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The Rolling Stones – November 25, 1994 – Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, FL

September 17, 1994 around 6:00 am in the parking lot of Sears at the Coral Square Mall, Coral Spring, FL. I took the earliest bus I could to get there. I was one of the first 10 people or so in line. None of us knew Ticketmaster would be using a lottery system that morning. I bought tickets all the time from them during this era, and they hadn’t ever used it before this show – at least not at this location, where I bought tickets for most of the big shows I went to.

I drew an unbelievably bad number and ended up being sent to stand behind hundreds of people who arrived long after I had. After waiting in line for well over four hours, I finally arrived at the counter where I scored two tickets, for me and my stepdad. We were to be seated in the very last row of Joe Robbie Stadium at the low cost of just $100 (not counting Ticketmaster fees). Two months later our backs were against the concrete walls behind us and the techs setting up on stage were just tiny spots. I was so excited!

While we waited for the show to start, the dude next to us smoked crack. When he noticed me staring, he asked if I was a cop. Oh wait, I forgot to mention… I was a fifteen year old kid at the time.


“Is your dad a cop?”

“No.” He went back to his pipe. Later he explained he had been looking to buy a joint, but only could find crack in the streets of downtown Miami. The Spin Doctors opened, and they killed it. I can’t believe I actually just typed that. The crowd was pumped. I remember feeling very different from any other show I had been to until that point. Something magical was happening. The crack smoker asked me and my stepdad for a ride home, and we pretended not to hear him as the stadium went into a roar while a spotlight traced a blurry figure walking from the edge of the stage. I glanced over at the Jumbotron and recognized the figure as Whoopi Goldberg. She arrived at center stage, grabbed a mic, and said something like “Ladies and gentlemen… I am here for one reason: to introduce the greatest band in the world – The Rolling Stones.” Everyone went crazy screaming and cheering as she walked away (she later joined the backup chorus during Sweet Virginia) and the band took stage. That’s how I remember it. Below, you can see how it actually went. Oh, I forgot to mention… the whole thing was multi-cam & soundboard pro-shot and broadcast worldwide on Pay-per-View.

Watts’ drums started to pound, Jagger strutted out and took a bow, followed by Richards and Wood. This (tour, not exact show) was the Stones’ first in four or five years (depending on how you count), and they decided to go all out – especially for this show which beyond being on pay-per-view saw a VHS release (followed by a DVD release years later). Special guests on stage that night were Bo Diddley, Robert Cray, and Sheryl Crow. An elaborate set design included gigantic fire breathing snakes, and a detachable section of the stage that moved the band across the floor of the stadium and out amongst the crowd for an acoustic mini-set.

Check out some of the videos below the setlist and witness why this tour became the highest grossing concert tour in history until that time, and until today it remains at #10 (or adjusted for inflation it’s actually #3).

Not Fade Away (The Crickets cover)
Tumbling Dice
You Got Me Rocking
Rocks Off
Sparks Will Fly
Live with Me (with Sheryl Crow)
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
Beast of Burden
Angie (Acoustic)
Dead Flowers (Acoustic)
Sweet Virginia (Acoustic)
Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)
It’s All Over Now (The Valentinos cover)
Stop Breakin’ Down Blues (Robert Johnson cover) (with Robert Cray)
Who Do You Love? (Bo Diddley cover) (with Bo Diddley)
I Go Wild
Miss You
Honky Tonk Women
Before They Make Me Run (Keith Richards on lead vocals)
The Worst (Keith Richards on lead vocals)
Sympathy for the Devil
Monkey Man
Street Fighting Man
Start Me Up
It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)
Brown Sugar

Jumpin’ Jack Flash (Encore)




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New Snowden Video The Beat Comes

Fuller, more proper review coming, but had to take a moment to share the new Snowden video for the first single (The Beat Comes) on album # 2 (No One In Control). Six years after the debut Anti-Anti, No One In Control drops this fall on Serpents & Snakes Records, but why wait to get your Snowden fix? Catch them on tour right now (dates below) and look out for remixes possibly coming as quick as next week.

Shameless plug: Check out my all things Snowden site, Snowdenology, at

Snowden – The Beat Comes [Vimeo]

Snowden – The Beat Comes [ Soundcloud]

07/24/12 New York, NY Mercury Lounge United States More +
07/25/12 Washington, DC DC 9 United States More +
07/26/12 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506 United States More +
07/28/12 Atlanta, GA The Earl United States More +
07/29/12 Nashville, TN The High Watt United States More +
07/31/12 Chicago, IL Subterranean United States More +
08/01/12 Detroit, MI Garden Bowl United States More +
08/02/12 Toronto, ON The Garrison Canada More +

Snowden – “The Beat Comes” from stereogum on Vimeo.


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Amanda Palmer August 8 2008 Lakeshore Theater Chicago

In 2008, I was in Chicago for a conference. As the plane landed I was looking up shows in town for my week stay and was shocked to find Amanda Palmer was playing a solo gig the next night. And it was totally sold out. I had seen the Dresden Dolls before, but this Amanda solo thing was brand new. Apparently she had done a record, which had leaked just before I left for Chicago, but I hadn’t heard it yet.

After spending nearly my entire first 24 hours in town making calls to the venue, record stores, ticket agencies,  and even asking the hotel concierge if he could help, the evening was upon me and I was ticketless. I decided to head down and see if I could just find tickets waiting in line. When I got to the venue, the line was wrapped around the building. I started walking down the perimeter, and asked if anyone had extra tickets probably each batch of 5 people or so. I got to the end with no luck. So, I turned around and walked straight back up and asked again.

