Dag nabbit!

Last night was the Neko Case show (finally!!), but I am having a terribly hard time finding either photos or videos from the performance!

The Crystal Ballroom was actually raping people’s bags with flashlights and hands, not letting any cameras through (thank God I didn’t actually bring one this time), and everyone with large messenger bags (it’s Portland = everyone has them) had to either bring them to their car or take the bus home to leave them there because the CB so lovingly does not have a bag check. It was uberously lame.

And you know, I seriously don’t get it. Just about everyone’s phone has some sort of camera on it. I don’t, but my parents’ phones both have 5 megapixel cameras, which is the same amount, I think, as my REGULAR camera. So why not just let people use them as long as they don’t flash??

In any case, the show was one of those near-religious-experience things. Neko has one AMAZING voice. Seriously, she sounds the same in concert as she does on her records. I am so glad I could have gone.

Awesomemazing fantastical magic

Flight of the Conchords at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall last night. EPIC. Photo by Jenny Cestnik.
Flight of the Conchords at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall last night. EPIC. Photo by Jenny Cestnik.

Um, last night the wait was up: I finally got to see Flight of the Conchords in concert.


Bret and Jemaine performing "Sugalumps." Image courtesy of Jenny Cestnik.
Bret and Jemaine performing "Sugalumps." Image courtesy of Jenny Cestnik.

Really, it was nothing less than awesomemazing … fantastical … magic. Some of my friends got some great photos. Arj Barker was hilarious (Sarcastica? Good Times New Roman? Chill Sans? You know the way to a font lover’s heart). The Conchords will be my love forever, pretty much. Actually, a few of my friends waited freaking TWO hours after the show to meet them. I’m totally jealous, but am at the same time unsure if I would have had that kind of commitment!

Anyway, back to the show.

There were Part-Time Models. Some Racist Dragons…and a crazy slowed-down acoustic version of Sugalumps, my personal favorite song from season two.

useblog1useblog2And granted, I was way up in the upper balcony, I still had to wear something great just ‘cuz.

This week, I got a very special shipment from the peach of a gal that is Jen from Jen’s Fashion Plus. After seeing Gabi‘s fabulous gingham dress, I knew it had to be mine. And now it is! And a fabulous short-sleeved cardi, and a great silky belted dress! Yay!

I normally don’t like buying clothes online, but the prices were absolutely right, and Jen was super helpful! I dressed up this gingham halter dress with rubine tights from We Love Colors.


Clearly, it was a perfect (or awesomemazing) evening!

Oh, and just for good measure, here’s some footage of an excellent Conchords rendition of Free Bird. Pardon some of the jiggles. :)

OK Go! (And other things)

OK Go performing at the Wonder Ballroom.
OK Go performing at the Wonder Ballroom.

As Gchat would say: …and we’re back!

Thanks all for bearing with me while I took quite the refreshing blog-cation. It might happen a few more times over the next few months, but I’m still lurking ’round…not to worry!

The last few weeks were crazy!

I’ve started taking a conversational Spanish class, which made me realize that the crazy 5-year gap since I had my last formal class (and the 2-year gap since I’ve been able to practice) has done more damage than I thought! It was totally embarrassing when our maestra started asking me questions, and, while I could understand them completely, when I opened my mouth, I spit out a mixture of gibberish and Spanglish. Yikes!

First OK Go concert in June 2005. My friends Judy (far left) and Marta (far right) came along.
First OK Go concert in June 2005. My friends Judy (far left) and Marta (far right) came along.

In other news, when everyone in the Great State of Oregon was taking their spring breaks, I got to take my baby sister to the OK Go show at the Wonder Ballroom as part of her Christmas gift (I bought the tickets on presale, back in December).

They became famous a year or two back after winning a Grammy (methinks) for their backyard dance video to their song “A Million Ways.” Then they rocketed further when they did a dance routine on treadmills to “Here It Goes Again,” which garnered more than 45 MILLION views on YouTube.

Damian croons to the crowd.
Damian croons to the crowd.

Anyhoo, I’ve followed them since BEFORE they were famous, as proven by the photo of me and the lead singer, Damian Kulash at a 2005 show. The show was super-intimate, and the band was very accessible after the concert, signing stubs (where IS mine, anyway???), taking photos with fans, and chatting everyone up. They were adorable and sweet!

I was really hoping that the Wonder Ballroom show would be the same. Well, they definitely didn’t fail to entertain. For one, they performed “What To Do” entirely with handbells. Hilarious interludes, lots of confetti,  you know the usual.

