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Other Musicians / Ladytron
« on: July 30, 2006, 10:01:36 pm »
Loving their music. I was surprised how many people have been checking them out on I just saw their video on Subterranean and it was awesome. Check it out kids.

Other Musicians / WOLFMOTHER
« on: May 07, 2006, 06:34:49 pm »
Great band! I missed the show last night in Dallas due to a friends surprise b-day party but Some other friends of mine went to the show they said it was rad. I bought their cd yesterady at best buy for 9.99 and it's stellar!!! It's got that 70's rock slash Hendrix sound and amazingingly rad! It rox... 8)

Entertainment - Movies / TV / Books / The Hills Have Eyes
« on: March 13, 2006, 01:05:32 am »
Creepy, disturbing, raw, and intense yet, somewhat satisfying, even though they leave you in question and awareness of a soon to be sequel. :twisted:

Other Musicians / She Wants Revenge
« on: March 13, 2006, 12:17:53 am »
I love this band! I met them and they were super nice. They are opening up for Depeche Mode at some shows but are also touring with OKGO. I have tix for their next Dallas show in May. Great cd out!

Live Shows / 10/20/2005: Sooner Theatre - Norman, OK (review)
« on: October 20, 2005, 09:11:55 pm »
Show was great!
San Fran
Ord Day
Who's 2 say?
White Houses
Put your hands on me
This Time
Best Behavior

Oddly the actual set list from her piano say she was gonna play Rinse after Best Behavior but she didn't. When she introduced, Best Behavior she said that most of the fun we have is on our bad behavior. was really good by the way. I loved all the new songs. This was the first time I had heard them. she talked about writing them.

This was the opening night for this venue so all the people my parents and grandparents ages were everywhere 8O . I guess they donated to the opening of the new theater which looked like a re-built cathedral. It was bizzarre. The girl sitting next to me was surprised as well. I'm serious like 75 percent of the crowd looked like college professors and stuff. They were all from the music and arts dept at OK University I guess. There were a lot of younger peeps in the balcony. It's almost as if the school had given away a bunch of close seats to the people who sponsored the building's opening.
 Regardless she was amazing. Due to the different crowd it was pin drop quiet unlike some of the bar shows I've been to. It would have been GREAT for recording the show. The crowd loved her and she seemed to be having a blast as usual. I sat on the 12the row and then went to the 4th row for Twilight.  

She left after the show with her dog. I saw her dog take a crap by the street before they left. Kinda funny. Cute Dog though.
She sounded great.

A dog had bit her thumb and broke her nail yesterday and that's why she said she goofed on Winter. It was hillarious.

Other Musicians / Aqualung
« on: September 26, 2005, 03:03:53 am »
music 2night was so tastey....

tears of joy....

Creative Endeavors / She doesn't/ she's my class
« on: September 11, 2005, 01:42:51 am »
she doesn't...

really, she doesn't...

She says don't


She's not done yet...
She argues with herself
because I'm not responding
like she wants me to...
to her...

She starts...
She starts in the morning
while she's asleep

She's sleeping over
and I love her
yeah, I love her
she's frustrated of course
what can you expect
when there's words
on the floor

that's when
that's when
that's when
She wants 2 smoke
that's why she's hoarse

she's pissed
of course

she's asleep now
I should
but I'm not
of course

She hates this class
I take
4 her

she forgets
most of the time

That I love her, yeah
She forgets
most of the time
that I love her...

Other Musicians / Interpol
« on: September 08, 2005, 10:43:43 am »
I have pit tickets for the show tomorrow in Dallas. Should be a great show. I love their cd.

Other Musicians / Pinback
« on: May 14, 2005, 02:33:52 pm »
I heard about this band when I met peeps in Jagstar. I went to their show last night and it was great. They were super cool guys. It was a small show on campus in Denton TX. They hung out afterwards for pics and signing of albums they had for sale. Great keyboard/guitar rock. They are from Cali.

Check them out! they are playing a huge list of shows at small venues across the U.S.

Other Musicians / Austin City Limits Festival 2005
« on: May 14, 2005, 02:29:54 pm »
It's up to about $120 for a 3 day pass. Huge line up!
Coldplay, Widespread Panic, Oasis, Black Crowes, Keane, Kasabian, Spoon, Eisley, and a ton more, like 100 or more bands! It's crazy! They are selling 10,000 less tickets this year just so it won't get so cramped like last year with The Pixies, Trey From Phish, The Killers, Franz Ferdinand etc...

Check the website!

Other Musicians / Kasabian
« on: April 14, 2005, 10:57:35 pm »
Awesome band and great cd! I'm gonna see them open for Oasis an Jet in Houston TX late September.

They sound great so check them out. I was surprised at the entire cd!

Other Musicians / The Bravery
« on: April 14, 2005, 10:55:36 pm »
They sound a crapload like early New Order which is cool. They got a spot at the Coachella concert in Cali which oddly enough has New order Basically headlinging one day. hmmmm imagine that... :?  :lol:

Great video for Bravery and the whole cd is nice to the ears...

Vanessa Carlton: Finding Harmony
by Lynn Barker 11/13/2004

We first were aware of pianist/songbird Vanessa Carlton when she impressed us with her multi-platinum debut “Be Not Nobody”. Her top single “A Thousand Miles” and follow-up “Ordinary Day” convinced a lot of fans that being a “rocker chick with a band” wasn’t the only way to climb the pop charts.

Then, for a while, she seemed to disappear. Now, after considering the direction she wants to take, the artist is back atcha with “Harmonium”, an album recorded in L.A. and San Francisco over the last year. There must have been some harmonic music vibe happening because when Vanessa was in the L.A. studio, she hooked up with Stephan Jenkins and was surrounded by greats like Stevie Nicks, Pharrell Williams, Kanye West etc.

Lindsey Buckingham played acoustic guitar on the first single from the album, the catchy “White Houses”. Vanessa was impressed with the harmonious and spontaneous spirit that seemed to validate her new work. Recently, we chatted with the artist while she was in Chicago touring.

TeenMusic: How did you hook up with Stephan Jenkins as a producer and co-writer?

Vanessa: I was on tour with him and he came into my dressing room one day and said ‘ I have to produce you’. He’s seen me sing live and there’s an energy to my live show that I think he’s inspired by and wanted to capture. We met then and a while later I hired him to produce the record.

TeenMusic: Have you found harmony in your life? What was the catalyst that brought you there?

Vanessa: I don’t know about harmony. I tend to be someone where there’s constant worry. It’s definitely as peaceful as it can be for me. I think what makes it that way is an amazing team of people around me, whether it be family, friends, crew, or management. Just feeling taken care of [is great]. There’s so much to achieve but there’s a feeling of potential to do it, that’s what makes me feel the best.

TeenMusic: “White Houses” tells a story a lot of us can relate to. Did you actually live in a house with five strange roomies?

Vanessa: Not actually a house but a dorm for four years. That song is inspired by many different things. If it really was all real it wouldn’t be as interesting. The elements of it that are real I can obviously relate to.

TeenMusic: You did a lot of dancing growing up. Was it really fun to use your dancing in your video? Do you plan on incorporating it more in the future?

Vanessa: Yes and yes. I love the dancing and I loved the shoot. I felt like a nine-year-old dancing in my kitchen again. I felt the freedom that I used to always feel when I danced that was sort of squeezed out of me in the ballet school I was studying at. I do hope to do more with it whether it be theatre, Broadway or film. I would love to include it in my life more.

 TeenMusic: Did any record execs ever ask you to get up from behind the piano?

Vanessa: When I was first trying to get a record contract no one thought I could be a success because I was trying to get a deal in the middle of pop diva fever. I come in on my piano and this kind of organic thing and they thought ‘oh this isn’t going to work’ and they immediately want to change you into whatever’s going on in that moment. I rejected those notions and would move on to the next label if they didn’t get who I was.

TeenMusic: Tell us about the great musicians you happened to be surrounded by when recording this album.

Vanessa: I was recording in the Record Plant in L.A. and there’s great musicians in and out of there every day. I had Fleetwood Mac down the hall and we got Lindsay to come play acoustic guitar and The Neptunes were working on Good Charlotte and they came in and sang and Kanye was there. It was just a big family of people, there was nothing calculated about the collaborations, nothing corporate.

TeenMusic: Sounds great, really pure. Have you been touring all this time?

Vanessa: I was touring the last album up until 2003 and late 2003 I got into the studio to record “Harmonium” and it took a year, I took the summer off but there wasn’t much down time.

TeenMusic: What do you do to kick back when you’re relaxing on tour?

