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Shapped this a few years ago when Rob and I were seeing Porcupine Tree play the Electric Factory. We’re such groupies!

We got to see the lovely Ms. Allison Scola at unWined last night. She was great! Good music, nummy wine, and the added bonus of being two blocks away from our house — good times. Allison will be back on Monday, so NYC peeps go go go!

…or, “How to go from 0 to 60 in the space of two days.” :)

As of last week, Rob and I had no plans for Fourth of July weekend — as in, none. And honestly, we were okay with that — we thought we’d sniff around, see if anyone was doing anything on the actual Fourth, but other than that, la la la whatever.

By Thursday morning, we were totally booked and trying to figure out how we’d do it all. We had drinks! We had dinners! We saw friends! We saw music! The only thing we didn’t see was fireworks, but we’re seeing those this weekend, so we’re covered…

I think one of the best parts of the weekend was seeing the Murakami exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. (Click on the picture above for a sample.) Murakami does a lot of work that involves anime characters, statues, and superflat pieces. I love it! His typical work involves tons of bright colors and happy faces…total cuteness overload for me, induced fear for R, as I was running around “squee-ing” at everything. XD I think he thought my head was going to explode. :)

And, for my fellow Warcraft geeks — one of the best unexpected parts of the weekend was running with a pickup group through Magister’s Terrace. I should have stopped playing after that and hopped the first plane to Vegas — I got an amazing bear tank ring, epic cat boots, and the Vitality enchant. This is the best gear I’ve ever gotten for my druid out of an instance — nothing ever drops for her! — and from a PUG, even! (And now I can run Heroic Magister’s, too…)

All in all, a great weekend. :)

Been feeling a lot like Fozzy Bear lately — if I could spend my days wiggling my ears, wearing a porkpie hat, and telling awful jokes, I’d truly be happy!

Here’s a catchup since my last post:

    From the Brooklyn Bridge: Summer Sunset

  • I took pictures! I took lots of shots at the Take Steps Walk last week, including some of the Brooklyn Bridge. For a full set, click the pic.
  • I saw The Cure! R and I saw them at Madison Square Garden. They started out a little slow, but by the end of the show — three hours! — they were rockin’. Robert Smith kept making jokes about how no one could understand him… And as I looked around, I realized that Goth Nation’s gotten a little old. XD There were NO young’un’s at this concert, unless they came with their parents.
  • I met Sam! Sam is someone who I’ve known online for the past 12 years — I finally got to meet her this past weekend when she was passing through New York City — she’s moving back to the States from Vietnam. She’s lovely! HI, Sam! : wave wave :
  • Teeth! I’ve got a bum tooth that needs a root canal, so I tried to get it done last week. I’ve been really nervous about this one, and unfortunately, did not have a good time of it at the dentist — the tooth refused to numb out enough so the dentist could drill. 10 shots of Novacaine and it wouldn’t numb! My dentist suspects an infection…so now I’m on antibiotics and have to go back AGAIN. Grrrrr.

Lightning, evacuations, phone calls to the police and more…all at the R.E.M. show at Jones Beach Theatre! :D

We’d started our day by going out to see R’s family for Father’s Day. They live allll the way out in Greenport, Long Island — almost at the North tip of the Island — so we had quite a bit of driving to do to get to the R.E.M. show. I was looking forward to catching some of the National — I also wanted to see Modest Mouse, since I’d heard so much about them — so we hauled out.

We ultimately caught some of the National…from what I heard, they’re definitely influenced by Joy Division. :D Modest Mouse caught my ear a little more, although their sound setup seemed a little distorted. Not sure if it was from being the opening band, or if they rushed things, since by then everyone could see the rain coming in. I will definitely be purchasing some Modest Mouse. :)

There was flickering sky lightning all throughout Modest Mouse’s set, and the sky kept getting grayer…and grayer…to the point where I left before the set was over to get Rob and I some rain ponchos. Came back just as the sky was opening up and caught another song or two…until — CRACK!!! — massive lightning bolt hit somewhere nearby. The band played for another two seconds, until their singer said, “We’re sorry, we’re off,” and an announcement came over the P.A. that we needed to leave the amphitheater and take shelter.

