Where Do I Begin?

Gosh, so much has happened in the last week, I don’t even know where to begin! So all of the following information is in NO PARTICULAR ORDER:

Sondre Lerche at Irving Plaza 2004

Here’s one for your datebook! I was totally stoked to hear that my favorite Norwegian pop star (sorry Kurt Nielsen!), Sondre Lerche will be doing a special in-store performance at Sound Fix Records in Brooklyn, at 4 PM on Saturday June 4. And as we all know by now, Sondre Lerche has been living in BK for months, so think of this as a “hometown gig.”

Check out the new Web site for Ryan Adams and the Cardinals. Please buy the new album, Cold Roses. I love Ryan Adams and I absolutely love this album. The song “Let It Ride” is fantastic.

The Shout Out Louds

The phenomenal Swedish pop band, The Shout Out Louds, returns to the Bowery Ballroom on June 8. I managed to catch them briefly in February and was totally surprised by how great they are live. And I suppose since The Dears are the headliner to this gig, there are going to be lots of sensitive souls in the audience.

This horrifyingly weird news broke while I was away as well… The Wedgie has married country singer Kenny Cheseny after a whirlwind courtship. WTF is going on there? I’m sure Jack White (who made a guest appearance at the LA Brendan Benson show–Link from Whatevs) is taking it in stride.

In other White Stripes news, they got themselves a new Flash-tastic Web site. Check it out! Link from the Tremelo. Also, the video for “Black Orchid was shot by Floria Sigismondi, not Michel Gondry…as the rumor mill reported.

Does anyone else find it odd that Natalie Imbruglia‘s latest song is titled “Shiver”? Am I the only one who remembers Chris Martin saying in a BBC Radio 1 interview many moons ago that the source of inspiration for Coldplay‘s song “Shiver,” off their debut album Parachutes, was Natalie Imbruglia? Chris said something about being a lonely sad student and sitting at home watching the Aussie soap “Neighbors.” He said he had a huge crush on Imbruglia, who starred on the show, and wrote “Shiver” based on some remote feelings for her–a girl he would never ever meet or have contact with, even though he felt like he fancied her quite a bit.

Of course after Coldplay became successful, Chris ended up meeting Natalie at Glastonbury in 2002, where they were quickly rumored to be a hot item. (Apparently false.)

Er…did I seem like a creepy Coldplay fan just there? Sorry about that, but it’s the perfect lead-in to my next item…

Coldplay are taking over NYC next week! The lovely British lads are dishing themselves out to ever huge conglomerate they can and doing shows for VH1 (Monday), AOL (Tuesday), MTV (Wednesday), NBC–for SNL…and playing a record 5 songs!!! (Saturday). I would love to somehow work my way in to the Monday gig. If you have the means, PLEASE LET ME KNOW by e-mailing coldplay4eva @ themodernage.org. I’m a huge huge CP fan…so much so that I actually call them “CP” in real life.

There are loads of other people begging for Coldplay tickets (and one dude just wants to impress his girlfriend), but I’m a time-tested fan…

Here are some CP moments in my life:

APRIL 2001

CP at Brixton

Here’s a picture from the first time I ever saw Coldplay in 2001 at Brixton Academy in London. It was the last date of their UK tour. I remember I was so pissed off that year because during the start of the year Coldplay toured the US for the first time ever, playing shows at Irving and Roseland, but I was studying abroad in London at the time, so I missed all of them.

JUNE 2001

CP at Radio City

Here’s a picture of Chris signing autographs after CP’s Radio City Music Hall gig. It was the last night of their US tour. Grandaddy, the supporting act were totally drunk and throwing stuff out of their dressing room windows onto the people standing by the sidewalk.

DECEMBER 2001

CP at Irving Plaza

CP did a great “intimate-ish” gig at Irving Plaza. JJ72 were the openers. They did two nights. One of these nights was also the first time I met two of the boys that would go on to be Surefire.

AUGUST 2002

CP at Bowery Ballroom

MAKE TRADE FAIR” pimping hits NYC for the first time. Coldplay’s amazing gig at Bowery Ballroom. Future wife Gwyneth Paltrow was in the audience, sitting in the balcony, and when Chris sang “In My Place,” he sang it in her direction. It was like Romeo and Juliet. I think everyone vomited internally. Noel and Liam Gallagher were also in the audience and were in a jovial mood. Chris did a cover of one of their songs.

SEPTEMBER 2002

Chris and Tim at Jones Beach

Awww…Chris Martin and Tim Wheeler after their Jones Beach show.

Needless to say…I love Coldplay.

Ny2LON at Bowery

The Ligers and The Hong Kong hit Bowery on May 20.

Also…Blogpoly.

This Week, Summed Up

The musical highlights of the last 2 days were The White Stripes doing “Lafayette Blues” at Irving and “Isis” at Radio City. Seeing Jack White do the guitar solo in “NYCC” was… odd. Um.. yeah.

The best show of the week (so far) has been… COLDPLAY. Hands down, fo’ sure.

The Pattern in London.

I can’t believe Nikki is still in this thing.

From Popbitch: “Newark is the only town in the USA which is
an anagram of Wanker.”

Coldplay @ Bowery Ballroom, August 12, 2002 = Totally Amazing

So the Coldplay show… Gallaghers aside, it was amazing. I keep singing “The Scientist” over and over in my head (ok- that and the Nelly song, because IT’S GETTING HOT IN HERE, SO TAKE OFF ALL YOUR CLOTHES).

Chris made 3 wardrobe changes… he was wearing the Chairman Mao jacket, then the Make Trade Free black tee, then he came out in the white long-sleeved polo. His hair looked hot. Chris was on fire, baby. I was hardly watching anything else but Mr. Chris Martin.

Jonny played the harmonica during “Don’t Panic,” yay!

We all held the vomit when they decided to do a Romeo and Juliet thing for Chris and Gwyneth during.. uh… what song was that? It was just so so fantastic. Wish you could have been there.

The Week of Death Continues…

TO ANYONE WHO WRITES ME THIS WEEK, SORRY FOR THE LACK OF COMMUNICATION (AND THE VON BONDIES REFERENCE) BUT THE WEEK OF CONCERT DEATH CONTINUES TOMORROW… THE STROKES AND THE WHITE STRIPES… I CAN’T TALK TO YOU RIGHT NOW… PRAY I DON’T DIE AND I’LL RESPOND SOONER OR LATER. BUT SEND THE MAIL! I LOVE IT. I READ IT, BUT DON’T HAVE TIME TO WRITE BACK. AS VINCE WOULD SAY, IT’S MEGA-SHOWASIS WEEKASIS!

PREVIEW: COLDPLAY @ BOWERY BALLROOM


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Anthony Rapp Gets a Nod on the Golden Globes — Waaahh?

jonny and chris

MTV is so lame sometimes. Like their new Handpicked album. Coldplay “Yellow,” Travis “Sing”… Five for Fighting, Yorn, Adams. Oyyyyyy… But we like the picture they put up on their website of good ol’ CP.

Which brings us to something more enjoyable. MTV2 premiere ThursdayKYLIE MINOGUE. Gentlemen, start your engines.

eve and ewan mcGregor

I missed Ewan on the Golden Globes. Ooops. And Russell Crowe just THANKED Anthony Rapp in his speech. First Adam on the Mandy Moore diary… now Anthony. Ok. Whatever. Apparently Anthony is doing some stuff with the Japanese cast of Rent… Yeah… I don’t get it either.. Go to his site to figure it out.