November 2008 Archives

Concert: Emm Gryner

Last night I finally got to see Emm Gryner live and it was fantastic. I enjoyed the new songs and of course the old songs were great. The Hotel Cafe was nice, although I can do without the too-cool LA crowd. I hope that she plays here more often now.

Oh, and Emm is really tiny. She walked past me before her set and I was just like "woah". She was shorter than I expected.


Almighty Love
Blackwinged Bird
Running Back (a capella)
89 Days of Alcatraz
and 4 new songs

Vintage Emm:

New Emm:

The End of The List

As I've mentioned before, I'm a big Emm Gryner fan, and through 10 years of fandom, I've never had the opportunity to see her live. She's the last artist on my (nonexistant) list of artists I have to see live, now that I've seen Radiohead. Well, next week, I am FINALLY going to get to see Emm Gryner live. I knew living in socal would pay off eventually. When I saw the show announcement, my brain shut down for 20 minutes easily. The news was very unexpected since she's not really touring right now. But i'm definitely excited. I have no idea what to expect, I have no frame of reference for what songs she might play. My dream setlist would look something like this....

Half Sorry
Queen of the Boys
Phonecall 45
The Good You Make
Your Sort of Human Being
Case of Tornados
This Mad

For What Reason
Running Back
Straight to You
Dearg Doom


Time changes make me particularly lazy. I find that when you don't know what time it is, it's better just to do nothing.

October recap:

Nothing particularly new or interesting came from listening to This is Hardcore for a month. Before These Crowded Streets on the other hand...some days those songs bugged me and I just couldn't listen to them. Listening to the album as a whole was much better, although I think the song "Halloween" is awful and ruins the momentum of the album. It's one of those songs best left to the end of the album where it can be easily ignored. I still think "Crush" is the best song on the album, and Alanis Morrisette's background vocals I still enjoy as well. but I won't be listening to this album again anytime soon. However, i may listen to Crash sometime.

This month is the last 2 album month, as I will be spending December listening to albums that actually came out this year and trying to compile a best of the year list.

Autour de Lucie- Immobile
This is an album entirely in French. I don't speak French. not even a little bit. But when I first heard the song "Chanson Sans Issue", I instantly loved it and listened to it over and over and over (and over). Despite not knowing what any of the songs are about, I enjoy the album quite a bit. It's really just poppy/mellow music in French. and at the time I was just starting to broaden my musical horizons and listen to bands and artists no one had ever heard of. So I was a sponge to all things new and different.

New Radicals- Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too
On the other side of the coin, you have the New Radicals who were pretty mainstream for the 5 minutes they were around. And while I have been mocked in my own household for owning this album, there are actually a number of good songs on it. Although I will say that overall, it's probably not that great of an album, so it was never something I listened to a lot. But a good pop song is a good pop song. And there are plenty of successful bands who are only good for a few good songs per album (namely, the singles) and the rest is just crap.