I cannot tell you how hard it was narrowing down my 10 favorite albums from the past year. As my taste in music evolved a bit this year, I found myself clinging to albums from artists that I never imagined that I would be into as much as I am now. Earlier this week, I finally narrowed down my list and there are my favorite albums (#10 – #6) from 2011!
[Note from Kirsten: Yes, this is a recap of my show from last month…better late than never, right? Enjoy!]
If you follow me on Twitter (and if you’re not, get on that), then you know that as soon as it was rumored that Gavin DeGraw and David Cook would be hitting the road together, I was legit excited.
October 20 finally rolled around, and my friend Sarah and I trekked out to Santa Rosa all in the name of seeing what was sure to be an amazing show. And was it ever!
The night kicked off with Carolina Liar, whom I was feeling pretty enamored with at the end of their set. Admittedly, I only knew the songs off their first album, but I’ve already rectified that issue with some Spotify listening sessions. The band did a great job of getting the crowd going and ready for music from the night’s headliners. I truly look forward to seeing them play again; they brought a lot of excitement to the stage.
Next up was the performer that I was probably most looking forward to seeing that evening, being Mr. Gavin DeGraw. I’ve seen Gavin a couple times before, but I was so looking forward to hearing the new material from Sweeter. I have a lot of love for his latest album. When an artist can take their sound and build on it, to me, that’ s exciting. Plus, I couldn’t wait to see how the new material would be showcased onstage. And, oh man, did he and his band ever deliver!
David Cook released the music video for his current single, “Fade Into Me” earlier this morning. The song is the singer’s second single off his latest album, This Loud Morning.
Last month I had the opportunity to talk with David in an interview for Blogcritics about his current tour, and he shared with me a little about this latest video, which was directed by Chris Sims.
“The content of the video, I wanted to showcase how we are live. I feel like it’s really easy sometimes to throw a tie on, and comb your hair, and put together this really sweet storyline; and I think “Fade Into Me” could have definitely taken that angle and it would have worked. I wanted this video to be kind of a no frills, no pretense kind of look at us on the road. It’s a lot of live footage, really just for lack of a better way to phrase it, it’s more of a day in the life kind of thing.”
The music video for David Cook’s lead single, “The Last Goodbye” off his upcoming sophomore album, This Loud Morning premiered earlier this week on iTunes!
The video was directed by Nigel Dick, who has done videos with Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys in the past. What I have always appreciated about Nigel’s videos is the way he uses color. I thought with this video the color hues were interesting, yet still popped.
Check out the video for “The Last Goodbye” below!
I really like that David didn’t do a full out performance video, because those can be a bore to watch. I think mixing it up and having a fun storyline shows that he doesn’t take himself too seriously.
If you haven’t already, the music video for “The Last Goodbye” is currently available as a FREE download on iTunes!
What did y’all think of David Cook’s video for “The Last Goodbye”? And don’t forget This Loud Morning comes out June 28!
Day two of “David Cook Takes the Bay Area” happened yesterday in San Francisco!
The show took place at Harlot, which is a small, more intimate venue than the room at the Hotel De Anza. I liked the venue a lot. It had this really interesting ambiance to it.
The show started promptly at 6 p.m. David and Neal came out and jumped right into playing “Heroes.”
In between songs, Marcus D (Alice DJ) would chat it up with David. In the video below they talk about who David thinks will win American Idol this season and what David didn’t expect to happen after becoming a “rock star.”
The set list played out just like the San Jose show. The rest of the songs played were “Come Back To Me,” “Light On,” and “The Last Goodbye.”
Like yesterday, I recorded “The Last Goodbye.” Check out the video after the cut!