Feb 24, 2005, 12:03 AM EDT
We all get bored of sports so I like to throw in a little something about music on occasion. I didn’t start talking about music on the700level until the summer, so thoughts from the first half of the year are not documented. A few of the shows I was at in 05:
-I started 2005 off at Madison Square Garden in New York, literally, with Wilco and the Flaming Lips along with Sleater-Kinney. This was a great show, the perfect way to break in the new year.
June: Saw Wilco at Penn’s Landing and got to use perfectly fitting song lyrics that most of my readers didn’t pick up on. This was another show I thought was great. My Morning Jacket also opened the show.
July 2: Live 8 took place in Philly and all over the world; I was there in the thick of things. This was a really fun time, but by no means a great concert.
July 4: Right back to the Ben Franklin Parkway to see Elton John sing Philadelphia Freedom with a spectacular fireworks display. This was okay, but by no means a great concert.
July 25: Saw the Grammy nominated John Legend along with Common at the Electric Factory. I was impressed with John Legend. Going into the show I knew very little about him. Common was pretty decent at working the crows.
July 26: Larry Anderson was spotted at the Allman Brothers show at Penn’s Landing.
August 8: Perhaps my favorite show of the year.: Coldplay in Camden. The seats you have at a show definitely dictate what kind of time you have and it’s almost impossible to have a bad time when you could high five Chris Martin. I took some phenomenal pictures of Coldplay. They really put on a great show. Yeah, yeah, I like Coldplay.
August 11: Scott saw Dickie Betts at Maddies.
August 18: I saw the hype of the Internet, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, in the basement of the Church. Pretty good show. I was obsessed with their album for a month back then.
August 22: I saw the Rolling Stones at Fenway park in Boston for their tour opener, but I forgot to write about it. Stones shows are always a fun time. Old people can be cool.
August 28: I had a crazy weekend in South Philly which included an Eagles game, And1 mixtape game, and a Jimmy Buffett concert at Citizens Bank Ballpark. Jimmy Buffett concerts always seem to be a fun reason to get drunk and hang out with bikini clad ladies, even in the rain. Being on the field at CBP was definitely a highlight.
Sep 8: I saw the Phish cover band, Phix, in Manayunk and had an absolute blast.
Sep 12: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah again at the Khyber.
Sep 28: At the T.L.A. on South Street, I saw Sufjan Stevens along with Denison Witmer. A pretty good show, I wasn’t overly impressed but definitely enjoyed it.
Oct 04: I ended up getting a ticket the day of the show for Pearl Jam at the Wachovia Center which was first row behind the stage.
Oct 08: I had pit seats again in Camden, this time for Beck. I got some great pictures from this show as well. This show sparked my re-obsession with Midnite Vultures.
Oct 21: Saw The Roots perform in front of City Hall. This was a great spot to see Philly’s own. Al Gore invented the internets.
Oct 27: Dr. Dog along with The Stooges Brass Band and CYHSY again at the T.L.A. I was impressed with the Stooges who were from New Orleans and really put on a fun show for the crowd.
Nov 15: I was supposed to see Trey Anastasio at the Tower but had to go to Chicago for business. Instead, I listened to some of the show online at xpn.org.
Nov 21: Bright Eyes played at the Academy of Music along with Feist and The Magic Numbers. This was a great show as well. I fell in love with Feist and am glad I got exposed to The Magic Numbers. Conor Oberst is weird yet talented.
Nov 22: By far the worst concert of the year I was at was The Roots at Villinova with Guster and some horrible guy named Michael Tolcher. I know, I know, I should have known better than to go to a concert at Villanova. I blame Sid. The Roots basically put on the same show as they did at City Hall.
Dec 7: Now that you know my great taste in music you can download a Christmas mix I made last year which features zero of the artists I just mentioned.
Not a bad year of music viewing, and I didn’t even try to remember what I saw in the first half of the year. Anyone want to refresh my memory? Anything I missed that I should have been at?
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