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  • in reply to: Live Show Alerts & Reviews #1163656
    james
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    quote:


    Originally posted by darshun

    Hey Mike, yup, I use Etymotic Earplugs… They’re better than those “hearos” (the orange earplugs) that one can buy at the local drug store. I remember awhile back these Etymotics would sell for $30 or more for a pair of good earplugs. A buddy told me a few months ago that they’re on sale for about $12/pair!!! So I’ve got a little compartment on my keychain for my etymotics!!! So I have to have my keys w/me at all times anyways, so why not Etymotic earplugs!!!

    This was a nice (ear)plug for Etymotics!!!


    Bands are playing so loud these last few years (or my nearly 30 years old ears are more sensitive than they used to be as a teenager) that earplugs are really nice to rely on. And even so, it may take a few days to recover. I couldn’t hear a lot for a little while after I saw Mogwai. I don’t know if this is the same in the US venues but in Europe they tend more and more to have (and show) some decibel meters so that they can’t let the volume go above a particular threshold.
    And (particularly interesting in here) I’ve heard they turned the volume so high with My Bloody Valentine last year at a belgian festival it was unbearable, like never before. Well, I guess we like to turn it up when it comes to noise/shoegazing music but it doesn’t mean we want to go deaf, right?

    The bottom line is I’m not going anywhere near a concert without my Alpine Pro earplugs (around 20€) with progressive filters (on the whole spectre).

    in reply to: Live Show Alerts & Reviews #1124994
    james
    Participant

    quote:


    Originally posted by darshun

    Hey Mike, yup, I use Etymotic Earplugs… They’re better than those “hearos” (the orange earplugs) that one can buy at the local drug store. I remember awhile back these Etymotics would sell for $30 or more for a pair of good earplugs. A buddy told me a few months ago that they’re on sale for about $12/pair!!! So I’ve got a little compartment on my keychain for my etymotics!!! So I have to have my keys w/me at all times anyways, so why not Etymotic earplugs!!!

    This was a nice (ear)plug for Etymotics!!!


    Bands are playing so loud these last few years (or my nearly 30 years old ears are more sensitive than they used to be as a teenager) that earplugs are really nice to rely on. And even so, it may take a few days to recover. I couldn’t hear a lot for a little while after I saw Mogwai. I don’t know if this is the same in the US venues but in Europe they tend more and more to have (and show) some decibel meters so that they can’t let the volume go above a particular threshold.
    And (particularly interesting in here) I’ve heard they turned the volume so high with My Bloody Valentine last year at a belgian festival it was unbearable, like never before. Well, I guess we like to turn it up when it comes to noise/shoegazing music but it doesn’t mean we want to go deaf, right?

    The bottom line is I’m not going anywhere near a concert without my Alpine Pro earplugs (around 20€) with progressive filters (on the whole spectre).

    in reply to: Live Show Alerts & Reviews #1163655
    james
    Participant

    It’s been a while…
    There was once a band a lot of Swervies fans were into. After a first album ten years ago, this band reunited (by fate?) some time ago with a follow-up record and was touring as a first act for (…and You Will Know Us by the) Trail of Dead. This band is called Rival Schools. I just saw them last night in Brussels and, man, it was really disappointing. I haven’t been that disappointed in quite a while. The lead singer was egotic, when they are nowhere in the fame ladder, and the music is much more namby-pamby than I remembered.

    Anyway, then came Trail of Dead, and it was good. Maybe not as good as I expected but when they started, I knew it would erase the disappointment. They have the routine of great bands, and this ultimate rock’n’roll touch/attitude of bands that are above the rest, but still they seemed humble. Maybe a bit short (75 mins), to say something negative. In the end, it was quite a good line-up, and definitely a good ol’ rock’n’roll moment.

    But it wasn’t as mind blowing as were Black Rebel Motorcycle Club last year (in Brussels, again). This was so loud and noisy I was just amazed. And for 2 hours and a half! I think I’ll remember their performance for a long time.

    In between, there was the average performance of Dinosaur Jr., yet again in Brussels. It was good to have the chance to see them, after all these years (and them breaking up in the first place), but I can’t say it was such a good concert. Still, I would recommend it but don’t get too expectant. Nice first set of Built to Spill, by the way.

    But all in all, I think the very best live rock performance of these last 12 months was Mogwai (in Luxembourg). A world of their own. I was absolutely carried away to some beautiful noise landscapes. An absolute must hear. No need for lyrics, just noise (yet melodic) music that says it all, and brings you to an elsewhere you had never thought of. Thrilling. And kind of shoegazing (well, to the scenic behaviour extent). Because they were actually watching their feet while throwing their saturated sound…
    I might try to see them again this summer at the Dour Festival (where Swervedriver once played, like in 1993) if I can, because it was pure bliss.

    Well, I guess I saw a few of my favourite bands, but that also leaves me with Sonic Youth and los Swervies reunited at the top of it. Never saw any of these (while being a huge fan of both for 15 years, and thus since I was 15) and this is such a gap in my music history I need to fullfil it as soon as they visit the belgian neighbourhood. Then I’ll definitely be ok with the gigs I went to.

    in reply to: Live Show Alerts & Reviews #1124993
    james
    Participant

    It’s been a while…
    There was once a band a lot of Swervies fans were into. After a first album ten years ago, this band reunited (by fate?) some time ago with a follow-up record and was touring as a first act for (…and You Will Know Us by the) Trail of Dead. This band is called Rival Schools. I just saw them last night in Brussels and, man, it was really disappointing. I haven’t been that disappointed in quite a while. The lead singer was egotic, when they are nowhere in the fame ladder, and the music is much more namby-pamby than I remembered.

