Hey there! Still here, still alive. The patio project is going well, if not a bit (a lot a bit) slower than expected. I keep meaning to post some in-process pictures (or - hold on the you hats - some video), but any photo post would have to include a few shots of the blood blisters the project has produced, and I don't think anyone wants to see that. Or at least I know the Missus never seems to want to see that.
So, no, I haven't been blogging lately. Or running. Or taking a lot of pictures. Or reading. Or attending free concerts.
I'm a big fan of the A-Sides, and not just because they're from Philly (though that's part of it, too). I like how the band takes the pure pop of the 60's and twists it into their own unique sound. Their new disc, Silver Storms, has a stronger, more trippy sound than their debut, and shows off both their musical knowledge and their musical ability. All of the songs on the disc end up morphing into a mix of guitars and drums that never sounds tacked-on or show-offy (that is too a word). In fact, while not every song works perfectly, the album as a whole flows very nicely from song to song.
So I was real excited to see them live and real surprised to see a small crowd waiting to get into the concert, which was a real shame. 'XPN is good to local bands, but the A-Sides still don't get much airplay. The small crowd (and the fact that it was a mid-day concert) seemed to take some of the spark away from the band. But it was still a pretty good show. NPR has it archived here, and I've got some pictures from it here.