Went to see Jill Tracy last night. Only passingly familiar with her work, but I like it. Surrounded by highly competent musicians. Fascinated with the drummer & Chapman Stick player (which I usually am not that into).
Also surrounded by tons of other photographers, most with pro rigs that made me feel like a poseur with my pro-am setup. Someday.
Full set here.
...So the Armageddon Dildos/Inertia show was the best fucking time I've had at the same show with my guitar amp in a long fucking time.
Both bands' guitarists used it, and they sounded good. Like I told holyfilament, "I don't need a new amp. My amp needs a new guitarist." Whatever. I just had fun bouncing around drunkenly.
Das Überlens didn't work so well at the Insect show, so I brought my trusty Fast Lens plus my Voted Most Likely to be Sold on Craigslist Lens.
... Which kicked ass. It's a slow lens; it only goes to f4.0 and at longer exposures with the zoom, the widest aperture available shrinks to f5.6. (I think I have my terminology right... whatever.) But it's got the largest zoom range of my lenses (which I used to good advantage), and the show was lit well enough that I managed pretty darn well with it. I think I'll hang on to it and bring it to more shows.
( +, er, 29. oops. i'll keep 'em smallish. )
I had Friday off as a comp day for coming in in the late hours to kick a server. So I got quite a bit done in my to do list... was nice having everything within walking distance open.
I spent an insane amount of time on Saturday and Sunday watching the NFL draft. The NFL Network is like crack.
Then I went to see the Dawn of Ashes/Chemical Angel/Insect show... and was quite a bit more social than normal, probably annoyingly so, courtesy of four shots of Patron on a relatively empty stomach. Whoo whee.
Afterwards, me and my late night munchies found ourselves at a food joint of ill repute that rhymes with crack in the box. There was a gopher for the Kottonmouth Kings ahead of me, ordering fifty bucks worth of food. I found that amusing. And helped him out with the 20c he was short.
Note to self: the magic numbers are 1.4, 1600, 1/15"-1/25"
insect. their light show and energy really made them stand out.
( +10 )
- battling insomnia.
- songwriting and deciding on a recording studio with black snake moan.
- reading voraciously, again. novels. ever since hawai'i. it's been a while since i've read this much.
- writing for rabbitholeday. i'll be cluttering your friends pages soon.
- feeling even more antisocial than normal. which is kind of normal for me, i suppose.
- missing the sun. daylight savings kicks in earlier this year... looking forward to it.
- rehearsing with slave unit. you remember there's a show, right?
- debating whether to say hi to a cute girl. #5 and my bit have thus far kept me from making a fool of myself.
- getting sick of my bit and my trips to the dentist. can't wait til the end of february.
- working on that remix. at this pace it'll be a few weeks.
i made it to the first half of the drop black sky / soil and eclipse show. first time i've tried to take show photos with this camera. it's its own special challenge, with the performers moving, the low light that can turn into bright light suddenly, and the fact that i hate using a flash.
drop black sky.
maybe my 4th time seeing them?
i like them quite a bit.
this is why i hate using a flash.
soil and eclipse.
i'm 2-3 degrees separated from this band in a number of ways.
i could have stayed longer but i decided to go in search of dinner and a relatively early night's sleep.
After a week of rehearsals and flyering at clubs and TKK, my 1pm wakeup was decadent but much needed. Comics and Pho rounded out the non-show portion of the day; then it was changing/stretching strings, doing my nails, then off to the rehearsal studio.
green slime is taking over soundwave ... [!]
...where the lights were out in the freight elevator. Total Aliens killing zone. We managed not to die though, and we loaded up and headed over to Blake's, where I promptly put my camera in my coat pocket and forgot about it for the rest of the night. So one last picture:( alien elevators, unexpected roadies, badger's real name, the show )
I'm completely optimistic that we've already passed the difficult hurdle of attaining our core fanbase; they'll show up to shows and we'll make new fans every time we play. I'm crossing my fingers for hitting consistent triple digit draw by the end of summer. I think it's possible. But right now I'm going to concentrate on improving my own playing and getting back to writing songs.
... After I finish this glass of absinthe and read some more Greg Rucka. Nice lazy Sunday in my three day weekend =)