Vanessa: When I have days off I really try to get out in the city that I’m in and absorb what’s going on around me rather than staying cooped up in a hotel room. It was better this time than last time. Last time I didn’t even move.

TeenMusic: One song sounds like you have a huge choir recording on it. Which song and how did that work?

Vanessa: It’s “She Floats” and the choir is actually Stephan and I singing over and over and over. There’s 40 voices but they’re all ours.

TeenMusic: Wow! What songs on “Harmonium” are the closest to your heart?

Vanessa: “Half a Week Before the Winter” and “Who’s to Say”.

I love them for different reasons. There’s a couple that I like because the production was right on and then other ones because of the songs themselves. Every song is on there for a reason and I really wanted a ten song record - One’s a secret track so it doesn’t count.

TeenMusic: Is there a little bit of a Goth influence in the ‘winter’ song?

Vanessa: Yeah there is. It is definitely a dark song. It’s kind of a metaphor for Darwin’s theory, survival of the fittest, and how things should [matter]. In this case it’s the Unicorn, and they don’t. Those beautiful animals again could be a symbol for so many things, they die and they shouldn’t and I think it’s also part my take on the music industry and how so many beautiful things that you do get eaten by the Vampires.

TeenMusic: What would be your idea of what to do on an ideal date?

Vanessa: I think the most important thing about a date is not what you do but how it feels.

If it feels uptight and if he’s trying too hard or it’s forced then it doesn’t matter what you’re doing. But if there’s a bottled up excitement and you’re developing a rapport and you know how to talk to each other, then you can do anything. People are always like ‘Oh you should go bowling or you should do this or that’ I don’t think it really matters. A great date can be sitting on a stoop talking for 4 hours.

TeenMusic: Totally agree. What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who gave it to you?

Vanessa: I think that my mother has given me good advice in terms of sticking to my instincts as a musician and always encouraging me to be myself and she’s contributed to the backbone that I have. I’m forever grateful to have a female role model like that. She’s very confident in herself and has passed that on to me.

TeenMusic: If you had to burn a CD to take on a road trip, what would you put on it?

Vanessa: Bob Marley, The Doves, PJ Harvey, a little Third Eye Blind, U2, Fleetwood Mac.

TeenMusic: Who do you think is the average Vanessa Carlton fan?

Vanessa: I don’t know. It’s very different all the time. I’ve met four-year-olds and 45 year olds, women and men, a lot of mothers and daughters that both love the records and that’s great. In the White Chicks film they made fun of me and I thought it was so cute and hilarious and according to them [my fans are] only upper class Long Island girls and I beg to differ because I’ve seen it with my own eyes.

TeenMusic: What’s the oddest object that you’ve written lyrics on?

Vanessa: Some random piece of paper that I find in my car that’s part of an envelope and it’s sticky on one side but you write around the sticky.

TeenMusic: Cute. Who are you dying to sing a duet with?

Vanessa: I got to sing with Carol King recently but I think Stevie Nicks because I didn’t get a chance to on the record. If I had Stevie Nicks on my album I would want a prime song. So I hope to do that for the next record.

TeenMusic: What’s the strangest fan encounter you’ve had so far?

Vanessa: Some of them are a little nutty. A family snuck onto the bus one time. I’m pretty lucky because there’s a handful of weirdos but then the majority of the fans are just music lovers and they’re not freaky at all.

TeenMusic: Do you have a message for your fans?

Vanessa: Yes, first of all I love them and I’d say how grateful I am for their support because they allow me to do what I do. I also can’t wait for them to hear ‘Harmonium’ and I think they’re going to love it hopefully as much as I loved making it for them.

TeenMusic: What would your ideal comfy outfit be?

Vanessa: Hey, I’m wearing it right now! I’m wearing my red sweat pants, a white t-shirt and a cashmere poncho.

Thought you peeps would enjoy the artilce as much as I did. :wink:

Thanks to I Gotta Wear Shades for posting on the o-board. :D

Creative Endeavors / so boring
« on: November 07, 2004, 06:02:58 pm »
don't wanna be so boring
telling a story
heard a million times
keeping your attention
not like last time

yet feeling alone
talking to myself
on my phone
"Are you there?"

no response...

I just downloaded it. It's from the Philly show last night and it sounds so good! The recording is great! Go to to download!

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