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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Happy Christmas!

I've put together a playlist of the Christmas time videos I've made over the years.

Happy Christmas!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Summer Music Festival Footage - Part 5: A Show In-Between Fests In Pittsburgh

A couple weeks after Audiofeed ended prior to Stand Together Fest there was a show in Pittsburgh which I got to have a hand in helping take place. Derek Zanetti of The Homeless Gospel Choir put together a show for himself with Listener, The Wild, and last minute add-on The Soil & The Sun. It was good to be part of a show again even if it was simply taking money at the door. The show was well attended and all the bands were great as expected.

The Soil & The Sun


The Wild


Taking + Killing by The Homeless Gospel Choir


Tornadoes by Listener


After the show I hung with the guys for a while then drove a while…as long as I could then slept in a parking lot in Ohio.

Footage filmed using a Sony HD Bloggie & iPhone 4 & edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. All footage filmed & edited by Joel A. Swanson

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Summer Music Festival Footage - Part 4: Audiofeed Day 2 (or 3 counting the Hog Roast)

Saturday July 6th…we woke to another day at Audiofeed. A good number of new folks had shown up at the festival grounds after playing another festival in Illinois consisting of mainly punk bands. On the way to shower I caught a set by Triple Stitch and was able to catch up with a few friends.


After the shower on my way to the tent to drop my things off I happened upon my first "generator" experience of this fest on the Front Porch Stage by Must Build Jacuzzi. This stage gave opportunities to the bands who were not booked to play Audiofeed.


After a quick run to the tent, I returned to hear some celtic folk punk by 6'10. This is a side project with Tobin and Brandon from Flatfoot 56.


I was able to then see Brandon Reid on the Acoustic Stage after missing him the day before.


A Hill To Die Upon played metal at the Blacksheep/HM Stage.


After this, I went indoors to the Arkansas Stage for the Spoken Nerd set.


Spirit & The Bride played in the field behind the Blacksheep/HM Stage as part of the Front Porch generator stage. It was another good performance by them and I was able to again capture the entire set on film.


Next, I caught The Scurvies set. I was intending to see them the week before in Chicago as well but due to a car accident this ended up being the only set I caught from the Scurvies for the summer.


As night began to fall, the Acoustic Stage became the Asylum Stage and I caught a Steampunk performance by Insomniac Folklore.


Another unscheduled band played the Front Porch Stage and certainly left an impression with the performance and antics. Desiring Dead Flesh is not to be missed.


We returned to see Midnight Valentine at the Asylum Stage.


I wasn't able to catch a lot of the set, but I was able to watch a few songs by the Saudades on the Front Porch.


I spent much of the set by Grave Robber back stage. I was privileged to shoot blood into the crowd before filming "Army Of The Dead"


At the Arkansas Stage, I filmed the entire set by Listener.


Flatfoot 56 made a surprise appearance at Audiofeed.


The festival ended with The Soil & The Sun.


All band footage is in a playlist that can be accessed here:


This festival, though only a few days compared to the week long retreat that Cornerstone was, it was still refreshing and enjoyable. It was nice this year to have the company of Elphie though I did miss the crew from the 86 and all the banter and fun we would have over the course of the travel and week at Cornerstone. To me, Audiofeed is the logical next step in this journey of life for me & the way I hope to spend many of the summers to come.

That said, summer 2013 still had a long way until its end and a few more small music festivals to be attended...

All footage was filmed & edited by Joel A. Swanson. Footage was filmed using a JVC HDD Everio & edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Summer Music Festival Footage - Part 3: Audiofeed Day 1 (or 2 if ya count the Hog Roast)

Friday, July 5th I woke up in my tent which was nicely shaded due to good planning in the "picking a spot to camp" department. Elphie remained asleep so I explored the campgrounds as things began to start up. I visited the showers and found them to have warm water (some of which went to brew my coffee I purchase from The 86). I returned to the tent, drank some coffee and ate granola bars before venturing back out to listen to music...Elphie slept. The shade from the trees would remain through midafternoon.

Though my intentions were to see Brandon Reid, I mistakenly found myself at the Acoustic Stage watching another folksy fellow named Josh Ehrmann instead. Brandon was scheduled to play the following day there and was at the Arkansas Stage on this day. It didn't matter, I enjoyed the set by Josh Ehrmann.


After Josh played I went to check in with some friends as to the start time of their set. Nothing seemed to be going on at the tent they were scheduled to be on though the paperwork indicated there should be music going on. I ventured to the Arkansas Stage to catch some of Timbre's set before returning to the Blacksheep/HM Stage.


Back at the Blacksheep/HM Stage, my friends in Spirit & The Bride were finally about to get things going. They would be the first hardcore band to play Audiofeed. I set up a second camera on the edge of the stage and came away pleased with the footage I got to edit of this set and how it fit together for the most part. It's a pleasure knowing these dudes and see them do so well when they get a chance to play.


After Spirit & The Bride I was able to hear some passionate spoken word from Keyoung.


Friends who would perform later at the Asylum Stage would arrive around this time so we all met up and then eventually ended up back at the camping area and Elphie began to wake up. I returned to the music to catch a little bit of From The Eyes Of Servants.


Around dinner time some more friends were starting their set so I caught a little bit of The Rose Hill then listened to the rest while eating dinner.


After dinner there some instrumental music by Comrades. I had the privilege of booking them at my house toward the end of being allowed to do that so it was good to see them again.


The Burial did some metal later...


Relesser got the night started at the Asylum Stage...


I returned to the Blacksheep/HM Stage to catch a little bit of Maylene & The Sons of Disaster...


Then I returned to the Asylum Stage to see Leper play. Elphie got to light up some candles and then tossed candy (which you see at the beginning of the footage) during the set. It was a bit different than originally hoped but a good set nonetheless.


The evening ended for us after Leper. We hung out some with folks around the camp as well as at the Asylum. The feelings that this would be the new traditional summer getaway continued to grow as the day went on.

All footage was filmed & edited by Joel A. Swanson. Footage filmed using a JVC HDD Everio & Sony HD Bloggie. Footage edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini.

A full festival playlist is here:


Friday, October 4, 2013

Summer Music Festival Footage - Part 2: The Hog Roast @ Audiofeed

On July 4th we arrived at Audiofeed to see a lot of the Cornerstone family! After setting up camp and getting some food at the Hog Roast we listened to some folks speaking and some music to unofficially kick off the festival. Here are the clips from that day:

Dougle McMysteron

Tobin Bawinkel


Noah James

Glenn Kaiser

There is a lot more to come. There will be a youtube playlist of the Audiofeed footage as well.

All footage filmed with a JVC HDD Everio & edited on a Mac Mini using Final Cut Pro. Filmed & edited by Joel A. Swanson

Monday, August 26, 2013

Summer Music Festival Footage - Part 1: Kingdom Come Festival

I found out about Kingdom Come Festival which was held in Kokomo, Indiana by my friends in Corpus Christi. With the demise of Cornerstone I figured I'd give it a shot believing some sort of Cornerstone type event would be held during the following week - the traditional Cornerstone week. Later I found that other friends, Grave Robber would be playing. Unfortunately Corpus Christi was unable to play but were replaced by Take The Name. Though I didn't plan to attend the entire festival, I did want to see these two bands. They played on different days so that meant figuring out a sleeping arrangement since this was not a camping festival.

This ended up being my official Summer Festival kick off (though a couple weeks prior there was a small one day event called Solid Rock & Metal Fest in Pennsylvania that I attended & filmed - it's in a previous post). I took some much needed time away from work and travelled for about two weeks starting in the Cincinnati area where I caught a show (footage also posted previously) and spent time with friends - one of which travelled to the rest of the festivals with me.

We arrived on Friday night at the festival in Kokomo, Indiana. We arrived just before Children 18:3 played and after that was Grave Robber:

Children 18:3

Grave Robber (full sett)

We ended up staying at a church (I can't for the life of me remember it's name nor the name of the youth pastor that worked this out but Thank you!)

Saturday morning we were fed by those same gracious people at another church and made our way back to the park where this festival took place. It rained...and rained...and rained. I started thinking about leaving without watching Take The Name but there as a bit of a break in the rain so we decided to give it a go and were able to not get too soaked while watching two bands: Silver From The Flames & Take The Name. Silver From The Flames are ranging in ages from 8-15 years old. They are all siblings. It was pretty amazing to see such young kids play as good of a set as they did. Take The Name was as good as i remembered so I was glad to stick around.

Silver From The Flames

Take The Name

After that was the trip to Chicago & onto Audiofeed Festival. The real adventure I suppose began as we left...

All footage included here was filmed using a JVC HDD Everio. It was edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. All Footage filmed & edited by Joel A. Swanson

Friday, July 19, 2013

My Pittsburgh Life - June 2013

my Pittsburgh Life - June 2013


Footage includes scenery in and around Pittsburgh, the making of delicious coffee, shaving the playoff beard, some firecracker fun, some storms, Gerrit Cole's first game & win with the Pirates, the Three Rivers Arts Festival, Al riding Dylan's moped, and learning some tunes on bass.

Music used is Home by Jon Sonnenberg.

Filmed using a Sony HD Bloggie & an iPhone 4. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini.

Filmed & edited by Joel A. Swanson

Monday, July 15, 2013

06.26.13 @ The Thompson House - First Stop Of The RocknRoll Vacation

As I travelled west for some Music Festivals and to see a favorite person in my world, I made a stop in the Cincinnati area for a couple of days. I arrived in time to catch a show at The Thompson House in Newport, KY featuring some bands with members who I am friends with. I unfortunately was a bit late so I did miss one group of friends but caught the end of the set of The Colour Of Amber. I missed the opportunity to get any video footage though. The rest of the bands I did film though and they are posted below.

This was the first time I've been to the Thompson House since the change in name & management. I'm not sure what I think of it now. I suppose it doesn't matter too much since I've moved on to Pittsburgh...

Corpus Christi


The Overseer


The Great Commission


Impending Doom


The next video I will likely complete & post will be from life in June leading up to this trip. My hope is I have the time over the next couple of days to edit & process it...life seems to be lacking a whole lot going on to get in the way.

All video in this post was filmed using a Sony HD Bloggie & edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. All footage filmed & edited by Joel A. Swanson

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

RocknRoll Vacation...

After that last video went up about 2 weeks ago, I have been Midwest American traveling on what I called a RocknRoll vacation. Though it didn't all go as planned, overall this has been a great break from life.

I write this sitting at work on my first night back. The shift started just over an hour after I got back into town. Lots of video will be posted as soon as I can get to it. There are a few things I need to take care of in the real world which will delay the process some. What is to come includes footage from the new music festival known as Audiofeed. This was a real good time and expect the next one to be even better. It is the best thing for the former Cornerstone crowd. Hopefully with a little more time the word will spread for the next festival and pull in a few more folks. It was good as it was though. Also included is some clips from another fest called Kingdom Come, a trip to Chicago, and a show in Cincinnati.

Again, all this as well as "Life" clips will be posted very soon.

Also, thanks to all for the new "likes" over at the facebook page! Thanks also to Elphie for her help in spreading the word and her part in the coming videos!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Minimizing The Distance...


Using part of the song, Ready To Blow by KMFDM, this is a conceptual piece based of conversations about ways two people could be able to see each other more. It may be just a dream but here's what it could look like.

Partially filmed using an iPhone 4 and some footage compiled from other videos found on youtube. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini.

Filmed (partially) & edited by Joel A. Swanson


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

06.15.13 & 06.16.13 RocknRoll Weekend w/ mewithoutYou, Shone, & Leagues

This was the third year in a row that a great show happened to fall on Father's Day and so I attended that show. Unlike the previous two years, this show did not feature Listener. Instead it featured mewithoutYou. For a long time now I've felt that mewithoutYou was my favorite touring band to see live. Again, they put on a rad show but surprisingly played a lot more new stuff than I expected including one that didn't make it onto the new album.


Opening for mewithoutYou was a band called Shone. There was this internet buzz going on earlier this year about "Heat Thing." It turns out that this was the title of Shone's album and those guys were somehow behind the hype. Thankfully, it wasn't all just hype and they put on a great performance as well.


Prior to the show was a potluck and the chance for folks to join Aaron Weiss (lead vocals of mewithoutYou if ya for some reason didn't know) in singing Sacred Harp songs. I thought I may have been too late to see that but a friend tipped me off it was still going on so I went back behind the venue to check it out and caught a little bit on video.


On Saturday, I visited Pittsburgh's 3 River's Arts Festival. There was one band on the bill that I recoznized so I checked them out. They are called Leagues. I seem to remember them being played on RadioU. As I arrived the song I had heard was being played. I captured the next one on film.


Besides all the good live music, I got to see a number of friends. That made the hours on the road worth it!

All videos filmed & edited by Joel A. Swanson

Saturday, June 15, 2013

A 'Burgh Life - May 2013


After celebrating getting older and traveling to Chicago, the rest of May consisted of a lot of sporting events that I attended here in Pittsburgh in support of the Penguins & Pirates. In most cases they would win too! Besides all that, this footage shows the sun rise at the end of the road trip, tailgating with great meats, my cousin Gerrit's Mother's Day performance, The Warren "Ghost" Mall, carpooling to see Five Iron Frenzy (video footage of the bands that night are available a few posts below) and the garbage pizza, Kath's going away party, Hot Metal Bridge cornhole, hanging at the Shepherd's Lake House at Chautauqua and late night paddle boating, Memorial Day, and redeeming the Penguins Fan Appreciation car wash.

I used the music of Starflyer 59 - "Who Said It's Easy" & "Mall Monarchy" and The W's hidden track from their album Fourth From The Last.

Filmed using a Sony HD Bloggie & iPhone 4. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini.
Filmed & edited by Joel A. Swanson

Saturday, June 8, 2013

33rd Birthday (April 29th, 2013) & A Road Trip to Chicago (May 1st-4th, 2013)

The end of April & beginning of May was spent celebrating my getting older with a great friend, Elphie. These clips are what came from that time:


My 33rd Birthday was spent with an awesome friend, Elphie! I picked her up at the MegaBus Stop then got to open a present she had for me. Later, a battle of toilet paper ensued in which Elphie was TPed. During the day we hung out at the National Aviary and then the Monroeville Mall where Dawn of the Dead was filmed. There was a zombie museum there once but it closed a day or so before. The night ended prior to my heading to work with a fire at the house started by Al

Music included in this clip:

"Taking + Killing" by The Homeless Gospel Choir
"Surfin' Bird" by The Ramones
"I Am The Living Dead" by Harley Poe


In early May, I went on a road trip From Pittsburgh to Chicago by way of Cincinnati with my friend Elphie. We stopped in Cincinnati to see some other friends at The 86 Club and the Goth Mom Donna Sheehy and her husband Mike. After Cincinnati we made our way to Chicago and stayed at JPUSA. Included in this video is some silliness with Elphie and the sites along the way and in Chicago such as the skyline, a bridge entering in, US Cellular Field and Wrigley Field (somehow I managed to miss filming Soldier Field haha) and the sunrise upon my return.

Music used in this video is "No Good Triggers" by Fidel Catastrophe

Both projects were filmed using a Sony HD Bloggie, iphone 4, and Elphie's camera. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini.

Filmed by Elphie & Joel A. Swanson
Edited by Joel A. Swanson

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Solid Rock & Metal Fest (06.02.13)

I arrived a bit late to this little music fest in the middle of nowhere in Pennsylvania primarily due to the nature of my working the midnight - 10am shift at my job. I took a short nap of a few hours (I don't believe I slept straight through even one hour though because I kept waiting up) then brewed up some of my favorite coffee which you can purchase in Cincinnati, Ohio at The 86 Club. It was a drive of at least an hour & a half then I arrived to see some friends on stage. I unknowingly went in through the band load in entrance and watched The Rose Hill play a set then went in through the proper doors to watch Blood Of The Martyrs & Letters To The Exiles as well as hang out with friends in the aforementioned band The Rose Hill as well as Grave Robber.

Grave Robber prepared to take the stage in their usual fashion and I proceeded back to the band load in entrance to watch from that vantage point. I felt that filming them worked better from there since the location of this show did not have a stage for the bands & I'm not the tallest of people. The intro began and the guys crept out of the shadows toward the stage. Wretched lifted his shovel, Plague counted in, and as the first chord was struck by Lamentor & Carcass, there was a large flash, some flames 7 sparks then no power to the backline of amps or lights. It did seem that the speakers & mic were still functional. After some banter & people running around trying to get power back then plugging into different outlets, power was somewhat restored & the show went on.

The Rose Hill

Blood Of The Martyrs

Letters To The Exiles

Grave Robber

I captured the footage using my iPhone 4. All editing was done as usual using Final Cut Pro on my Mac Mini.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

A 'Burgh Life - April 2013

A 'Burgh Life - April 2013


This footage includes Pittsburgh Pirates Opening Day, some monuments to sports greatness on the North Shore & other Pittsburgh sites, a conversation with Mike Moynaugh about hospitality & intentional community, new registration & license plates, cooking out & bonfires, the Hot Metal Hullaballoo featuring music by Joy Ike & live painting for auction by Dylan Rooke, and Al Ferguson speaks on the Homeless Ministry, a visit from Elphie & the Sarahs, & the Penguins last game of the season.

Not included is footage from my birthday. I figured 14 minutes was certainly beyond long enough. Expect to see the birthday footage soon (some footage may include that which I didn't shoot) along with a trip to Chicago in early May then the rest of May.

Filmed & edited by Joel A. Swanson

Sunday, May 19, 2013

05.17.13 Five Iron Frenzy Reunion Show In Columbus w. House Of Heroes

I started this little filming hobby in 2004. Unfortunately, that meant I missed out on the opportunity to film the band Five Iron Frenzy...they quit in 2003. In 2011, eight years after quitting, Five Iron Frenzy returned to us by way of this little film and the option to help fund their record at Kickstarter:


The new & yet to be released record was fully funded within an hour of the announcement and they went on to raise a lot more money and every so often they hit the road for a few days. A few months ago, I became aware that one weekend in May, Five Iron Frenzy would be within about 3 hours driving distance both east & west of me. I checked my work schedule and found that it would fit my schedule best if I went to the show in Columbus, Ohio. House Of Heroes would open these shows.

The following are clips of both House Of Heroes & Five Iron Frenzy that I captured on my iPhone on Friday May 17th, 2013. I usually either film one song or an entire set of a band. I wasn't equipped to film the entire set but I did break the trend a bit by filming both the first & last songs of Five Iron Frenzy's set:

Out My Way by House Of Heroes


Blue Comb '78 by Five Iron Frenzy


Every New Day by Five Iron Frenzy


All clips are filmed & edited by Joel A. Swanson.

This was the first show in over a month I was able to attend. Also life has been somewhat busy as of late in other areas therefore I haven't sat down to do the editing of things in April yet. I hope to get it done soon and posted for those who care. There should be some interesting things in there as well as the one coming for May which will include some shenanigans of this road trips with my house mate Dylan and some other dudes!

Monday, April 8, 2013

New Stuff Using an iPhone 4

On Friday before I left to go to Columbus and see The Fuss with Room & Board at the TreeBar, I received my iPhone 4 in the mail from Verizon. I decided to test out the video camera quality in comparison to the Sony HD Bloggie. Thought the Bloggie is in 1080 and the iPhone is in 720 resolution, I felt the iPhone gave me better video & audio quality overall than the Bloggie.

Both files require some extra processing on my end if I chose to edit them through Final Cut Pro (which I do). Then, to (hopefully) get all the files to be somewhat compatible for future video compilations, I have to process the iPhone videos in such a way as to increase the resolution (I think). I am in no way a professional in regards to video so maybe I'm wrong on some of this stuff which also brings the realization it might not hurt to take some sort of classes on this stuff to better understand how to do the things I want to do with the footage I have. Since the iPhone is very new to me, I'm sure I will figure out other tricks as I have with the files over the last few years to make my work easier.

At this point though, even with the preferred picture & audio quality of the iPhone, I figure I will still use the Bloggie quite a bit primarily due to limitations to the amount of drive space on the iPhone to store the video vs. the Bloggie since the iPhone has apps & music that I use besides the camera.

Anyway, here is an example of the video quality from the iPhone. Not sure how many more clips I will use it for.

The Fuss


Room & Board


Filmed & edited by Joel A. Swanson

Sunday, April 7, 2013

More LIVE Music Clips From March 2013

Here's some more live music clips from a few more shows during the month of March:

On March 16th while there were a lot of folks out drinking and stumbling around the Southside in Pittsburgh (and basically anywhere there were bars) I went to see an old friend from college, Bryan Yost, play with his band, The End Of The Ocean, at 222 Ormsby. I showed up too late for a few of the bands but I did get to see The End Of The Ocean and enjoyed the newer music a lot.

The End Of The Ocean

On March 25th I went to Mr. Smalls to see The Chariot play on the Metalcore Marathon Tour. They were the band I most wanted to see but unfortunate circumstances at work led to me having to be at a mandatory meeting during the time I usually sleep so I ended up sleeping later than I would have liked and ended up running a little late to the show. I caught the very end of The Chariot's set. It still makes me a bit angry haha. For Today, The Devil Wears Prada & As I Lay Dying were also on the tour.

