New Ingrid Michaelson Song “Parachute” Out September 14th! September 10, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in Music.
Tags: Ingrid Michaelson, John Thrasher
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Yes, I added a lisp to the end of that Yes.
My favorite singer songwriter and now friend of a friend Ingrid Michaelson is releasing a new song “Parachute” exclusively on iTunes on September 14th! She’s also going to be touring through the all again and you can bet your ass I’m gonna be there.
It seems like “Everybody” came out so long ago, but that was only a year ago! Anyway check out her dates above and check out her website for more info!
I Still Believe In Summer Days February 27, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in Music, Personally John, tennis.
Tags: Ingrid Michaelson, Sara Bareilles, tennis, U.S. Open.
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I still believe in Summer days,
The seasons always change,
And life will find a way.
You Should Check Out Rabbit! February 5, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Movies/Film, Music, Personally John, technology, Television.
Tags: commercial, good music, Honda Insight, indie music, Ingrid Michaelson, iTunes, new music, Rabbit!
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So someone pointed me in the direction of the band Rabbit! (MySpace link) and I think you should know about them! Yes, the band name includes the exclamation point, so don’t fuck it up.
Rabbit! is an indie/pop band that just dropped their debut album “Connect the Dots” on January 19. From what I’ve listened to so far, they’re really fun and have a very unique sound that I don’t think is really matched at all right now, based on what I have heard. They were even listed in the “New and Noteworthy” section of iTunes.
They’ve also been featured in this Honda Insight commercial, which frankly, makes me want to get one. My grandfather once had a Honda Insight and before the computer went bad inside of it, got 100 miles per gallon in it. I doubt there’s a better indie/pop band that you could pump in your new Honda Insight that is better than Rabbit! right now!
Buy their new album “Connect the Dots” on iTunes by clicking right here, and check out the commercial below!
Allie Moss Releases New Music! February 4, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Movies/Film, Music, Personally John, technology.
Tags: Allie Moss, Dig With Me, Great music, Ingrid Michaelson, Melancholy Astronautic Man, Music, new music
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It’s been a while since Allie Moss has released some new music, and I am so excited to report that the 2 new songs she released yesterday on iTunes are absolutely brilliant! Check out “Dig With Me” and “Melancholy Astronautic Man!”
Ingrid Michaelson Announces New Dates with Mat Kearney! February 1, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Music, Personally John, technology, Television, Travel.
Tags: entertainment, Everybody, Everybody Tour, Ingrid Michaelson, Mat Kearney, Music, tour
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I just got an e-mail from the Ingrid Michaelson team that announces a co-headlining tour with Mat Kearney! Tickets go on sale this weekend to the general public, but if you are part of her mailing list you can get them now!
Ingrid Michaelson To Perform On The Ellen Degeneres Show! January 21, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Movies/Film, technology, Television.
Tags: Ellen Degeneres, entertainment, Ingrid Michaelson, Music, talk shows, YouTube
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UPDATE: Here’s the video!
Set your DVRs and Tivos! Two of my favorite people in the world are going to be together at the same time! This Friday, January 22, Ingrid Michaelson will be performing on the Ellen Degeneres Show!
I’ll be sure to post the video once it makes its way to YouTube!
My Top 10 Albums of 2009 December 28, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Uncategorized.
Tags: albums of the decade, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Billboard, David Archuleta, Ingrid Michaelson, La Roux, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Music, Owl City, Sam Sparro, Sasha Fierce, The Fame, The Fame Monster
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After much thought and consideration, I now present to you the top 10 albums of 2009, as chosen by me. Stay tuned, because I’ll also be posting my Top Tracks of 2009, and my Top Albums of the Decade in the days ahead!
10. Mariah Carey – Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel
This album is NOT my favorite Mariah Carey album, but as a whole it ended up being my number 10 choice. I listened to a couple of the songs from the album A LOT this year, and really enjoyed them. I think this is very classic Mariah Carey, but still think some of her lyrics and dying whistle tones kept me from loving it.
9. David Archuleta – [self titled]
This album was released late last year, but it still was one of my favorites all the way through February and March. It has a lot of catchy songs, and I always find myself putting it in my car’s CD player ever now and then. I hope his next album is a little more riskier and less bubblegum tween pop.
8. Owl City – Ocean Eyes
I haven’t listened to Owl City in a few months, but I really liked this album when I first heard it. I jumped on the Owl City bandwagon about a month before they took off and dominated the Billboard charts. I was excited to find a new artist that I could tell other people about, but before I had a chance to think, “Fireflies” was No.1 on every chart. Great album and reminds me a lot of my fall semester.
