Showing posts with label Music. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Music. Show all posts

Monday, July 28, 2014

not a sit-down concert

....but in my FAVORITE music venue to date! have you ever been to bowery ballroom ?  being in the back at bowery ballroom feels the same as "getting there early" to a show at terminal 5 terminal 5 is big enough to get those crazy fans who get there insanely early just to snag the front row, so when you go thinking you're there "reasonably early", you're already 20 heads back. 

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with that said, if we never went to the naked and famous concert at terminal 5, we never would have discovered the colourist ! their songs are catchier than i'd like to admit, and after seeing them open for the naked and famous, we couldn't get enough of them.  when hung told me they were playing at bowery ballroom, i couldn't say no.

opening for the colourist was first a local nyc band called mainland .  these guys... they're going to make it big soon, i can feel it.  their stage presence feel like they've been at it for years, and the lead singer has such a strong energy you can't help but dance.

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chatting with the lead singer after the show? sure!

when the colourist came on though, the crowd went nuts.  it's so fun going to these kinds of concerts.  you tell you're friends you're going to see "the colourist" and they have no idea who you're talking about, but when you go to the concert, everyone knows all the lyrics, and just. goes. nuts.  i mean, you would too if you saw the GIRL drummer at the front of the stage playing her heart out AND singing lead much of the time. 

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(can you tell our obsession with the drummer?)

The Colourist - Bowery Ballroom, Manhattan NYC from jenn @ beyond the stoop on Vimeo .

this concert was one of those "fuck it i'm already out late, lets get tacos too" nights.  who cares that it was a week night and i had work the next day. (ok i DID care the next morning when no amount of coffee could cure my sleepiness). but when you're just a few blocks from the corner deli , you gotta take advantage of it!

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(when i spotted elote on the menu, it totally trumped tacos that night)

sometimes you gotta live it up and be adventurous.  that's what new york city is for, right?


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

a "sit down" concert was just what i needed

it's been a LONG time since i've been to a "sit-down" concert.  you know, the kind with "assigned seats" and everything.  the kind where don't have to "stand your ground" if you want to keep a good view and not get pushed to the back.  the kind where, although still loud, the ringing in my ears doesn't keep me awake the rest of the night.  AND (drumroll please...) it was on a SATURDAY.  not a weeknight, not a "oops, is is 2am already? i still have to work in the morning!"

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besides her music, i also give a high five to sara bareilles for the glorious reasons mentioned above. (and now i officially feel OLD too). hung and i booked the tickets early, and decided it was going to be our july date night.  the thoughts were that it was going to be INSIDE, because last year july was unbearably hot and humid, and it was the same price of going to dinner, maybe even cheaper (well, except for the $5.25 bottles of water!!)

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maybe we were in the second to last row, but hey, it was still a great show! the theater at madison square garden is still pretty small, and every seat is a good seat. 

Sara Bareilles - Madison Square Garden from jenn @ beyond the stoop on Vimeo .

this might have been the first date night that we didn't take a single photo of each other! or even one together.  nothing! just a few shots from the show.  maybe that was a good thing? too busy enjoying each other's company to take pictures?  too cheesy? (ok, we just forgot, alright?)

it was such a great show, refreshing, with great openers hannah georgas and emily king.  

new york wins our hearts again, checking off "see something at madison square garden" from the bucket list.  well, a half check, since it wasn't the big arena.

we're almost through a year of monthly date nights, and i'm so glad we decided to do it! almost every month we have to turn down friends who want to hang out on our date night.  if we never scheduled them, we wouldn't ever spend a night out just the two of us!!

as always, looking forward to the next date night :)


p.s. i lied. i forgot about this photo.  i wanted to forget about it. i've sort of got the derp face going on.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

the proposal story...

we've been asked many times, and have told it many times, but now's the time to tell the story on this space!  here's our proposal story, as told my hung himself:


The proposal story:
So this was planned out for a while now, but I wasn't sure when it would happen until our home closed. Since it happened on a Wednesday (March 12th), I decided that the proposal had to happen soon. I had to the find the right time to do it, and what better time than on Saturday (March 15th) when we had tickets to the Opera from my bosses that I had already planned our monthly date night to. They gave us awesome seats, and though Jenn didn’t understand the first two acts, (she didn’t know there were subtitles to the show) she wasn’t really into it. I was a bit worried since we just sat through an hour and 15 mins of a show that she had no idea what was going on, I thought she was going to want to leave the rest of the show which would have ruined any timing I had for our day. Luckily I told her about the subtitles and she was ready for the final two acts (dodging bullets).