The Chariot

For Today

The Devil Wears Prada

As I Lay Dying

On March 26th, I found out about a show happening that night at Garfield Artworks that my friend, Derek Zanetti would be performing at as The Homeless Gospel Choir. He would be sharing the stage with a great band from Michigan called The Soil & The Sun who were touring through with Kellen & Me. It was a real great show!

Kellen & Me

The Homeless Gospel Choir

The Soil & The Sun

All filmed using a Sony HD Bloggie & edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed & edited by Joel A. Swanson

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Video footage from The 86

After my time ended doing shows at Covenant, I got involved with some other friends and from that came "The 86." It's a venue in Cincinnati, Ohio that is alcohol free and serves the best coffee you will find anywhere roasted on site by La Terza. From the time of the first show and continuing through November 2012 I filmed at least a clip of one song from most every artist/band that has performed at the club, I also have put together clips of shenanigans and such things involving the folks at The 86.

The following are the three playlists of LIVE clips & Shenanigans at The 86. Though I am no longer in Cincinnati and by default, no longer with The 86, I may pop in from time to time and therefore may add videos to the third playlist (and maybe even expand to a fourth if warranted):





Filmed & edited by Joel A. Swanson

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Just Some LIVE Music Clips

These are clips from the last few shows I went to:

03.10.13 @ The Mr. Roboto Project

This was a small show but the music was pretty incredible. The lighting at Roboto is lacking but I liked the effect it made so I didn't edit the exposure on these. I went to this show to see my old friend Jonathan Hape. We met in Mansfield during my time there. He also happened to be the first act I booked when I started doing the shows at Covenant. He has a lot of good music out there you should check out - http://jonathanhape.bandcamp.com.

Action Camp


Jonathan Hape


Good Sport


02.23.13 @ The Mr. Roboto Project

There was a lot of energy at this show. Lots of friends came out to support these artists. Mainly I went to see Young Fox. A member of Zao plays for them so I was curious to see what this project would be like.

Nevada Mountains


Red Hands


Alberto Alaska


With No Disguise


Young Fox


02.22.13 @ Hambone's

I came out to support my friend Derek Zanetti who plays as The Homeless Gospel Choir (http://thehomelessgospelchoir.bandcamp.com). The environment was interesting but it was fun nonetheless. It nicely worked out to be after the Penguins game too!

Bryan McQuaid


The Homeless Gospel Choir


Filthy Dirty


Three River Boys


Friday, February 22, 2013

Rocknroll Weekend: 02.16-17.13

Examples of why I love live music were quite evident this weekend. I took in a couple shows in Ohio and got to see a lot of friends I haven't seen too much of since moving to Pittsburgh. That alone is worth driving a few hours for me as I will do from time to time.

Saturday I got to see 2 of my favorite Cincinnati area locals on one bill and they did not disappoint. Neither band has been playing shows much over the last year or so making it all the more special to see them when I had the chance and even better together. Both bands have a sound I really enjoy and get regular play on my iPod. I also speak of them quite often when I talk of good music that comes from the Cincy scene. I also got to see them in a recently opened venue that I hadn't had the chance of going to before I left.

One big reason that I love live music is that the moment will never be lived again. Some bands can be a bit monotonous, having such a scripted set that you know pretty much exactly what may happen any given night you watch them play but most of the time there is at least one variable that makes each night unlike any other.

On this night, Beneath The Oaks debuted their new drummer making a new stage dynamic unlike any other time they have played. It also seemed the some songs had slightly changed arrangements from both the e.p. recordings and other times I have had the privelege of seeing the band. I was able to capture a clip of the song Depths.


The Never Setting Suns decided to play a longer set (which included both Spheres & Into Your Hands in their entirety but separated by the rest of the set...I don't recall seeing that before). I actually filmed both songs and intended to upload the clip for Into Your Hands but something happened to the file and it was not readable by my programs on my Mac. During Into Your Hands, Corey lost his balance and landed on Tyler's kick drum. After the show, it was realized that Corey cracked the plastic of the kick drum. The set was somewhat different in that the band jammed as Corey put it, much like they do when they practice. There was little said between songs. Spheres is always a good song to capture live on video because of all the different dynamics that got into the 10+ minutes of the song. This night was no different.


