Posts Tagged ‘concerts’

in whence there was much face rocking…

9 December 2008

I cannot say it enough: Mucca Pazza never fails to deliver.
They’re like the anti-fail… which for a large group of nerds is always an achievement.

Anyway, their show at the Bottom Lounge was amazing.  There was a really great crowd — a lot of people dancing and everyone was just having a good time.  As per usual with MP concerts, I squirmed my way towards the front, landing myself about 4 people back.  Close enough to see everything, but out of range to get hit by the band (which really, I’ve been right up on the stage before, and it’s still just as awesome there).  I don’t think you really can pick a bad spot in the crowd at a MP concert.. however, if you want to dance around you should really be up front.  That’s were the rest of us who love to dance around will be.

If you’ve never been to a MP show before, I highly suggest checking them out.  You can search youtube all you want, but you really won’t get a true feeling for them until you’ve seen them live.  I have yet to go to a live show as fun as one of theirs.   They’re great musicians, entertainers, and all-around great folk (as I’ve mentioned numerous times).  I mean, I still turn into a little fan girl at the shows.  So when they were marching in, and Mark put his hand on my head I seriously giggled with joy.  Hang around after the show and you’ll get a chance to chat with them — it was through doing that I was able to get to know a few of the members and then get involved in the reading band.  (Which reading band is happening tonight: more info at Mucca’s site; notice the circular reference back to Wench there.)

As always, I tried to drag a lot of people to the show… I got Jason to come out with me, and he brought his friend Scott… (We showed up early enough to have some pre-Mucca drinks… which I will say, coming in from outside, a shot of whiskey really does it.)   And since Sara was filming for Venus, Adam and Dan showed up too.  Dan, being Dan, was picked out to do a little solo on Moriya with student conductor Jeffrey Thomas (always a great song/performance).  Dan tends to get soloed out in a crowd.  It’s his nature.

Anyway.   It was an amazing show and I’m looking forward to Reading Band tonight — from the email list it should be a good turn out.  If you’re interested in joining, either contact Mark via the methods on MP’s site or leave a comment here with your email (all comments are monitored, so I’ll edit out your email before it posts if you’ve got more to say).

And now to leave you with some goodies!  Videos from the concert — a little bit from K12 and a full ensemble of one of my favorite songs (hell, I guess I love them all… but this one is quite enjoyable).

Mucca Pazza/K12 - The Centennial

Mucca Pazza - Peace Meal

what are you doing saturday?

2 December 2008

you should totally be here: Bottom Lounge
.. I suggest showing up sometime around 8ish…

just a suggestion.

… I’ll be there.

further proof that nerd are sexy (part 1)

10 November 2008

This weekend, I took a break from my Wii (just purchased on Friday), and joined Sara, Adam, Dan, and Dan’s sister Susan for a night of nerdcore.

My previous experience with nerdcore has been through the wonderful and simply rad Mucca Pazza.  They might possibly be one of my favorite bands.  I’ve also gotten to know a handful of their members, and I actually play with a few of them once a month in the community reading band I’m in.

Anyway… nerdcore hip-hop is something pretty new to me.  And, well, as a young, attractive female with nerdy inclinations… why would I miss out on this?  I typically find in any nerd-related events that the numbers are in my favor as far as the gender ratios.

So I got to see Dual Core, Former Fat Boys, Whoremoans, YT Cracker, MC Lars and MC Frontalot.  It was a packed night that probably didn’t start until sometime between 11-11:30p.  I don’t think MC Frontalot started until after 2a…

FFB

FFB & Dino

I think Former Fat Boys was the act that sort of stuck out the most, as far as sort of not quite fitting in with the rest of the night…  Not sure.  It could have been style, it could have been what he rapped about, it could have just been him… Maybe he just didn’t seem nerdy enough for me.  He did how ever take off his pants, and even had a dude in a dinosaur suit come out for two songs… The dino however just walked around and occasionally threw his hands up.  I was expecting more.

Whoremoans had one song that well, I thoroughly enjoyed.  F- the Princess.  The beat was good, and song was catchy… and well… Sara and I just sort of laughed a lot during it.  Granted, we did that throughout the show.  Especially when one of Adam’s grad school friends licked Whoremoan’s man boob.  Seriously.

Anyway… Sara, Susan and I were basically just hanging out in the back (up in the seats), waiting for MC Frontalot.  Not that any of us were familiar with him…   Definitely worth waiting for.  And well… MC Frontalot is kinda hot.  Even hotter when he’s preforming.

