Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Eskimo Joe at the Annandale

On Saturday May 13th, Daniel and I checked out the gig by the Perth boys Eskimo Joe at the Annandale Hotel. Having never seen them live or even knowing much of their other songs aside from the ones that have received the most airplay ("From the Sea" and their latest "Black Fingernails, Red Wine") we were hoping for some great tunes and yes they did deliver! :)
I remember the first song I ever heard of Eskimo Joe was when I was back in year 11 (wow that's almost seven years ago!) and I heard "Turn Up Your Stereo". I really took a liking to that song and if I was to hear that song now (instead of back then) and compare it to the songs made recently, I would never have thought it was from the same band. Eskimo Joe have certainly come a long way since then!
Eskimo Joe's support acts were the Offcuts and Red Jezebel(Perth). Their live performance was also quite engaging and I especially liked the unusual but lovely mix of country/alternative/rock and in one part Spanish classical guitar which came from the band Red Jezebel.
But the highlight of the evening was no doubt Eskimo Joe! Since their appearance on stage the atmosphere was incredible and the music even more so. I think the woman in front of Daniel was having the best time of her life, having almost guaged out one of his eyes in all the excitement of throwing up her hands constantly! :) Luckily he was saved by her own decision to move to the front of the stage.
After the show we bought their latest single release, "Black Fingernails, Red Wine" which was on sale and walked out of the Annandale Hotel when I realised maybe we could meet the band and possibly get their autographs too! Unfortunately they wouldn't let us back in so that was a little bit of a let down. But it didn't stop me from singing their songs on the trip back home in the car. It was a great night in a very intimately small setting, just right!
Can't wait to see them again!

Sunday, May 07, 2006


I've expanded my blogging-ness to mySpace.com, although I really just signed up to myspace so I could check out musician/band images and talk directly to them via the messaging board. The only down-side to this site is that you have to do a free register before you can check out anyone's pictures or message them directly and you always have to login to your account in order to do this (a bit of a hassle). So Blogger still kicks ass when it comes to viewing and sharing. Myspace address is http://www.myspace.com/eleonortapia

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Design News From Eleonor

I've just set up a new blog where I will be publishing the latest on design and e-learning. Read about the exciting new web resource in Quality In Learning and Teaching-QILT from the University of Western Sydney, produced by the Educational Development Centre (EDC) here!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Nickelback Rocks the Superdome

Nickelback banner outside The Superdome

Chad on stage with a massive tv screen in the middle of the stage, which was one of three

The total band on stage

Close-up of The Chad in action

On Saturday the 29th of April, Daniel and I were rocked by Nickelback in concert at the Sydney Superdome!...although much to our disappointment, the fans around us were like zombies in front of a tv at home who couldn't be bothered getting off their asses the whole time!
The concert was awesome and certainly wasn't a reflection of what was happening around us in terms of the unlively "older" fans. It had everything I had come to love from their first concert back in 2004 for their Long Road tour; pyrotechnics, fireworks, explosions and lots of it! The band's ability to entertain the crowd was incredible. Not only did they shoot out freebies to the audience via small hand-held canons but they also did their famous "beer-o'clock" segment! This is where the band in the space of a minute, toss out beer to the audience in plastic cups! It was so much fun watching the beer spraying through the air and watching it splat on the person (who didn't catch it) and the many people around them.
Chad (lead singer and guitarist) was extremely sociable to the crowd, he even had time to have a conversation with one of the fans in the audience up the front. Chad later took a poster from a fan and held it up to everyone at the concert to see, it read "TWINS 4 CHAD", to which he responded "that's a first for our concerts and you have my undivided attention...but if you're after my kids I'm walking in this direction". (he started walking away from them :) )
Chad invited everyone in the audience to party with them at the Home nightclub afterwards! I can just imagine how packed that venue would have been!
I lost my voice at this concert just like the last, but it was all worth it! Posted by Picasa