just breathe and all else will follow

Holy crap, what a weekend. I don’t even know if I can come close to summing it up, so how about random tidbits instead? Yeah, that seems pretty close to normal.

Listened to metal on the way to Portland with Nathan and Davis. We practiced metal faces and did different parts of the music. I laugh so much when I’m with those two.
There’s something completely magical about sitting and reading while live music is being played. And not performance but practice.
I think by this point I owe Coral my firstborn. Seriously. She drove an hour (one way) to get me to my LSATs Saturday morning with a smile. And there was chocolate milk and breakfast.
Took my LSATs. By no means a perfect score, but I feel pretty good about it, all things told.
Had the awesome feeling walking out of the test of having *no* idea of how I was getting back to Portland. I love having actual things to deal with, and it helped me remember how trivial the test was so I didn’t freak out.
Saw some amazing musical exchanges (including throat singing along with violins, tombstones, drums, guitars, bass), some epically bad performance art, retied the MC’s tie, and mussed the lipstick of the lovely Unwoman.
Petra seriously makes the best cake ever, which just so happens to also be vegan. Good lord woman. She also picks out way rad restaurants and is an incredibly gracious hostess. Thank you.

Yesterday was spent getting together the LRS space for the concert. It was so fucking amazing. I love seeing people I care about for emotionally as well as wanting to share their musical abilities be received so warmly. The audience was amazing, the music was amazing, everything was just awesome. Everyone was incredibly helpful and engaging, and knowing that I have competent friends that will actually get shit done without prodding is enough to make me sane.

The music and people.

Capture the Flag

Red and I are back at it again. I’m so excited about this one I actually got that self-satisfied feeling that I believe some people call “pride” or “smugness.” Really, I’m just pleased as punch that we can bring together such a range of musical geniuses (yes, I said it) in one place for you all to hear. So. Without further ado:

The Ghosts Project, Jill Tracy, Nathaniel Johnstone,
Magpie Killjoy, Schrödinger’s Cat, and DJ Q
October 5, 2008 at 7:30 pm
The Little Red Studio
750 Harrison St, Seattle WA
18+, $13

Free refreshments provided, including custom chocolates by Naftali.

If you’ve never seen or heard of any of these people, let me completely fail to convey how awesome they are. I’ve never been good at music. But after spending most of my existence around people who are, I can at least discern between people who are technically good, who are inspired, who are innovative, or who are just having a good time. And each of these individuals is all of the above. The songs Paul has pulled out of his Loves (his violins, his viola) have made me cry on occasion. The rhythms Davis can get out of a drum set make my brain fuse to itself. Jill can make me feel dark and sensual on a single note. Nathan makes me curse his name when he jokingly pulls a new song out of thin air. Magpie and Brandon are both so good as to cause me to turn around on the street to give them my food money. Qais’s taste in music constantly has me asking “what is this?” in the best of possible ways, and Nafalti chocolates make my mouth weep with joy (if you were at the Anachrotechnofetishism show and had a chocolate, you know what I mean).

So yeah. It’s going to be a pretty kick-ass show.

Contact me via e-mail if you want to help, want to attend but can’t necessarily afford it, have questions about booze options, etc. This is going to be amazing, but Red and I are also rekindling the idea of community here in Seattle. It takes a good network of people to make these events even better. If you’re that kind of person, let me know.


12/3 – Thrill Kill in Louisville
12/7 – V
12/8 – Hafla
12/9 – Axis Craft/Game Night (Spoon, 7p)
12/12-12/17 – Seattle (wedding on the 14th)
12/20 –
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12/23-12/28 (tentatively) – Logansport
1/1 – Black tie Axis (my last one. be there.)
1/11 – Going away party
1/17 – start driving

We need another H+ meeting as well, somewhere in there. And game night ever Saturday.

Get your time while you can.