August 05, 2007

I KEEP THE BEAT LIKE A CONCUBINE

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First phone call of this morning, from a good friend: "And so last night I was on this rich man's yacht, totally stoned on his weed, and this satellite radio station was playing smooth jazz, and I thought "I don't want this smooth jazz to ever end." It was a real Donald Fagen moment for me." The watershed moments of a true punk.

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Mike, fellow survivor of the good old bad ol' emo days boom n' bust.

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Perhaps you thought I was embellishing yesterday when I told you I went to the gala-benefit and everyone was sitting on white leather couches, talking through Spoon's set. Not pictured: Trish and not Trish.

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Wisdom of no exit.

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And after the party, theres the birthday party.

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Joe and Craig. Probably trading insider information about the Egg Hunt 7".

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And here's exactly what me and Morgo did all day.

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Laid on the hill and took pictures of our friends as they walked by. Then we sat up and watched Yeah Yeah Yeahs from SO VERY FAR AWAY, like, downtown BFE adjacent far, but fuck they were good. I don't like to get religious about the possibilities of mainstream pop bands because it's just a really rock critic-y thing to do, but I was a about a half mile back squinting at them on a Jumbotron screen obscured by scaffolding and I got the shivers.

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Joe got choked up during Hold Steady's set closer, but I missed it, I was focused too intently on the stuffed chicken in the front row that someone was holding aloft and making dance through the entire set. Fandom is so intense and beautiful and complicated.

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Craig went on Kent Hrbek's fishing show. He did not get his homer hanky autographed though.

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And then night fell, and we watched Spoon in the rain and it was the best show I'd seen them play, there was a quiet violence to them. Something shunted forcing it's way out. Terse and kicking. Pop! and then we rode home under the L tracks in the rain.

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Cool kids in love.

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