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So, about last weekend…

23 Jul

So, what have I been up to? Not much. Went golfing last Saturday at St. Croix National in Wisconsin. Every hole is very scenic and very challenging. I’m pretty sure that I lost half a dozen golf balls. I still beat the other members of my group though. Here are some pictures of a few holes on the course.

St. Croix National

St. Croix National

St. Croix National

St. Croix National

St. Croix National

St. Croix National

Before that, on Friday that would be, I met up with a buddy from work and watched a band called Claps play “music.” It was some chillaxing muzik utilizing keyboards and synthesizers. It was actually not that bad, but I had had a few beers and some drink I was told was a gin and tonic. This was at Sauce Soundbar at the corner of Lake and Lyndale. You see that guy in the pictures there? Yeah, he was so into the music that he was humping the windows behind him and gyrating sporadically and spasmodically all over the stage. At one point I thought about running up on stage to make sure that he wasn’t having an epileptic fit.

Sauce Soundbar: Claps

Sauce Soundbar: Claps

Sauce Soundbar: Claps

Sauce Soundbar: Claps

Sauce Soundbar: Claps

Sauce Soundbar: Claps

So, what’s going on this weekend? FLUGTAG!! I can’t wait for Saturday to watch a bunch of morons see if they can take flight, fail horribly and plunge into the Mississippi. Many pics next week of course!

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Basilica Block Party 2010

14 Jul

Last weekend I hit up the Basilica Block Party with some peeps from work. Weezer was the main act and based on the ringing in my ears into the next day, they were worth the ticket. I’ve seen Weezer before in concert, but never an outdoor one like this, and never as a headlining act. They really put on a good show and Rivers was even scaling the scaffolding around the stage, tossing toilet paper to the dudes in the porta potties and kicking beach balls back into the crowd.

St. Mary Basilica

St. Mary Basilica

Basilica Block Party

Basilica Block Party - Minneapolis Skyline

The night started at Joe’s Garage with some really bad service (they most likely didn’t want to serve us happy hour prices and were trying to smoke us out so we couldn’t order) but eventually we ordered us up some cheap beers and apps and got cracking. More beer followed, as did some shots, and, incase you didn’t know, all music sounds infinitely better when you have an enhanced blood alcohol content. Once inside the gates, I was expecting the beers to be overly priced and underly sized. To my surprise the beers were only $5 and were 16oz. Of course, they were only Buds and Golden Draft Lights, but a beer is a beer – well not really, but at this point in the day, who was I to question what sort of beer went into my belly? Although there are many acts scheduled to play, we sort of got a late jump on things, but I did happen to catch the end of the Grace Potter & The Nocturnals set. They play sort of a country/rock combo and they are fairly high energy. The band sounded good and she looked good and all was right with the world. Plus, the day itself was really great and that just makes everything better.

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Weezer was then scheduled to start at 9:00 and so we all headed back to the main stage, which has the city of Minneapolis for a backdrop. Seeing as I had never been to one of these things before, it was actually really cool to have the city in the background of the concert like that. The crowd was great too. It was so crowded and packed that simply trying to venture to the porta potties would be like trying to venture off in search of Colonel Percy Fawcett (look this up if you don’t know what I mean). Frankly, it would be better, easier and a whole lot more “in the moment” to simply pop a squat or let it all hand out and just whiz where you stood. Really, who’s going to notice? I didn’t do that, but some of our party did venture off in search of the Biffies and were never heard from again… ok, so they were, but they just had to watch the entire concert from farther away and by themselves.

St. Mary Basilica

St. Mary Basilica

Basilica Block Party

Basilica Block Party - Main Stage

Basilica Block Party Weezer

Basilica Block Party Weezer

Basilica Block Party Weezer

Basilica Block Party Weezer

Basilica Block Party Weezer

Basilica Block Party Weezer

Seeing as we were all super packed together, you would think it impossible for me to find a sweet pair of aviators on the ground, but you would be the most wrong you could ever think of. So, yes, I looked down at one point and found some sweet shades. It was cool. Weezer then proceeded to play all the songs you would expect them to and the lights and the beer and the crowd and the cooking demonstration in front of me all made it a very awesome concert experience. Plus, my money went toward a fairly decent cause, which was the restoration of the Basilica of Saint Mary. All in all, a good time.

Aviator Shades

Aviator Shades

And as a final note, I checked out some of the past acts at this thing and it seems like they get better every year. I’m pretty sure that Weezer was the biggest name act they have had and I’m anticipating another big name for next year’s show.

Basilica Block Party Weezer

Basilica Block Party Weezer

Basilica Block Party Weezer

Basilica Block Party Weezer

Basilica Block Party Weezer

Basilica Block Party Weezer

New Concert Every Night

1 Jun

Ok, so there is no snapshot associated with this post yet, but I am going to venture out and check out a new concert every night this week, starting tonight. The concerts all take place at the Lake Harriet Bandshell and I will be snapping pics and saying a few things about the concerts. They are all free and start at 7:30 pm, so aside from a huge downpour, I am going to sit and listen to music every night. Tonight is the Richfield Symphonic Band. This is only the second concert this year  – as they just started last night – and I plan on going to a lot more of these (weather permitting).

Ten Epic Songs of Epicness

4 May

What makes a song epic? Does it simply have to be long? Convoluted? Perhaps have a profound backstory to its conception? Possibly. But for the purposes of this list, I have come up with ten epic songs that I feel are both epically long and epically rocking. How did I come up with this list you may ask? Well, it all started from this picture…

Three Men in a Lobby

Check out those sweet moves!

