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Kristen’s ’11 Mix – Track 2- Pepper’s Ghost

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2. “Rosalina” – Pepper’s Ghost 

Everyone who knows me knows that Pepper’s Ghost is my favorite band. When the band went on “an indefinite hiatus” in 2007, I was devastated. I moved to LA the next year. When I found out that in January of 2011 they were to play a reunion show, I bought my plane tickets faster than you can say “Friday Night in Philadelphia”. That night at The Grape Room was the best night of my year. That whole weekend brought together so many of my best friends and fellow music lovers to celebrate the reunion. Pepper’s Ghost played two sets and in between I snuck over to Northstar Bar to catch a bit of another Philly fave, Alright Junior. I love living in Los Angeles, but Philadelphia and its music will always be very close to my heart.

 

 

Here’s the setlist from their show in January. I’ve been carrying it around on my teaching binder all quarter…

~ Kristen

Pepper’s Ghost: My First Music Family

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We just got back to sunny California from our weekend on the East Coast!  The trip was built around the reunion of my first favorite band, Philadelphia’s Pepper’s Ghost. It was quite the excursion! It’s nice to be back in a place where my face doesn’t go numb every time I go outside, but whenever I go back east, I remember how much I miss living there and all the people still there that I love (many of whom I was able to see on Saturday…it was quite the reunion!). Pepper’s Ghost was actually the band that brought a lot of these people into my life. It was the band around which I formed my first little music family.

Any music lover knows what I mean by a music family, right? Those people that you get to know/grow to love by going to the shows. They generally form around a particular band…but sometimes around a group of bands or a type of music. Sometimes they consist of people that you already knew but to whom you grow closer due to your shared love of the music (it’s a lot easier to find time to hang out when you all want to be doing the same thing). Sometimes these families consist of people you only see at shows…you may not even know where they live or what they do for a living, but you know if you go to see a certain band, they will be there and together, you will rock out.

There is something about a shared understanding of the love of live music, or of a particular band, that really brings people closer together. It’s a powerful  bond that pays no attention to geography, age, social status, ethnicity, etc.  Not everyone understands why you want to go out and see the same band week after week, so when you find those people who do, you have a great foundation for a strong friendship. Then, at some point, you realize that seeing these friends is just as important as seeing the music! A show feels incomplete without them. You start traveling with them for shows, organizing pre or post-show dinners, staying at their homes when you go to an out of town show…you become more than friends, you become a family!

And that, my dear readers of this blog entry, is one of the reasons I love live music so much….and one of the reasons that Pepper’s Ghost is important enough to me that I would travel across the country to see them play. Saturday night, my little heart was just a burstin’ with love; love for the music, love for the band, love for all the people I know who were there (and even some who weren’t). It was a family reunion over three years in the making!

I realized it would be awhile before I get to the footage we took from the  shows Saturday night, but I wanted to post something. Someone at The Grape Room recorded one of my favorite Pepper’s Ghost songs, “Friday Night in Philadelphia”. This song is particularly relevant for this post because it served as an anthem of sorts for my little Pepper’s Ghost family. When I was in college, my roommate and I would blast this song Friday nights as we were paper writing and studying.  Anytime it would play, a sing-along would most certainly ensue.  Years later, the song still symbolized those college days (some of the best of my life), never failing to bring back a flood of memories and a giddy smile.  Somewhat recently, my former roommate called me and left a message on my phone…the message consisted only of her singing the chorus of this song…I knew exactly what she was saying.

~ Kristen

more footage and pictures from the show and from the trip to come…

Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 1/24-1/30

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Amanda and I are in New York City at the moment. Just came back from seeing the boys of Carney rock Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark (again). They made some changes in the second half that I loved. As you know, we ventured to the east coast because my first favorite band, Pepper’s Ghost, had a reunion show at The Grape Room, Saturday in Philadelphia (their first show since 2007…). There are no words to describe how I felt about seeing this band play again. The whole day, really, spent with some of my favorite people and seeing a couple of my top bands (we also went to Northstar to catch a bit of Alright, Junior’s set) is bound to go down as one of the best days of my year…hopefully I’ll find some time to put up some pictures and, fingers crossed, video (!) soon.

