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Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys pose atop a restaurant in midtown Manhattan on May 11, 1987. The two groups held a news conference to announce their 40-city ‘Together Forever’ tour, which was to kick off in Hawaii on June 12. In front from left, are, Jason ‘Jam Master Jay’ Mizell, Jospeh ‘Rappers Run’ Simmons, and Davy D, in back from left are, Mike D, Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels, King Ad-Rock, and MCA

more at – 30 Years Ago: A Look Back at 1987


Lytle Giants

(Le) Poisson Rouge
February 28th

If you asked me to name one of the more essential albums of the 21st Century, I think I would have to say that one of them would have to be Grandaddy’s The Sophtware Slump.  It was album with past and future tense – and created an incredible soundscape that I constantly wanted to escape into.  And somehow, 17 years have passed since its release, and I somehow escaped from the reality of that album’s amazingness, and the band that created it

Luckily, a memory refresher was headed my way

My musical tastes haven’t really grown in this century, mainly discovering older groups (it’s all about the classics, man!), but I still and will always maintain a love for certain groups of the new millennium (anything Jack White, Air, Franz Ferdinand, Ladytron, etc).  Grandaddy is one of those groups, but I really did forget about them.  Mainly, they forgot about themselves, as they were broken up for awhile, but alas, here we are, and when I heard that Grandaddy was making a new album and touring it, of course I had to see them… 14 years since I last did – pre-Thighs Wide Shut(!!!!), in 2003.  

And so, for prep for the concert, I listened to what I could of the new album – Last Place.  A few singles had been floating around for months, and then with less than week to go, NPR had the album in full, streaming.  Normally it takes awhile for an album to work its magic on you (if it has any actual magic to begin with), but in a short amount of time – I felt like the grand(addy) early 2000s had never ended, and this new album felt a year apart from the essential Slump, not 17 years separated

And live?  Oh man, the old stuff was beyond beautiful music to my ears.  And the new stuff?  It fit in-between the old stuff like a glove (not the OJ type of glove, but the one that fits perfectly – like a new glove, or an old glove)!

The show was 17 songs done up in under 90 minutes, but for every minute – I basked in the bestness that was and remains Grandaddy, and escaped back into the early 2000s, which somehow seems like such a simpler, happier time

Setlist – Hewlett’s Daughter / El Caminos in the West / Laughing Stock / Way We Won’t / Disconnecty / Evermore / The Crystal Lake / My Small Love / Levitz / AM 180 / So You’ll Aim Toward the Sky / I Don’t Wanna Live Here Anymore / Everything Beautiful Is Far Away / Now It’s On / He’s Simple, He’s Dumb, He’s the Pilot

Encore The Boat is in the Barn / Summer Here Kids


Does Anybody Want Some Magic Johnson?

Red Hot Chili Peppers
Madison Square Garden
February 15th

Does anybody want some Magic Johnson?  I do!  I do!

I want it, and anything from Mother’s Milk! And ALL of Blood Sugar Sex Magik!!

Is that so much to ask for, for my very first Red Hot Chili Peppers concert ever????

I mean, when I finally got around to seeing Pearl Jam last year, they pretty much played a setlist that pretty much perfectly suited what I pretty much REALLY needed and wanted to hear them play. I mean, I kinda left off with Pearl Jam back in the 90s, and didn’t know of anything they did since, but I’ve kept better tabs with the Red Hots over the years, as some of their songs were not only popular, and not only catchy, but downright good!!

And so I cannot complain hearing them rock ‘Dani California’ or ‘By The Way’, but they only dropped 3 songs from Blood Sugar Sex Magik???  And 5 songs from the new album?  OK, I didn’t do my homework, like I normally would, mainly cause I didn’t have time to, cause I got a last minute ticket, but c’mon man!  Old stuff!  Not new stuff!  I know new stuff was gonna happen, but it can’t make up a 1/3rd of your barely 100 minuted show.  Pearl Jam played for double the amount of time and played double the amount of songs, and so when PJ played stuff I didn’t know, it was fine, cause they played like 381283812 things I DID know!

Damn you Red Hots!  You sounded great (when I was hearing what I wanted to hear), but I think you owe it to yer old fans to play the old stuff

But it’s not their fault.  It’s all mine.  Why didn’t I see them on their Blood Sugar Sex Magik tour when it came to my area???  OK, I was 14, and about a year away from going to concerts all the time, but still!!!  How come I didn’t beg/force one of my parents to take me?  Or how come I didn’t decide to visit my 5-years older brother at Tulane a year before that, and see Pearl Jam AND the Smashing Pumpkins open for the Red Hots like he did!!??!?!?!??!  OMGGGgGgGgGgGG!!!  Lucky fcuking bastard.  More like, my lovely man

SetlistIntro Jam / Can’t Stop / Dani California / The Zephyr Song / Dark Necessities / The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie / Right on Time / Go Robot / Californication / Sick Love / Search and Destroy (Iggy and The Stooges cover) / The Getaway / Suck My Kiss / Under the Bridge / By the Way

EncoreGoodbye Angels / Give It Away

over the bridge and tunnelers, I drew some blood #RHCP

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