I went to see My Bloody Valentine last night at the Kool Haus, but I almost feel like the show started the night before with Genghis Tron as the opening band at Lee’s Palace. I’d never heard them before, but the singer Mookie is a friend of Beckles so we figured why not. Adrienne and I walked in just as they were starting. I saw the lights, heard about 5 seconds of music and thought “ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…”. It’s probably blasphemy to make such a comparison but halfway through the show it made me wish I’d had a chance to see Neurosis by now. I haven’t, so what do I know?
I haven’t been thinking about it much lately, but there was a few month period last year where just about every band I saw I’d think “I wish they had crazy light show to go along with this.” My wishes are coming true, lighting ideas are popping out everywhere! Genghis Tron has such a fucking awesome midi-controlled set up. It looks like it’s relatively cheap, light, compact and is really effective in setting the mood. More bands should be doing stuff like this.
We saw this skunk on the way home. I wouldn’t want to get sprayed by a skunk, but I don’t mind the smell. It always reminds me of a scratch and sniff skunk sticker I had when I was a kid. It’s not a special sticker I’m obsessed with, I just remember it. My cousin Angela and her husband Darren had a pet skunk about 10 years ago. They caught it with a skunk trap when it was a baby, and my uncle (who used to be a Veterinarian, but gave it up after a few years to become a pastor) took out the stink sack thing and it made a nice friendly pet for about 5 years. I guess skunks don’t live that long. It looks like this skunk was eating a squirrel. It was dark and I didn’t get close enough to see it clearly.
I got up the next morning at 8am and went for a 20 minute run with Nic Kazamia.
Leslie Williams and Adrienne and I cabbed to the MBV show last night together. I wasn’t even planning on going until a couple days before when Adrienne surprised me with tickets. As soon as they started my mind went blank and I realized how much their songs are embedded into my head. When I was 15 and barely knew what sound each kind of guitar pedal makes I’d listen to Loveless and be so confused about what was going on and how they made such a swirling wall of noise. I’m still confused.
When we came in there were people at the door handing out earplugs. I had them in for the first few songs but it didn’t seem that loud when I took them out. I was just swaying in relaxed happiness. Fuck, they are so good. After they’d played a bunch of songs they went into a 20 minute noise and light freakout and I had to put the plugs back in. I spent half the time with my eyes closed, mostly sober, but still watching fractals in different colors pulse around. This is exactly what the Dreamachine is about. Different patterns of light projected onto your eyelids, preferably with noise or free jazz like Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew playing in the background putting you into a trance state. Maybe that sounds retarded but I don’t care I like it. I could be a placebo effect but I find those kinds of experiences and moments give me a lot of ideas and make me more creative.
I can’t even say one part of the show was better than the other. It was just Awesome + Awesome = FANTASTIC!
Everyone likes pictures of pretty girls.