Live Fix Radio Episode 41: Live Music Fashion On Stage and Beyond

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On this episode of Live Fix Radio we’re continuing our exploration of live music fashion and chatting with special guests Brittany Abeijon, editor in chief of The Facets Magazine, and JP Chookaszian, Urban Offering as we traverse through the exciting and controversial topic of what fans wear (and shouldn’t wear) when we go to concerts.

Not only do they dish out some crafty concert fashion tips and dapper insights, Brittany and JP both share excellent stories about how Woodstock, Sigur Ros, Jimi Hendrix, Sufjan Stevens, Ray Charles and Lady Gaga have all influenced and inspired their sense of style and personal creativity. Rock on and thanks for listening!

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Show Notes

News and other cool stuff we talked about:

 

Music featured during the show:

  • Sigur Ros – “Inni
  • Lady Gaga – “Born This Way”
  • Of Monsters and Men – “Your Bones (live at Park West in Chicago)”
  • Sufjan Stevens – “Christmas Unicorn (live at metro in Chicago)

 

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Top Live Concert Tracks and Albums of 2011 Part Two

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Is live music better experienced live or on record? Is the live album dead? Those are just two of the big philosophical questions that we’ve been wondering about more and more lately.

So, hey, what better than to explore those questions by sharing some of our favorite (and not so favorite) live album releases of 2011?

During this episode of Live Fix Radio, we’ll share the stories behind and tell you what we loved the most about new, legendary and crowd-rocking live tracks by Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Sigur Ros, Tegan and Sara. And we’ll explain how we saw the light after listening to the new Rush and Peter Frampton live albums.

And in case you missed it, you can also listen to Part One Live Album Mega-mix here.

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Show Notes:

Music from the podcast (except Nirvana, all links via iTunes)

 List of albums mentioned but not played

 Links Mentioned:

And Your Top 2011 Live Track Picks Are…?

Which albums are on your list this year? Got a question about a topic or track we talked about during the show? We invite you to share your concert experiences and thoughts about this podcast in the comments below. Go ahead be honest. We can take it. Good, bad or ugly, we’d love to hear you story and share it in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Sigur Ros Releases Live Album/DVD Inni with Special Surprise for Fans

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When I heard that Sigur Ros was releasing a new live album Inni with a creative twist, I immediately thought back to Kate Hefferman’s concert story about how Sigur Ros filled MoMA with resounding waves of melodic guitars and ripples of sweet rhythms.

And I remember hearing the excitement in Kate’s voice and seeing the wonder fill up in her eyes as she explained what it felt like to experience the collective beauty of being surrounded by works of art in a non-traditional concert venue and immersed in Sigur Ros’ symphonic splendor.

And I’m sure Kate isn’t the only fan who’s looking forward to this special release that includes individual clipped pieces of clothing worn during their London’s Alexandra Palace shows in 2008.

As Pitchfork reports:

The special edition includes the live album, the DVD, “an exclusive and unique-to-each-box artefact from the show itself in a numbered, printed envelope”, a one-sided etched vinyl 7″ containing “Lúppulagid”, four photographic prints, a badge, and “a black opaque envelope with 10 pieces of A5 light sensitive paper with instructions and special url for posting your homemade images to the sigur-ros.co.uk website.”

The mysterious video “Klippa” below shows the story behind the making of the clipped clothing pieces. And a list of worldwide screenings is listed here.

Inni will be released in the UK on November 7 and in the U.S. on the 8, and it will also include previously unreleased track “Lúppulagid.” You can pick up a free track from the album here or via the form below when you subscribe to the Sigur Ros newsletter.

What’s Your Sigur Ros story?

Were you at these Inni shows? Are you looking forward to grabbing your piece of clothing from the concert? Do you have a unique concert memento from your favorite show? Let us know and we’ll share your story during a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Styx to Sigur Ros: Two Amazing Concert Stories

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What if your first concert was too amazing, memorable and unforgettable?

Are you then set up for a chronic case of concertgoing disappointment for the rest of your life?

Possibly.

And what about experiencing concerts in unconventional venues?

What makes seeing a concert in an unconventional venue–like an art museum–so unique, special and transcendent?  

