in_the_blue: (too hip gotta go)
...we all three went to see Brian Setzer play at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga. I don't even want to tell you how long it's been since I last saw him play, but it's been a long time. When I saw he was touring & doing rockabilly again, I knew I had to go. I love the BSO a lot, but I love this even more.

He played with 3 guys from the Orchestra - a stand-up bass, drums, and keyboardist/guitarist. They were SO good. They were opening for George Thorogood & the Destroyers. When they started, the seats were maybe half full, and that's being generous. The sun was still out, people were filing in, and I was in my seat being the happiest little clam of a fangirl anyone can imagine.

The set list went like this: )

Also, a few photos. )

For an opening act, they got to play a nice long set, and they got a 2-song encore. His guitar playing is insanely good.

We didn't even stay for George Thorogood, because I figured he couldn't top what we'd just seen.
in_the_blue: (sam's guitar)
Since no one asked, here's a music post. I put iTunes on shuffle and will share the first ten songs on my playlist, courtesy of Youtube.

1. All The Way From Memphis - Mott the Hoople. I have unabashed love for this song. It's about trying to locate a missing guitar while the band is on tour... and a few other things.

2. Love in the Shadows - The Magnetic Fields. Like a lot of Magnetic Fields songs, it's weird and moody, what else can I say.

3. Rain - The Seatbelts. I have a lot of Cowboy Bebop music on iTunes. All of it, in fact. There are two versions of this song, one sung by Steve Conte, and this one featuring the wonderful Mai Yamane. It's from Session 5, Ballad of Fallen Angels.

4. Devil In Her Heart - The Beatles. This is from the stereo remastered version of With The Beatles. Give me a Beatles song and I'm good. This song is such a great example of early Lennon/McCartney collaboration, and in the remastered version you can really hear George's guitar shine.

5. Isis - Bob Dylan. Desire is still my favorite Dylan album, it's songs-as-stories at its very best. Here, have some lyrics.

6. KC Blues - Charlie Parker. I like this one. It's up-tempo but moody, blues but not depressing. Plus it's filled with kick-ass musicians: Miles Davis on trumpet, Max Roach on drums, Teddy Kotick on bass, and Walter Bishop on piano.

7. Fantino - Sebastian Tellier. This is from the soundtrack to Lost in Translation. The music is as important to the film as the plot and characters and dialog. In fact, for me, it's a whole other layer of characterization.

8. Brown Skin Shuffle - Big Bill Broonzy. A fair amount of blues here today! If you're not familiar with Big Bill, here's the Wikipedia article on him.

9. I'm Only Sleeping - The Beatles. Clearly a John Lennon song, this features a guitar duet George Harrison reversed for the track, so it would sound more dreamy. It's from Revolver.

10. Sleep Walk - Santo & Johnny. Viva steel guitar! What a great last song on a playlist. Is there anyone who doesn't know this song? I see all one of you.
in_the_blue: (sam's guitar)
Type these words (one at a time, of course) into your music library and name the first song that appears (thanks, [personal profile] misslucyjane and [personal profile] vivien):

Love - Love, John Lennon
Hate - Hateful, The Clash
Light - Beginning to See the Light, Velvet Underground
Dark - Beware of Darkness, George Harrison
Good - The Brown Coffin/The Good Natured Man, Martin Hayes
Bad - Bad, Big Audio Dynamite
Smile - Desecration Smile, Red Hot Chili Peppers
Cry - Children Crying, The Congos
Girl - Girl, The Beatles
Boy - Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy), John Lennon

Hmm, how nice and circular that is with John Lennon at the top and the bottom. Looking at this list makes me (or my taste in music) feel all old-school.

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