7. Sam Sparro – [self titled]
A friend of mine did a dance routine to Sam Sparro last fall for his dance recital (to Black and Gold) and I thought it was a great song. I went and downloaded the album and realized it is a work of genius! Nearly every song is funky, danceable, catchy, and matched with great vocals from Sam Sparro. If you don’t have this album, you’re going to want to buy it…if anything for your party mix.
6. Alicia Keys – The Element of Freedom
This album has only been out for a little over a week, but it has been enough to really effect me on a variety of levels. It almost seems that she wrote this entire album with me in mind. I don’t think it’s as great as 2007′s As I Am, but then again it’s a completely different vibe. Either way, definitely check this one out, and really give it a couple of listens before you judge.
5. Lady Gaga – The Fame
This album was also released late last year. I had the leak when I was in Italy in June 2008, and didn’t listen to it much. However, once Poker Face was released as a single earlier this year, I immediately realized what kind of jewel I had in my iTunes library. I am now one of the biggest Gaga fans I know, and really love playing this album no matter what mood I am in: a sign of a true classic.
4. La Roux – [self titled]
It seems like every time I hear of a new artist or song, I get really in to them, and then a month later they blow up. Same thing happened for me with La Roux. This album is full of fun, techno beats that are sure to keep your feet moving.
3. Ingrid Michaelson – Everybody
Ingrid Michaelson could release an album reading the phonebook and I would think it was the greatest album of all time, and I admit that. However, her songwriting, and lyrics can not be denied. She is a true talent, and I have a very intimate connection with her music. I saw her tour this album in Pittsburgh this fall, and it was fantastic, as expected. Check this one out for sure!
2. Lady Gaga – The Fame Monster
Give this album a month more and it probably would have been my No.1 for 2009. I’ve played the hell out of this CD, even weeks before it was released, and I am still not over it. Every song is on another level of electro pop, which is an experience in itself. Hopefully I am seeing her on my birthday, in New York City!
1. Beyonce – I Am… Sasha Fierce
This album came out late November of 2008 as well, and for the last year has been one of my most played albums week in and week out. I NEVER get sick of this album, and that is a very rare feat for me. I usually end up falling in love with music for a couple of weeks and then not listening to it for a very long time (Janet’s “Discipline”, Danity Kane, etc.). Beyonce hits gold with me with everything that she releases, and this album was definitely the album of the year for me. It has a beautiful mix of dance tracks and ballads that all really seem to stick in your head.
My Review of the Ingrid Michaelson Pittsburgh Show November 6, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Movies/Film, Music, Personally John, Television, Travel.
Tags: Allie Moss, art, Bess Rogers, Cabin 24, Everybody, Everybody Tour, indie, Ingrid Michaelson, Mr. Small's Theater, Music, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, The Way I Am
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So last night was my third time seeing Ingrid and the band. Each time has been in Pittsburgh, the last 3 years. And each time she and her crew of eccentric personalities make the hour drive to Pittsburgh more than worth it!
This show was actually at Mr. Small’s Theatre in Millvale, PA, which is just over the river from downtown Pittsburgh. I managed to get lost 3 times getting there, but I eventually found it. I walked up the steps to the queue of people and told the man waiting that I was on the guest list (somewhat profoundly, because after all, how many times does someone get to be on a guest list for a rock group!?). He radioed in my last name as I waited impatiently to get inside and get a drink. The woman radios back, and she says, “Thrasher…that’s a negative.”
I am standing there paralyzed in shock. “What do you mean? I’m definitely on the list. I was put on there by Brian Vinikoor.” I thought name-dropping would boost my chances, or at the very least cause people standing in line watching this unfold to wonder who the hell I was. But that was all shot to hell when the guy checking tickets said, “I’ve never heard that name before in my life.”
So, after a few e-mails from my phone, calling multiple people inside, outside, and in Los Angeles, they finally found the guest list that my name was on and put an admission bracelet on my wrist. So, I stood in the line of people waiting to get in, and surely enough it starts pouring down rain. Then the rain turned to ice. I was standing there getting soaking wet for a good 25-30 minutes! However, by the end of the night, I have to say: it was all worth it.
I don’t want to go on and on about Greg Laswell, but he was definitely a very nice surprise. I hadn’t had a chance to research him before the show because I have been so busy, but was very impressed with his voice and songwriting. I’ll probably end up being a fan eventually.
