Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

Not sure why it took me so long to see a preview for the upcoming movie Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, but now that I saw it I am already making top secret arrangements with myself to see it in the theater.  The movie looks bad ass!  When I first heard about it I was like “Oh boy, another Michael Cera movie….woo”.

Then I saw the preview which completely changed my mind:

The dork in me loves the comic book / video game-like fighting scenes.  The hopeless romantic in me of course likes the whole boy-falls-in-love-with-girl-too-good-for-him-but-is-different-in-that-he-is-not-like-the-rest-and-she-falls-for-him.  The director, Edgar Wright, is the man behind Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz.   Add in a bitching soundtrack and it looks as if I am going to go to the movies this summer after all.   The soundtrack drops tomorrow and the movie premiers this weekend.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) track listing:
1. We Are Sex Bob-Omb – Sex Bob-Omb
2. Scott Pilgrim – Plumtree
3. I Heard Ramona Sing – Frank Black
4. By Your Side – Beachwood Sparks
5. O Katrina! – Black Lips
6. I’m So Sad, So Very, Very, Sad – Crash and the Boys
7. We Hate You Please Die – Crash and the Boys
8. Garbage Truck – Sex Bob-Omb
9. Teenage Dream – T. Rex
10. Sleazy Bed Track – The Bluetones
11. It’s Getting Boring By The Sea – Blood Red Shoes
12. Black Sheep – Metric
13. Threshold – Sex Bob-Omb
14. Anthems For A Seventeen Year-Old Girl – Broken Social Scene
15. Under My Thumb – The Rolling Stones
16. Ramona (Acoustic) – Beck
17. Ramona – Beck
18. Summertime – Sex Bob-Omb
19. Threshold 8 bit – Brian LeBarton

BONUS TRACKS Exclusive to iTunes Deluxe Edition
20. Garbage Truck – Beck
21. Threshold – Beck
22. Summertime – Beck
23. Black Sheep – The Clash at Demonhead

Download This: Cheyenne Marie Mize & Bonnie “Prince” Billy Among the Gold

Cheyenne Marie Mize and Bonnie “Prince” Billy have released Among the Gold, their rendition of a collection of 19th Century American parlor music handpicked by the duo themselves.  The album it is available to enjoy for everyone for free.

Yes, free.  What are you waiting for???


DOWNLOAD THIS! Cheyenne Marie Mize & Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Among the Gold

Track Listing:
1.) Silver Threads
2.) Loves Old Sweet Song
3.) Beautiful Dreamer
4.) Let Me Call You Sweetheart
5.) Kiss Me Again
6.) Only A Dream

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The Gaslight Anthem / Chamberlain / Tim Barry – Lifestyle Communities Pavilion – Columbus, OH – 07/28/2010 – Concert Review

Last Wednesday Columbus, Ohio was the place to be if you were looking for an amazing rock show.  New Jersey’s The Gaslight Anthem headlined the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion with special guests Chamberlain and Tim Barry and I must say, all who packed the floor knew well in advance that they were in for a good time.  It was a show I had been looking forward to since it was announced in the Spring and luckily I was able to be a part of it.

Even if it down-poured on the way down there and careless drivers kept trying to crash into my vehicle my friends and I made it down to Columbus with some time to kill.  Having never been to the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion before I was not sure if it was an indoor or outdoor venue.  Turns out it was both but due to a baseball game at the neighboring stadium the show was going to be played inside.

While wasting some time I enjoyed a tall, cheap, and ice cold Natural Light (no I did not get paid to say that) as I conversed with friends and the people around me at the A&R Music Bar that stood left to the concert hall.  Turns out we were not the only folk who traveled to see the show.  One group of guys, who I swear I knew one of, were from Cleveland and another few came all the way from Indianapolis.  I also got word that someone else I knew was traveling from Charleston, WV.  When it is a show like the one we all had tickets to, it was worth the drive no matter how far away.

Making way into the indoor section of the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion I was impressed with what I saw.  The inside was not only super clean but nicely laid out with a split level floor as well as an upper floor where one could see the stage just about anywhere you hung out.  My only vice was that my photo pass only allowed access to the photo pit for Tim Barry, not that I am complaining.  I just had never encountered a venue so strict with their press before.  Regardless I was beyond pleased to be in the building that was about to host three exciting acts even if it were going to be indoors.

Tim Barry took to the stage with a beer in hand and a baseball cap shut down over his head.  While most know Barry as the punk rock lead of Avail there were many who had no idea who he was.  There seemed to be a lot in the crowd who were expecting more than a man and his acoustic guitar to fill the opening slot.

That soon changed as the Richmond, Virginian working class hero kept close to the mic stand and strummed his guitar playing “This November”.  The punk turned folk rocker told everyone how busy he has been being on the road touring since January and pointed out at one time that he was not afraid of death at all but feared failure and especially being on stage playing a bad show.

I was most impressed to hear Barry not only play “Prosser’s Gabriel” but also state to the crowd before the song that he was planning on playing a free show on the parking lot in Virginia that lies over the burial site of Gabriel Prosser.  The punk at heart bad ass was not kidding and even mentioned being told to bring along a lawyer because he knew he would get arrested.  By the time the song was over just about everyone in the venue had their eyes on the one man show.  Other tracks I enjoyed seeing live were “Avoiding Catatonic Surrender” as well as the end of the set chilling “Dog Bumped”.  During that final song I could not help but scream along in approval (queue in Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison applauds) with the crowd during different moments of the track.

