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Tuesday, May 5th, 2009
4:17 am - So I promised David I'd do this awhile ago...and I was looking at my ticket stubs
So here is my list of best concert moments I have ever witnessed: but I will limit myself to 2 per band

1)  The Smashing Pumpkins 4-21-2000 - Hara Arena, Dayton.  If you know me at all, you know this story, so I will refrain.

2)  Jimmy Eat World 4-22-2008 - Hara Arena, Dayton.  "Dizzy" and "23" at the same show!!!!  I almost died right there.  I was just so...happy.

3)  Bright Eyes 5-20-2007 - Wexner Center, Columbus. I somehow finagled some front row center tickets.  I took Kolbie, her friend Misty and Mucci.  Kolbie wasn't really into Bright Eyes at that point at all, but she was totally move by the show to the point that she started to like them.  Everyone was in white tuxedos and dresses (including the 6 piece orchestra on the side of the stage) and the highlights were "Make A Plan To Love Me" "The Calendar Hung Itself" and "Lime Tree".  When Conor played "Lime Tree" it was just him on acoustic and the orchestra.  I looked behind him and saw in the shadows that one of the female percussionists was weeping hysterically.  (For those not in the know the song is at least partially about an abortion ("And since the operation, I heard you're breathing just for one")).  That was quite moving.

4) Taking Back Sunday 11-5-2004 - Newport Music Hall, Columbus.  This is the only time I have ever gone to a show by myself.  I didn't care after the openers though because I was so into the show and having a blast in the pit.  This was before Where You Want To Be came out, so it was almost all Tell All Your Friends material...I , of course, screamed along all the lyrics.

5) Zwan 12-16-2002 - Newport Music Hall, Columbus. This was the third time I had ever seen Zwan (Billy's post-Pumpkins band) and they always put on a fantastic show.  What makes this one special is that I would download recordings of shows, so even though the album was nowhere near being released yet, I knew every song.  Until the encore.  They played this fantastically amazing song entitles "Mary Star of the Sea" and after the show I saw everyone with the same awe-struck look that I had.  The most commonly uttered phrase was "Holy Shit!  What the fuck was that?  That was incredible".  Truly life-altering.

6) Summersault 8-11-2000 - Molson Ampitheatre, Barrie, ON, Canada. The pain and troubles paid off.  After getting detained, getting a flat tire, getting lost in downtown Toronto, getting wasted and getting a girl kicked out of her parents house, it finally paid off.  The Pumpkins, OLP, Foo Fighters, Catherine Wheel, Eve 6 and Treble Charger.  I wasn't a huge OLP fan before the show, but afterwards, I was.  At one point, the sun was sweltering and they played a new song ("Life") and as Raine sang "life is waiting for you, it's all fucked up, but we'll survive..." the weather changed and it staretd to sprinkle on us and everyone immediately had arms outstretched to soak up as much of the cooling rain as possible.  I think I cried a little.  The Pumpkins were good also, of course.

7) Our Lady Peace 4-16-2001 - Newport Music Hall, Columbus.  The venue was completly packed.  Upstairs and down and everyone was singing along and that was amazing.  The most amazing part though was that the upper left balcony started chanting for "Theif" as Raine was announcing it would be their last song.  The guitarist started to play the opening notes to "Starseed" and Raine walked over and pointed to the balcony and just said "no, no, they win" and they then played "Theif" before ending with "Starseed".  You cannot forget a band that loves their fans that much.

8) The Killers around 7-14-2004 - Mod Club, Toronto.  I got to see the Killers at a 200 person venue before they were big.  This was a birthday present from David, and it was amazing.  We got to the venue like 3 hours early and watched them carry their equipment in.  We were right against the stage for the show and my hand was at the base of Brandon's keyboard stand.  They played everything off Hot Fuss except "Natalie" and "Everything Will Be Alright".  They did play "Indie" and "Under The Gun" to make up for it though.  When we were walking back to our hotel, we saw Jack White and Meg and Renee Zellweger coming out of a sex shop on Yonge Street.  Wendy saw him walking by and just said "oh...you're Jack White" and he looked back and started walking faster.  Haha.

