Shows: September to mid-May.

Posted in Music on May 15th, 2014 by byronkho

Since September, I’ve seen: Avicii, Above & Beyond, Alesso, Knife Party, Martin Solveig, Benny Benassi, Tiesto, David Guetta, Bassnectar, Madeon, Bingo Players, Sander van Doorn, Hardwell, Madeon, Queens of the Stone Age, Calvin Harris, Deadmaus, Empire of the Sun, Imagine Dragons, Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Public Enemy, Solange, ASAP Rocky, Nero, Wolfgang Gartner, Emeli Sande, Haim, Alunageorge, Rudimental, Jesse Rose, Mord Fustang, Baam Bada, the Meta, Umer Piracha, Kaskade, CHVRCHES, Pretty Lights, MGMT, Little Green Cars, Gareth Emery, Madeon, Ghost Beach, Robin Thicke, Vampire Weekend, Avett Brothers, Manufactured Superstars, Icona Pop, Sky Ferreira, the Knocks, Sirah, K Flay, Icona Pop, KT Tunstall, Brian Lopez, Atoms for Peace, Sebastian Ingrosso, St. Lucia, Two Door Cinema Club, Morning Parade, Biffy Clyro, Aijia, Clara C, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, David Ramirez, Ellie Holcomb, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Rimbo Wong (the Curtis student I help sponsor!), Song Dogs, Jessie Ware, Mikky Ekko, Val de Val, Ross Bellenoit, Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, Mount Moriah, Pine Barons, Paramore, Metric, hellogoodbye, Matrimony, the Falls, Foxes, Night Panther, Ivan & Alyosha, the Wild Feathers, Tin Horses, the Wayside Shakeup, the Smith Westerns, Lucy Stone, Roscoe Bandana, Mo Lowda & the Humble, Ali Wadsworth, Brown Sugar, Former Belle, Zoe Keating, twentyonepilots, Switchfoot, New Politics, MS MR, Perseverance Jazz Band, A Great Big World, Secret Someones, Phosphorescent, Sea Wolf, West Philadelphia Orchestra, Honey Watts, Little Silver, Mesiko, Ellie Goulding, the Last Band in Illyria, Black Horse Motel, Spirit & Dust, Reed Turner Band, Conway, Dead Professional, Oldermost, Nicole Atkins, Arc Iris, Davey Horne, Okkervil River, Typhoon, London Grammar, HAERTS, Moon Taxi, Revivalists, Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society, Nickel Creek, Carsie Blanton, Eli Conley, the Gallerist, Secret Sisters, Charles Esten, Sam Palladio, Chris Carmack, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen, Willie Watson (formerly of Old Crow Medicine Show), David Tanner & Honky Tonk-o-rama, Thelma and the Sleaze, River City Tanlines, Francesca Battistelli, Jim Ed Brown, Riders in the Sky, Connie Smith, Jeannie Seely, Larry Gatlin, Carson Peters, Charlie Daniels Band, Vince Moreno, JP Harris and the Tough Choices, Cooper and the Jam, The Cordovas, Steve Gorman and Audley Freed of the Black Crowes, Tennis, HAIM and Carrie Underwood.

