Friday, May 28, 2010

Phantom Planet

 On August 5th 2008 Paramore had a show in Arkansas for the first and only time...so far.  Their bassist Jeremy Davis was actually born in Little Rock. (I have come to the conclusion that all of the best bassist are named Jeremy :) .) I don't like bands that have a female lead, Hayley Williams is my only exception.  She is amazing and she has great hair. 

Paper Route, Phantom Planet, and Jack's Mannequin were the openers.  We (my friends Melody, Megan and Karissa) got to the show the minute Paper Route was leaving the stage.  I had never heard of Phantom Planet before, but I figured they would be good...judging by their awesome band name.  I was right.  They were different from any other band had ever heard of.  They put on a really amazing show.  Even though I didn't know any of the songs.  I honestly thought their set was the best of the night.

 Next was Jack's Mannequin. I had always heard about them, but didn't start listening to their music until a few weeks before the show.  Finally it was time for Paramore.

 Sadly I didn't have my camera because we heard that no cameras were allowed, I wanted to take mine anyway since people always do, regardless of the rules...but Melody talked me out of it because I had just bought a new camera and she didn't want me to get it taken away.  (Never again will I listen to that rule.) Everyone else had their cameras and I was sad because from where we were I could have gotten some really good pictures.

Paramore was great and I can't wait for them to come back one day.

Sorry this blog is probably a lot suckier than the the others, but as I said earlier this show was in '08 and to tell you the truth I don't remember that much about it.  It was an outdoors show, and we didn't meet anyone from any of the bands after. 

The next night my family and I went out to eat at Flying Fish, then I insisted we go to Barnes and Noble so I could buy Phantom Planet's album "Raise The Dead"

On November 25th 2008 Phantom Planet announced on Myspace that they were going on an indefinite hiatus, after being together for 15 years.

Phantom Planet's guitarist Darren Robinson (not to be mistaken for the leader of rap group The Fat Boys) went on tour as a unofficial member with Miniature Tigers in 2009.  He is currently in a band called The Californian, who have an EP entitled "Sea Of Love" which you can listen to and buy on their website here. Hopefully one day The Californian will come to Arkansas and play a show.

For a while I was addicted to a game called Words With Friends, so when I found out Darren played too I had to start a game with him.  Little did I know he is like a freakin' Words With Friends champion.  We have played nine games and he has beat me every time but one.  The only reason I won that particular game is because I cheated. The first and only time I ever used an anagrams solver and he caught me. It's all good though, he forgave me.




In 1998 Phantom Planet was in an episode of the 3rd season of Sabrina The Teenage Witch




"Do The Panic"



"Lonely Day"





"Always On My Mind"






Phantom Planet's song "California" is the theme song for The O.C.





Their music is  featured in the movie Drive Me Crazy. They also did a cover of "Somebody's Baby" by Jackson Browne for Not Another Teen Movie.


Paramore's video for "Crushcrushcrush" (told ya her hair was awesome!)




"Misery Business"



Jack's Mannequin "The Resolution"



-laurenmikael

P.S. Darren has a blog too

Monday, May 17, 2010

SafetySuit

I have learned in life that if you want something and don't receive it at the exact time you want it, it's because it simply wasn't the best time for you to have it yet...and once you do get it, it will have been well worth the wait.

This happened to be the case for me with SafetySuit.  September just wasn't the perfect time for me.  I believe all things happen for a reason. I promise this really is about SafetySuit...I'm not going to start preaching to you or anything.

For some reason even though I hardly ever do this anymore, I decided to login to Myspace. The first thing I saw when I did was a bulletin entitled "Little Rock" it was from SafetySuit, saying that they would be at Juanita's on November 11th.  I called my sister and asked her to go with me. She said no because she hates Juanita's. I was not about to miss them again, I refused.

I asked my mom to go with me, I know it is probably not cool to go to shows with your mother.  I don't know if you have ever noticed this about me or not but, I don't care what anyone thinks. She said if there was absolutely no one else for me to go with she would go with me. I don't really have that many actual friends that are just willing to go out and do stuff with me and if I do, none of them like going to shows.

It was the night before the show and I still had no way of going.  If you know me, you know that when I want something I am not going to shut up about it until I get my way. I would bring up SafetySuit at any point of the day, into any conversation...I can relate SafetySuit to pretty much anything.  My mom was getting sick of this. I think the one that broke her down was when my iPod was on shuffle and I had to keep skipping over songs because it kept playing SafetySuit and made me sad that I wasn't going. I kept making comments like  "It keeps playing SafetySuit...too bad I can't go tomorrow." She was at the sink washing dishes, she turned around and said:

"Just go buy the tickets, I'll take you." She was totally stoked about this, I could tell. (Not really.) I think she thought they were going to be hardcore rockers like Disturbed or something. I promised her they weren't but she didn't seem to believe me.