9)  Lollapalooza 2004 (7-23&24) - Grant Park, Chicago.  This was fantastic for one major reason.  THE ARCADE FIRE.  It was over 100 degrees that day and they came out in black formal dress (Tuxedos and dresses) and when they started there were maybe 6000 people by their stage (G Love was playing at the same time).  Before their set, I was incredibly excited to see them because I had heard good things, but nothing could prepare me for what I was seeing.  The third to last song was "Neighborhood #1" and I turned around and you could not see the end of people.  Spin later said that over 30000 were at their stage (3/4 of the people there).  They are the most entertaining live band I have even seen.  The entire time they looked like they were having the time of their life and sounded amazing.  I heard many people say "I don't know who the fuck these guys are, but they are incredible".  They ended with "Neighboorhood #3" into "Rebellion (Lies)" where the band marched out behind Will, who had thrown on an over-the-shoulder snare drum and lead them out through the crowd.  From the end of "Neighborhood #3" through the entirety of "Rebellion" the entire crowd was clapping along with the driving beat. Everyone around was speechless as the band got on a golf cart and left.  People stood around stunned for several minutes.

10) Jimmy Eat World (11-15-2004) - Newport Music Hall, Columbus.  This was the only show I saw on the Futures tour.  It was absolutely amazing (even if they did not play "23").  They played the entire album otherwise and the crowd wass fantastic, singing along to every song.  Everything from "No Sensitivity" to "Just Watch the Fireworks" to "The World You Love".  It was amazing.

11) Lollapalooza 2008 (8-1-2008 - 8-3-2008) - Grant Park, Chicago.  This is the only time I've seen Radiohead play "Fake Plastic Trees".  It was absolutely amazing, because right as the song started, fireworks started to go off in the distance.  (If I had to guess, I'd imagine the White Sox won their game, because we were facing south when looking at the stage.) and as the finale of the fireworks started, the song climaxed...and they ended as the music came back down.  It was simply beautiful and amazing.  The next day MGMT put on one of the most fun shows I have ever seen.  When they played "Kids", I turned around and could not see the end of people, and everyone was dancing around.  Other highlights: Brand New, Gogol Bordello and NIN.

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Monday, March 30th, 2009
12:40 pm
Wow I haven't used this thing in a long time.  Maybe I should start again?

current mood: nostalgic

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Wednesday, February 6th, 2008
3:59 am - so earlier today...

I was checking on a rumor that the Format broke up.  The rumor turned out to be true as according to their myspace page.  The myspace paghe also had embedded in it the video for Dog Problems, and since I'd never seen it, I hit play and the second line of the song hit me like a ton of bricks and I could do nothing for the next 2 and half hours other than sit there and keep hitting play again after it was over.

"we know i cant construct a poem,
'cause words, like girls, get bored and run"

current mood: depressed

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Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
10:51 am
I really have no purpose for this entry other than to say that I am SO digging on Say Anything's latest album In Defense of the Genre.  It's very different than expected, in a good way, absolutely.

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Sunday, January 27th, 2008
3:29 am

I don't get why whenever someone hears that you just got broken up with, they offer to set you up with someone.  Oh yes, another relationship is exactly my idea of a good time right now.  That will make me completely forget about the one I was just in for two years.

current mood: cranky

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Monday, January 21st, 2008
6:53 pm
What John Means
You are fair, honest, and logical. You are a natural leader, and people respect you. You never give up, and you will succeed... even if it takes you a hundred tries. You are rational enough to see every part of a problem. You are great at giving other people advice. You are well rounded, with a complete perspective on life. You are solid and dependable. You are loyal, and people can count on you. At times, you can be a bit too serious. You tend to put too much pressure on yourself. You are truly an original person. You have amazing ideas, and the power to carry them out. Success comes rather easily for you... especially in business and academia. Some people find you to be selfish and a bit overbearing. You're a strong person. You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people. You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts. You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

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Thursday, January 17th, 2008
4:46 am - new band that I love
There is this new band that is so fantastically good that I cannot even sleep.  I have not been this excited about a band since I first heard The Arcade Fire.  The name of the band is Black Kids and you can download their debut EP for free from a link on their myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/blackkidsrock  .  Seriously give them a listen.

