Last night the unthinkable happened - Summer Girlfriends played with Love of Everything at The Empty Bottle. It was definitely a monumental moment for both Bobby and I, and I'm happy to report that it was SO MUCH FUN!!!!
Chris Hansen as Paletazo started the night. I always love hearing those songs. Then some strangers played some music that had horns (sorry dudes, I ran outside to talk on the phone during your set). Then it was our turn. I've played the Bottle before, plus I practically live there, so I thought it was totally no big deal. But once I was up on that stage (the highest stage we've played so far as Summer Girlfriends) looking out at near 300 people, yeah I was a little scared.
But we totally killed it!
(Photo by Kristin Aardsma)
The new Love of Everything songs are amazing, but what was most surprising was that on the old songs I used to play, Matt plays the exact same beat. I found myself with a permanent shit-eating-grin air drumming along to I love all you guys.
Go buy Bobby's new 7" here: BUY IT!!!
I feel weird making a blog post title with someone's name - rarely do I use this public forum for anything more than a place to show what bands I've seen and where, but I've been following Tim's blog lately and felt the need to share it with the 10 people who look at this thing.
His latest post is actually by guest writer/life-long friend Sam Zurick - and I highly recommend you make the attempt to read it in its entirety. Read it here.
When I first moved to Chicago I had never heard the name Tim Kinsella before. He is one of my ex's best friends and I consider myself lucky that I got to know him so well over the past 3 years. I'll never forget the first time we met. Bobby brought me to Rainbo to have a beer and introduce me to him. This was right after Tim's wife had left him, and he was still in a pretty dark place, but he was trying to do his best to not lay all his shit out in front of a stranger (sidenote: one of my favourite things about Tim is his unabashed earnestness). He did his best to include me into the conversation, and asked me what my favourite band was. A harmless get-to-know-you type question. He even prefaced it by saying, "I'm really into Wire again, I think they might be my favourite." Without hesitation I answered, "NOFX." To which Tim stared blankly at me, turned back to Bobby and continued his conversation.
This one too
Luckily, Tim gave me another chance and I've always felt like we've gotten along well. I've become a fan of his music, his entire family, and his ideas for restaurants that you lay down in and that have separate crying rooms.
Last year Tim wrote a book, which isn't out yet, but you can pre-order it here and I am anxiously awaiting my copies arrival.
I'm back in my home and native land for the week and instead of facebooking the 1000 photos I take I decided to finally get instagram - it feels more appropriate to upload a photo every 10 seconds on there than on facebook or twitter. So, if you want to keep up with all the things Canadian I love follow me: summerelisse
It took 3 months, exactly, but I have finally finished Infinite Jest. Here are a list of words I had to look up while reading the book.
Ablutions - a cleansing with water or other liquid, especially as a religious ritual Actaeon - A hunter who, for having seen Diana bathing, was changed by her into a stag and was torn to pieces by his own hounds Aether - Ancient Greek personification of the clear upper air of the sky Aleatory - Of or pertaining to accidental causes; of luck or chance Anachronism - Something or someone that is not in its correct historical or chronological time Anathema - A person or thing detested or loathed Apercu - A hasty glance Coalesce - To grow together Crepuscular - Of, pertaining to, or resembling twilight; dim; indistinct Cyanosis - Blueness or lividness of the skin, as from imperfectly oxygenated blood Demimonde - A class of women who have lost their standing in respectable society because of indiscreet behaviour or sexual promiscuity Dilettante - A person who takes up an art, activity, of subject merely for amusement Dipsomania - An irresistible, typically periodic craving for an alcoholic drink Dysautonomia - A rare inherited disorder of the autonomic nervous system Epaulet - An ornamental shoulder piece worn on uniforms, chiefly by military officers Ephebe - A young man, especially an ephebus Fantod - A state of extreme nervousness or restlessness; the willies; fidgets Fugue - Music. A polyphonic compresion based upon one, two, or more themes, which are enunciated by several voices or parts in turn, subjected to contrapuntal treatment, and gradually built up into a complex form having somewhat distinct divisions or stages of development and a marked climax at the end (what the fuck!?) Ineluctable - Incapable of being evaded; inescapable Imprecate - To invoke or call down (evil or curses), as upon a person Leonine - Resembling or suggestive of a lion Matriculate - To enroll in a college or university as a candidate for a degree Mottle - To mark or diversify with spots or blotches of a different colour or shade Nacre - Mother of Pearl Nadir - The point on the celestial sphere directly beneath a given position or observer and diametrically opposite the zenith Neuralgia - Sharp and paroxysmal pain along the course of a nerve Obfuscate - To confuse, bewilder, or stupefy Oculist - Optometrist Ommatophore - A tentacle or movable stalk bearing an eye, as in certain snails Osseous - Composed of, containing, or resembling bone Parodic - Having or of the nature of a parody (d'uh) Picayune - Of little value or account; small; trifling Piebald - Having patches of black and white or of other colours Puerile - Juvenile Quincunx - An arrangement of five objects, as trees, in a square or rectangle, one at each corner and one in the middle Sinistral - Of pertaining to, or on the left side Sobriquet - A nickname Solipsism - The theory that only the self exists, or can be proved to exist Sulcus - A furrow or groove Teratoid - Resembling a monster Thanatophobia - An abnormal fear of death Trochee - A foot of two syllables, a long followed by a short in quantitative meter, or a stressed followed by an unstressed in accentual meter Wraith - An apparition of a living person supposed to portend his or her death