Going to do a little questionnaire/tag today because I’m still getting some ideas down of what I want to write about. Plus this will help you learn a little more about me and the music I like (in this moment in time, that is). Let’s do the damn thing…
- Favorite band/musician of the moment?
My favorite bands/musicians at the moment are: Mumford & Sons, Ray LaMontagne, Childish Gambino, Nathaniel Rateliff, Hoizer, Knox Hamilton, Rusty Clanton, Rudimental, Biggie Smalls, Ratatat, Joshua Radin, and Milky Chance. If I had to pick one though it would be Mumford & Sons.
- What is the last song you listened to?
The last song I listened to was Halsey – Colors. I’m currently obsessed with it and really want her to release the track because it’s brilliant. Favorite lyric: “You touched me and suddenly I was a lilac sky. And you decided purple just wasn’t for you…”
- What’s in your CD player right now?
I don’t have a CD player anymore BUT my iPod is in my dock and is on Wilder Mind, Mumford & Sons newest album. It’s set to the song Tompkins Square Park because it’s one of my favorites on that album and I really enjoy waking up to it. Winston fucking kills it on this song – fucking rocks it.
- What was the last show you attended?
I saw The Avett Brothers with my brother at Red Rocks in Colorado. It was really swell. Their dad come out and sang a few songs with them and my heart melted. All the people were lovely. The Avett Brothers were so handsome. I was actually at this show (not my video), here’s them playing I Wish I Was. Look at those faces! So handsome, I love them..sorry.
- What was the greatest show you’ve ever been to?
Greatest show I ever went to…I would have to say Against Me! I saw them in this little venue with my best guy friend near SLC. The opening acts were great; Cheap Girls are an amazing band and I recommend them. It was the greatest show because the venue was so small and I could clearly see LJG right there and it was so great. The vibe in the crowd was great. My friend loves them as much as me if not more – it’s always great to go to shows with someone who gets and shares your level of love for a band. I really dug their new album..so it was just good times around. I wish I could see more shows in that sort of environment. My favorite Against Me! song off their newer album is Black Me Out. It’s a great “Fuck off.” song. I sing this song at the top of my lungs when it comes on. And sometimes I’m driving when that happens and I’ve probably frightened a few people. But I just love it so much!
- What show are you looking forward to?
The show I’m looking forward to is Mumford and Sons stopover tour in Salida!!! I bought tickets and I’m still trying to find someone who can go with me. But I can’t miss this show, it’s my babes! And a bunch of other great bands. I’m really really pumped, just wish I could get someone to commit to coming with me! I wanna camp and meet awesome people and listen to great music and be in a beautiful town and just soak up all the wonderfulness. So I mean like…I guess I’m looking forward to it, whatever…
- What musician would you like to hang out with for a day?
Going to cheat and list a few people…
Mumford and Sons – obviously. I would love to hangout with them and be their friend (who wouldn’t). They seem like great guys. I would talk to them about their songs and what they’re about or what inspired them. I’d ask Marcus to tell me everything about his lovely wife and how they met and all that. I’d talk to Ben about Austin to Boston and what his experience with that was like. I’d talk to Ted about photography and ask him about his favorite photos he’s taken. I’d talk to Winston about how adorable he is duh and ask him to teach me how to play the banjo because the banjo just looks like a magnificent time.
Hozier – he’s always seemed like an interesting guy to me. He seems like the type of person you want to sit on a mountaintop with and watch the sunset – just talking about life and existence. I really love his song Someone New so I’d love to talk to him about that because I saw him speak about it briefly in an interview and it was really interesting to me what he said. He compared the song to the saying, “Bad news from a pretty mouth…”
Brendan Urie – he’s such a goof. I feel like a day with him would be just a grand time. Again, I would ask him about his lovely wife and how they met (if you haven’t caught on I LOVE romance and “how we met” stories and let me tell you all the things I love about my significant other – please tell me all the things, literally all of them.)
Those are the individuals who come to mind right away.
- What is your favorite band t-shirt?
