, pushing, stage diving etc is dope but not when at the expense of others. And chair throwing is never chill . . . Literally fuck that. Music Hall of Williamsburg people were super cool about it though. They sent the manager out to say he was sorry and would take care of it. Apparently the guys were arrested.

Regardless of injuries it was a super fun show! Thank you BK! Thank you Joyce Manor! Thank you Music Hall of Williamsburg!

Also I’m listening to The Band while writing this, and it’s so damn good go listen.

The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die

Welcome to my Sophomore year of high school. This band was my soul. I found them likely on Topshelf Records (a beautiful label) or maybe on Broken World Media (another lovely label worth exploring) or maybe on bandcamp. Before writing this I actually went on my old tumblr to check out TWIABP’s account. The band is infamous in our cozy little emo punk community for responding to everyone’s dumb questions about hot dogs and forks. Chris (guitar and trumpet) and Derrick (guitar and vocals) are the stars of said tumblr. They’ve mastered witty and slightly mean responses to stoned internet asks. In my search for their account I realized that they have a legit website not just a bandcamp now, and they’ve actually begun to charge for all their music. I guess they’ve made it. Who knew. I just saw them this summer in a tiny space with 40ish other people.

They are a wonderful band. The first time I saw them was at Slims back home sometime during my Sophomore year of high school. I forget who opened, but I remember being excited to see them. I was standing right in front of the stage leaning on one of those annoying poles Slims unfortunately has (SF people here know what I’m referring to). Three things amazed me about the show: they had approximately 15 people playing on stage, Derrick’s absurdly amazing pedal work, and that I knew the music so well I could sing along even though the music often devolves into seemingly impossible to understand yelling.

I also remember that they played Eyjafjallajokull Dance and Victim Kin Seek Suit off of their EP Formlessness. My ex-boyfriend who had yet to discover the magic of that particular EP was confused when I got really excited by the first few bars of Eyjafjallajokull Dance. He soon realized why. (We actually did some research later that night on the way home about the origins of the song’s crazy name. Turns out it’s a volcano in Iceland!!!!) That whole EP is incredible. After the show I bought a sea-foam green Formlessness 7″ which I treasure to this day. Though sadly my record collection and record player stayed at home in San Francisco when I left for college.

TWIABP has a post-rock vibe in some of their songs that moves up and down flawlessly. David’s shaky, cracky vocals add extreme emotion to already emotional songs. I find my life changes a little throughout the wild progression that is one of their songs. And this isn’t even considering their lyrics. Ponder these lines from “Getting Sodas” off of their first full length album, Whenever, If Ever: “We are ghosts in your homes. / We travel under the floor. / And when our voices fail us we will find new ways to sing. / When our bodies fail we’ll find joy in the peace that it brings. / The world is a beautiful place but we have to make it that way. / Whenever you find home we’ll make it more than just a shelter./ And if everyone belongs there it will hold us all together. / If you’re afraid to die, then so am I.” TWIABP, with the lyrics and the name and the tumblr, borders on absurdity but seems to always be cool instead.

When I was living in Spain I tragically missed TWIABP at Bottom of the Hill (my favorite music venue in San Francisco) in November 2014. Then I was all set to see them about a year ago at the Rickshaw Stop (not my favorite venue but not the worst), but then I had to be in New York for family. Finally I saw them again this summer with my friend Alex. They were just as good as my pent up anticipation expected.

Please go listen to them. Please go read their funny tumblr. Please go buy their plastic silverware.

Stay Young, Go Dancing

I was just listening to this lovely song with some lovely friends. We were all smiling and singing, and music is magic yet again. I really love Death Cab so much and have for so long (5th grade jams!). I saw them two years ago at Outside Lands and again a year ago at the Greek in Berkeley, and both shows were wonderful. My mother went with me to the show at the Greek and is now also a big Death Cab fan. His voice is just so magically smooth and melancholy and beautiful. I imagine that Death Cab is a band I’ll still be listening to in my late 80s.

I’ll very much miss the aforementioned friends, but at least we have music.

Elvis Depressedly: Concert Review

I saw Elvis Depressedly tonight with Teen Suicide at the Swedish American Hall in the Castro. Here is my review.

I really love Elvis Depressedly. They’re just so cool. And it’s the perfect mellow music. It’s sad when you’re sad, but it’s also relaxing and has cute lyrics that make you smile. I started listening to them Sophomore year and saw them at Bottom of the Hill a little over a year ago. I think I discovered them through Run for Cover Records.

Tonight they played with Teen Suicide, a band I listened to a bit last year but don’t love nearly as much as Elvis. Elvis played a pretty short set but sounded SO good. Significantly better than they sounded at Bottom of the Hill (the sound was just a bit funky for that show, but they did play a few of my favorites). Their music goes a lot harder live (because he yells and they play the shit out of their instruments). I love this about them. Highlights: No More Sad Songs, off their newer album New Alhambra, was beautiful. Weird Honey was so fun (lots of yelling “if there’s a cold spot in hell, I hope you get it”). Inside You, of course.

Wouldn’t have minded hearing more off New Alhambra! I think it’s an excellent album. I have the vinyl too so I listen to it a lot. Wouldn’t have minded if they’d skipped the covers or if they’d gone with a crowd pleaser i.e. Weezer or Green Day.

I had fun with Alex though and enjoyed the show. Such wonderful, beautiful people. Music is magic, guys. Also the n.m.s.s. video attached below is such low production value and made me laugh really hard. Lovely song though! Sounded awesome live.