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NSSN 2011 – A music lovers mind blowing experience

12 Dec

Friday was the day we’d been preparing for, for months.  Not So Silent Night had arrived and I’d been foaming at the mouth for it for some time.  It’s one of the best concerts of the year held at Oracle Arena in Oakland this year and the line up had me over the moon.  If I were to sum NSSN up in photos, the below photos are the ones I would summarize with.  I have SO many to share but thought I’d start with the overall review of the show.

The doors opened at 5pm and fans started pouring in.

First up was the local band winners, Beta State.  I’d never heard them before but knew in past years the winners were excellent.  The person who picks these bands has the best taste in music and a real talent for hearing up coming sounds.  Beta State did a great job with stage presence.  Usually the band that wins is pretty timid considering they are sharing the stage with some of the most popular names in Alternative music.  They rocked out and had the crowd dancing.

Up next… Young the Giant!  As you know from previous posts, I rather enjoy them live.  They dance across the stage and the lead singer has so much energy you can feel it from anywhere in the building.  They played all of the classics like “Cough Syrup” and “Strings.”  They closed with “My Body” and it was like someone was shaking the building.  Everyone who was at the venue was jumping and singing.

Up next… Bush!  Gavin Rossdale has been taking care of himself and leading the rest of the band, commanded the audiences attention.  Getting started with “Glycerine” was the best thing they could have done.  “Glycerine” has to be one of the most famous Alternative songs of all time and they kept the hits coming.  Bush played every song you’ve ever heard of theirs including their new song “Sound of Winter.”  Towards the end of their set, Gavin got off stage and went singing around the entire arena through the seats and floor singing to fans who were singing along with him.  Bush put on an incredible show and proved to me why they have stayed so prominent in the music industry for so long.

Gahhh!!!!!  Now if you’ve read my blog before you’ve seen my MANY postings about my love for Florence Welch’s music.  My dreams have come true now that I was able to photo her performance and watch her set from less than a foot away.  I’d seen her before so I knew exactly what amazing-ness I was in for.  I’d only seen her acoustic before though so to see her with a full band this time was mind blowing.  She opened with “Only if for a Night” which I couldn’t have loved more for an intro.  It starts so slow and builds throughout the song.  By the end of the first song, her power house voice was dominating and she had a drum beat to back her up.  She was so graceful and beautiful throughout her performance.  They played all my favorites like “Never Let Me Go” and “Heartlines.”  Of course she sang “Dog Days” as well and the crowd ignited.  As Florence ran from side to side of the stage, the crowd couldn’t take their eyes off of her.  It’s incredible that such a large voice comes out of such a delicate woman.  I can’t say enough about her but go see her live, you will understand 🙂

Up next – Mumford and Sons!  Wow… I knew they were amazing live as well but a good band will never put on a bad show.  This is one of those bands that even if they tried couldn’t put on a bad show.  As usual, they had the banjo blazing, horns honking and Marcus Mumford always sings so hard he’s left breathless.  My personal favorite song of theirs is “White Blank Page.”  They played all their hits and some of their new songs which are starting to make their way on the internet (I’ll leak some soon 🙂 ). Mumford was on their A game and they played to successfully leave an ever lasting impression.  It was a huge success.

OH YEAH AND HOW COULD I FORGET…. When Jane’s Addiction had to cancel due to family matters, we called up Green Day and voila!  They showed up in an hours notice…  It was one of the coolest things that I’ve ever seen happen in the bay area’s music history.  Green Day is from the Bay Area and is obviously one of the biggest names in the music industry.  They know how to show their hometown pride and make a stadium of 18,000+ go absolutely nuts.  There was not one person sitting down in the entire arena.  Green Day inspired Florence to jump on stage with them and Mark Zuckerburg to show up just in time to watch from the side of the stage.

This was one of the most incredible concerts and chain of events I have ever seen in my entire musical life.  I think about future shows and wonder, how can this ever be topped?  And to be a part of it and photographing it!  It was a night I’m still not done talking about and I’ll be posting about it for days.  If you were there, you know what an incredible experience it was.

Oh Happy Day!!! Ceremonials has been released to the public!

1 Nov

It’s the day I’ve been waiting impatiently for, for a few months now… Florence has publicly released Ceremonials and it’s nothing short of fantastic!

I know it may seem like I’m borderline obsessed and there is definitely some truth to that.  Now I have some back up though as to why she is so amazing and that’s her new album Ceremonials.  The two singles that they’d been teasing everyone with on the radio were “Shake It Out” and “What the Water Gave Me.”

I’ll start with breaking down some of the songs.  Heartlines is so beautiful and slow.  It almost sounds like it has a wind chime in it and her voice starts out wind like sounding.  Very high and whispering into the lyrics.

I’ve posted about my absolute favorite before here, “Never Let Me Go.”  It’s just like a smooth ride to listen to.  It starts off to a gentle start and it’s simple.  Her voice carries you throughout the journey of the song.  It lulls slowly up and down throughout the song from beginning to end.

My other favorite so far is “No Light, No Light.”   It’s so empowering.  It starts slow like some of the others and then steadily picks up with a powerful bass line.

“Breaking Down” almost gives me a Vampire Weekend feel.  It’s a little more musically upbeat contrary to the title.

The entire album carried me along on a wonderful ride.  It’s so gentle yet makes a bold statement through her voice.  This is her best album to date and I’m so glad she is now touring with this new album.  The dog days are over but to no complaints because Ceremonials is in and better than ever.

Florence – new album leak!

25 Oct

Gahh!  Listen while you can, before I am forced to take it down!  New Florence album leak… Sooo in love already.

Florence and the Machine – did that really just happen?!

13 Oct

I mean really, was I really this fortunate??  Well if it wasn’t my lucky day, I don’t know what is.  I have posted about Florence a few times (here and here) where I shared who two new released single off of the new album, Ceremonials.  The rest was a mystery to me until this past Monday morning when Florence decided to perform some of her new unreleased album for a small group of people which I just so happened to be in thankfully because of my job.  The set up was a harp, an acoustic guitar and her.  That’s it.  It was one of the most beautiful arrangements I’ve ever heard.  The set also now has me jone-sing for the full album.  I believe it’s going to blow the last album so far out of the water no one will even remember “Dog Days.”   Here’s a few photos from the session.

It was a very dark set but her voice gave me goose bumps the entire time.  Her voice is flawless.

The album is being released on October 31st in the UK.  I’ll be anxiously waiting 🙂