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.

Nine Inch Nails Heineken Music Hall 5/27/14

Current NIN show stats:
Total shows: 27
Total shows this year thus far: 4
Total shows to go: 4

In case you were wondering, I’ve now seen NIN play in 4 different countries and 11 different cities . Hell, if TR is still going strong, so can I right?

Nine Inch Nails
Heineken Music Hall Amsterdam
5/27/14

The Downward Spiral / The New Flesh 
Me, I’m Not 
Copy of A 
1,000,000 
March of the Pigs 
Piggy 
The Frail 
The Wretched 
Gave Up 
Sanctified 
Closer 
Find My Way 
The Warning 
Disappointed 
Came Back Haunted 
The Great Destroyer 
Eraser 
Wish 
Burn 
The Hand That Feeds 
Head Like a Hole

Encore:
The Day the World Went Away
Hurt

Of the three shows we caught on this tour, this was the venue with the smallest capacity (5500). We had floor tickets and the crowd was pretty fun. Maybe TR could feel that because this was the night he was most talkative, asking us “Is it hot in here or is it just me?” and even stopping the show for a bit to tell us “I have some bodily fluid in my keyboard so it has issues. Oh fuck it.” And on they played.

Centraal Station, Westerkerk and St. Nicolaaskerk from the SkyLounge, Concert Gebouw and Rijks Museum in Amsterdam,  The Netherlands

My first time in Amsterdam and it was just a short visit. The weather was rainy so we just stuck to walking around Museumplein and then going to the Van Gogh museum. 

There is a strict no photo policy at the Van Gogh museum so no shots from there.  I bought a lot of stuff so I will photo when I get back and post here.

Centraal Station, Westerkerk and St. Nicolaaskerk from the SkyLounge, Concert Gebouw and Rijks Museum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

My first time in Amsterdam and it was just a short visit. The weather was rainy so we just stuck to walking around Museumplein and then going to the Van Gogh museum.

There is a strict no photo policy at the Van Gogh museum so no shots from there. I bought a lot of stuff so I will photo when I get back and post here.

Nine Inch Nails at Phones4U Arena 5/25/14

Current NIN show stats:
Total shows: 26
Total shows this year thus far: 3
Total shows to go: 5

This show was a totally different experience from Friday’s show in London mostly because we had way better seats. The set list was very similar to London. (We missed Saturday’s show in Nottingham and they got version 2 of the set list. We’ll get that version in Amsterdam on Tuesday.)

Nine Inch Nails
Phones4U Arena
Manchester, England
5/25/14

The Downward Spiral / The New Flesh
Me, I’m Not
Copy of A
1,000,000
Letting You
March of the Pigs
Piggy
Survivalism
Gave Up
Sanctified
Closer
Find My Way
Disappointed
Came Back Haunted
The Great Destroyer
Eraser
Wish
The Hand That Feeds
Head Like a Hole

Encore:
The Day the World Went Away
Hurt

This arena’s capacity was 20000 but the top tier of the venue was not in use, so a much more intimate show. Seeing the visuals straight on was much better and I tried not to get caught up in taking photos and videos but this was really my chance to do so since we have floor tix in Amsterdam. I’ll post a few upon my return home but for now, check my instagram if you’re curious.

Touring about in London - the usual suspects: Harrods, Tower Bridge, The London Eye, The Shard, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben. St. Paul’s Cathedral (from across the Thames at the Tate Modern).

Touring about in London - the usual suspects: Harrods, Tower Bridge, The London Eye, The Shard, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben. St. Paul’s Cathedral (from across the Thames at the Tate Modern).

Nine Inch Nails at O2 Arena 5/23/14

Current NIN show stats:
Total shows: 25
Total shows this year thus far: 2
Total shows to go: 6

I know some of you think it’s crazy I travel to see NIN. I mean how many times can you see one band? Apparently a lot because every show is still an adventure and as long as they tour, I will always make an effort to see them. Last night’s show in London was the first of three shows on this swing of their UK/EU tour. Here’s the set list:

Nine Inch Nails
O2 Arena, London, UK
5/23/14

The Downward Spiral / The New Flesh
Me, I’m Not
Copy of A
1,000,000 
March of the Pigs
Piggy
The Frail
The Wretched
The Becoming
Gave Up
Sanctified
Closer
Find My Way
Disappointed
Came Back Haunted
The Great Destroyer
Eraser
Wish
The Hand That Feeds
Head Like a Hole

 

Encore:
The Day the World Went Away
Hurt

 

So before we set off to the UK, I tried to stay relatively spoiler free about the tour visuals but I can’t resist looking at set lists. Last night’s set was typical of this tour so no surprises there. The visuals are fairly different from last year’s arena tour - more of a light show with restrained use of the LED screens. I wasn’t really sure how I’d do in such a large indoor venue. We had crappy seats (long, convoluted and mostly fucked up story behind that) but surprisingly, it sounded great and we could still really see everything on stage. It was good to hear old favorites like The Frail/The Wretched. And I knew we’d get the new version of Sanctified. The biggest surprise on this tour for me is that Closer is back. I really thought that it had been retired and replaced with just the tease in All Time Low. Not sure that I am okay with this because I love All Time Low and am not down with Closer-bro fans. But I think I can let that slide because the excitement of getting The Day The World Went Away. So fantastic. Looking forward to the two other shows on this swing.

Lan Su Classical Chinese Garden, Portland, OR: this garden is a lovely spot to get some zen time in  whilst in PDX. I usually spend some time in the tea house (on the second floor by the window if you can manage it). They have a dim sum menu, tea and traditional Chinese pastries (mung bean mooncake pictured here.)

Lan Su Classical Chinese Garden, Portland, OR: this garden is a lovely spot to get some zen time in whilst in PDX. I usually spend some time in the tea house (on the second floor by the window if you can manage it). They have a dim sum menu, tea and traditional Chinese pastries (mung bean mooncake pictured here.)