Posts Tagged ‘Coldplay’

Treasures Buried In The Earth

April 18, 2009

It’s another brilliant day here in Southern Ontario and I’ve decided to make a playlist in the great radition of muic lovers everywhere.  Of course this used to be a mixtape, then mix CD, but now it’s an iPod playlist.  Some criteria:

1) The list will be 17 songs long. This is because its April 17th as I’m writing the post, and I remember that most of my exam time mix CD’s were that long.

2) Only one song per band. With the sheer number of groups in my collection it’s only fair.

3) At least 50% Cancon because I’m a good citizen. Well I guess in this case it’ll be at least 53% because I’ll have to include 9 Candian songs out of 17.

4) Everything in my collection is eligible regardless of genre, time, nationality, or personal back story. 

Now the list:

Is this Love? – Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah

When I first heard this band I wasn’t sure what to think of them.  Their singing isn’t what would traditionally be considered high caliber. It’s a little different than most. Nevermind that though, the song is great.  It’s a perfect way to kick off a warm spring day.

Lovesong – The Cure

Many of my friends are into The Cure.  They are one of those bands that people just seem to instantly love when they hear them.  This song, as the title indicates, is a classic love song, though in a style not always associated with romantic overtones.  I am convinced that The Cure are a band that would fit seamlessly into today’s indie music scene if they were brand new.

I Must Belong Somewhere – Bright Eyes

I believe I mentioned this song in one of my snow shovelling conversations on the podcast.  It is equally suitable now.  The simplicity of the melody and message allow your mind to wrap around the intersting lyrics.  It feels like a song that’s lounging on the porch.

Throwing It All Away – Genesis

Speaking of songs that lounge about, this classic Genesis tune displays the conplexity of a dysfuntional relationship. As someone who’s been there this song is almost liberating.  The positive vibe of the music is contrasted by Phil’s obvious sadness.  He knows that this is it, but isn’t sure what to do.  The common arguments: Who will light the darkness? Who will hold your hand? Who will find you the answers when you don’t understand? But he brings it full circle with the classic: Late at night when you call my name the only sound you’ll hear, is the sound of your voice calling, calling after me.

Emily Carr – The Wheat Pool

The first Canadian band (remember I owe you at least 8 more) brings a beautiful tune.  It’s such an effortless song by a great emerging band.  It contains stories about life, regular old life.  Road tripping across the prairies demands this song. Watch out for their next album due out within the year I believe. 

Wondering Where The Lions Are – Bruce Cockburn

Want to take a stroll on a nice day?  This song should set your gait for you.  Bruce strikes me as the kind of person whose spent a lot of sunny days outside, soaking in the atmosphere.  Wondering Where The Lions Are is a Canadian classic.  I think the line some kinda ecstasy got a hold on me is a perfect fit for this list.

Up On Cripple CreekThe Band

I’m counting this as a Canadian track because of the Canadian content in the group.  The Band were leaders in popularizing very rootsy rock from the southern US.  This song, a bit of a tall tale about nearly perfect love, Up On Cripple Creek is ideal for working on your car, building a fence, or hosting a BBQ. It just makes everything seem a little more effortless.

Where There’s a Will There’s a Whale Bone – Islands

Yesterday I dragged out my hockey net and spent an hour taking shots.  As soon as this song came on my attempts became harder and more deliberate. If I was a professional baseball pitcher this would be my entrance music.  I don’t know why I failed to realize the potential of this song for motivation, but it’s now part of my pre-sports listening.  Hard to argue with a song that mentions whale bone repeatedly.

Lost! – Coldplay

Please note this is the alternative version and not the original album one.  This is another great motivating song.  The lyrics really tell the tale: Just because I’m losing doesn’t mean I’m lost.  It should probably be in a sports movie right at the point that the underdohas reached rock bottom and is working hard to get back up.  It’s a great metaphor for my basketball team (now 0-10) as we try to bounce back in the last third of the season.  Spring means rebirth, so does this song.

Middle of Nowhere – Hot Hot Heat

This B.C. based indie band has given the world a catchy song about taking off to nowhere.  To give you something to go on, when I go off, back to the middle of nowhere

Mother and Child Reunion – Paul Simon

Any hope of seeing an S & G song are dashed by this track.  I absolutely love the organ in this song.  Paul Simon has a way of creating a song that is so full and rich without overcomplicating it.  This song, with it’s kind of bizarre lyrics is just such a song.  I’m swaying back and forth at the thought of it.

Cause = Time – Broken Social Scene

Probably my favourite BSS song for it’s up tempo beat and cynical lyrics.  I think what makes the band so great is there willingness to just try new ideas and be a bit wild in their songwriting.  In the end though this song is just great for rolling down the street with the windows down.

Something On The Tragically Hip

With the NHL Playoffs on I might’ve picked a couple of other Hip tunes for this list, but this is the one I like most for the context.  It strikes a nice balance between a rocking beat and a laid back feeling.  Much like Up On Cripple Creek  this song is appropriate for a myriad of outdoor activities.

 I Won’t Back Down – Tom Petty

Maybe my head is filled with a need to fight back, but I’m including another song with a strong message for the underdog. You can stand me up at the gates of hell, but I won’t back down.

My Old Self – Wide Mouth Mason

Some songs are just so nostalgic you can’t ever escape them.  Pretty much anything from the first WMM album is that way for me.  It doesn’t hurt that this song puts me in the mood to be outisde, dancing around, or both.  I’m up in the kitchen singing, momma’s out in the backyard, daddy’s downstairs digging a grave.

 The Needle Has Landed – Neko Case

Perhaps this song would be better suited to an evening under the stars, but I like it in this list.  I think I could eat ice cream while listening to Neko Case and it’d feel like heaven.

In Perfect Time – Jill Barber

We come to a fitting end with a song about loss and life.   This Jill Barber song is my favourite of her work.  I would blame feeling down on the weather if I had no other reason to be. Thankfully that sentence does not apply to me today. I’m off to enjoy the sun.

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A List For The Ages

March 19, 2009

Rolling stone gathers no moss, but leaves a trail of busted stuff.

Dave Matthews Band

Busted Stuff

There has been a little game floating around Facebook for awhile.  It is in the same style as those many email forwards that once clogged up inboxes.  Essentially, you are supposed to create a list of 15 albums that had a profound effect on your life. Rather than join in the perpetuation of tagging on the social networking site, I decided to fulfill the challenge here on my blog.  The original post gives some metaphysical mumbo-jumbo explanation for how an album can deeply affect a person, but I’ve decided to base my decision on three criteria:

1) I must have listened to the album more than 20 times.

2) I must enjoy virtually every track on the album.

3) The album must have some kind of story attached to it.

I actually found these criteria very restrictive, which is good, considering I own over 300 albums. Now to the list:

1. Simon & Garfunkel – Sounds of Silence – This album followed me abroad on a wild 12 day adventure from Paris to Rome.  Whenever I listen to it now I flashback to the many plane and bus rides, the horrible pink eye, and a quiet sunset in Sorrento.  I suppose I should also mention the many hours I spent wearing a hamburger box on my head. Sounds of Silencecaptures a band on the rise, just about to explode into the consciousness of an era. It is a musical masterpiece.

2. Coldplay – Parachutes – I came to be a Coldplay fan just a little bit later than most of my friends.  I really got into them about a year after Yellow flew up the charts.  I think i was too distracted by Radiohead to really appreciate this emerging group.  It makes the list because of the many cover versions of Don’t Panic that Dave and I shared while at St. Jerome’s.

3. Genesis – We Can’t Dance – For me, this is the quintessential nostalgia piece.  Growing up my family would spend many of our weekends driving around the countryside, enjoying the scenery and ultimately grabbing a hot dog at some out of the way stand.  The tape deck would usually feature this album or one from of my mom’s Rod Stewart collection.  This is the one I still listen to.

