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If you had your own reality show, what would it be called? What would it be about? Who would the main characters be?

My own reality show would be following me going to concerts. It would probably be called something like… Concert Katie’s corner.  I’m not sure who the main characters would be but I do know that there would be a recurring character of the dude who gets too damn close to me and devours all my personal space at General Admission shows.  Because this dude shows up in my life far too often… lol 

Kicking Daisies At The Space 1/29

Kicking Daisies is a Connecticut based band made up of 4 teenagers, Duran (guitar/vocals), Ben (lead guitar), and sisters Carly (bass) and Caitlin (drums).  They were recently named Radio Disney’s “Next Big Thing” for 2010 and their single “Keeping Secrets” can be heard frequently on the station.  If you want to check out their music, they stream most of their EP on their website and their EP is also available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon.

On Saturday they did a show at The Space in Hamden, CT.  A small venue which has a capacity of about 150. Also joining them for the show was FIGHTING CONFESSION and Twenty To Twelve.

When I got there, it didn’t look like doors were opened yet. I was a bit confused because my ticket said 6pm but the venue website said 7pm.  A little after 7 it looked like people were going in, but there was still a long line.  I waited a bit longer and ventured over to the door.  What had happened was they had a line with tickets and a line for people who were going to be buying tickets that night.  The line with tickets was inside and the rest were waiting (about 50 people) but the venue was nearly at capacity and they only had 20 tickets left!  Everyone was crowded around the area to give your ticket so I hung back while they sold the last 20 tickets.  People in the crowd were complaining that KD “better make it up to them” because they hadn’t missed a show of theirs yet. (Here’s a thought – buy your ticket in advance)

While I managed to sneak around to give my ticket and get my hand stamped the venue was handing out numbers.  They were sent to another area that the venue owned and then as people left The Space they’d be allowed in, in number order.

Twenty to Twelve was on stage already when I got in.  It was incredibly crowded and it was hard to really enjoy the band (no fault of the band though!)  I was standing right near the sound board with about 2 inches of personal space around me! It was awful for a little bit there.  Then I heard the owner (?) tell the sound guy it was the band’s last song, but after they finished it, they kept going into another song!  There were shouts of “cut the mic!”, but it seemed like the lead singer just got louder.  They did end up leaving in the middle of the song, but everyone was worried that would throw everything way off schedule for the evening.

Fighting Confession was up next and as they were in their first song, the owner (?) came back and said they were back on schedule and that Kicking Daisies would be on at around 8:45 or 9pm and didn’t even have an hour worth of material for their setlist.  It seemed like a lot of people were there for Fighting Confession and I had hear that numbers 1-10 from the waiting list were let inside.  They were alright, but I thought that they were trying too hard to impress the kids by saying “shit” every time they talked to the crowd.

Then it was time for Kicking Daisies.  The nice thing was, there was not a lot of set up time between bands at all. Only about 10 minutes which was pretty shocking. Usually shows are like 20-30 minutes in between sets!  The owner(?) said that he wasn’t even going to introduce them, we had to shout who we were there to see and he made everyone shout “KICKING DAISIES!” twice before they took the stage. Their first song was Promises and man do these kids have energy.  During one song, Ben had a guitar solo and he climbed up on the drumset and started playing the guitar with his teeth. It was ridiculous (in a really good way) and they really had the crowd pumped.  They said happy birthday to a few people who were in the crowd and talked a bit about their EP and new album that is due out hopefully in the Spring in between songs.

Before “Video Killed the Radio Star” Duran joked that he had written it back in the 80s and Caitlin did a bit of “ba dum ch” on the drums. The Duran tried to say that he was sorry his jokes were bad, but every time he said ANYTHING, there was Caitlin again with a “ba dum ch”  To the point that Duran couldn’t even say what he wanted to say, he just cracked up and asked her to stop.  Of course, that made her do it one more time before they finally went into the song.  After that song they went into another cover – except this time Caitlin and Duran swapped places.  He played the drums while she rapped on a rendition of “Airplanes”  I wanted to sneak out a bit early to get out of the parking lot ASAP (snow was supposed to be coming) and I hear the owner(?) tell another guy that “that was it” so I decided to take off.  I don’t know if they did an encore after Airplanes or not.

I think that they are really going to be going places.  For being so young they are all really good at their instruments (especially Ben!) and they seem to be having a ton of fun doing it.  I am pretty sure next time they come around this area it will be somewhere a bit larger – as they recently sold out The Fairfield Theater and now The Space! (Both in the 150ish for capacity)

Set list and a couple of photos under the cut!

Cruel Intentions
Shut Up!
Keeping Secrets
The Plan
Alive (new)
Video Killed The Radio Star (cover)
Airplanes (cover)

The Daily Post

What’s one piece of technology you can’t live without? 

My computer! Although, I guess technically it would be my internet connection because my computer without the internet would get boring after a bit. I wouldn’t be able to update anything or find out new things if I couldn’t surf the web!

First concert of the year is tonight!

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What’s going on in your life right now that’s driving you nuts?

All the snow!!!! First, I had to reschedule our 3rd row tickets for the Lion King to a new date because there was a blizzard. (Which is probably how we got the 3rd row in the first place) and our new tickets are 16th row.  Still not terrible, but yeah.

