Monthly Archive for September, 2004

Going to Interpol?

Is anyone going to the Interpol show on October 11, 2004 at Avalon (Boston)? Does anyone want to go?

The new album Antics is quite good.

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Apple Picking

From Flickr: Guess what Presley found? No really, there weren't many apples to pick.Last summer, after we were forced out of our beloved Mass Ave apartment, due to negligent fire, we were fortunate to be taken in by some truly great people. And these people invited us to go apple picking last year, something I hadn’t done since I was a kid. It was the kind of thing you don’t do enough, living in the city.

This year, the crew consisted of Jason & Liz, Bryan & Jill, and Presley & I. We headed further up the North Shore this year, to Ipswich, MA. Seemed like a lovely town, though we spent all of our time on the farm.

How great is it that they make you take a hay ride before you can pick apples?

Scorpion Bowl

Nothing like sharing a Scorpion Bowl with another man’s wife…

Scorpion Bowl

K. and Ned at Lolo’s birthday celebration. Tiki Room, Lansdowne Street, Boston, Sept 17.

Web Surfer Rosa

There are very few bands that I think are worth seeing in big venues. Radiohead is one. U2 is another. And even with these big acts, what is so enjoyable about an arena show? It’s usually 100-dollar tickets, you can’t see much except for what’s on the Jumbotron, and you end up with a row of dancing teenaged girls with scrunchies, blocking your view, and singing in your ear.

It sucks.

When I heard that the Pixies were re-forming and touring this summer, I knew that I’d gladly plop down the 100 bucks, and put up with Arena-beer prices, for just a glimpse of them playing together again, live. But, then came the bad news — it was worse than expected. The Pixies were playing Lolapalooza. Dear god.

I have a theory about huge outdoor festivals — they suck the most. I sat through the Lilith Fair, just to see Liz Phair, and it wasn’t worth the effort.

Anyway, all of this was rendered moot, since Lolapalooza was cancelled, and the Pixies were forced to organize their own tour.

Arguably, Boston is the home base for the Pixies cult, so I expected them to do a week at a club, or play the Orpheum, a large theatre. Not so — they aren’t even playing Boston, choosing instead to book two shows in small arenas in Amherst and Lowell. I can’t fathom why.

Tickets went on sale today at 10am… and, Presley and I had our Powerbooks open to in bed. We got 4 Gen. Admission tickets for each show, November 30, and December 1. I wonder who we’ll invite along…


Look at this Spider outside our window!

Presley has the details