After brunch, everyone went off their separate ways and I was back home to clean and whatnot. My dog and cat were playing in the backyard, so I brought out my camera. My dog is deathly afraid of the camera, so it's hard to get a picture, but I have been trying to capture a picture of my cat and my dog together, because unless you've seen the way that a cat and dog can get along, you might not believe it. Instead, I just got one goofy picture before Pascha ran in the house and hid under the bed.
Anyway, back to the music content of this site. Sunday night was a free Casbah night, with food from Tino's on Adams Avenue. (Really good carnitas) Unfortunately, by the time Andrea and I got there, the food had been devoured. We didn't even get there late, it was just gone really fast.
I was still glad to be there because I finally got to see The Burning of Rome. Various people made comments: Sounds like Mike Patton crossed with Jack Black, Arcade Fire "stuff" going on, and at some points I was thinking Wall Of Voodoo, but whatever comparisons, they were so fun to watch. The band had the singer on a keyboard, two girls on smaller keyboards and xylophone?, guitarist and bassist and drums. Mostly they mix styles that you wouldn't think should be mixed, but they end up getting this dancey circus carnival rock sound. Remember when Pinnochio sneaks out and ends up at the scary fair? That's sorta how I envision the music videos to The Burning of Rome's music but not in the way you're scared of it when your 5, in the way that it looks kind of appealing as an adult. I was familiar with some of their music because they have their entire album available for free download. The original bill for this show included Nurses before they bolted to Chicago and it is obvious why the two would play together. Hopefully they can play when Nurses tour and make their way back to San Diego.
Blackout Party was second and the truth is that was kinda hopping around the bar at that point. It was just really hot inside and since I hadn't been to the Casbah since Menomena, there was stuff to catch up on and people to catch up with. Maybe they need a livelier stage show to capture me. I don't know what it is, but I've now been at least 5 shows that they've played, and I just can't sit still and give them my full attention. The thing is, I like them, I think they're good, but maybe I need more than that sometimes, or just not so much other stimuli around.
Demasiado was up next, and as usual, Eric was all over the stage. He was up on speakers, then crouched down hiding behind them. The energy in the room was great, people were having a good time all around, and I think the band was definitely feeding off that. I did hear one person complain that it was too loud, but earplugs prevented me from having any issues with that. They're just a really good band. I think if Alice In Chains had been punk, they'd have sounded like Demasiado.
After Demasiado, a lot of people took off. I watched Book of Martyrs for about half a song, took a couple pictures, rested my drink on the stage, and the singer kicked it off on accident, so I decided to take it as a sign to hit the patio and just chill there till the night was over.
The best part about the free Sunday shows is that the start early and end early, so one can still get ample sleep. That is, if one doesn't decide to go hang out at a friend's house till 3 am. But that is neither here nor there. The most important thing was that it was a nice end of the weekend as well as a great kickoff to a new week.
This is my stalker Lynn:
Daniel gets blogged again. All I'm supposed to say is, "It's made of bear."