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Monday, November 12th, 2007
3:16 am - saturday sucked
that kind of deflated this upcoming weekend :( 

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Friday, November 9th, 2007
2:49 am - I wish I got overtime
if so, I'd make some serious bank this week...damn you salary 

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Wednesday, November 7th, 2007
2:39 am - I haven't written in this in a while
hi everyone!  I have a real job, a girlfriend and real debt.  That is all 

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Thursday, September 7th, 2006
1:46 am
I have an extra ticket to BTS (Andy backed out) so if anyone wants it...I have one for me, Scott and Wendy...It's Sep. 27th at the Newport. If you're interested, it's $20 let me know

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Sunday, September 3rd, 2006
2:52 am
college football season is here and I just had a great day-long fetival watching some great games. Too bad GT couldn't pull out the victory, oh well, next weekend will be awesome...Penn State/ND and OSU/Texas as the nightcap!!!!!

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Thursday, July 20th, 2006
2:10 pm
It's been awhile since I updated. My birthday was awesome. Second shift is working out well for me. This weekend is David's birthday. That should be some fun. I should go get ready for work now...at 2:15pm.

current mood: content

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Tuesday, July 4th, 2006
1:31 pm
I'm so stoked for the show tonight that I can't sit still!!!!!!!!! That is all

current mood: excited

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Wednesday, May 31st, 2006
5:24 pm
11 Things in my life (or something)

1. I love my girlfriend, Kolbie is awesome.
2. I never named my car
3. I am a huge nerd, because I actually enjoy my job.
4. My job title sounds so much more impressive than it actually is.
5. I only watch 3 shows regularly, and next year two of them are opposite one another
6. I actually like living at home, and it makes me feel responsible, because I'm paying off the massive debt I racked up while in school.
7. I found a new bar that I really like, but totally forgot the name of it.
8. I feel so domesticated recently
9. I need a new car
10. Like David, I'm getting grey hairs, and it makes me feel like we partied too much and this is our punishment.
11. I'm readdicted to the final fantasy series.

the quote relating to number 4: I'm working at Boehringer Ingelheim Roxane Labs, as a chemist 1 in QC-raw materials
Friedicee: we're a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility
OraSolanum: jesus
OraSolanum: now THAT sounds impressive
Friedicee: it's really not, I mostly measure the dimensions on bottles and caps to make sure they won't jam the machines

current mood: exhausted

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Tuesday, May 30th, 2006
6:43 pm
hi kids, busy weekend full of painting and whatnot, there was some drama that I was blissfully unaware of, some of which involved me. I can do dumb things sometimes, good thing I have a very forgiving g/f. After painting I moved my room around, so now my speakers are much closer together and I'm getting the full stereo effects of Clarity right now and it's amazing. Work is fine, um, it's hot as balls out, but there was this great bar we found right across from North Market after Travis was denied admission to Brothers (again). This time his pants were too baggy, what is that?!?!? We saw people dressed like straight up thugs, but his pants were too baggy. Okay, whatever. Well, enough of this excursion, I'm going to go play some FF7.

PS There's a party at the house on friday night, you should be there...unless you suck

current mood: calm

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Friday, May 19th, 2006
6:37 pm
anyone who's free tuesday night, Nathan's cable access sitcom is playing at Studio 35 at around 7:00

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Thursday, May 18th, 2006
10:34 pm
watching silly high school dramas makes me nostalgic.

current mood: nostalgic

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Saturday, May 6th, 2006
11:19 pm
I just don't even know what to say sometimes

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Thursday, May 4th, 2006
11:47 pm
I have to go see radiohead this summer

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