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indefinite hiatus, thank you to all that have been reading the blog, please stay safe & sound.

Love, team cameracrowd

Thursday, September 28, 2006

3 minute entry: Voxtrot: Your Biggest Fan EP

Anne and I go cuckoo for them. Like the rest of the blog world, we just can't get enough of them. And they're releasing another EP.

Guys and Gals, we're talking about Voxtrot.

The new 3 tracked EP titled Your Biggest Fan comes out November 7th, you can preorder it now at Insound for just 4 bucks! Come on, you spend more money during lunch, 4 bucks is nothing!

The new track titled Trouble has that trademark "let's burn the dance floor" sound that voxtrot carries around with them. So here it is, yes, we're sharing it with you, cause sharing isn't just for preschoolers anymore.

Trouble - Voxtrot

October and November Tour Dates

Thu 26 - Houston, TX - Walters On Washington &
Fri 27 - Denton, TX - Hailey's AA &
Sat 28 - Austin, TX - Emo's AA !&

Wed 1 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
Thu 2 - San Francisco, CA - Popscene [330 Ritch] 18+ *
Sat 4 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall AA &
Sun 5 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle 21+
Mon 6 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom 18+
Tue 7 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom 21+

Tickets Here


Tuesday, September 26, 2006

3 minute entry: Maestro Echoplex

Just came across Maestro Echoplex, the project of a "Johnny Fountaine", who is actually Andrew Spencer Goldman, talk about secret identities. There is beautiful soft layering of his voice and a gentle guitar traveling along with not a care in the world. Yes, the songs are long-winded like the long names, but we need more of this napping music anyways. He had his 2001 EP, Last Night I Saw God on The Dancefloor re-released courtesy of Catbird Records in July and, you can purchase it here for only $6 in return for 30 minutes of music that will make your cat purrrrrrrrr.

My Eyes Are Disconnected From My Head Is Disconnected From My Body| Maestro Echoplex


Sunday, September 24, 2006

Hello out there! | ACL Day One

Hello, cameracrowd is definitely still alive&well! Maybe a little under the weather with postage, but here comes the big wave of how ACL was. It is although a little belated and old news in the world of blogging, but since we're here and all, why not? It has been a week since Austin City Limits for me and I still am in the stage of peeling...yes I got sunburned, but I'm okay.

Also a little warning to readers: I used a 35mm point and shoot camera. So I am sorry for the terribleness of the photographs. I was afraid they would take up my nice digital Canon. Many apologies again!

Day One:
David Ford | Ghandia | The Dears | Guster | Stars** |Cat Power** | Ray LaMontange**

I'm going to skip a few bands I saw and jump in talking about seeing Stars, who played a beautiful set, even in Austin's unmerciful heat. Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan, the two main singers of Stars, both have matching airy voices and Torquil is incredibly energetic and passionate during the preformance. I only knew a few songs off of Set Yourself On Fire, but enjoyed their whole set. The violin was hooked up to a Vox amp and resonated beautifully in the air. Torquil had a bit of a minor heatstroke, with his white buttonup shirt being soaked through and through, but he rejoined the band after a few minutes. Torquil also has such an expressive way of singing and just being so wrapped up in the set. Really makes me happy to see my fellow Canadians making such great music and being able to cross over the borders to share a breath of fresh air in music.

I rushed over to where Cat Power was going to play with Amanda. Chan Marshall snuck in onstage while her accompanying Memphis Rhythm Band was playing; she was caught up in Gnarls Barkley's set. I've heard and read so many past show reviews about her stage fright and then now about her renewed confidence and sense of fun onstage. I was pretty excited and half-relieved that Chan Marshall was in shape for a nicely lengthened set. It was my first time to see Cat Power and I am in love with the music that Chan Marshall creates.

She sang a lot of songs off her latest album, The Greatest, which was very very cool with the backup gospel-like singers and a small orchestra of violins and jazz instruments. She also played "Cross Bone Style", "I Don't Blame You", and a cover of "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" which is available on her Covers record. She also sang a casual cover of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy".

She danced to her songs and had gestures accompanying the storyline of the songs. Usually when I like a band/artist, it's because I'm infected with this energetic, pumped-up feeling during their set. To Cat Power, Chan Marshall casted this feeling of contentment and appreciation. The crowd responded back with enthusiastic clapping, whistles, smiles, laughs and even happy-crying.

