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Live Recap: Mondo Cozmo / Hemming at Boot & Saddle (02/01/17)

Last night Mondo Cozmo played for a sold-out crowd at Boot & Saddle (Philadelphia, PA).  After a few minutes of an intro song that the band (featuring some members of Illinois) was playing Mondo took to the stage as the crowd cheered.  The opening song was “Plastic Souls” and in my head I was screaming “THAT’S MY JAM!”  Somewhere towards the middle of the set they played “Hold On To Me” (see video below).  And the last song of the night was “Shine” a positively uplifting tune that is awe-inspiring.  “Shine” was performed with special guest vocals by Iris and she was great.  I only wish that the set was longer but I understand a new artist doesn’t have an entire catalog of songs to perform.  Oh well, I think they should have used the repeat option and played the entire set again.  If we can repeat recorded music, then I say that should be a live music option too.  Think about it.

Hemming was the opening act.  Last night was my first time ever hearing Hemming’s music and I really liked it.  I liked it enough that I bought her cd.  I’m going to make sure I catch some more of her shows.


Overall, it was an excellent night of music and my ears are still smiling.


Mondo Cozmo / Hemming 02-01-17

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Live Recap: Val Emmich at Rockwood Music Hall 01/18/17

It’s rare that I would take such a short trip to NYC, I was only in town for a few hours, but when Val Emmich plays Rockwood Music Hall I had to be there. The show started at 7:00PM sharp as advertised.  Emmich’s set included “Leave The Past Behind” an original song from The Reminders EP (music inspired by the novel) and “Across The Universe, a cover of the Beatles classic that can be found on that same EP.  The rest of the set comprised of a mix of songs from Val’s catalog.  All in all, it was a fantastic set of music by Val and band tonight at Rockwood Music Hall.  May I reiterate, I wholeheartedly believe—everyone can use some Val Emmich music in their life.

The following are photos and a video from tonight’s show.  Please check them out!

Val Emmich 01-18-17

Have something to add to this post?  Please add it in the comments.

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Live Recap: Nicky P & Friends Fundraiser at Underground Arts 01/06/17


It’s a new year and although the weather outside can be cold and frightful I have the unquenchable need to return to some serious show-going.  After all, it is my favorite pastime.

So, my first show of 2017 was Friday night at Underground Arts for the Nicky P & Friends Fundraiser.  This fundraiser was the third event of its kind and “January 6th, 2017 we will be celebrating the anniversary of my father’s lung transplant. It’s to the day which couldn’t work out any better.” I attended the event for the live music and being able to contribute to the fundraiser made the night a win-win.

The following photos provide a visual highlight of the performances by Nicky P, Archawah, and Former Belle.  These artists provided a great night of live music and all for a good cause.  Yes, it was an excellent way to spend a Friday night.

Nicky P & Friends 01-06-17

View photos here.
Did you attend this show? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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Songful Sundays: 11-27-16 Relaxation

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Songful Sundays: 11-27-16 Relaxation

This week’s Songful Sundays theme is relaxation: the state of being free from tension and anxiety. Relaxation is a good thing and a state I like to experience on Sunday evenings before the chaos of the work week sets in again.  Also, maybe this is the relief you need after a potentially stressful Thanksgiving holiday.  Whatever the reason (or lack thereof) these songs will take you to a happy place. Enjoy!

“Varðeldur” – Sigur Rós
“Tomorrow River” – Square Peg Round Hole
“You Walk Around… Shining Like the Sun” – Hammock
“Ambo” – The Album Leaf
“The Ecstatics” – Explosions In The Sky
“Aperture” – The Sound of Rescue
“Two Rights Make One Wrong” – Mogwai
“The Mighty Rio Grande” – This Will Destroy You
“Neighborhood” – The American Dollar
“Fading Sky” – Halcyon Chamber
“Telegram” – Amiina
“‘I Will Be True…’/ Reign Rebuilder [Head]” – Set Fire To Flames

Do you have your own set of songs for relaxation? Please comment with your suggestions.

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Songful Sundays: 11-20-16 Gratitude

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Songful Sundays: 11-20-16 Gratitude

This week’s Songful Sundays theme is gratitude: : a feeling of appreciation or thanks.  A theme chosen because Thanksgiving is Thursday and it seems appropriate.  Please give this playlist a listen and enjoy several songs that literally say “thank you”.