Ingrid and the band, as expected, performed beautifully and to the audience’s liking the entire night. Tonight’s show was the last stop of their North American tour, and their 47th show in 2 months. Allie Moss, Ingrid’s guitarist and usual back up vocalist, had lost her voice, but still smiled, laughed, and even sang some parts. What a trooper! You would never know they were tired, or sick of what they were doing because the energy was consistent the entire show, even with Allie Moss as a mute.
One thing that I picked up on early in the performance was Ingrid’s voice. Given the last time she performed in Pittsburgh she was sick, I have to say that her tone and timbre of her voice was a lot richer and developed than I ever remember it. This was particularly noticeable in the second song of the night, “Die Alone.” I’m not a professional by any means, but as a constant Ingrid YouTuber, and follower, it was something that caught my…ears.
Her set list also had some unique features. She played a new untitled song, which has made its way to YouTube thanks to me a die-hard fan. After the song, she asked what it should be named, to which a voice behind me gave a suggestion. I guess we’ll wait and see if it makes the next album, and if she took his advice. Here’s the YouTube video of the new song:
Immediately following that song, she introduced another new song: a duet with Greg Laswell. This song is also untitled, unrecorded and unpublished. It was a very ‘happy in-love type of song’ and if I didn’t know any better, I’d say that maybe Greg and Ingrid are in to each other? A friend I was with noticed that they both had wedding rings on, so who knows? It will be interesting if we find this out for sure somewhere down the road.
After the show was finished, Ingrid did 2 encores, including a Mexican-food themed version of her current single “Maybe,” which the audience ate up absolutely loved.
Overall, the show was a huge success, and Ingrid and her band’s musicianship made for what many would call an entertaining, fun, and enjoyable evening.
I have to say thank you first to Brian Vinikoor for making the arrangements for me to see the show. I really really appreciate it, and I’m not sure there’s anyone who could appreciate these efforts more than I. Also, thank you to the merchandise manager, Lauren Glucksman, for being so helpful with the misunderstanding with the guest list, saving my ass from the rain, and for being so fun after the show!
Here is my official Flickr set of photos from last night’s show.
All 3 artists’ music is available for download on iTunes and Amazon.
Here was the set list for the night:
Once Was Love
You and I
New Song (Untitled)
Duet with Greg Laswell (Untitled)
Mountain And The Sea
The Way I Am
Maybe (Mexican Food Mix) – Encore 1
Far Away – Encore 2
Ingrid’s Almost Here! October 23, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Music, Personally John.
Tags: Allie Moss, Bess Rogers, Chris Kuffner, Everybody, Everybody Tour, Ingrid Michaelson, Maybe
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Alright there are a couple really important things to mention here!
First, if you haven’t bought tickets to Ingrid’s Everybody Tour, then time is running out! She has sold out every single show on this tour so far, which means you NEED to get your tickets ahead of time, otherwise you’re gonna get left singing The Way I Am at the door. Ain’t no ‘Maybes’ about it. Get it?
Secondly, and the most exciting news if you’re in my area…I’m going to be selling Ingrid’s merchandise after her Pittsburgh show!!!! I am on her ‘street team’ and her manager e-mailed me and asked me to help out after the show! So that means if you buy a ticket for Pittsburgh, you not only get to see Ingrid and the gang, but you can come and buy tons of merchandise from yours truly! Yes, it’s fine, you can take a picture! Kidding. No I’m not.
Below is a list of the remaining dates in or around the Pittsburgh area, so make sure you get your tickets (preferably for the Pittsburgh show so you can see me too!).
Click the image to go to Ingrid’s site and order the tickets! It’s that simple!
Ingrid Michaelson Debuts at No.18 on Billboard 200! September 4, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Movies/Film, Music, technology.
Tags: Be OK, Billboard, Everybody, indie, Ingrid Michaelson, Music, music news
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So the results are in, and after a week on the charts, Ingrid Michaelson’s highly anticipated follow up Everybody debuted at No.18 on the Billboard 200! This is pretty exciting stuff. Ingrid is a completely independent artist, and does all of her own promos, touring, and management! Her first album, Girls and Boys, the album that made her a coffee shop regular, peaked at No.63 back in 2008 after being released for nearly 6 months. Her next release, Be Ok, an album of live tracks and a few unreleased debuted at No.35 but only stayed on for one week.
Congratulations goes out to Ingrid and her crew for her first Top 20 album!