Monthly Archives: July 2013

To Film or Not to Film…

Technological innovations over the past 10 years have changed the entire concert experience. There was a time where filming or tape recording a concert were frowned upon. In fact, there was an entire episode of What’s Happening? in the mid-70s that focused on the perils of bootlegging concerts (featuring The Doobie Brothers!). But in today’s concert setting, people pull out their phones to live tweet, take pictures, and film with nary a glance from security or venue staff. I myself get annoyed by the iPhone Army present at most shows, many patrons spending more time checking their Facebook status update about seeing the band than actually watching them. I don’t mind patrons taking a moment to snap a picture, but when it turns into a photo shoot, I have a problem.

Several years ago I saw Broken Social Scene at SXSW and before even playing a song, front man Kevin Drew gave a speech along the lines of “Instead of trying to capture this concert through videos and photos, let’s just enjoy the moment and let our memories encapsulate it.” This was a big moment for me since I’d spent the past year filming a lot of shows for this blog (one look at my YouTube page and you’ll see there’s been a major falloff in video posts since that show). Up-and-coming British post-punk band Savages have taken it a step further, requiring all patrons to turn off their phones or the band won’t play.

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Grandpa’s Stereo

Some of my earliest memories of music involve an old wooden music console my parents had in our living room for the better part of my childhood.  The record player, tucked within its carpentried confines, got a lot of use over the years, my mom constantly playing records along the lines of Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, and CSNY.  While it may have been my mom’s love of 70s folk music that made my memories so pleasant, I’ve always attributed much of my childhood serenity to that bulky piece of furniture, exuding warmth into our cramped, little house.

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BDWPS Podcast: Episode #16

On this “on-the-road” edition of BDWPS you’ll hear new tracks from Surfer Blood, Majical Clouds, The National, and Action Bronson. Also, songs by Two Gallants, Sunny Day Real Estate, and Bob Dylan are discussed.

Track List:

Surfer Blood “Demon Dance”
Majical Cloudz “Silver Rings”
The National “Fireproof”
Eleanor Friedberger “Stare At the Sun”
Two Gallants “Seems Like Home To Me”
Action Bronson “No Time”
Sunny Day Real Estate “8”
Jeff Tweedy “Simple Twist of Fate”

Check it out below (or subscribe at iTunes, keyword- BDWPS):

http://bdwps.podomatic.com/entry/2013-07-11T19_53_40-07_00

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