Moon Taxi in the Studio

Regionally successful rock band Moon Taxi (a band that I am close to and whose success I am invested in, if you haven’t noticed already) took a day out of their busy touring schedule to begin recording tracks for a third full length album (second studio album).  The band generously allowed me to join them during a bit of the session to take a few photos.  These were taken this past Saturday at Warner Brothers’ studio on Music Row in Nashville.

Tyler Ritter, drums

Spencer Thomson, lead guitar

Tommy Putnam, bass

Lovely

Trevor Terndrup, vocals/guitar

Recording "Waves"

"It comes in waaaves."

Wes Bailey, keys


I’m really looking forward to a new album.  This band has unbelievable potential.  Keep an eye out for them.

– EJR

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Moon Taxi New Years at Exit/In

The band Moon Taxi, a favorite of mine, hosted a New Years Eve show at Exit/In here in Nashville.  I bought my tickets in October; there was no way I was going to miss such a fabulous party.  And as expected, not only did they go all out on a riotous live show, but they sold out the venue too.  I, of course, had to get a few shots of the evening (with the new camera I got for Christmas).  Also, shout out to Joey Troup on lights.  Psychedelic, man.

I’m so ready for 2010.  Let’s do this.

– EJR

Imogen Heap at Exit/In

I finally had the opportunity to see Imogen Heap live at a sold out show at the Exit/In in Nashville on Friday.  She was absolutely everything I wanted her to be.  She was energetic and fun to watch and incredibly talented, even from close up.  She wore mics on her wrists and had about four keyboards on stage.  She used the most unconventional methods with which to create her incredibly complex music.  Imogen Heap is pure enchantment.  I was enthralled with her performance.  And the fact that her set for this tour included a giant white tree with lights strung all over it and a plexiglass piano only made the experience more memorable.  She mentioned coming back to Nashville in April, and I wouldn’t dare miss it for anything.

So once again, I didn’t have my camera, which was killing me throughout the show, but my friend Candie Walter did, so these are her pictures.

By Candie Walter

The tree and the piano

By Candie Walter

Imogen Heap

By Candie Walter

The tree again, all lit up

By Candie Walter

Keytar!

By Candie Walter

The Ellipse stage

– EJR

 

Ingrid Michaelson at the Belcourt

I dropped and broke my camera on Halloween, so I wasn’t able to take any pictures of the Ingrid Michaelson show at the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville yesterday.  We did get a picture with her afterward though, courtesy my sister’s camera:

Ingrid Michaelson

My sister, Ellen, Ingrid, me, and my boyfriend, Tyler

Also, the show was amazing.  I’ve seen Ingrid play 4 times now.  Twice while I lived in New York in 2006/2007, once when the Hotel Cafe tour came through Nashville in 2008, and last night was my fourth.  My only problem with the Belcourt was that we were sitting down; I wanted to get up and dance!  I can’t wait for her to come back, though.  Last night was a fabulous way to start off the month of November.


Quote of the Night: Ingrid, after drinking from her aluminum water bottle: “You know, I’m trying to be good to the environment, but this just tastes like a key.”

– EJR

Moon Taxi and Gov’t Mule at Sloss Furnace, Birmingham

So Moon Taxi opened for Gov’t Mule on Thursday in Birmingham.  It was incredibly badass.  First of all, Sloss Furnace is such an awesome venue; second of all, GOV’T MULE?!  Third of all, there were nearly 1000 people there and MT played their infamous live show like they had been living for a day – and an audience – like that one.  Anyway, I got some really great shots of soundcheck, and then of course, of their show itself.

By Emily J Ramey

Sloss Furnace

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Wes Bailey on keys

By Emily J Ramey

Tuning up

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Trevor Terndrup on lead vocals/rhythm guitar

By Emily J Ramey

Tommy Putnam on bass

By Emily J Ramey

Spencer Thomson on lead guitar

By Emily J Ramey

Tyler Ritter on drums

By Emily J Ramey

Soundcheck

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Moon Taxi takes the stage

By Emily J Ramey

"Morning Time"

By Emily J Ramey

"Whiskey Sunset"

By Emily J Ramey

"Around the Sun"

By Emily J Ramey

"Lilliana"

By Emily J Ramey

"1939"

By Emily J Ramey

"Mustang"

By Emily J Ramey

"Common Ground"

By Emily J Ramey

"Fool's Gold"

By Emily J Ramey

"Here to Stay"

– EJR

Moon Taxi Elevator Photo Shoot

Moon Taxi played Vestavia Hills High School’s prom this weekend.  While we were loading out using an industrial elevator, inspiration struck in black and white:

Elevator 1

Elevator 2

And in color too:
Elevator 3

Elevator 5

Elevator 6– EJR