Sep 10, 2017
I've been a fan of the band Alphaville since I was quite small. They seem to have a knack for catch hooks and lyrics that never fail to make you think about when and why they were written. If you're not familiar with them, you've probably heard Big In Japan and Sounds Like A Melody, so that should job your memory. So, when I heard that they'd be coming to the States to tour for the first time in eleven years I bought a ticket immediately. It caught my attention that Christopher Anton (former frontman for InSoc) had assembled a band and would be opening for them. I'm sorry to say that Anton did not put on a show of the caliber I've come to expect; they did four covers of classic InSoc songs... they did pretty much all covers, really, and not particularly inspired ones. It was plain to see that Anton and his band were trying to ride on the notoriety of InSoc, even jibbing at them on their t-shirts. On the other hand, Alphaville killed it. They played a wide selection of songs throughout their entire stage career and threw in some new tracks from their latest album, entitled Strange Attractor. It was like a walk down memory lane for me, finally getting to hear all the songs I heard in the car as a child driving around with my grandparents. Another concert has been knocked off my bucket list.
Anyway, here are my pictures, taken from halfway back in the crowd and here's their setlist if you're curious. I'm sorry that they're not the greatest quality, I couldn't afford front row seats (which were sold out, anyway).
Sep 10, 2017
Because I don't have it in me right now to do a full writeup, here are some pictures from the iVardensphere and VNV Nation concert on 18 August 2017. They were taken at the San Francisco show of the Automatic Empire tour, in which VNV played both the Automatic and Empires albums back to back. iVardenSphere was a solo act this time around, and performed an all-improvisational set on his equipment, something that one person carefully characterized as an industrial algorave. VNV Nation took the stage with their usual aplomb and Ronan spent an unusual amount of time talking with the crowd. He explained that earlier this year VNV Nation had been invited to play a concert to raise money for a German youthclub the night before playing a sold out show in an abandoned factory in Munich. The youthclub didn't have much in the way of a PA system or lighting but was packed just the same, and it reminded him of how the band got it start in the late 1990's. This is why many of the shows on this tour are being played in little hole-in-the-wall clubs instead of the usual larger venues.
Jun 01, 2017
A month or two back (tired of me saying this over and over?) I had opportunity to attend the Aprilween edition of Turbo Drive at the DNA Lounge and dance the night away in costume to fine music and so much artificial fog that the Sisters of Mercy would have to admit their envy.
Well, I was sort of in costume. I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to make it at the last minute, so I didn't actually put together a costume. Danny Delorean, however did an awesome Driver cosplay from Drive that night, down to the varsity jacket.
Okay, enough of me going on about a night over a month ago. Here are the pictures, few though they be.
Jun 01, 2017
Back in March of 2017 (I know, I'm still cleaning out my picture collection) I attended yet another Turbo Drive at the DNA Lounge to see yet another synthwave concert, that time Pixel Memory and Protector-101. When I wasn't dancing I was snapping pictures of the performers as they blew our minds and melted n>0 faces in the crowd.
Aw, hell, I don't have anything witty to say right now. Here are the pictures.
Jun 01, 2017
While digging around in my picture archive on Windbringer, I found a handful of photographs from the White House hackathon held by the Internet Archive back in January of this year. I ran a couple of searches and didn't find anything I wrote about what I worked on there (weird...) so here are the pictures I took when I wasn't coding.
Nov 23, 2016
Historically, it's rare that Blind Guardian goes on tour in the United States, so whenever they come to the States we scramble to get tickets because they put on a hell of a show. Around the house we jokingly call them elven thrash metal because their lyrics are steeped in the works of Moorcock and Tolkien, with influences from many different myth cycles, such as Arthurian legend. To be blunt, their show was face-meltingly good. They played some classic crowd singalongs like The Bard's Song and Valhalla during the show and brought the house down in so doing.
Unfortunately, when I was pulling these pictures off of my phone I accidentally deleted about half of them. I was able to recover all of the deleted files but now I need to sort through five or six gigabytes of recovered files... when I finally sit down and sort through them all I'll update this gallery. Sorry.