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***June Seventeenth Two Thousand and Nine***

    

I can't believe it's been almost two months since one of my half-assed updates.  The expression on this dog says it all. 

Buncha updates...photo journal, pet photos, yadda yadda.  If yer interested.


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Mastodon
The Cat's Cradle
5/13/09

As per usual, I spent my early evening on this fine Wednesday playing a little basketball with the lads; and not unlike Ice
Cube, I messed around and got a triple double (fouls, turnovers, missed shots).  I always kinda dread going to shows
after I've played ball because my legs are shot, but I assumed I would have a couple of hours to recover and get ready
for the rock.  The problem is, when I logged on to the Cat's Cradle website to check the start time, it was listed as doors
at 6:30, show at 7:30!!!  What in the holy hell is this, a Yanni concert?!?  Who starts a metal show this early?  I was
completely confused and bewildered as to what was going on, but the bottom line I was going to have to get on my
horse and get to getting if I wanted to see this show. 

I finally got to the club around 9:15 or so, only to see a crew of surly types setting up the stage for Mastodon.  I was
hoping to see at least the end of Kylesa's set, but I've seen them before and I'm sure I'll get a chance to see them again. 
On the plus side, my tired, basketball-worn old man legs wouldn't be standing for very long tonight.   

It wasn't the greatest show I've ever seen Mastodon play, but it was still very good.  I'm guessing a big reason I was a
little underwhelmed is because the entire first half of the show was from their newest record "Crack the Skye", and I
have only listened to it a couple of times.  With pretty much any band, knowing the music makes the live experience
more enjoyable, but I find this to especially be the case with metal music for whatever reason. 

after about 45 minutes of only new songs, the band left the stage...certainly, this wasn't the whole show was it?  No it
wasn't; they were running this thing Broadway-style, with an intermission between two sets...the first set being all new,
and the second set being all older songs.  I'm terrible with song names with this band in particular, but I know they
played a bunch of tracks off of "Leviathan" to help fulfill by "metal songs about whales" needs.  the crowd of almost
entirely dudes in black t-shirts got noticeably more animated for these older, well-loved tracks, with no shortage of
devil horns thrown in the air both before AND after the song.  And we all know nothing is more metal than throwing the
devil horns at a concert, saluting the band with a message of "I enjoy your songs to the extent that I will contort my
fingers into a fanciful shape and raise them above my head, in unison with my fellow crowd members".


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"It's Ok, he looked like a Carlos to me too."

C Average - Strider '88.

Dreamdate - The One I Need.
Bonus: Why Don't You Make Me?

Love As Laughter - Baby Shambles
Bonus: Crosseyed Beautiful Youngunz

Ol' Dirty Bastard - Got Your Money (feat. Kelis)
Bonus: I Can't Wait

Super Furry Animals - Run-Away

Surrounded - Fellow Citizen Stars
Bonus: Safe Tomorrow Sun

The Budos Band - Adeniji

The Jayhawks - Save It For A Rainy Day
Bonus: Stumbling Through The Dark (Acoustic Version).

The Sleepy Jackson - Devil Was In My Yard
Bonus: Miles Away





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