That said, the show was SOLD OUT. And was packed with preppy highschoolers. I was probably the oldest one there.

But I suppose that’s the crowd that the pop/rock genre tends to attract…unless you’re the Dandy Warhols, whose pop is loved mostly by hipsters and stoners. Damian had cut his hair, and was wearing a tight suit. And gone were the days where they’d hang out with the crowd afterward. Because, realistically, they would maul the band, probably.

Overall, it was a great show, but my best memory of them was definitely before they were famous.

Oh…so it happened to be Thursday

I can’t say with any certainty that I will consistently be able to do–or remember to do–P&P Thursday every week. It seems that the moment I make a promise, I automatically break it. In the blog-o-sphere at least. Anyway, I was listening (again) to Neko Case’s new album, and I’ve gotten to the point where I’m still in awe of the musical elements, but have slightly moved passed it, and moved on to the lyrics. So the lyrics to “Don’t Forget Me” seemed to speak to me today.

Dont forget....
Don't forget....

Don’t Forget Me

by Henry Nilsson

In the wintertime keep your feet warm
But keep your clothes on and don’t forget me
Keep the memories
But keep your powder dry too

In the summer by the poolside
While the fireflies are all around you
I’ll miss you when I’m lonely
I’ll miss the alimony too

Don’t forget me, don’t forget me
Make it easy, only just for a little while
You know I’ll think about you
Let me know you’ll think about me too

And when we’re older and full of cancer
It doesn’t matter now, come on get happy
‘Cause nothing lasts forever
But I will always love you

Don’t forget me, please don’t forget me
Make it easy, only just for a little while
You know I’ll think about you
Let me know you’ll think about me too

I’ve got a ‘Fever’, and the only cure isn’t cowbell

Highlight of my week?

No, it wasn’t the fact that I got free box seats for the Paisley Party (haha!) at the Rose Garden Friday night, which also included free beer.

And it wasn’t the fact that I’m actually starting to sell stuff on my Etsy.


It was DEFINITELY the fact that I got a sneak peek at Neko Case’s new album, Middle Cyclone, out on March 3.

I was a little bit skeptical after hearing her released single, “People Got A Lotta Nerve,” to be honest. It was a nice song, don’t get me wrong, it just didn’t live up to the high expectations I had set for dear Neko. If this song was a reflection (or even a mere representation) of the album, I was setting myself up for disappointment.

But then I heard the rest of the album.

And while said song fit in perfectly to the rest of the album, some of her other songs show off her pipes and her writing much better. It’s a lush soundscape of her rich vocals, minimalist instrumentation, and an almost oldschool echo-ey quality to it that I can’t even begin to name.

There are several excellent songs on this piece of genius (yes, I just called it a piece of genius). I really can’t stop listening to the second half of the album, which includes such gems as “Middle Cyclone,” “Prison Girls,” and “The Pharaohs.” You will NEED to listen to these songs.

But my absolute favorite song?


The song is literally breathtaking from beginning to end. Starting with soft bells, even! Then moving into some guitar solos. And her voice. And lyrics.

She belts, “I caught his words in my open mouth, I gagged and choked and spit them out, I heard him turn as he did hear my tiny heart beat in his ear, I was already running.”

Who knew such violence could be so beautiful? But isn’t that how love is?

Either way, I’m totally smitten.

Download “Fever”

Preorder Middle Cyclone

No, I did not forget VDay.

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Generally, I’d actually refer to it as DOWN WITH LOVE Day. Because [beside the fact that I find myself perpetually–if not militantly–single] it’s a loathsome concept that is the child of capitalism. Here, here!

But harden not my heart…I sort of missed making glittery little hearts for all of my friends (because why should they go without?) this year, and now I feel a little bad. You already know that I like you best, but how to show it?

Then it donned on me.

Manu Chao. The goddamned amazing singer/songwriter of whom I can’t get enough, and surprisingly tops off my Spanish-language music charts (I was surprised to see that neither Juanes nor Los Ateciopelados, or even Instituto Mexicano del Sonido, took the gold). Anyway, not only is his often-moving music incredibly politically motivated, but it’s also very listenable and rather upbeat considering the general heavy themes.

That said, one of his more lackadaisical songs that just puts a smile on my face is “Me Gustas Tu.”

And whatdya know?

It’s my Valentine to you! ¡Sí, me gustas tu!

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