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:

block party fun

Got everything set up to play tonight and then a monumental downpour hit Wilmington for the second time in the day >.< Tore everything down, shut off the moon bounce, and scampered to bring the meat in off the grill…ate inside and met people from this block party by candlelight since the power went out…rain subsided and they got the generator started to inflate the moon bounce and run the PA system ^_^

Really fun acoustic set. I’m not sure if that was The Honey Badgers, or a Battleshy Youths duet, or Michael Natrin featuring Mitchell Ebbott, but either way it was enjoyable yay (:




“the honey badgers!”

We made it! updated yesterday and listed The Honey Badgers as winners of the first round of Delmarva Folk Festival’s “Folk Hero” contest. Our friends Salvage Kin also made it (they just finally picked a name, so you should “like” them asap ^_^). This means that we get to perform at the Delmarva Folk Festival Friday, October 7th. We will be competing with five other groups for the winning prize of a Saturday festival performance spot as well as cash and recording and photography time. So…come out and see us again then. Video and audio recordings from the coffeehouse are above. Everyone loved the banana bread and it all got eaten ^_^

me and Erin yay
me and Erin yay

Oh, how did we come up with the name? First, who is “us?” I asked my friend Erin to play violin for some Battleshy Youths songs to make them folksier to hopefully try to win the coffeehouse (success) and then I remembered she could sing so…that’s us. Me and Erin. We walked in Saturday night and I signed us up and I said “what should we call ourselves?” Of course Erin is a Youtube enthusiast and responded with “The Honey Badgers” without even hesitating…so that’s what I wrote ^_^ Someone called it bittersweet. My mother called it stupid. She doesn’t like any of my band names. “Battleshy Youths makes you sound like wimps.” But she likes the music and comes to shows (:

Anyway, “The Honey Badgers” is just the duet form of Battleshy Youths. “Michael Natrin” is just the solo form of Battleshy Youths. “Battleshy Youths” is just the full band version of Battleshy Youths. And that’s about it. I think Cara Watson and Danny Hill might be tied for BSY show attendance, which is actually impressive since Danny is a member and Cara is not a member…she is the #1 superfan.

Also, I am pretty sure that Kool-Aid has the greatest recipe ever…”add a cup of sugar, more or less to taste” teehee #sugarrush

Battleshy Youths updates: we have an exciting show planned for this Saturday night at the Wilmington Film Co-op at 2nd and Loma at 6pm. $6 gets you in to see us and The Paper Janes rock out (: We need people to show up, so you should come!

new songs!

So… I got the amazing opportunity to play at the World Cafe Live at the Queen Theater‘s Friday lunchtime series two weeks ago. My awesome friend Kelsey joined me on cello (she played on the album as well). We played an hour long set of new originals, album originals, old originals, and some covers. Lots of songs that I had never performed live before; most songs that she had never heard before >.< Kels is amazing though and played so well and here are videos yay: