I wanted to put together a special post for your birthday; some of these you've seen before, some will be new to you.
So here's my mish-mash birthday present to you. Hope you enjoy.
Jake Gyllenhaal / U2 / Staples Center / November 1, 2005
(I cut the setlist at the important part. The rest of the setlist, if you're so inclined, can be found here.)
When Jake showed up on Conan on November 3, 2005 and talked about the U2 gig from a couple of nights before, I wondered if somewhere, someplace, out there on the interwebs I might be able to find snippets of this particular concert. Over a year later - enter YouTube and actual footage from that very show.
Hee. Miracle Drug. Aww how was he to know or remember it was The Electric Co. that segued into Send In The Clowns - that song and that album, Boy, came out the year he was born. Oh don't we feel old now. O_o
Jake / Gnarls Barkley / Stubb's / September 13, 2006
I have fond memories of Jake and the ACL Fest in September of 2006. There were so many tidbits coming from bloggers that weekend, we could hardly keep up. Good times.
Now by this time YouTube had become a part of my daily fabric so I knew I'd be able to find Cee-Lo singing Crazy at that Stubb's gig in Austin. Matter of fact, I found several. Thank you people of Austin, Texas for making this almost too easy for me.
And then Jake visited Conan again. And talked about being out of work for six months. And how he could only liken it to. . . Well, take a look.
Jake / Ray LaMontagne / Zilker Park / September 16, 2006
A couple of days later during that same ACL Fest week/weekend Jake and Co. were stage left during Ray LaMontagne's performance of How Come. A couple of fans right up front did the proper thing - turned their video cameras AWAY from Ray LaMontagne so they could capture the hypnotic White Boy Dance on the side of the stage.
Full version - whole song. Couple of things - if you remember watching this video at the time you'll remember that the sound is terrible (camera's mic too sensitive for the stage monitors) so proceed with caution. Also, some men make better chefs than dancers. And that's all I'll say on that. ;-)
Hanging with the sweaty, beer-soaked masses backstage at the Ray LaMontagne gig at the ACL Fest.
Oh, hey, UV, guess who's in town tomorrow night for the first game of a weekend series? Do you remember the LAST time they were in town for the first game of a weekend series? Ohh I think you do.
I still think the L&O franchise dropped the ball on this one; kid shows some real promise!
If you always wanted to know how to pronounce Happy Birthday in Gaelic, take a listen.
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