This Is Not The End

OK OK OK so I’m a terrible person. I let life get the best of me and left my blog for dead (tears). Well, sort of.

It’s not that I’ve forgotten how much I love sharing my experiences and opinions with you … Its just that I’ve been doing some music writing elsewhere for a few months and KNOW that you’ll be into both sites.

  1. SongzaSets: I get to freakin’ hand curate thematic music set lists, do research and write about each song in a set … hello heaven! SongzaSets then streams each set list on their site http://sets.songza.com and boom, hours and hours of listening for all your music hungry ears!

Here are links to each set I’ve had posted so far and definitely look out for more to come:

–       The Indie Salespitch

–       Multi-Tasking Tweens

–       Music Of Fashion Week

–       Goin’ For The Gold

–       Grey’s Greatest

2.  The Truth About Music: A music blog with no boundaries brought to you by the wonderful Harris Decker.  Everything                        from first hand concert experiences, opinions about new music, songs of the week, albums of the month, idol                                        predictions and even a few LOST breakdowns for all those die hard fans (like me) … bookmark it! I’ve been asked to do a                    weekly column for them, so check back every Tuesday for a post about anything music that pops into my little brain.                      http://truthaboutmusic.com/author/keegan/

– this week I talk about a band to listen for; Two Door Cinema Club and even talk to the man behind the well-                                           oiled music machine that is Glassnote Entertainment Group, Daniel Glass, who recently signed them to                                               indie label, Glassnote Records!

This isn’t the end of Music Is My Forte though.  In my eyes, it’s just the beginning.  I’ll be back up and running in the very near future sharing downloadable tunes, playlists, concert goings etc. In the meantime, follow me on twitter: http://twitter.com/keeganforte and check out the two websites: SongzaSets & The Truth About Music!

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“Not even earth can hold us, Not even life controls us, Not even the ground can keep us down.” (‘This Is Not The End’ by The Bravery)

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posted by Keegan Vance Forte at 1:41pm on Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Subway Songs: 12.11

Gorgeous little Friday! My last day of commuting from LI so eat it up. I had to have a few Z100’s Jingle Ball artists thrown into the mix because like a giddy teenage girl, I’ll be front and center tonight @ MSG – you know you’re jealous!

Think Of You” A Fine Frenzy (download)

The Guy That Says Goodbye To You Is Out Of His Mind” Griffin House (download)

Young Adult Friction” The Pains of Being Pure At Heart (download)

You’re Not Sorry” Taylor Swift (download)

All At Once” The Fray (download)

Let Go (Live Frou Frou Cover)” Boy Like Girls

Innocent Bones” Iron & Wine

Tranquilize (feat. Lou Reed)” The Killers

Career Day” The Format

Classifieds” by The Academy Is…

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Make You Crazy (feat Femi Kuti)” Brett Dennen (download)

Keep The Car Running” Arcade Fire (download)

When They Fight They Fight” The Generationals (download)

**you can download to your iTunes from Grooveshark just by clicking the down arrow icon to the right of the song.

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posted by: Keegan Vance Forte at 11:51am on Friday, Dec 11, 2009

Subway Post: 12.9

I was up entirely too early for my liking today.  I mean, I seriously frown upon having to get ready for my day when it’s still dark out … it’s just unnatural.  As my umbrella flew upward approximately 4 times, as I made the terrific realization that I left my wallet on my night stand and as I trekked through the rain pretty much barefoot in the worst shoes ever (womp, womp, womp)) … I took some deep breaths, held in my anger and listened to some music to calm my nerves:

Existentialism On Prom Night” Straylight Run

You Still Believe In Me” M. Ward

Road To Nowhere” Talking Heads

Today” Joshua James

Jeremy” Pearl Jam

Helicopter” Bloc Party

Sail Away” David Gray

Fake Empire” The National

Have Love Will Travel” The Black Keys

Joy Ride” The Killers

The Heinrich Maneuver” Interpol

Move” CSS

Strobe” Friendly Fires”

…sorry for the delay, the real world can be such a pain in the A.

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posted by: Keegan Vance Forte at 4:03pm on Wednesday, Dec 9, 2009

Subway Songs: 12.8

Lucky you, lucky me – that I’ll be travelling from Long Island to work the rest of this week.  It gives me A LOT more alone time with my iPod (that almost sounds inappropriate, but take it as you will) and gives you a helluva lot more tunes to check out.

The Science of Fear” The Temper Trap

Velvet” The Big Pink

To Zion” Lauryn Hill

How We Operate” Gomez

This Photograph Is Proof” Taking Back Sunday

Lookin’ Out My Backdoor” Creedence Clearwater Revival

Stuck In LaLaLand (feat. Morpheus)” The Penelope(s)

I’ve Got Your Number” Passion Pit

Willie & The Hand Jive” Eric Clapton

Sigh No More” Mumford & Sons

The Skin Of My Country Yellow Teeth” Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Take Me To The Pilot” Elton John

Sam’s Town” The Killers

Home” Vanessa Carlton

Please Don’t Leave Me” P!nk

Now what to get for lunch….

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posted by: Keegan Vance Forte at 12:13pm on Tuesday, Dec 8, 2009

Subway Songs: 12.7

Everything below was all downloaded within the past 2 weeks thanks to recommendations from friends/iTunes Genius or the insane 75 FREE songs that AmieStreet gave me when I signed up.  All great stuff, enjoy!

Let The Drummer Kick” Citizen Cope

M.A.G.I.C.” The Sound of Arrows (found in the new Mitsubishi Oulander commercial

Snowfall” Ingrid Michaelson

All The Right Moves” OneRepublic

Empty House” Paper Route

Zzzzz” The Cab

Look What You Did” Cage

Orange Shirt” Discovery

posted by: Keegan Vance Forte at 1:44pm on Monday, Dec 7, 2009

Repeat Offender

I can say it loud and proud that I now want to marry a French man, in France while he’s playing a French guitar and singing to me … in French … Thomas Mars, marry me?

Who is Thomas Mars you ask? The lead singer of French Alt Rock band, Phoenix. OK so he loves Sophia Coppola but a girl can dream right?

Night #1: Wednesday 12/2/09 (101.9 WRXP Presents @ Hammerstein Ballroom)

Unfortunately, due to a prior engagement I wasn’t able to make it to Hammerstein early enough to see Manchester Orchestra or Jack’s Mannequin BUT don’t fret, got there just as Passion Pit was ‘Making Light’ (HA, punny right?).

To be honest, I don’t love Hammerstein Ballroom as a venue. It’s crowded, sweaty, expensive … wait, all venues are … but this one has a severe case of disorganization and it gives me a severe case of the franks.

Venue hating aside, the show itself was pretty damn dope (that’s right, dope).  Thing is, I don’t think I dislike even one Passion Pit or Phoenix song … so there will be no ill speak of the talent.  After the dweeby five-some was done making my heart beat to the tempo of their music they said goodnight and ever so humbly (I’ve never heard otherwise about them) introduced Phoenix to the stage.

Ahh Phoenix. Where do I begin? Finding out about their Grammy nomination minutes before taking the spotlight, they came out and like Passion Pit, pounded out hit after hit after hit after hit. The bookends were “Lisztomania” & “1901” – perfectly laid out to draw me in then send me off with a smile on my face and my ears ringing ‘fold it, fold it fooold iiiiit …’ The aesthetics of the show brought it to a whole new level; thank you strobe light for making my night all that more fun.

As I commuted home in the pouring rain with Jamie O in tow (1/4 of my roommates), I couldn’t help but brag that I was getting to see Phoenix AGAIN the next night at a super small concert put on by iheartradio. Big, huge, major apologies for the blur (and any harsh audio)…

“If I Ever Feel Better” by Phoenix

Passion Pit Live @ Hammerstein Ballroom 12.2.2009

Passion Pit Live @ Hammerstein Ballroom 12.2.2009

Phoenix Live @ Hammerstein Ballroom 12.2.2009

Phoenix Live @ Hammerstein Ballroom 12.2.2009

Phoenix Live @ Hammerstein Ballroom 12.2.2009

Phoenix Live @ Hammerstein Ballroom 12.2.2009

Hammerstein Ballroom NYC

Night #2: Thursday, 12/3/2009  (iheartradio Presents @ The PC Richard & Son Theater)

If you don’t know about iheartradio, you should.  It’s one of those sites that you’ll end up adding to your daily (most likely hourly) rounds of web surfing.  Listen to old favorites, pop songs that you haven’t gotten enough of on the radio, discover new/unsigned artists and stock up on all your music news … you’re in control and it’s a good feeling.

Now as for the show … clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap and so on and so on = my never-ending applause for this show on all fronts.

The Venue (PC Richard & Son Theater): Entry – seamless. Staff – pleasant as can be. Bathrooms – streak free shine. Odor – foul smell free. Lights & Sound – perfection.  Size, kidding? We may as well all have been sitting on the stage.

The Performance (Phoenix): “Lisztomania” – seamless. “Long Distance Call” – pleasant as can be. “Lasso” – streak free shine. “Girlfriend” – foul smell free.  “Playground Love” – perfection. And “1901” – well, I wish I actually was sitting on the stage…

Lisztomania

Long_Distance_Call

Lasso

Girlfriend

1901

The best thing about the PC Richard & Son Theater – aside from the not stale butter popcorn and oozing beer tap smell – is that there isn’t a bad place in the house to stand, I’m mentally applauding as I type.

I could not have walked away from either night with any better of a feeling and any more in love with music.

Like mentioned earlier, I hope you can forgive me for the bit of blurriness in the pictures and videos, my camera has been acting up.

“Lasso” by Phoenix

“Playground Love (partial)” by Phoenix

PC Richard & Son Theater NYC

Setlist

Setlist and Sound Booth

Phoenix Live @ The PC Richard & Son Theater 12.3.2009

Thomas Mars of Phoenix

Phoenix @ The PC Richard & Son Theater 12.3.2009

Some Drummer Love

Snagged Some Setlists!

Cleanup Time @ The PC Richard & Son Theater

Thank you, thank you, thank you to the best sister ever, Katie, Paul M. and everyone else that made these 2 awesome and unforgettable nights happen for me! And props to Jamie O for a few of the pics.

Oh and by the way … still applauding.

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“You have my word, there are only lies in my sincerity. I live in a world, that gives no meaning to integrity.” (‘Repeat Offender’ by Trapt)

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posted by Keegan Vance Forte at 12:24pm on Saturday, Dec 5, 2009

Subway Songs 12.4

Forget ‘#followfriday’ … how about #femalefriday? So many great new and emerging artists/bands are lead by female vocals.  My playlist from this morning really shows it off and I loved every minute.

  1. Possibility” Lykke Li
  2. My Love Is Your Love” Whitney Houston
  3. Y-Control” Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  4. Jump Then Fall” Taylor Swift
  5. Her Rotating Head” Bachelorette
  6. Afterglow” The New Collisions
  7. Electric Twist” A Fine Frenzy

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posted by Keegan Vance Forte at 1:51pm on Friday, Dec 4, 2009