holy cow. somewhere i’ve lost a few months of my life. it’s been… occupying. this pregnancy thing, it’s a doozy. i’d take the photos, and then not have the energy to do anything with them. never mind that my studio was in the basement. now that we’ve rearranged, and *ahem* sloooooowwwwly started getting some of this house in order (baby room? not quite), i’m ready to finally get some posts together.
i think for the duration of the weeks i have left (that would be 8, god willing), i may just post things i find interesting. it’s hard for me to take photos, and honestly, hard to carry around the extra weight of the camera. i miss my camera. i miss being able to get low to take a photo, and now that i’m being honest, miss being able to get up on my own from getting low. you get the gist. enjoy some of these older shots, and in the meantime, i’ll be working on getting some inspiration posts together. it may not be seattle street style, but i’ll do my best.
xoxox- k. Read more
wildly behind in getting these up… but better late than never. i think i mentioned i had a great time at bumbershoot, and saw a lot of new (to me) and stellar bands. biggest surprises- hey marseilles and the lonely h. happy to see again- crash kings. enjoy! for all the bands i saw on sunday, click Read more
every year i’m impressed by how well bumbershoot puts on an enormous show. just like i have my favourite fashion-show-throwers, a music festival shouldn’t be a beating (*ahem*capitol hill). you should know where the gate is, know where the stages are, know who’s doing what, when. and although every year i’m a little put off by the crowds, i never once think, i wish this could be more seamless. from the ease of press entrance, a badge being your ID, schedules that are pretty strictly adhered to. it makes it easy to enjoy the music. which is just what we did. thanks for having us, and thanks for letting me capture some of the rock. for all photos, click Read more
first of all, for anyone who’s never been to white river amphitheater… give yourself more than 2 hours to get there. actually, go ahead and give yourself 3. pretend you’re driving to portland. and while you’re at it, leave the concert early or you may never see your home again.
i exaggerate. but seriously. i gave myself what i thought was PLENTY of time to get there. thanks to dagmar, i had pit access at an arena show. i’ve never had pit access at an arena show. i was excited. and 10 minutes after the band was slated to go on, i was still in my car. praying to whoever, wherever that i’d be able to get one song worth of photos.
i don’t have to give you all the drama. i will say, rush gave an amazing performance. my husband, who has been a DEVOTED rush fan for well over half his life, came back to the car giddy with excitement, and we talked the show most of the way home (40 minutes with no traffic). i enjoy having these photos as a gift to give him, and recording one of his all time favourite bands. (for a rush review) for all the photos, click Read more
i was uber excited to see a few of the bands playing friday. like… jazzed. so when i got there (after work), and the ‘will call’ line stretched two blocks, i waited. then when my tickets were in the ‘guest list’ line… i tried to shake it off. i was doing pretty well. thinking… man, this is way better than i thought it’d be. then, bang. no breathing room. no moving room. drunk people. elbows. and suddenly, i realized the photos weren’t worth it. i liked the few bands i got to see. and having been to my share of music festivals, i am by no means, a baby. i just think CHBP is still figuring it out. should a photographer have to shove through over a block long area of people to get photos, and then… shove your way back out? maybe. but it detracts from the experience. everything i’ve been reading seems to show people are enjoying themselves… and the music. i’ve seen a lot of amazing photos, and think maybe it’s just not my thing. give me bumbershoot, wide open spaces, years of experience, and just around the corner. for all of my CHBP photos, click Read more
my husband has six tool albums. when i said i was going to take photos… he played me some songs. since i have a fairly open music mind, and it wasn’t reggae, i didn’t hate it. since i’ve also been to too many shows lately, with inadequate ear protection, i decided to invest in serious earplugs. call me granny, but i can’t stand the ear ringing after a show anymore. the helpful clerk at guitar center sold me some plugs, inquiring if i was going to see tool. i was somewhat surprised by the question and asked why he was asking. ’people have been buying them all day for the tool show.’ apparently i was on the right track to the type of music it was. even the general masses thought they needed to protect their eardrums.
