My plan was to just upload pics and write later, but even if I tried to sleep, I don't think I could without knocking myself out. The old Nyquil trick, ya know? Mondays just suck always, and that's why I'm so thankful that Tim Pyles and Tim Mays have teamed up to bring the Anti-Monday League. Whether it's weathered touring and local bands, or freshie type bands, there are always enough people there to cheer one up after a shitty fucking day. For me, I basically demolished my work computer, then at happy hour shattered a pint glass into a million pieces, then came home and let my curiosity get the best of me and read some of the shit being written about me on the InterWeb and some of it just ain't very nice.
So la dee da. Andrea text messaged me at 9:22 that the first band was on and I made it in time for their last song, and I feel like such an old lady sometimes, but they looked like they were just babies on stage because they were so young. The band was The Hugs, and they were really good...outta Portland I heard, but like I said, just one song and they were done and then shooed outta the club.
It was nice that despite the $12 door, so many of my friends were there to make me forget about the 12 hours before.
So that whole Music 101 thing about branding? Pyles has it nailed down (note the devil behind his shoulder)
Sean Na Na played second (not to be confused with Sha Na Na). Even though I saw them before, it's still a little weird to know that this is Har Mar Superstar, known for showing up in a cape and tighty whities and when he played the Casbah, jumping all over the table ledges while the disco lights blared. But I do really enjoy this project, good poppy happy music with kinda dark lyrics if you bother to pay attention. I like the contrast and I felt bad that a lot of people were outside during their set and I would've clapped louder after the songs but it's a little hard to do so with a drink in one hand. Hopefully they didn't take the "woohoos" as fake because those of us watching were really enjoying ourselves.
The Cribs headlined the show and the fans were out in full force, dancing and hopping and crashing and drink swilling and spilling throughout the show. There was a row of at least 8 cameras shooting the show, so I backed off until they laid their cameras to rest a little, it's not that I don't know it gets a little obnoxious. They had the crowd going from start to finish with their brand of dancey brit pop. Funny I kept thinking they reminded me of the Prayers in a way, don't even know if it was just the look or the music, but that's what was in my head, nonetheless.
Anyway, the show was cool and I was in and out and the "too cool" gap was maintained throughout the show, so everyone who wanted to get pics could do so and the band was cordial about it all.
I love when band guys get barefoot and have cute socks...so here's that:
My friend Dave grabbed the setlist and I was slow on the jump, but at the end of the night he gave it to me.
The Cribs Setlist, Casbah San Diego, July 23, 2007
All in all, it ended up being a great night, one in which I was happy to have gone out despite my tired and bummed attitude. The rest of the week is gonna be a crazy one, however, so I better call it a night...