Somewhere Under Wonderland by The Counting Crows is the Pick of the Week

New music releases for Sept. 2, 2014 #newmusictuesday
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On many occasions a band has come to town that I really wamted to see and yet I've made various excuses not to catch them live.  The usual excuse is money - specifically my lack of - but sometimes its about timing, or distance, or I'll convince myself that I don't like them enough to bother.  Thing is I get weirdly nervous before a concert.  

I absolutely love going to live shows.  It is one of my favorite all time activities and I've never had a bad time. Yet before I buy tickets I make all sorts of excuses not to make the purchase.  Then once purchased I get all wigged out before the show.  Manys the time I've told the wife we should just stay home and watch a movie instead of going to a gig.  It makes no sense at all.  Its just some weird bit of neurosis in my screwed up little brain.

Twice now I've missed seeing the Counting Crows for this very reason.  Ages ago when they were first starting out and August and Everything After was just starting to get big they came to Tulsa.  I was in high school at the time and had only been to one previous rock concert (The Smashing Pumpkins) but that was enough to make me realize how much better live music is to studio recordings.  

I wanted to go, but for the first time (and certainly not the last) I started making those excuses.  Admittedly at the time I really didn't have any money and as a 16 year old kid I really didn't know how this stuff worked.  The radio said tickets were on sale at some place called Starship Records and Tapes which sounded like a  cool place, but I didn't know where it was.  This was pre-internet, pre-GPS so there was no help from anyone.  I could have probably asked around and found out but the whole things was really daunting to teenage me.  I convinced myself that I didn't really know the band that well and only knew a few songs so I didn't really need to go.  

I've regretted it ever since.  Recently the Counting Crows came back to Tulsa and I promised myself I'd finally get to see them.  Except I had just moved and was busy settling in and dealing with a sick daughter and spending money left and right on new things.  I kept forgetting to buy the ticket until I finally sat down to do it only to discover the only seats left were nosebleed and the price was more than I was willing to pay for that.

So once again I missed out.  I'm already regretting it.

But hey, they've got a new album out and I can at least get that.

Also out this week that looks interesting:  

Step Back - Johnny Winter: The legendary bluesman's last album features Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, Joe Perry, Dr. John and Brian Setzer.

Twin Cinema - New Pornographers:  An indie rock band I should probably check out one of these days.

Radio City - Big Star: The highly influential but never that successful Big Star's second album gets a remaster and new liner notes from Mike Mills (R.E.M.).

Bread & Roses Festival 4th September 1978 - Stephen Stills:  Nor far from the hills of Crosby, Stills Nash and Young's massive 1974 boxed set comes this nice concert from Stills a few years later.