Ok, so not really. But it is an interesting picture isn’t it? For those who don’t know, which is many, this picture was taken on the day of the home opener of the Twins in celebration of their new stadium. CAN YOU GUESS WHICH CITY I WORK IN?!!!?? Anyways. I like the picture and these guys were really cool. They were very entertaining and had to be so for a long time, much like the songs on this list. Of course, the real culprit for getting me thinking about this list is this other list here. As you can see, assuming you clicked the link, is that many of those songs can be found on my list as well. The reason for this is that the author of that site and myself both have similar tastes in music. You will probably be able to decipher from my list that I really enjoy rock music, and, more specifically, a genre called Prog Rock, which is filled with the Pink Floyds and Rushs of this earth (as you can see, I’m especially fond of Pink Floyd). Anyway, on to my list, which is in no particular order. Also, pretty much all of the videos can be found as hyperlinks attached to the artist and song title at the top.

  1. Led Zeppelin – Achilles Last Stand 10:25
    I found this song by happy accident and loved the drums and guitar. Not only do I think it is one of Zeppelin’s better songs on an album that is not given enough credit, it would be badass on either Rock Band or Guitar Hero! Dammit Led Zeppelin, get with the times already. I chose the live version of this song for the video simply because you can watch Jimmy Page shred that guitar hardcore.

    Led Zeppelin Presence

    Led Zeppelin Presence

  2. Metallica – Outlaw Torn 9:59
    I don’t know who did it first, but when you add an orchestra behind a major rock band, the results are spectacular. Outlaw Torn is from the 1999 live album Metallica recorded using the backing of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Kamen. Though I love a good, simple hard rock song, adding the orchestral score pumps it up even more and gives it a thoroughly epic feel.

    Metallica S&M

    Metallica S&M

  3. Pink Floyd – Dogs 17:06
    This song is 17 minutes of bliss. It is typical Floyd as well, starting off with a faster section, accompanied by a driving guitar solo in the middle and then slowing way down for the middle interlude before picking up again at the end with a flurry of lead guitar and drums. I’ve heard this song many, many times and it never ceases to get me going.

    Pink Floyd Animals

    Pink Floyd Animals

  4. Funkadelic – Maggot Brain 10:21
    Look no further for your epic lead guitar solo. You can actually feel the emotion running through the fingers of Eddie Hazel. It seems to encapsulate exactly what he was told to think about while playing, namely that his mother had died in the first half, and then came back to life in the second. It plays out beautifully and is even more spectacular when you consider it was all done in one take.

    Funkadelic Maggot Brain

    Funkadelic Maggot Brain

  5. Rush – 2112 20:34
    The simple fact that I could only find this song in three separate parts is testament to the epicness it embodies. The fact that I am going to witness this band’s awesomness in person later this year makes this song even better (though I doubt they will play it, but I wish they would).
    Part 1

    Part 2
    Part 3

    Rush 2112

    Rush 2112

  6. Dream Theater – Octavarium 23:58
    This is another band that I had never heard of before seeing the original list. I know nothing about them, or their music outside of this song, but I really appreciate this song for making me get lost in its entire length. A rare quality. In fact, this song starts off in a Floydian tone before delving into something akin to hard rock before taking that epic Floyd departure at the end again. Great stuff.

    Dream Theater Octavarium

    Dream Theater Octavarium

  7. Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1 and 2) 26:00
    Another Pink Floyd song, and this one is split into two parts. It is actually a nine part composition in tribute to the former leader of Floyd, Syd Barrett. This is one of those classics that most people will know the instant the first chord is struck. If I could, I would probably listen to this all day long.
    Part 1
    Part 2

    Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here

    Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here

  8. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Free Bird 9:06
    Ah yes. Skynyrd. This is the song that is constantly being politely suggested – by which I mean drunkenly yelled out – for every band in the history of the world to play. Right now, there have been 2,174 instances of this happening. However, the song itself is a rocking epic that is nine minutes long and one that, once again, pretty much everyone knows the tune of. Here it is, in its entirety, for your listening enjoyment.

    Lynyrd Skynyrd

    Lynyrd Skynyrd

  9. Iron Butterfly – Inna Godda Da Vida 17:05
    You can almost hear the psychedelic drugs coursing through their veins. And that bass line! Its hypnotic in its simplicity, yet makes everything about this song work. and makes the song come alive. And with a song being this long, it makes for fantastic solo work as well from every member of the band. I would love to see this video in full color, just to see the funk and colors and what their dreams must have looked like every night. Bonus: the Simpsons take on the song as well.
    The Simpsons Version

    Iron Butterfly In A Gadda Da Vida

    Iron Butterfly In A Gadda Da Vida

  10. Pink Floyd – Echoes 23:28
    Echoes is one of those tunes that is not known by many people. This is mostly because they have such a huge catalog of other hits that this one tends to get lost in the shuffle. It is also because it was not on a record of theirs that sold in huge numbers. This song was before they really took off after Dark Side of the Moon, but is one of their better tunes. This is another one of those that is normally broken into two parts, but I found it in its entirety, although it is synched up to the final part of 2001: A Space Odyssey for some reason. I recommend simply listening to it without the visuals, as they are distracting.

    Pink Floyd Echoes

    Pink Floyd Echoes

So, in this list alone, should you actually sit down and listen to all of the songs here, you will have a grand total of 167 minutes of music! How awesome is that? For some, not very; but for others, it is a great way to get into the rhythm and spirit of some grandiose songs that are too long for conventional radio, but perfect for making the day fly by. If you have any suggestions for anything that you feel would best be on this list, let me know. Or, perhaps you hated every selection. Either way, drop me a line and let me know.