Like I said in my last post, I've been focusing on getting back to life. So what better way to do so than going and seeing some of your favorite bands? Lately I've been on a bit of a concert kick. A few weekends ago I was able to see longtime favorite band In Flames play. Sure their latest album isn't my favorite, but they played some really good classic's and it's always cool to see a band you've been listening to for years.
I really forgot how fun it is to get out to concerts. It's truly been years, 3-4 maybe, since I've gone to a live show. Really fun energy and a welcome change.
The other concert I was able to catch, which was my first time ever seeing them was Neurosis. I've been listening to them for years, but never been able to make a show. They were playing in downtown Denver so I jetted down and saw it with good buddy Mike Thomas. This was an awesome show for sure. Their latest album I've been listening to for a while and they had a great set list. Mike and I were both laughing super hard when we were leaving as we spotted this dude completely crashed out against this post. Never seen someone so out of it, while at a concert of all places.
I'm for sure hoping to catch a few more shows this summer. Of course I'll have to balance that out with my race schedule, but something to look forward to absolutely.
Along those same topic of music, I always really try to keep a good ear out for more music in the fall, going into the winter. Usually because when I'm Nordic Skiing or riding I like to have music playing, and do spend more time with my iPod on than my TV or anything else at home. People always ask me what I listen to, so I figured I'd share some of the stuff I've been particularly fond of. Recently I've been completely blown away by the new Cult of Luna album, Vertikal. Really similar sound to Isis, but uniquely there own. They are a 7 piece band from Umeå, Sweden. I kind of compare them to a bottle of Islay scotch. A very complex taste, probably only appreciated by those familiar with its particular pallet. Every time I listen to it, I hear something new I really love.
That and the other album I've been really enjoying is Witchcraft, Legend. A really fun, almost folk sound, but with a heavy rock background.
Something I also really have to share is from my old buddy, Paul Gemignani. Him and his brother Stephen made one of the coolest vids I've seen in a long time. I've long considered Paul on of the most creative people I've ever met. With his lines and tricks on the snowboard, to his music, films and artwork. If you've time to read my blog, you for sure have time to check out his vid below.
Paper Shredder from Paul Gemignani on Vimeo.