Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Lab Report for 2008 (The Year in Review)

2008 has been insane. Thanks to all my readers. Will 2009 have as many good touring acts?

Here are some notes from the lab:

Total number of concerts and reviews for 2008: 199.

Average of seeing a show every 1.8 days.

Total number of reviews for OC Weekly: 29.

Assuming a concert lasts roughly 3.5 hours, I listened to live music for approximately 29 days of the year.

Assuming it takes 3 hours to process photos and write each review, this approximates to 24 days of the year.

Highlight shows throughout the year by month:

January: Foo Fighters at the Troubadour

February: Iron Maiden at the Forum (One of the easiest show reviews to write all year).

March: Holy F*ck, A Place To Bury Strangers and In Waves at Spaceland.

April: Digitalism at the El Rey Theatre

May: Duran Duran at the Nokia Theatre

June: The Presets at the El Rey Theatre

July: Nine Inch Nails Private Rehearsal Show at the Forum (Best Show/Tour of 2008)

August:Radiohead at the Hollywood Bowl Night 2 (8/25/08)

September: Deftones at Spaceland (Best club show of 2008)

October: My Bloody Valentine at the Santa Monica Civic

November: Nine Inch Nails at the House of Blues Atlantic City

December: Oasis at the Staples Center

My soundtrack to 2008 (in listening order):
1. Helio Sequence "Can't Say No"
2. Juliana Hatfield "The Fact Remains"
3. The Morning Benders "Patient Patient"
4. Coldplay "Lovers In Japan"
5. Longwave "Life is Wrong"
6. The Stills "Snow In California"
7. Cut Copy "Far Away"
8. The Presets "If I Know You"
9. Neon Neon "I Told Her On Alderaan"
10. Ladytron "Tomorrow"
11. M83 "Graveyard Girl"
12. Bloc Party "Trojan Horse"
13. Mezzanine Owls "Ghost Ship"
14. Autolux "Audience No. 2"
15. Jubilee "Fuzz Are Down"
16. Nine Inch Nails "Head Down"
17. Torche "Fat Waves"
18. Tweak Bird "Eternal Squaredance"
19. Darker My Love "Two Ways Out"
20. The Pity Party "HOTS"

Favorite photos of 2008:
Chris Urbanowicz of the Editors at the Wiltern
Neon Neon at the Viper Room
The Henry Clay People at the Echo
Robert Smith of The Cure at the Santa Barbara Bowl
Jessie Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal at the Grove Of Anaheim
Eagles of Death Metal at the Grove of Anaheim
Rivers Cuomo of Weezer at the Cox Arena
Page Hamilton of Helmet at the Viper Room (Look for it in the ESP Catalog)
Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins at UCSD
Kirk Hammett of Metallica at the Forum

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