Saturday, October 10, 2009

Hezekiah Jones...can't wait for the new EP and Album

I first heard Hezekiah Jones open up for Hayden back in mid 2008.  I instantly loved the folk music and the beautifully crafted lyrics. Excerpts taken from their myspace page...Studio Hezekiah Jones is Raphael Cutrufello who writes the songs and plays piano, guitar, rhodes piano, harmonica, melodica, slide whistle, vocals, pots and pans, kazoo,xylophone, accordian, along with many others on every other instrument you can think of. Live Hezekiah Jones is Raph and variations of different people and instruments. Raph's lyrics are just amazingly constructed, his sound is prefect. I sat there last night thinking to myself, "Gosh, I wish I had extra money laying around so I could help fund this guy because he has so much talent."

When I first saw Hezekiah Jones, it was just Raph playing solo. It probably wasn't until the 4th or 5th time that I saw them play that I realized that there was actually a band that played with Raph. Every time I see HJ play, I am never let down. Last night I had the chance to see the full band play with two other great Philadelphia artists; Christopher Bohn and Joshua Park. This is the 2nd time I have had the chance to see this bill and the 3 of them never seem to disappoint.

 I had the chance to talk to Raphael last night before the show. I was really hoping that the new EP would be available. Unfortunately it was not. I have to wait until November to get it. There is nothing wrong with the previous EP and LP, but I want some new music. Luckily we had the chance to hear two new songs off the EP last night which was exciting because Raph had just got done saying that he doesn't like to play new songs until they are released. Thanks for playing them Raph. I highly recommend that you give Hezekiah Jones a listen, especially if you like inide/folk music. Simply beautiful.

Click here to link up to their Myspace Page

Some great tunes to listen to are Cupcakes for the Army, Albert Hash, Agnes of the World, Postpone, Dark Hollow, and How You Feel About Traveling, I've Got A Little Room.

I also have to mention that I had some great craft beers last night to share with Rich. I had Southern Tier Pum King and a 2006 Stone Double Bastard.  Oh, oh so good! The Double Bastard had a great smell, went down smooth, it was amazing. As far as Pumpkin beers, Southern Tier, Shipyard, and Dogfish Head are my favorite. I also bought the new Heavy Seas Imperial Great Pumpkin to try later. Cheers!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Some bands to check out, concerts, etc

I have been into this band from Philadelphia for awhile now.  They are called Canadian Invasion and for some reason I just can't get enough of them. They are def worth checking out. They are an indie/pop/rock band as described on their Myspace page. I hear why this band is labeled "pop," but I don't think they are much pop as they are indie rock. I like it all a lot. 

Another band that I have been into very recently is The Rocketboys. Another solid Indie/Ambient/Rock band out of Texas. From their Myspace page...

Residing now in Austin, The Rocketboys continue to improve their signature sound, described by The Austin American-Statesman as showing “a mastery of mood and subtlety” and complimenting singer Brandon Kinder’s soaring melodies with “clear, ringing guitars and full-bodied keyboard arrangements, hard-driving drum lines and well-practiced transitions between calm and controlled chaos."
Their newest effort, and debut full-length album, 20,000 Ghosts, was engineered by Louie Lino (Nada Surf, Matt Pond PA). Describing the new album, guitarist Daniel Wheeler said, “20,000 Ghosts displays a new range of diversity and maturity in our music, while maintaining the pop-sensibility that fans have come to love. We try to find the balance between a light, drum-driven brand of indie rock and darker, more atmospheric sounds coupled with lyrics and melodies you can’t get out of your head.”
20,000 Ghosts was released in late September and The Rocketboys will be touring North America in October.

I have a few new concerts coming up that I am really looking forward to here in Philly.  This Friday October 9, I am going to check out Hezekiah Jones once again for the 5th time? Probably more. Something about this guy...he just writes good music. The following Friday I am going to see Matt Duke who I first heard on XPN. Matt writes some good music and I love both of his albums.  Both of these shows are at Burlap and Bean. October 21st I am going to make a strong attempt to see The Rocketboys at some small unknown location in Philly called The Blockley Pourhouse. This is a weekday show and they are hard for me to make, but I am really interested in this band's sound.