MC Frontalot @ Penny Arcade Expo '04

MC Frontalot @ Penny Arcade Expo

The night was good.  The only downside was this small group of obnoxiously drunk people.  I mean, seriously, who tells the performer that you have a better tattoo than they do (though a zombie unicorn is decent)… But yeah, these drunk kids just sort of distracted from everything… The easiest way to be a giant douche at a concert is to get amazingly drunk, sing a long louder than the artist, and then assume this concert is all about you and just for you…. Personally I like to think that MC Frontalot wasn’t all that happy with at least one of them… If only I had a nerf bat with me (nerf just to avoid unnecessary lawsuits on assault and all that)…

We (including some more new friends) all went to the Pick Me Up for some post-concert food.  Being that it was about 3a or maybe later, I opted for a chai… Adam got ice cream, which I thought was silly since it is cold out.  And that’s all I’ve got for that.  … I arrived home at 5a… I could have stayed up and continued with Guitar Hero… but I was one sleepy dinosaur.  (and no, not the type of dinosaur FFB had…)

Videos in part 2.

i’ve been needing to get a unitard… (see also: tribute 10.15.08)

15 October 2008

Last night, Weiss and I kept up with one of our favorite Second City traditions…
We saw Casiotone for the Painfully Alone perform.

This was my 3rd concert, Weiss’ 4th. (I was out of town or something for one of them…)

smoked beer

smoked beer

The night was really great.  We met up early for dinner at Piece, and decided that we could actually finish off a medium pizza (which we did).  I got a beer that Adam had introduced me to on Friday (also at Piece).  Our waiter described it as “a campfire in a bottle”, it’s also been described as “liquid bacon”… it’s a smoked beer, absolutely amazing, but I can’t finish a whole bottle.

Because we met up two hours before the show started, Weiss and I had time to discuss a whole array of topics.  One of which being this upcoming holiday and my lacking of costume.  We decided to think of “Sexy _____”… but not your standard ones (anyone can do “Sexy Nurse”, “Sexy Cop”, “Sexy Witch”, and even “Sexy Hobo”).  The list will eventually be on Shoup.  But I think I’ve got my costume picked out… I just need to make some purchases.

Anyway, we eventually left Piece and headed over to the Bottle to see CFTPA.  Apparently Weiss and I are showing our age — or rather, someone else’s, because being out late like that should have been natural for 20-somethings.  When we got there, the first group had just started — sBach.  Definitely a unique group.  At first I wasn’t sure, but I quickly decided that I indeed liked them and even purchased their cd after their set.  I feel this will be perfect SMASH & KILL music for when I eventually start playing more video games (more on that in a future post).  After sBach was Ill Ease, who definitely took some getting used to.  Great musician though — a one woman band.  So much energy too.

Finally it was time for CFTPA to take the stage.  As always, Owen provided an amazing show.  I think I’ll be purchasing his newest release…  He never played my request, but I won’t hold it against him.  And as always, I’m already looking forward to his next show in the city.

When all was said and done and Weiss had two CFTPA cds, we boarded a bus, departed ways at Ashland as Weiss headed to the southern lands of Pilsen and I went off to the Brown Line.
Okay.  Here’s the thing.  When I left work yesterday, there was some notice about the Red Line and something happening from some place in or near the Loop all the way up to North/Clybourn from 9pm to 2am.  So I just assume that it’s closed and rerouted, so I’ll just take the Brown to Fullerton and switch…. well, I get to the Brown at 12:50am.  The last train is scheduled for 12:58.   It’s 1:10a and the train hasn’t come.  So the CTA worker comes out and says she’s going to lock up the station and that the train isn’t coming.  I pass this message on to the other guy who’s waiting… so we walk together to the Red Line.  (Which was nice… not walking alone in an area just 15 minutes before I saw a man push a woman — I couldn’t tell if the woman was on something and harassing him, or what was going on, I didn’t stick around.)  We get about 2 blocks from the station, turn around, and there’s the Brown Line train, just leaving…  Yeah.  So Red Line it is.
The Purple Line has already stopped at this point, so I’m just concerned about just eventually making it home my whatever means.  At Howard, I just miss the N201 bus — which would have taken me about 4 blocks or so away from my apartment… rather than waiting about 30 minutes for the next, I contemplate walking the 8-12 blocks home.  Daytime, not a problem.  2am.  Eh… maybe not the best of ideas.  Luckily there’s a cab there… $5 later I’m home.

Anyway.  Now I’ll leave you with your tribute…. I’ve seen this artist before, and to have her paired up with CFTPA is just awesome.

White Corolla - Casiotone for the Painfully Alone