FMD — Live Music

So it's no secret that I go to a bunch of live music shows and 2018 was no exception (see full list in comment below). By my count I will have seen well over 50 live acts this year, although a lot of that was due to my Memphis and Nashville trips where I saw over a dozen acts on Beale Street and Broadway. I have only one regret, I missed the David Byrne show at Northrop, which I heard was excellent. I had a chance to go, but the $140 price tag turned me off. Now I'm kicking myself.

Some Highlights:
Most fun show -- The Posies
Artist having most fun -- Liz Phair
Most visually stunning -- Thom Yorke
Most anticipated -- Guided by Voices Dec 30 (duh).

2019 promises to be fun too as I already have tickets for Neil Young solo acoustic, Teenage Fanclub, two different Billy Bragg shows, and the Flesheaters. Also the Blue Ox festival in Eau Claire looks really good too.

What shows did you see this year? What was your favorite?

Hope to see you at a show sometime in 2019!

11 thoughts on “FMD — Live Music”

  1. Freealonzo's 2018 Concert Line up

    Feb 3 – Bob Mould, Soul Asylum, Suburbs, Jayhawks -- Super Bowl Live Nicollet Mall
    Feb 9 – Jeff Schuller -- Driftwood
    Feb 11 – Black Rebel Motorcycle Gang -- First Avenue
    Mar 3 – Low, Dave Simonett, Gaelynn Lea -- NorShor Theater, Duluth
    Mar 17 – Titus Andronicus -- Turf Club
    Mar 27 – Wedding Present -- Turf Club
    Apr 2 – Courtney Marie Andrews -- 7th Street Entry
    Apr 8 – Built to Spill -- First Avenue
    May 9 – Sarah Shook -- Turf Club
    Jun 9 – Jeff Schuller -- Mortimers
    Jun 26 – The Posies -- Turf Club
    Jun 29 – Matthew Sweet -- Turf Club
    Jul 14 – Jayhawks, The Handsome Family -- Square Roots Fest, Chicago
    Aug 3 – All Tomorrow’s Pettys -- Lake Harriet Bandshell
    Sep 9 – Neko Case -- Palace Theater
    Sep 8 – Hamilton -- Orpheum Theater
    Sep 10 – Roe Family Singers -- 331 Club
    Sep 15 – Liz Phair -- First Avenue
    Sep 22 – Rank Strangers, Otto’s Chemical Lounge -- Mortimers
    Sep 26/27 – Various Bands -- Beale Street, Memphis
    Sep 28 – Tim Carrol’s Rock and Roll Review -- Five Spot, Nashville
    Sep 29 – Various Bands -- Broadway, Nashville
    Sept 30 – Unnamed Country Jazz Band -- American Legion #82, Nashville
    Oct 7 – Sarah Shook -- Turf Club
    Oct 10 – Beautiful (Carol King Musical) -- Orpheum
    Oct 31 – Ton Loc -- Timberwolves Halftime Show
    Nov 3 – Rock School Concert -- Uptown Famous Dave’s
    Nov 3 – In Circles, Smashing Blumpkins -- Mortimer’s
    Nov 17 – Boy Genius -- First Avenue
    Nov 21 – Ike Reilly -- First Avenue
    Dec 1 – Belfast Cowboys -- Hook and Ladder
    Dec 6 – Thom York -- Northrop
    Dec 7 – New Standards -- State Theater
    Dec 22 – Gin Sombreros -- Driftwood Bar
    Dec 27 – All Tomorrow’s Pettys -- Turf Club
    Dec 30 – Guided By Voices -- First Avenue

  2. I wish I was as diligent as you at keeping track of shows, haha. I'm having to dig through email to fill in my spotty memory. Here was my lineup for the year:

    March 16: Hot Snakes/Duchess Says/Meat Wave @ Turf Club, St. Paul
    March 17: Titus Andronicus/Rick Maguire @ Turf Club, St. Paul
    April 4: Lucy Dacus/Adult Mom/And the Kids @ 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis
    April 21: Phoebe Bridgers/Lomelda @ The Aquarium, Fargo
    May 21: Power Trip/Sheer Mag/Fury/Red Death @ Park Theatre, Winnipeg
    August 21: Long Neck/Fern Mayo @ The Red Raven, Fargo
    October 26: Mitski/Overcoats @ First Avenue, Minneapolis

    There are less shows coming through Fargo these days, and I find it harder and harder to get down to the Cities for stuff, so this is probably the lightest year I've had in close to a decade. Only 2019 show I have lined up so far is Corrosion of Conformity in Winnipeg in February. I've wanted to see those guys for like two decades so I'm amped for that.

