Thursday, April 27, 2006

The End Has No End

I've been working very hard at getting up to speed with all the new and wonderful things I'm doing on a 9-to-5 basis lately. The good news--and it's pretty fucking good news--is that I can now say that there is almost never a time during my typical day where I'm doing anything I hate doing. It doesn't mean that I'll never have a tough or exhausting day again, but somehow or another, I have quite literally managed to banish any remnant of day-to-day sucking from my life. That's what the Project For A New DCeiver Century is about. Contrast that with the Project for a New American Century--currently going down in flames--why dontcha?

But, I've not gotten into a full groove yet, so content's been on the lightish side this week. Tonight, I saw the Strokes at DARCH, and they really kicked ass. Though, it should be noted, that handful of songs from First Impressions Of Earth that are meant to mark a stylistic shift (and that I don't care for) don't sound any better live than they do on record. That said, they played a generous amount of songs from Is This It, including personal faves "Soma" and "Take It Or Leave It" and "Barely Legal"--all of which rocked. Plus, Julian sang "Reptilia" from the middle of the audience and people were going straight up apeshit. Information Leafblower filled in for Wife of DCeiver at the last minute, and we wound up having pretty decent seats in the back section of the orchestra, which were made much better when Julian and his long, long mic cord made his way back to us.

Very worth it. I've been having a lot of concert luck this year--with the exception of the New Pornographers. Stars set the standard, and while they're still my fave show of 2006 so far, I've come away thrilled to have finally seen Franz Ferdinand and the Strokes (insane that I haven't seen them before, but my luck with them had previously always been bad), witnessed another fantastic outing from Neko Case, and was totally surprised by how much I loved Belle and Sebastian.

Side note: Neko seems to be best suited live when she gets to sing with Kelly Hogan. Their two voices were made for each other--Kelly's the sugar to Neko's absinthe. I heartily recommend her 2001 release Because It Feel Good and Beneath the Country Underdog, with the Pine Valley Cosmonauts.

All the shizz you need to know about the Strokes show will be up on DCist sometime tomorrow. In the meantime, enjoy my DCist post from today.

5 comments:

A. L. Deviant said...

*applauds banishment of day-to-day sucking*

Ed said...

"I can now say that there is almost never a time during my typical day where I'm doing anything I hate doing."

How, oh, how on earth did you manage to do that?

The Deceiver said...

I followed a friend's advice and stopped taking jobs that were bad for me in favor of waiting to do something I wanted to do.

nm said...

so what are you doing now, huh? with being out of town and/or sick for about half of april, i feel very out of the loop on everyone's lives.

abe said...

Sun don't shine on the same dog's ass all the time. Congratulations.