Thursday, October 27, 2011

Mylo Xyloto

One of my favorite artists just came out with a new album.  There's been much anticipation because of the release of their EP Every Teardrop is a Waterfall.  I can't seem to get enough of Mylo Xyloto.  One of my favorite tracks is Paradise (video below). The video is a little "out there" but they are Coldplay, they can do what they want.  Coldplay featured Rhianna on the track Princess of China. I was a little wary of this at first because I don't really like the collaboration of Jay-Z and Coldplay on Prospekts March, anywho the track is wonderful.  There is so much depth to the lyrics, Every Teardrop is A Waterfall definitely paints a vivd picture.  When asked the meaning of Mylo Xyloto, Coldplay basically stated that there was no exact meaning, only that it mean a new beginning.  Guitarist Jonny Buckland said the naming of the album was like the naming of a child.  Colplay is very consistent in providing great music to the industry. They create music that is inventive as well as exciting to listen to. Mylo Xyloto, weird name, mindblowing album. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A Potpourri of Thoughts

I realized that I haven't given details of my most recent concert adventure.  I went to see Maroon 5 in Vegas.  Matt Nathanson opened for them and it was really something.  Matt's latest album Modern Love was recently released and he played a lot of the tracks from that.  He was really funny and I wished he could have played longer.  Then Maroon 5 came out and totally blew us all away.  It was at the palms casino in a small venue called the Pearl.  I was literally 10 feet away from Adam Levine, which was totally fine with me.  They whole band was amazingly energetic, and it was a really fun show.  There's a documentary on Netflix called Rock Prophecies.  It's about a photographer named Robert Knight he's photographed all the great rockstars including Jimi Hendrix.  Anyway, Robert was at this concert.  He wasn't taking any photos from what I could see, but it was like seeing a rock and roll celebrity.  The show was great and I knew every word, I'm just excited for the albums the band will write next.  I've discovered something great, and if you have the ability to listen to music at work check this out. NPR, at first I thought, NPR is for nerds, but what I didn't realize is that they have a huge archive of music from up and coming artists and studio sessions from some of my favorite artists.  If you create an account you can create a playlist for yourself that can be saved and accessed later.  It's really changed up my music listening at work.  The best part is that they talk about the music that they are performing with the host of the different shows, telling background stories and such. So many great albums are coming out soon or have recently been released, Coldplay Mylo Zyloto, Gavin DeGraw Sweeter, Matt Kearney Young Love, Joshua Radin just came out with an acoustic version of some tracks from The Rock and the Tide (amazing), and Gabe Dixon One Spark.  Oh and I just need to give a shout out to Ellie Goulding, I call her the disco version of Adele.  I'm currently obsessed, her new album Lights is a great listen, trust me.  Now that I have successfully gone on ten tangents, I'll be done. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Three concerts in three days

It's been a while since I've written, I changed jobs and moved back to Salt Lake, so things have been a little crazy.  A couple of weekends ago I went to three concerts in a row.  Sara Bareillis/Sugarland, Adele, and Death Cab for Cutie.  I've never attended a country concert but it was definitely a good experience.  Sara Bareillis opened for Sugarland.  We were on the third row with mostly Sugarland fans, but we all made friends quickly, and when Sara came out we knew every word.  She was great! Very talented, and the people that hadn't heard her music enjoyed it I think.  People from the Sugarland fan club were on the front row and knew how much we loved Sara, so when Sara's setlist was given to them they passed it to us.  It was amazing.  Sugarland came out and put on a great show.  I was surprised at how many songs I knew and how enjoyable it was.  The next night we went to See Adele at the Gallivan center.  This concert was postponed because Adele had laryngitis, she rescheduled and I was able to get tickets. She was as delightful as she could be. Her voice was impeccable.  Everyone knew every word and when she performed Rolling In the Deep we were all singing at the top of our lungs.  At 23 she's very successful, her album 21 has been one of the top ten albums this year. I really am so glad I was able to see her in such a relatively small venue because pretty soon she's going to be selling out at huge venues.  Death Cab for Cutie was at the Maverick Center, formerly the E center.  It wasn't very well attended which made me sad.  Death Cab has produced great albums for years so you'd think they'd have a stronger following.  They played a lot of their new album Code and Keys, which is great.  They really put on a good show.  They met when they were going to college in Seattle and have played together ever since.  Three concerts in three days was a little crazy especially since two out of the three were standing.  It was totally worth it though.  Next concerts coming up are Kenny Loggins and then Maroon 5 in Vegas. 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

