Friday, October 3, 2014

David J, Living Room Show

A. F. Litt: Concert Photography &emdash; David J, Portland, 2014

David J, Portland, 2014
Living Room Show. Portland, Oregon. September 9, 2014
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Photo of the Day by A. F. Litt: October 3, 2014

This was an amazing show taking place in a house up in the West Hills.  Those windows behind David offer one of the most spectacular views of the Portland skyline around.  This is a pretty rough photo shot with my iPhone (all that was allowed) and I couldn’t get the skyline because I was sitting on the floor, in front, right at his feet.  Bad for photography, great for a fan (which I am…  David’s my favorite out of that old crew and Urban Urbane, to me, is one of the best albums of the 1990s)…

Been too busy recently and the photo of the day is working more like a photo of the week, but I press on anyway.  Tons of work going into getting Illuminated Imaging launched and we’ve had a pretty serious health issue in the family (don’t worry, everyone is doing well), so time has been at a premium here recently.  Hopefully things will settle out a bit next week and I can get a few more posts in.


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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Strangled Darlings

I've been getting notifications about these folks playing shows for awhile, but it's been a long time since I'd heard them at all, so I thought I'd spend some time today listening and deciding whether or not to check them out live.

I'm in!

HOWEVER, their next show is the evening my Seachickens are playing the Broncos in the freakin' SUPERB OWL (thanks, Colbert, for the trademark infringement workaround).

So, it will probably be next time...

Until then, here's the show info and some videos...

SUN FEB 2, 2014 - 8:00 PM

Strangled Darlings
Mississippi Studios
3939 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Nine Inch Nails - 2013 Tours - Full Set Videos

Saw the Tension 2013 tour in Portland a few nights after the L. A. show, at the bottom here, was filmed.  I know some people thought Trent was getting a little too mellow and sedate, trying to hide behind the light show, but I loved it.  First time I've ever seen Nine Inch Nails live.

I actually was meh on Trent for a long time (like 20 years) and only recently got back into NIN.  The full concert video from Lollapalooza was responsible for that.

We were sitting pretty high and to the left of the stage for the Portland show, so while the lights were pretty cool, we missed some of the full effects, so I am happy to see that there is a well shot, pro video of the show so I can see what we missed.

Full Set at 2013 Fuji Rocks Festival:

Full Set at Lollapalooza 2013:

Full Set from Tension 2013 Tour in L.A. on November 8, 2013:

Monday, October 28, 2013

Lou Reed: Magic and Loss Live (We'll miss you, Lou)

Saw this tour. Great album, great show. Played the entire Magic and Loss album. Took a break. Came out and played an hour of old material, including a bunch of old Velvet's stuff...

A couple words before the music…

Outsider Whose Dark, Lyrical Vision Helped Shape Rock ’n’ Roll -
"Mr. Reed brought dark themes and a mercurial, sometimes aggressive disposition to rock music. ‘I’ve always believed that there’s an amazing number of things you can do through a rock ‘n’ roll song,’ he once told the journalist Kristine McKenna, ‘and that you can do serious writing in a rock song if you can somehow do it without losing the beat. The things I’ve written about wouldn’t be considered a big deal if they appeared in a book or movie.’
“He played the sport of alienating listeners, defending the right to contradict himself in hostile interviews, to contradict his transgressive image by idealizing sweet or old-fashioned values in word or sound, or to present intuition as blunt logic. But his early work assured him a permanent audience.
“The composer Brian Eno, in an often-quoted interview from 1982, suggested that if the group’s first album, ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico,’ sold only 30,000 copies during its first five years — a figure probably lower than the reality — ‘everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band.’”
I discovered Lou a little late, when the New York album came out.  I saw the review in the back of Rolling Stone, more stars on it than I’d ever seen, and decided to pick it up.  That shortly led to me discovering the Velvet Underground and, I suppose, I am one of those who heard the first Velvet’s record and started a band.  Not sure if one event caused the other, but I sure got the order correct.

The full Magic and Loss set live as a playlist...

Individual songs...


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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Ha Ha Tonka & Samantha Crain @ Doug Fir

Didn’t get much in the way of pictures at this show, wasn’t in the mood to mess with the camera. 

In short…  Ha Ha Tonka killed it, though there was only 20 to 30 or so people there.  Samantha Crain opened, was really good, and talked about how she lived in Portland for a while. 

When she mentioned this, she expected some cheers and was met with crickets, which surprised her.  Surprised me, too, really.  I think my reaction, though, was that she looked and sounded a lot like a Portlander so it really wasn’t that suprising.  My reaction was more along the lines of, “Ok, then.  I can see that.”

Good though.  Great show.  Wish more people saw it.  Here’s some videos of these folks, though not from last night. 

Lessons (New Album):

Amazon -
iTunes (w/ bonus track) -

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Seattle before Nevermind...