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Sara F*CKING Bareilles!

I’ve been wanting to go to a legit Sara Bareilles show for the LONGEST TIME. And I say legit because I’ve only been to an in-store signing/performance (her first ever in-store signing at Virgin Mega Store in SF back in ’07, and I was the first in line… not that that matters) and last year I saw her at the Now & Zen Fest in Golden Gate Park. Those can count as shows, but they weren’t part of any headlining tour or anything. I wanted to go to a show that required her to be on stage for more than 45 minutes. I have missed so many opportunities to see her in concert, and every time those days came up I would think, “Dammit, I’m missing Sara! RUUUUUGH!!!” I was even in the city when she had her show at the Fillmore which was filmed for her DVD Between The Lines. Can you imagine how pissed I was to miss that particular show?

Tim surprised me with tickets a couple weeks ago. He said we’ve been talking about going to one of her concerts for so long, and she’s been to San Francisco how many times, and who knows how long until she comes back… needless to say I was overjoyed. WORLD’S BESTEST BOYFRIEND EVAR.

I first heard of Sara Bareilles when “Love Song” was the free iTunes single of the week in the summer of 2007. I looked up her debut album and listened to snippets and instantly fell in love. That’s also when I was coping with my first big break-up, so Sara Bareilles was basically a godsend to me and my form of therapy. Little Voice and Kaleidoscope Heart are two of my favorite albums ever. I’ve said on numerous occasions (mostly to myself) that if my life had a soundtrack, hella songs off both those albums would probably be on it. I mean, “Gonna Get Over You” was my love life’s theme song for almost an effing year. Thankfully that doesn’t apply to me anymore though. *phew* “Let The Rain” is my quarter life crisis jam.

Oh, and you know what else I love about Sara B? She swears like a sailor and is utterly hilarious. Her and Mindy Kaling need to be my BFFs. This is the part where I could go off on a tangent about all the amazingly girly BFF things we’ll do together, like get our nails did while sipping on Mimosas, but I’ll spare you, dear reader.

The concert on Saturday was the very last show of her tour, and she said it’s the biggest venue she’s ever played. So I was there for another milestone in her career! She also said she got laryngitis a few days before and was injected with a massive amount of steroids to finish off her last two shows (LA and SF). And her performance was f*cking flawless. That lady just knows how to put on a good show.

Here are a couple of songs I recorded at the show:

This one is a new song. I’m not sure if she’ll ever record it due to all the profanity, but it just makes me love her even more. And I didn’t know that it was possible to love her more than I already do. I can think of a couple of people I’d like to dedicate this song to… *manical laughter* BTW, this was an all ages show and there were a couple of 11-year-olds in the front row. Some really awesome babysitter brought them to the show. If you’re easily offended by foul language, you probably shouldn’t watch the video. x___x

“Come Round Soon” is one of my favorite Sara B songs, and this version of it is rad as hell. OMG. I thought it was a new song until I heard her start to sing. She also did an awesome rendition of “Bottle It Up” where she’s banging on the bass drum, and the rest of her band are playing the piano. I didn’t get to upload that video. And my camera cut it off anyway because my SD card didn’t have enough space left. Oh well.

If you haven’t heard any of Sara Bareilles’ music, or heard of her at all, I suggest you go correct that.

PS: This is my 100th post! HOLY SH!T!

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Chateau Cronie

Yesterday was quite eventful as I FINALLY got to see Agent Ribbons live at Harlow’s in Sacramento! I even dolled up a bit for the occasion; I usually like doing the jeans-n-cardigan thing for shows, but not for this one! I totally forgot to put nylons on though, so my legs were like fleshy popsicles by the end of the night. Also, the photo above marks my first legit self-portrait. Huzzah for tripods and my mother’s fancy SLR with the self-timer button! They make life so much easier.

In case you’re wondering who the frak Agent Ribbons are, I shall give you a primer: they’re an indie duo-turned trio-turned duo again from Sacramento, but are now based in Austin, TX ,whose sound has been described as [from what I’ve read in random reviews] a mix of vaudeville, baroque, 60’s garage rock, and cabaret. One of the songs off their album Chateau Crone was featured on The Vampire Diaries not too long ago, and it’s actually available on Amazon for FREE. Mod Cloth even sells a dress that’s named after them.

About 4 years ago, my late friend Jim told me about them because he had recorded and mixed most of the songs on On Time Travel and Romance, which is brilliant by the way. “Call Me Margaret” was the default song on his MySpace page and he said to check it out. So I did, and I fell in love. Whenever I make mix CDs for friends, I include at least one or two of their songs on them. Just trying to spread the gospel of Agent Ribbons, y’know? I actually got to talk to Natalie (lead singer/guitarist) for a bit before the show and she was so effing sweet despite the fact that I was awkward. I hate meeting people I admire, any sort of social skills I have (and I don’t have a whole lot to begin with) completely go away. Other people who have experienced my awkwardness: Sara Bareilles, Greg Laswell, and Nathan Fillion. I hope I never meet John Krasinski.

I shall leave you all with a video I took at last night’s show:

PS: Check out On Time Travel and Romance and Chateau Crone and thank me later. 😉

outfit details:

  • cardigan: H&M
  • dress/belt: Target
  • shoes: Charles Albert
  • necklace: thrifted
  • glasses: Tilly’s