Also, we are supposed to be getting MORE SNOW tonight and tomorrow (though I guess not a lot) and tonight I am going to the Hockey game about an hour away and tomorrow is my January concert – about half an hour away – Kicking Daisies.  I am hoping that neither of these events will be canceled or ruined by the snow because I have not been out of the house for an extended period of time in I don’t know how long because of this damn snow.

And then!!! Tuesday into Wednesday we are supposed to be getting another blizzard.  Where we will put the snow, I don’t even know.. Our mailbox is pretty much buried and we didn’t even get mail yesterday because the streets were so bad. We need to get one of those incredible custom mailboxes from a site like, they have all kinds of stunning and inventive mailboxes. We might get one customized to be heated durring storms.

Nuts is an understatement LOL

Rock N Roll Fridays – Blondie

1. HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE : “ You’ve got me hangin on the telephone…”
Have you ever fallen asleep while talking on the phone?
I am not a big telephone talker in general, so I am pretty sure that has never happened.

2. ONE WAY OR ANOTHER : “One way or another, I’m gonna find ya. I’m gonna get ya , I’ll get ya…”
Where is the oddest place you agreed to meet someone?
I really don’t meet people in odd places.  The mall, a commuter lot, etc… but nothing too odd!

3. PRETTY BABY : “Pretty baby, you look so heavenly. A neo nebula from under the sun…”
Post your baby picture here.
I don’t have any baby pictures handy! I did have a couple on my myspace account, but I deleted that about a year ago

4. RIP HER TO SHREDS : “Check out those shoes. She looks like she stepped out of the middle of somebody’s blues. She looks like the Sunday comics, she thinks she’s Brenda Starr…”
Who did you last rip apart or gossip about?
Probably a celebrity.

5. ATOMIC : “Oh, oh heart make it magnificent. Tonight , tonight….”
Do you believe in nuclear energy? If not, what type of power do you prefer?
I don’t know.

6. PICTURE THIS : “All I want is a photo in my wallet. A small remembrance of something more solid. All I want is a picture of you.”
Are you into photography? What do you usually photograph?
Yes I am. Usually I photograph concerts or baseball games.

7. DENIS : “Denis Denis I’m so in love with you. You’re my king. I’m in heaven every time I look at you…”
What is your favorite name that is used by both boys and girls (Example: Jean/Gene)?

8. UNION CITY BLUE : “Oh ho, oh ho, what are we gonna do? Union, union, union city blue. Tunnel to the other side. It becomes daylight.”
Are you in a union? Do you believe in them?
No I’m not.

9. HEART OF GLASS : “Love is so confusing there’s no peace of mind. If I fear I’m losing you, it’s just no good. You teasing like you do…”
When was the last time you teased someone?
Probably one of my family members in the last week or so.

10. DREAMING : “Dream, dream. Even fir a little while. Dream, dream. Filling up an idle hour. Fade away….radiate…”
What do you daydream about?
Getting out of here

11. CALL ME : “Cover me with kisses baby, cover me with love. Roll me in designer sheets, I’ll never get enough…”
Should prostitution be legal? Why or why not?
Umm I don’t know. I don’t really have an opinion either way.

12. RAPTURE : “Fab Five Freddy told me everbody’s fly…”
Who is your favorite rap artist, or if you don’t like rap music, what about it do you dislike?

13. EAT TO THE BEAT : “Hey you gotta tummy ache, and I remember sitting in the bathroom drinking up a seltzer. Eat to the beat…”
When was the last time you had a tummy ache and what caused it?
Last week and I still don’t know what caused it! But I am better now so that is all that matters

The Daily Post

If stranded on a desert island, and could only bring one music album with you, which would it be? What is it about this music that never gets old for you?

I’ll have to admit, this is a tough one.. and I’ve gone back and forth a couple of times and I am just going to make my decision and post now because I honestly could debate this all day long.  Assuming I could not make myself some sort of mixed cd – I am going to have to go with Hanson’s Middle of Nowhere.  Even though I generally wake up in the mood to listen to boybands more than I ever wake up in the mood to listen to Hanson… (probably because I realize their live shows are way better than listening to their albums will ever be lol) I just have to go with the orange CD that started it all.  Nearly 14 years and counting and the opening notes of this CD still make me just as happy as they did in May of 1997 when I first bought it.

(And I have 10,000+ songs in my iTunes so this really was a difficult decision, though the choice may seem obvious)

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Who are the three funniest people in the world? Who are the three funniest people you know personally?

This is hard because most people everyone else in the world find funny, I find to be obnoxious.  I haven’t thought long and hard – but I’m going to go with George Carlin, Ellen DeGeneres and Conan O Brien.

As far as people I know – I’m going to go with Hanson even though I don’t “know” them lol  Purely based on their Hanson Shopping Network bit they did during their Christmas special.  I looked quickly and couldn’t find a video – but if you are a Hanson fan you know what I am talking about 🙂  

Reality Television

Tell us why you love or hate reality television. What is your favorite or most hated program? Would you ever or have you ever tried to be on a reality television show?

Some reality TV I love, and others I find ridiculous.  Lately I have gotten more into Survivor – my brother got my parents hooked on it when it first started, but now he barely watches it.  My favorite shows would have to be Big Brother, The Amazing Race and American Idol. I used to be in to The Real World but I haven’t watched that in years and I don’t tend to follow many of MTV or VH1s “reality” shows… they really should go back to playing music videos.

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