I had been to Juanita's a few times before and hated it, the people were rude and it was too crowded. It was the complete opposite with this show.  All the tables had already been taken, but we found two girls that were nice enough to share their's with us. All of us became friends quickly, we talked about our favorite members and we all liked someone different.  There were a lot of people there, but it wasn't like it is when I normally go to Juanita's, people were spread out and you actually had room to move.

The opening band came on, they were called Townsend.  The lead singer was a girl, she actually had a pretty good voice. You could tell that they haven't played very many shows before, she wasn't very good at getting the crowd excited.  We were all just ready for SafetySuit. No one even came down infront of the stage when Townsend was on. I actually remember the girl practically begging for someone to go down there. No one moved.  It was very awkward throughout their entire set.

Finally Townsend left the stage and it was time for SafetySuit.  People started moving towards the stage and I was thinking to myself: Great, this is going to be another one of those shows where I can't see anything. I was wrong. There was a spot directly infront of Jeremy. (If you are reading my blog, it probably means you follow me on Twitter or we are friends on Facebook...in which case you know exactly how I feel about Jeremy.)  For those of you who don't know, I love Jeremy, he's my favorite. Don't get me wrong I love them all but Jeremy is by far the best.  So I was totally stoked that I had seen this spot...though it wasn't hard to miss, it was huge.  It was like everyone else was avoiding him or something.  I very happily took the spot. I could literally reach out and touch him without putting forth any effort.  I didn't though. You could not get any closer to the man than I was.


So anyways the show was amazing, honestly it was the best show I have EVER been to.  These guys are incredible live.  Close to the end of their set Doug sang "You Don't See Me" acoustic.  Jeremy wasn't needed on stage since he plays bass, so he went to the side of the stage and sat to watch Doug do his thing.  This made me happy because he was practically sitting beside me. I honestly couldn't focus on Doug, because I was too busy paying attention to the fact that Jeremy was so close to me.



After "You Don't See Me" Jeremy took his place back on stage and they played a few more songs before closing their set.  I didn't want the show to ever end, but sadly it had to.  As Jeremy was getting off the stage he handed me his towel (which was totally awesome and gross all at the same time) and one of his water bottles...I had stolen his other empty one during the show.

We decided it would be best to wait until all the other fans left the merch table before we went up to talk to SafetySuit.  While we were waiting we talked to a very nice lady who had told us she had to go to the doctor in the morning to see if her cancer was still in remission, she said she couldn't think of a better way to spend her night, then going to see her favorite band, before having to find out something like that the next morning,  I really hope everything went well for her.

Finally it was my turn. Everyone else at the venue had already left, unless they worked there.  This made me happy because this meant I got to spend more time with SafetySuit. Everyone else had just spent enough time with them for them to sign stuff and then left.  We talked for a while and somehow brought up Twitter. Jeremy uses Twitter more than any of the other guys and actually talks to you on there.  I had started talking to Jeremy a lot more since Girls Night Out.  Doug asked me what my username was and as I was telling him Jeremy started getting all excited and told the guys that I was "all over Twitter."

Mom commented on how much energy Dave had on stage and asked if he had A.D.D or something.  Doug told her Dave had all the A.D's and the H.D's. They only had one poster left by the time we got to the merch table so Jeremy said I didn't have to pay for it. I don't see why that being the last poster qualified me to have it for free, but I didn't argue. I bought a shirt and then we took pictures.


Like I said earlier it was the best show I have ever been to.  I don't think anyone will ever be able to top it.

Here are more pictures from the show.



Dave during sound check







I really like this one of Dave playing, it was actually an accident photo





Jeremy





Doug

Sadly I don't have any pictures of Tate during the show, since he is the drummer he was further back and hard to capture.

P.S. Mom ended up saying they were actually pretty good. (I don't know if she was just saying that to make me happy, or if that is what she really thought.)

-laurenmikael



Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Girls Night Out

On August 22nd my sister and I were on our way to the lake for a family reunion. We were listening to the radio (Alice 107.7) when I heard it...Jason Castro was coming to Little Rock for the 2nd annual Girls Night Out.  Immediately after hearing this I decided I was going to attend this event.  The DJ on the radio continued to list the names of all the artist that would be there, while playing a clip of each artist most popular song in between names. That is when I heard "Stay" and totally freaked, because this meant SafetySuit was coming also.

The DJ said Jessie James would be there, but I didn't care because I wasn't a fan of her. Since I had found out SafetySuit was going to be there I didn't really care about seeing Jason anymore, I was now going only for SafetySuit.

