Nine Inch Nails - The Axis in Las Vegas, NV 7/19/14

Current NIN show stats:
Total shows: 28
Total shows this year thus far: 5
Total shows to go: 3

I did not miss my chance to see the opening show of this year’s North American NIN tour (even if it did mean I missed TOTC this year.) A super tight set list, impressions/comments after…

Nine Inch Nails
The Axis
Las Vegas, NV
7/19/14

Copy of A
Sanctified
1000000
March of the Pigs
Piggy
Terrible Lie
Closer
Gave Up
Me, I’m Not
Find My Way
The Great Destroyer
Eraser
Wish
Only
The Hand That Feeds
Head Like A Hole

Encore:
Hurt

Even though the previous night NIN played at Pemberton Fest, this was truly the first night of the NIN/Soundgarden summer tour and this being my fifth NIN show this year, I could tell. But everyone around me was just taking it all in - I got the vibe that this (older) crowd hadn’t seen last year’s tour. There were definitely some technical issues, and TR was quick to point that out. He also noted that this would be the last tour for a long time. I figured that would be coming - two years of heavy touring and now it’s time for a lull. Maybe some new HTDA? One can only hope.

In any case, this set list was shorter than normal and no surprises whatsoever. Not a bad thing, I feel like this lineup is really the best one ever and enjoy every moment of watching them perform. The visuals were definitely a mix of things we’ve seen in the last few tours and I know once the kinks get worked out, we’ll see a few more songs on the set lists. For now, I have three more shows to look forward to next month.

I’m ready for more Jenny Lewis. The title track off of her forthcoming LP, The Voyager.
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2014 Mid-Year Travel Stats

It’s already July! So I am a little late on posting my mid-year travel stats:

Trips: 17
Days: 88
Distance: 62,183 mi
Cities: 36
Countries: 4

Lots more to come…I have an awesome run this month and I still have another trip to Hawaii. Yes, twice in one year!!!

VMFA (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts) in Richmond, VA: the museum is open until 9 on Thursday and Friday, so I didn’t pass up my chance to check it out.

First set of photos: Chihuly - Red Reeds, Stained glass window designed by Georges de Feure and made by Hans Muller-Hickler, Ryan McGinness - Art History is not Linear, Lichtenstein sculpture (which I didn’t get the title of - sorry)

Second set of photos: detail of a panel for McGinness - Art History in not Linear, Cy Twombly - Synopsis of a Battle, Mark Rothko - Untitled, John Singer Sargent - Mrs. Albert Vickers, Edgar Degas -Little Dancer at 15, Tiffany stained glass lamps, Odilon Redon - Vase of Flowers, Andy Warhol - Marilyn Monroe, Georgia O’Keefe - White Iris

The collection here was surprisingly good - I loved the galleries dedicated to art deco and art nouveau - the Tiffany lamps and stained glass windows in particular. The collection is also strong in the modern and contemporary arts. My faves were definitely the Degas sculpture (which I have photo’d before from the National Gallery of Art) and the Ryan McGinness panels.

The panels were commissioned for the entrance of the museum’s new wing. In the end, only 16 were needed, so the other four are on display within the museum. I loved these - and especially the title.

Scenes from Richmond, VA - the capital of Virginia is full of historic sites and architecture.

I walked Capitol Square to find the Old City Hall, the Bell Tower, a George Washington monument, the great seal of Virginia and of course, the capitol building.

The second photo is from the Jefferson Hotel - a grand dame of historic hotels that transports you back in time.

More from Phoenix Art Museum: Anish Kapoor - Upside Down Inside Out, Cornelia Parker - Mass (Colder Darker Matter), Josiah McElheny - The Last Scattering Surface, Paolo Soleri - Il Donnone, Sui Jianguo - Jurassic Age

These were all really great pieces. You know Kapoor as the artist responsible for Chicago’s “bean” (Cloudgate) and this work is obviously along the same vein. The McElheny is in the entrance of the museum and was a stunner to see as you walked in. And everyone loves dinosaurs, right? RAWR!!!!

Highlights (part 1) from the Phoenix Art Museum collection:

Georgia O’Keefe - Pink Abstraction, Joseph Stella - Flowers, Italy, Frida Kahlo - The Suicide of Dorothy Hale, James Turrell - Mohl ip

i was happy to get some museum time in last week. Phoenix Art Museum is open late on Wednesday nights and admission is free from 3-9. It was pretty busy but I am very quick in museums and still got to see everything I was interested in. These three paintings were definitely highlights for me - especially the Kahlo. I love how the painting spills onto the frame. The Turrell is a recent acquisition and is a great addition to the museum’s contemporary art collection.

I didn’t even take any photos of the best installation - the Kusama! Trust me, it’s amazing. I’d go back just for that.

The Faint at the Observatory 6/5/14

The Faint are currently on tour in support of their new album Doom Abuse and just finished a weekend (sold-out) stand in SF before heading our way for a weekend of L.A. shows. As per usual, it was a raging dance party and we had a great, sweaty time. Set list:

The Faint
Observatory
Santa Ana, CA
6/5/14

Animal Needs
The Geeks Were Right
Desperate Guys
Mental Radio
Your Retro Career Melted
Victim Convenience
Posed to Death
I Disappear
Evil Voices
Let the Poison Spill From Your Throat
Damage Control
Take Me to the Hospital
Dropkick the Punks
The Conductor
Help in the Head
Dress Code
Agenda Suicide
Scapegoat
Worked Up So Sexual

Encore:
Lesson from the Darkness
Paranoiattack
Glass Danse

Let’s talk about this set list - WOW! All the faves, some of the new stuff, dance, dance, dance. Visuals, light show, all of it. I feel like the band is so invigorated after taking off for a few years and they are just so tight on stage. Well, except for “Dropkick the Punks”, where Todd had them stop the song cause he thought it sounded like crap. They tuned and restarted from the beginning of the song to all of our delight.

Just a really great show. I took a few videos and posted on my Instagram if you want to catch some glimpses of their great performance.

Souvenirs from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Top is a tray and the bottom is part of a fan.

It’s no secret that I am a modern art fan so it’s probably not surprising that I went to the Van Gogh museum while in Amsterdam. The museum isn’t very large and only two floors are dedicated to Van Gogh’s work but I still really enjoyed my visit. I have always been a fan of his painting but had never spent the time to learn about his influences and the details of his career. I won’t bore you with the details but the two souvenir items are based on a series of paintings that were done during his stint in Paris in 1886-1888. There were three paintings that were inspired by Asian art in this area of the gallery. The first is called Plum tree (detail of which is in the tray above). The second is called The Courtesan (after Eisen) - seen on the fan. The last is The Bridge in the Rain (after Hokusai). I had never seen these before my visit and I think these are officially my favorite of his work.

Souvenirs from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Top is a tray and the bottom is part of a fan.

It’s no secret that I am a modern art fan so it’s probably not surprising that I went to the Van Gogh museum while in Amsterdam. The museum isn’t very large and only two floors are dedicated to Van Gogh’s work but I still really enjoyed my visit. I have always been a fan of his painting but had never spent the time to learn about his influences and the details of his career. I won’t bore you with the details but the two souvenir items are based on a series of paintings that were done during his stint in Paris in 1886-1888. There were three paintings that were inspired by Asian art in this area of the gallery. The first is called Plum tree (detail of which is in the tray above). The second is called The Courtesan (after Eisen) - seen on the fan. The last is The Bridge in the Rain (after Hokusai). I had never seen these before my visit and I think these are officially my favorite of his work.