The Pixies - Mr. Grieves
Wow, so yesterday was Bumbershoot Monday. I saw The Pixies
, kind of saw The Killers, and saw a lot of reggae. All I've gotta say is that The Pixies totally rocked, and although the ridiculously smooshed crowd was a little more than I was comfortable dealing with, it was worth it for that amount of rockage.
I saw a couple of reggae shows because of my friend's friend Erin, who is apparently very fond of a certain element of reggae culture. So, we saw Toots + The Maytals as well as the amazing Marley Brothers Quintet. Good music, I actually recognized some of it (thanks to Jon's Web Design Groove Mix
). Lots of smelly people. A few very young dredlocked families with children whose unwashed hair was just begging for lice. The part I loved the most was the Marley brothers - apparently, one of them is either disabled or has absolutely no musical talent, so he is sentenced to wave a flag around for the entire show
. That's like an hour and a half of relentless, non-stop, above your head flag waving! He went through the following patterns:
- Circular waving with both hands
- Back and forth (alternating hands)
- 'The fisherman' (alternating hands)
- Stab the air (alternating hands)
- FrEaK oUt!
- Fatigue with both hands
I was really entertained by the flag guy. The were a lot of downers about Bumbershoot Monday, mostly due to super crowded venues and lines, and the injustice of the stadium show wrist band system (though I got mine, a sweet reward for showing up at 11:30 am). I think they should give out wristbands for the evening shows (The Pixies, in this case) based on the recipient's ability to recognize or hum a few bars from some of the band's songs - there were too many 12 year olds in that stadium.
I saw one song from The Killers' - it was good, but the 45 minutes I had to wait in line wasn't really justified. My personal highlight was walking out of the Marley show next to Sam Chen
, who I saw on Friday at the Bumbershoot film festival, although I missed his film. I caught the trailer for it at his website though... I really wanted to talk to him and say something, but what could I say? "Hey, I really admire your work, even though I've only seen the at-par film you did 5 years ago. I saw the teaser trailer for your multi-award winning visually stunning new film! Hope to show up on time and see your film someday. Wanna get a drink and talk about how undedicated and poser-ish I am to this art form?"
Can't stop thinking about The Pixies - their show was really good. The downside was that the density of the crowd enraged me enough to actually elbow a few guys and shove a back or two. Grrrrrr. Crowds man, it does things to you. But they rocked, and I can still rock which is good, and I'm really happy I was able to see a genre defining band, as well as see a guy play guitar with a drumstick. That was friggin' awesome.
Bad: I'm not really people friendly because of the crowds the other day.
Good: Turns out my Ikea flask was a good investment.
Bad: I've been perpetually tired since about Saturday.
Good: I can go to bed right about now, things are getting blurry which is actually bad.
Oh, an anonymous friend of mine had a threesome last weekend, but that doesn't really affect me. You go girl!
Anony-Pants, 9-9-2004 with $19.37
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