This repeated for about an hour. I had asked many of the same people, probably 5-6 times if they had tickets. The evil looks I was getting were almost enough to make me give up, but I decided to wait in line and see if maybe somehow by the time I got to the front my luck would change. I had taken to discussing the Dolls and AP (FYI: this was the pre-AFP era) with a couple that had driven all the way from Green Bay. They had seen the Dolls about a dozen times, and encouraged me to keep trying. Overhearing our conversation, other people waiting in line shared encouraging words and one girl even said “you were meant to get in this show.” I tended to agree!

When I was about 40 feet from the entrance, a bad falafel saved me. This girl came up to me with one ticket in hand. Her friend had eaten some bad falafel and was leaving. The ticket was mine. Victory was mine. I triumphantly proceeded inside and after checking out some wicked merch I couldn’t afford, I found my seat. And then I was introduced to Vermillion Lies. That could be a whole blog in of itself, but I reserve myself by relating to you that they ended their set with crowd holding hands, swaying, and singing along thusly.

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Suffice it to say that the night was off to a great start, and it was about to get even better! The lights went down, the cheering started, and then came the following. I ask you stop here, watch the video, and then continue reading.

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Did you watch yet? If not, stop reading and play that video straight through.  I’ll be waiting for you.

Done? Ok, so I will in no way make the implication that Amanda Palmer is Michael Jackson. But if she was, this was her Motown 25 moment. Ok, so I just took a break from writing and watched that performance of Billie Jean. I reiterate, Amanda Palmer is no Michael Jackson. Anyway, Amanda went on to play many songs from the forthcoming Who Killed Amanda Palmer record, mostly just blowing us away one song after another. There were also some Dresden Dolls songs, several covers, and two encores. The full setlist can be found here.  She closed out the night with her now famous ukulele rendition of Creep, joined by the sisters Vermillion. At the time, nobody had heard her do this before. It was so fucking special.

Of course, anyone who has seen Amanda before knows it ALWAYS feels that way. That, my dear readers, is because it ALWAYS is. What makes Amanda so special, is that she knows it’s all about the fans. She gives us everything she has to give, and thats why we always keep coming back for more.  Unfortunately, this is the only video I could find of that closing number. However, despite the clipped audio, that crowd roaring pretty much captures the moment perfectly.

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If anyone reading this knows the girl who got sick on her falafel, or her friend who got me that ticket, please have her write me. I’d love to thank the both of you personally for having made possible one of my all time favorite concert experiences.

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Max Tundra / Girl Talk (live at the House of Blues Orlando, May 21, 2011)

A little late on this one, but still fresh in my mind. I was lucky enough to catch Girl Talk (Greg Gillis) when they passed through Orlando. A really fun show all around, made better by the group of friends I was with.

The opening act was Max Tundra an electronic/8-bit-ish musician I had never heard of prior to the show. Kind of hard to describe – imagine a guy flailing about the stage while singing (falsetto) Beyonce’s Single Ladies and closing with a song from The Sound of Music. A lot of the crowd was not feeling him, but I thought it was pretty fun opening act (better than a lot of opening acts I have seen lately) and showed another side of the sampling community. Highlight was his cover of KLF’s “What Time is Love?”.

Girl Talk was about what you would expect if you have listened to any of their music. Pretty much 1.5 hours (including encore) of dancing and all around partying filled with confetti and balloon drops. The crowd had a lot of energy and, as a whole, was there to just have a good time. Several people were brought onto the stage and danced in front of a massive screen synced to the music. Samples spanned pretty much his entire work with a lot of new mixes intermingled in and a lot of the weaker (less-danceable) mixes from his albums left out. Everything about the production was well done.

Honestly, my only complaint for the show was the venue. This was the first time I had been to HOB for anything other than food and the pit felt too small for this kind of show. A lot of people ended up stuck up against railings and stairs which looked pretty uncomfortable. Acoustics and lighting were good though.

I did not think about recording this (for the simple fact I was in the pit), but I have tossed in a clip of the show and a couple of his tracks to this post. It should be noted that this tour may be the last in this style for Girl Talk. In interviews, Gillis has stated he would like to move away from the continuous mash style and focus more on individual tracks. This seems consistent with his overall musical evolution which started with a very glitchy sound (see Unstopable) and now employs significantly longer samples (All Day).

Girl Talk – Oh No
Girl Talk – Bounce That

You can grab Girl Talk’s latest album for free here.

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Anna Calvi – yr blowin my mind dwd

Anna Calvi. Yr blowin my mind dewd! A buddy of mine recommended her a few weeks back, and I promptly downloaded the record… which sat in a folder unlistened to. Then the other night he actually burned the CD and brought it to me. I guessed he was trying to tell me something. After about 30 seconds of the opening track, “Rider To The Sea,” I knew what it was: this lady is mind blowing. Her sound is probably something bordering on Cat Power and PJ Harvey vibes, but also very distinct and best of all – transporting. I have to be careful with this record on while driving!

You’ll find “No More Words” (also included as a download below) on my most recent “since we last spoke” mix, and above all check out the video below, a live performance of “Love Won’t Be Leaving” which just may be my favorite thing from 2011 so far. Also below, you’ll find a pretty interesting NPR interview. After hearing her belt out those notes it’s surprising to hear her tiny gentle voice. Okay, that’s all for now.

Anna Calvi – No More Words


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