    Best Headliner: Hot Snakes, and I'd been waiting 15 years to see them so there wasn't really another option here.
    Favorite Set: Probably Fern Mayo. It was just her with an electric guitar, and she absolutely killed it.
    Favorite Show Moment: Phoebe Bridgers doing "You Missed My Heart" during her encore. I was a sobbing mess.
    Favorite Overall Show: Lucy Dacus/Adult Mom. I went with J, and we both love shows in the Entry. It was a great night.
    Show I'm Most Bummed About Missing: Anthrax in Fargo. It was on our wedding anniversary and I wasn't going to spend it apart from J, but I am still a little sad I didn't get to see them in a tiny venue.
    Biggest Disappointment: Mitski. J and I were both hugely let down by her current show. She didn't play an instrument almost the entire set? She instead sang and did movements to the songs? Everything was... different? And I'm usually up for change, but this just... wasn't the kind I like. It's especially a bummer since I really love her new record and was looking forward to hearing those songs.

  3. Obama dropping lists too:

    And finally, my favorite songs of 2018:

    Apes••t by The Carters
    Bad Bad News by Leon Bridges
    Could’ve Been by H.E.R. (feat. Bryson Tiller)
    Disco Yes by Tom Misch (feat. Poppy Ajudha)
    Ekombe by Jupiter & Okwess
    Every Time I Hear That Song by Brandi Carlile
    Girl Goin’ Nowhere by Ashley McBryde
    Historia De Un Amor by Tonina (feat. Javier Limón and Tali Rubinstein)
    I Like It by Cardi B (feat. Bad Bunny and J Balvin)
    Kevin’s Heart by J. Cole
    King For A Day by Anderson East
    Love Lies by Khalid & Normani
    Make Me Feel by Janelle Monáe
    Mary Don’t You Weep (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version) by Prince
    My Own Thing by Chance the Rapper (feat. Joey Purp)
    Need a Little Time by Courtney Barnett
    Nina Cried Power by Hozier (feat. Mavis Staples)
    Nterini by Fatoumata Diawara
    One Trick Ponies by Kurt Vile
    Turnin’ Me Up by BJ the Chicago Kid
    Wait by the River by Lord Huron
    Wow Freestyle by Jay Rock (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
    And in honor of one of the great jazz singers of all time, who died this year, a classic album: The Great American Songbook by Nancy Wilson

  4. I don't believe I attended a single concert this year.

    1. Elite Gymnastics “Mix For Opening Ceremony”*
    2. The Breeders “S.O.S.”* Last Splash
    3. Eric Copeland “Gutterhouse” Flushing Meats
    4. YUI “Again”* Again
    5. Cat Stevens “Wild World” Tea for the Tillerman

    6. Hole “Softer, Softest” Live Through This
    7. Mix Master Mike “Sloh Beat” Anti-Theft Device
    8. Fila Brazillia “Subtle Body”* Maim That Tune
    9. The Cinematic Orchestra “Flite” Every Day
    T. Vampire Weekend “I Stand Corrected” Vampire Weekend
    E. Stan Getz & João Gilberto “Desafinado (Off Key)” Getz/Gilberto

    *Notes:
    1. 37-minute digital "mixtape" of mostly K-Pop.

    2. The reason Kim Deal gets $$$ every time the Prodigy's "Firestarter" is licensed.

    4. Opening Theme for Season 1 of "Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood".
    This song is a big hit among my kids, even if all any of them have seen is the opening credits.
    It's got that great fusion of slick pop and metallic guitars that I've found in the credits of Anime from the 00s.
    I dig the lyrics as translated:
    "Stop making that sad face as though you were a victim.
    Sins don't end with tears, you have to carry the pain forever."
    Fitting for a show where the heroes' main drive is atonement for one huge transgression of their youth.

    8. An absolute classic of the downtempo sound of the mid 90s. Check it here:

  5. 1. Wheel in the Sky--Journey
    2. Someone Saved My Life Tonight--Elton John
    3. Against the Wind--Bob Seger
    4. When You Say Nothing At All--Alison Krauss
    5. Here Comes the Sun--The Beatles
    6. With a Little Luck--Paul McCartney and Wings
    7. Guitar Man--Bread
    8. Ready to Take a Chance Again--Barry Manilow
    9. Lonely Boy--Andrew Gold
    10. Miracles--Jefferson Starship

  6. I went to see Ike Reiley and some band at the Turf Club, but only because my boy was working both of those shows.

    01. "Bitters End" – Roxy MusicRoxy Music
    02. "Daddy Rollin' Stone" – Johnny ThundersSo Alone
    03. "Felix Partz" – PeachesThe Teaches Of Peaches
    04. "Put Me Thru" – Anderson .PaakMalibu
    05. "Soria Maria" – Mount EerieA Crow Looked At Me
    06. "L'Inconnue" – Beach House7
    07. "Endless, Nameless" – NirvanaNevermind
    08 "Strawberry Blonde" – MitskiRetired From Sad, New Career In Business
    09. "Screen Door" – Uncle TupeloNo Depression
    10. "Kettering" – The AntlersHospice

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