Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Gimme Fan Fiction

Fangirl back in action!

I took this dreamy DM shot w/my cellphone!

Last Thursday I took myself on a hot date to see Built to Spill at Slim's. I was front and center, all up in Doug Martsch's shoes. I prefer to go to hardcore fangirl shows alone (Neko Case, El-P, etc) so I can get in the band's grill and have a spiritual experience with the other fan freaks. The show met my expectations. The band's sound was consistent and they were generous with their set length. Sometimes B2S makes me want to kill myself because I associate it with the angsty Brian London years. I'm really getting over it though (I think?) and can finally enjoy the music without getting totally emo! YES! I met a bunch of superfan girls and boys up front. One blogged this review and took this vid (he was taking manic notes the whole time). Another B2S fangirl told she me bribed the bouncer with $60 to go back stage at Pavement's Stockton show and hooked up with someone in the band! I can't remember which dude - obvz not SM - but still! Drool! The venn overlap of Pavement and B2S superfans at Slim's that night was pretty large. I caught Katie and some homies at the Phonebooth after the show for an all night party. Can't contain zee fangirl H!

Next show!

Daniela and I spent Sunday night enchanted in a love trance at the Fox Theater in Oakland for the New Pornographers show (hometown favs The Dodos opened!). New Porno reminds me of doing laundry my freshman year of college (not in a bad way). We were really there to celebrate and worship the ONE AND ONLY NEKO CASE. Daniela's homeboy Tom/Jordan's fratbro/manager of the venue graciously hooked us up with VIP bracelets. Nice! We soon learned that we were too hardcore for those seats. We pushed ahead through the makeout tweens and middle-aged bald dudes to get front stage right where Neko was singing with her sweet tambo (see vid below). The Fox, in its fanciness, keeps the audience behind a three foot barrier so it was impossible to paw at the ankles of our leader. Still, the performance was wholly satisfying. The band played a fine show. Neko's mellifluous voice rocked our souls to the core. She is amazing! After the encore, Daniela and I unfurled our fangirl poster ("THESE TORNADOES LOVE YOU") but we don't think she saw it. Bummer! I will admit that I was nervous about getting in trouble with Neko since she had recently scolded a fan at a Boston show and also was a little testy during our show because all of the fans were yelling out her name so much (fyi: Daniela made the opening hoot and was by far the most emphatic). Tom did take our poster backstage afterwards so there is hope that she saw it. NEKO! IF YOU ARE READING THIS! WE LOVE YOU! U DA BEST! THANKS FOR BEING THERE FOR ME! THANK YOU FOR BEING THE BEST TAMBO ROLE MODEL EVER!

Next show!

Fangirl honorable mention: I saw Vermont band Happy Birthday on Tuesday at the Rickshaw. Don't even know them but got all three members of the band to autograph (with custom drawings) both the cover and the sleeve of their vinyl!

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