This week’s shows

I wanted to do this entry Monday – little busier at work than I thought, but this project should be done by next Monday.

But I digress. Tuesday was a very long day with shows before and after work. My friend Linda won passes to see the Pat McGee Band at the 104 (radio station) lounge. Only problem? We had to be there at 6:45. It took some effort, but we made it on time. They played five songs and then signed autographs and posed for pictures with everyone. The current lineup of the band includes Todd Wright (of GetawayCar and formerly of the Excentrics) on keys and backing vocals, and it was fun to run into him and chat. My pictures of the show are here (and I deleted half the ones I took). They got started a little late because of sound problems, but I was out of there by 8:30.

After work, I headed over to the 9:30 club to see The Darkness. I met up with Hannah and Dave in the line to get in, but we had one little problem – 2 tix for 3 people. I’m usually pretty good about getting tix, but these went on sale while I was in Whistler, and they sold out in 30 minutes. Face was $20, and I refused to pay more than $40. I found a pair on Craigslist last week, but I was still looking for the last one. I found one the day before the show, but I couldn’t meet up with the seller before the show, and he said he wouldn’t be there until 8:30, an hour after doors opened. By the time we got up to the doors, there was no sign of him, so Hannah went in to claim a spot, while Dave and I waited and watched the fun parade of people, with and without tix. The guy showed about 5 minutes late, and we headed in.

Hannah had a good space on the Balcony, and we were right on time, as The Wildhearts went on about 10 minutes after we got inside. There were good – a weird mixture of Motorhead (look), King’s X (vocals) and Alice In Chains (sound). It was a loud night, too. Even with my earplugs it was loud. They had a good 45 minutes set, then we had a shorter than expected wait for the headliners (barely enough time to get my hefeweizen).

Much has been said about The Darkness. Here’s my impression: they bring alive the best thing about the classic bands of the 70s, especially Queen. A loud, flamboyant frontman with a great falsetto who loves to interact with the crowd, a tight band playing songs with great hooks, they put a fantastic show. Even some of the jaded hipsters I see post on the 9:30 forums were impressed. They brought the rock, and it was fun.

The other show this week is Christine Lavin Friday at The Barns at Wolf Trap. She’s a folkie, don’t know too much about her, she’s Jill’s choice.

Weekend update

Friday I worked late, so I came home and vegged. Heaven is turkey sausage on a soy pita, beer, and 2 episodes of “The Sopranos” I hadn’t seen.

Saturday I made some eggs, ran some errands (post office to mail some sales, Target for ice cube trays and a new patio umbrella) and read some of my Post backlog. I made some BBQ chicken for dinner, then Jill went to work and I went to see “Hellboy” with Hannah & Dave and Mel & Scott. While I haven’t read the original comic, I’ve seen enough of the art to be very impressed with the translation to screen – it looks like the art has come alive. It was a good movie – Ron Pearlman was perfect as Hellboy, and it never became a hamfest, as it easily could have. Afterwards, another trip to Pablo’s (not that I’m complaining; I did think it was funny I had the same waiter as last week) and this time I did have my usual El Matador combo. I may not get the low carb margarita next time – it was $7!

Sunday I slept late (not just because of the clock jump). Kinda feeling like I’ve got a low grade virus, which only hits me in the morning. Up by 2, made an omelet, didn’t do too much. It was clear and sunny but very windy – I tried a Pilates video instead of going outside. I’m still a little sore, but I think I’ll try it again sometime. I had steak and salad ready by 6:15 so we could leave by 6:30, but Jill had a headache and we decided not to leave for the show until 8:30. Too bad “The Simpsons” was a repeat.

We got to the 9:30 club a little before 9:30 (how appropriate) and Wheat (good, but nothing special) was on. We found a spot on the floor at the back where Jill could see ok. Liz Phair came on about 10:10 and the next hour and a half just flew by – a great set including 6 songs from “Guyville” and another 6 from the new one. I first saw her 9 years ago and she’s made quite a leap from the stagefright prone, hardly moving singer back then. She’s even improved from when we saw her last summer; now she can hit all the high notes from the new album (Jill was talking about her head voice vs. her chest voice, but I’m not that much of a music geek ;). Definitely the best performance I’ve seen from her.


TBIF (no, not misspelled)

The work week was redeemed by knocking off early yesterday and taking a trip to the new building for work, where they provided pizza and beer. It’s got a “chill out” room with pool, foosball, and air hockey tables, as well as a nice bar (2 taps) and plenty of room. Additionally the place has a indoor basketball half court and a gym. Very tempting to work there – we’re supposed to move by the end of the month.

Of course, today told me why I shouldn’t stay in this job, as I was swamped (like I have been for a month). I did finish by deadline, whereupon I got 2 more bugs and some snippy emails from my boss, about not commenting the bug fix report enough and making sure I have all the latest code. I didn’t flame him, but I had the desire. Now he says he might need to contact me on the weekend. Grr… resume updating time.