Three friends of mine are in an awesome band, Force Fed Lead, and they played a great show at the Twilight on Friday night. Kristi and I looked on admirably, with napkins stuffed in our ears. What can I say folks, they're awesome, and very, very loud.
This weekend I got to fulfill a crush I've had since eighth grade. I got to see THIS MAN (no not the guy in the first photo) in concert here in Portland, at Outlaws. Mock me all you want - it was a great show, and he's HOT. What a FUN SHOW! For the male fans, the stage was littered with a ... hm ... let's say a Mensa convention of naked girls, that I probably could have done without. Oh well, I'm sure their mom's are very proud. Anyhoo, check it out... picture credit goes to my friend JW, taking pics with my phone.
Last night Kristi told me about yahoo music - a program where you can customize your own radio station and play it all day - for free - on the computer! You rate the songs, artists and albums as you go - and they have the option to "never play this song again" if you hate it. I am so enthused - this is just the best thing ever! See, I'm old-school - I don't have an Ipod, I still use CDs, and I'm almost embarrassed by the size of the headphones that I have to use with my portable CD player. Headphones that size? I should be standing behind a DJ booth - not trying to hold my head up under the weight of them whilst on the treadmill.
So today at work I have so far listened to Metallica, Tool, Miles Davis, Stone Temple Pilots, Billie Holiday, Rush, Bob Seger, Charlie Parker, Diana Krall, Sugarland, Macy Gray, Nine Inch Nails, Jack Johnson and John Lee Hooker.
Thank you, Yahoo Music. You rock. And thank you, oh fate, for gracing us with Metallica, and Tool. Oh how I love them. If I weren't typing, I'd be holding my lighter aloft. We'll see what happens the first time I have to stop my boss mid-sentence while I air-guitar a particularly dramatic solo.
It is sooooo good. It gets better every time you listen to it, which, between the time I bought it yesterday and am typing this today, is probably about 20 times. I've just got to hear those sweet words, spoken like a melody. Go get it. Enjoy.
I must apologize to my fellow NaBloPoMoers - I did it again. I never realized how often during the month I find myself entirely without computer access for 24-hours. It actually brings me back to a more simple time, when I wasn't spending all day on a computer at work, then rushing home to check emails, list more stuff on ebay, et cetera. I think a day without a computer can be a very healthy thing - unless of course you're participating in an event where the goal is to post every day! And doggone it, I'm just going to keep on keeping on.
So in the spirit of bringing you some new tidbits of Portland when I miss a post, here is some new stuff for you. Last night I went to see my friend Andrew and his band, Oh! Captain play at the Doug Fir. Great band, great bar. They make blackberry cosmos that are simply to die for. The bar - not the band. And I have to give a shout out to Andrew's other band, Architects and Saboteurs. Andrew is a very enthusiastic bass player, and all the guys are great performers. Oh! Captain sounds somewhat like a cross between the Beatles and The Clash - just delightful. The Beatles in image, only hotter, the Clash in sound, only better. Awesome music that makes you want to shout, bounce around like a pogo stick and throw your hair around - which we all did last night. What fun.