David Gray

The other night I went to see David Gray at Kingsbury Hall.  We were on the second row, so it pays off to be a member of the fan club. An Irish lady named Lisa O'Neill opened for him.  She was as raw as it gets but delightful.  She sang a song entitled It's Not Your Fault You're A Man and I was immediately enthralled.  She was great and sung back-ups for David during his set.  If you're not familiar with David Gray he came out with his smash hit Babylon in the early 2000s. (Video below).  I'd heard a few of his songs but kind of got reacquainted with him when I purchased a track called Full Steam featuring Annie Lennox (from the Eurythmics), it was awesome. I couldn't get enough so I purchased his Greatest Hits album and was hooked.  On Facebook, David asked his fans what they would like most to hear and the resounding reply was a song called Lately, I'd never heard it before but I loved it! I haven't stopped listening to it since.  He performed a few of my favorites entitled Fugitive and Kathleen. I liked the way the band was set up.  It was like they were all close together up on the stage jamming, which was awesome.  He had a lead guitarist that had talent like I've never seen.  He used a slider on his guitar that would make your face melt (in a good way).  All the men were in English suits and the performance was amazing.  I was hanging on their every word.  The picture below is of his setlist, I love how it's on yellow legal pad.  David is a great artist, check him out.


Monday, July 18, 2011

Mat Kearney

This concert was filled with ups and downs but mostly ups.  We were packed like sardines into the old run down club, In the Venue.   Mat Kearney was opening for Owl City.  Mat came out and put on an excellent show.  He played all of the greats, Fire and Rain, Breathe In Breathe Out, Undeniable, Here We Go, Closer to Love, and his new single Hey Mama from his new album Young Love. At one point during one of his songs he came out into the audience.  He stood on the railing separating the crowd from the stage and my friend from High school held him up so he wouldn't fall.  It was awesome.  He was amazing.  We sung all the words by heart while all the Owl city tweens stared in bewilderment.  The coolest thing that happened is that as we were walking back to our car at the gateway when we saw the whole band.  We were wearing out Mat Kearney shirts and I said "Hey how's it going?" to Mat.  He said "I like your shirt", he introduced himself to my little sister, and then asked me for my name.  We then proceeded to tell him how wonderful he was.  He was so cool and down to earth.  We couldn't believe it.  I love when things like that happen.  Above is the video for Mat's new single Hey Mama. Check him out, he's awesome.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Gavin DeGraw

Believe it or not the photo above was taken by yours truly.  We were pretty close.  I am a pretty big fan of Gavin, mostly because his song-writing/voice is unbelievable.  Seeing him in concert was interesting.  I haven't been able to put my finger on why the show was weird and I've tacked it up to high expectations.  I think since I've such a big fan, I was a little let down by the show.  Not to say that he isn't a great performer, he is, I guess he didn't play the songs that I really wanted him to. Also, it's kind of a let-down when an artist's personality isn't what you think it's going to be.  I just didn't think he was very like-able, his showmanship left a lot to be desired.    His band was great and the guitarist was very talented.  He's currently on tour promoting his latest album Sweeter.  I really like his new single Not Over You (video above).  Gavin's new album comes out on August 9th. I think it'll prove to be as awesome as all of his previous albums.  I really love his music, and I'm excited to buy his new album. 

