Friday, July 24, 2009

I got scammed...

This is very brief because I wrote it for twitter but it was way too long.

I was scammed, but got my money back. I was trying to sell a guitar on Craigslist. A "buyer" said he would send me a money order and pick it up when he was in town. He said his agent made a mistake and sent me money for the wrong item, and that he sent me to mucha nd asked me if he could trust me to wire him the extra money back. I got the check for $1800. I waited for the bank to clear it and they did. I did what I thought the honest thing was and took my $270 and wired him the money via Western Union like he asked. However, I was so busy yesterday, I never sent the guy the transfer number or any information on where to pick it up. The bank calls the next day to say the check was fraud and that I owe them 1800 dollars. Yeah... so long story short...I run all over the place and make tons of calls. I was able to get a hold of WU and since I never gave the guy the transfer number, he was unable to pick it up. I canceled the transaction, and after a long time of communication and transfering, the money was wired back to me, and I was given every cent I had given to UW, including the $100 in transfer fees.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

I'm going on tour tomorrow

If you didn't know already, I'm going on tour tomorrow for a month. This is my schedule:

June 10th- Tulsa, OK- Shades of Brown
June 11th- Dallas, TX- White Rock Coffee
June 12th- Denton, TX- Banter
June 13th- Houston, TX- Ecclesia
June 15th- Bryan, TX- The Stafford
June 16th- Austin, TX- Headhunters
June 18th- McPherson, KS- The Hearth Room 
June 19th- Hutchinson, KS- Metropolitan Coffee
June 20th- Columbia, MO- Cherry St. Artisan
June 24th- Lafayette, IN- Skylight Coffee House
June 25th- Royal Oak, MI- Caribou Coffee
June 28th- Orchard Park, NY- Life Church
June 30th- Orchard Park, NY- House Show
July 1st- East Aurora, NY- Taste
July 2nd- Bridgeport, CT- Two Boots
July 3rd- Brooklyn, NY- Roots Cafe
July 6th- Philadelphia, PA- The Blockley Pub
July 8th- Buies Creek, NC- Grace Community Church

For more details, see:

Saturday, May 16, 2009

It's interesting that the drinking culture is more supportive of local music than the church culture.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Your thoughts?

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Death Cab, Cold War Kids, Ra Ra Riot

Matt came up with the brilliant idea of me talking about the Death Cab For Cutie, Cold War Kids, and Ra Ra Riot show on Sunday. I wish I would have set up mobile blogging before it so that way I could have given the same mobile updates that I sent to my Twitter. 

I liked the show, overall. I am a big DCFC fan, and I will at least like anything they put out. 

First things first: 

I went with my sister Kaitlin and we got seats on the floor which was great. We made it up to be about 20 feet from the stage. We were crowded and tired by the end of the show, but made it through. The most annoying part was the guy and girl behind us making out most of the show. Not that I care what they were doing, but her had kept bumping in to my shoulder, and I would feel him breathe a long exhale down my neck. I was intentionally rude and would step back into them or "accidently" elbow their heads. 

Anyways...Ra Ra Riot was first. I had listened to them before, but not a lot. They were very talented. The lead singer is not much of a performer, but it's indie-rock, you're allowed to look nervous. Other than a typical rock lineup of Guitar, Bass, Vocals, and Drums, they had a female violinist, who played with what looked to be a bass bow, and a female Electric-upright bass player who was amazing, AND extremely good looking. Great show overall, but when you only have 20 bucks to last a week, not a "must buy" album for me. 

Up next was the Cold War Kids. I own both of their albums. I really liked their first album, particularly 3 or 4 tracks from it. I could take or leave their newer album. To be completely honest, I was very let down by their performance. I was bored. They made a good recorD (emphasis on the singularity) but their live performance was not interesting and they didn't strike me as extremely talented musicians. I don't think I'm the only one who felt this way since the audience was talking most of the time anyway, however, my friend Michael Cooper said the opposite, and said Cold War Kids were his favorite act of the three. I guess it's just a difference of taste. 

Oh yes, Death Cab. I really enjoyed the show. It was my second time to see them live. The first time being last summer in Grand Prairie, Texas. No, I am not as cool as everyone who saw them before Transatlantacism came out, when they were cool and "indie". They started the show off with "Bixby Canyon Bridge" which is the first track off of their newest record Narrow Stairs. This is really the only track off of the latest record that I REALLY liked. They played a few tracks off of the new record, hits such as: "Marching Bands of Manhattan", "Soul Meets Body", and "I Will Follow You Into The Dark" which were the radio songs from Plans, as well as "New Year", "Title and Registration", "Sound of Settling" and one or two more from Transatlantacism. I was very happy to hear, from Photo Album, "We Laugh Indoors" and "Movie Script Ending" and I almost wet my pants when they played "Title Track", and "Company Calls" from my favorite album, We Have The Facts and We're Voting Yes. They played a couple songs from their newest EP, which I am afraid to hear in entirety, because I do NOT like what I've heard from it so far. However, ending with the glorious "Transatlantacism" as they did when I saw them the first time, was killer. 

Overall, I really enjoyed the show. It was a good time. Also, Ben Gibbard has an Obama sticker on one of his maybe 6 guitars that he played. That was a nice touch. 

It changes a lot, but as of now, my rank of DCFC albums goes: 

1. We Have The Facts and We're Voting Yes
2. Photo Album
3. Something About Airplanes 
5. Plans
6. You Can Play These Songs With Chords
7. Narrow Stairs

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

So...i'm too lazy to blog. i've set up mobile blogging. Maybe this will keep my interest...

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Chasing after the wind, looking for meaning.

Because of something that happened yesterday, I've been re-thinking questions I've had that have always been there. 

I find it hard so often to find beauty and meaning in things that are so so bad. Yesterday, someone who is very close to me, lost a very close friend of hers. The girl was shot. It came out today that she was shot by a friend of hers who she used to date. It also came out today that the girl was pregnant with a baby. The father was the gunman. 

Why do these things happen? Did God allow this? What purpose did this serve? What part does this play in big picture? Was this supposed to happen? Could we have stopped it? What am I supposed to do to provide comfort. I do not think we can ever have an explanation, and I am tired of hearing people try to find purpose in these things.