Boston and NYC fun!

In NYC for the next week after a fun 4 days in Boston to see friends and collaborators.  Was hot (70s) on Mon and Tues in boston, but has quickly cooled off to the gray skies I expect from New England winters.  Watched Sox whip up on Rockies with friends on Wed night.

Saw New Pornographers last night at Webster Hall. Hilarious moment in the encore when they invited Gordon Gano (Violent Femmes) up who looked, well kind of dorky esp next to AC Newman. The band sang the Femmes’ song “Held her in my arms.”  What is crazy is that for a lot of people in the audience, they were born after the Femmes had come and gone (although I am sure many would probably know “Blister in the Sun”).  Was much fun to go with Matt and Sara, although we did feel a little old at times, I am reminded again that live can be the best kind of music.

Musical introductions

I am really digging the alt-country album Honeycomb from Frank Black of the alt/punk band The Pixies. Now I haven’t been keeping up with Black Francis lately but I really didn’t expect this sort of thing. I must credit Radio Paradise with the initial introduction.

On the same theme of new music found through eclectic online radio (and KCRW), I am now listening to Laura Veirs and really enjoying it as something different. In particular the Year of the Meteors. She was apparently a geology major – there are some great lines

Slain by your zirconium smile I was slain, by your olivine eyes I was slain.

When we kiss, bears and boulders vibrate through the air.
Gravity is dead you see.