Okay, so I'm looking at the front page of this site and I don't recognize at least half of the band names. I feel half like, "You kids get off my lawn!" and half like, "Help! Tell me who is worth hearing!"
It's coming up on two years since I graduated college. I'm still working at a digital art school here in DC, and I've really grown to love it. I work in the administration of the school, which basically means that I spend all day herding cats. It's often frustrating, but I've met so many mindblowinglytalentedpeople that make it great fun. I'm also taking graphic design classes there part time, and it turns out I'm pretty good at it. It's a new artistic outlet, which is good, since I'm too broke to develop and print the eight rolls of medium format film sitting on my nightstand at home.
Coming up even quicker is two years with my wonderful, beautiful girlfriend. On one hand, it doesn't feel like it's been nearly that long, but on the other hand, it feels like we've always been together. I can't imagine life without her anymore. Along with this came the process of coming out to my family, one step at a time. The majority of them took it very well - my grandparents included - and they couldn't wait to meet her. My parents are still coming to terms with it, but they did finally meet her, which was a big step in my eyes. We'll get there one day, I hope.
I think staying in DC was the best thing I could have done after college. Yes, I miss LA and the people I love there. But there are so many people I love here, and that group is constantly growing. I've also finally begun to really explore this city, even though I've lived nearby my whole life. I LOVE the District and all the things to do and see and eat and enjoy.
The one thing that is missing from my life right now is music. I still go to plenty of live shows and buy CDs when I can afford it, but that constant stream of new sounds is gone. I don't have the means to hear everything anymore. However, that is no excuse for the way I've fallen so drastically far behind, so far I feel like I might never catch up again. I'm here to work on that though. I'll jump right back in right now, and hopefully be right back on track in no time - hopefully with a little help from you.
01. New Frontiers – Mending
02. Vampire Weekend – S/T
03. Girl Talk - Feed The Animals
04. Lydia – Illuminate
05. The Matches – A Band In Hope
06. Anberlin – New Surrender
07. Alive In Wild Paint – Ceilings
08. She & Him – Volume 1
09. Fall Out Boy - Folie A Deux
10. Forgive Durden – Razia's Shadow: A Musical
I'm back after an extended hiatus. Sorry if I left any of you hanging - friendship-wise or review-wise. I've begun writing reviews for this site again. If you're bored, I've also got a new interview with Punchline at my own site. Hopefully I'll be able to be more consistent here, now that the chaos of moving my family is almost over.
Last night doesn't feel like it really happened - I almost refuse to believe that I pulled off bringing Girl Talk to Hollins. It all went really smoothly - minus the part where we had to move everything to the rain location at the last minute, and that the police came on a noise complaint (at least they didn't shut us down). But everyone seemed to really like it.
Also, can we talk about how Gregg Gillis is like, the nicest guy EVER? Totally sweet, and kind of soft spoken, which I didn't expect. Since there were only like 100-200 people there, and the stage was tiny, he just moved his table and laptops to the floor and played there, letting people dance all over the stage. It was AWESOME.
More photos on Facebook, as always.
That whole semester where I stressed over this to the point where I wanted to die? Totally worth it.
Chris Pureka returned to my school last night to play "Rock The Stacks" during our Spring Previews weekend. She played here last spring, and I was excited to see her return since I missed last year's performance.
Generally, I am not a fan of female folk music. I don't like the prevailing vocal style or the similar guitar work that the women use. However, Pureka has won me over with her beautiful singing voice, intense lyrics, and engaging banter.
She played for an hour and a half, drawing songs from her multiple albums and threw in a Bruce Springsteen cover ("I'm On Fire") for good measure. She cracked jokes inbetween all her songs. It was a bit odd to jump from banter to songs - the vast majority of Pureka's catalog is extremely depressing. In fact, she joked that the last song she played was the only happy one in her repertoire. She talked about how a friend sums up indie music by saying her record didn't go platinum, but rather went rusty can. She read aloud a letter she received asking her to try out for Miss Massachusetts. She kept the audience in stitches - if she hadn't, we might have all been in tears by the end of it due to her lyrics.
Her performance was near perfect - the acoustics in the library are perfect for this kind of performance. Pureka is a gifted guitarist, and her gravelly vocals complement her subject matter very nicely. Overall, it was a pleasant, low-key evening - one I wasn't particularly expecting to enjoy but ended up loving.
Last night was Hollins' annual drag king show. This year's theme was Miss-ter Hollins (playing off the fact that the current Miss Virginia attends our school). The show was great and the subsequent NEFA party was the best I've seen in a long time.