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I don’t really know what to say, even a few days later, only that I’m completely disheartened by the passing of Chris Cornell.

He was one of my favorite artists, and I loved every facet of his career – from Soundgarden to Audioslave to his solo work and his foray into Temple of the Dog.

I was looking forward to seeing Soundgarden again sometime soon (and maybe somehow find a way to see Temple of the Dog since I missed them last year!).

I saw him perform live seven times, and below I rank those shows.

And throw in a little playlist for good measure.

The world sucks a little more now.

 

Chris Cornell Concerts Attended – Ranked

7) 5/4/2013 – Soundgarden (DC Chili Cookoff Festival @ RFK Parking Lot, Washington, DC) – It was fine, but a parking lot on a rainy day isn’t the best situation!

6) 1/18/2013 – Soundgarden (DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, DC) – Seemed like a strange venue for them, but it was still enjoyable.

5) 7/12/2011 – Soundgarden (Patriot Center, Virginia) – Excellent show.

4) 10/26/2005 – Audioslave (Patriot Center, Virginia) – Bad ass show, damn!

3) 12/11/1996 – Soundgarden (Mercer Arena, Seattle, Washington) – Bittersweet, as the first time I saw them live was also their farewell tour. They disbanded only a few months later.

2) 8/8/2010 – Soundgarden (Lollapalooza @ Grant Park, Chicago) Their reunion show! All the anticipation of 14 years away! I flew to Chicago for Lollapalooza just to see them back together (and while I was there, I caught a couple baseball games and a few other acts like Phoenix and Metric).

1) 4/5/2009 – Solo (9:30 Club, Washington, DC) – He played songs from every facet of his career; Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog and his solo material. It was 2-1/2 hours of awesomeness.

 

Playlist

  1. “Mailman” – Soundgarden
  2. “Loud Love” – Soundgarden
  3. “Gasoline” – Audioslave
  4. “Doesn’t Remind Me” – Chris Cornell
  5. “Mind Riot” Soundgarden
  6. “My Wave” – Soundgarden
  7. “The Day I Tried to Live” – Soundgarden
  8. “Can’t Change Me” – Chris Cornell
  9. “Dead Wishes” – Chris Cornell
  10. “Fell On Black Days” – Soundgarden
  11. “Like a Stone” – Audioslave
  12. “Wooden Jesus” – Temple of the Dog
  13. “Outshined” – Soundgarden
  14. “Say Hello 2 Heaven” – Temple of the Dog
  15. “Room A Thousand Years Wide” – Soundgarden
  16. “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart” – Chris Cornell

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I’ve been cleaning up my apartment a bit, throwing away stuff, going through old boxes and all that joyous fluff that ends up as filler in celebrity memoirs.

Two massive boxes contain my collection of music CDs, which started accumulating in 1990. Let’s just say I have a lot.

Back in 2006, when I first got on iTunes, I went through the tedious process of burning in all my CDs.

After awhile, I started cutting corners (burn the Greatest Hits of an artist but leave out the albums; or burn just one song from a CD; or I would skip the whole CD entirely).

Now, 11 years later, I’m re-visiting my collection and I started to burn in the gaps of what I didn’t finish.

All told, there were 131 CDs I didn’t burn or burned just one song. So it’s a fun project. And I’ll be looking to unload around half of those physical CDs.

 

Notables (most from this list I shan’t be unloading):

  • Some Jimmy Buffett, Jimi Hendrix and Genesis
  • Eric Clapton’s 4-volume Crossroads and a couple more.
  • Some Huey Lewis and the News, Barenaked Ladies and Phil Collins (But seriously, I always love how all his album covers are just his face).
  • The Eagles – I own all of their albums, but I burned only the two Greatest Hits CDs. And a couple by Don Henley. It’s the end of the innocence.
  • Alice in Chains, The Doors, Van Halen and NIN – don’t recall why I didn’t burn these.
  • A few CDs of Singles with B-sides. I never really got into buying these though.
  • A ton of non-album Garth Brooks (he has 5 CDs of Hits or Collections – repackaged or re-imagined).
  • A shit ton of country CDs from the early to mid-1990’s (and not Garth Brooks). 31 to be exact! (These I’m giving away – hi Mom!) I made myself a robust playlist of all the songs I liked from those albums (basically one each) and yep, I still like those songs.
  • A ton of hit collections – including 80’s compilations and quite a few of salsa music. I did take classes for a season and date women that liked that sort of thing! Dance yourself clean.