this is in no way a review. i will gladly listen to some of the albums, and tell you what i think (over a beer). but i was in key arena to shoot photos for ONE SONG. and although i was given a ticket (which i think is generous for a show that sold out in 40 minutes) i wasn’t allowed to bring in my many thousands of dollars of camera gear, and since i was dropped off, there wasn’t really anywhere to put it, so i wasn’t able to stay.
i will tell you what i find most interesting- lead singer maynard keenan has bought land and built a vineyard in arizona (my home state). people seem very passionate about tool’s music. i love that on top of inspiring millions of fans with music, he’s also pursuing this role of making small batch wines. his first wine was named after his mother. here’s to artists who inspire, cross genre.
i do like a little twang. kevin cole. thursdays. swingin doors. so the old 97′s have been on my calendar since i noticed they were playing. i don’t think i’ve seen them live (see: drunken nights in ballard?)… but know some of their songs. actually, the deterrent to seeing them live, i think, was going to the tractor. love ballard, but that place is a little… cramped? their opening band (wax museum) was AMAZING. so much so, that i wish the people sitting at the bar had been a little quieter. hope you enjoy the photos… more after the jump. Read more
i’m not so pleased with most of my photos from this show. but instead of being a whiny baby about it, i’ll just post them, forget about them, and remember hearing some of my favourite SWR songs live. the red lights are such a beating. i’m taking suggestions for how to deal with them. for all the photos click Read more
this show has been on my calendar for AGES! i love she wants revenge, and was so excited to see they were opening for PHSYCHEDELIC FURS!! are you kidding me? although you undoubtedly know ‘pretty in pink’, i was excited to hear ‘heaven’ and ‘hearbeat’. richard’s gravelly voice is killer and it was such a good show!
here’s my photos of the furs- for all of them, be sure to click Read more
summer in my mind is synonymous with concerts. i think of all the concerts i’ve attended over the 15 years i’ve lived up in the northwest… and there really isn’t a better melding of what i love about this area. outdoor music shows on the pier (remember those?), at the zoo… watching the sun slowly fade and hearing some of my favourite songs. summer concert series are just getting going… this summer, i’ll try to hit a little of everything. chateau st. michele is a favourite… what’s not to love about packing up food and blankets, buying a bottle of wine and listening to some a live band. i’ve got shows picked through september, keep your fingers crossed i get in to some of the good ones!
first up… imogen heap. last night imogen (and some of her very creative and talented musical buddies) played at the paramount. heap’s first album since 05, ellipse came out last year, and she mentioned at last night’s performance that she has more musical intent (beyond albums) to offer us over the next few years. i’m not a reviewer, but i enjoyed the live show immensely. such a mix. and i appreciated the effort to make each show unique to the town it’s being played. she allowed fans to vote for songs to be performed, and after the performances, the songs will be sold with proceeds going to charity.