4. Radiohead – Ok Computer – I have to admit I first got hold of this album through less than legal means.  My friend Darryl copied it on to tape for me when it first came out (I think I owned 1 CD at the time).  I instantly fell in love with the group and spent the next 5 years buying every piece of recorded Radiohead material that I could.  I still have some ridiculous singles that feature bizarre remixes from this era.  While I haven’t been as crazy about collecting their music since about 2002, I still love Radiohead.

5. Peter Gabriel – Passion – This is a bit of a surprise entry. I have always enjoyed a number of Peter Gabriel songs, but it is this soundtrack album that moves me the most.  It was recorded for a movie, The Last Temptation of Christ, which I have never seen.  I used to listen to it while playing Age of Empires II and also while studying.  It was the soundtrack to significant parts of my first two years of university. The middle eastern flair, and desert feel make it a nice change from what usually fills the air around me.

6. Death Cab For Cutie – Plans – This album was given to me as a gift, in the hopes that I would embrace more indie music. It succeeded as I am now a full on convert.  I have a strong emotional connection to several of the songs, for reasons I’d rather not get into.  But I will say this, Plans is the only record that has ever made me cry.

7. The Who – Who’s Next – Another bit of nostalgia for me.  Like many people I know I had a huge classic rock phase in high school.  No band epitomized that period more than The Who.  Thanks to my mom’s already robust collection I was able to dive right into their music. Who’s Next contains most of my favourite Who songs, and doesn’t love the lovely cover art.

8. Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories – Tails – I truly fell in love with Lisa Loeb upon hearing her beautiful voice.  Fortunately, I’m a little beyond teenage crushes now.  The music, however, stands the test of time.  I will admit to being disappointed when I read that, although she was starring in a show dedicated to finding a boyfriend, she only dated guys over the age of 30. My personal favourite on this album is Snow Day, not only because my name is in it, but because of the line it’s a bad day, but you’re my medicine

9. Counting Crows – Live Across a Wire – I had to think long and hard about which Counting Crows album to include. They are all amazing and meet the first two criteria. So the tie had to be broken by the story associated with them.  Live Across a Wire makes it for a couple of reasons. The first is a girl named Shanna, who I absolutely adored during my first year of university. Although I was far too awkward to do anything about my feelings, we did share a passion for music. She adored the version of Angel of the Silences found on the MTV Storytellers portion of this disc, and for some reason, I still remember that. I suppose the second reason I chose this album is that I have been to three Counting Crows concerts and I count each among the most memorable nights of my life, for various reasons. From a magical night under the stars with friends, to being stuck in downtown Kitchener at 2am, to flying down the QEW ready to burst in anguish, it’s been a wild ride.

10. Dave Matthews Band – Busted Stuff – Busted Stuff hit me at just the perfect time. The summer it came out I was working at a Seniors home doing a lot of outdoor maintenance.  My coworker and I alternated music choices from day to day. On her days we listened to Eminem and Our Lady Peace. On my days it was Counting Crows and Dave Matthews. This album became the soundtrack to that entire crazy summer. We worked for two men, Atilla from Hungary, and Tony from El Salvador.  Their seemingly endless feud and crazy stories made the absolutely dreadful work seem tolerable.

11. Wide Mouth Mason – Wide Mouth Mason – I have already written an entire entry on this album. I’ll direct you there for more information about it’s inclusion here.

12. Sufjan Stevens – Illinois – Sufjan Stevens  epic attempt to record albums about each state is impressive.  This particular effort blew me away the first time I heard it.  He has a way of creating a surreal landscape in his songs that feels very comfortable to be in. I particularly love the remix of Chicago on the version I bought, but for maximum creepiness check out John Wayne Gacy, Jr. 

13. u2 – War – Much like Dave, I would be remiss to leave U2 off of this list.  Although I was hard on their new album I still love the old stuff.  I find that War among all the others represents the pure unbridled passion of the band, and catches them right before they became the world’s biggest band with The Joshua Tree.  War particularly brings me back to my university days.  During Winter exams (April) the weather starts to turn.  The snow melts and the sun warms people and places alike. There is a special feeling in the air when that happens.  There is also the anticipation of the summertime and freedom from school work. I will always associate this album with those feelings.

14. David Gray – White Ladder – David Gray essentially changed my life at the beginning of second year.  Or perhaps I should say that my life changed and his music was there. I embarked on a bizarre and often painful 3 year journey at that point. It dominated the rest of my undergraduate career and helped make me the person I was, and some of what I am today.  In the space of two months I purchased all of his albums and essentially memorized every song in his catalogue. Now that is devotion. 

15. The Verve – Urban Hymns – Originally, I wasn’t going to include this album.  I had some other ideas of ones that fit better or had more ideal stories.  But I was drawn back by the story of a band who was robbed of royalties by an unscrupulous man, and the life of Richard Ashcroft who went from the highest of highs, to the humbling experience of being almost forgotten.  This album is itself a modern wonder.  I don’t think you’ll find another recording like it anywhere.  Although they are considered one hit wonders in North America, The Verve will always be stars in my heart.

This has been a lot of fun. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the albums above, or any that have really moved you.

Life In Technicolor and Puppets, Also Jim Henson

February 6, 2009

Just because I’m losing, doesn’t mean I’m lost.

Coldplay

Lost!

I’m certain that there have been thousands of internet posts about Coldplay, including some on this very blog. I just wanted to say that their video for Life In Technicolor is pure genius.  I have some puppet related plans for the future, but nothing that will rival that. Although such a big band hardly needs any publicity from me, I am still going to embed the video here.  I love anything to do with puppets.

Puppetry has long been a part of human entertainment, and perhaps no one has ever been more famous for using puppets than Jim Henson and his muppet creations.  From Sesame Street to Fraggle Rock his imaginative creatures expanded the way we say our world. For a young boy with a big imagination he was a hero.  Short post today because all this talk of Jim Henson has made me sad. Enjoy the video!

She/He Runs/Walks From/Toward Herself/Himself

December 28, 2008

The streets youre walking on, a thousand houses long, and that’s where I belong, and you belong with me, not swallowed in the sea.

Coldplay

Swallowed in the Sea

In an earlier post in this blog I briefly discussed the work of Viktor Frankl and his thoughts on the search for meaning. In the Christmas Eve episode of the podcast I discussed the religious quest for answers.  As I was walking home from the library today, clutching three good books and a film that promises to be part of Monday’s podcast, I was contemplating my own quest for identity.  There is a transition point in most people’s lives where they go from being a learner to being a doer.  The Coldplay song I have quoted deals with that question by positing ways that a person could carve out their niche in the world.  Others are always asking me, “so what will you do now? What are you doing now? What’s the plan?” and obviously I can’t answer them. I could say, oh I’m writing a blog, I’m making a podcast, I’m recording music, and I’m exploring the world as much as I can.  That doesn’t get to the meaning of their question I’m sure, but it does speak to my current hunt for an identity. Although in the podcast I talked about the search for meaning as a fundamental experience of life, the quest for identity is arguably more important.  I think most people can live without a meaning in life if they have a sense of who they are and how they fit. I guess the two ideas are intertwined in that in order to have an identity you must find some meaning in who you are, and vice versa.

The only reason I can really sit and question my own identity is because I have free time. Having nothing to do is the fertile soil in which philosophy grows.  I’m sure if I had 100 things t accomplish I would not give myself a second thought. Things would just be as they are.  It’s funny actually, because I spent many years studying other people’s ideas about identity and answers to the qeustion of meaning without ever fully developing my own.  The tendency to ignore your own thoughts when learning those of others can be one of the challenges of education.  It doesn’t have to be that way of course, and I would say that my experiments with writing and music stand as an example of my own seeking during my formative years.  But can I find my identity in lines of melody and text?  My girlfriend said to me the other day (in reference to some other band’s song), that she liked their music because it was clear what it was about.  She continued by telling me that my songs were incomprehenisble and confusing, though she still liked them.  I am open to that criticism and I’ve said before that the songs don’t always make sense to me at first.  But I’ve lost my way a bit here.  I think identity is something best understood in retrospect because in the moment it’s hard to see clearly what is really going on. Regardless it’s important to me that I look. How about you?

Good Morning World!

December 17, 2008

Just because I’m losing, doesn’t mean I’m lost

Coldplay

Lost?

Just the one last Coldplay quote before I abandon them for awhile.  I mention them to today because Dave pointed me to a very cool contest the band held recently.  People submitted homemade videos for the song Lost? and the band judged them.  The top two are featured at this site.  I’d recommend checking them out, it’s amazing what people can create.  For that matter if you are an amateur filmmaker and would like to promote your work please contact me and I will link to it.

I often wonder when people come to read the blog. I know you do because I see the stats, but they don’t tell me what time of day you wander by.  Is this a before bed activity? How about right after dinner? Maybe in the morning at work? Who knows? You do!

The title of my blog quotes the name of a favourite show of mine, Good Morning World. You can find it online or on Friday nights at 9:30. It turns out my friend Iwona is friends of a friend of one of the stars. Small world! The show is an improvised morning show that is flat out hilarious! It’s a Canadian production that pretends to be American, so you know it needs some attention.

One last item for you today. For those of you who have heard the album, The Lights I See You In Shadow, or have heard the songs on the blog, I’d like you to vote on a “single” track. I am going to do some special things with the one you pick. The track should be a standout song for you. Consider which one would have wide appeal. Vote below!

Look for a review of a newish album tomorrow!

Confusion That Never Stops

December 16, 2008

Questions of science, science and progress

Coldplay

The Scientist

This is Part III of my review of Coldplay Live 2003. If you missed Parts I and II just scroll down the main page a bit and you will find them.  As I pointed out earlier the first 4 songs of the concert were new material, then the next set was all old or unreleased. Now we are back to the new album until the final song.

The Scientist is definitely an all time favourite song of mine. It’s just so simple and sweet. Behind the stage there are 4 big video screens. Right now it’s Chris Martin x4 as he sits alone at his piano.  Nobody said it was easy, it’s such a shame for us to part, nobody said it was easy, no one ever said it would be this hard, take me back to the start. I can sympathize with that sentiment.

Most of the songs in this concert seem to use some kind of taped background, usually the string parts. I never liked the idea of doing that, probably because it’s so limiting. But I guess sometimes you have to. Like the Who when they play Baba O’Riley with it’ s staccato synth part.

Oh they just faked leaving the stage and came back for an encore. I’m a fan of any band who doesn’t bother with that and just plays another song. Don’t make me cheer for you, I just paid $80 to get in here, you know I love you.

Clocks is a great song.  You can use it to wake up, or get ready for a big game, or to just dance around your place.  The laser lights have returned in this one. Unfortunately it reminds me of the old Hamilton Bulldogs introduction. They used lasers to great effect. I say it’s unfortunate because they don’t do that anymore. Boo. We also get more of the hand held audience camera. There are actually multiple angles. I think if I poked around the DVD I might get to do something with them.

I was never a huge fan of In My Place and I’m not sure why. It has elements of being a great song but I just never felt that way.  Martin is doing some kind of weird backwards hop dance. Is he drunk? Doubt it, I think he’s just a white guy.  He’s not even bothering to sing in parts because the crowd is so into it. He’s also stopped singing sideways and is instead singing into the roof. He is also punching the air. I feel like a judge on SYTYCD. The drummer has this crazy smile on his face, I think he really likes this song. Maybe he wrote it.

As Amsterdam gets started I should point out that I’ve never been to a live Coldplay concert. They always sell out too fast and I’m not paying a scalper or broker for tickets. It’s a matter of principle I guess.  I had time to write that because Martin is encouraging people to listen to them, eat chocolate and to support make trade fair. This is another of my favourite Coldplay songs.  Time is on your side it’s on your side now. What a pretty song.  A lot of singers sing with their eyes closed. I do it sometimes as well. It looks ridiculous. I try to never do it. Chris Martin doesn’t care, neither does the drummer. They are doing a closed eyes duet right now.  When they zoom in on the video screens the pixelation is very obvious. Maybe they shouldn’t do that.  E-bow!!! That is the coolest thing that could’ve happened. And there it is.

After fake exit number 2 we’ve reached the last song, Life is For Living.  It’s been a lot of fun going through this again and recording random thoughts. I never meant to do you wrong that’s what I came here to say. But if I was wrong then I’m sorry don’t let it stand in our way. My head just aches when I think of the things that I shouldn’t have done. Life is for living we all know and I don’t want to live it alone. I know what he means.

See You Soon

December 13, 2008

I’ll be counting up my demons

Coldplay

Everything’s Not Lost

Welcome to Part II of my impressions of Coldplay Live 2003. Yesterday we got through 5/17 songs.  The set list is noteworthy because the band opens with 4 songs from the “new” album then ignores it for the next 8 songs.  They then give us 4 more.  We are in the midst of the middle part, so this post should be all old stuff. Well this whole DVD is old stuff now, but let’s stay in the moment with this.

Don’t Panic is a song Dave and I used to play at coffee houses in our res. That would’ve been before this DVD in the Parachutes era of things.  The crowd is quite happy right now, then when the song starts they quiet down to clap along.  The pace of the song is faster than the album version. It’s like they want it over even though its a great song. They just showed a great shot of Chris Martin with spinning lights behind him. I won’t hide the fact that I love stage lighting, I always have.  There are few things in the world that I consider cooler than a well lit performance. I’m easy to please.

In general the band members are pretty straightforward on stage.  They don’t move a whole lot and just kind of play without effort. I’m reminded of Radiohead because outside of Ed O’brien no one moves around that much on stage.

Shiver is another solid song from Parachutes. Close up and spotlight on the guitar during the intro. I like the effect.  Chris martin likes to sing into his microphone from a 45 degree angle. Pretty much all the time. It’s probably so he can see what his hands are doing, either that or he has a nervous habit.

This next song was apparently on an EP before showing up in this concert. See You Soon is a pretty little acoustic song. At the moment Martin is alone on stage with his guitar. Most of the crowd is probably bewildered by this song they’ve never heard before.  That’s how audiences react when you play something you don’t know. They just stand quietly while the odd loudmouth screams out “woooooo” or whistles for no real reason.  Probably the alcohol talking.  Kudos to the camera person who used the focus to get those cool hexagon shapes on the screen from the lights.  More slide guitar half way through and some yoddling. I heard that Martin has decided not to sing in falsetto on new songs.  It’s an endearing habit that sometimes works , at least I think so (probably because I do it too sometimes).

Everything’s not lost.  I wonder how many demons Chris Martin really has? He seems like a pretty straight-laced guy over all. He’s certainly no Keith Moon. He plays a lot of piano on the albums and in this concert. Is he our generations Billy Joel? Maybe once the solo projects start in a couple of years. Remember how I said I liked the hexagon shapes? I still do in concpet but the producer is making extreme use of them now. It’s like they just discovered they could do that. What’s next? Star wipes? Here comes the crowd again with a nice sing along of ah ah ah yeah. Despite this Martin begs the crowd to sing along more. Wouldn’t want them to be quiet during the big piano sing along of course. I won’t lie, I’ve sung along too.

Now it’s time for the song about Gwyneth Palrtow. Oddly enough it’s called Moses. I don’t associate loved ones with biblical figures but maybe I should. The ricky is back out and I couldn’t be happier. I really like this song.  More clever black and white to colour changes.  I’m not 100% sure what the intention of this was, but I guess it works as a gimmick.  I think the big challenge with making a concert film is deciding how much you want it to reflect your artistic vision as a filmmaker and how much you want to satiate the fans with good shots of the band. After all they are the stars. Frame them up and rock & roll.

As we reach the end of Part II Martin offers the crowd ice cream if they stand up. I don’t think he came through on that promise. You should never lie about ice cream, it’s way too important.  Yellow is the song that first brought Coldplay to the attention of most of the world.  I have to give them credit for the visuals on this one. The song builds up with a quiet sythn part. The band is in the dark as blue lights scan the crowd. Then all of a sudden the guitar kicks in and the stage explodes in yellow light as Chris Martin jumps for the rafters. Bravo.  He’s also put down the guitar and left the piano to just sing and dance around.

Join me on Tuesday for the final part of this extravaganza. Tomorrow I will be posting information and links for the 6 bands featured on Monday’s episode of the podcast. I highly recommend checking all of those bands out. Enjoy your Sunday!

Like Moses

December 13, 2008

See it all disappear without a trace.

Coldplay

A Rush of Blood to the Head

In 2003 Coldplay had reached new heights of fame.  In My Place, Clocks, and The Scientist were enjoying life on the charts, as was their album A Rush of Blood to the Head. They were also out on tour. What follows is a running diary of the DVD that grew out of that tour.

In 2004 I was living on my own, house sitting my aunt’s place for the summer.  Each night as I went to bed I turned out all the lights and put this DVD on.  The opening, Politik, is punctuated by flashing lights and spotlights that come at the camera. It used to light up my room in a fantastic way.  This song opened the album and the concerts, probably because it starts out loud, settles down then gets loud again. It’s the sort of song that catches your attention and raises your adrenaline.  Visually most of the band is in darkness, except Chris Martin who sits at his piano with a single spotlight.

You might wonder why I would want to write about a DVD that was released 5 years ago.  After all Coldplay has released two albums since then and become even bigger global music icons.  Much like the old vinyl review segment on my podcast, I think it’s fun to look back at what we loved once, and should again! Or to directly quote the character of Terrance Mann in Shoeless Joe, (or maybe just the movie I can’t remember) that all once was good and could be again. Yep I thought this DVD was great.

God gave you style and gave you grace…God put a smile upon your face…The second song of the concert is our first with handheld crowd camera action. It’s a bit jumpy and blurry but a fun idea that was just one of those things concert DVDs used to have. Maybe they still do.  The lights on Chris Martin give him the look of a really bad orange fake tan. His poor white English skin can’t take it.  I’m reminded of the immortal The Streets song Fit But You Know It…bit too much fake tan but yeah you look nice. And yes I’ve started using “…” like a mad man.

This concert is quite long at 17 songs so I think this will have 3 or 4 parts with an intermission on Monday to post links for my All-Canadian Mixtape Episode of the podcast.

Oh I should point out that this concert was filmed in Sydney on July 21 and 22 2003. That’s right it was recorded on my birthday. Happy Birthday to me.  Not sure what I was doing that day, but I sure wasn’t at a Coldplay concert in Australia.

Out comes the slide to kick off A Rush of Blood to the Head. This song has some pretty intense lyrics.  I kind of expect Martin to pull out torch or something half through the song and burn down the stage.  I wonder what its really about. When am I gonna see that pretty face again. Maybe she’s scared to see you again? You know, after you burned everything to the ground.

Daylight. After a soft ending to the last song, the band kicks it back up for this one. The filmmakers decided to get fancy and alternate between colour in the chorus and black and white in the verses.  Interesting idea. I am enjoying the overhand slide guitar playing though. It reminds me of that kid in the movie August Rush. Slowly breaking through the daylight…etc.

Chris Martin makes his first plea for the crowd to stand up and sing along as he starts Trouble. As I recall he does this a lot in this concert. So after 4 songs from the “new” album we finally get one from Parachutes. I really like this song. It’s probably the reason I started liking the group in the first place.  I read once that Chris Martin considered starting a boy band a la Take That before founding Coldplay. Picture that for a moment. Martin gets his wish as the crowd screams out they spun a web for me.

One last song before I call it a day. Look for Part II tomorrow as I continue to roll along through this concert. As far as I know One I Love only appears on this concert DVD and maybe on some B-side somewhere.  I actually really like the song, even if there are already a hundred songs about the “one I love.”  I love that Martin has pulled out a Rickenbaker for this song. It is a lifelong dream to own one. Someday.

Alright I will be back tomorrow with more Coldplay Live 2003.