Monday, June 20, 2011

Richard Marx

Now I know what you're thinking, Richard Marx? That 80's has-been? Don't be too quick to judge.  I went to this concert with very little expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised.  He performed with about 15 people from the Utah Symphony.  He came out and performed his song Endless Summer Nights, and then said embarrassingly, "my fly is down", turned around towards the orchestra and zipped it up.  ha ha.  He was saying that in 25 years of touring that had never happened to him.  This guy was hilarious.  I've never laughed so much at a concert.  The thing that was incredible was that he played song after song that I had never heard before but liked, and I  made notes to download them later.  Many people don't know that Richard wrote the song that made Josh Groban famous To Where You Are.  He's written songs for Keith Urban, Natalie Cole, Luther Vandross, Barbara Streisand,  Daughtry, and Lifehouse.   These days he's a writer and producer first and a performer second.  I really liked this guy and will continue to buy his music.  My favorite songs he performed were Should Have Known Better, Save Me, Through My Veins, and Hazard.  Check him out, he's one talented guy. 

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

U2 360 Tour

Let me start by saying, this concert was like nothing I have ever seen before.  I've had a lot of firsts when it comes to concerts, but this was like nothing I could have imagined.  The stage was massive.  Rice-Eccles Stadium was completely packed.  The Fray opened for U2 and put on a good show. The 360 stage had a giant LCD screen and while we were waiting for U2 to come out on stage it showed different statistics and numbers like google searches that day, or how many people were born today, etc.  That was really interesting.  If you know anything about Bono, he's part of a lot of different causes.  That was a definite theme of the concert.  U2 played a lot of songs from their new album No Line On The Horizon but they also played so many of their classics.  I couldn't believe it but they performed my favorite song Walk On. The crowd went crazy when we recognized so many greats like Beautiful Day, City of Blinding Lights, One, Vertigo, Elevation, and so many others.  The whole performance was amazing.  At one point the interlocking LCD screen dropped all the way down to the bottom of the stage.  U2 spends $775,000 a day to run the tour.  It takes four days to put the massive stage together.  They use as much energy as it takes to fly a passenger airplane to Mars, all of which they are paying back to the environment.  It was amazing to see them in person.  I think Bono is a complete stud.  The Edge is awesome and I loved seeing them perform the songs that I've loved for a long time.  We had to wait a year to see them, but they were worth the wait. 






The interlocking LCD screen lowered to the bottom of the stage

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Voice

I have recently discovered a show on t.v. called The Voice.  It is an interesting concept.  The "coaches" who are Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, and Blake Shelton  have their backs turned to the performer.  If the coaches like the artist's voice they turn around and battle for them to be on the coaches teams of 8.  These performers are finalists from all over the U.S.  If the coaches don't turn around, the performer hasn't been selected to be on any team. The coaches then teach these contestants to be better singers throughout the competition.  The thing that sets this show apart from American Idol is that it doesn't matter what these people look like, only their vocal ability is important.  It's been interesting to see how each contestant is chosen and by whom.  My favorite coach is Adam Levine, lead singer of Maroon 5.  He's got a great voice and has reached stardom by his vocal and songwriting abilities.  Check it out, it's on NBC. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Concerts I'm Attending This Summer

So far, I'm planning on attending the following concerts this Summer,
 I might go to  Gavin DeGraw in Vegas, I'm keeping my fingers crossed.  Looking forward to an eventful summer. 

U2  May 24th at Rice Eccles Stadium


















                          




Owl City-With Mat Kearney (Mat is really who I'm going to see) UVU July 13th




David Gray-Kingsbury Hall July 14th
Bruce Hornsby-Red Butte Garden July 27th (Known for his really bizarre album covers)




















Sara Bareillis- August 20th at Usana opening for Sugarland
Kenny Loggins- Layton Amphitheater September 10th

