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instagramming our excitement for the opera, pre-proposal

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

girls chase boys

hung and i have a slight obsession with ingrid michaelson .  even though we are longtime fans (her songs have filled my playlists long before i even met hung) we went to our first ingrid concert last holiday season. we fell even more in love with her, not just as a musician, but as a person and, really, a comedian!

her music is captivating and refreshing in the world of pop music.  also, presale for her new album , lights out, is now available on iTunes, AND she just released a new video!  check out girls chase boys in the video below :)

in an interview with entertainment weekly , ingrid makes the comment "no matter who or how we love, we are all the same".  high five, ingrid, high five.

her tour dates were just announced, and general ticket sales start friday!  check out the tour dates and locations here (presale for those on her mailing list was today! i guess that means i'm a superfan, because we already snagged some tickets for the terminal 5 concert in new york city)

can't wait for the album to be relseased on april 15th!!  in the meantime, we've still got quite the collection of her good music to hold us over ;)


Friday, October 11, 2013

i pinch myself

life can sometimes be a big ball of emotions... happy, sad, frustrated, comforting, all in the same day.
at least now it's friday, and the weekend is near.  when i feel like an emotional basket case, i just need to pinch myself and remind myself that life is awesome, even though it's frustrating sometimes.
this weekend i am able to say that i'm "going to a concert on the upper west side and celebrating an engagement on the lower east side" and that our plan is to "get late night ramen and take the train home" .  
really? i feel like a mix of carrie bradshaw, rachel green, and hannah Horvath, and that's just 1 night on the town. 

bring it on, manhattan, this girl's ready to go OUT!
that's what my 20's are for, right?

can't wait to see these kids live tonight!
cheers to the weekend.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

music that makes you smile

a little scene from last week went like this:
"hey babe, you need to listen to this new song I just heard"
"ok i'm working now, i'll listen to it later..."
"later" comes when my boss goes out to grab lunch, but apparently it only takes 2 minutes to go downstairs and grab some au bon pain because he walks in just as i have this song blaring on my computer...
"sorry boss, (mr p) told me to listen to this song"
"oh yeah? ....i guess that's good? ...that he sends you songs?"
(phew, he's only confused, that's ok, as long as he's not upset)
(afterall, i do work long hours, through my lunch, 4 hours from home)
anyways, if you haven't heard of a fine frenzy, here's an awesome intro, courtesy of mr p's awesome skill of finding music that makes you smile:

how's that for a tuesday?
does anyone else want to put this song on a boombox, strap it to the handlebars of your bike, and ride through central park?
just me?
(gosh i miss being home)

Friday, January 18, 2013

i heart new york

if i ever get homesick
if i ever wonder why i moved so far away
if i ever wonder if being "here" will ever "really" feel like home....
i have to remind myself:
this place rocks.
this week was a quick reminder of that (literally)...

recently mr p and i have been on a (good) routine of coming home from work, munching on something small, going to kickboxing at the taekwondo school, coming home to shower and grab another bite, then we should go to bed stay up way too late watching tv, playing video games, and blogging.  basically, we're exhausted for no "good" reason (except randomly watching jon stewart last night was totally worth staying up late :P) 
wednesday night was different though.  we went to our first concert in the city! instead of being lazy into the wee hours of the night, we spent it just a few feet away from members of the airborne toxic event serenading jamming the night away.  we were still able to come home and eat dinner.  we rode the train to the city for free, got a nice little bit of exercise walking to webster hall from the PATH train, drank beer, listened to good music and danced, walked back to the train and took it home, and were still home and in bed "sometime around midnight".

