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Posted: May 7, 2024 - 10:46pm

 Steely_D wrote:


We totally loved our Dalmatian, Astrid, although she was all looks and not much upstairs. As she aged, she became miserable: incontinent, barking at nothing (which makes me think she was anxious and/or blind), and generally not enjoying her life. Putting her down was both horribly sad - but absolutely a reminder that all stories come to an end and sometimes that’s a good thing all around.


Yeah, just lost our older Dalmatian, Spock. Circumstances were pretty shitty, even though we knew the day was approaching. Had made adjustments like tag-teaming trips overseas so he didn't have to have a dog sitter for more than about a week. He was getting pretty anxious, too. He kind of outlasted his body, though. 

From a friend's cowboy mentor, "When you have a dog, there is only one really shitty day and it is goddam worth it."
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Posted: May 7, 2024 - 4:34am

 ptooey wrote:
 Coaxial wrote:

My condolences, E, to you all. So sorry for the loss of Piper.{#Hug}

Much appreciated. I wish I felt worse about it, if you know what I mean. Nicole and I have  had quite a few discussions about adjustments we've had to make in our life to accommodate that pooch, and it's really like a weight has been lifted. She was a cute little thing, though.
 
I do indeed understand. {#Meditate}
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Posted: May 6, 2024 - 9:57am

 ptooey wrote:

hiccup and I are continuing our quest to cram as much live music as possible into our ears...



Last Thursday started rough. Our dog, Piper, had a laundry list of health issues in her short life, but around 3 AM she made it clear that she could not continue to exist. A 7:30 AM trip to the vet’s confirmed this, and our veterinarian confessed that she’d far outlived what he thought was possible. I’ll miss the little dipshit, but hers was a very complicated life. The five years we got to care for her were peppered with sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes horrifying behaviors that sort of make the relief outweigh the grief. But, we had big plans for the rest of the day.





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Posted: May 6, 2024 - 9:43am

 ptooey wrote:

Much appreciated. I wish I felt worse about it, if you know what I mean. Nicole and I have  had quite a few discussions about adjustments we've had to make in our life to accommodate that pooch, and it's really like a weight has been lifted. She was a cute little thing, though.



We totally loved our Dalmatian, Astrid, although she was all looks and not much upstairs. As she aged, she became miserable: incontinent, barking at nothing (which makes me think she was anxious and/or blind), and generally not enjoying her life. Putting her down was both horribly sad - but absolutely a reminder that all stories come to an end and sometimes that’s a good thing all around.
ptooey

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Posted: May 6, 2024 - 9:17am

 Coaxial wrote:

My condolences, E, to you all. So sorry for the loss of Piper.
{#Hug}

Much appreciated. I wish I felt worse about it, if you know what I mean. Nicole and I have  had quite a few discussions about adjustments we've had to make in our life to accommodate that pooch, and it's really like a weight has been lifted. She was a cute little thing, though.

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Posted: May 6, 2024 - 8:54am

 ptooey wrote:

Up until Thursday, May 2nd, 2024, I had never seen anyone angry-fiddle before.

hiccup and I are continuing our quest to cram as much live music as possible into our ears.

February brought the punk show to our town. We caught a bill containing Irish band The Scratch, Pennywise and Dropkick Murphys. The Scratch were unusual, with heavily effect-laden acoustic guitars. Fun stuff. This was our third time seeing Pennywise and they always bring the fun. Very loose and loud. I’ve wanted to see Dropkick Murphys for a LONG time and it didn’t disappoint. We were right against the barricade on the floor of the arena and it took a couple of days for my ears to recover. Worth it.

In March, somehow KT Tunstall breezed through one of the local bars. Maybe 40 or 50 folks in the audience and she didn’t seem to care. She plays as a one woman band with a MIDI loop device, which was kind of fascinating. Some of the songs only took 4 bars before she’d gotten enough background noise to get cracking.

Last month brought Old 97s with openers Holler Choir in Laramie, WY. Small theater, front row. Holler Choir are very young, bluegrassy and very good. They said it was their first tour ever and I’d see them again in a heartbeat. I’d seen Rhett Miller solo over 20 years ago opening for Tori Amos, but had never had the opportunity to see the whole band. They were amazing. I forget how much I enjoy Murry’s songs, and Ken’s guitar work is a lot more psycho-surf rock in a live setting. I caught a guitar pick, hiccup snagged a copy of the setlist and with a good photo of the band snapped at the start of the show, we bagged a good collection of souvenirs.


