First of all, how could I not post this?  I hope you enjoy it, and I will give you a few reasons why you should:

* Billy looks and sounds fantastic!

*They are playing electric guitars and they actually kind of sound like The Smashing Pumpkins, I grinned the whole way through the video for that reason alone.

*Its not every day you see a big family of Mormons (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) as the back  up singers for a major rock band on the Leno show.  I’m not going to go as far as saying that they sounded very good, but still I think its awesome that Billy had them there.

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Some wife’s, when their last child starts going to school, feel sad that their left home alone. Not Jen. There’s a trail 2 minutes from our door on her bike.

As you can see it’s a sweet single track trail that she has all to herself while the kids are in school.

She used to taunt me with pictures like this last fall when she was sneaking in a ride before the weather got too cold and I was at work.

Yeah she was taunting me. She initially asked me to write a post for her but she decided to write her own post. I’m still going to post this one anyway and I may not even tell her about it. In fact while she’s milking all the sympathy she can get out of this bike injury I may be posting here ocasionaly. (I’m a much bigger whiner than she is by the way)

I may decide to tell her about it or I may just surprise her. See there’s really nothing she could do to stop me because I do all the maintenance for her on this blog. Of course I suppose if she really wanted to she could find some way to stop me.

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Apr 192010
 

I went mountain biking today.   I went by myself like I usually do, because I have about 2 hours when all of my kids are in school, and Tac is always at work then.   I don’t mind going by myself too much, but I have wondered what I would do if I ever seriously hurt myself out there in the woods all alone.

Today I wrecked pretty bad, so I got to find out.  I’m really blessed that I didn’t break my arm, instead I almost broke my arm and hurt it quite badly.  I managed to get home so that was nice, but oooh did it hurt.   I made it a point to enjoy the ride home anyways, I figured it might be my last ride for a little while so might as well have a little fun.

I did run over a snake and that made me very sad.   I coaxed it into my water bottle to take home and try to let it heal (science experiment for the kids) but then I realized that a fast bumpy ride in a hard water bottle would not help the snakes condition, so I let it go.

I hurt.  I am writing this with a sling on my arm trying not to move it much, plus I have plenty of bruises, and scrapes.  So for my daily post I am linking to another blogger’s post on music which I read today and really enjoyed.    Here’s to me getting better quick!

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What a gorgeous relaxed day we had.  When we got home from church I went up stairs to get into something comfy while Tac got the customary chips and salsa ready.  That is what we do every Sunday.   I had a total craving for grunge and when I came down in my baggy Levi’s, old Smashing Pumpkins concert T and a flannel, Tac had The Smiths playing.  It was a nice.

So today I am posting some Smiths, cuz it just felt right.

And since I am feeling the grunge love today, I only feel right including “Drown” by The Smashing Pumpkins which really carries the very essence of the early 90′s in it.

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Its crazy I haven’t blogged about Julian Casablancas yet.  I can summarize it all up pretty neat and tight for you since I have tons o’ mom stuff to do:    he makes me terribly happy.

I couldn’t find any live videos that were worthy of him, and his official vid from his latest work “Phrazes for the Young” is distractingly weird, so this is my post for the day:

you can hear tons more on his myspace page, LOVE this music!! (except not so much with the 3 somewhat countryesque songs, but if anyone could make country music bearable- he can)

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Fang Island (Grrrr....Argggg doesn't it sound like it could be a place where Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Spike could have vacationed?)While checking out a list of bands that played at SXSW I got my first listen to Fang Island.  Energetic and fun are two of the many words that could describe them.

This video may not have perfect sound, but I liked it so much anyway.   It gives a good feeling of what being at their show might be like, and I just really liked watching them play.   I have enjoyed listening and getting to know this bands music on their myspace page, next step: buy a cd.  Yep, I’m thinking they are going to be the newest addition to my old apple box full of cd’s.  (ipods have made the glorious old days for cd’s when they were displayed on a shelf in the living room next to the stereo kind of a thing of the past)

Um, I skipped a day again yesterday with my apparently lame blogging challenge to myself, but I’m here today and its all good, I’m just busy, yo!

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Silversun Pickups opening for Muse.

Muse. I’m getting all starry eyed just looking at this picture.  They are total rock stars, and I love it!!

Huge floating eye balls that spill red confetti all over when they popped.