one of my favourite bits to her show- she came out to introduce each act (there were 3) that preceded her own… and hugged each performer as they came on stage. she was also extremely animated, which made for lots of blurry photos, i didn’t mind… to see all of the photos, click Read more
last night was the opening gala for the supreme legacy exhibit at emp. i’m often surprised there aren’t more shows at emp. it’s relatively easy to get to, the sound is good… there’s parking. ANYWAY… supreme legacy is one of those exhibits to love… who doesn’t like poking around what people have kept in their closets for a few decades. it almost gives you an excuse to never get rid of that sequin fringey thing you wore when you were 22. your daughter is going to love that thing. if you let her out of the house in it. she’s going to secretly nab it and sneak out of the house in it and you won’t even know. better get rid of it. ANYWAY… yikes. someone could use some sleep… the exhibit and party were a great kick off to a cool exhibit. i think emp is on a roll. taking aim was amazing (had a dream that elvis costello snap was hanging in my house) supreme legacy is carrying the torch, and i hear there’s going to be a battlestar gallactica exhibit that might blow your socks off. if you’re in to that sort of thing. considering i snapped pics of E.T., a teenage mutant ninja turtle, and could identify the costume worn by sean young in blade runner… i have a feeling i might have to check it out. i do have photos of the dresses after the jump, if you want to be surprised, don’t go any further- but for all of the photos click Read more
i know who the eagles ARE. i know hotel california. actually, i know every word. i’m pretty sure don henley sings it. don’t write me if he doesn’t. do write me if you want to give me a free copy of their latest album, i did like the first 3 songs i heard at the concert. i couldn’t name the other members of the band, but i could google them (or ask my husband). he told me who each one was, and my moms pretty much screeched in my ear when they found out they’d be getting pictures. if you want to see them all (you’re an avid fan?) be sure to click Read more
i have no idea what each new generation does anymore (it’s cause i’m an old lady) but i grew up listening to my parents records. that MUST still happen. it makes me sad to think of it NOT happening. and in that vein, i can say that i enjoyed these songs, and these musicians, and the spirit behind these music makers. i don’t know all of their music, but i have some of their albums. and i simply CANNOT hear a song from ‘tapestry’ and not get a little misty for my mom, or hear her voice in my mind belting along. she’s a belter. i’ve always appreciated that about her. except when i was a teenager, and then it was the most mortifying thing i’d ever experienced. for a full review of the show from gene stout, visit his site, for all the pictures from this concert click Read more
it’s been a hectic week. and what it is it… tuesday? yikes. it was nice to visit the triple door and hear shelby lynne. i was in love with this song when i was about 15 (cut me some slack, i grew up on country). she’s still as sultry and sexy as i remembered, and i loved, LOVED those boots. be sure to check out gene stout’s write up, and to see more photos click Read more
i wasn’t going to post this week. i’m somewhat over-committed. but when i got these pictures, i didn’t want to hold them all the way till next week… and i think there’s some amazing personal style here (also be sure to check out the write up with gene stout). i’ll be back to daily posts next monday- i’ll have photos from two functions (FACE event, and red carpet ball supporting lupus) and plan on participating in the 24 hour shoot. to see all of these photos, be sure to click Read more
i like norah jones. actually, i really love someone who wrote songs for her…wait, maybe i should do some research. ok, yes. jesse harris. i think i have norah to thank for a cherished cd. you know, one of those that got you through a crazy time- usually love burdened or achey minded? if you get a chance, check out jesse harris’ while the music lasts. anyway… i must be experiencing a nostalgic return to my roots, because i am literally loving, LOVING anything twang-ish. brandi carlile? yes. wailing jenny’s? absolutely. and last night, with her shiny electric guitar (no grand piano)… norah paid tribute to her own roots- texas. i didn’t stay for the whole show, long story… although i wished i could have. the start had the feel of twang minded heartache. it’s cliche right? but it’s a natural progression in my mind. from a jazzy soulful belting (come away with me) to a mournful guitar rift and crooner (tell yer mama). apparently all covered in last night’s set, including several covers. and i love reading that norah’s in a band with sasha dobsen called puss ‘n boots. hope you enjoy the photos… those red heels are SASS, and she found the perfect shade for lips to match. to see all the photos, click Read more
i’m not sure what it was about this show. i wanted to like it. sometimes you’re just not in the right frame of mind? i don’t know what my excuse was… but the reggae before and between sets didn’t help (i sometimes feel like the only person on earth who HATES reggae). i’ll be giving this album (lungs) another listen, in the meantime, enjoy the photos
holy hail was the opening band for florence and the machine. here are a few pictures from their performance… Read more
the headliner for the night was angels and airwaves. showbox sodo was packed (all ages). i had a fun time walking the line, and although i don’t like asking minors for pictures, what was really interesting, was the unisex tee-skinny jean-cool kicks-hoodie uniform. i almost wished for an opportunity to do a group photo. there was mixing it up… but very cool (to me) to see how pervasive it was. thanks to after dark for sending me, hope you enjoy all the photos, click to Read more