Archive for June, 2010

I got to see Maps & Atlases and David Bazan at Green Music Fest on Sunday. It was my first time seeing both of them and they both were awesome.

Maps & Atlases

My friend Lin got me into Maps & Atlases and I had been wanting to see them for a few years but it never seemed to work out. I made sure to book an early flight on Sunday so I would be able to see them. They definitely did not disappoint. I got to the show a little late so I didn’t see their whole set. I did get to see them play “Every Place Is A House,” which is my favorite song by them. From what little I saw, I could tell they put on a good live show. I can’t wait to see them again, I just hope that’s not too long from now.

David Bazan

I am a David Bazan fan via Pedro the Lion, who I was really into when I was in college. They were a band that I had pretty much forgotten about recently. I think I started listening to them again a few months back because of the end of the decade nostalgia I was going through. I never thought I’d actually get to see Pedro the Lion/David Bazan so I was pleased to hear that he was playing just a few blocks from my apartment. He put on a good show and played quite a few Pedro the Lion song. I don’t know if I’d go see him again but it was nice to finally see him live.


NPR has a list of their listener’s picks for 2010’s best music (so far).

The Thermals have a new song out. You can download “I Don’t Believe You” over on Pitchfork.

I just heard about this Matador 21st Birthday Party with Pavement, Sonic Youth, Belle & Sebastian, Guided By Voices, and many others. I must go.

Tegan & Sara played their hit song “Alligator” on some kids show, it’s kind of weird but fun:

Tokyo Police Club played Letterman last night:

On Saturday I was in Houston to see the Tie That Bands. They were a local band from Houston and I was really into them back in high school. They were one of the first emo bands I got into. I think they are officially broken up now but they got together to play a benefit show for their drummer, Alex Arizpe. There were other bands playing like the Latch Key Kids and Blueprint but the show started two hours late so, sadly, I had to miss seeing those bands.

Saturday was the first time I had seen the Tie That Binds since 1997 when they opened for the Get Up Kids, if I remember correctly. There were a lot less people than I expected at the show but then again they were a band that never got super huge. However, the people that were there were die-hard Tie That Binds fans. The band put on a great show and played all my favorite songs, including one Badger song, “Self-Control.” I really regret not seeing these guys more back in the day. It was kind of nice to feel like I was back in high school again, even if it was for only an hour. The Tie That Binds will probably never play a show again so it was totally worth it to see them one last time.

I grabbed a set list, not too sure if they followed this strictly but here is what it says:

    1. “Remote”
    2. “Paycheck”
    3. “Crank Case”
    4. “Self-Control”
    5. “Adding Machine”
    6. “Annette Explains”
    7. “Grade K 79-80”
    8. ‘No Rest”

      I took a few photos and one video:

      I finally decided to get a new record player. My old one weighs a ton and it’s still back in Houston. My new one was waiting for me today. I can’t wait to go home and hook it up.

      Stereogum has up The Morning Benders playing “Stitches.”

      Culture Bully thinks you should be watching the latest Dead Weather video and I agree:

      I was told to listen to Menomena, they seem pretty good: