Every year the seniors tell themselves they won't do what the class before them did - to freak out and pick pointless fights with each other to cope with the stress of having to leave. And yet I'm watching it happen right in front of me. It began last semester, and it's really building now. Booze and tears, my friends, booze and tears. I feel like I have wasted these last few years and that I will never be able to spend enough time with these girls I love so much. And then I went and added a relationship in my last semester. Four years with no significant other, and then I find someone amazing right before we all have to go our separate ways. A week away is hard enough...how am I going to deal with months apart? With not knowing where I'll be or when I'll be back?
I am so over spring break - Sunday cannot arrive quickly enough. No one told me that finishing college was going to be the hardest part of it all.
So The Receiving End Of Sirens have broken up. I feel completely ridiculous crying over something as trivial as this, but here I am. Sitting in my Mi Fa Mi hoodie, no less. TREOS put out one of my all-time favorite albums with Between The Heart And The Synapse, and one I love almost equally with The Earth Sings Mi Fa Mi. They found me new friends and reintroduced me to old ones. One of my favorite band stories to tell is of when three of us tripped up to Connecticut to see them - my first time and my friends' 30th time. We took them a cake. And that is only one of the great memories I have connected to this band and their music. I wish them the best of luck in all endeavors, and I will miss them greatly.
I'm currently listening to a CD of Hindi music my friend Erin gave me after she spent the summer in Nepal. I haven't listened to much Hindi music or paid attention to Bollywood since high school (I had a fair number of Indian and Bangladeshi friends in high school), and I forgot how much fun this music is. It's danceable and easy to sing along to if you can pick out the Hindi words. My favorite song is "Dhoom Again," from the movie Dhoom 2. The movie was basically a Bollywood remake of Mission: Impossible and stars the beautiful Hrithik Roshan. That dude is the Indian equivalent of Brad Pitt and is known for his sexy dance moves and for having six fingers on one hand. Here's the sequence the song appears in:
Imagine if Brad Pitt was able to do that.
In other news, I am so happy with everything and everyone right now. I could not ask to be dating someone better or to be spending my last semester any other way.
Say Anything at James Madison University, 2.25.08.
Say Anything played a one-off show at the end of their tour at JMU. The opening band was a local jam band called Electric Baby. They played for an entire hour and it was difficult to not tear my ears off. Luckily I was able to doze off for awhile until they finished.
The show was advertised as reserved seating, since it was in a theater. However, as soon as Electric Baby left the stage, the audience was allowed to move about. Of course, this quickly turned into people rushing towards the stage, where there was not enough room for everyone. We decided to stay towards the back so we could see and just stand at our seats.
As Say Anything took the stage, the recorded intro to "Belt" played through the speakers, and the band tore into the track. The set was roughly as follows:
Skinny, Mean Man
The Church Channel
Baby Girl, I'm A Blur
Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too
Every Man Has A Molly
People Like You Are Why People Like Me Exist
Alive With The Glory Of Love
An Orgy Of Critics
The band had incredible energy throughout the set, and Max Bemis alternated between being congenial with the audience and ridiculing them. The crowd varied in the songs they knew - some people clearly had only heard ...Is A Real Boy, while others seemed to be newcomers. I was surprised to hear "The Church Channel," since Hayley Williams' voice is such a large part of the song. However, Bemis handled it well and the song was not lacking. Overall, it was easily one of the best shows I have seen in a long time.
Sherwood, Houston Calls, The Higher, & We Shot The Moon at the Masquerade - Atlanta, GA 2.23.08.
We Shot The Moon took the stage at 7:15 PM and rolled their way through a quick set that included four songs from the EP (all but "Julie") as well as two or three newer songs. The band was working well as a group, seeing as how the lineup is still being solidified. Jonathan Jones still knows how to work a crowd, and his singing was near perfect.