In the next few months, I’ll (likely) be seeing: Foo Fighters, Outkast, Jack Johnson, Imagine Dragons, Arctic Monkeys, Beck, the Lumineers, Band of Horses, Pretty Lights, Weezer, Broken Bells, Band of Horses, Young the Gian, Childish Gambino, Tegan and Sara, Big Gigantic, Girl Talk, Cage the Elephant, Portugal the Man, Grouplove, Local Natives, Ziggy Marley, Iron & Wine, Sleigh Bells, Jake Bugg, Amos Lee, Third Eye Blind, City and Colour, Chance the Rapper, Kaiser Chiefs, A-Trak, the Airborne Toxic Event, Phantogram, Washed Out, Tune-Yards, Walk Off the Earth, the White Panda, American Authors, Martin Garrix, Cash Cash, G-Eazy, A Great Big World, RAC, Lucius, Smallpools, Bleachers, the Mowglis, NoNoNo, Kodaline, White Denim, Asaf Avidan, Cherub, Sir Sly, Aer, Johnnyswim, Vic Mensa, San Fermin, Geographer, Courtney Barnett, the Colourist, Wild Cub, Dan Croll, Shakey Graves, Goldroom, Wild Child, Little Comets, Magic Man, Boy & Bear, Royal Teeth, the Ceremonies, Gregory Alan Isakov, Bad Things, Andrew Belle, Basic Vacation, Hunter Hunted, Misterwives, Vance Joy, X Ambassadors, the Unlikely Candidates, Bronze Radio Return, Little Daylight, Kongos, Saints of Valory, Holychild, Parade of Lights, Son Lux, Salva, Gemini Club, Step Rockets, the Griswolds, Sleeper Agent, John & Jacob, Pigpen Theatre Co, the Weeks, High Highs, Caroline Glaser, Lily Mae, Courrier, Cruiser, New Sweden, Mean Lady, Christian Porter, Stop Light Observations, Breach the Summit, F. Stokes, Nothing, the Tontons, DRGN KING, Cakes da Killa, Denitia and Sene, Charliered, Downtown Club, Mike Taylor, Weekend, Khari Mateen, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, the Head And The Heart, Bear Hands, Die Antwoord, First Aid Kit, Willy Mason, jj Grey & Mofro, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Danielle Ate The Sandwich, Last Chance, Diana Lawrence, PHOX, Trails & Ways, Flume, Janis Ian, Shemekia Copeland, Tempest, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Lone Bellow, Sarah Jarosz, Loudon Wainwright III, JohnnySwim, Rebirth Brass Band, Kwesi K, Hot Club Of Cowtown, Old Man Luedeke, Steep Canyon Rangers, Dhaka Braka, Natalie McMaster, the Oh Hellos and NEEDTOBREATHE.

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Mix: 4 AM Cut, discussing character, Grade 6.

Posted in Personal on April 8th, 2010 by byronkho

The lo-fi and the shoegaze and the semi-triphop and the whatever whatevers. Basically slow dance music (for the most part) and other stuff that keeps your heart racing but you can’t actually play in a club. I love these mixes but yeah, low energy.

Marchin In – Lo-Fi-Fnk
Crysteena (Fear of Tigers Remix) – Mille
Reminder (RAC Mix) – Honeythieves
You’ve Got The Love (The XX Remix) – Florence And The Machine
Starry Eyed (Jakwob Remix) – Ellie Goulding
What You Need (Chromeo Remix) – Tiga
I Don’t Like Your Band – Annie
Baby I’m Yours (Siriusmo Remix) – Breakbot
Feel It All Around (Toro Y Moi Remix) – Washed Out
DJ – Alphabeat
The Ruins (Fear of Tigers Remix) – Yes Giantess
Last Dance (kap10kurt Dream Mix) – The Raveonettes
Take It In – Hot Chip
Fall Hard (Passion Pit Summertime Radio Remix) – Shout Out Louds
Odessa – Caribou
O.N.E. – Yeasayer
Hole In My Heart (The Sound Of Arrows Remix) – Alphabeat
Daydreaming (Jakwob Remix) – Kid Sister
Time Crisis (Co-Pilots Turbulence Remix) – Pin Me Down
Disconnected (Ocelot Remix) – Shy Child

after moaning about it to many people, we suddenly had a group character talk today. i dunno if it was planned that way or if the director got pressured into doing it by one of the many people who were persuaded by my bitchery on the subject… but it was necessary. it’s just too bad it didn’t happen much sooner in the process. people need time to completely figure things out and to experiment with what works and what doesn’t. getting a whole load of new material 1 rehearsal before tech week means no time to digest and practice. thus, almost useless unless you’re prepared to sit and crunch out the whole character arc profile thingamajig on your own. it’s their game so i didn’t say anything, but i still did feel that there wasn’t a strong enough effort to discourse on her aims for the show. she is not the greatest presenter so she DID have stuff to say but it got lost in the ums and likes and vague language. unfortunately, there wasn’t enough substance and it wasn’t explained with confidence. i’m actually being really hard on her, but this is something that’s important for her to work on to become a good director. she has a few ideas but she needs to a) thoroughly think them through and write them down as if she were preparing a report and b) work on her presentation skills. i’m not great at public speaking and even i can deliver a more forceful and serious speech than she can! one thing i noted: the cast doesnt have a good grasp on how to deal with a fling audience. part of the issue with bat boy and reefer madness, the previous fling shows, was that there was an acknowledgement and tacit approval of the drunken buffoonery by the actors. that is a no-no. as actors, you work with their energy but not with them – you do not break the fourth wall (unless that is the play’s intention), as that gives them permission and license to interact further with you. no. especially when it’s drunken buffoons who will never have the proper interaction required. instead, you have ushers and tech staff that can handle those that are being disruptive. the stage manager can even come out during an interval and request people behave if it gets bad enough (and believe me, it did during Reefer. i wanted to get up, cut off the actors and tell everyone to shut the hell up… but then that was bad form as an audience member. clearly, the actors weren’t functioning well with the noise). jess actually had the same opinion as i did, that people should take the show seriously and not modify it for cheap laughs, as that would dilute the effectiveness of the show. of course, she got angry as she said it and almost negated her point by making it easy to dismiss as a hissy fit. i encourage her to rein in the anger and USE it instead of wasting it on obvious huffiness.