    Anyway, then came Trail of Dead, and it was good. Maybe not as good as I expected but when they started, I knew it would erase the disappointment. They have the routine of great bands, and this ultimate rock’n’roll touch/attitude of bands that are above the rest, but still they seemed humble. Maybe a bit short (75 mins), to say something negative. In the end, it was quite a good line-up, and definitely a good ol’ rock’n’roll moment.

    But it wasn’t as mind blowing as were Black Rebel Motorcycle Club last year (in Brussels, again). This was so loud and noisy I was just amazed. And for 2 hours and a half! I think I’ll remember their performance for a long time.

    In between, there was the average performance of Dinosaur Jr., yet again in Brussels. It was good to have the chance to see them, after all these years (and them breaking up in the first place), but I can’t say it was such a good concert. Still, I would recommend it but don’t get too expectant. Nice first set of Built to Spill, by the way.

    But all in all, I think the very best live rock performance of these last 12 months was Mogwai (in Luxembourg). A world of their own. I was absolutely carried away to some beautiful noise landscapes. An absolute must hear. No need for lyrics, just noise (yet melodic) music that says it all, and brings you to an elsewhere you had never thought of. Thrilling. And kind of shoegazing (well, to the scenic behaviour extent). Because they were actually watching their feet while throwing their saturated sound…
    I might try to see them again this summer at the Dour Festival (where Swervedriver once played, like in 1993) if I can, because it was pure bliss.

    Well, I guess I saw a few of my favourite bands, but that also leaves me with Sonic Youth and los Swervies reunited at the top of it. Never saw any of these (while being a huge fan of both for 15 years, and thus since I was 15) and this is such a gap in my music history I need to fullfil it as soon as they visit the belgian neighbourhood. Then I’ll definitely be ok with the gigs I went to.

    in reply to: folks from the Swervedriver mailing list? #1115251
    james
    Participant

    Upping this very very old thread to ask a question.

    I’m still registered to the old newsletter that has been overtaken by someone else, I think.
    Last news was entitled “New Adam Franklin album info + more”.

    I’ve subscribed so many years ago… my problem is that my e-mail address will no longer be available in a few weeks…
    Is there a way to change the e-mail address the newsletter is sent to?

    Thanks in advance.

    in reply to: folks from the Swervedriver mailing list? #1153913
    james
    Participant

    Upping this very very old thread to ask a question.

    I’m still registered to the old newsletter that has been overtaken by someone else, I think.
    Last news was entitled “New Adam Franklin album info + more”.

    I’ve subscribed so many years ago… my problem is that my e-mail address will no longer be available in a few weeks…
    Is there a way to change the e-mail address the newsletter is sent to?

    Thanks in advance.

    in reply to: World Map of Swervies with our Pix #1153755
    james
    Participant

    Added myself to Swervies map.

    in reply to: World Map of Swervies with our Pix #1115093
    james
    Participant

    Added myself to Swervies map.

    in reply to: Favourite song today #1152982
    james
    Participant

    So, for me, today: Girls in Hawaii – Short Song for a Short Mind.

    Another blegian band. Not plenty so I prefer to present them straight.

    in reply to: Favourite song today #1114320
    james
    Participant

    So, for me, today: Girls in Hawaii – Short Song for a Short Mind.

    Another blegian band. Not plenty so I prefer to present them straight.

    in reply to: Favourite song today #1114319
    james
    Participant

    quote:


    Originally posted by crozarey

    have you seen them live Mezbert? Their sound has changed with more lush production these days hey!

    No favourite today


    I saw them once in a festival, but I wasn’t really into them at that point and I was very young (15), so I can’t remember anything. [:D]
    But there are tons of individual projects coming from members or ex-members of this band, Moondog Jr., Père Ubu, Snakefinger, Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band, Kiss My Jazz, Vive la fête, …
    Maybe you should watch out for some, Kiss My Jazz should be the one to start with. [;)]

    in reply to: Favourite song today #1152981
    james
    Participant

    quote:


    Originally posted by crozarey

    have you seen them live Mezbert? Their sound has changed with more lush production these days hey!

    No favourite today


    I saw them once in a festival, but I wasn’t really into them at that point and I was very young (15), so I can’t remember anything. [:D]
    But there are tons of individual projects coming from members or ex-members of this band, Moondog Jr., Père Ubu, Snakefinger, Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band, Kiss My Jazz, Vive la fête, …
    Maybe you should watch out for some, Kiss My Jazz should be the one to start with. [;)]

    in reply to: Favourite song today #1114312
    james
    Participant

    quote:


    Originally posted by crozarey

    dEUS – Put The Freaks Up Front

    from The Ideal Crash


    Belgian band. [8D]

    in reply to: Favourite song today #1152974
    james
    Participant

    quote:


    Originally posted by crozarey

    dEUS – Put The Freaks Up Front

    from The Ideal Crash


    Belgian band. [8D]

    in reply to: Favourite song today #1152913
    james
    Participant

    hayseed, I’m an ardent fan of the Coen brothers, and I love O’Brother and the Soggy Bottom Boys are fun to listen to. So, great signature. [:)]

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