As I was trying to educate my youngest on the historical significance of the US military victory in Europe during World War II, she reminded me that she is only 5. She didn’t actually remind me of her age. Instead, as the final words of my explanation hovered in the air, she pulled up her collar, sort of a loose fitting turtle neck, and proclaimed, … Continue reading Convoy of Liberty – Prague 2016
I have been to some pretty loud concerts in my day. I remember Sugar at Deep Ellum Live during my freshman year in college. Doves at the 9:30 club as a young professional just starting out in Washington, DC also left an indelible mark on my ear drums. On Monday night, Kurt Vile and the Violators set out to prove that they could one-up even … Continue reading Kurt Vile at Lucerna Music Bar, Prague 06-17-13
I wanna write my whole life down Burn it there to the ground I wanna sing at, top of my lungs For fun, screamin’ annoyingly ‘Cause that’s just me bein’ me, bein’ free Kurt Vile – “On Tour” John Hiatt introduced me to the idea of a musician as “a lifer” when I interviewed him many years ago. The concept is pretty simple. It just … Continue reading Kurt Vile and the Violators – July 31, 2012 – Meet Factory – Prague, Czech Republic
I may as well have taken a time machine to 1979 London last night. On the Lucerna Music Bar stage were 1/4 of Joy Division and his backing band, The Light, playing note-for-note renditions of every Joy Division song worth playing. To top it off, there was a guy with the biggest mo-hawk I have ever seen right in the middle of my line of sight. Normally, … Continue reading Peter Hook and the Light – February 12, 2012 – Lucerna Music Bar – Prague, Czech Republic
One day, earlier this summer, I christened this summer the “Summer of Prague Towers”. Grandiose name notwithstanding, I meant to rally Mrs. NH, consummate planner of all free time, to set aside the coming sunny summer days as time to explore many of the climbable towers of Prague – as a family. Unfortunately, life and a really rainy summer have gotten in the way of … Continue reading Prague Towers
Somewhere, Czechoslovak communists are turning in their graves. Last night’s show at the Vltavská Cultural Center in Prague had the rock band Primal Scream playing in what appeared to be the basement of a run-down building adorned with old, ugly socialist realism sculptures. The near atomic combination of the eye-searing, color-saturated, bright visuals and ear bleeding volume of the show must have exorcised the last … Continue reading Primal Scream – Screamadelica Live – August 7, 2011 Vltavská Cultural Center Prague, Czech Republic
As strands of “I’ll be Home for Christmas” still linger in the wires of my freshly unplugged stereo, I check my flight online and am forced to break the bad news to Mrs. NH. Pregnant Mrs. NH, mind you. At first, she doesn’t believe me. Then, she asks me to pull up the page to prove it. Then, she swears like a sailor. I love … Continue reading Marooned in Prague!