Friday, April 8, 2011

15 things you may or may not want to know about me


So I was tagged in this thing, and I do it begrudgingly for you Melanie.
1- Dream Job
Well I'd like to say that I am currently in my dream job, but no, I am not, if the pay didn't matter I would love to be a radio DJ, for my own radio station, playing whatever I wanted, like Jack fm, but Jessica fm. It would be awesome, the accounting thing is just to pay the bills.
2- Favorite Drink 
Well I have been hitting the caffeinated drinks pretty hard lately and my favorite kind of pop is wild cherry pepsi, but my other one is Fresca. There is something so refreshing about a uncaffeinated drink that doesn't have sugar in it.
3- Most important beauty secret 
Well if you know a little bit about me, sleep is my most important beauty secret. I wait until the last possible second to get up and get ready and it's totally awesome. I usually am a few minutes late, but it's totally worth it. Also, I've never dyed my hair. Some of you may think BORING! but I really like the low maintenance of it all. My hair is super healthy because of that and I always get compliments from hair dressers.
4- If you had an all-expenses paid vacation, where would you go? 
Well I think I would have to go back to the UK, do some research on my favorite bands beginnings like Led Zeppelin, the police, and U2 and see where they got some of their inspiration. I've already done that for the Beatles when I went to Liverpool last summer.
5-If you had 3 wishes what would they be? 
First I would wish for more wishes :). Second I would wish to be financially stable for the rest of my life. Third I would wish for me and my families happiness.
6- If you could have one type of food for the rest of your life what would it be?
Candy. It's my favorite food, it's the best thing ever and I'm a connoisseur of all things candy.
7- What is one talent you wish you had? 
Well, I wish I could be better at public speaking, I get nervous from the moment I find out I have to get up in front of people until 5 minutes after I've presented.
8-Biggest Celebrity Crushes
I only have eyes for one, his name is Hugh Jackman and he is dreamy
9- If you could look into the future, would you? 
No, as much as I want to I wouldn't because I think it would ruin all the fun.
10- What made you start a blog? 
Well I attend a lot of concerts and some of my friends told me that I should start one, my roommate Ashlee convinced me to do it and even came up with the name Jessica's Jams.
11- What was the happiest day of your life?
I can't really pinpoint it down to one day, there's been a lot. When I saw Eric clapton play guitar, when I walked across Abbey Road, when I was finished with my last final in college, just to name a few.
12- Top 4 book recommendations
1) the Last Lecture 2) How to win friends and influence people 3) the Great Gatsby 4) The Book of Mormon 13-What is your guilty pleasure movie? 
That would probably have to be Pride and Prejudice the low budget one, so cheesy, but so awesome. I think it was mostly filmed in Provo.
14- What's your worst habit?
Having a messy room. I try to be good and put my clothes in my closet at the end of the day, but mostly they get thrown on the floor. Like I used to tell my mom growing up, a neat room is the product of an empty mind. 15- What Golden Girl would you be? 
I was going to say Sophia because she's the bomb, but Melanie stole that one, so I would have to say Dorothy, she's always got the quick comebacks and is sarcastic as all get out, just like me.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Adele


I have discovered my latest musical obsession.  Her name is Adele, she's 22 and absolutely amazing.  She has already come out with 2 successful albums 19 and 21. Adele is from the UK and has a really cute personality, not to mention amazing songwriting ability. She's done a few covers on her albums including Bob Dylan's To Make You Feel My Love, and The Cure's Lovesong.  Her voice is packed with so much soul it would make Tina Turner cringe.  My favorite songs on her latest album 21  are Rolling in the Deep (See video below) and Turning Tables. I've included a link to her short concert from Live on Letterman.  I really hope she keeps writing music and remains successful. My words don't do her justice, check out the videos below.






Thursday, March 10, 2011

Joshua Radin: In the Venue

Cary Brothers
Joshua Radin
Going into this concert I was hoping Joshua was exactly what I thought he'd be.  Joshua was touring with Laura Jansen, and Cary Brothers who I just discovered.  I was excited, I knew the Venue couldn't be very big so I knew we would stand pretty close to him.  Laura opened the concert and played some of the songs from her new album (which comes out on March 15th).  She was great, she played the keyboard and sang.  Cary Brothers then did his set.  I love when artists tell the story about how a song came to be.  Cary performed songs from his new album Under Control he was very talented and I had been listening to this album over and over in the weeks previous to this concert.  He is an incredible musician and I'm so glad he came on tour with Joshua.  Joshua was next up.  I don't think I've ever seen a more humble performer.  He too told us lots of stories about how his songs came to be and it just gave them new meaning.  His personality was so warm and endearing. He played songs from his new album The Rock and the Tide and some of his older ones. We had a great time singing along to all of the songs.  I'm happy I was able to attend this show and I hope Joshua comes back to Salt Lake soon.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Eric Clapton