Styx to Sigur Ros: Two BlogWorld 2009 concert stories

This past week, I’ve wondered a lot about unconventional venues and first concert experience because, last weekend, I had two great conversations with fellow bloggers at BlogWorld Expo.  

These two live music fans, took me down two very interesting trails as we talked about the lifelong impact of amazing first concerts and transcendent concert experiences in unlikely venues.

One story was about seeing Styx during their 1983 “Kilroy Was Here” tour, and the other story was about seeing Icelandic rock band Sigur Ros perform at MoMA in New York. 

I hope you enjoy their stories as much as I did because they really got my mind going and brought up some interesting thoughts I hadn’t consider before.

Did Styx set the bar too high?

 The first concert story was told to me by Andrew Scorchine who is a film editor in California, the co-host to The Drill Down podcast/blog and also has the unique honor of being the top Digger on Digg.com. Andrew told me about his favorite, and very first, concert experience which was seeing Styx on their 1983 “Kilroy Was Here” tour.

With a nostalgic sigh and a chuckle, Andrew explained how the Styx concert set the live concert expectation bar so high that the next concert he went to was disappointing because it was just  a standard rock show (not a rock opera show like Kilroy) with only a simple stage and three guys playing instruments as usual. What stood out to me about Andrew’s story was how  every concert since has rarely compared to the Styx concert. 

Since Andrew’s story was so compelling, I did some quick research about the Styx tour and discovered an interesting fact that seem to contradict Andrew’s story and concert experience.

For those not familiar with Styx, “Kilroy Was Here” was an elaborate concept album and the tour was apparently deemed a financial disaster even though the album sold over 2 million copies.

Now that’s strange?

I also wondered why there was such a massive gap between the fan experience and the tour’s financial payoff? How is it that the tour didn’t “pay off” for the band as much as it did for Andrew’s emotional experience? Didn’t other Styx fans have the same concert experience as Andrew? And wouldn’t that fan buzz spread and lead more people to buy tickets to the show?

Did Styx spend too much on their elaborate live concert storytelling on the front end? And did that keep them from ending the tour in the black and reaping the financial rewards?

Maybe? 

Either way, I’m sure that Andrew wasn’t the only fan who loved the show, so hopefully there are other Styx fans out there who can help answer some questions because I’d like get their perspectve too and look a bit more into the details of that tour to see what happened.  

Now on to the next fan story…

A Sensory Work of Art: Sigur Ros at MoMA

The other fan story shared with me was about how Icelandic rock band Sigur Ros transformed New York’s MoMA into an atmosphere of sonic euphoria.

Fellow live music fan and blogger, Kate Heffernan, told me how Sigur Ros filled MoMA with resounding waves of melodic guitars and ripples of sweet rhythms.  She explained how the collective beauty of having the band play while being surrounded by works of art in a non-traditional concert venue enhanced the band’s symphonic splendor. 

Hearing Kate’s story I revisited thoughts about our senses and how seeing a band perform in an unlikely venue engages more of our sensory system and makes the show more captivating.

I thought about Kate story from a sensory perspective and wondered: Was it the intense combination of sight and sound during the concert that allowed fans to visually absorb the artwork while letting the music flow in their ears, thus producing a heightened moment of sensual stimulation? 

What role did acoustics play?  Did MoMA have a unique sound set up that made ears perk up and relish in the pleasure of an unusual sonic surrounding that was different from the average concert venue?

I wasn’t there (I wish I was). But I’ve been to concerts in similar venues.  And after I watched the above video, I would have to say the intense sensory combination probably played a huge role in the pleasure factor of the show.  Because I know that the more senses you incorporate into any life experience the more likely the moment will be more intense, memorable and life-changing. 

It’s amazing to me that by looking at our concert experiences we can learn more about how our bodies are wired up.  And it’s no surprise that seeing Sigur Ros at MoMA would have been a great show were multiple senses were engaged.

The senses and venue location are just two variables that can make seeing a concert unique.

So what do you think?

Is it the band or the venue that fuels the power of the transcendent experience?  

What bands would you like to see play in unlikely places?

What are some of the most unlikely places where you’ve seen a concert? 

Have you had a experience like Andrew where your expectations were set so high by your first concert that future concerts just couldn’t ever compare?

Thanks again to Andrew and Kate for sharing their stories. 

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