Monday, July 30, 2012

Kishi Bashi and Tall Tall trees

So last night I had the immense pleasure of going to see Kishi Bashi.  So amazing.  Seriously this guy blows my mind.

His music makes me so happy.  And he is just so incredibly talented it's unreal.

Anyway here is the story:

We got to The Great Scott where the bands were playing at about 9:30 and the first opening band was on.  It's a great venue in Boston and kind of small and intimate but still holding a good number of people.  We set up camp kind of farther back had a couple of drinks and watched some of the swimming as the music played.

After a while some ppl from the circus came and joined us.  Josh, our guitar player came with his wife, and Umi one of our acrobats from Japan came as well.  At this point they were actually sold out but turns out Josh used to live with the guy in Tall Tall Trees (opening band #2) so they got in!  So we are sitting around having a drink and whatnot and we see this older Japanese guy kind of sitting in the corner.  Umi goes up and starts talking to him and lo and behold it's K Ishibashi's dad!  So he comes over and starts chatting with us.  He lives in VA now but was born and grew up in Okinawa.  So I had this kind of surreal moment of talking to him about that.  And then he asked my name and when I said Keiko he was super surprised.  K's wife is also called Keiko but you don't run into many blue eyed Keiko's.

Anyway back to the point.  Tall Tall Trees was awesome.  He played the banjo and I kid you not this guy is amazing!!  Such good energy and I bet he sounds amazing recorded.. I can't wait to find out!  Just so..... good.

Then Kishi Bashi took the stage and it was nothing short of one of the best shows I have ever seen.  Just super amazing music played by one man.

Without sounding super cheesy... the sense of having music washed over you.... was fantastic.  He covered a Beirut cover as well that was just amazing.  I literally can not say enough good things.

I've put some of his music below but he is even better live.  Please go support this guy and if he is playing in your area go see him.

His music just makes me so happy.  Literally impossible for me to frown if I hear it.  On my ipod for whenever I am having a bad day.  OK ok enough gushing!

This is my last weekend in Boston and I have three days off.  I am spending the rest of this morning packing and then have some errands to do so that hopefully I can enjoy the last two days here before the madness of moving and then DC!


Sunday, July 29, 2012

Kishi Bashi

Just the quickest of posts to say that tomorrow night... well actually tonight.... I will be going to go see Kishi Bashi.  His real name is K Ishibashi.  He is freaking amazing and I am sto glad that I looked up and saw that he was playing here in Boston tomorrow.  I would highly encourage you to check out his music.  It's great summer stuff! And it just makes me happy.

Please just listen to this one and see what you think.

And if you liked that here is him playing live at the NPR studios.

AND THE BEST PART????   The tickets were only $10!!!!!!!

I love music. 

Gotta go to bed.



Thursday, July 26, 2012

Bowaston and Brooklyn

 Hello hello hello!  Sorry sorry sorry!  AGAIN!  I have been busy wrapping things up in Boston!  We are here for about a week and a half longer and though I have a bunch of friends in the DC area I will miss Boston and I am not totally excited to go to DC.  HOWEVER.. I do have some fantastic friends in DC so that should be epic and fun.  I have just had a good time here and Boston was a good place to spend the summer. 

I took this picture while having dinner the other night.  No edits... just a pretty sunset.

And then I went to NYC last week to catch up with some friends from Macau of all places.  There were a few people visiting and a lot of people working and it turned into a mini reunion.  So fun.  3 of stayed at my friend Dave's.  He is working on the Cirque show at Radio City and his place is STUNNING!  The most amazing views!  Anyway he has a one bedroom place and Emily and I shared the bed and Dave and Andrew  shared the couch.  Maybe a bit tight but we all made it work.  So lovely to catch up with people!  I actually went to Brooklyn to get a tattoo by the lovely Seth Wood at Saved Tattoo.  He's awesome, and super nice!  Their studio space is really lovely and literally everythng that I saw that was being worked on or was coming out of the shop was lovely!

 See?  He's a dapper fox!  This is right after, I will try and remember to post some photos in another week or so once it's completely healed.  But yeah.  Those purple colors are not really there, just the light blue.  Bruising, yuck!

Anyway after talking to Seth and seeing the size etc I was expecting to be there for a while.  But he is super quick!  This whole thing took just over 2.5 hours.  My appt was at noon, and after some resketching, resizing, more resizing, tattooing photos etc and clean up... I was leaving completely done at 3:30.  I was amazed.  

In other news Boston has been super hot and I have been doing lots of sanding which means I look something like this:
 I will try and do another post from Boston and then one as soon as I get to DC.