I saw Brand New Saturday night 11/26/11 in Atlantic City with Andrew. It was officially the 184th concert that I have attended. It brought me up to a count of 314 unique performers and 481 unique performances (I’ve seen some bands multiple times, but each concert still counts). Mewithoutyou opened and they were great. Brand New’s set was incredible. They did a lot of stuff they don’t normally play live.

This is just shows that I’ve written down. It doesn’t count the dozens of open mics that I’ve played at and been to over the past few years, where I’ve seen many more performers. The quality of these open mic sets are sometimes better than shows that I pay to attend (support local music).

This is a lot of shows and a lot of music. One time earlier this year Andrew looked at my Google calendar and said that I play music or see a show every night, and that’s almost true. This life I lead has become all about music. I’ve played over 50 shows so far in 2011. It’s awkward to walk into classes in the morning and realize that nothing I learn is practical or useful or even what I want to be learning.

Anyway, I was gonna post about the number of shows I’ve seen when I hit 200 shows or 500 sets, but this works too. It’s just…music is cool. But it’s a challenge, because anyone can be mediocre these days and put out music online. I don’t want to be that but don’t know where to go from here.

The ship of fools I’m on will sink
A Milestone around my neck
Be my breath, there’s nothing I wouldn’t give

Jesse Lacey 11/26/11

Update: Youtube playlist I just made of the New Years’ Eve show Brand New played at the same venue, the Atlantic City House of Blues. They played so many old/good/rare/awesome songs:

Graffiti Radio Listeners’ Favorite Albums of 2011 Countdown Submission!


For the past 8 years, the one album that has accompanied me during finals week is Simon & Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits (best studying music ever). Anyway, finals are done now and Mike Nigro over at Graffiti Radio asked listeners to submit their favorite new albums from 2011 and I realized that this year I unfortunately haven’t been listening to much new music >.< Anyway, this is what I came up with, listed in no particular order. Head over to Graffiti Radio’s site to submit your own list!

  • Vice Verses – Switchfoot
  • Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  • Your Favorite Weapon: Deluxe Edition – Brand New
  • The King Is Dead – The Decemberists
  • Best of Gloucester County – Danielson
  • All Eternals Deck – The Mountain Goats
  • Sleep With One Eye Open – Chris Thile and Michael Daves
  • Oh Fortune – Dan Mangan
  • Ghosts Upon the Earth – Gungor
  • Hello Sadness – Los Campesinos!
Don’t judge me ^_^