Posts Tagged ‘Coldplay’

All Points West 2009

Filed under: Shows,Updates — Hope on August 4, 2009 @ 12:39 am

I was one of the many people to attend All Points West this weekend. It was a 3 day event at Liberty State Park. Friday’s line-up included Jay-Z, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend and others. Saturdays 3 biggest performers were Tool, My Bloody Valentine and Gogol Bordello. Chairlift was also on Saturday, I love their hit song “bruises”. I only went on Sunday, unfortunately I wasn’t feeling good, so I ended up going pretty late. But I chose to go Sunday because Coldplay was performing and they are pretty much my favorite band of all-time. Also on Sunday was MGMT, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Black Keys, Elbow, We Are Scientists, Lykke Li and more. I unfortunately missed MGMT because they played pretty much the same time as Coldplay; I was quite perturbed about that. I heard the tale end of a song of theirs. I first arrived to the concert around 8:00pm or so and was very glad to catch the last few songs of Lykke Li’s performance. She had a lot of energy. I really like her sound.

There were 3 different stages throughout the park and Lykke Li performed at the Queen of the Valley Stage. MGMT was at Bullet and Coldplay was at the Blue Comet. There were a couple very intriguing abstract set-ups randomly placed throughout the park where people could sit or stand in the middle and they were lit up once it got dark.  Another cool thing was that there were 2 incredibly long lines of string with lit up balloons attached to them which floated above our heads around the park. There were also some merch booths, food tables, etc. I was very surprised to see that H&M had a tent set up with air condition inside, in which they were giving away water bottles and had a fun photo booth where anyone could get complimentary photos. So I jumped on that wagon.

It rained most of the day on Sunday, which is another reason I wasn’t so motivated to go early, but despite the fact that it stopped raining everyone still had to tread through the muddy sludge in the grass. It was incredible how dirty everyone was. I wore my rainboots, so I was pretty protected for the most part. Some people gave up and just decided to leave their shoes off, some people even left their muddy shoes behind. I saw several people with mud splatters as high as their backs.

Coldplay of course was awesome and well worth the trip for me. I was, however, surprised at how Chris Martin seemed to be having a hard time up there. I couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was, his performance was still amazing and he sounded incredible, but there was just something hindering him a bit. It was like he was getting worn out very easily…of course he was running around a lot. They played all of my favorite songs, I even took a bit of video footage. Unfortunately my pictures didn’t come out very well, my camera isn’t exactly the best in town. Coldplay moved around between 3 different stages connected to the Blue Comet throughout their performance and at one point they came down into the mud and walked through it as well. There were also a few very entertaining points in Chris’s performance where he played off of his tiredness and acted like he couldn’t go on any longer, he went down to the ground a few times… it made us laugh. During the song “Yellow” these huge yellow balloons/balls came up from the stage somewhere and began floating above the crowd, it wasn’t too long before parts of those balloons turned brown from the mud.

Overall, even though I missed most of it, it was a pretty great experience. The night was very beautiful…I could feel a light breeze and see the moon so clearly. The view of Manhattan from the ferry was breathtaking.

New Wave of New Wave

Filed under: Uncategorized — Hope on June 18, 2009 @ 3:04 pm

So not only is there a musical genre referred to as New Wave, but there is actually, in all honesty, one called New Wave of New Wave (which is also known as neo-New Wave).  It was apparently short lived, which kind of makes it seem like an old wave of old wave to me, just sayin’. Can you really be successful by starting anything that includes new in the name? It just doesn’t seem like it wouldn’t ever last. Am I being to frank? But we’re learning here, so I’ll continue.

According to Wiki, New Wave of New Wave “was a term coined by music journalists to describe a sub-genre of the British alternative rock scene in the early 90s. NWONW bands typically consisted of young, white, working class males playing guitar-based rock music.”

But even though the movement was short lived..”several of the bands involved were later linked with the more popular and commercially successful Britpop.” So I really shouldn’t make fun, or I should but don’t really have the grounds to, but it’s fun, so I’ll continue.

“The term “New Wave of New Wave” referred to the apparent parallels between the music scene emerging in the early 90s and that of the New Wave or Punk scenes of the 1970s and 80s. NWONW bands were often politically outspoken and critical of the then British Prime Minister, John Major, but lacked any specific political ideology.” (Sounds to me that they just wanted something to rant about, kind of like me…right now).

“The NWONW movement was linked with use of the drug, speed, which led to the band members being characterized as skinny and pale.”

So Wiki, what you’re basically telling me is New Wave of New Wave, was a bunch of skinny punks on speed yelling about what they didn’t like in Britain? Awesome. What have we learned today kids? Name your stuff Old that way no one will be disappointed. Oh and don’t do speed..right.

Speaking of new I spent a good amount of my day today looking up phones online, trying to find the newest and most improved phone for Sprint (which, at the moment, seems to be the Palm Pre) and comparing it to the newest iphone and what it would cost. But seeing all of this NEW and improved terminology gets kind of ridiculous because I know in another month they’re just going to have something even smaller and faster and NEWER! I just can’t keep up…so what am I going to do? Stay with my old Samsung until I actually have money for an iphone I guess…but I’ll be happy about it. I really like my phone, I can’t get on the internet whenever I want to, without being charged on it..but I’m on the internet right now aren’t I? So I can’t pull up large documents, so I can’t plug in a USB to my phone, and I don’t have unlimited texting, so I’m going to stop talking about it before I get sad.

I should just be happy knowing that my music will one day fade and if people start to hate it I can still love it and I can always write more that I love, which in turn others will love as well. I’m also happy with keeping my name Hope instead of changing it to New Gilmore.

P.S. Someone commented on my last blog about movie scenes and soundtracks. I thought of another classic one. In “Say Anything”, in efforts to win her back,  Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) goes to Diane Court’s (Ione Skye’s) House, and holds up his boombox as high as he can, with the volume as loud as possible, so that she can hear it from her window, while “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel plays on it. Those who have seen the movie know that the song was in an earlier scene and is thus quite significant for the sappy film. Gotta love it!

Oh and another!!!…at the very end of Wicker Park…after all of Matthew’s (Josh Harnett’s) toil and searching for his lost love, Lisa (Diane Kruger), who has been hidden from him by a pyscho stalker.. he searches for her in an airport. And what better song than “The Scientist” by Coldplay has begun playing in the background and as the crowd parts Josh spots her where she is kneeling on the ground and has just tried to call him for what seems like the last time…and with all of his anticipation he doesn’t run up to her…instead it looks as if he may cry and he gently approaches from behind…she sits there a moment in sadness, then she begins to feel his presence and turns slowly to find it’s finally him. And ofcourse …no words…just lovely kisses. :) That has to be one of the best scenes of all..and to me makes the whole movie worth it.


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