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The Swell Season May 22, 2008

I think that I have finally semi-recovered from The Swell Season concert on Tuesday at the Tower Theater. It was honestly the best concert I’ve ever been to–and I’ve been to my fair share of great concerts (Madonna in 2006 and Janet Jackson in Tokyo come to mind….). The Swell Season has amazing talent and genuine passion for music. Philadelphia was the last stop on their tour so they asked the audience if they didn’t mind if they played a little longer than usual. The ticket says 8:00. The opening act, Interference (they made an appearance in Once), came on at 8:15. They played until 9:00. The Swell Season came on at 9:30 and played until 11:50 (!!!). As great as the concert was, my parents, Matt, and I, on a Tuesday night, were feeling the wear and tear on our bodies. We were exhausted as we left the theater, but my mom found out where the after party was by making friends with one of the security guards. For future reference, if you go to the Tower for a show, there is a bar called The Waterford on the side street next to it, and this is where fans wait to see the acts. We almost stayed to see Glen and Marketa, but when we saw a delivery guy stop with tons of pizza, we figured they wouldn’t be ready to greet people for a while. So we headed home. I was too pumped up and excited and did not sleep a wink that night.

Just a couple of comments:

1. The Tower is a funny venue. If you get orchestra seats, try not to sit too far back. There are no doors, so if you sit near the entrances, you will hear every noise that is made in the lobby.

2. The lobby is like a bar. People can stand there and drink and watch the show on TV screens. So there was a lot of noise.

3. The Swell Season shows, along with other acts, are available to download on this amazing site:
Played Last Night
I’m going to cry when Tuesday’s show is available.

I think that’s it for now. I cried a couple of times during the show and I think I’m still processing it.

Oh–I found this really cool blog when I Googled the Tower:



50 days until The Swell Season March 30, 2008

I spent a fair amount of time in our car this weekend running errands, something I rarely get to do, and it was fun because I could listen to the Once soundtrack over and over (and over) and belt it out at the top of my lungs. Matt and I are worried that “Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy” won’t be played the the concert we are going to on May 20, but I think it may be a possibility. This is some footage from a November 2007 show of The Swell Season:

And a more unique spin on the song:

We really can’t wait. I may start an official countdown.


Falling Slowly wins Oscar February 25, 2008

The only part of the Academy Awards I cared about last night was seeing Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova perform “Falling Slowly” from Once but I never expected them to win–I was so excited I cried a little! Here is a video, including their performance and speeches:


Poll: Glen and Cat February 11, 2008

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