When we got to the lake I found my mom and told her all about Girls Night Out, she said she wanted to go too (not for the music, but for all the booths that would be selling purses, clothes and jewelery.)

Later that night I tweeted about how excited I was that Jason Castro and SafetySuit were coming in September. The next morning I woke up to find that I had a new follower, This made me very happy...because who wouldn't want more followers? My new follower was Jeremy Henshaw (bass player for SafetySuit, @JSafetySuit) He follows everyone that follows him and I think he also at random times types SafetySuit into the Twitter search bar to see what people are saying about them and starts following fans/random people that way (which is kinda creepy and awesome all at the same time.)

I follow pretty much everyone who follows me so I followed him back, then tweeted him saying that I heard SafetySuit was coming to Little Rock and I was hopefully going to to be able to be there. I didn't really expect a response from him seeing as he has thousands of other followers who probably tweeted him constantly, but I woke up the next morning and was surprised to see that I had a reply from him.

The only SafetySuit song I knew at this point was "Stay"  I figured I should buy their album "Life Left To Go" since I was going to see them soon and since a member of the band had taken the time to tweet me. (Plus I just wanted it anyway...now seemed like a good time to buy it.)

September 17th had finally arrived. My friend Andrea, mom and I were on our way to The Metroplex for Girls Night Out. We were trying to decide on a place to eat before the show, I had suggested Wendy's because it was fast food...which meant we would get to the venue sooner. Mom insisted we go someplace where you could go in, sit and have a nice meal. I tried to talk her out of this, so we would make it to The Metroplex early enough to make sure we got a good spot infront of the stage and get there on time so we didn't miss any of the acts.

My mom ended up winning and we went to a place we had never been before called Copeland's.  Basically the only lighting this place had were little lamps on the table, they took way too long to bring us our food and when we finally got it, it wasn't even good.  The whole time we were eating I was paranoid that we weren't going to get to the show on time since this stupid resturant had taken so long.  I tried to hurry everyone, but they were taking their sweet time and didn't seem to realize how excited I was for what was about to happen.

Finally we arrived at The Metroplex. There were tons of people everywhere.  As we were going in I noticed a cell phone laying on the sidewalk, my mom picked it up and searched through the contacts list for "Home." "Mom" or "Dad." It took forever, but we finally tracked down the owner of the phone.

We went up to a booth and asked the lady behind it when SafetySuit was going to take the stage...she looked at me and said "Oh, they were on about 30 minutes ago." I was so mad. I honestly wanted to hit her in the face (yes, I know it wasn't her fault I just wanted to take my anger out on someone.) Just so you know no one got hit in the face.   Then she asked a rhetorical question "was that the wrong answer?" Um, yeah. They were only the whole reason I bought tickets.  Soon after this while no one was looking I actually cried. (Don't judge me!)

By this time Jessie James was almost done with her set. She sang "Wanted" the only song of hers I knew and I have to admit she was really good live, I just didn't want to admit it then because I wanted to be mad for awhile.  Before Jason come on stage we asked a security guard if he could help us find a good spot by the stage so I would actually be able to see.  Somehow we ended up telling the security guard our whole SafetySuit sob story and he felt bad so he went back to their dressing room to see if they were still there, if they were he was going to let me meet them. (They weren't. I figured they wouldn't be. So I didn't get my hopes up.)

He said that SafetySuit ended up having to trade spots with Jessie and be the opening act, because something had come up in their schedule and they had to leave earlier than they had planned.

We were actually able to sit side stage for Jason's preformance.  He was even more amazing than he had been when he was on American Idol.




As Jason was wrapping up his set "our" security guard motioned for all us to come back stage and asked me if I wanted to meet Jason. Um, duh! I didn't say that of course...I very happily said yes and thanked him. A DJ at the event had said earlier that Jason would be at a booth after the show to take pictures, but he did not have time for autographs. Before Jason went to said booth he came backstage to meet us. He gave me his autograph and I didn't even ask, I was happy because I was the only one that got one that night.  Jason's dad, Mr. RenĂ© was with him, we talked for a while and then took a picture.

My mom didn't know how to turn on my camera, so I tried to tell her how to do it, but she wasn't listening, Mr. RenĂ© took the camera to see if he could figure it out but he couldn't do it either. (It's not hard. I don't know why they were so confused.) I told them to let me do it. It seemed as if they were tuning me out, because they were trying to figure it out together. (They took forever.) Jason finally got their attention and told his dad just to hand it to me. I turned it on and handed it back to my mom.




Mom then talked about how beautiful Jason's eyes are and said she wanted a close up of them.



Even though I didn't get to see SafetySuit, I still had fun and left the show very happy.


-laurenmikael