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