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14 Sep 02

this isn’t about you

i’m gradually beginning to wake up after last night’s late night. i went to see starling play in ottawa and i didn’t get home until around 3:45 i think…zzzzzzz. it was a good time – not spectacular, but fun.

the first band on the bill were the carnations, and i was looking forward to seeing them. their drummer used to be ian from starling, so i was kinda hoping to see him on the skins, but apparently he was replaced so i was out of luck. they’re a fun indie rock band that i enjoyed, but i was disappointed that they didn’t play sunday.

the second band was called wishpocket, but robin has dubbed them shitbucket. horrendous. i swear, i thought they were a cover band except i didn’t know the songs they were covering (that is, until they got to rear window by pearl jam). they were generic 90s rock – complete with eddie veddar voice and stage antics. the singer looked like he was still in junior high and when he held his accoustic guitar he looked like he was in a mariachi band. their new bassist looked like his dad: pretty old, balding, and overweight, and he had to keep consulting a book throughout the set, presumably because he forgot how the songs went. the guitarist looked like the guy with long blonde hair from the lone gunman (robin called him the president of the local dungeons and dragons club). the drummer was a plain, generic guy wearing a t-shirt and ball cap backwards. what was mystifying was how a bunch of people in the crowd were actually fans of these guys: two guys were video taping it, there was a lot of yelling going on, and it just seemed wrong. they stole about an hour of my life i’ll never get back.

starling themselves were good but not great. they played almost everything off of their newest album (except the two songs i wanted to hear most: suitcases and olive tree), and a few older ones too. i enjoyed what they did to the older songs like delusional and earnest: they added some cool loops at the beginning to make them a bit fresher (they’ve been playing them for 5 or 6 years after all). unfortunately, i thought there was a bit of a lull in the middle of the set when they played a few songs that are good as background music but aren’t really gripping live. it could have been that it was late and i was tired though – i won’t rule that out.

the drive home was uneventful, although i’m really glad we stopped at the tim horton’s in mallorytown to wake up a bit. driving while tired is icky.

oh, the rest of my yesterday: i was rushing around to do things for people at the last second (hence my frustrated postings). by 2:30 i decided i really didn’t want to talk to anyone else who needed help for fear i yelled at them. blah.

and today……i was supposed to have gone to the grease pole this morning, but there’s no way i was going to wake up by 7:30 for that. so, i’m not exactly sure what i’m gonna do. i have to go into work for a bit either today or tomorrow, so i guess it’s just a matter of when i drag myself out of bed.

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Pronunciation: 'ch&mp
Function: noun
Etymology: perhaps blend of chunk and lump
Date: 1883

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