oh_deanna: (lana del rey // a shot rang out)
I know I talk a lot about my favourite bands on here (namely The Black Keys and Neutral Milk Hotel), but there's one more that I rarely mention (and I shall be remedying that today!), and that's The Allman Brothers Band. This band reminds me of being a kid. I listen to their albums and dream of summer days and long car rides, singing along to their songs with the windows rolled down and my hand waving out the side of the car. Their first couple of albums (The Allman Brothers Band, Idlewild South, At Filmore East and Eat a Peach) are among my favourite albums of all time.

I'm talking about all this today because it's the 29th (at least it is over here), which means it's the 41st anniversary of Duane Allman's death. I always get sad thinking about it because I think the world lost a really talented musician that day, and he was only 24... he had his whole life ahead of him, and he was only going to get better as he went on. From wikipedia:

Howard Duane Allman (November 20, 1946 – October 29, 1971) was an American guitarist, session musician and the primary leader and co-founder of the The Allman Brothers Band, until his death in a motorcycle accident in 1971 at the age of 24.

Duane is best remembered for his brief but influential tenure in the band, and in particular for his expressive slide guitar playing and inventive improvisational skills. His tone was named one of the greatest guitar tones of all time by Guitar Player. A sought-after session musician both before and during his tenure with the band, Duane Allman performed with such established stars as King Curtis, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, and Herbie Mann. He also contributed heavily to the 1970 album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs by Derek and the Dominos.

Duane Allman’s skills as a guitarist were complemented by personal qualities such as his intensity, drive and ability to draw the best out of others in making music. He is still referred to by his nickname "Skydog"

On his gravestone is quoted the following (from something Duane wrote):
"I love being alive and I will be the best man I possibly can. I will take love wherever I find it and offer it to everyone who will take it. . . seek knowledge from those wiser and teach those who wish to learn from me."

R.I.P Duane

oh_deanna: (the black keys // skull and mayhem)
So as most of you guys know by now, I am a rabid Black Keys fan, have been since I was 16/17. I saw them for the first time last night with my Emma, and they were awesome!

The opening act was The Royal Headaches, an Aussie band from Melbourne that were really awesome and energetic and fun, I recommend you guys check them out!

I bought a shirt, some badges and their latest album El Camino, with the extra tour rehearsal tracks. I almost bought their poster but it had a giant fucking rooster on it so NO THANK YOU!

It was the best concert I've ever been to, and not just because they're my favourite band. Everyone was so happy - you could look across the stadium and all you could see where people hugging and dancing and singing and having fun, it was the best experience ever. Emma and I spent the whole time singing and dancing to every single song (we were so exhausted by the end of it, but it was totally worth it).

We did not have the best seats, we were a fair bit back but the place where they played was not that big, I think it was like 14,000 capacity so we actually weren't that far from the stage. I did take heaps of videos but to be honest they're not very good (I mean, the sound is excellent but the footage is quite shaky due to a combination of dancing and being so far away, but I'll post one. And I'll also post one from this other girl's. I spoke to her on tumblr, she was in the front row and even she said that it was the most peaceful concert ever. She was right at the railing the whole time and no one shoved her or got in her way or anything. I could see into the crowd and there was like no on full on moshing, they were just dancing and having a blast. So yes, here are some videos from the night on video (highlight would have to be the giant disco ball!). The first one is from the girl, and the second shitty one is mine and it's really short but I just loved the way his voice sounded, especially around the 0:30 mark. So amazing!


Jul. 12th, 2012 09:55 pm
oh_deanna: (adele // yeah you)
God, she still sounds amazing after all these years ♥

oh_deanna: (lana del rey // sorry boo)
"And I remember when I met him, it was so clear that he was the only one for me. We both knew it, right away. And as the years went on, things got more difficult - we were faced with more challenges.

I begged him to stay. Try to remember what we had at the beginning.

He was charismatic, magnetic, electric and everybody knew it. When he walked in every woman’s head turned, everyone stood up to talk to him. He was like this hybrid, this mix of a man who couldn’t contain himself. I always got the sense that he became torn between being a good person and missing out on all of the opportunities that life could offer a man as magnificent as him.

And in that way I understood him and I loved him. I loved him, I loved him, I loved him.

And I still love him. I love him."

Beautiful, beautiful, flawless. I cried at the end. Love her so much ♥

oh_deanna: (mine // girl you need a manicure)
First of all, let me just get this out of the way:.....


Anyway, so tickets when on sale last week but there are still tickets left so I'm going to hopefully get them tomorrow. I am so happy right now. I've loved the Black Keys since I was in year 12, and according to last.fm, I first scrobbled one of their songs (So He Won't Break, apparently) on the 14th of October 2008. It's been a whirlwind romance ever since. In celebration of the fact that I am actually going to be in the same place as Dan and Patrick in October, here are some of my favourite Black Keys songs. If you haven't heard of them before / never really got them, I implore you to give them a chance. They are amazing. They're tight as hell, every single song is amazingly raw and awesome and [insert other awesome sounding adjective here]. They're this perfect combination of garage rock and blues and they're the best. These comments on youtube describes them better than I ever could:

Here they are live, being flawless and amazing as always:

oh_deanna: (glee // quinn likes girls)

This was my JAM when I was in primary school. Also, holy crap, I've forgotten how awesome her voice is! That bit in the middle where she just goes for it always sends tingles up my spine.
oh_deanna: (glee // quinn says that's a fact)

Everyone needs to watch this. Wuthering Heights / Kate Nash mash-up. Pretty sure it's going to be impossible to listen to the original Kate Bush song without imagining this video.

Rude Boy... performed by the Bee Gees
The original version of Beep (later covered by the Pussycat Dolls)
oh_deanna: (mine // peace up)
So first of all, I have the most amazing friends in the world. For my 21st, three of them chipped in to buy me tickets to see the Foo Fighters at the Sydney Football Stadium - I just got back, and let me tell you - my mind was blown. I went with Amanda, who despite not liking the Foo Fighters as much as I do went and had a good time, which was really cool.

I've seen them once before (they were my first concert) and the energy and love and general awesomeness the put into their performances blows my mind. Dave Grohl is such a charismatic frontman, and I love the way he and Taylor bounce off of each other.

This is a little video (one of many) I took. It was just after they'd come back on for an encore. Dave was standing on this giant hydraulic stage 25 feet in the air, and he was singing Times Like These, just him and his guitar. And the whole stadium was singing with him, and it was the most amazing thing.

oh_deanna: (adele // yeah you)

I'm not a country fan, but do I have a soft spot for Shania Twain. And oh my god I love Katie Gavin. Just. Everything she does. I love her cover of this song sfm. ♥

There are so many talented musicians on youtube, it blows my mind. Does anyone have a favourite, or even just an awesome cover a song on youtube? Link me! I love discovering new music.
oh_deanna: (Default)
I'm watching Harper's Island, and my favourite character just died, and despite the fact that I've watched it a million times I am still crying like a baby. And Chloe! Oh Chloe! *hopes someone watched that show and knows what I'm talking about*

This was the song playing during the death scene - awesome, y/y?

I can't post the actual video, which is sad because it's very ~emotional. Piano playing and dramatic band poses and the like.


oh_deanna: (Default)
oh deanna

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