I find it kind of humorous that I forgot to post something already on only the 2nd day of my “week straight of blogging challenge.”  However, as an excuse I will tell you that I have cut chocolate and all other sweets out of my diet for awhile, and I am going slightly nutty.   My SSPU concert T is a bit snug, and the cookies, home made granola bars, and ice cream that I have inhaled all spring were making themselves a little too welcome around my mid section in the form known fondly as muffin top.   I vowed this morning to be sane and cheerful, so problem should be solved….

Hope you enjoy the pics for day….shall we say 2.5?

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I want to blog more, its fun to talk about music with my imaginary friends (and some of my real ones that actually read this).  So I have created a little blogging challenge for me:  7 days straight of posting something on my blog.  Most likely that will be a video or something from a band that I haven’t gotten around to writing about yet.  Its going to be fun.

I’m going to start it all off with Blair, and a performance they just did at SXSW.

Blair at SXSW 2010 from Madalyn Baldanzi on Vimeo.

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To quote the opening band Silversun Pickups: “Ive been waiting, Ive been waiting for this moment all my life”  (Lazy Eye) is about how I felt about going to this concert.

From the beginning:

The concert was supposed to start at 7:00, so we were quite surprised when at 7:00 we heard the concert actually starting!  Aren’t they always late?  It was torture to miss the first song, one of my personal favorites “Growing Old is Getting Old” while waiting in line for wristbands.    I could hear it in the background, but that is not the same.

The feeling I had while we were running down all the stairs to get to the crowded floor was amazing.  I was giddy and excited, and the closer we got, the more I began to feel the music play through me.  I LOVE that sensation of physically feeling the music, it vibrates in your heart.

Silversun Pickups were fantastic.   You know how some guys pick fantasy sports teams?  As far as a concert lineup goes, this would be one of my fantasy picks.   Brian Aubert’s voice is such a peculiarly pretty one, and it sounded way good live.   They looked like they were having a great time.   After the end of every song I hoped they were not done playing yet, they were so good it actually caused me to be patient for Muse.   At the end of their show some dorky radio personality came out and told the audience that he would have a special announcement about SSPU next week, I will have to check their website since I won’t be listening for it.

We waited for a really long time after that for Muse to begin.   There were three fabric skyscrapers hanging from the ceiling that had been on stage behind Silversun Pickups.  Those and the people climbing around in the lighting were all we had to look at for quite some time.  As Tac predicted each of the bandmembers was inside of one of the skyscrapers.   The lights went down, music started playing and a light show of people started walking up imaginary stairs in the skyscrapers.  Then, the fabric was dropped and there they were standing on towers and rockin our socks off with “Uprising.”

The towers moved up and down, so after another song they came down floor level for awhile.  Then when it was piano time Matt Bellamy sat down at a grand piano and the tower took him back up high.  There was so much tangible energy and noise in the room, and it quieted to a standstill immediately.   Other than the cheering after songs, we were all pretty quiet while Matt worked his magic.  Of course the piano had it’s own little light show going on.   Normally I don’t really get into the whole lasers and lights thing, but something about Muse makes it all seem perfect and incredible like they were meant for each other.

I was soooo happy when at the piano, he started playing those little notes that meant we were about to be treated to “Feeling Good.”   Seeing that song live and experiencing the megaphone was one of my “most hoped fors.”  Also of special note were “Resistance” and “Ruled By Secrecy” and ok everything they played because it was all incredible and I loved every second of it.  Yes I would have loved for them to perform “Glorious” or “Falling Away With You,” or “Sing For Absolution” but they have so much music that I didn’t go in with many particular hopes because the odds were against me.

After you have seen a band live you can’t feel the same way about them anymore.  Either you love them more or they leave a bad taste in your mouth.  Its just like dating a friend; there is no going back to the way things were before.  I really think you feel a physical connection to a band you’ve seen live, and hearing those songs again or putting on your concert tee has a special way of bringing it back for you.

Today while my five year old and I were eating lunch we watched HAARP (a live concert video of Muse from a couple years back) and it was awesome.  He is my Muse fan for sure, and we had a good time.  Plus now when I watch it I don’t pine for the day I will see them in person, CUZ I ALREADY HAVE.

Here is a link to the set list with an option to play each song as well.

Now I can’t wait for Larry and Amber to see them!

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