Thursday, October 26, 2006

Interesting, part 3

I got an email from Google Adsense today saying they turned me down for using their service.

Evidently the previous two posts here are against their rules of telling people to click on their ads. I posted them innocently enough; I guess the mere suggestion of giving generously to the ad was enough of a red flag for them. Oh well.

I'm sure I'l really miss the added income...

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Interesting, part 2

So the first ad I saw after the previous post is to help donate $$$ to hurricane victims. Give generously.

Also, in case anyone cares, I started yet another blog over at a Yahoo! site. I figured I'd try the Yahoo! front-end as the Blogger.com thing is kind of a PITA. The link to the other site is http://360.yahoo.com/gwonchang and it's the bomb.

It's no So Yummy, but we'll see what happens. Thanks for playing.

This should be interesting

I just signed up with Google Adsense so I can retire at 34.

Seriously, though, I clicked "Sign Up" just to see what would happen. Apparently there will be some "content-related" advertising on this blog somewhere, though how anything can relate to anything I write is beyond me.

Also, if you click on said ads, you will help me become a millionaire. So, thank you.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

MUSE Recap

So MUSE basically came into Seattle and KICKED EVERYONE'S ASSES! That was a fantastic show, but I have a few nits to pick.

1. As expected, everyone in front of me on the floor was at least 2 to 3 inches taller. There were moments during the opening band's set where I could only see the drummer's forehead! That sucked. Luckily, as it was general admission, we were able to move about the floor. We went back about 20 feet from where we were and got better sight, but the sound was pretty lousy. Which brings up nit #2.

2. The sound at the Paramount, to my ears, was crappy. WAY WAY WAY too much bass. And this is from a bassist! It was just muddy and overpowering. Even standing 10 feet in front of the sound guy did nothing to make the band sound better. It wasn't until we moved to the back corner of the room, to a semi-balcony-ish area, did the sound get better. In fact, I even took out my plugs to hear the sound unfiltered. It sounded great. For a few songs. Then, evidently, the sound guy pumped the bass again and we all went scrambling for the earplugs.

I guess that's it as far as nits go. So how was the show?

Pretty damn good.

Matt was stage left with his cool-ass, cock-eyed mic stand; Dom sat behind a clear Plexiglass(?) Tama kit on risers; Chris stood stage right, sans bass rig, as he evidently was going direct. And between Dom and Chris was a mysterious 4th member who played keyboards with his back to the crowd for much of the evening.

They opened with Take a Bow, off of the new record, Black Holes and Revelations. It's not my favorite song, but, as with most of MUSE's non-rocking tunes, hearing them live gives them much needed energy.

Did someone say energy?

They hit it out of the park with the second song, Hysteria, from their third (and arguably most popular and successful) release Absolution. As cool as the main riff is on CD, live, it's something to behold. This song is FULL ON ENERGY and the crowd went nuts.

I don't recall the actual song list, but know they played the epic Butterflies and Hurricanes (also from Absolution) early in the evening. If someone who had never heard a MUSE song asked me to play a MUSE song, this would be the song I'd play. Great dynamics, frenetic guitar, dramatic builds, and amazing pianowork in the breakdown. Some may think it's over the top, but to me, it's art. There! I said it!

Another amazing moment was in the song Invincible off of BH&R. It's a slow build, with a march-like drum beat, arpeggiated guitar, quarter-notes on the bass. The first 2/3rds of the song are actually a little boring. Then they get to the little bass breakdown, which leads to the guitar solo.

Now, on CD, it's a cool little solo. Lots of shrieks and squeals and hammer-ons. Live? Get out of here. It was f*cking amazing. Matt's going on, doing two-hand tapping on the neck. From where we stood, I could see clearly what he was doing (or as clear as things get from the back of the auditorium), and it made my hair stand on end. It was so intense and inspired, I was blown away. Just amazing.

MUSE went through the night and busted out (in no particular order) Apocalypse Please, Muscle Museum, Stockholm Syndrome, Feeling Good, Knights of Cydonia(!!!), New Born, Plug In Baby, Time Is Running Out, Supermassive Black Hole, Starlight, Map of the Problematique, Bliss, and the aforementioned songs. I think I got 'em all.

Just a great show. I am so glad they came here; originally they were stopping at Portland.

If you ever get the chance to see MUSE, GO SEE THEM. They do not disappoint.

The sign on my chest reads,

MUSE
WARNING
Strobe Lights
will be in use.
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My dates for the evening,  Posted by Picasa

Matt's in front of his cab doing what he does. The band did a few short instrumentals to segue between songs. Posted by Picasa

Decent close up of Dom, Chris and the Mystery 4th member of MUSE. Posted by Picasa

Lens flare anyone? Posted by Picasa

If you've never seen MUSE and you love music, GO SEE THEM. You'll be hard pressed to find another musician like Matt Bellamy anywhere. Posted by Picasa

Dom and Chris. These guys are so great at what they do! Posted by Picasa

Yet another. Posted by Picasa

This might be the best of the bunch. Posted by Picasa

Another decent one. Posted by Picasa

If you look past the heads, you can actually see Matt in focus!! Posted by Picasa

Now this one's not bad. These were taken from the floor of the Paramount. Posted by Picasa

Blurry Matt Bellamy. I must've taken 80 pictures and these are the best. :( Posted by Picasa

Hey everyone, it's MUSE! Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

MUSE TONIGHT!!

I am seeing my current favorite band tonight. That band is:



I found out about MUSE in early 2004. I heard a song on the radio with this wild falsetto singer and thought for a moment it was Incubus. They had a song on the radio at the time that I thought featured falsetto singing. I remember the song having this awesome build section in it, a "flying brick", as it were, that led to a killer chorus. And, did I mention the totally fuzzed out bass?

As I heard the song a few more times, I learned it was actually a band called MUSE from England. Quick! Off to the Internet!

I did some research and found out that MUSE was a little power trio (those of you who know me may know that my other favorite band is the little power trio from Toronto, Canada). The song I'd heard was called Time is Running Out and it just kicked my ass.

Fast forward to May of 04 and I was lucky enough to see MUSE play Neumo's on Capitol Hill. As it usually is at GA shows for me, everyone standing between me and the band must've been 6' or more. As I stand at a towering 5'7", it was an issue. Luckily, the stage was pretty high, so I could see ok.

I just remember being BLOWN away by how stupendous MUSE was. Matt Bellamy, the singer/guitarist/keyboardist, is a freakin' genius. He had a keyboard hooked up to these lights that would change to whatever notes he'd play. Beautiful. Just a great show, even if there was a little technical difficulty here and there.

Right now I'm listening to MUSE be interviewed by a local DJ and it's quite distracting.

I'll bring a camera tonight and have a full report later.