 

Burn it!

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Music!

2016 was another year.

I added 68 new albums to my library. I attended 37 concerts (or 106 music sets), including hitting up the 5th annual Firefly Music Festival. I also wrote concert reviews for 23 concerts and five days of festivals!

Onwards!

 

Top Albums Listened to in 2016*

  1. ‘Simple Forms’ by The Naked and Famous
  2. ‘Secrets’ by Deep Sea Diver
  3. ‘The Balcony’ by Catfish and the Bottlemen
  4. ‘Yoncalla’ by Yumi Zouma
  5. ‘Everybody Wants’ by The Struts
  6. ‘White Noise’ by PVRIS
  7. ‘Higher Truth’ by Chris Cornell
  8. ‘Every Open Eye’ by CHVRCHES
  9. ‘Wild Things’ by Ladyhawke
  10. ‘Stay Together’ by Kaiser Chiefs

Honorable mentions: ‘Better Nature’ by Silversun Pickups; ‘Delirium’ by Elle Goulding
*Does not have to have been released in 2016.

 

Bonus #1: Top Concerts of 2016

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Tuesday. Off to the office.
My brain is functioning like this today.
  1. Over My Head – Fleetwood Mac
  2. Dirty Work – Steely Dan
  3. Beast of Burden – The Rolling Stones
  4. King of Pain – The Police
  5. Wasted Time – The Eagles
  6. Shock the Monkey – Peter Gabriel
  7. Go With The Flow – Queens of the Stone Age
  8. Over the Hills and Far Away – Led Zeppelin
  9. Home – Joe Satriani
  10. South City Midnight Lady – The Doobie Brothers

 

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One Day Hike 2015
One Day Hike

I trust you were NOT tempted, but somehow managed to accidentally click the link anyway.

Okay. That’s on you. As long as you’re here…

As some of you may recall, I started writing about life on the edge (okay, living in DC…) on the blog, ParkLife DC.

So far I haven’t been asked to guest on any morning shows or had Jon Stewart lampoon me on The Daily Show.

But the blog about DC is young*.

I’ve written concert reviews and about other interesting ‘topics’ over the last few months.

Shall we have a look at a few of them? That’s okay with you, right?

 

Things I wrote, that I like

My 4th attempt at the annual 50K One Day Hike. How did I do? Should you try it next year?
http://parklifedc.com/2015/05/18/excursion-the-sierra-clubs-annual-one-day-hike-42515/

Drinking and walking. A robust way to enjoy the breweries of DC.
http://parklifedc.com/2015/04/10/excursion-happy-hour-brewery-hike/

 

Concert reviews I wrote

Here I pontificate about Mumford & Sons’ show at Merriweather:
http://parklifedc.com/2015/06/12/music-park-mumford-sons-merriweather-post-pavilion-61015/

Here I look up to The Tallest Man on Earth at Lincoln Theatre:
http://parklifedc.com/2015/06/04/music-park-the-tallest-man-on-earth-lincoln-theatre-6115/

This one gives the impression I liked The Ting Tings’ show at the 9:30 Club:
http://parklifedc.com/2015/04/15/music-park-the-ting-tings-930-club-41115/

 

Things I wrote about speakeasys and drinking (this is not a theme…)

Harold Black with Jim Beam:
http://parklifedc.com/2015/03/27/stars-and-bars-jim-beam-bonded-returns-harold-black-32315/

The Speak with cocktails:
http://parklifedc.com/2015/05/22/stars-and-bars-the-speak-an-underground-cocktail-bar-opens-on-k-st/

 

Clicked through all those already?

How about some other examples of not-made-for-primetime reviews…

The Juan Maclean Band:
http://parklifedc.com/2015/05/05/music-park-the-juan-maclean-u-street-music-hall-5115/

Marrow:
http://parklifedc.com/2015/04/29/music-park-marrow-black-cat-42315-2/

 

That’s all I have for you today. Check back in later. We’ll reminisce.

 

*Only five weeks left to get on Jon Stewart’s radar before he leaves The Daily Show! The pressure is on!

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Less music. That’s the theme of 2014. I did everything less than last year.

It’s still a high volume, but not turned up to 11.

Proceed to some less notable lists.

Lesser stats: I burned 53 new albums into my iTunes library. I attended 23 concerts (or 60 music sets). I invaded the 3rd annual Firefly Music Festival in Delaware. I stormed the Concert for Valor in DC.

