words to say on the subject.
Nate Denver's Neck (or Nate, as I shall call him) came onstage dressed as the Grim Reaper, accompanied only by a drum machine. He had the black robe & a skull mask, and when he took the skull mask off his face was painted ghoulish white. He also had a blade attached to the end of his guitar so it looked like a scythe. I am always happy when someone puts a little effort into their look for a rock show. Clown costumes and gorilla suits are also acceptable.
Nate's set was both short and intensely entertaining. It veered quite literally between balls-out death metal and witty, acoustic ballads about dancers in Swan Lake. To quote from his website, "I wanted to make a death metal record but I�m not good enough at guitar yet, so I made this folk record." Indeed. He was just so goofy & likeable-- you felt like giving him a hug. I didn't actually do this though. He was probably sweating like a pig underneath that black Death robe, and I didn't want to smell like sweat & death.
It's funny that Dana acts like she doesn't have that many friends, but whenever we go out we meet a gaggle of people she knows. I really like her friends-- they seem to be mostly creative types, but not pretentiously or insufferably so. And, talk about small worlds: we were hanging out with this guy Chris last night, and it turns out he was drummer for the Adults! They were a Pixies-esque (say that 5 times fast) band from Austin. I reviewed their album "Action Street" when I was at KTRU. We talked about the old days for a bit, and I spent most of the remainder of the night resisting the urge to repeatedly blurt out, "you were in the Adults!!"
Chris also brought along his friend Keli, who was engaging & clever & snappy & generally simpatico. We exchanged emails, but I wrote hers on a napkin and then promptly lost it. (note to self: don't write info on beer soaked napkins you imbecile)
* I hope this practice of linking to every&anything is not irking you. I've always linked to stuff occasionally, mainly to provide pointers to interesting content & further information for those who might care. But I have to admit, ever since I became aware of the power of blog linking, I've done it more, knowing it builds associations that affect google. Is that bad? All of us are constructing a network, whether we think about it or not.
But, does anybody actually care? I might as well just link to my ass. Haha that was rather satisfying.