Kiss with a fist

Add another show to my concert calendar, this time, Florence and the Machine at the Fox Theater in Oakland in November.  Check out this video for Kiss with a Fist, and tell me you don’t just adore Florence! Her crazy erratic dancing is similar to my own, so she holds a special place in my heart ❤

I love me some Channel 92.3 and the ticket love I get from them so often! The Florence tickets are from a winning entry from their text to win guestlist spots contest.  I texted to win (and won) passes to their secret show with Silversun Pickups and Against me that was on August 3rd. I would have loved to have gone, but I had to work and missed out. I was surprised to win more tickets so quickly, but I think Channel 92.3 likes me, and my luck seems to work for them, rather than anywhere else.

I have been curious about the Fox Theater, as it is a newer venue, one that wasn’t open when I was in my prime concert going years (high school to 20 years old) and thus I have never attended a concert here before. The photos look amazing, so I am excited to see what a concert here will be like.

September is for concert going

I am very much looking forward to this coming September. Here’s why:


We are starting the month off right with the Green Day concert at Shoreline amphitheater in Mountain View on September 4th. I bought lawn tickets while at the BFD festival in June and I thought at the time I had gotten a great deal because I didn’t have to pay any extra charges aside from the ticket prices. Green Day is one of Billy’s favorite bands ever, and this will be the first time I have seen them live. The opening act will be AFI, another fantastic band that I cannot wait to see live. We have lawn seats, so it’s not the best, but totally worth dealing with a not so great seat to see two awesome bands.

We are making the middle of the month something special when we attend the Honda Civic Tour on September 17th at the HP Pavilion in San Jose. We will be seeing Paramore, Tegan and Sarah, and New Found Glory. I am bouncing in my seat thinking about this concert, and just. can’t. wait. Paramore is awesome and a favorite of mine from the last couple of years, and New Found Glory has been a favorite since high school, and is still on my iPod, played regularly.  I follow both NFG and Paramore, as well as Hayley Williams on twitter, and have been dying for this concert, it will be amazing, have no fear.

We finish the month off right because I managed to purchase pre-sale tickets to  see Jimmy Eat World at the Warfield in San Francisco on September 30th. I totally guessed the promo code, so I was able to get tickets before they went on sale to the general public. They will be playing with Civil Twilight and We Were Promised Jetpacks, which I haven’t heard much from. After seeing all of the charges that got tacked on to the ticket prices, now I KNOW I got a great deal with the Green Day tickets! For the 4 tickets I got, I had to pay $57.05 in facility, convenience and order processing fees, which is much more than the actual ticket price of $34.50! Crazy! Aside from the bitter taste the fees left with me, I am so excited to be seeing Jimmy Eat World again! They are one of my favorite bands, and I have only seen them once, even though I have held tickets to see them 3 times before. I was not able to go to one of the concerts because I had to work, and the other concert we arrived late, couldn’t find parking, and didn’t feel safe parking far from the venue, so we left. Lame, I know, but true. This time, I won’t be leaving, I will make sure to get to the Warfield on time, find safe parking, and have myself a great time.

My affinity for radio DJs

I have this thing. This thing is sort of a fascination. A fascination for radio disc jockeys, and it sometimes makes me think I was born to be a groupie, a DJ myself, or just stems from my inherent love of music. You see, I create friendships with DJs, and sometimes I even end up working for them.

I am a loyal radio listener. I don’t care if it’s “mainstream” music, it’s still music and I enjoy it. I listen to the radio a lot, so I become familiar with the DJs on each station, and come to “know” and love them. Years and years ago (hmm, maybe 5th grade, so 15 years ago)  I started listening to the local 80’s 90’s and today station, Mix 106.5, and woke up and got ready to the morning show with Bill and Marla. Skip forward 10 years and I meet Marla at a Gymboree where I am playing with a kid I nannied for at the time. A year later, she calls me out of the blue, and asks me to be her nanny. Oh, I am in heaven, this is a local celebrity, someone I have grown up with! She, her husband and her son Sean are awesome, and always treated me like family. This experience opened up a new world to me in which it is now possible to “know” these DJs in real life instead of just over the air!

Now I seem to think that all DJs are my best friends. Case in point, my twitter friendship with an Air 1 DJ, Ashton. I got a twitter account in December (for social marketing, duh!) and soon heard he was a huge tweeter, and started following him. Skip to a few replies to his tweets later, and we have regular conversations through 140 character tweets on a daily basis. I even asked him to come run my 5k with me, since he was also training for endurance races. I still haven’t received a real reply to that haha. Mainly we respond to something the other has tweeted, or come up with random things to talk about, and it keeps me entertained and gives me something to do with my down time. But I feel like I KNOW him, know him. Like he’s my real life buddy even! I don’t have too many crazy tendencies, but thought I might be bordering on one, so I asked if I was a crazy listener who bugs him too much, to which I was told I am not crazy, but sane, and there are many worse offenders who stalk chat him up.