So I was looking through old shit and I just realized that the only school picture I own… and I’ve been in many school pictures… is Grade 6. 1994, was totally rockin the nerd back then. The city, Burlington. Western Ontario hadn’t become Asian Central yet, so I was a member of a minority minority (as opposed to majority minority). Well, that doesn’t really matter, it’s just a particular fact about “my” time. I lived in a big house that backed onto the Tyandaga Golf Course. In the gold course, I had a treehouse in one set of woods. The one and only time I HAD a treehouse while growing up. My best friend in the neighborhood, Roop, would come over and we’d play spies and fighting games and all the usual shit boys do when they’re bored. We were usually joined by this other kid that lived nearby – I have no idea what his name is, though I remember he was a lot of fun. My next door neighbor, Mr. McBurney (probably dead by now), was one of those kindly old Santa-like men everybody likes to think they knew once upon a time. Except I actually did. His wife was totally Mrs. Claus. They worked with wood, and their house was full of odds and ends the likes of which only aged Nordic people own (I include Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Finstad in this category, should they ever happen upon this). Mr. McBurney walked me to the bus stop most mornings. This was when I actually lived in the same actual area as the school I was going to, so therefore I could get picked up by bus… long story. Anyways, I had lots of friends that year and lots of fri-enemies. This was an unusual year, as I usually never stayed around long enough to make enemies, and usually the friends I’d make at schools were shallow and there would no attempts to keep in touch after I moved school. This time around was different… not sure why. Tim Toldnes was one of my fri-enemies. One day, I came home with some strawberry jam on toast and he insisted on borrowing my bag, and then stomping on it. And then proceeded to invite me to his house to play video games. He was confusing. My best friends in that class were probably Daniel Attwell, Kyle Jones and Graham Janson. I mention names because 1) I actually have them – they’re printed on the picture – and 2) I kept in touch with them (and strangely enough, a lot of the rest of the class) for several months after I moved away. This was a period before the Internet was a popularly available item… and you know little kids and writing letters and such. It’s hard. Just to get the school name into my written history: I attended John T. Tuck Elementary School. A blip of a school. I remember trailers, and Oregon Trail and Number Crunchers in the portables where we had most of our classes. I remember lots of poker, and cooties… but that didn’t mean we stayed away from the girls. There was always a contingency of girls that would drag one of their own to forcibly interact with a specially chosen guy from our side. I remember the one time it was me and Alexandra McRae that got the special treatment. Dragged, struggling, crazy, and then dumped on top of each other in the middle of the football field. I want to imagine that I copped a feel… but in any case. I rode the bus with Margaret Bates every day. I remember disliking her pompous brother but really liking her. She was really smart back then, and apparently still is. I looked her up and wouldn’t you know it, she became a materials science engineer with a degree from the University of Toronto and as far as I can tell, she now works for Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (nuke-ular reactors…). What’s coolest is that she’s also into musical theater. Cate Ahrens is the only one I can find on Facebook. I think it’s her… I hope it’s her! I messaged her to see if she knew where everybody else was. They all have basically no digital footprint or there are way too many people with their name for me to find out anything in a quick Google search. I also know nothing about their current lives; 6th grade at John T. Tuck is not a good search parameter. I mean I could if I was paid hourly and had the will to pore through pages of crap to do so… but no. Lazy. I don’t imagine there’ll be any Grade 6 reunion any time soon but I’d be there if there was. Sigh. Just a 30-minute trip down memory lane and wasting lots of time.

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