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(i do a good job of cutting off mr p's face, right? that's what happens when i don't have my nex-f3 with it's flip screen with me)

THIS is why i love this place.
THIS is why i love the city life.
things like this are at our fingertips 24/7.
there's never a worry of how we're going to get there, where we're going to park, who's going to stay sober to drive, or oops! everyone drank, so let's spend a ridiculous amount of money to take a taxi home....
....i love new york....

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

jimmy fallon, musical genius


if that doesn't put you in the christmas spirit, i don't know what does!


p.s. is it just me or are those white stars in an odd spot? intentional? who knows.  doesn't matter. she's mariah carey.  she does what she wants!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

weeknight surprise

mr p knows me too well.  after going to target and home depot to get supplies for our halloween costumes, i came home to this:

that's right.  a buffalo chicken sammich!  we were both rushing to get some last minute things together for this weekend, but he came home first to grab a bite to eat and he made this for me before heading out :)

it's just a simple sammich, but it's very good.

whole wheat bread
rotisserie chicken
sharp cheddar
red leaf lettuce

put it together and smash in a panini press! 
or, just put together and toast on a hot pan with a weight on top of the sammich 
(a brick covered in foil works just as well!!)

cheers to the weekend!  i'll leave you with a song i heard on my way home from work today that i NEVER thought i would hear on the radio again... 

it's festive. for the weekend. and it's stuck in my head now, so i'm passing on the fun music to reminisce the good 'old days when we used to listen to this in 2003 (yes! 2003! wikipedia says so.  time is moving too fast)

have a GREAT weekend!! 
...don't get too crazy for halloween ;)
(and stay tuned to see OUR costumes!! i'm super excited for them)

Sunday, June 10, 2012

cover songs

lots and lots has been happening around here. 

and i want to tell you all about it.


our camera card decided to poop out on us and our computer can't read it.

so, instead i will bless you with another cover song.   last time it was a rockin' version of rihanna's "we found love" by ingrid michaelson's army of 3.  this time it our dear friend karra and her beautiful acoustic cover of katy perry's "teenage dream".  

Saturday, March 31, 2012

the little things: uncharted.

sara bareilles... your video just made my day .  

actually, my week.

so... thanks :D

(and thanks to Pharrell Williams, Josh Groban, Ingrid Michaelson, Adam Levine, Ben Folds, Vanessa Carlton, Jennifer Nettles, and the rest of you who made fun and quirky cameos, too!) 


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Music in the Kitchen

Do you cook at home just because you have to? ...or just because you want to save money? ...or just because you want to eat healthier ...or just because of some other reason other that you just love to cook?

Do you listen to music while you're "slaving away" in the kitchen?  No? Maybe you should try it!  It makes it so relaxing and fun to just turn off the TV and have "background noise" that you actually enjoy instead of the boring old evening news or reality television that you really don't need to watch anyways. 

Mr. P and I most of the time cook with the television off and the music loud.  We usually turn on Pandora so we can find new artists we've never known and can't find on the radio. If we listen to a station that we've had for a while (and given oodles of "thumbs up" and "thumbs down" to the songs we like and dislike), it's a comforting feeling to hear music we know we enjoy.  Either way, it just makes the idea of "slaving away" go away...  Cooking is something we can do together.  And when the television is off, we are tempted to watch it and pay attention to it like a pendulum swinging in front of our eyes, disregarding one another.  We get to have real conversations with each other, and we get to teach each other things about cooking (i.e. Mr. P gives me a cooking lesson every night unless I'm heating up leftovers from the night before).  Plus it gives us a chance to try out our new dance moves from this ad for Skype.

This article from made me think of my own experiences in the kitchen:

....mostly because it really is more fun to do anything in the kitchen when we "blow my speakers up" while jamming to a little Ke$ha (and by Ke$ha I mean her song "Blow") 

What is your favorite music to cook to?