Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Labor Day weekend is just that, I spend it working on the upstairs room, building out the windows and trimming them with white oak. A very slow and laborious process, requiring multiple trips up and down the stairs between the room and garage where all the equipment is located. Monday evening was spent at a friends house celebrating his wife's birthday. That was my only down time for the weekend, except for Friday and Sunday night spent in my virtual reality in front of the stage.

First up was Nirvana's first album Bleach, released on June 15, 1989.

Nirvana: Bleach

By AJ Ramirez 5 November 2009

"It’s amazing to note that it’s now been 20 years since Nirvana released its first album. It only seems like yesterday that the grunge group emerged from the American indie scene to knock Michael Jackson off the top of the Billboard album charts, in the process bringing mass acceptance to the alternative rock genre and underground music in general. Despite this milestone, Sub Pop’s 20th anniversary Deluxe Edition reissue of the band’s debut album Bleach comes off as both unnecessary and oddly muted."

Sitting in comfort
Our mission accomplished but....
The war rages on

Grabbed with clumsy hands
Their lives are but a play thing
Shatters when it falls

Time to turn the page
Another month has gone by
More gray hairs to count

Heart in a handshake
We shared our time together
A shame we must part

Bad news has arrived
One of this weeks twenty three
Color drains from life

Went so far away
To fix the old mans mistakes
Our youth sacrificed

Next up this evening out on the warm prairie is Coldplay performing live in Glasgow, Scotland on September 16, 2009.

"Coldplay's whistlestop Viva La Vida stadium tour flew into Scotland last night as they played at Hampden Park in Glasgow. This show will be featured on Radio 1 tomorrow as was reported recently - and Jay-Z made a special appearance during Lost, which effectively turned the song into Lost+ (as featured on the Prospekt's March EP). No other major changes to the setlist but the playing order of Trouble and Death will Never Conquer where switched, however. Chris Martin once again did an interactive question and answer set on stage talking to a video recording of Simon Cowell on X-Factor, who basically criticised the crowds rendition of the ending of Yellow... until it was done a second time."

Read it here:

Sunday night found me once again standing under the stars listening to music late into the night, safe knowing that the following day was a holiday from the office, but not from "work." This time it was REM performing in Stockholm, Sweden on November 9, 1998. A fine show and excellent recording, but I was reminded why REM never caught fire with me. I'm still not a fan but the show was still enjoyable, Michael Stipe blabbing the whole night between songs.

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