January 13th, Chris Larsen and Melanie Glover's living room
David Bazan (Pedro the Lion, Headphones) played in my friend's house. It was pretty incredible. If you ever get the chance to see anyone do a completely acoustic show check it out. You really get to see what someone is made of when they don't have a microphone. Even if it is not your type of music, it is hard to hate on David Bazan. It is all so obviously personal and when he sings it feels like it is with his whole being.
It was such an honor to get to be one of the few to see this intimate show. He is playing at the Blue Lamp on March 5th. I highly recommend checking it out, but don't take my word for it. Here is a song off of his new album Curse Your Branches. This one particularly struck a chord with me.
2009 as witnessed by my camera, a few of my favorites
March 28, Monterrey Bay
Marine Biology field trip
April 3rd, The Troubadour
T.G.U.K at the Troub!
April 18th Record Store Day, R5
June 6th, Keith's
July 17th, 300 Room
August 10th, Press Club Mixed bag Monday
Jay B. kicking out the jams
The English Singles
August 22nd, Luigi's Slice First Annual Pizza Eating Throw Down
Not the champ, but a winner in our hearts.
This was the year I finally got into girl bands. It is hard to find the right combination of pop music, girls, and cool without being too cutesy. This band was my gateway drug and one of my girl crushes.
September 3rd, Beatnik Studios
Girl crush number two.
October 2nd, Luigi's
I have seen Knock Knock countless times and this has to have been my favorite show of theirs. Not only was the sound perfect, but because of an injury Heather was free to dance around. And boy did she. It has been a long time since I have seen such a joy filled performance.
October 8th, Sophia's
It's a shame that these guys are over with now, because I was really digging the style they were transforming into. Download their final EP here. Good stuff.
November 20th, Luigi's
Kevin Dockter of Buildings Breeding
November 28th, Old Ironsides
Captain Billy’s Whiz-Bang
Joel Goulet of The Four Eyes
December 11th, Luigi's
Jesse Phillips of Ellie Fortune
looking like a French film
Hope 2010 brings many more great shows and good times.
Most years fly past me without much to show in the the way of personal accomplishments and fulfillment. This year I actually forced myself out into the public spectrum and for a second convinced myself that I have something to share the world.
I started a blog, uncomfortably stood at the front of stages and took lots of pictures, preformed four times (something I thought I would never have the nerve to do again), made some posters, and had my art in a show.
For someone who just wants to put their head in the sand, this was quite a feat.
Coming up in 2010:
year in review photo essay a blog everyday the actual exchange of money for art