Posts Tagged ‘Coldplay


Chloe’s 4yr Old Party Mix

Chloe's Party Mix

45. Who Did You Think I Was – John Mayer – Where the Light is Live in LA
46. Bold As Love – John Mayer – Where the Light is Live in LA
47.  Party in the USA – Miley Cyrus

Have we failed as parents? HAHA.


Coldplay Life in New Orleans

I witnessed the best concert I’ve ever been to Tuesday night as the culmination of my 30th birthday surprises ended at the New Orleans arena at the Coldplay concert! The show was moved up to 7pm which was only a half hour earlier than scheduled but seeing how we didn’t get out of there until after 11, I was thankful! This was one of the best line ups I’ve seen:

So we had our fare share of awesome accents – Australian, Irish, and British (actually distinct when you hear them 1 after another and the Irish was the best!) The bands were all talented. I kept telling Rae and Ali, if “they” are this good then Coldplay is going to be NUTS!! And they were!! For one of the world’s biggest rock bands they haven’t lost the ability to connect with members of their audience, even at a huge arena show!

Enough of my jibba jabba. Here are the boys kickin’ it in New Orleans:

Coldplay New Orleans 1Coldplay NO3Coldplay New Orleans 4

Here’s the video that helps that make sense, in case you haven’t seen 1 of the greatest music videos 🙂

And here are some of our pics:

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Here’s what made up their 2 hour masterpiece 🙂

  • Life In Technicolor
    Violet Hill
    In My Place
    Glass Of Water
    Cemeteries Of London
    Fix You
    Strawberry Swing
    God Put A Smile Upon Your Face (techno version)
    Talk (techno version)
    The Hardest Part (Chris piano)
    Postcards From Far Away (piano instrumental)
    Viva La Vida
    Green Eyes (acoustic)
    Death Will Never Conquer (acoustic – Will vocals)
    I’m A Believer (Neil Diamond Cover – acoustic)
    Viva La Vida (remix interlude)
    Lovers In Japan
    Death And All His Friends
    The Scientist
    Life in Technicolor ii
    The Escapist (outro)

2009 BRIT Awards

While at Cirque de Soleil last night all I was getting were updates from Anchorman regarding the 2009 Brit Awards show and the activities of U2, Coldplay, The Killers, etc. Enjoy: 

Dang, I wish I lived in the UK.



This is the best music video I’ve seen in who know’s how long! 

Here’s a great exclusive interview with Johnny.


High quality.

U2 better work their @sses off this year!! HAHAHA.


My Top 10 CDs of 2008

I find this a fun way to look back at the year of music that I’ve collected. (For kicks and giggles compare this list to last year’s!) Here’s my favorite CDs that were released in 2008: 

10. Soundtracks! – Officially, shouldn’t be on the list here but soundtracks these days have become so much more than what they used to be! So I listed them last. These 3 are in steady rotation! 

Twilight SoundtrackJuno SoundtrackOnce Soundtrack
– Hate all you want. Crime upon crimes, I still haven’t seen the movie and I LOVE this compilation! 
Juno – Quirky, absurd, bizarre, unpolished, just like the movie! 
Once – Seriously, you already have this one right? I don’t need to say anything more. 

9. Live Music! – Again, officially shouldn’t be here so they’re last as well.

SingalongWhere the light is
Phil WickhamSingalong –  I knew this guy was special when he captivated my attention sandwiched between The Myriad and The David Crowder Band at the House of Blues! His studio work is full and rich and textured and yet here stripped down to nothing more than his guitar, his voice, and the voices of those gathered for an incredible night of worship, this captures the talent and heart of Phil Wickham. It’s disgusting that you get it for free from his website! 
John Mayer Where the light is  I KNOW, not officially a CD of 2008 because they’re all previously recorded songs from past CDs but you tell me an artist out there that can showcase his talent at 1 live show in 3 different settings like this and bring so much passion and energy and raw talent and I’ll take it off. Nab the DVD with it and sweet Jesus. It just doesn’t stop! It probably should be #1 on here!