We went to Ray LaMontagne after giving up on getting food from the long and treacherous lines leading to the small booths. The only song I really knew was "Jolene", but the set was nice to listen to. There were some major Ray LaMontagne fans there, screaming, singing alone and interpretive-dancing like there was no tomorrow. Somehow in my mind I didn't think Ray LaMontagne's set would draw so many people. We were close, but as I looked behind me...just a sea of people out there. This sea of people image will deja vu itself through the rest of ACL. He seemed a little modest and alone out there, with only himself and his guitar onstage. We also saw Jake Gyllenhaal and some of his friends to the side of the stage where VIPs usually are. It was neat to see him enjoying Ray LaMontagne's music and clapping to the songs.

A little sample of what I heard that day:

Reunion| Stars
Living Proof| Cat Power
Jolene| Ray LaMontagne

I will try and keep up posting! I know these posts aren't the most informational, but rather more a collection of thoughts and feelings that went through my "soul" these sets. ACL set an anchor for me this year, something to keep/hold me in place and remind me how good music is and just life in general. Now that I am a senior in high school and on the mountainous beginning of college applications and all that lovely workload of my classes and the newspaper staff I'm part of in school. Anyways! Look forward to reading about explosions in the sky and the new pornographers in the coming days!


Tuesday, September 12, 2006

A Camera in the Crowd hits the books.

So i assume everyone's already loaded up with homework and slowly losing printer ink? Well except for the U.C's, they don't start for another week. I don't know about you, but whenever I'm working on an essay or figuring out an oh so complex math problem, I need my music. It just makes homeworking go by faster and make that 5 page essay seem shorter, well perhaps not. Anyhoo, i've put together a 10 song playlist that will fit right into your micro sized mp3 player or your bulky cd player. It'll keep you up and sane when pulling those inevitable all nighters, and hopefully help you when you're stuck with just your name and date and not know what to write for your intro paragraph.

I've mixed it up with songs that will wake you up but not give you a headache, and several calm songs that are just relaxing to the ear and the mind. So download these and upload them to your Itunes or whatever player you use. It'll be a great homework buddy, especially Explosions in the Sky, i just had to put two tracks there, I know it's against the rule of making mix cds or mixtapes, but Explosions in the Sky is good for you!!!

1. Wake Up | The Arcade Fire
2. Suspended From Class | Camera Obscura
3. Day Six | Explosions in the Sky
4. Bad Education | Tilly and the Wall
5. 2:45 a.m | Elliott Smith
6. Look into the Air | Explosions in the Sky
7. Blindfold Waltz | Sparrow House
8. Saeglopur | Sigur Rós
9. Some kind of Chill | Arizona
10. Dear Mr. Supercomputer | Sufjan Stevens


Sunday, September 10, 2006

Five years and counting

Time stops when I think about 9/11. I think about where I was when I saw a news clip of a plane crashing into one of the towers. That day it didn't really effect me, maybe it's the distance between Houston and New York City, maybe it just doesn't sink in for a 12 year old. But it does through time and I think every year what happened on 9/11 grows more into a reality for me.

I watched this documentary filmed by two brothers on CBS last night about the New York firefighters that went inside the building to try and save people. Something captured on film like that knowing there is not a script, but this is what really happened. It made me want to try and achieve the same with my camera, to not forget, to not take every second for granted and above all to be a better person.

A Better Son/Daughter | Rilo Kiley


Sunday, September 03, 2006


Cameracrowd's been in the routine called 'school' for a few good weeks now, so it's nice to kick back and catch up with posting during this three day weekend. So here's a little Labor Day playlist to relax to. We won't blame you if you turn on the sprinklers and run through them like you're seven again while this is playing. Hover over songs for a short description.

Labor day is for sleeping in-playlist
  1. The Start of Something | Voxtrot
  2. Panda | Dungen
  3. Parkdale | Metric
  4. Click Click Click Click | Bishop Allen
  5. Let's Get Out of This Country | Camera Obscura
  6. Forget-Me-Not | Tacks, the Boy Disaster
  7. Black Shoes | The Films

Among other things, I've been getting ready for ACL (Austin City Limits Festival) a fantastic three-day music festival featuring big names: The Flaming Lips, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, The Shins, and The Raconteurs. You count me in front and center for Explosions in the Sky, Cat Power, Phoenix, Okkervil River, Stars and Jose Gonzalez. There are still one day tickets up for sale if you just woke up from a coma and realized the festival is only two weeks away and also here is the full lineup.