On Sunday, I was in Columbus to see Project 86 as well as several other bands on the bill.

To Kill A Monster is from Columbus and my friend Marco talked about how good they were. I also enjoyed them and captured a song that I believe has a working title of "Confetti." I figure you can't go wrong with a little cowbell.


OceanSpeak was next, also from the Columbus area. I never heard of this band but I believe they have to be making a name for themselves with the unique performance they have. The song I captured ends with the vocalist/guitarist playing drums.


Similar to OceanSpeak, I captured a song by Come Wind that featured all the members doing some form of percussion. This band I believe is from Ohio as well but have had their music played nationally through RadioU & TVU.


Project 86 closed out the night before things switched over to the reggae night. I wish I would have filmed Spy Hunter. This was a moment that made this set unique from all the rest by Project 86 (though I can't think of any 2 times that I have seen this band that I would say were the same). Andrew was crowd surfing and the mic came unplugged. During the verse instead of trying to plug back in, Andrew jumped in the mosh pit. When he ended up on stage he continued to work the crowd for the sing a long parts while tossing the drummers cymbals around. This was an awesome set overall by Project 86. I ended up capturing a new song titled S.O.T.S.


Bands are touring less & less because people aren't coming out to support. Both of these nights were fairly well supported and all the bands made it worthwhile for the cover charges we paid to see them. I sincerely hope the apathy I have seen over the recent years in the music scenes dies. Live music is meant to be seen LIVE. I film these clips (and sometimes whole sets) for the purpose of trying to relive the experience in a small way. Even now, as I watch them I wish i could go back in time and be there again. You will never have the same feeling you get when you are there when you watch these & other clips on YouTube or even online "live" performances. If you love the bands you listen to and care about the people involved, you really need to come out to shows and support and experience the moment.

All clips included in this blog are filmed & edited by Joel A. Swanson

Friday, February 15, 2013

Moving: Cincinnati To Pittsburgh - November 2012

In November, I moved to Pittsburgh. If you pay any attention to this blog you realized this when there was a delay of postings for a while.

I made this video clip which highlighted the Witler years of the 5+ years that I lived in Cincinnati as well as the process of moving to Pittsburgh where I am currently living in the Greenway Community House with my friends Dylan, Kathryn, & Al.

I used the music or LIVE video clips of the following artists: Jonezetta, Deadhorse, Listener (w/ The Homeless Gospel Choir), Pomegranates, Crash Cap Hooligans, & Aaron Lee Martin.

The video was shot using a Sony HD Bloggie and JVC Everio HD. It was edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini.


Filmed & edited by Joel A. Swanson

I failed to include it in the blog earlier this week when I uploaded it but there was also a video project that highlighted the Holidays 2012 in Pennsylvania. You can find that here - http://youtu.be/iitIC8wCYeg

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Homeless Gospel Choir & Groundhog Day: February 2013

On Friday I dropped into a house show that my friend Derek was playing. I filmed a clip of the song "Capitalismo" (by The Homeless Gospel Choir). I left the show early (and arrived a bit late due to other commitments) for work, this was the only clip from the show I got.


Saturday was Groundhog Day. Since I was at work until 10am, I was not able to go to Punxsutawney to experience this holiday the proper way. My uncle, who was born on Groundhog Day saw his shadow and therefore prognosticated six more weeks of winter (much like the calendar says) but Phil did not claiming we'd have an early spring. I watched it as I believed it was shown on the movie by watching KDKA-TV. I later watched the movie and realized they used a station called WPGH...opps! haha.

After leaving work I went to my first real Pittsburgh Penguins game at Consol Energy Center (and first real one in Pittsburgh) as they beat the New Jersey Devils 5-1. After a little nap, I met with my friend Joe for his 30th birthday at Roland's Seafood Bar & Grill where he works.

I got some footage throughout the day so here is that clip as well:


Filmed & edited by
Joel A. Swanson

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Video Clips From Pittsburgh Shows: November & December 2012

I moved to Pittsburgh on November 24th, 2012. Less than a week later, my friend Derek Zanetti played a set as The Homeless Gospel Choir opening along with a few other locals for Paul Baribeau in Pittsburgh at 222 Ormsby, a sweet DIY space. It was good to get to a show...I'm glad a friend was performing at it as well.

