I don't plan on doing a coherent recap of the past week's hectic Virginia-->New York-->Virginia-->Chicago trip (so hectic that I got the order of destinations wrong yesterday when I posted this, apparently), so here are the quick hits.
I Wanna Die: The J&MC played a pretty good set that covered most of the songs that a fan would want to hear. They ended the main set with Reverence, which hit an entirely different level than the rest of the set, and retroactively almost made the everything else they played seem lackluster. Woops.
Don't Send A Marsupial: I read Black Swan Green and Gun, With Occasional Music during my downtime while travelling between cities, and also made it through about half of Our Band Could Be Your Life. Highly recommend the first two. You already know if you would like the third book or not, I suspect.
Say Hi To Victor Franko: Along with a polaroid taken by S. and egged on by V., I left the note "Congratulations! Lots of love, John Cassavetes." in Lee and Jenny's wedding guestbook. Hey, it was funny at the time.
On Gastronomy: I've already mentioned the sausages at Hot Doug's. In Chicago, I missed out on going to Kuma's for what I hear were some fantastic burgers because I was busy playing miniature golf and making a fool of myself in the batting cages. I highly recommend checking out the pieorgies at Veselka, if you are in Manhattan.
Same As It Ever Was: In my haste, I grabbed the wrong suit bag while packing to head out to Chicago. Instead of the suit I bought last fall, I wound up wearing a six-year old suit to the wedding. A suit from before I started playing soccer again. A suit that fits a much fatter, much younger me. Woops.
Casualties: My sunglasses, my jacket, one handle on my suitcase, my liver and my bank account.
More about the Chicago trip when I'm not so insanely tired. But yes, I finally did get to eat at Hot Doug's, which I missed out on last time. I had the Jennifer Garner, the Don Rickles and the duck fat fries. Why yes, I do think I put on a few pounds while I was on vacation.
My 20-hour trip to New York has come and gone with only minor mishaps (one pair of broken sunglasses and a lost jacket). On to Chicago!
Well, I'm off to see the Jesus and Mary Chain in New York and then to Chicago for a wedding, so it may be a little while until anything appears here.
I was looking around for a copy of Head On (which was the first J&MC song I ever heard) but that doesn't seem to be available right now. So go listen to Blues From A Gun instead.
This live version of Reverence from Coachella makes me pretty hopeful that J&MC will be on their game in New York.
One week until I'll be in New York watching the J&MC! Take a listen to their first single in all of its distorted, feedback drenched glory.
I'm just flipping through old negatives of past trips to New York this evening, thinking about the one a few weeks from now.
The kids around are scared
They keep their distance
Room after room of stolen goods
It means nothing to her
Joe got caught aboard a boat with 7 tons of opium! Clips from the weekend are starting to get posted.
Stay classy, Glenn Beck.