8. Local Music! – More than shameless plugs, two bands on the bubble!  
A Soup Named StewNumber 2 – David and Company have perfected the art of Comedic Rock and packaged it in a top notch way that trumps the kind of attention “local bands” are giving to the good old CD packaging. If anything, Number 2 gives you more than you need sink your teeth into ASNS. 
Lindsay Rae SpurlockHeart On A simple EP that packs a mean punch, well honestly there’s nothing mean at all to Lindsay but this EP sweeps from poppy finger-snapping to soft tenderness. 6 songs barely scratches the surface to well of music coming from this girl!

7. Pocketful of sunshineNatasha BedingfieldPocket Full of Sunshine I mean seriously, you’d think the girl had 2, maybe 3 CDs drop this year but nope, it’s all been on the same one. And for somebody that’s seen her live, the girl’s legit! Pipes, moves, charisma. Bring it on, I don’t care, probably my secret favorite of the year.
6. Day and AgeThe Killers – Day and Age – I’ll preface this by saying, ‘Yes, I loved Sam’s Town too!’ Day and Age finds The Killers doing what they do best again. Creating something different. Boisterous, over the top, metaphorical, danceable, rockin’, tribal, jazz, Gloria Estefanish, spacey…BRING IT ON! 

5. Your Kingdom ComeMatt PapaYour Kingdom Come Hands down the best worship and/or rock CD you don’t own! This follow up to You Are Good boasts a fluid 18 track monument mixed with the writings of Derek Webb/Charlie Hall and a variety of mad skills on the piano and guitar and vocals that breeds a breadth of variety in his music that’s absolutely stellar!

4. RedWeezerRed – I’m laughing with the thought of this even being on this list but that’s how good it was. Superbly tongue-and-cheek as is Weezer but done amazingly well. Guitar tones thick and rich. And in the midst of themselves a quant, beautiful little diddy called Heart Songs gets me misty every time! 

3. The Bright SadnessCharlie Hall – The Bright Sadness – What a project! What a worship experience! What a musical delivery! I’ve always loved Charlie’s heart and his style of writing. I never thought he got enough props for his earlier releases. Flying into Daybreak got them some attention and The Bright Sadness is a masterpiece of a followup combining the new sound they’re embracing with authentic Charlie Hall!

2. Narrow StairsDeath Cab for CutieNarrow Stairs I’ve been an on the fence fan of Death Cab and Postal Service and Nada Surf and such for years now but for some reason this one pushed me over the edge! It’s on my iPhone and on CD in my truck! 

1. Viva La VidaColdplay – Viva la Vida (Prospekt’s March Edition) – Love ’em or hate ’em I don’t know if there was a harder working band in the business this year than Coldplay and their assault with Death and all his friends! Viva la Vida just doesn’t get old for me. Eno did enough to make it sparkle and shine from X&Y and the fluid nature of this project was a nice touch. The wait was worth it!


So there you have it. I might have got it wrong so I made sure to give you more than 10 🙂 
I initially thought this year was a poor year for music but after looking at this list, I’m not so sure anymore. This was much harder to compile and sort out than last years!

While you’re at it, check out what my blogging brother had to say about 2008!


Coldplay Just Won’t Stop


It was a dark period for me after  X&Y had completely saturated the radio when Chris Martin made a comment to the effect of: “Even we’re tired of ourselves. You won’t be hearing from us for some time.” However, the sun has risen on a new day! Coldplay is back!

  • Still riding the one-two punch of singles Viva La Vida and Violet Hill, Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends has moved 1.8 million copies and is BRILLIANT in my humble opinion 🙂 
  • American Music Awards had them on performing Lovers in Japan.
  • Kanye West threw out some Chris Martin love during his acceptance speech.
  • Last week they were No. 15 in Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainers of the Year list.
  • Prospeckt’s March is out with some yummy morsels of goodness and is No. 4 in the Top Albums list on iTunes.
  • TiVo picked up their Austin City Limits show from X&Y this morning for me!!
  • The CD dropped this year and already we have a video collection that includes Lovers in Japan, LOST!, Violet Hill, and now 2 for Viva La Vida.