To start off November I would like to check out a band from my hometown, Train. They have had a few hit singles and have made a great name for themselves. I know they have hit Top 40 status in years past, but the current ticket price for their shows is something like $40+.  I just bought U2 tickets for a grand total(all fees included) for $60. I have a hard time justifying this $40+ price. November 8th is The Swell Season which I am pumped for. I saw them once a few years back and it was great. This next one is still up in the air. November 14th is a good possibility of seeing Minus the Bear and As Tall As Lions in West Chester. I also have another great event going on that day which might stop me from this concert, no biggie seeing I just saw ATAL and I know MTB will be back supporting their new album. But I am very excited to see Minus the Bear for the first time.  Lastly for Nov. is a band called Blind Pilot. Again, a weekday show so this might be hard to get to and yes I do like their album, but we will see.

December sees an early show in The Bacon Brothers at the Electric Factory. This is a benefit concert for The Mummers. I am really excited about this show. I enjoy Kevin and Michael Bacon's music and I think with the Mummers, this will be very exciting.

I think this rounds out my shows for the 2009 year.  There really isn't an etc. section to this blog... so enjoy your day!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Mute Math in Philly

I can't find any write ups from this show on the 25th of September. Two things to describe Mute Math shows. 1. The most electrifying show you will ever see, ever! and 2. You have to experience it for yourself. I first heard the name Mute Math on XPN one afternoon. Sounding like an interesting name, so I thought I would check the band on this here Internet. I was glad that I did, they instantly became one of my favorite bands. Their electronic rock style of music was something that I had never heard before and was loving it.

I first saw them a few years ago at the TLA and I was really impressed, they actually made my Top 5 concert list with that show. I was very impressed and Paul Meany was crazy on stage, actually the entire band was crazy on stage. For months (years) I was anticipating anything new Mute Math that I could get my hands on to. Their S/T album and energetic, frantic, quick, raw, and just an all around great electronic rock album. Typical is the major single off that album that started to make a lot of noise for the boys. I found the Reset EP and loved that as well. Peculiar People is probably my favorite song off their EP. Finally their 2nd album came out and at first listen I was disappointed. I enjoyed the album, but it wasn't so much like their S/T. After a few more listens, I think it has become one of my favorite albums of all time. You could see the growth and maturity from the band and their were taking themselves to new levels.

So now the second show at the TLA. Sold out this time and deservingly so. I planned ahead and bought my tickets the first day available, only to come and find out that I had previously purchased U2 tickets at Giants Stadium that same day. I was crushed because these are 2 of my favorite bands. Only thing worse could have been if Nada Surf was playing the same day, thankfully they weren't. Eventually I exchanged my U2 tickets to the Thursday night show so I was set. There was some first time Mute Math concert goers around me and I told them to anticipate one crazy show. They were impressed with the energy from As Tall As Lions(which is one of my top 10 favorite bands), who was the opening band. I was impressed with them as well and they are a great band, but Mute Math was the reason I was there. Once Mute Math came out I was slowly disappointed because they did not come out like they did the first time they did at the TLA. Less energy, slower songs, etc. I suppose I should have anticipated this because Armistice is much slower, thought out, and mature. As they got through a few songs, I thought to myself, this is what I should have expected because of the growth on the 2nd album. I was content and really enjoying the show.

The 2nd half of the show as totally different and it was a great build up. Next thing I know they were still mature and developed as a band, but they went back to their roots to end the show. Hyper, energizing, refreshing, loud, explosive! At one point Paul starts to stand on his keyboard, Greg is jumping around and Darren playing the drums as crazy as ever. Paul throws the microphone out into the crowd and crowd surfs while not missing a beat to the song. To top it off Darren does something I have never seen from any band before, he throws his bass drum out into the crowd and then stands on top of it. CRAZINESS! The band is playing, Darren is standing on his drum in the crowd as they hold him up and then he does a front flip onto the stage. The encore was extra long, which was great because NO ONE wanted to go home. Not many bands play more than a two song encore, Mute Math gave the crowd a lot extra. Not to mention they play for almost 2 hours, what band can do that who only has 2 albums out and 1 ep? Not many, this goes to show how great their music really is. After I walked out of there I couldn't believe the show I just saw. If you have never been to a Mute Math show, now is the time to go see them, travel to NYC or DC if you have to, well, well worth it.

