Friday: I mostly stayed in. We went out in the evening to see to see Gav's Blondie covers band in Oddfellows' Hall, which is currently occupied by a spray-on Australian theme pub. They were rather good. I particularly enjoyed their version of Will Anything Happen? and the fact that apart from the singer nobody was trying to look like a member of Blondie (although they were all well-turned-out).
Saturday. Again, I mostly stayed in. I did go up Calton Hill in the afternoon, at Aakicif's suggestion (God damn you, Steve. You said it would only take over your life if you were organising things . . .). It was wet and cold and windy and very interesting to hear what people from the other groups had to say about the procession and route. I had hot chocolate in a nearby cafe afterwards, which was very welcome. In the evening, we went to K Jackson's, which was pretty much as it usually is with pretty much the same people.
On Sunday, again, I mostly stayed in. Up Calton Hill again in the afternoon with a couple of torchies, then burritos with my parents at Viva Mexico (Pancho Villa's apparently being closed with building work). At about eleven, Ed's flatmate finally got back, so he left into the wet windy night with a borrowed jacket to reclaim his life. I went out to Neon, but I turned up fairly late with no records so I wouldn't be working. It was nice to chat to a few people and not have to stay even remotely sober (although i didn't actually have all that much in fact, on a purely voluntary basis).
Monday. I tried to get a tax disk at an open post office, but failed due to a systematic non-correspondence between post offices being open and selling tax disks. I did, however, make it to Avalanche to buy the Bad Seeds B-sides comp for what turned out to be an extremely reasonable price. I looked to see if they had anything by the Books (as recommended by imomus), but they didn't. I did spot the recent Laibach compilation and a DVD pack of Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqatsi (and if they're not spelt right . . .bite me) but in both cases I was good. Incidentally, have any of you seen Naqoyqatsi?
In the evening I went to see the Raveonettes with a few friends (except that I met them there rather than going along witrh them). They turned out to be very like a band I already knew, the Raveonettes, only much much louder.
It was all under the Jim Beam banner, as they were sponsoring the tour. The first band, the Boxer Rebellion, were pretty proficient and not very surprising. They had the good taste to only sound a bit like Coldplay during their quietest moments and to have much more energy the rest of the time. I think we liked them. Second there was the Dogs (IIRC) who were a more straightforwardly punky outfit with a guitarist who wanted to be Johnny Thunders (but without the needletracks, AFAICT). They were pretty good too. The Raveonettes turned up five-strong, having adopted a whole extra band somewhere along the way. And very good they were, too. The large PA and three extra people did exactly what you'd hope to the sound, and a great time was had by all. All of us, anyway. It finsihed with a wall of feedback, strings being pulled off guitars, other guitars bouncing across the drumkit, and similar foolishness. Their version of "My boyfriend's back" isn't sadly, as good as Alice Donut's, but then again, whose is? A fine evening out.
If this were to be taken as being representative of the state of rock music, then I would have to advise you to put all your spare cash into Fender stock. I have never seen so much Fender kit in one place. The first two bands had Telecasters, while the Raveonettes are into jags and jazzmasters. Most of the amps seemed to be Fenders as well, but they're more likely to be hired for the tour. Not a single Strat in sight, though. I would claim that this was interesting, but you probably have to be as easily amused as me for that to be true.
The tour also involved a pair of (maybe) twentyish London DJ types styling themselves "Queens of noise". Now, if you can get booked as a DJ on a national tour, with billing alongside the bands on the posters, by just playing old punk songs, then why haven't I ever been offered work like it? I've been doing that for fifteen years and there's never been a sniff. I may have to bleach my hair, buy a more architectural bra and wear an unfortunate pair of plus-fours - on last night's evidence that seems to work. Having said that, though, they did play some Devo, which gets them points. After all, we're all De-Evolutionists around here, aren't we?
I wonder whether Devo will get a mention or a play in the Watchmen film. They're mentioned in the comic, after all. It would be a nice touch.
Today. I got tax disk on the way to work.
Also, at some point I saw a brief snippet of the TV version of A Wizard of Earthsea. It looked dreadful.