Monday, October 11, 2010

33 Reasons I Love Live Music

1. Openers. [One Thousand Pictures, opening for Mew and Kasabian @ The Independent, San Francisco, 10-13-06]

2. Enthusiasm. [Zach Rogue of Rogue Wave @ The Independent, SF, 10-12-07]

3. Unpredictability. [Iggy & The Stooges @ The Warfield, SF, 4-19-07]

4. Predictability. [The Shins @ The Warfield, SF, 4-16-07]

5. Experimentation. [The Dears @ The Independent, SF, 12-1-06; they're actually playing their instruments here, not tuning them]

6. Getting to say goodbye. [Kirk Rundstrom of Split Lip Rayfield @ The Attic, Santa Cruz, 11-15-06, three months before he passed away of terminal cancer]
7. Getting to say hello. [Rogue Wave with fans, Santa Cruz, 5-25-07]

8. Chicks. [The Pipettes @ Rickshaw Stop, SF, 6-12-07]

9. Venues. [Cafe du Nord / Swedish American Hall, SF]

10. False humility. [Kasabian @ The Independent, SF, 10-13-06]

11. Reinvention. [Damon Albarn of Blur / Gorillaz, performing with The Good, The Bad & The Queen @ Regency Ballroom, SF, 4-29-07]

12. Wizardry. [Angus Young of AC/DC @ HP Pavilion, 9-2-09]

13. Sexiness. [Liz Phair @ The Independent, SF, 10-10-10]

14. Wear and tear. [Robert Pollard of Guided by Voices @ The Warfield, SF, 10-5-10]

15. Catharsis. [Arcade Fire @ Greek Theatre, Berkeley, 10-3-10]

16. Costumes. [Patrick Wolf @ Slim's, SF, 6-8-09]

17. Stalking. [Richard Thompson backstage @ Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, 10-8-06]

18. Bragging rights. [Radiohead @ Greek Theatre, Berkeley, 6-24-06]

19. Bearing witness. [Krist Novoselic of Nirvana, playing with Flipper @ Cafe du Nord, 12-20-06]

20. Surreality. [The Flaming Lips @ Greek Theatre, Berkeley, 7-22-06]

21. Guitars. [J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr @ Slim's, SF, 5-15-07]

22. Friends. [My friend Jimi Bartlett of Day One Symphony, on the right, @ Blank Club, San Jose, 12-2-06]

23. Gimmicks. [Dark Hand & Lamplight @ Great American Music Hall, SF, 10-31-06]

24. The emotional. [Daniel Johnston @ Bimbo's, SF, 8-22-07]

25. The unconventional. [Beirut @ Great American Music Hall, SF, 10-20-06]

26. Legends [BB King @ Paramount Theatre, Oakland, 12-28-06]

27. Escapism. [Arctic Monkeys @ The Warfield, 5-31-06]

28. Vice. [Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs performing with The Twilight Singers @ Great American Music Hall, either 6-29-06 or 10-24-06]

29. Focus (and a temper). [Lee Renaldo playing with Sonic Youth @ The Fillmore, SF, 7-14-06]

30. Festivals. [Sasquatch Festival, Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA, 5-27-06]

31. Proximity. [Love Is All @ Bottom of the Hill, SF, 11-20-08]

32. Maturation. [Wire @ The Fillmore, SF, 10-15-08]

33. Envy. [Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds @ The Warfield, SF, 9-19-08]

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