Barry might be a tough mother you-know-what, but he is also sincere and genuine as seen when he thanked the crowd for letting him play once it was time for him to exit.  While the next act was getting set up Barry was actually walking around amongst the crowd where my two friend’s spotted him and bought him a beer.  I was told that Barry said not only thank you to them but also yelled “that’s the biggest damn beer I ever seen!”

Tim Barry Setlist:
This November
Moving on Blue
Idle Idylist
Church of Level Track
Prosser’s Gabriel
Avoiding Catatonic Surrender
Dog Bumped

Chamberlain hit the stage next and as much as I thought I was going to enjoy their set I didn’t.  I have heard their material and recognized when certain songs were played like “Try For Thunder” and “Mountain Of A Heart” off The Moon My Saddle but just was not impressed.  They sounded much rockier than what I am used to on their studio album and not to mention the lead singer was just acting off key.  I am not the only one who noticed that either.  Luckily for the band my thoughts about them were not shared with the rest of the crowd.  They loved them and erupted with approval when the band stated they were happy to be back in Columbus.

The band played through a good set including “Manhattan’s Iron Horses”, “Stars In The Streetlight”, and the impressive live sounding “Raise It High” which I later picked up a 7″ of at their merch table.  They were solid and on point but again I just was not feeling it (until the last song).  I really need to give these guys another chance live as I love their albums and especially adore their previous act Split Lip.

The rock band of the night, hell -the year, Gaslight Anthem took the stage while Jay-Z’s “Empire State Of Mind” blasted over the PA with all smiles to the packed house.  Wasting no time the band jumped into their latest album’s title track “American Slang” followed by “Boxer”.  Brian Fallon and crew looked so happy to be on stage and gave the crowd the show they paid for continuing with my favorite track off American Slang “The Diamond Church Street Choir”.  During the song I was curious to see if Fallon would be able to sing his Billy Joel-like ending and to my satisfaction he nailed it.

Keeping the momentum the band moved along with “Old White Lincoln”, “Even Cowgirls Get The Blues”, as well as “Mile Davis and The Cool” and “The 59 Sound”.  Needless to say the entire crowd helped sing along throughout the set as well as danced, moshed, and just lost all control.  After “Film Noir” Fallon spoke to the crowd but be it my bad ears or him strumming his guitar a little too hard, I could barely understand what he was saying. He mentioned to the crowd something along the lines that his Mom loved and shared this band from 1959 that featured a bunch of African-American men playing on an album with some guy named Elvis.  The band immediately broke into “Wherefore Art Thou, Elvis?” – Again, the place went insane.

After about six more songs including “Blue Jeans and White T-shirts” and “The Queen of Lower Chelsea” the band finished up their set with “Great Expectations”.  Knowing that there would be an encore in just a few moments I was already fully satisfied or so I thought.  With the crowd cheering in a soccer like chant of ” Gaslight Anthem” followed by claps the band returned to the stage and announced they would be playing a few more songs starting off with a cover of Lucero‘s “The War”.  All I could think was how awesome it was going to be to hear their version when all of the sudden Tim Barry came out and sang along.  I was speechless.

The encore, which lasted longer than most opening acts I have seen in my day, also included “We Came To Dance”, “Senor and the Queen”, and another cover from a band called The Who.  It has been quite some time since I have seen an entire venue participate during a song but the moment “Baba O’Riley” started that all changed.  The Gaslight Anthem’s version was exceptional and the moment they finished Fallon screamed “Yeah! So much fun!”  He was correct in that statement, it was.  I thought the show was over and that was the band’s farewell but they kept playing and I was not complaining one bit.  Ending with “The Backseat” it was clear that I was not the only one who had just witnessed an amazing performance by a young and growing talented band.

The band exited the stage, the lights came on, and that was it – the show was over and it was time to go on our separate ways.  Immediately the saying “the memories will last a lifetime” rolled thought my mind and I could not agree more.  Throughout all of the shows I have seen this year this one will stand out a little more over the others.  I was treated to an amazing performance by a band I have been a fan of since they were playing small clubs as well as finally grabbed the chance to see a good man named Tim Barry.  That night is what live music is all about to me and I am grateful to have been there.

The Gaslight Anthem Setlist:
American Slang
Boxer
The Diamond Church Street Choir
Old White Lincoln
Even Cowgirls Get The Blues
Bring It On
Miles Davis & The Cool
The ’59 Sound
Red In The Morning
Angry Johnny & The Radio
Film Noir
Wherefore Art Thou, Elvis?
Blue Jeans & White T-Shirts
Stay Lucky
Boomboxes & Dictionaries
The Spirit Of Jazz
The Queen Of Lower Chelsea
Great Expectations

Encore:
The War – Lucero cover w/ Tim Barry lending vocals
We Came To Dance
Senor & The Queen
We’re Getting A Divorce, You Keep The Diner
Boba O’Riley – The Who cover
Here’s Looking At You Kid
The Backseat

Photography: The Quiet Zone

Fresh back from Durbin, WV and back to reality…  I thought I would share a couple photos I took with my iPhone while using the Hipstamatic app.  The Quiet Zone I refer to in case you are wondering is a 13,000 square foot sectioned off area in West Virginia and Virginia that prohibits many radio transmission signals including cell phones.  Durbin just so happens to be in that zone, hence the title of this post…