My favorite band t-shirt…hmmm. My favorite band t-shirt that says the band’s name right on it is my The Clash shirt. It’s black and has a dragon on it. I’ve had it since like…8th or 9th grade? There’s some paint on the back and a little hole but I still wear it. I actually wore it a few weeks ago and someone at work complimented it. My favorite band t-shirt that doesn’t have the band name on it (hold on it’ll make sense in a second) is my shirt that says “Give me hope in the darkness that I will see the light” …. it’s umm Mumford and Sons’ lyrics – sorry not sorry, I’m aware, I’m completely and utterly OBSESSED.
- Who is one artist/band you’ve never seen live but have always wanted to?
Mumford and Sons.I’ll talk about someone else though so we don’t OD on Mumford in this post (I’m sure I’ll dedicate a post to just gushing about them).
I would love to see City & Colour/Dallas Green live. Ughh, love him…Little Hell is one of my all time favorite songs (like #me) and The Girl – perfection! He was my life when I was in this weird graduated high school not in college phase, “gap year” as some people may describe it. I would love to see him in a cozy little coffeeshop kind of on the DL, super chill. I would love that.
I would love to see John Mayer, Ellie Goulding, or Paramore with my brother. All three are bands we both really love.
- Name 5 of your favorite albums?
Transgender Dysphoria Blues – Against Me!: I really love this album. The only thing I didn’t enjoy was the fact that it was so short! But it’s got a lot of heart. Some of the song titles make me laugh but all amazing songs. This album is one you have to just sing along to while driving your car through town.
A Fire So Big the Heavens Can See It – Search the City: Love this band! A guy I use to work with recommended this band to me and I fell in love with this album. It’s catchy, the lyrics are great… I don’t know. I recommend listening to it. Especially if you’re getting out of a really shitty relationship. This album was my anthem after one of my break-ups – a true life saver. (Sidenote: just realized they released a new album this past fall – mental note to listen to that later.)
Take This To Your Grave – Fall Out Boy: I was going between this album and From Under a Cork Tree because Fall Out Boy is my love. They were my life when I was in high school. I decided to pick their first album because it’s a CLASSIC and it has Grand Theft Autumn and that is another on of my favorite songs ever. I cannot tell you the amount of times I listened to this album on repeat while laying on my bedroom floor. I saw them at Warped Tour (I wanna say Summer ’05) just before they become ridiculously huge that following Fall. I was in front row with my best friend. I didn’t quite know all their songs then but it was one of my favorite moments. Sugar We’re Going Down was everything. First two FOB albums are my jam. They’ve since come out with a lot of other great albums but these two…their my favorites.
Handwritten – The Gaslight Anthem: Brian Fallon’s voice is one of my all time favorites. This album is terrific and it just sounds so…old skool/pinup-y…if that makes any sense – listen to the album and let me know if you get that vibe. This is another great cruising in the car or road trip album. I have this album in my car and listen to it from time to time when I don’t want to fuss with the radio. This band is one of those bands where you hear one song and you’re like, “Yeah…okay, this is good. I want more. What else is there?” I recommend starting with Handwritten (the song) it’s one of my favorites.
Let Go – Avril Lavigne: Do you guys remember this album? It was so good. Great mix of songs, loved all of them. Talk about nostalgia and oozing adolescents. This album is a classic, Avril is superb – you’re argument is invalid.
- How many concerts have you been to and who have you seen the most live?
I have to write these down to get a count…I do know I’ve seen Fall Out Boy twice and that’s who I’ve seen the most live.
Warped Tour ’05 – saw Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Hawthorne Heights, Transplants (maybe?)… are who come immediately to mind
Warped Tour ’06 – saw Silverstein (love them – Discovering the Waterfront is another great album that should have been mentioned above..) Less Than Jake, bunch of other bands
Plain White T’s – couldn’t tell you the year but I saw them when I was in high school…in an auditorium…it was weird. We were in like the fourth or so row and everyone, if I remember correctly, sat the whole concert. Odd.
Against Me! – saw them when I was in college during Spring Break in SLC. Already talked about it.
The Avett Brothers – this year (last month) in Colorado. Remember the two ridiculously handsome brothers?
Pot O’ Gold Festival – this year in March…I think that’s what it was called. But Fall Out Boy was there, Knox Hamilton, Milky Chance (he played right before FOB on the other stage so my back was facing him the whole time because the crowd was huge – still bummed about that), Echosmith, New Politics – it was a really great lineup. Loved it.
And… I think I saw Jerry Lee Lewis when I was a kid..I went to some weird electronic/dubstep? show in college with my college boyfriend…I saw a Beatles cover band when I was interning at a concert hall. I saw someone else play there too…wow I’m a shitty person for not remember who it was..I’ve been to numerous band/orchestra shows (if that counts??)…that’s all I can think of right now. Probably forgetting something though but that’s 10ish shows I’ve been to.
- What is your favorite movie soundtrack?
Oooo, what’s my favorite movie soundtrack? Ugh…I LOVE soundtracks it’s like getting a mix tape from someone. This is going to sound dorky but my favorite musical/movie soundtrack is Fiddler on the Roof. Honestly my favorite musical and the greatest soundtrack! I love it. But movie that’s not a musical..let’s think…Juno has a great soundtrack (sorry not sorry), August Rush (that guitar though), Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (merely because I love the idea of having a playlist with someone/around a night), Perks of Being a Wallflower had some great songs…
I can’t give a single, straightforward answer for any of these. WOW.
- What are the top 3 most played songs on your ITunes?
Not a 100% sure if these are the top 3 but their the ones listed on my Top 25 Most Played first:
Details in the Fabric – Jason Mraz (recommend listening to this if you’re sad or tired)
I Still Feel Her, Pt. 3 – Jonny Craig (recommend listening to this purely because it’s amazing and because I really enjoy Jonny Craig’s voice)
I Am Yours – Texas in July (recommend if you like listening to music to fall asleep to)
- Who is the most underrated musician in your opinion?
Who do I think is the most underrated musician? Wow…good question I think Ron Pope is a little underrated. Maybe he just stopped being relevant? Not to sound rude or harsh – just he seemed really popular a few years ago and I haven’t heard much about him recently. Trevor Hall – he’s a great singer that you don’t hear mentioned a lot. The Tallest Man on Earth – love him, definitely recommend checking him out. Knox Hamilton but I think they’re going to be huge soon and just blow up. I KNOW WHO… Yellowcard. Yellowcard is amazing and no one talks about how great and amazing they are. They’re amazing, total underrated. (To be fair I haven’t caught up on their recent stuff but they’re still fucking awesome and deserve more credit/hype.)
- What is your favorite song lyric?
“Give me hope in the darkness that I will see the light” – Mumford & Sons
“How fickle my heart and woozy my eyes” – Mumford & Sons
“I’m taking back my heart for me” – Rusty Clanton
“The opposite of love is indifference” – The Lumineers
“And we won’t place any stock in old days. Let’s save up for something new. Some day…I won’t have to wait for you..” – Rusty Clanton
“Sometimes, it’s like someone took a knife, baby edgy and dull, and cut a six-inch valley through the middle of my soul” – Bruce Springstein
“Just put me in the car and drive so far until I’m free again. And whisper in my ear that all these years I’ve been dreaming. Then you kiss me goodnight. And it’ll be all right” -Ryan Gosling
“I don’t care if it hurts, I want to have control, I want a perfect body, I want a perfect soul, I want you to notice when I’m not around. You’re so fucking special, I wish I was special. But I’m a creep, I’m a weirdo, what the hell am I doing here? I don’t belong here.” – Radiohead
“If I could start again, a million miles away, I would keep myself. I would find a way” – Jonny Cash
“I love you dear. But just how long can I keep singing the same old song?” – Bob Dylan/The New Basement Tapes (IN LOVE with this song)
I love lyrics and quotes so this isn’t even a fraction of them and I know they’re not my absolute favorites just (again) ones that came to mind.
That’s all I got for today. I’m sure I could redo this in a month or two and have completed different answers (while for a few of them).