|this is your weekend update, I'm Kevin Nealon...
||[Apr. 12th, 2005|03:30 am]
|||||Pavement: "Major Leagues"||]|
(just kidding, I'm no Kevin Nealon. I'd love to be, tho...)
Left for Lansing around 8-ish & made it to the show by 10. Not bad. Got in there & found Vic (everyonealive) and his (now fiance, Krissy) at a table. Hung with them for awhile & tried to get them to call off sick to their jobs the next day for the show in Flint, that was a no-go, tho. They never showed up. Boo. Then a few minutes later, Erin (jperry924) walked in w/ her friends Kristi & Emily. I had asked Erin the week prior to go, but didn't think in a million years she would actually show up. Later, I found out her friends wanted to see one of the openers, Studiotone - who in my opinion sucked a cheetah's dick. So, we hung out at the bar during their set & talked U2-type stuff. I think her and I could probably go on for hours about that band. Altho I am in no way near her level of fandom... she eclipses me, there. I had accidently left my digital camera w/ her & her friends right before Local H went on - and they thought it would be funny to take random shots, including their crotch. Strange. Anyway, here is Erin:
She's all like "Dewey, I want you soooo bad.."
Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know.
Local H ended up going on and kicked things off with a loud, agressive rendition of "No Fun" & had the crowd from there. Whoever was doing sound for show sucked, tho. For the first 25-30 mins of the set, Scott's vocals could hardly be heard, and when they could be - the mic was overloading. So whenever he screamed, it would distort very heavily. When they switched microphones, that seemed to resolve the issue. You can view more pics & read the reviews from this show here. And you can see a really cool picture here. Hehe.
After the show, Scott was telling me he would be glad to let me borrow some of his personal videotapes from his collection as long as I can get them out among the community to share on DVD. How neat is that? That got me really excited. Just to be able to watch him and Joe perform pre-1997 would be priceless. After the show, I followed my friend Brent back to Flint to stay there for the show Saturday night. We hit up this 24hr restaurant called Archie's, and then went back to his place & went to sleep. I do have to say out of all the apartments I've been to - he had the coolest layout. Posters from Veruca Salt, Bush, framed Local H, Nirvana, etc - it was amazing. Here was my favorite poster he had:
pretty cool, huh? I wanted that - but I figured he would notice if I took it down off his wall, rolled it up & walked out with it. He also had a pretty cool "Serendipity" poster. Yes, I liked "Serendipity", so what... its Cusack - I love that guy. The movie could be him taking a nap, and I'd probably love it. The guy is great. If I had to think about it, he's probably my favorite actor.
We had some time to kill before Local H were to load in and begin soundcheck, so we went and checked out:
which was a really good flick. Well worth the $5 or whatever it cost to get in. Jimmy Fallon is such a like-able character, and Drew Barrymore - well after I saw "The Wedding Singer", I've always enjoyed watching her if placed correctly in a given role. I don't think I've ever seen J. Fallon in any kind of leading role in a major motion picture - he did a really great job. I'd recommend this movie to anyone, honestly. It would be a great date movie. I don't know how one couldn't like it. Then we headed to the club & watched the guys soundcheck & set everything up.
They performed "Manipulator".
Onto the show, the openers all pretty much sucked. There was one band that sounded EXACTLY like Iron Maiden, it almost scared me. I couldn't believe it. I've never been a big Maiden fan, so I wasn't impressed. Most of the crowd dug 'em, tho. I met this guy there who had this large expensive (I'm guessing) camera around his neck, and he was pratically documenting the whole night in photo-form. He was taking pictures of everyone in the club, and all the bands of whom were performing. I checked his site yesterday, & found Brent & myself,
And everyone else is up there on his site.
Local H opened up w/ "Everyone Alive" on Saturday night & completely changed the setlist around. It was kinda neat. They really only repeated the "hits" from the previous night, and played a bunch of stuff they haven't done since last fall, live. "No Problem" is always a favorite to hear, and they nailed it on Saturday perfectly. The guy I was speaking of above got some really great pictures, which you may view here. You can read the reviews & see some of my pictures here. Mine don't compare, tho.
After the show, I started driving and somewhere in Milan, Michigan (maybe 30mins from home), I pulled off 23S to take an hour nap, because I couldn't even see the road anymore I was so tired. So, I parked in this lot off the exit - and I was sleeping with my blankey over me (that I had conveniently brought ) - when all of the sudden maybe 30mins into being out... I hear this LOUD knock on my window. It scared the bejesus out of me, and I jumped up almost hitting my head. Anyway, it was a police officer checking everything out. God, they really must have nothing to do. Blah. Anyway, he was super-nice, and told me he was glad I had pulled off, because most people try to tough it out. He just wanted to see what was going on, and then told me to "sleep it off" before I pulled back on the road. By that point, I wasn't tired anymore - I had to answer all of his cop-questions, (ie: was I drinking, where was I, what I was doing, where was I going, etc). Got home in Toledo around 5 & crashed.
Slept as much as I could & headed out around 6-ish for Cleveland. Got there around 8-ish, and found out there were like 5 bands opening for Local H. Ugh. I hate that. I met up with my friend Todd (who drove all the way from eastern PA) & got a water at the bar. As we were talking, I saw my ex-gf Melissa - which was weird. I dont know why, and its not her fault - but seeing her got me all depressed, and feeling weird all night. I think cuz part of me wanted to say hi really bad, and part of me didn't. I still feel odd about the whole "seeing her again" thing. It had been like 2 years since I had seen her last, so that just added to it. I ended up ignoring her, she was with friends & we both knew we were there anyway.
Local H didn't end up taking the stage until after 1130pm (or so) & played a setlist more similiar to Friday nights with a few alterations here & there. I thought it would be a super-early show w/ doors around 630. Boy was I wrong.
After Local H finished, I found out this guy, Har-Mar Superstar was doing a special free post-show gig upstairs - so I checked it out for a little while. I had actually caught him back w/ Superdrag in 2001, and he was one of the funniest acts I've ever seen. If you don't know who he is, you are missing out. It's fucking great. He's not someone you watch for the music, its his whole "act" - its truly unique, and uhm... different, haha. After he was done, I said goodbye to Scott & Brian & headed to the car to go home. Got home around 4am or so... and (once again) crashed. Go figure. You can view more pics & read the reviews from the 4-10-05 show here.
Now that the week is here, I need to finish my taxes. They are due Friday! Ahhh!!! Still haven't heard back from that lawfirm yet, altho I have hope - they promised me they would get back to me. Just have to wait, I suppose. I really, really want a job. Soon.
Pavement's "Terror Twilight" is so beautiful.