Saturday, 30 December 2006

Somewhat inspired by Jason Kottke I figured I’d run down a list of the places I’ve been and the things I’ve seen this year. Really the places list was directly inspired by Kottke, while the concert list came about after someone asked me over Xmas dinner how many shows I’ve seen this year.

Places I’ve Been

The rules are that I actually slept in the city for a minimum of one night and that it must be outside the Twin Cities area (no crashing at a friend’s house and counting it).

  • Denver, CO
  • Chicago, IL
  • Madison, WI
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Detroit, MI
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Stillwater, OK

Things I’ve Seen

No stipulations here, just a list of all the shows and concerts I’ve seen this year.

  • Physics Circus
  • Robert Randolph
  • California Guitar Trio
  • WGH Train Show
  • Spinout Records Package Show (Hi-Risers, Eddie Angel, and Kaiser George)
  • Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers (w/ Taylor Hollingsworth)
  • Ray Davies
  • Massive Attack
  • May Day Festival
  • Sigur Ros (w/ Animina)
  • Aimee Mann (w/ Adam Levy)
  • John Hiatt (w/ North Mississippi All-Stars)
  • Mike Doughty (Basilica Block Party)
  • Hookers and Blow (several times)
  • Fiona Apple (w/ Damien Rice)
  • Beth Orton (w/ Peeping Toms — Mike Patton from Faith No More)
  • Gnarls Barkley
  • A Silver Mt. Zion
  • Gary Numan
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (w/ Stockcar Named Desire)
  • Bruce Cockburn
  • Buckwheat Zydeco
  • Buckwheat Zydeco (Yes, twice in a row)
  • Flaming Lips (w/ Sonic Youth and The Magic Numbers)
  • Zero 7
  • The Zombies (w/ Chooglin’, Gore Gore Girls, Mooney Suzuki, and The Woggles)
  • Cibelle
  • Hookers and Blow
  • Gjallarhorn (w/ Vajas)†
  • Hoven Droven (w/ Swap)†
  • Carbon Leaf
  • Yo La Tengo (which I left early)
  • Taylor Hollingsworth (on the guest list!)
  • Kaki King
  • Miho Hatori
  • Edie Brickell and New Bohemians
  • Los Straitjackets (w/ Patrick Sweeny Band)‡
  • Blue Man Group (Front. Row. Ticket.) ‡
  • Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers (in Cleveland, OH w/ As Fast As)‡
  • Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers (in Detroit, MI w/ As Fast As)‡
  • Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers (in Chicago, IL w/ As Fast As)‡
  • Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers (in Minneapolis, MN w/ As Fast As)‡
  • Robert Randolph
  • As Fast As (opening for Under the Influence of Giants, but I was really there to see Spencer and the boys)
  • Sia
  • The Honeydogs (w/ Andra Suchi)
  • Dr. John
  • Kansas City Symphony
  • 2006 CP Rail Holiday Train
  • Imogen Heap
  • Stuart Davis

That’s over 50 events (I can’t remember how many times I actually saw Hookers and Blow), only 4 of which were not actual concerts. Among those 46 known shows, there are, at least, 90 separate bands. I wish I could remember all of the opening acts for each show, because it might be a fun list to put together.

† Nordic Roots Festival ‡ Part of my 2006 Heartland Tour

Wednesday, 13 December 2006

My second submission for JPG Magazine. The shot came by pure luck. I saw this guy playing his bass clarinet when Jules and I walked up one side of the main drag in San Francisco’s Chinatown. I saw him coming up the hill toward us as we walked down the other side and, even though the camera was on, there wasn’t time to properly frame the shot or anything. I just hit the trigger blind and hoped it came out. It ended up being one of my favorite pictures from the entire. Please go vote and maybe I’ll make the magazine.

Wednesday, 06 December 2006

After months of waiting, putting it off, and trying to decide on the right photo to upload, I’ve finally done it. It’s my first submission to JPG Magazine run by the excellent Derek Powazek and Heather Powazek-Champ. I intentionally didn’t publicize this one because I wanted to run an experiment. In spite of the late submission date and not telling anyone it got 10 votes!

I have no idea whether this means I’ll make the magazine or not, but it does tell me that it’s worth submitting more.