Feb 2, 2010

Don't Multilate My Mop Top

In the winter of 2002 at a high school party a six-foot tall, three-foot wide hardbody tried to pound me and my friend for looking like the Beatles (the Beatles at that time and for that age group wear still described as a "this is gay" and "my dad listens to that music"). I recall what I was wearing pretty well: a ribbed moss-green turtleneck sweater. I had the typical ratty high school shag. My buddy was most likely wearing a t-shirt with the sleeves rolled, also sporting a mop top. Thankfully before my friend and I were mauled, my brother being friends with the hardbody, interceded on our behalf and thwarted our first beating (one of many future near-misses).

I have no hard feelings against the guy. Not only was it eight years ago, but we were less cool looking than we thought. And, I don't doubt we held some air of pretentiousness. But, I am happy to see this picture of him.


Feb 1, 2010

Rock Band

My wife and I along with a handful of friends went to see the Fiery Furnaces over the weekend. And, while I don't often like to razz bands publicly it was a major disappointment. My friend explains it best below in an email that he copied me in on.

"I brought 9 friends to see the Fiery Furnaces at The Old Rock House in St. Louis, MO.  We all paid $15. We didn't get to see the Fiery Furnaces. We saw a three-piece rock and roll band play bass, drums and  guitar. Such a performance I can see anywhere in St. Louis, on any night, for around $5/person.  I would like $10 of reimbursement for the people I brought who expected to see the Fiery Furnaces,  who instead saw stripped, rock and roll demo versions of songs we love.

Had the show been touted as "The Fiery Furnaces playing a stripped down, White Stripes version of their songs", I'd be ok.  But it wasn't advertised as such.

My paypal address is |\|0t/-\|?3/-\|_3/\/\4||_@gmail.com.  Due to the jauntiness of a classic Friedberg melody standing out from an ordinary rock cover band, I'd be happy with $70, instead of $90.  That accounts for the improvement in melody and song structure that were brought to the table despite the generic nature of the rock and roll instrumentation.

The only thing I disagree with is that he uses two spaces to start a new sentence. I prefer to use just one space."