Then came Jay-Z! The latest ‘Collision Course’ like collaboration of Viva La Vida and Jay-Z. If that wasn’t enough, he’s accompanying Coldplay for 3 tour dates in the UK! Man, I’ve always wanted to cross the pond! Looks like it’ll be happening in September of next year!

Who’s with me?!? 

Now comes Kylie Minogue! Apparently, she popped into the Bakery while the boys were recording and they created a song ‘too sexy’ for Viva la Vida. It’ll be featured in a new release out next year and at Join(RED)’s new site (RED)WIRE that launches….today! 

While you’re at it email you’re name and address to competitions-at-coldplay-dot-com before Dec. 15th to win a setlist from their show at Birmingham.

I’m expecting a Coldplay burnout any day now but it just isn’t happening. 

I guess if you’re going to be the biggest Rock Band in the world you have to be the hardest working ones as well 🙂

…at least until U2 drops their new project!!


Coldplay’s Viva La Vida SMASH HIT!

Typically, I have time to get a listen in before reviewing a new release. Thanks to an educational copy I received last week I’ve been drunk on Viva La Vida for almost 5 days now and like Christmas Eve anxiously waiting for my pre-order from iTunes to begin downloading!

If you are sick and tired of being beaten over the head with X&Y like most of the public then you’ll find the tonality of Viva La Vida incredibly refreshing! What I absolutely love about Coldplay is their insane ability to make music that sounds incredibly rudimentary and yet wildly complex at the same time. They’re like onions people! They have layers 🙂 I honestly wonder what the band is doing for some of the songs because there’s nothing happening other than piano and ambience! Then like a clap of thunder it gets vividly deep and nearing out of control. If there’s a complaint on this CD it’s that it never gets out of control. There are moments when I think the bottoms going to fall out and they’re going to kick down the walls and then it steps away from it a few feet before the wall. I assume (and hope and pray) that this makes for a stellar live show!

I think what I love most about what happened on this CD is the diverse tones. It’s like Chris Martin approached the keys as many guitarist approach guitars and pedals. The keys range from incredible pipe organs to child-like tinker toys. Many times I don’t even know what’s making that noise I just love it! The use of strings here are wicked cool and again (I can hope and pray) they tour with a string section because I believe I’d pee my pants!

There are cool throwbacks to U2, Radiohead, and even the Beatles here but to me, Coldplay wraps it up concisely and neatly in to a collaboration that makes them the infectious band that I can’t get enough of. There aren’t terribly many radio friendly tunes here and that may be it’s greatest asset. I’m not sure this is palatable for radio as previous endeavors were. Hopefully that means whippings we’ve received like the new iTunes ad are over and we can enjoy this release on our own terms. Seriously, if you haven’t picked this up yet you’re wasting time. You won’t regret it!



Coldplay’s back with Viva la Vida!

It’s been 3 years since my last Coldplay fix with X&Y and I welcome the onslaught of commercials from Apple, magazine articles, free song release, free concert news and more! Supposedly, Viva La Vida the new release dropping June 17th, will be a bit of a change up for the boys from across the pond. This time around they’ve recruited Brian Eno as their producer which supposedly has lent a soaring layered texture to La Vida that breathes fresh life into the project. Well if the CD falls anywhere between the two releases: Violet Hill and Viva La Vida then I am SOLD! The 2 releases couldn’t be more different and I am probably too excited for this new CD!

You can catch Violet Hill‘s video here:

Violet Hill is Coldplay’s nod to the Beatles indicative of it’s rhythmic march and that it’s also a street found near Abbey Road. Keeping with nods to landmark bands, “42” throws back to U2’s “40” and the Smashing Pumpkins “1979.” In last week’s Entertainment Weekly, Chris tossed out what I find to be a comical but perhaps appropriate quote:

I don’t think you can try to be the best band in the world without having a song that’s a number.

I love that 🙂

In case you’ve missed it, a snippet of Viva La Vida here:

Budding guitar heroes will get their hands full with Violet Hill as it will be the first Coldplay appearance on the Guitar Hero franchise. I hear it will be released as a downloadable option which I assume means it’ll be available for the xBox version.

If you haven’t pre-ordered this, why not!?! I can’t wait!

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