Enough about me…oh wait, never mind.

Top Albums Listened to in 2014*

  1. ‘Let’s Be Still’ by The Head and the Heart
  2. ‘AM’ by Arctic Monkeys
  3. ‘My Someday’ by Blondfire
  4. ‘Haerts’ by Haerts
  5. ‘Education, Education, Education & War’ by Kaiser Chiefs
  6. ‘Himalayan’ by Band of Skulls
  7. ‘Forcefield’ by Tokyo Police Club
  8. ‘Talking is Hard’ by Walk the Moon
  9. ‘Turn Blue’ by The Black Keys
  10. ‘Spreading Rumors’ by Grouplove

Honorable mention: ‘Beacon’ by Two Door Cinema Club

*Does not have to have been released in 2014.

Bonus #1: Top Concerts of 2014

  1. Firefly Music Festival Day 2 (Dover Downs) – including Arctic Monkeys and Foo Fighters
  2. Firefly Music Festival Day 3 (Dover Downs) – including Tegan and Sara, MS MR and Grouplove
  3. The Head and the Heart (DAR Constitution Hall)
  4. Tegan and Sara (9:30 Club)
  5. Kaiser Chiefs (9:30 Club)
  6. The Sounds (9:30 Club)
  7. Band of Skulls (9:30 Club)
  8. Kasabian (9:30 Club)

Bonus #2: Most Listened to Songs in 2014 (According to iTunes)

  1. ‘Homecoming Heroes’ by The Head and the Heart (30)
  2. ‘Ash Tree Lane’ by MS MR
  3. ‘Hurricane’ by MS MR
  4. ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ by Arctic Monkeys
  5. ‘If I Could Change Your Mind’ by HAIM
  6. ‘Don’t Save Me’ by HAIM
  7. ‘Hearts Like Ours’ by The Naked and Famous
  8. ‘My Number’ by Foals
  9. ‘Hemiplegia’ by Haerts
  10. ‘Coming Home’ by Kaiser Chiefs
  11. ‘Another Story’ by The Head and the Heart
  12. ‘Hot Tonight’ by Tokyo Police Club
  13. ‘Where the Kids Are’ by Blondfire
  14. ‘Alive’ by Empire of the Sun
  15. ‘Are You What You Want to Be?’ by Foster The People
  16. ‘I’m With You’ by Grouplove
  17. ‘Hey I Don’t Know’ by Kongos
  18. ‘I Never Learn’ by Lykke Li
  19. ‘Nuclear Seasons’ by Charli XCX
  20. ‘Wings’ by Haerts
  21. ‘Springtime’ by The Head and the Heart
  22. ‘Weight of Love’ by The Black Keys
  23. ‘Waves’ by Blondfire
  24. ‘Summertime’ by The Head and the Heart
  25. ‘Let’s Be Still’ by The Head and the Heart (15)

Bonus #3: All Albums Acquired in 2014

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From June 19-22, I gallivanted around the Woodlands in Dover, Delaware for the 3rd Annual Firefly Music Festival.

This was my second visit to Firefly (see what happened last time). I may say more about it, but for now, here’s a playlist of most of the bands and artists I saw.

  1. ‘I’m Not Your Hero’ by Tegan and Sara
  2. ‘Hash Pipe’ by Weezer
  3. ‘Come With Me Now’ by Kongos
  4. ‘Laredo’ by Band of Horses
  5. ‘All The Days’ by Haerts
  6. ‘Red Hands’ by Walk Off the Earth
  7. ‘Dreaming’ by Smallpools
  8. ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ by Arctic Monkeys
  9. ‘Where It’s At’ by Beck
  10. ‘Think of You’ by MS MR
  11. ‘I Believe’ by Basic Vacation
  12. ‘Money Tree’ by Caroline Glaser
  13. ‘I Got’ by Young the Giant
  14. ‘Paris’ by Magic Man
  15. ‘Never Let You Go’ by Third Eye Blind
  16. ‘Harlem’ by New Politics
  17. ‘Twisted Tongue’ by Misterwives
  18. ‘Hell and Back’ by Airborne Toxic Event
  19. ‘Tom Sawyer’ (Rush cover) by Imagine Dragons
  20. ‘All My Life’ by Foo Fighters
  21. ‘Ways To Go’ by Grouplove

 

Encore

  1. ‘Buddy Holly’ by Weezer

 

Jam on!
Don't stop the music!

Don’t stop the music!

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