Concerts I saw in 2005

Concerts I saw in 2005

We all get bored of sports so I like to throw in a little something about music on occasion.  I didn't start talking about music on the700level until the summer, so thoughts from the first half of the year are not documented.  A few of the shows I was at in 05:

-I started 2005 off at Madison Square Garden in New York, literally, with Wilco and the Flaming Lips along with Sleater-Kinney.  This was a great show, the perfect way to break in the new year.
June: Saw Wilco at Penn's Landing and got to use perfectly fitting song lyrics that most of my readers didn't pick up on.  This was another show I thought was great.  My Morning Jacket also opened the show.
July 2: Live 8 took place in Philly and all over the world; I was there in the thick of things.  This was a really fun time, but by no means a great concert.
July 4: Right back to the Ben Franklin Parkway to see Elton John sing Philadelphia Freedom with a spectacular fireworks display.  This was okay, but by no means a great concert.
July 25: Saw the Grammy nominated John Legend along with Common at the Electric Factory.  I was impressed with John Legend.  Going into the show I knew very little about him.  Common was pretty decent at working the crows.
July 26: Larry Anderson was spotted at the Allman Brothers show at Penn's Landing.
August 8: Perhaps my favorite show of the year.: Coldplay in Camden.  The seats you have at a show definitely dictate what kind of time you have and it's almost impossible to have a bad time when you could high five Chris Martin.  I took some phenomenal pictures of Coldplay.  They really put on a great show.  Yeah, yeah, I like Coldplay.
August 11: Scott saw Dickie Betts at Maddies.
August 18: I saw the hype of the Internet, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, in the basement of the Church.  Pretty good show.  I was obsessed with their album for a month back then.
August 22: I saw the Rolling Stones at Fenway park in Boston for their tour opener, but I forgot to write about it.  Stones shows are always a fun time.  Old people can be cool.
August 28: I had a crazy weekend in South Philly which included an Eagles game, And1 mixtape game, and a Jimmy Buffett concert at Citizens Bank Ballpark.  Jimmy Buffett concerts always seem to be a fun reason to get drunk and hang out with bikini clad ladies, even in the rain.  Being on the field at CBP was definitely a highlight.
Sep 8: I saw the Phish cover band, Phix, in Manayunk and had an absolute blast.
Sep 12
: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah again at the Khyber.
Sep 28: At the T.L.A. on South Street, I saw Sufjan Stevens along with Denison Witmer.  A pretty good show, I wasn't overly impressed but definitely enjoyed it.
Oct 04: I ended up getting a ticket the day of the show for Pearl Jam at the Wachovia Center which was first row behind the stage.
Oct 08: I had pit seats again in Camden, this time for Beck.  I got some great pictures from this show as well.  This show sparked my re-obsession with Midnite Vultures.
Oct 21: Saw The Roots perform in front of City Hall.  This was a great spot to see Philly's own.  Al Gore invented the internets.
Oct 27: Dr. Dog along with The Stooges Brass Band and CYHSY again at the T.L.A.  I was impressed with the Stooges who were from New Orleans and really put on a fun show for the crowd.
Nov 15: I was supposed to see Trey Anastasio at the Tower but had to go to Chicago for business.  Instead, I listened to some of the show online at xpn.org.
Nov 21: Bright Eyes played at the Academy of Music along with Feist and The Magic Numbers.  This was a great show as well.  I fell in love with Feist and am glad I got exposed to The Magic Numbers.  Conor Oberst is weird yet talented.
Nov 22: By far the worst concert of the year I was at was The Roots at Villinova with Guster and some horrible guy named Michael Tolcher.  I know, I know, I should have known better than to go to a concert at Villanova.  I blame Sid.  The Roots basically put on the same show as they did at City Hall.
Dec 7: Now that you know my great taste in music you can download a Christmas mix I made last year which features zero of the artists I just mentioned.

Not a bad year of music viewing, and I didn't even try to remember what I saw in the first half of the year.  Anyone want to refresh my memory?  Anything I missed that I should have been at?

 

Stephen Colbert mocks Phillies, introduces Hilly Phanatic

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Stephen Colbert mocks Phillies, introduces Hilly Phanatic

The only surprising thing about Stephen Colbert making fun of the Phillies with the Democratic National Convention in town this week is that it took until Tuesday.

Colbert used our beloved Phillies as the brunt of a joke last night and then invited out the "Hilly Phanatic" instead because the real guy was unvailable.

"Unfortunately the Phillie Phanatic wasn't available for the convention because it belongs to some baseball team and they can't spare him because he's the only entertaining part," Colbert said.

As you can see below, the Hilly Phanatic has the personality of Mike Pence compared to the real Phillie Phanatic. This one looks like the Phillie Phanatic's second cousin from overseas, not from the Galapagos but rather from the land of Smurfs.

