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Rock ‘n’ Roll Hair and music

I saw the Melvins tonight, and they were awesome! I think there was a minimum height requirement of at least 6′ to get in, though. Everyone there was so freaking TALL! I was standing behind this one guy who was like 9 feet tall with really long fluffy hair, who kept tossing it like a teenage girl. I inhaled his hair a few times by accident, but it was so long, I doubt he felt anything. It made me sneeze. 

What I mostly saw the back of the dude in front of me’s shirt that said “Martha’s Vineyard Co-ed Naked Lacrosse Team” on it. Wow, I had no idea they still made those Co-ed Naked ____ shirts! Blast from the past! Are they ironic now? 

And speaking of hair, I totally want hair like Buzz Osborne’s: 

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I always wanted hair like Scary Spice or Sideshow Bob. Having Asian hair, though, this would prove impossible, no matter how many bad perms I ever got.

Truthfully, I never really listened to the Melvins back in the Day. I went to this show because Doug was really into them, and I listened to an album today and I really liked it. Back In The Day I lived in the middle of nowhere, and I’ll blame my lack of having ever heard them on that. I was way into Black Flag and lesser punkish bands like Agent Orange and Anti-Flag in high school; I probably would have totally dug the Melvins! I only knew about the above mentioned bands because of one radio show one DJ had on a college station in my town. Basically, I ended up liking everything he liked because it was all I heard! I really liked this one song by a band called Complicated Bone Marrow Transplant, which I don’t think ever actually existed because I can’t find any trace of it anywhere. Maybe I dreamed it. It’s on a mix tape I made somewhere. Anyway, the Melvins filled that little hole in my heart that can only be filled by loud, primal music. The show was awesome! You could feel the air– I guess it was that loud. The air was vibrating; it was pretty cool. They had two drummers! And not in a hippie way! Awesome!

July 30, 2013 at 4:55 am Leave a comment

Big Country!

I got to see Big Country this week!!! If you’ve ever met me for longer than 47 seconds, you probably know that Big Country is my all time favorite band. I’ve been listening to them since I was about 10. In their heyday, I lived in the middle of nowhere, and they never played any concerts near me. The year after I moved to Boston, their lead singer, Stuart Adamson, committed suicide. I thought my chances of ever seeing Big Country live were dashed.

However, they reformed a couple of years ago, with Mike Peters from the Alarm as their singer. I was a little dubious at first; I mean how could they still be a band without Stuart Adamson? Then Tony Butler, the bassist retired. He was one of my musical idols too. What? How could this be?

But, I have been waiting to see Big Country for now around 30 years, so I went to the show. It was awesome!!! Bruce Watson and his son Jamie nailed the guitar parts! Derek Forbes, who played bass with Simple Minds was really good too. Mark Brzezicki is a god on drums, and he was amazing as ever. Mike Peters isn’t my favorite singer on earth, but what he lacked in Stuart Adamson-ness, he made up for with enthusiasm and sincerity. All in all, I was a grinning ball of drooling fangirl stupidity! I brought a copy of the 7″ of “Fields of Fire” I had for people to sign. I always feel creepy and stalkerish asking people to sign things (I’ve done it like 3 other times in my life), but now I have a signed cover. I am psyched!

They played most of the songs on “The Crossing,” plus the song “Look Away,” and “Wonderland” as well as some songs from their new album. Mike Peters injected some local flavor into the songs by occasionally mentioning Boston or Massachusetts at opportune moments. One of the funniest moments was during “Wonderland,” when he said “This is Wonderland, BOSTON!” He probably didn’t realize that Wonderland is the last stop on the Blue Line, and also a now-abandoned dog racing track. Rock on!

 

July 27, 2013 at 1:37 am Leave a comment

Headache Cat

Headache Cat

Headache Cat is awesome

I can’t remember how I acquired Headache Cat, but she’s been sitting on my computer monitor for several years now. Whenever I get a headache, or suffer from eye strain, I pop her in the microwave and sit back and relax while the healing power of a concerned looking stuffed feline washes over me. My actual cats would probably love nothing more than to drape themselves across my face in a similar manner, but they’d probably protest if I tried to put them in the microwave.

It seems weird– Headache Cat was made by people in remote Nepalese mountain villages and sold at 10,000 Villages for probably a ginormous markup. Who came up with this idea? Was someone like hey, remote villagers in a third world country– you know what some rich North Americans would like? Something to help reduce their eye strain! Make it cute looking (Headache Cat is adorable)! Fill it with edible grains that nobody will eat that will retain warmth. The North Americans will put it in a microwave. What’s a microwave you ask? It’s kind of like a box that heats stuff up when you push a button.

I’m reading about the Nepalese workshops now. Many are staffed by people who have leprosy or had polio or have other disabilities/disadvantages. Great, lepers are making headache pillows for over-privileged North Americans… Hey leper lady, I’m using this pillow you made because I had a rough day staring at a computer all day!

I mean, it’s awesome that programs exist to help people whose lives would probably suck a whole lot more without them. I love my Headache Cat because it works well (although because nobody has cleaned out the microwave in like months my face now smells like rancid Chinese food. Ah me and my First World Problems)! It should be a win-win situation, right? It still feels weird.

July 10, 2013 at 12:23 am Leave a comment


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