Sometimes (more lately) I like to sit take a look back in gratitude over the things I’ve gotten to experience in my life: trips I’ve/we’ve taken, time spent with friends, general experiences and concerts we’ve attended. Maybe you’d like to do the same? I find it helps to fight the “we are in a rut”, “holy crap we are staying in AGAIN this weekend”, “I’m effing old” blues. It also helps to jog an over-taxed memory, if I’m being totally honest, I am OLD afterall.

Bands or musician-type people I’ve seen in concert (in no real order because I am forgetting people as I am listing them)

Kenny Loggins
Dead Milkmen
The Rave-Ups
The Meat Puppets
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Kings of Leon
Duran Duran
Quiet Riot
Enuff Z’nuff
Dave Matthews
Depeche Mode
Kid Rock
Damien Rice
Garth Brooks
Reba McEntire
Suicidal Tendencies
Blue October
No Doubt
Crystal Method
Abra Moore
Cowboy Mouth
The Old 97’s
Matchbox 20
Seven Mary Three
The Hunger
Tori Amos
Maroon 5
Ian Moore
Ben Harper
Black Sabbath
Johnny Goudie
Red Wanting Blue
Ben Kweller
Rocco Deluca
Honey Honey
The Burden Brothers
The Decemberists
Snow Patrol
The Mighty Orq

The only thing that I see myself buying from Cadillac

So hey, I am not Cadillac’s target market, they just aren’t my bag and I don’t think they ever will be. I will never be rollin in an Escalade, I just won’t, you know? That doesn’t mean that they have nothing to sell me, however, their marketing team has me, here:

Victory-Play It from the XTS commercial

Yeah Yeah Yeahs-Phenomena from the ATS commercial

I tracked down and purchased both the songs in these commercials and look forward to seeing what other songs they might choose in the future.

some music recommendations

For Sarah and Emily (and anyone else that is interested)

This list is going to have new and old bands on it and probably will have some peeps on it that you have heard of, but hopefully will have some stuff on it that you enjoy. Some will just be bands and some will be specific song titles that I like.

(Note to Trey and Elena, this is nowhere near a complete or in-depth list so don’t rail at me)

The Veils-Jesus for the Jugular
Alpha Rev
Honey Honey
The Decemberists (Current fave is The Rake’s Song)
Them Crooked Vultures
Foo Fighters
Queens of the Stone Age-No One Knows
Rocco Deluca and the Burden
Ben Harper
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Jonny Lang
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist Soundtrack
500 Days of Summer Soundtrack
Damien Rice
Kings of Leon
Dresden Dolls-Coin Operated Boy
Nina Simone
Lamb-Gorecki, Bonfire, B Line
Frou Frou
Cat Power-Wild As The Wind (there are others but this one is hauntingly gorgeous)
A Fine Frenzy
Ben Kweller
Matt Boroff (I reviewed his CD in 2004 and totally loved it)
Fionna Apple
The Hourly Radio
Thievery Corporation
The Faint
Remy Zero
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club-Howl (the album from 2005)
White Stripes
Drop Kick Murphys
Gogol Bordello
The Gossip
Sick Puppies
The Faint

You can also check out some music at Elena’s Blog or Trey’s Blog and more movie soundtracks here

fave movie soundtracks?

This morning, I was reading Nothing But Bonfires and Holly was asking for music recommendations for her upcoming nuptials, which lead me to search out the track listing for a soundtrack. There are so many good movie soundtracks out there and I wonder how many of you are into them?

So here’s a list of some of mine (and some I want) and maybe you’ll share some of yours and the world will be made better through good music, or something.

500 Days of Summer (everything about this movie is so excellent)
Grosse Pointe Blank 1 & 2
The Wedding Singer
The Crow
Dracula 2000
Away We Go (you really have to like Alexi Murdoch though)
Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (too much movie dialogue on the disk but the music is solid)
Mallrats (same issue)
Romeo and Juliet (the 1996 version)
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Across The Universe
Pretty In Pink
Pump Up The Volume
O’ Brother Where Art Thou

*italics are ones that I know I want or previously had and need to replace.