Saturday, December 19, 2009

What? 2009 is over!!!!!!!!

2009 is coming to an end...what the fuck, where did the time go? Last time I made a post on this blog was pretty much a year ago. For 2010, I'm going to try and revive this thing. Keep it alive. I always enjoy reading other people's blogs, I dunno why I let mine die.

Since my last blog was a review of concerts throughout the whole year...I guess I should start it off with another concert review for no particular order:

Ozomatli at Club Nokia
Ozomatli never ever disappoints. They always throw a great show with lots of energy and great music. I always have a blast. I've been an OZO fan since HS...and I've probably seen them a good 5-6 times already and I will continue to go see them live whenever I get a chance because they are that good. I was actually more excited to check out Club's very much the same setup as House of Blues. I liked it...although beer was about $8!! Kill joy. Ozomatli however brought out the old school players that night along with the conga line they always do that ended outside on the stairs! It was great. I love them.

Lollapalooza 2009 at Grant Park, Chicago

Since I went last year, I was absolutely hooked, so I just had to go again this year. Luckily my best friend Zeela was willing to travel all the way to Chicago with me!! We had 3 days of madness.

Some of my favorite bands that I thought were fantastic were:
Depeche Mode
The Killers
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Thievery Corporation
Ben Harper
Vampire Weekend
Silversun Pickups
Snoop Dogg

The ones that I was surprised about were:
The Airborne Toxic Event
LA Riots
Car Stereo

The ones I was sadly disappointed with were:
The Decemberist
Of Montreal
Cold War Kids

And the ones that I missed and I'm kicking myself in the butt for it:
Bon Iver
Arctic Monkeys ( I love them )
Jane's Addiction
Kings of Leon
Rise Against
Lou Reed - not as sad missing out on him

I can't wait till Lolla' 2010, anyone from SoCal wanna go with me???

Better Than Ezra at HOB, Anaheim
Last time I came to a BTE concert was seriously a good 10 years ago. I was so excited to see that they were playing again. I decided to get tickets, I was so surprised at the age group. I loved it, I felt like the young one there, because usually I feel like an old fart at most of the concerts I go to. But here...there was a much older crowd. Also it wasn't crowded at all, which means no stuffiness and I could breath. BTE played a lot of the old stuff, which was great!! And some of the new stuff, which I think they have a new album out, so I'll have to check it out. Overall, I enjoyed it. I will definitely try to catch them again.

Depeche Mode at Hollywood Bowl
I absolutely love Depeche Mode and this year was definitely the year of DM for me. I saw them three times. The Hollywood Bowl is always a treat for me to go watch a concert. Esepcially a band like DM. The only thing I was bummed out about was I just saw them at Lollapalooza and so it was almost the exact same set of songs in the same order. But I didn't care as much. I still love them!!

Depeche Mode at Hollywood Blvd for Jimmy Kimmel Live
Free show...I'm there. I came. I waited for a good 2 hours +. Then stood and waited for them to play. The cool part was that they closed down Hollywood Blvd and played in the middle of the street. I was hoping that they would play a little longer, but they only played a few songs. I like their new song, however it wasn't worth the wait, especially since I was going to see them twice later on in the year. WRONG!

Shiny Toy Guns at City Walk Universal Studios
I only have the first album...and I enjoy that one from time to time. But they played a free concert outside of Hard Rock Cafe at City Walk after the Superbowl. They were pretty good. I enjoyed watching them mostly because it was free. I wouldn't be paying $30 bucks to see them though.

KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2009 at Gibson Amphitheatre
I'll have to end my concert reviews on a high note here at KROQ Almost Acoustic xmas. So I just had to get tickets this year because MUSE was headlining night 2. I'm a big fan of muse ever since my sasquatch introduced me to them when we first dated. Actually our first concert together was acoustic christmas two years ago with MUSE. So 2 years later, we're still together and MUSE still kicks major ass.

I actually missed the following bands: White Rabbits, Caged the Elephant and Metric. I was bummed, but life goes on.

I actually thought The bravery was a bit disappointing. Didn't really enjoy it too much. But the band I was super surprised with was Phoenix!! They were so good. I'm a fan. Also Vampire Weekend, this is my second time seeing them, first time being at lolla and I thought second time around they were even better. Of course 311 was excellent and always fun to see. Slightly Stoopid got "high" marks for being the most lit when they played. Plus he was representin' SD to the fullest while wearing a Gates jersey! I too had my charger still on for the concert. Go Chargers.

But Muse...oh they were so good. They did the giant balloons with confetti never get bored of that. I now think I have a huge crush on Matt Bellamy!! If you've never seen Muse live, you really need to check them out. It's truly amazing how 3 guys can make so much beautiful noise!!! I was such a fan, I actually bought a t-shirt!!! Fun stuff. I can't wait to see them again.

Coldplay at Verizon Amphitheatre
Coldplay...a band I've been waiting to see for a long time now and with the new album out I had to catch them when they were in town. So we bought tickets...all that was left were lawn seats, but they were still awesome. The highlight was when they moved the band up to the lawn area and played literally 20 feet away from me. It was so cool!!! Plus they did a tribute to the late Michael Jackson and played a version of Billy Jean. It was a nice moment. I'll try to post them up on youtube and add them to this blog when I get some time. But for now thats all I got.

Peace out.

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