Union sign prospect Derrick Jones to homegrown contract

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Union sign prospect Derrick Jones to homegrown contract

Midfielder Derrick Jones has made Union history.

On Wednesday, the club announced Jones, 19, has been signed to the Union first team as a Homegrown Player. Currently playing with the Union’s USL affiliate Bethlehem Steel, Jones is the first Union Academy graduate to make the move from Union Academy to Union first team.

“Derrick’s progression through our system has been quicker than anticipated and it’s evident that he is ready for the next step of his career,” Union sporting director Earnie Stewart said in the team’s official release. “This is a testament to Derrick’s commitment to his trade, and it should be considered a tremendous accomplishment to become the first player to come through our Academy, to Bethlehem Steel, and finally to the first team.”

Jones, who moved to Philadelphia in 2012 from Bantana, Ghana, and worked his way through the Union Academy before joining the Steel in 2016, made his Union debut in a friendly match against Crystal Palace on July 13 at Talen Energy Stadium. 

The 6-foot-3 rangy midfielder, who doesn’t have a set position, showed well playing the entire second half, presenting his on-the-ball poise at the attacking mid position.

“Derrick has now set the benchmark for every player in our youth system,” Stewart said. “That there is a pathway to the professional level, and that it is achievable if you remain committed to your goals.”

Jones is the first Union homegrown signing since 2012. Homegrown status means the player avoids being submitted into the MLS SuperDraft. The Union Academy has been around since 2013 and is located at the YSC Center in Wayne, Pennsylvania. 

“I’m delighted that Derrick is our first and that the work of our staff has come to fruition in this way,” Academy director Tommy Wilson said. “This is a proud moment for Derrick and his family. I would like to congratulate them and everyone else who has played a part in his development.”

In final stage of rehab assignment, Aaron Altherr eager to return to Phillies

In final stage of rehab assignment, Aaron Altherr eager to return to Phillies

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- The Phillies can be forgiven to some extent for their failure to get consistent production out of their corner outfielders this season. After all, they've been without one of their projected starters since spring training.

The good news is Aaron Altherr is on the verge of returning after missing almost four months with a wrist injury. The 25-year-old reached the final stop of his rehab tour through the Phillies' minor league system Tuesday, going 1 for 3 with a double in a 4-2 victory for the Triple A Ironpigs.

Needless to say, Altherr is feeling better.

"It's going good," Altherr said of his recovery. "It gets a little tight every now and then. Just gotta loosen it up. I'm good to go."

Altherr suffered a torn ligament in his left wrist attempting a diving catch in a Grapefruit League game back in March. The injury was expected to keep the righthander out four-to-six months, possibly even ending his season.

If the current rehab assignment is any indication, it turns out he's about ready to rejoin the Phillies. Through 12 minor league games, which includes stints at Reading, Clearwater and in the Gulf Coast League, Altherr is 13 for 34 (.351) with two doubles, a home run and five RBIs. He's also walked seven times to six strikeouts and stolen two bases. Yet while clearly enjoying himself, he feels as though he's ready to rejoin the big club.

"It's been fun," Altherr said. "Was just down to (Double A) Reading, good crowd there. It's gonna be another good crowd up here (in Lehigh Valley) I'm sure. I always enjoy going to these places and seeing people again, so it's definitely fun.

"Mentally and physically, I think I'm ready to go. My timing is there. I'm just ready to go and get after it and play some games up there."

As for what he could bring to MLB's 29th-ranked offense, which too often this season has seen little impact from its corner outfielders, Altherr will do what he can to provide a spark for the Phillies.

"I hope so," Altherr said. "I'm not gonna try to do too much though. I'm just gonna go up there and do what I know I can do and hopefully help out the team any way I can."

A ninth-round draft pick in 2009, Altherr got his first serious look with the Phillies last year, batting .241 with 19 extra-base hits and 22 RBIs in 39 games. It wasn't nearly enough to anoint the German-born prospect as part of the franchise's rebuilding effort, but the organization was hoping to use 2016 to evaluate his potential as an everyday player.

"I wouldn't say missed opportunity," Altherr said about the poor timing of his injury. "Things like this happen. I'll get back stronger than ever and show what I can do. It is what it is. I've worked hard every day and tried to get back as fast as I could."

He's right, of course. It's not like all is lost in that sense. Cody Asche, Peter Bourjos and Tyler Goeddel have had their moments, but none has cemented his role moving forward. Outside of likely September call-up Nick Williams posting quality numbers at Triple A, there isn't exactly a long line of players knocking down the door for one of those two spots.

"There's always going to be competition no matter where you are in life, so I definitely don't really think about it too much," Altherr said. "I just have to go out there and control what I can control and play the way I know I can play."

Altherr's opportunity is coming any day now. A 6-foot-5, 215-pound athlete who also happens to be a plus-defender could bring a lot to the mix for the Phillies right now. It may be too late to find out this year if he has a long and bright future with the club, but he could certainly provide some excitement down the stretch.