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May 31, 2008

Bad concert karma?

I have a question, and I'd like an answer.

I saw tons of concerts in college. 

On the day of the show, my friends and I would never, ever play the music of the band we were going to see that night.

I'm not sure whether they thought if you played the band's music the day of the show then the show itself would be bad or if it was as toolish as wearing the band's T-shirt to the show.

But I'm curious. Have any of you ever heard of this before? 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 9:55 AM | | Comments (31)
Categories: Bars & Clubs, Local music, Random stuff


Thats dumb the day of the concert the band your going to see, you blast the entire way to and from the concert.

I have heard both sides...some people listen to the music to refresh themselves prior to the show.

but i am exactly the opposite. i usually never listen to the songs before the show because i don't wanna wear myself out on it. so when the band comes out and plays its fresh for me.

or i just overthink things

I'm with Adam on this one. I always gather the band's music before/after the show and blast it while driving. In fact, I'm doing that this afternoon as I head to Harrisburg with a friend to see Mike Doughty.

I'm going with Sam. It's more fun to go in with a clean slate so you don't have certain expectations.I avoid listening to a band about a week before the show and sometimes after so I can retain something special the group did live that does not appear on the album. My friends and I always got a little pissed at people blaring the bands we were about to see live in the parking lots.

I'm going to put my vote with Adam and Courtney B. It's all about listening to the music right before so you can get all pumped and ready to go.

I definitely listen to the music to and from the concert. What you don't do is where the Tshirt for the band you're going to go see

blast it going to the concert, yes. coming back, no. the cd/mp3 versions are good enough for getting there, but i usually let the live performance sink in afterwards, and just play nothing on the radio. (also it gives my ears a chance to recover)

Anytime I go to see Chris Sligh, I listen to Chris Sligh the entire week before and the entire week after. Nothing but. It permeates my soul, then I can truly experience all his Pillsbury goodness.

JTK, sounds doughy!

Indeed I do this as well. It's kind of like fasting before a big meal.

been to quite a few concerts in the day, always listned to the band music before. used to psych me up for the real thing.


I'm with you. Whenever he puts new music out, I go to a peacefull spot in my mind, where me and him just, you know, HANG.

Also, fun fact, track 14 off of his debut cd "Tunnel Vision" is about the time I saved his life when he fell into a chocolate river, and almost got sucked up a tube in a candy factory we visited.

Don't just stand there! Do somzing!

Help. Police. Murder.

Don't make me run! I'm full of chocolate!


I hate to add a sour note to all the sweetness of this moment,
like yourself, Sligh has previous albums that were issue on small labels in limited runs. Four in all, "Take A Chance..." is actually the fourth Half Past Forever release, but his fifth.
Then there is current release under his name as featured artist.

I trust you find this positively illuminating.

Now back to “Chocolate: The consuming passion”:

I trust you find this positively illuminating.

like a broken light bulb.


Alas, it was the intend flashbulb moment.

Since you were able to identify the song in it's correct sequence in the running order, can it be assumed that you actually own the CD or download?

I trust you find this positively illuminating.

i usually deliver that line when I'm knocking out some criminal with a lamp.

Hard on crime, harder on the ladies.

GDA - wikipedia

Evan - you could also say something cool like, "lights out!" or if you ever have to do that with let's say, a toy of some sort, you could say, "playtime's over!".

Evan, with a dry, cool wit like that, you could be an action hero.

That was positively one of the funniest posts on this blog yet (next to Inky's most recent post).


Did you have something like this in mind.

...Then Evan slapped her hard and said "playtime's over, Dollface". He kissed her hard while reaching over to turn the light out...

...later at one his favorite haunts he enjoyed a perfectly mixed Martini in an mood expansive enough that actually liked the Chris Sligh record playing deep in the background. It was the perfect ending to a day of battling the Fed-Hill Meatheads to keeping Baltimore safe for decent, law abiding citizens.

seriously, are you like 67? or related to Elliot Nash?

You just described my idea of a perfect Friday night! And in such vivid 1930s detail.

To the Slighmobile! (Which, so the legend maintains, is an extrawide iced cream truck.)

hahahaha with broken suspension.

all this talk of fighting crime and chris sligh is giving me one hell of an idea for a youtube video...

i'd watch that.

the "crimes" would have to be the cartons of icecream in the Slighmobile. and yes ladies and gents, he'll get to the bottom of every case.


Chris Sligh, P.I.(E)
gets to the bottom of every case

Allan, seriously, neither

JTK, I thought my detail was mid Forties with Sam Spade and Phillip Marlowe type Film Noir cliches as a basic model. Evan's post sounds like something from such a theatrical movie trailer or coming attraction.

This eternal unitfying theme of Sligh's weight as a target got old awhile ago, but Sligh is unlikely read it. He simply doesn't have the time, promoting the album is a full time activity.

Any chance Y'all will display more creativity than to recycle this topic, again?

Come now GDA, you know this crowd better than that.

oooo, do i get to do it this time??


"Chris, who?"


aaaaand, swing and a miss.

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