But, in the meantime, we’ve got lots of great shows to look forward to this week in LA! Can’t wait to get back (and not just because I’m freezing my fingers off over here)! Here’s what I’d like to do:

Monday: Cold War Kids at Bootleg (10:30)
ALSO: Camp Freddy at Whiskey a Go Go (9pm)
ALSO: The Script at Jimmy Kimmel (6:45…with reservation from 1iota.com)
ALSO: Iron & Wine FREE at Amoeba (7pm)
ALSO: Songwriters in the Round at Room 5 (9pm)
ALSO: It’s a School Night at Bardot featuring Royal Bangs and Gary Clark Jr. (10:30)

Tuesday: Cold War Kids at Amoeba (6pm)
ALSO: Anna Nalick at Saint Rocke (10:30)
ALSO: WPA featuring Glen Phillips and Sean Watkins at The Hotel Cafe (7pm)
ALSO: The Vaccines at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: The Canyons at Molly Malone’s (9pm)
ALSO: Iron & Wine at The Wiltern (8pm)
ALSO: Olin & The Moon FREE at The Echo (10pm)
ALSO: 8mm at The Good Hurt (11pm)

Weds: Red Circle Underground at Silverlake Lounge (11pm)
ALSO: Keaton Simons at The Roxy (8pm)
ALSO: Iron & Wine at The Wiltern (8pm)
ALSO: Bryan Greenberg at Saint Rocke (10pm)

Thursday: High Voltage Presents at The Mint featuring Armada, 8mm, etc. (8pm)
ALSO: Amos Lee at The Music Box (9pm)
ALSO: Graydon at Silverlake Louge (9:30)
ALSO: Steel Train at The Troubadour (8:45)

Friday: Queen Caveat and Nico Vega at Saint Rocke (9,11)
ALSO: The Postelles and Free Energy at The Roxy (8pm)
ALSO: Honeyhoney at Bootleg (9:45)
ALSO: Parade of Lights at Club Cohiba in Long Beach (7:30)
ALSO: Juke Kartel at The Hotel Cafe (10:30)
ALSO: Maxim Ludwig at The Sante Fe Seven (11:45)
ALSO: Rocco Deluca and Daniel Lanois at The El Rey (8:30)

Saturday: Charlotte Martin at Bootleg (10:30)
ALSO: Tyler Hilton at The Hotel Cafe (9pm)
ALSO: Oh Darling at the Santa Monica Pier (5:30)

Sunday: George Stanford at The Hotel Cafe
ALSO: Against Me! at The Music Box (8pm)
ALSO: The Shakers at O’Briens

To Keep in Mind:

Feb 1st: Patrick Park at The Hotel Café
Feb. 1st: Queen Caveat at The Viper Room
Feb 5th: The Silent Comedy at El Rey
Feb 9th: Sarah McLaughlin at Nokia Live
Feb 9th: Tina Dico at The Troubadour
Feb 16th: Nicole Atkins at The Troubadour
Feb. 16th: Scars on 45 at The Hotel Cafe
Feb. 20th: Beth Hart at The Echoplex
Feb 26th: Josh Ritter and Scott Hutchinson (Frightened Rabbit) at The Music Box
March 1st: Biffy Clyro at The Troubadour
March 3rd: Civil Twilight at The Troubadour
March 4th: After Midnight Project at The Roxy
March 22nd: War on Drugs at The Troubadour

~ Kristen

Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 1/17-1/23

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Writing this while listening to Pepper’s Ghost do a radio interview about their reunion show next weekend. If it’s possible, I’m even more excited about my favorite band getting back together for a one night only double header show at The Grape Room in Philadelphia. There are a ton of awesome shows in LA this week, but I’m mostly excited about venturing east at the end of the week to catch Pepper’s Ghost…and maybe some other fave Philly bands. And then going back to NYC to catch the guys of Carney once again rock out in Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark.

It’s gonna be a fantastic week!

