Wednesday, September 23, 2009

MoF on Conan O'Brien

music: Monsters of Folk - Say Please (live on Conan O'Brien 09/22)

I absolutely love that solo guitar. And followed by M. Ward's soothing voice, it's even more amazing! Plus, that piano curl at "everyone gets lost" is so awesome (um... that's called a "piano curl", right? ugh... I'm so bad at this. I really need to get some books on music theory.)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Autumnal Equinox

music: M83 - Too Late

(According to Wiki, this year's autumnal equinox is today at 21:18 UTC.)

Autumnal Equinox Mixed Tape:

01. The Cure - The Last Day of Summer
02. Mercury Rev - In a Funny Way
03. Bright Eyes - Loose Leaves
04. Devendra Banhart - Autumn's Child
05. Yo La Tengo - Autumn Sweater
06. The White Stripes - Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground
07. Manic Street Preachers - Autumn Song
08. R.E.M. - Nightswimming
09. Joanna Newsom - Sadie
10. Band of Horses - The Funeral
11. Van Morrison - Autumn Song
12. Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man - Sand River
13. Nick Drake - Rain
14. Neil Young - Harvest Moon
15. Fiona Apple - Pale September
16. Leonard Cohen - The Smokey Life
17. Ryan Adams - September
18. M83 - Too Late
19. Death Cab for Cutie - Meet Me on the Equinox
20. Green Day - Wake Me Up When September Ends


music: Monsters of Folk - Temazcal

Later edit: Here's a little sth I wrote about Monsters of Folk (in Romanian). I kinda hate what I wrote, but I felt compelled to write sth, anything about the album.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Sincerely, L. Cohen - part 2

music: Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah

First of all, here's the link to the text I wrote for LiterNet: Un gentleman generos. (Having this published is quite encouraging, but this doesn't mean I'll become delusional and think that I can actually write. Ugh... sometimes I think I'm such an idiot for worrying so much.)


I'm starting to believe that, when I go a concert I really care about, I'm a magnet for drunk ppl :)) Last year, at Conor's concert, there was that drunk lady who shouted "I'm ashamed of you, Belgium!" (that's still quite funny), and this year, at Cohen's concert there were two drunk men, who had seats right behind us. I kind of managed to ignore the one who was almost constantly talking (he was very vocal about wanting to hear So Long Marianne hehe), but other ppl couldn't.

Anyways, what anyone could notice right away was that there were ppl of all ages at the concert. And of all nationalities. I didn't really pay attention to the languages spoken around me, but CC told me there were lots of Israelis and Greeks. Also, we had seats next to some Americans. It's so funny -- this girl we talked a bit to was so surprised that we traveled for 11 hours by train to come to the concert. I mean, they traveled for 14 hours by plane to see Leonard Cohen -- we were supposed to be the ones surprised :P

Overall, only beautiful ppl (^_^)

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Sincerely, L. Cohen

music: Leonard Cohen - The Future

I wish I had a more interesting story (than this) about how I discovered Leonard Cohen's music or to have a story with his music as the soundtrack to it, but I don't... And that makes it so difficult to explain to someone else why I feel so connected to his music, or why I like it in the first place.

Now I find myself in the same situation as I did last year, when I saw Conor live - how can I possibly explain how amazing it was to see live a musician that I never thought I'd have the chance to see live? In Conor's case, I didn't think that was possible because he'd never come in Romania, and in Cohen's case - I didn't think he would ever tour again, let alone that he'd tour two years in a row and come back to Romania.

But the impossible happened, and I did get a second chance to see Leonard Cohen live. So, September 4, Bucharest (this date will forever be printed in my memory) - CC and I got to the stadium pretty early, and the rehearsal wasn't over yet. I could hear Who By Fire, and thought: wow! this is so weird - last year, when Cohen came in Romania for the first time, I was sitting in my room, into a state of depression, listening to Who By Fire on repeat, and now the fact that I would actually listen to that same song live was so incredible!

[to view large, just click on the photo]

The concert, which exceeded all my expectations, started with Dance Me to the End of Love. When Cohen introduced the band, I thought the concert was already over, and couldn't believe it went by so fast. But I was wrong! That was just the end of the first part, so now I couldn't believe the concert was going to be so long. And the encore! Oh. my. gosh. the encore was so special! It was like a long goodbye letter signed Sincerely, L. Cohen. I feel like we took advantage of his generosity, asking him to come back on stage so many times, but I don't exactly feel guilty about it. I mean, I'm quite sure that this is his last European tour.

The most special moment, for me, was when he performed Hallelujah. That song does something to me every time I listen to it. And I felt so privileged (yeah, I think that's the right word) to be able to listen to it live. I somehow wanted to capture that moment so that I can hold on to it forever. But you know, reality is cruel - no photo or video could do justice to such a moment (I did, however, record a fragment of Hallelujah :P).

I posted the set list on my listography page, here.

(I'm sorry this post is so rushed. I've just written a text about the concert for LiterNet, and now I don't feel capable of writing more. That text might not get published, though, in which case I'll post it here, even if it's in Romanian, because I wouldn't want to "abort" it. Plus, I'll def write another post about the lovely ppl and not so lovely that came to the concert - soonish.)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

1 year ago

music: Leonard Cohen - First We Take Manhattan

The Classics

music: Van Morrison - Cyprus Avenue

I'm the worst music fan in the entire world!

For a long time I didn't exactly have access to a lot of music, but I don't have any excuse for the last three or four years - I know ppl with great taste in music, and, you know, it's the wild west out there. Since I'm trying to convince myself to live by the "it's never too late" motto (I'll probably expand on that in a future post), I told myself I should stop complaining about my gaps in the music department and start filling said gaps. So I guess that explains my recent charts / additions on (btw, if you're reading this and you have a account, please add me - I like knowing what other ppl listen to).

Anyways, here's what I've been listening to lately:

The Runaways - I really really like these girls!
The Beatles - Abbey Road - I confess: I've never listened to a Beatles record from the beginning till the end until now. I guess that when everybody says that this or that band is the best I become quite skeptical, and I postpone the listening session.
The Clash - I like London Calling, but the rest... I don't know, that reggae thing doesn't really work for me.
Janis Joplin - Greatest Hits
Led Zeppelin - Presence

Also, I've finally taken Tom Moon's book and started listening to some of the albums featured there:
Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
The Stone Roses - s/t - I have never heard of this band, and now that I've listened to it, I keep stumbling upon articles about them.
Van Morrison - Astral Weeks - wow. WOW! This album is truly amazing. I would have probably never listened to it if it weren't in this book. For me, Van Morrison is one of those musicians who have a few songs that get so much radio play, that they eventually become incredibly annoying and cheesy. (and oh, yeah. I can see now who Robert Pattinson is trying to imitate - the problem is that he's trying too hard - uuh, I'm being so mean ;))