Last Thursday started rough. Our dog, Piper, had a laundry list of health issues in her short life, but around 3 AM she made it clear that she could not continue to exist. A 7:30 AM trip to the vet’s confirmed this, and our veterinarian confessed that she’d far outlived what he thought was possible. I’ll miss the little dipshit, but hers was a very complicated life. The five years we got to care for her were peppered with sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes horrifying behaviors that sort of make the relief outweigh the grief. But, we had big plans for the rest of the day.


We’d bought tickets to Amanda Shires and Jason Isbell back in October(?). A lot went down in the intervening months and what must have been some extraordinarily tight contracts resulted in them STILL sharing the bill months after their divorce. This was great, as I’ve wanted to see her perform for a very long time.


We managed to weasel our way to about 15 feet from center stage. When Amanda took the stage, she made it immediately clear that she was not going to shy away from the divorce. She was openly bitter with quite a few snide remarks, her normally little-girl chirp was often a full-throated roar and sometimes even a shriek. She stopped one song to have the band restart from the top so she could add an extra insult that just popped into her head. She played her fiddle with such intensity that by the end, half of the horsehair was gone. Two members of DeVotchKa joined for a while on violin. It was a spectacle. I honestly hope it was as cathartic for her as it was for me, because I needed that.


Jason Isbell has been one of my favorite musicians and songwriters for over 20 years. I kept missing opportunities to see him live in any capacity until March of 2023, when we got to see him play in a small theater in Billings, MT. I thought it might have been the nature of the venue and the sit-down audience, but… Thursday was just as impeccably played as the performance last year. There were a few added forays into some jaw-dropping guitar interplay between Jason and Sadler Vaden, but he has a sort of woodenness that’s actually a little offputting. Even some of the between-song banter was the same as the show last year. They did close the set with a surprisingly faithful cover of Just Like Heaven, and I finally got to see Decoration Day performed live, which was incredible.

Amanda mopped the floor with him that night, though.


 
My condolences, E, to you all. So sorry for the loss of Piper.{#Hug}
ScottFromWyoming

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Posted: May 6, 2024 - 8:50am

 ptooey wrote:

Up until Thursday, May 2nd, 2024, I had never seen anyone angry-fiddle before.



hiccup and I are continuing our quest to cram as much live music as possible into our ears.



February brought the punk show to our town. We caught a bill containing Irish band The Scratch, Pennywise and Dropkick Murphys. The Scratch were unusual, with heavily effect-laden acoustic guitars. Fun stuff. This was our third time seeing Pennywise and they always bring the fun. Very loose and loud. I’ve wanted to see Dropkick Murphys for a LONG time and it didn’t disappoint. We were right against the barricade on the floor of the arena and it took a couple of days for my ears to recover. Worth it.



In March, somehow KT Tunstall breezed through one of the local bars. Maybe 40 or 50 folks in the audience and she didn’t seem to care. She plays as a one woman band with a MIDI loop device, which was kind of fascinating. Some of the songs only took 4 bars before she’d gotten enough background noise to get cracking.



Last month brought Old 97s with openers Holler Choir in Laramie, WY. Small theater, front row. Holler Choir are very young, bluegrassy and very good. They said it was their first tour ever and I’d see them again in a heartbeat. I’d seen Rhett Miller solo over 20 years ago opening for Tori Amos, but had never had the opportunity to see the whole band. They were amazing. I forget how much I enjoy Murry’s songs, and Ken’s guitar work is a lot more psycho-surf rock in a live setting. I caught a guitar pick, hiccup snagged a copy of the setlist and with a good photo of the band snapped at the start of the show, we bagged a good collection of souvenirs.


Last Thursday started rough. Our dog, Piper, had a laundry list of health issues in her short life, but around 3 AM she made it clear that she could not continue to exist. A 7:30 AM trip to the vet’s confirmed this, and our veterinarian confessed that she’d far outlived what he thought was possible. I’ll miss the little dipshit, but hers was a very complicated life. The five years we got to care for her were peppered with sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes horrifying behaviors that sort of make the relief outweigh the grief. But, we had big plans for the rest of the day.


We’d bought tickets to Amanda Shires and Jason Isbell back in October(?). A lot went down in the intervening months and what must have been some extraordinarily tight contracts resulted in them STILL sharing the bill months after their divorce. This was great, as I’ve wanted to see her perform for a very long time.


We managed to weasel our way to about 15 feet from center stage. When Amanda took the stage, she made it immediately clear that she was not going to shy away from the divorce. She was openly bitter with quite a few snide remarks, her normally little-girl chirp was often a full-throated roar and sometimes even a shriek. She stopped one song to have the band restart from the top so she could add an extra insult that just popped into her head. She played her fiddle with such intensity that by the end, half of the horsehair was gone. Two members of DeVotchKa joined for a while on violin. It was a spectacle. I honestly hope it was as cathartic for her as it was for me, because I needed that.