After a quick break, The Higher stepped up for their set. I'll admit it, this band is a guilty pleasure of mine. Unfortunately, singer Seth Trotter is much more nasal live than recorded, and sounds like he's really straining hard to hit his notes. You'd also think that a band with such high octane songs would be more active onstage. To their credit I do think they were a bit more interactive than the last time I saw them. Nonetheless, they are still fun to dance around to.
I'd heard all kinds of good things about Houston Calls' live show for awhile now, so I was pretty excited to see them, and they did not disappoint. They were very high energy and continually working the crowd. The room exploded when they began playing "Exit, Emergency," and things never slowed down from there. The band closed with "Bob And Bonnie," who were apparently in attendance that night.
Sherwood took the stage with their usual sunniness and charm, and played a very brief set - only about 45 minutes or so. Songs played included:
Middle Of The Night
We Do This To Ourselves
For The Longest Time
The Best In Me
The Town That You Live In
Holiday (Get Up Kids cover)
Never Ready To Leave
Song In My Head
To my dismay, the entire crowd stopped moving with the Get Up Kids cover - no one seemed to recognize the song! However, their set was very good, even if it was so short. I don't think I will ever get tired of going to see this band.
Watch this video, please. Skip to the last 15 or 16 minutes or so - where they talk about Craig Harvey. It might give you some idea of what this previous summer was like for me. I nearly just died laughing they are so dead on. However, I think the classic Craig Harvey story is the Chick-Fil-A one. That one is in a TMG podcast somewhere, straight from the man himself, no less.
We Shot The Moon.
The newest project of former Waking Ashland frontman Jonathan Jones. These piano pop songs are catchy as hell, and I can't stop listening to them. I'm pretty stoked to go see them in Atlanta this coming weekend. myspace.com/weshotthemoon
I should have listened to people earlier when they told me about this band. Their odd brand of darkly theatrical pop-rock is creative and always impresses me. myspace.com/kisskiss
I recently rediscovered my love affair with this bizarre Omaha-based electronic group. Their dark lyrics and detailed instrumentation can get just about anyone out onto the dancefloor. myspace.com/thefaint
they let us play with markers
but I keep trying to draw infinity
and I read the Bible to pass the time
but one day out of nowhere
she sits down and looks over my shoulder
I'm shaking harder then I've ever shook before
...literally. There's a brush fire occuring on the other side of the highway. Southbound lanes are closed, and it stretches for three or four exits. We drove past it on the northbound side and it was a little terrifying to see, though most of it seems to be under control. However, we are currently experiencing 30-60 MPH winds that are threatening to bring the fire onto our campus.
Speaking of that wind, I stood outside in it for two hours today in an attempt to see Hillary Clinton speak. As soon as we stepped in the door, people began pouring back out - her plane was unable to land at the airport due to the winds. I'm still trying to warm back up after standing in that. I'm debating whether or not to get up at the asscrack of dawn tomorrow to see Barack Obama speak at 7 AM.
It seems I'm just a blogging machine lately...I guess that's what happens when I get stressed out.
Usually I'm not a fan of dance-rock, but Mercy Mercedes are the catchiest new band I've heard recently. "Dr. Huxtable" has been on repeat ever since I got a hold of their new Casio Rodeo EP. For Fans Of: The Years Gone By, Farewell, Cobra Starship myspace.com/mercymercedes
Once soundtrack. Once is one of the most beautiful and touching movies I've ever seen, due in no small part to the incredible soundtrack featuring Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. These are songs that can easily bring me to tears. For Fans Of: Damien Rice, Jeff Buckley, The Frames myspace.com/oncesoundtrack
At The Drive-In.
Here's a classic for you. Complex prog-rock band that had a brief and intense career before splitting up to form The Mars Volta and Sparta. If you don't already own the album Relationship Of Command, you should probably go to your local record store immediately. For Fans Of: Fugazi, Bear Vs. Shark, Death From Above 1979 myspace.com/atdi