This is the song that really helped me "get" Radiohead. This and "Planet Telex" were the soundtrack to the summer of 1996 for me. I played this song constantly.
I have a photo of me drinking a beer with Ed O'Brien from that summer. I need to dig that up.
Hi Everyone. Sorry for being a bit M.I.A. so far in 2009. Work's been very hectic and Mrs. Leafblower and I just moved into a new apartment. Basically shit has been crazy. But we're out of the old apartment and settling in to our new one and hopefully things will return to normal soon. I have 16 concerts on my calendar for March, so things should be picking up. I am doing most of my daily blogging over at my Tumblr, so check there to see what I am reading on a daily basis.
The Sports Guy calls out Tracy McGrady. And rightfully so.
For the aspiring photographers out there i hope this is a lesson that you never know when a dream assignment will pop up out of the blue. If it does, just say yes, even if it scares the hell out of you.
And on a completely unrelated note, iTunes just served up Radiohead's "How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found" and I had forgotten what a beautiful song it is.
I shudder to think at how many photos I shot over the past 12 months. To give you an idea, here's a list of some of the bands I shot in 2008: Editors, Buffalo Tom, Fiery Furnaces, Super Furry Animals (twice), Angels & Airwaves, From The Jam, Say Hi, Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige, Ra Ra Riot, John Vanderslice, Stephen Malkmus, Jens Lekmen, The Dodos, The Big Sleep, Les Savy Fav, The City Veins (twice), Robbers on High Street, The Cure, Finger 11, Seether, Live, Chevelle, Liars, Radiohead, Pela, Modest Mouse, R.E.M., Ted Leo, Pearl Jam, 20+ bands at Whartscape, The Dirt Bombs, Spiritualized (twice), The Cool Kids (twice), Redman & Method Man, Ghostface & Raekwon, Q-Tip (twice), Nas, De la Soul, We Are Scientists (twice), Nine Inch Nails, Iggy & the Stooges, Lil' Wayne, Paramore, Underworld, Duffy & many more at the Virgin Mobile Festival in Baltimore, Title Tracks, The Hold Steady, Jana Hunter (twice), Thao Nguyen & TGDSD, The Jonas Brothers, Shudder to Think (twice) Stereophonics, The Kooks, Oasis (twice-kind of), Paul Weller (twice), Silversun Pickups, Stereolab, The Black Kids, James, David Byrne, New Kids on the Block, Lykke Li, Cold War Kids, The Whigs, Kings of Leon, Smashing Pumpkins, Usher, Vampire Weekend, Nada Surf and Ryan Adams.
And that's not counting the Washington Wizards, Washington Kastles, Legg Mason Tennis Tournament, 20+ D.C. United games and all the photos of my cat. But I'm not complaining. Just the opposite in fact. I hope to do it bigger and better in 2009. I can sleep later.
Here are a few of my faves from 2008.
Quite frankly, this was one hell of a year. More about that a bit later, but let's go ahead and kick off the end-of-year-listage with the best gigs of 2008!
1) Underworld @ Virgin Mobile Festival - Baltimore, MD
What I said at the time: Crazy Crazy Crazy Crazy Crazy Crazy Crazy Crazy Crazy Crazy Crazy Crazy Crazy Crazy Crazy Crazy Crazy Crazy Crazy Crazy Crazy Crazy Crazy
Not only was this the best show I saw all year, it was one of the best shows I have ever seen. Period. It was thoroughly mind blowing. My expectations for this could not have been higher but Underworld still blew me away. All concerts should be like this.
[MP3] Underworld | Beautiful Burnout
BUY: Underworld: Everything, Everything on CD
2) Oasis @ Virgin Festival - Toronto, ONT
What I said at the time: Craziness erupted at the Oasis gig in Toronto tonight when during "Morning Glory" some punter somehow got onstage, and gave Noel a mighty shove into the monitors directly in front of him before turning and going after Liam. Luckily security corralled the guy before he could do any more damage to the band and the gig.
Photo superstardom for yours truly! I was totally crushed that I didn't get to shoot Oasis from the pit, but because I didn't, I happened to have my camera out when Noel was attacked on stage. The resulting shots were published all over the world.
[MP3] Oasis | To Be Where There's Life (live Wembley Arena 10/16/08)
BUY: Dig Out Your Soul on CD
3) Radiohead @ Nissan Pavilion - Fairfax, VA
What I said at the time: It rained. Alot. A hell of a lot. More than you've ever seen. Ever. Almost four inches. Seriously, it was one of the biggest storms in D.C. history. And we stood outside during it and watched Radiohead. The "rain down" part of the "Paranoid Android" suddenly has new meaning to me.
Fuck. I don't think I'll ever forget this gig. It led to my first-ever photos in the Post and a whole bunch of other work. Oh yeah, and it rained. A hell of a lot. More than you've ever seen. Ever. I cannot stress this enough.
[MP3] Radiohead | Reckoner (live @ Nissan Pavilion)
BUY: In Rainbows on CD
The first in a series of posts showcasing my eternal appreciation for the fine art of the perfect backing vocal. Nailing the backing vocal is the easiest and best way to take me to musical nirvana.
Just listen here as Ed transforms "Weird Fishes/Arpeggi" as he comes in when Thom sings "Turn me on to phantoms / I follow to the edge of the earth" at the 2:11 mark.
I really love this version of "Jigsaw Falling Into Place" from the Scotch Mist webcast. It was cool to hear this tune @ Nissan, but I'm still bitter they played it instead of "There There."
"All I Need" is pretty great too. I noticed the other day that I generally space out on this song when I listen to it on my headphones until they get to the end and the wall of sound bit comes in.