Two of My Favorite Artists – One Song

James Blake and Bon Iver performing on the same track. I love it!

Julia Nunes

At the end of last week, I got to finally see Julia Nunes in concert. I have listened to her music for the past 10 years, but she has never come to a place that I could make it to. She travels all over the country doing Living Room Shows. She also does bigger shows, but these are the most intimate type of musical show that I have ever seen. It is just the musician and the fans. When I say fans, I am talking about 50 people who go to someone’s house. I don’t think that the show could really get any better. From the picture below, you can see how close I was.

Julia Nunes Playing

 

After the show, she did a meet and greet. I got a picture with her, and she signed a vinyl album that I purchased. It was great all around for me. The person on the left is Julia, and the person on the right is the¬†percussionists, Julia’s girlfriend, and internet sensation, Danielle Owens-Reid.

Julia Nunes Group Photo

 

I was a little skeptical about going to a show like this, but I will definitely be attending again. Julia was a little sick, but she was still a great singer. She sounds amazing acoustically. I love her albums, but I think that acoustic performance are where she shines. I am also a little bit of an acoustic performance nut.

Green Room

 
What are those UFOs? 

Brain Dead

Pretty cool art at Brain Dead…

  

Local Music

In the past year, I have listened to a lot more local music in the Dallas area. Most places seem to have some type of music being played, and I think that most of the people or bands are pretty good. There are some bad ones, but I am not talking about those here.

Here are some that stood out to me. They are in no particular order. I am just cleaning up random lists of things that I have on my phone, and I thought that putting it here would be a good idea.

Ryan Berg

This is one of my favorite songs of his.

 

Something About Chinamen

This band is great, but they are extremely young. From what I remember, they are all 14-16 years old. I was beyond impressed with them. I hope as they get older they can clean up their music some. The lead singer, John Franklin, has a hell of  a voice. The song below tries to show that. They are way better live than most of their videos show.

 

Justin Pickard

I like the country, folky sound that this guy has. I bought his album at the show, and I listen to it pretty regularly. Most of his stuff seems to pretty upbeat. I didn’t know the song below was a cover of a song the producer of his album wrote. I think that he does it better than the original, but I think it is because of the different tone that his voice has.

 

Tom Devil and The Wizard

These guys have a funky rock sound going on, and I enjoy listening to them live. They play their music loud and have a ton of fun doing it.

 

That’s the glory of love. We want the ones we can’t have and crap all over the ones we can.

–Tina Fey, This is Where I Leave You

Slight Leak

I was drinking some coffee this morning at work, and I looked over and saw this. Afterwards, I made a dash to get another cup so the coffee didn’t go everywhere. It added some excitement to the day.

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.

–Ernest Hemingway

Time is the longest distance between two places.

–Tennessee Williams

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.

— Mark Twain