March 12, 2004

I remember when I met you.

Last night, Miles and I went the Hold Steady show, and we wre psyched. As were some die-hards and some new fans and some people from Detroit and all in attendance yelled and hooted and mewwed at Craig Finn, who sang to us, afirming from under the stage lights about people who are un-carictured and the sliced away side-view like in a medical dictionary, of a last call wonderland,100 kinds of hopeless and Jesus too ("we didn't see the holy ghost / but the father and the son they seemed like regular folks/ jesus rolled his eyes when his dad made jesus jokes/ he forgave me for my sins/ he said let this famine end and let the 2 for 1s begin").

The boy playing drums in Hold Steady right now, Bob, is my same age and I have known him since high school, though did not recognize him til he was on stage. I have known Craig since I was in high school and he was back from college and just starting Lifter Puller. I was standing next to Damon, who I have known longer than anyone, since I interviewed Trenchmouth in 10th grade.

Bob was in a band called Arm who were really a people's band. A kid's band, like Minneapolis' Cap'n Jazz except they were not innovative and sounded almost exactly like Drive Like Jehu. They sold out all the suburban VFW and Elks Halls and Lion Clubs, and we saw them every weekend it seemed, for the entire duration of high school. The girls in my band, we would prank call them all the time very drunk. The last Arm show I went to, the bassist and I got in a fight, and he says he put a cigarette out on my hand, and we are pals now and he still apologizes for it, but I do not think it ever happened. Then again, my teenage years, is really little more than a blur of picking fights with young dudes in bands at some old man's hobby hall.

The only picture I have of Craig that is not a press photo in the Lifter Puller files in the cabinet, is a picture taken on the fron lawn of my parents former home in Minneapolis. It was the week after I graduated from high school, and my parents had gone on vacation and I was having a yard sale selling all the clothes and records I did not want to bring to LA with me the following week. (One should note I made $1100 on the yard sale, most of it on vinyl sales.) The picture of Craig marks an exact wrong turn of my young life. I was selling everything off and heading to LA, to be with a boyfriend. While Craig was standing there, the boyfriend called, after I had not heard from him in two weeks. He told me he was in love and getting married. To a woman he had met three weeks earlier. Who was 36. They were shooting drugs and living in a motel on Sunset and he said he hoped I could be happy for him. Craig made the kind suggestion that maybe I not move to LA. I took his picture. I moved to LA for three months, where I shaved my head and took to wearing old-lady wigs and a fake fur coat to shows. I stayed in LA for three months. I moved back to Minneapolis the week after my 18th birthday, and then moved back to LA 4 days after Bob Stinson died, that next winter.

The last time I saw Tad, the bassist for Hold Steady, we were in the back yard of some dude from D4 in St. Paul somewhere, and everyone was wasted except for me. I was wearing shawl and Tad asked me why I was dressed like fucking Stevie Nicks. Tad and I never really got along. I was barely paying attention to him because there was a dude behind him with half a hollowed out watermelon over his head running around the yard with his pants around his ankles. Later on, without the melon on him, while trying to shit under a tree, maybe to avenge something, someone stole his pants. The only person who would help him was his girlfriend, and she left in tears shortly after.

The first time I met Miles, I was babysitting the door for a minute at a show at the Empty Bottle. In maybe 1999. I know this story mostly because Miles told me. Miles asked who I was, despite knowing because he read my fanzine and recognized me. I told him my name was Jambalaya. A few minutes later, Miles stepped into the photobooth next to the door, and in the second shot, my arm appears above his head, flipping him off. He has the picture to prove it. Miles used to be DJ Innocent Bloodshed (back when we used to advertise him as "from Detroit", even though he's from Kalamazoo), but now he made a new name so we sound like a brother sister DJ team: DJ Yves St. Le Roc. Miles also just brought me back red/green/gold terryclothe sweat and arm bands from Negril last week. Despite the fact that his writing is just unbeatable , Miles, along with several of my good friends, works in the Young Trend department at H&M.

Thats all I remember.


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