Here’s what I’ve got on my LA calendar:

Monday: Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights at Saint Rocke (10pm)
ALSO: Songwriters in the Round at Room 5 (9pm)
ALSO: It’s A School Night at Bardot featuring Great Northern and The Pierces (10pm) 

Tuesday: Queen Caveat and Endless Hallway at The Viper Room (10,11) 
ALSO: The Shakers at Crazy Girls in Hollywood (9pm) 
ALSO: The Pierces at The Hotel Cafe (10pm) 
ALSO: Barcelona at Saint Rocke (9:30) 
ALSO: Lindsey Ray and Taylor Locke and the Roughs at The Satellite (8pm) 
ALSO: Wire in the Walls, Family of the Year, and Olin and The Moon at The Echo (8:30) 
ALSO: The Canyons at Molly Malone’s (9pm) 

Weds: Anna Nalick at The Hotel Cafe (9pm) 
ALSO: Lady Danville at The Troubadour (8:35) 

Thursday: Nikka Costa at The Roxy (8pm)
ALSO: Austin Hartley Leonard and Satellite at The Hotel Cafe (8,10pm)
ALSO: The Elizabeth Kill at The Cat Club (8pm) 
ALSO: Chasing Avalanche at The Viper Room (10:30) 
ALSO: Lady Danville at The Troubadour (8:35) 

Friday: Langhorne Slim and Old 97’s at The Music Box (9pm)
ALSO: Meiko at The Hotel Cafe (9:30)
ALSO: Alice Peacock at The Mint (8pm) 
ALSO: David and Devine at Room 5 (11pm) 
ALSO: Lady Danville at The Troubadour (8:35) 

Saturday: Jake Newton, Tyler Hilton, Ernie Halter, Shaimus, and Queen Caveat at The Hotel Cafe…this line-up blows my mind. Don’t miss it…seriously…(8,9,10,11,12) 
ALSO: Indians and The Mowgli’s at Area 33 in Culver City
ALSO: Guster at The Music Box (7pm) 
ALSO: Purple Melon at Saint Rocke (9pm) 

Sunday: Lemon Sun and Voxhaul Broadcast at The Echoplex (8pm)
ALSO: TD Lind, Jesse Cole, and Brandon Walters at The Hotel Cafe (8,9,10) 
ALSO: Chris Pierce at Saint Rocke (9pm) 

To Keep in Mind:
Jan. 24th: Cold War Kids at Bootleg 
Jan. 25th: Vertical Horizon at The Key Club 
Jan. 28th: Nico Vega at Saint Rocke
January 28th: Free Energy at The Roxy 
January 29th: Charlotte Martin at Bootleg 
Jan. 30th: Against Me! at The Music Box  
Feb 1st: Patrick Park at The Hotel Café 
Feb. 1st: Queen Caveat at The Viper Room  
Feb 5th: The Silent Comedy at El Rey 
Feb 9th: Sarah McLaughlin at Nokia Live
Feb 9th: Tina Dico at The Troubadour
Feb 16th: Nicole Atkins at The Troubadour 
Feb. 16th: Scars on 45 at The Hotel Cafe  
Feb. 20th: Beth Hart at The Echoplex
Feb 26th: Josh Ritter and Scott Hutchinson (Frightened Rabbit) at The Music Box
March 1st: Biffy Clyro at The Troubadour 
March 3rd: Civil Twilight at The Troubadour 
March 22nd: War on Drugs at The Toubadour 

~ Kristen

Kristen’s ’10 Mix – Track 17 – Pawnshop Roses

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17. “Fault Lines” – Pawnshop Roses

Another fave band from back east, Pawnshop Roses is now the final band remaining of my original triumvirate of favorite, life-altering bands (Pepper’s Ghost, Jealousy Curve, Pawnshop Roses). Their new, highly anticipated CD, Solid Gold, was finally released at the end of the year. The whole EP is fantastic but “Fault Lines” has been one of the tracks I was most looking forward to…and here it is! *squeals of excitement*

 http://pawnshoproses.com/

~ Kristen

Pepper’s Ghost Countdown: 2 Weeks!

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I’m beginning to hyperventilate the event I’ve been anticipating for months now is only two weeks away. Pepper’s Ghost playing The Grape Room in Philadelphia. Janurary 22nd.

Here is one of my favorite Pepper’s Ghost songs. It was never released. It probably won’t be played on the 22nd as Dave Hartley won’t be there…but this is one of the most beautiful songs ever written and performed(in my opinion), so I will share it. It moves me every time I hear it.

~ Kristen