My newest addition to the DJ friendship is Mega Tanner from Channel 92.3, the local alternative station. He is on at the same time as Ashton, 3-8pm, so I jump back and forth between the two stations depending on commercial breaks, reception issues and unloved songs. Through twitter I found out the station was going to be holding a listeners panel to get some feedback on the station, like branding, music played etc, and I wanted to participate. I didn’t know what I had signed up for, because the webmaster and channel 92.3 tweeter gave me zero information, just an address and asked for my info….like AOL chat room a/s/l status 😉 Like the naive and curious girl I am, I still showed up, without knowing what time I should be there, or what it was for. Tanner filled me in through tweets a little more, and then told me my session time had been canceled (bummer, there was an earlier session that still got to participate and got a station tour and pizza!) but I was welcome to come in and tour the studio etc. I had to ask twice to make sure he was serious about letting an unknown listener invade his space while he was on air.

An hour and a half later, and we have bonded over race training, shin splints and new shoes, having cats instead of kids, having jobs we are passionate about, eating salads instead of fast food, and MUSIC! I was hugely obsessed with music in high school and college, like indie, emo and unknown band encyclopedia obsessed, so it was nice to sort of get back into that part of me that has faded as I got older. I used to love going to concerts- local bands or well-known, churches or concert halls- but developed an aversion to big crowds and invasion of my personal space, so it’s been years since I saw live music, or was thoroughly obsessed. Tanner had me delving back into those memories of shows and concerts long past to come up with fun memories and relative information. He also did some live music breaks, and told me a lot about what exactly he does in the studio all day.

Tanner was super nice, not as crazy as his tweets make him out to be (um, you follow him and see for yourself!) and kept me entertained for over an hour without feeling super awkward for having invaded someone’s workplace. Also, for the record Tanner, my favorite Channel 92.3 band is Phoenix, I didn’t get to answer the listener question when the 1st listener panel came through the studio. Oh and I felt like such a high roller to have been sitting at the control panel desk thingy when they all came through, and then got to stay when they left, like “hi, who is this random girl who just sits there when we all have to go?” Thanks for making my day!

Sometimes it’s the little things that make my life rock!

No! I don’t wanna change!

Ugh, Billy is doing the unthinkable, a sacrilege in this house…he downloaded iTunes, and is proceeding to sync the ooooold iPod I found months ago with it.

Why is this bad, when most of the world is already freakishly devoted to Apple products, uses iPods and iTunes regularly? Because I am not a fan of change, and have been a Windows girl, and a Zune lover for years. Our trusty Zune was great up till a few months ago when Billy (more truthfully, his dad) installed Windows 7 on our desktop, but in the wrong drive, and thus wiped out 6 years worth of pictures, music, and downloaded content that we had saved there. Once Windows 7 was all booted up, and the problems figured out, the music and such destroyed in the process, we realized that Microsoft was having issues, and the Zune platform was no longer compatible for some insane reason. Hello, Microsoft, you made both Windows 7 and Zune, why can’t we get the Zune program to load and sync with our device??? Sure we can log in from the website, see our music and download history still floating around some server out there in internet space, but we can’t access or download any of it to the computer, making it a futile exercise. Also, since our Zune device has not been synced with the computer in months, it is missing several crucial updates, and is now FREAKING out and we can’t access any music on it either. There are more details that my technophobic brain just doesn’t understand, which would probably clarify this post a bit more, but alas, not so.

So the iPod I found in my apartment parking lot, posted signs looking for the owner but was never claimed, is now my only source of music on the go. However much I like and appreciate the R&B including Kanye, Alicia Keys, Prince, Timbaland and Michael Jackson that came fully loaded on the found iPod, it is NOT my favorite music, especially to work out to. So Billy is once again riding to my rescue on his techno know-how and is setting up my music on the iPod so I can have a successful workout and be properly motivated by Jimmy Eat World, New Found Glory, Hollywood Undead, Lady Gaga, Skillet, the Almost and Jay-Z. I know, I have eclectic taste in music. But THAT’S how I like it.

Lesson of the day: ALWAYS back up your files, be it text, music, pictures or anything else you never want to lose off of a hard drive. Also, Microsoft sucks, but is better than changing an entire platform to Apple, which to me anyway, is a crazy whackadoo world of different and scary from my comfortable and homelike Microsoft.