I included a clip from each artist that performed at 222 Ormsby on 11.29.12:

A Life Of Arctic Sounds


The Homeless Gospel Choir

The Ghostwrite

Paul Baribeau


12.12.12 - Mr. Smalls, I got to see one of my favorite live bands, The Chariot, in Pittsburgh this night:

Kills & Thrills

The Chariot

Every Time I Die w/ Josh Scogin


12.22.12 - The Rex Theatre. Blue Collar Christmas with Once Nothing:

Once Nothing

All footage was filmed using a Sony HD Bloggie. All editing done using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed & edited by Joel A. Swanson

Sunday, January 27, 2013

LIVE clips from The Smiling Moose: 01.03.13

On Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 some friends were traveling through Pittsburgh from Cincinnati. It was the first band from where I used to live that I got to see on tour where I live now. The promotion wasn't the best that night, the situation wasn't the most ideal for those performing but it was good to see the folks in Corpus Christi and meet the guys in Conquerors as well as the locals - Until We Have Faces and Andare. These are clips of each performance that night filmed using a Sony HD Bloggie and edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini.

Corpus Christi




Until We Have Faces




Filmed & edited by Joel A. Swanson

Friday, January 25, 2013

Detroit - 1.19 & 20.13

I made my first ever trip to Detroit, MI this past weekend by way of Columbus, OH to pick up Marco Castor to see Underoath, mewithoutYou, As Cities Burn, and LetlLive on the farewell tour for Underoath. Unfortunately we ran a little late so I got in the venue just as LetLive was finishing up but I did get clips of the rest of the bands.

I also filmed a little of the sights of Detroit after my friend, Otto who hosted us for the night, spoke of the "ruins" of Detroit and possibly taking us on a tour. Though we weren't able to go on the tour as we would have liked, I drove around a bit prior to leaving to see a few of these "ruins," downtown, Canada, and the arenas and stadiums. We also happened to see a house fire on the way out. So, here are the clips:

The Detroit Visit (01.20.13) *music used in this clip is "Lose Yourself" by Eminem & "Detroit" by Rancid


Spencer Chamberlin speaks about the band breaking up & Writing On The Walls by Underoath LIVE @ The Fillmore (01.19.13)


Fox's Dream Of The Log Flume by mewithoutYOU LIVE @ The Fillmore (01.19.13)


Thus From My Lips, By Yours, My Sin Is Purged by As Cities Burn LIVE @ The Fillmore (01.19.13)

All this footage was filmed using a Sony HD Bloggie and edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini.
Filmed & edited by Joel A. Swanson

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Finally Finished! Cornerstone 2012 video project

This took much longer than I wanted it to. The blame can be placed on my decision to relocate to Pittsburgh in the middle of working on this Cornerstone video project but it is now finished. The bootlegs will be made available here like every other year on the page will all the bootlegs listed. The bootlegs are compiled into 3 DvDs by genre:

Metal/Hardcore - full sets from Norma Jean & Grotted with clips of Set Free, Me The Mountain, Strengthen What Remains, A Hero Remains, The Burial, A Lesser Hope, The Infantry, The Rose Hill, Every Knee Shall Bow, Wolves At The Gate, Behold The Kingdom, Harp & Lyre, Becoming The Archetype

Indie, Folk, Rock, Pop, & Hip Hop - full set of Like Brothers with clips of Like Brothers, Spoken Nerd, La De Les, Listener, Keyoung, Levi The Poet, Mike Mains & The Branches, Da M.A.C., Insomniac Folklore, Jesse Smith & The Holy Ghost, Timbre, Kye Kye, Josh Garrulous

Punk/Hardcore - full sets of Flatfoot 56, Destroy Nate Allen with clips of Triple Stitch, The Kings Kids, Fight To Die, F.B.S., Crush The Enemy, Ruin Into Ruin, Leper, Grave Robber, White Collar Sideshow, All The Departed, The Scurvies, The Blamed, Squad Five-0, Crashdog, The Homeless Gospel Choir, Gamblers Die Broke

Filmed using a JVC HDD Everio & edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini.

Filmed & edited by Joel A. Swanson

Below is the trailer and the playlist of all live clips. Campsite shenanigans are not included in this playlist. They are only on the DvD.



Enjoy and if you would like this stuff in DvD form please donate! thanks!