Just a little side note...don't miss your 3rd chance to see As Tall As Lions in 4 months, November 14th with another great electronic rock band Minus The Bear at the Note in West Chester, PA.

Epic Boot Camp - Rated a Top 5 fitness company in Philadelphia

I wanted to write about a quality fitness company in the Philly area. Jaocb James Right and I have been friends for about 10 years now. He was a fraternity brother of mine in college. He had recently moved to Phoenixville to start the company out here and keep it going in Pittsburgh. One day while I was walking down the street with another one of our fraternity brothers, Tom, we both saw him sitting on the sidewalk. Next thing you know, Jiggy (as we called him in college) was following us. Next thing you know I move in with him and things have taken off. The company is called Epic Boot Camp and it has been around for a few years now. It is a outdoor fitness company for women. I have been a trainer for the company for a little less than a year now and I have to say that I love it. The women see results, they enjoy camp, it gets them out of the house, it helps them stay motivated, it is all around just tons of fun. We recently had a camper from one of our Pittsburgh locations lose 65lbs in a year. Can you believe that? Amazing stuff!! Visit the website for more information.They also posted a new Fitness Blog which will provide tips, nutrition information and a social network for their campers.

Better Fitness, Better Health, Better Life!

Epic Boot Camp is a four-week outdoor fitness program that offers fitness training, motivation, and nutritional counseling. We have researched and applied the most efficient ways in training to help you burn fat, tone muscle, and increase cardiovascular endurance. Combined with fun activities designed to help women of ALL fitness levels reach their goals. Some of the things you can look forward to happening in just four weeks with Epic Boot Camp:

* Eliminate 5-12 Pounds or more
* Eliminate 3-5% overall Body Fat
* 30% Increase in Strength
* 5-15 Inch decrease in overall body composition
* 30% Improvement in Endurance

Women at all levels of fitness, ages, and sizes are achieving awesome results with Epic Boot Camp! Is there a special event coming up? Do you want to drop that extra baby weight? Are you looking to develop a healthy and fit lifestyle, or do you want to jump-start or change your current fitness routine; join us!

1. 4 weeks of 1 hour classes
2. Less than $15 per class when you sign up for 5 classes per week
3. No Two Class are the Same
4. Monday through Friday
5. 3 or 5 day per week options
6. Fun, energetic, certified fitness instructors
7. Free nutrition class and support
8. Supportive, team like environment
9. Before and After Evaluation

Thursday, September 24, 2009

U2 Giants Stadium Day 2 9/24/09

What  a great show in NYC. U2 never disappoints. I have to admit that I wish the setlist was better, but there is nothing wrong with something different. This was my second time seeing U2, the first being Miami. I wish they would have played Kite as this is probably my favorite song next to Sunday Bloody Sunday. The show even broke the all time record crowd for that stadium going 84,000+ strong, gathering more of a crowd than the Pope in 1995. New album and tour coming in 2010?

1. Breathe
2. Get On Your Boots
3. Mysterious Ways
4. Beautiful Day / She's A Rainbow (snippet) / Blackbird (snippet)
5. No Line On The Horizon
6. Magnificent
7. Elevation
8. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For / Stand By Me (snippet)
9. Unknown Caller
10. Until The End of the World
11. Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
12. The Unforgettable Fire
13. Mofo (snippet) / City Of Blinding Lights
14. Vertigo
15. I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight
16. Sunday Bloody Sunday
17. MLK
18. Walk On
19. One (w/ Amazing Grace snippet)
20. Where The Streets Have No Name
21. Ultraviolet
22. With Or Without You
23. Moment Of Surrender

A nice bootleg of this show, really great quality. It is in flac, so download switch to change it to .wav,%20New%20Jersey%20-%20Giants%20Stadium/#general

Friday, May 29, 2009

Rugby White Horse RFC vs. PCOM

Knocking some player down from PCOM for my first try of the spring season '08. If anyone gets a chance to check out the game of rugby, you def. should. Visit
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