Friday, March 31, 2006

One More In March

It's been a busy couple of weeks. I apologize for that, but when the rubber hits the road I'd much rather be out of time than have nothing to do. I still need to post on the Shack Shakers and Lawrence Arms shows. I have to admit I am a bit surprised that March is just about over. Time flys when your having fun.

Speaking of fun, here's what I did on Wednesday. I'll leave it to your collective imaginations to figure out what the hell this is all about.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

A Quick Shot

Since I have given up all but the faintest hope of posting from home, and Charter has been sucking deep dick this week, I haven't had a decent chance to post. I'll try to get something this weekend up about the two shows I am going to, but no guarantees. For now I'll leave you all with the following:

I came in second at poker last night. Way to go me.

I nearly was scheduled to go on a site trip up to northern MN today. Given the inclement weather, coupled with the show I am going to tonight, I am glad I got out of it.

My good friend Sarah has a couple of posts up on how she gave up caffeine for Lent. At first my reaction was, "I didn't know she was Catholic. How did I not know that." But apparently Lent isn't only for Catholics these days. I read something on Slate about this too. You learn something new every day.

That's it. Later.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Irritation is not the word

This morning I had finished my serial description of the hockey game at Lambeau Field. It was good. Better than Hemingway. You all know what happened next.

I'll try to recreate that masterpiece at some later date, but in the meantime:

Badgers 4, Ohio State 2.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Nada Surf, Rogue Wave & Inara George at the Annex

This weekend I ventured down to Regent Street to see Nada Surf at the Annex. Rogue Wave and Inara George were opening. The backstory: back in the day I bought Nada Surf's High/Low for the expressed purpose of getting the song "Popular." As with most of the CDs I bought during high school, this one went into the closet and gathered dust. Then about a year and a half ago, I found it and gave it a spin, again for the purpose of hearing "Popular" for the high school flashback it was sure to bring. So I was pleasantly surprised to find that the rest of the album was really good. I remember not being very impressed back in high school, but I had shitty taste back then.

Fast forward to several weeks ago. I am shopping for new CDs with the sister and I see the newest release from Nada Surf, The Weight Is A Gift. I buy it and give it a listen. It is one of the best new CDs that I have gotten this year (and for those who know me this is no hollow compliment). Then the following week my friend Natan informs me that Nada Surf is playing Madison. What timing!

The show was great. I love seeing live music, more so when I know the songs. I met up with Natan, Chris, Bart and Dave at Lucky's on Regent (the former Oakcrest - I'll have to tell stories about that establishment later). We originally planned on meeting at Dotty's, but the hockey game made things a bit crazy in the vicinity of the Kohl Center. The show was at 9:30 and we were a bit early, enough so that we played five games of pool and had a few rounds. Natan and I ventured across the street to a coffee shop, where we managed to finish mammoth mugs before being chased out by some student showing his thesis movie, something about the relation of time and comic books. Then it was time to head on in.

The opening act was a singer named Inara George. She played guitar with another guitarist and keyboardist accompanying. I enjoyed her music, although a venue such as the Annex was a little too large for that type of music, in my opinion.

Rogue Wave was the second act. I had heard several songs by this band on internet radio as well as multiple reviews promoting them. I came very close to getting their newest album, Decended By Vultures, from iTunes the Friday prior to the show, but decided against it at the last minute. This was probably a mistake. I was very impressed by the band's sound, and although I didn't know the lyrics I was still very engrossed in the music. They are definitely going on the list of things to buy.

Nada Surf came on as I was outside cooling off. It was pretty warm in the Annex, and I didn't think to leave my coat in the car. I came in halfway through the first song and didn't miss a beat for the rest of the show. The band played a good amount of their new songs off of The Weight Is A Gift. I didn't expect to hear anything off of High/Low, but I was pleasantly surprised by "Stalemate," which included an Echo and the Bunnymen cover in the middle of the song. I did have to chastise Natan a bit, since he desperately wanted to hear "Blonde on Blonde," which of course was left for the encore. I recall the phrase was "petulant bastard."

After the encore I made my way to the merch table and decided that I would buy either the new Rogue Wave or the previous Nada Surf, Let Go, whichever I could get first. This turned out to be Nada Surf. I am enjoying this as much as their newest.

Next up, Th' Legendary Shackshakers at the High Noon on the 16th. E and I saw them last year, and it was epic. This year I am hoping for more of the same, although we'll try to avoid speeding tickets and potentially worse on the way home.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Hang Your Head

When I started this, I made the decision to avoid political matters on this site. As a general rule I try to keep these opinions to myself. I am going to break my rule today. For the following reason:

Those who know me also know how much I love the Badger State. However, today is the first time in my life that I have been ashamed to be from Wisconsin. I honestly thought that we were better than this: