Lisa and I went to see Band of Horses at The Fillmore in Detroit. It was a fun show to attend together because we've both grown to love their music over the last year or so. The first opening band was The Besnard Lakes. They were OK, but I grew tired of the falsetto vocals. Next came Jenny and Johnny. It wasn't long before I was missing The Besnard Lakes because at least they were kind of interesting...while Jenny and Johnny seemed boring. We were paying more attention to updates about the Dow vs. Midland High football game that were coming in via text message and Twitter. Finally, BOH took the stage. We were sitting up in the mezzanine, so we were a bit far away. Lisa wished we had been standing down on the floor, but I was glad to be sitting (because I'm getting old and grouchy). The last couple songs of the Band of Horses set featured The Detroit Party Marching Band. Here are a few videos from the show courtesy of YouTube:
"Is There A Ghost" (incomplete)
"No One's Gonna Love You"
"The First Song"
"The General Specific"
Many people are annoyed with Apple right now. In my opinion, there is no better reason to be annoyed with them than this:
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The Lala service will be shut down on May 31st.
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Apple buys a fantastic service and then kills it. Presumably Apple is preparing to launch their own version of a cloud-based music service (your music files stored on Apple's servers and stream-able to a variety of devices on the net) and basically had to kill Lala after purchasing it because it's licensing deals weren't transferable to Apple. If and when Apple launches a comparable service, I'm sure my annoyance will subside. For now, I'm annoyed at Apple. If not for the fact that the firewall at work has been blocking it for the last few months, I'd really be peeved.
Here's an embedded playlist of what I've been listening to lately (you can use it stream the songs once for free):
- Mistaken For Strangers – The National
- The Wind And The Dove – Bill Callahan
- Isaiah 45:23 – The Mountain Goats
- Indefensible – My Dad Is Dead
- Go First – Damien Jurado
- Furr – Blitzen Trapper
- Your Love Is Forever – Ben Bridwell
- Year in the Kingdom – J Tillman
- Beggar’s Bowl – Polvo
- Flightless Bird, American Mouth (alternate) – Iron & Wine
- We Don’t Do That Anymore (acoustic) – The Sidewinders
- the birth of g.c. – Ocelots