Look, everyone…Poncho Nation!

What we didn’t know was that lightning had HIT the theater, and that’s why they moved us on out. They wound up calling a rain delay — we basically hung out for about an hour, and then they let us back into the theater. There was still some lightning — we could see bolts — but no thunder, just lots of rain. And some more rain. Did I mention rain?

The band came out around 10:30 or so, after many mops of the stage, and played an AMAZING show. Just amazing. They started with Creedence’s “Have you ever seen the rain?” (just LOOK at the rain, folks), followed by “South Central Rain” — an ongoing joke throughout the night was that they weren’t going to play “I’ll take the rain” because, according to Michael Stipe, “It’s plodding. And it’s seven minutes long. Trust me, you DON’T want to hear that song right now!”

I really can’t get over what a great set it was. Michael Stipe usually does most of the talking, but last night he was positively CHATTY. :D And he didn’t wear his suit! “I’m not wearing my suit tonight, for the first time on the tour…if you saw me walking down Sixth Avenue, this is what it would look like.” He also apologized in advance if “any of us fall on our asses, you all get to say, ‘I told you so!’ Wanna practice? One…two…three…” Obama t-shirts were thrown, for the folks that didn’t look like “garbage bags” — which is basically what the $5 Jones Beach poncho is… :D

The band played a good mix of songs from their new album, “Accelerate,” and older songs — much older songs. Songs from 1982, 1986…I was blown away. And I was happy that R got to see that show — his first R.E.M. show was in 2004, when they played Madison Square Garden the day after the presidential election. The band had worked very hard on the “Vote for change” tour, and they seemed really crushed by the election results. It was not a high-energy show, the band didn’t seem happy, and “Around the Sun” was such a mellow album to begin with…it wasn’t what I would have chosen for R’s first show. Last night’s show MORE than made up for that.

What was the best is that both Michael Stipe and Mike Mills weren’t afraid of getting wet. They did NOT stay under the stage overhang — both of them were out and about, getting soaked like the rest of us. I’m not as sure about Peter Buck, but he’s always pretty quiet. R observed, “It’s weird, Mike Mills acts more like the lead guitarist, bopping all over the place. Peter Buck acts like the bassist, he’s pretty mellow and just hangs out.” And ya know, it’s TRUE. I actually think Peter Buck has gotten more quiet, onstage at least, as the years have gone on…

The band dispensed with the encore formalities and just played straight through. “Okay, now pretend that the lights have gone out, and everyone’s clapping and it was really dramatic and that we’ve just come back onstage and now we’re gonna play our encore!” They did play one extra song, which turned out to be “End of the World as We Know It” — I’d love to know who asked, “Uh, how does this start?” They swore it was unrehearsed, and yeah, the ending was a bit of a trainwreck. Special, since apparently that song’s been dropped from their set list, at least for now.

One great moment for me was, “And here’s Johnny Marr on Richenbacher!” as the band swung into “Don’t fall on me.” SQUEEEEEEE… And they played an acoustic version of “Let me in” that was just chilling.

And then…the drive home back to Manhattan. It took us about two hours to make it home — it should have taken us about an hour. Traffic was horrible, parts of the L.I.E. and Grand Central Parkway had flooded out — at one point, the Grand Central was down to one lane as you drove under an overpass — the rest of it looked to be about knee-deep. The worst, though, was right outside of LaGuardia Airport. Traffic had eased, it was still raining, and all of a sudden — in the center lane of the Grand Central Parkway — a black car, parked, NO LIGHTS. We didn’t see it until it was almost too late. R braked (wet pavement, remember) and swerved — happily, there was no one in the other lane. We were fine, the car was fine, but we were both really shaken and I called the cops — if we almost hit it, there’s no way someone else wouldn’t have, too. But seriously — we came within a hair of an accident. Not good, not good at all.

10,000 style points to Rob, for sticking through that show. :) We were still pretty damned wet when we got home, and my shoes may never recover! And, yes, I’m still “squeeing” about it today!

(#remjones — trying to include blog link.)

Music, music, music. :D I’m chair-dancing in the apartment today — had a conversation with a friend last night about Ween, so of course I had to listen to that first thing this morning, at a rather loud volume. Right now I’m listening to The Specials. :)

Later on, it’ll be R.E.M. and The Cure — we’re seeing both of their shows in the next few weeks. I am SO FRICKIN’ STOKED. The Cure show is the one that was postponed from last fall — I’ve had the tickets for almost a year now (thank heavens they were e-mailed). The R.E.M. show, I’ve just been looking forward to — it’s at Jones Beach (yay), they haven’t been around since the last presidential election (played the day after, no joke) and that show was for “Around the Sun” — not one of their best albums. Not a great show that time — I’m hoping for a better show this time. :)

We’re seeing Rush soon, too. :) Not sure if I’ve written about this before (my “search” function is broken, about to fix that!), but after we were married — right after the ceremony was done — Rob and I walked back down the aisle to a string quartet rendition of “Spirit of Radio.” :D Rob had suggested it as a joke, but I was all, “NO, LET’S DO IT!” And then we really owned it by listing it in the program. :D

I wrote up my concert list last year, realized Porcupine Tree isn’t on it. :D And since that list, I think we saw Rush again TWICE. And Dream Theater. Great Big Sea (again). Asia! They Might Be Giants (lost count on how many times I’ve seen them.) OH, and Def Leppard with Journey!


Was bouncing around humming a little while ago…but couldn’t figure out what the hell I was singing. And then I realized: “Hey there, Mr. Dealer,” from the Morton Downey Jr. album.

The album was in rotation at my college radio station; I used to play this cut on my show ’cause “slime-sucking, drug-pushing, son of a bitch” was a great thing to chant while hungover on a Sunday morning. Honestly, this song’s very “Smokey and the Bandit” in a sick, twisted way.

Rock on.

iTunes meme, just ’cause:

How many songs total: 8,570
How many hours or days of music: 255.8 (!) days
Most recently played: “Ice,” Sarah McLachlan
Most played: “Truly” (Wise Buddha Radio Version), Delerium and Nerina Pallot
Most recently added: “Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape,” Porcupine Tree

Sort by song title:
First Song: “Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo,” Monsoon Wedding soundtrack
Last Song: “’85 Radio Special Thank You,” by They Might Be Giants

Sort by time:
Shortest Song: “Alone Again With The Dawn Coming Up,” The KLF (:17)
Longest Song: “As Long As I Can Hold My Breath” by Howard Budd (1:09:28)

Sort by album:
First album: “A.M.” by Wilco
Last album: “90125″ by Yes
First song that comes up on Shuffle: “Dear Employer” by The Minus Five

Search the following and state how many songs come up:

Death – 12
Life – 52
Love – 495
Hate – 37
You – 879
Sex – 26

Most Represented Artist:
Close between They Might Be Giants (144 songs) and R.E.M. (140 songs)

I…I…um…OMG. So The Police are touring this summer, yet again, and they’re playing Jones Beach — only one of my favorite places to see a band — with Elvis Costello opening.

I’m positively foaming at the mouth. :) The Cure? Touring in June. R.E.M? June. (At Jones Beach!) Police? August.

Last summer I was all verklempt because all of R’s bands were touring, and mine weren’t! But this year? Summer of Roe. Booooooo yah. :D

* Entry title from “Shadows in the Rain,” currently vying with “Bring on the Night” as my favorite Police song, evah.

Yup. Another music entry. :)

This absolutely cracked me up. It’s too TRUE! >.<

Been on a slight Nick Cave kick -- was bopping around singing along with The Mercy Seat tonight. Be forewarned, this song’s pretty damned dark — it’s about a man going to the electric chair — read the lyrics, they’re crucial.

Wikipedia entry here, ’cause I’m that thorough.

* entry title from a song by Bongwater.