Day 142: “Writer’s Block” by Peter Bjorn and John

John? Independence Jam 2011 at the Oceanside Pier


So…I love this band. That being said, the one time that I saw them live was a huge disappointment. However, it wasn’t their fault. The sound guy messed up their monitors so everything was completely off. Such a bummer.

I’ve been to quite a few concerts where this has happened…and it SUCKS! You are so excited to see a live show that you pay way more money than the album you bought…and the sound is terrible. No bueno…

Despite the crappy sound job, this band had incredible energy on stage. I would love to see them again (in a better venue). Look’s like they’re playing The Roxy in August! 🙂


Tomorrow: “Roseland NYC Live” by Portishead



Day 99: “Twist Shake Grind Break” by Low Volts

Just because this is one of the best photos ever. Meghan and I on our 80’s Valentine’s Day Dance Party. That one time we were all single…

Meghan and I saw Low Volts play at Independence Jam, and it was pretty sweet. So sweet, that be both bought their album.

Even cooler-It. is. one….dude.

Good times 🙂


Tomorrow: “The Smiths” by The Smiths

Day 70. “Baby Darling Doll Face Honey” by Band of Skulls

Band of Skulls @ Independence Jam 2011

As I mentioned before…Independence Jam is held under the Oceanside Pier, right on the beach.


When Band of Skulls came on stage, the sun was just starting to set. I thought to myself (but probably aloud), “Who the hell are these bad ass rock stars dressed in Amish garb?”


Apparently, I had my craft beer goggles on. I remember Meghan and I going on about how everyone in the audience was 12 years old, and then we looked over and saw a guy sending beer through what appeared to be an “IV” tube…..true story.

When “Band of Skulls” started playing, it was magical. It was no longer those craft beers raising the hair on my arms ( it definitely could have been that ocean breeze…). Either way, I fell in love.

Though their instrumentals are simple, their harmonies are indelible. Especially on my favorite…

Track 5- “Honest”

You gotta be honest
You gotta be guarded
Sure I’m gonna say
Right on the inside, that is the hardest, the hardest game to play.
You sorted it all out and managed to slip through the night into the day.
Life and the soul do you ever get lonely?
I’m goin’ take you on.


I don’t think I could ever get sick of this album. Therefore, you should probably check it out 🙂

To the weekend, Robin!