Jason Isbell has been one of my favorite musicians and songwriters for over 20 years. I kept missing opportunities to see him live in any capacity until March of 2023, when we got to see him play in a small theater in Billings, MT. I thought it might have been the nature of the venue and the sit-down audience, but… Thursday was just as impeccably played as the performance last year. There were a few added forays into some jaw-dropping guitar interplay between Jason and Sadler Vaden, but he has a sort of woodenness that’s actually a little offputting. Even some of the between-song banter was the same as the show last year. They did close the set with a surprisingly faithful cover of Just Like Heaven, and I finally got to see Decoration Day performed live, which was incredible.



Amanda mopped the floor with him that night, though.






Aw, Piper.

We have been planning our Austin Eclipse Vacation since sometime in 2017... I planned to take a couple of weeks and had left it open-ended on the return because you never know, but planned to be home by April 17. Then Old97s announced an April 18th show and I told Justine. We thought about it for a couple of seconds and said at the same time, "We have to drive straight to Billings or we'll never go." Because at the end of a 5000-mile roadtrip, we know better than to say "yeah then the next day let's drive to Billings." Not gonna happen. So we met the kids in Billings and all got to see the Old 97's at the Pub Station for the second time. Rhett told the crowd "it's our first time ever in Billings!" so that was a little uncomfortable. The first time, Philip had stumbled a few days prior and bonked his head on a parking lot concrete block so they were playing with their guitar tech on drums. We talked to Ken after that show and he was pretty rattled by it—they've been the same 4 guys for decades.

Old 97's

ptooey

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Posted: May 6, 2024 - 8:26am

Up until Thursday, May 2nd, 2024, I had never seen anyone angry-fiddle before.



hiccup and I are continuing our quest to cram as much live music as possible into our ears.



February brought the punk show to our town. We caught a bill containing Irish band The Scratch, Pennywise and Dropkick Murphys. The Scratch were unusual, with heavily effect-laden acoustic guitars. Fun stuff. This was our third time seeing Pennywise and they always bring the fun. Very loose and loud. I’ve wanted to see Dropkick Murphys for a LONG time and it didn’t disappoint. We were right against the barricade on the floor of the arena and it took a couple of days for my ears to recover. Worth it.



In March, somehow KT Tunstall breezed through one of the local bars. Maybe 40 or 50 folks in the audience and she didn’t seem to care. She plays as a one woman band with a MIDI loop device, which was kind of fascinating. Some of the songs only took 4 bars before she’d gotten enough background noise to get cracking.



Last month brought Old 97s with openers Holler Choir in Laramie, WY. Small theater, front row. Holler Choir are very young, bluegrassy and very good. They said it was their first tour ever and I’d see them again in a heartbeat. I’d seen Rhett Miller solo over 20 years ago opening for Tori Amos, but had never had the opportunity to see the whole band. They were amazing. I forget how much I enjoy Murry’s songs, and Ken’s guitar work is a lot more psycho-surf rock in a live setting. I caught a guitar pick, hiccup snagged a copy of the setlist and with a good photo of the band snapped at the start of the show, we bagged a good collection of souvenirs.


Last Thursday started rough. Our dog, Piper, had a laundry list of health issues in her short life, but around 3 AM she made it clear that she could not continue to exist. A 7:30 AM trip to the vet’s confirmed this, and our veterinarian confessed that she’d far outlived what he thought was possible. I’ll miss the little dipshit, but hers was a very complicated life. The five years we got to care for her were peppered with sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes horrifying behaviors that sort of make the relief outweigh the grief. But, we had big plans for the rest of the day.


We’d bought tickets to Amanda Shires and Jason Isbell back in October(?). A lot went down in the intervening months and what must have been some extraordinarily tight contracts resulted in them STILL sharing the bill months after their divorce. This was great, as I’ve wanted to see her perform for a very long time.


We managed to weasel our way to about 15 feet from center stage. When Amanda took the stage, she made it immediately clear that she was not going to shy away from the divorce. She was openly bitter with quite a few snide remarks, her normally little-girl chirp was often a full-throated roar and sometimes even a shriek. She stopped one song to have the band restart from the top so she could add an extra insult that just popped into her head. She played her fiddle with such intensity that by the end, half of the horsehair was gone. Two members of DeVotchKa joined for a while on violin. It was a spectacle. I honestly hope it was as cathartic for her as it was for me, because I needed that.


Jason Isbell has been one of my favorite musicians and songwriters for over 20 years. I kept missing opportunities to see him live in any capacity until March of 2023, when we got to see him play in a small theater in Billings, MT. I thought it might have been the nature of the venue and the sit-down audience, but… Thursday was just as impeccably played as the performance last year. There were a few added forays into some jaw-dropping guitar interplay between Jason and Sadler Vaden, but he has a sort of woodenness that’s actually a little offputting. Even some of the between-song banter was the same as the show last year. They did close the set with a surprisingly faithful cover of Just Like Heaven, and I finally got to see Decoration Day performed live, which was incredible.



Amanda mopped the floor with him that night, though.



thisbody

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Posted: Oct 22, 2023 - 1:37pm

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

:lol: Band name


Still sad I couldn't afford to go, as mediocre tickets for Hamburg Arena were 350 Euros each. A crime by the only ticket company in Germany that made it through the Corona period and managed to establish a nationwide monopoly on all tickets including all national sports events, against all German and EU anti-monopoly laws. (They seem to be headed to go global, see eventim.com)

Have been a fan since "Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" (Genesis) and seen Peter solo two times over the decades. Once in 1979, and last was the "Up" tour in 2002 or 2003.

I really wonder what other folks say, who've seen him live in 2023?


ScottFromWyoming

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Posted: Oct 20, 2023 - 7:25am

 ptooey wrote:



Ooh. I like that a lot - will have to do some further listening!


We got to see Peter Gabriel on Monday night. It was overwhelming, really. I've been a Gabriel fan for probably 40 years or so, and to get to hear stuff that's been a huge part of my life for that long was pretty poignant. His voice has lost nothing, and he was very charming and funny. Favorite reference of the night was him bagging on ABBA's "ABBAtars" by saying he chose his avatar as an older, fatter, balder version of his actual self who is "horizontal on a beach somewhere, and indistinguishable from a Greek god".


:lol: Band name

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Posted: Oct 20, 2023 - 7:07am

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:


Opening band Hooveriii (Hoover 3) was good. Kids! Not easy to label; I got glimpses of Alice Cooper and/or Jackson Browne; they jumped on this chance to tour with legends and I think they're happy about it. They were all smiles, and the kid they had on saxophone (JFW said the singer's mom said he could tour instead of going to school if they took their sax-playing brother too) well he got to play on several songs with Mudhoney, sax and/or keyboards. So he got the last laugh...





Ooh. I like that a lot - will have to do some further listening!


We got to see Peter Gabriel on Monday night. It was overwhelming, really. I've been a Gabriel fan for probably 40 years or so, and to get to hear stuff that's been a huge part of my life for that long was pretty poignant. His voice has lost nothing, and he was very charming and funny. Favorite reference of the night was him bagging on ABBA's "ABBAtars" by saying he chose his avatar as an older, fatter, balder version of his actual self who is "horizontal on a beach somewhere, and indistinguishable from a Greek god".

ScottFromWyoming

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Posted: Oct 16, 2023 - 10:47am

 lily34 wrote:


omg. i was just going to message you to ask how it was! i love this. 


Opening band Hooveriii (Hoover 3) was good. Kids! Not easy to label; I got glimpses of Alice Cooper and/or Jackson Browne; they jumped on this chance to tour with legends and I think they're happy about it. They were all smiles, and the kid they had on saxophone (JFW said the singer's mom said he could tour instead of going to school if they took their sax-playing brother too) well he got to play on several songs with Mudhoney, sax and/or keyboards. So he got the last laugh...


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Posted: Oct 16, 2023 - 10:43am

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

Wow! Are you doing all 3 days?



Not so lucky. I'll be missing days 1 and 2, but still very good artists to see on Sunday.
lily34

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Posted: Oct 16, 2023 - 10:41am

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

Mudhoney was last night; weird sort of Sunday night vibe with a too-small crowd (Billings, Montana, hey whattya want?) but they were having fun and smiling a lot, which is a little quirky, to be honest. Absolutely unbelievable that Mark Arm can do *that* voice every night and still have any voice at all. 

Biggest laugh of the night was the Merch table:




omg. i was just going to message you to ask how it was! i love this. 
ScottFromWyoming

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Posted: Oct 16, 2023 - 10:39am

Mudhoney was last night; weird sort of Sunday night vibe with a too-small crowd (Billings, Montana, hey whattya want?) but they were having fun and smiling a lot, which is a little quirky, to be honest. Absolutely unbelievable that Mark Arm can do *that* voice every night and still have any voice at all. 