Ben Arnold – “Thankful”
Dido – “Thank You”
Val Emmich – “All I Ever Wanted from You”
Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Give Thanks & Praises”
The Avett Brothers – “Nothing Short of Thankful”
Boyz II Men – “Thank You”
Wilco – “The Thanks I Get”
Paul McCartney – “Appreciate”
Ella Fitzgerald – “Thanks For The Memory”
Natalie Cole – “Be Thankful”
My Morning Jacket – “Thank You Too!”
Andrew Gold – “Thank You For Being A Friend”

Have a song of gratitude to add?  Please comment with your suggestion.

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Lyric For Lyric: Mondo Cozmo – Plastic Soul

Mondo Cozmo - Plastic Soul

Mondo Cozmo – “Plastic Soul”
Didn’t I see you fighting in the war
Back in nineteen forty two
Every time I shape shift into form
I’m standing there right next to you
I keep searching all these dying stars
Just to get a glimpse of you
And all I have to do to drift away
Is close my eyes and think of you

Whenever I think of her (x5)

Didn’t I see you tearing down the wall
Back in nineteen eighty nine
Didn’t you feel my hand against your heart
When I told you you were always mine

The best days of all my lives were spent dreaming of the afterlife (x3)

Whenever I think of her (x5)

The idea behind the song: “you know my wife and I always joked about if we would meet up like in the next life. If we’d keep meeting up. I just thought that was a cool way to think about things.” – Mondo Cozmo. Wow, cool indeed and it makes for a truly phenomenal song.  This song is so good it haunts me.  Especially the line “the best days of all my lives were spent dreaming of the afterlife.”  That was stuck in my head and part of the reason why I decided to post the lyrics for “Plastic Soul”.

[GREAT NEWS] Mondo Cozmo will be at Boot & Saddle on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Tickets go on sale this Friday (11/18) at 12PM EST.  I’ll see you there!

Did I mishear any lyrics? Please comment with corrections.

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Songful Sundays: 11-13-16 The Sound Of Solace

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Songful Sundays
is a Spotify playlist with a new theme each week featuring an array of genres and songs (new and past faves).  This is a new take on music curation for me although trying to focus on a theme might make it a little easier to update each week.

11-13-16 The Sound Of Solace
I wanted to start this series off with a playlist of bright, shiny tunes but solace prevailed.  Comfort, support and relief are encoded in these songs whether it’s lyrical or musical.  Maybe hope and solace go together because this playlist gives me that feeling too.  Give it a listen—you be the judge.

Hold On To Me – Mondo Cozmo
The Light – The Album Leaf
Yeshe & Horus – Hezekiah Jones
Heartless – Adrien Reju
Call It Off – Val Emmich
Ulysses – Son Of Dov
Safe & Sound – Chris Kasper
Thinks Are Gonna Be Ok – Illinois
I Belong – Mason Porter
Forgive and Forget – Andrew Lipke
God Only Wants You – Ours
One Heart – Ben Arnold
Better Days – Amos Lee
Better – The Good Names Are Taken
My Mind Was A Fog…My Heart Became A Bomb – Hammock

Is there a song that embodies the feeling a solace?  Comment with your answer.

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Live Review: Archawah at Kung Fu Necktie (10/21/16)


Since Friday night’s setting upstairs at Kung Fu Necktie felt like a house party that is how Archawah decided to approach their performance.  They played a set filled with energy, great music and entertaining banter.  Archawah delivered a performance fit for any house party and or any good time.

Earlier in the night Thee Idea Men, The Ohio Weather Band, and Anjuli Josephine performed on the upstairs stage at Kung Fu Necktie.  Each act did their best to perform as if the small crowd that gathered in this tiny venue were all that mattered.  I think they all accomplished that.

Archawah @ KFN 10-21-16

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Live Review: Val Emmich & The Veeries at Maxwell’s Tavern (09/17/16)

Val Emmich & The Veeries

Val Emmich & The Veeries at Maxwell’s Tavern (09/17/16)

Seeing Val Emmich & The Veeries again clearly made my Saturday.  Val Emmich is an extremely talented singer-songwriter and The Veeries are an exceptional band.  I won’t bore you with my words I just hope that these photos and videos give an idea of the caliber of awesomeness that was displayed at this show.

VIDEO: Val Emmich & The Veeries “Wooly Mammoths” at Maxwell’s Tavern (09/17/16)
VIDEO: Val Emmich & The Veeries “Just To Feel Alive Again” at Maxwell’s Tavern (09/17/16)

Christina Alessi & The Toll Collectors opened the show performing as a three-piece band instead of their usual five-piece band arrangement.  Christina Alessi provides the vocals on Emmich’s “Hey Hey Hey”.  A song that Val Emmich & The Veeries performed during their set in the audience unplugged with Christina Alessi.  An absolutely beautiful moment.

Val Emmich & The Veeries 09-17-16