Well I'm back to tell all about my Eric Clapton experiences.  Let me just start by saying that this man exceeded any expectation that I had, and then multiplied it by infinity.  Los Lobos opened for him.  I'd never heard a single song of theirs and my sister leaned over to me and said, "the only song I know is How Far Is Heaven.  ha ha.  Los Lobos, not to be confused with Los Lonely Boys.  Anyway they were decent but the sound mix left a lot to be desired.  I liked some of the songs they performed and they did a few crowd favorite covers. Then it was Eric's turn. He came out and said "Good Evening",   It's like the sound technician flipped a switch.  The sound that Eric and his band produced was out of this world amazing. Eric's band was made up of a rock organist, a keyboardist, a bass player, a drummer, and Eric on electric guitar, that was it.  The stage set up was awesome so it was visually stimulating as well.  I can't put into words how amazing this experience was.  All I can say is from the second he came out on stage you couldn't wipe the grin off my face. Eric's personality was exactly what I thought it would be.  He seems like a quieter guy, he didn't say anything other than "thank you" after his songs, and then he was on to the next.  He wasn't there to tell stories, he was there to play, and play he did.  The talent of Eric as well as the rest of the band was phenomenal.  The rock organist reminded me of Steve Urkel from Family Matters.  It seemed like he'd spent his life locked in a room practicing, and now he'd made it on tour with Eric.  He looked like he was having the time of his life. One of my favorite songs Eric performed was Old Love.  I've loved this song for a long time, but hearing it live from Eric was unbelievable.  I could feel the utter heart and soul put into every note. It seemed to me that everyone in the audience was feeling the same way I was.  We were all in complete awe of this man, and I couldn't believe my good fortune. Halfway through the performance he sat down and did some acoustic stuff (he is almost 70).  I didn't know an acoustic guitar could sound like that. He's nicknamed Slowhand for a reason. I didn't want the night to end. Luckily I went to see him again in Las Vegas the week following. Some think I'm crazy for going twice, but after seeing him the first time I couldn't get enough.  Eric Clapton is the only person to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three different times. All of the concerts I've attended have been great, I've yet to be disappointed (knock on wood), Eric was no different.  I wouldn't do the other people I've seen the discredit to say that Eric was the best concert I've ever attended, I can't say it was the best because it was different from all the others.  This is a man that I've built up in my mind for a long time. To finally see him live was a dream come true and one of the best things I have ever experienced. There is just something about seeing someone perform a live concert that just makes time stop and the memory to last forever.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Nostalgia

Memories, like the corners of my mind.  I've been thinking about how I have come to love attending concerts and listening to music.  One of my earliest memories is listening to The Pointer Sisters full blast and dancing to it in our living room.  We also would pull out my parents' old records and listen to ABBA, Chicago, and so many others.  I can still hear 25 or 6 to 4 blasting in the basement.  Fleetwood Mac was another family favorite.  The guitar stylings of Lindsay Buckingham just enthralled me. In High School my curiosity about Classic Rock just exploded.  I listened to everything from Crosby, Stills, and Nash to Queen, Pink Floyd and Eric Clapton.   I remember watching the Eagle's Hell Freezes Over reunion concert and thinking, "what's the big deal"?  After listening to their music and seeing them live, now I know. In a week I'm going to see one of the biggest blues guitarists in this world, Eric Clapton.  I'm so excited and really can't believe that it's happening. 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Script

I want to start off by putting a plug in for Amazon.com.  This website is amazing.  I always pre-order cd's and get them on the day they come out or in the case of the script's new album, a day early.  I love downloading mp3's on the site as well because whole mp3 albums are a lot cheaper than on itunes. It was love at first listen when I heard the Script's song Breakeven.  The Script describe themselves as a "Celtic soul trio". Their new album Science and Faith was just released in the U.S. today.  Their single For the First Time is written about the hard times people are going through especially now with the economy in the state it is in. My favorite track is Bullet From A Gun. The Script is playing at the House of Blues in Vegas on May 28th. 

Monday, January 3, 2011

Announcement

I couldn't wait any longer, I'm going to see Eric Clapton in Seattle in February.  I'm am super excited.  This is my dream concert and I cannot wait!