Biggest laugh of the night was the Merch table:

maryte

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Posted: Oct 16, 2023 - 10:29am

 Euskadita wrote:
Looking forward to see The Cure for the first time. This festival looks spectacular

corona capital



We're seeing Yard Act next month (they'll be playing day 1 at your show). Heard a couple of songs by them several months ago and, as they sound like the love child of The Fall and Gang of Four, they immediately became a new fave!  

ScottFromWyoming

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Posted: Oct 16, 2023 - 10:16am

 Euskadita wrote:
Looking forward to see The Cure for the first time. This festival looks spectacular

corona capital


Wow! Are you doing all 3 days?

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Posted: Oct 15, 2023 - 9:18pm

Looking forward to see The Cure for the first time. This festival looks spectacular

corona capital
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Posted: Sep 18, 2023 - 9:37am

 ptooey wrote:

It occurs to me that I've been remiss in reporting back on hiccup and ptooey's Year of the Concerts.

We got to see The National last month, back-to-back evenings, with Aussie band The Beths opening. Friday night we had fancy schmancy reserved seats stage right and just above the stage floor. The Beths were great. Excellent guitar tone, harmonizing and good tunes. If you haven't yet had the opportunity, check out Expert in a Dying Field. The National took the stage and were stately and majestic and loud and crazy good. The Dessner brothers were charming and funny and I was surprised by the degree of guitar wizardry on display. Bryan Devendorf hardly moves his arms during all of that complex drumming, which was kind of fascinating to watch. Matt Berninger was in exceptional voice, and while not as chatty as the Dessners, occasionally chimed in with a joke or a goofy dance and it was fun.

The next night, we had GA tickets and decided we were just going to go for it and set up right along the barricade, stage left. The Beths ripped through an identical set (it was still great), and the National came on a little loopier and more ragged than the night before. We were about 6 feet from Bryce Dessner for most of the concert. Berninger apparently gets a little stage-frighty and had been pregaming more than the previous night. He still sounded great, but was just a little wobbly. He usually goes out amongst the audience for a couple of songs, and when he left the stage, he went off the opposite side from us, which was a little disappointing. He did, however, loop back past our side and while I wasn't quite close enough to clap him on the shoulder, it was close enough to realize he isn't as tall as I'd imagined. They closed the show with Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks, acoustically, with all microphones pointed at the audience. The audience sang every word, and the band sang without mics. I've had the opportunity just a couple of times to hear favorite vocalists up close and unamplified, and it's always a special feeling, but standing 8 feet away from Matt Berninger and locking eyes with him as we both sang "All the very best of us string ourselves up for love" was something for the memory banks.

This past Saturday, we took the whole famn damily to see the Freaks on Parade tour. I've wanted to see Ministry since Twitch came out and Al Jourgensen remains not only surprisingly alive, but compelling and active and in great voice, even with all of the effects. The current band is great and loud, and just scary enough and it was a good time.

Alice Cooper. How in the world can a 75 year old man still perform that well? Vince still sounds great, has put together an excellent band with 3 mind-bogglingly amazing guitarists. Sixteen songs, hitting all of the highlights, a snake, 2 swords, 2 stabbings and a beheading by guillotine. I've always wanted to see him/them, and it was everything I'd hoped for.

Rob Zombie was the headliner and while I wasn't really as stoked to see him as the other 3 acts, but it was a reminder how much fun a rock spectacle can be. Crazy light show, video walls, flame pillars, gore, and 12 foot tall demon puppets. His band is also extremely good and he's hilarious. At one point, he had to stop the security crew from putting a halt to what used to be expected concert behavior. "Hey, she's just crowdsurfing. Let her. See? They caught her. It's fine". The times sure have changed.

Filter was the opener. I really enjoyed Short Bus and Title of Record and was surprised by the fact that Richard Patrick sounds EXACTLY the same as 28 years ago. They only played 6 songs, so there wasn't much time for banter. Halfway through the set, they played Take a Picture. He added an extra bridge as the outro to the song, changing the lyrics to "Hey son, what do you think about your dad now?" as I'm standing on the grass at Fiddler's Green, 32 years after my first concert there next to my adult daughters and my oldest's fiance. After the song ends and the applause dies down, Richard asks the crowd "Did we give you The Feels there?"

Geez, man.

Nice shot.


All around. 
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Posted: Sep 18, 2023 - 9:00am

 lily34 wrote:


nope. there's no way we are this old/old enough for this to happen. 




The youngest turns 21 in a few months.   I'm okay with it, actually. Things feel less frantic now than when I was younger.
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