A FORTY HOUR TRAIN BACK TO PENN
So the last time I checked in i was about to run off to a night with the Oohlas which included Shindig and Misshapes... and some djing. I finally recovered, if that's any indication of my state.
Alright, so i go to Videoland to meet up with the Oohlas for Shindig, and got there before them so I could scope out the place. I dont know how those shindig kids do it, but they always manage to find the most random of places and make them into a twin peakish canadian speak easy where, if you had some more drinks, people would start talking to you backwards.
The band played in this tiny room that was about 10x10 with a stage in it that was approx 4x6 and could hold like, two people. The room was crammed with people and a camera projected the band into the main room and music was blasted into this room as well. so basically, you could definitely have a good view... and there was even a window into the performance room so you could watch the band from the bar. It was very weird and i'll be able to post photos tonight when i get home so you can get a better idea. Oh, and the lighting at this place was spot on -- well done to whomever did it.
The band thought it was their most punkrock show.
We then hopped into cabs and went across town to misshapes to play the second show of the night. I was with Luke and Greg of the Oohlas -- neither had ever been to misshapes or really knew too much about it other than it was a fairly famous party. When we got there, we were greeted by Janelle who wisked us downstairs to the greenroom/vip area and several bottle of booze and beer, which we shared with Brad Walsh's crew and the Ravonettes.
It was so nice to see the Ravonettes again. It'd been about a year, and my Sune immitation had grown terrible. I got to quickly shape it up when i saw him.
Everyone was buzzing around and having a laugh, drinking up and drinking down. I got a shot from my favorite lesbo, Sandra, and a few more of the complimentary drinks tossed my way. Weak on the tongue but hard on the head, as i hadnt had dinner... i dont think.
Brad Walsh was opening, and I love that guy. He's been an incredible photographer for the stolen transmission party and one of the funnier fuckers I know. His deal was like a gay electropop justin timberlake that would've make him a larry t protoge if he came to nyc circa berlinsberg. He's uniquely delightful and a sexy performer that made me squeal til i couldnt get a voice out. He, on the other hand, had a spot on voice.
Following him were the Oohlas, who set up themselves as the Ravonettes DJed their fantastic set. Ollie was cheering them on while strapping in her guitar. it was adorable.
The Oohlas probably played one of their best shows at Misshapes. I danced around with my girlfriends and got that feeling i did when i first saw the Killers at Don Hills (which is where misshapes takes place). Only with this band, their album is out so most of the people watching them were singing along with me. With each song they played, the cheers got louder and louder. They were only supposed to play for 20 minutes, but everyone was so unbelievably stoked that they played for 35 minutes, if not more.
I was elated and celebrated. Went down to the greenroom to gush. I had a couple more drinks and had a laugh and a half with Karen, Gurj, and Jenny Penny. Shortly after, an exhuasted band decided to call it a night. Not long after I decided to hit up my buddy Brian (not battjer) who drives and in my delightfully drunken state, i texted him to inform him that he would be giving me, gurj, karen and jenny a ride home. I was some how very persuasive as he was at don hills about 20 minutes later with a car full of girls who thought they were cartoon characters... each of us giving our cartoon catchphrase. We then broke out into Aiden's "Silent Eyes" as he was pulling on to my street to drop off me and the brownie. I've never seen a man so relieved to get drunk girls OUT of his car.
I woke up the next day with a sligth hangover that La Palapa's brunch with gurj, brandon and joe mccafferey took care of. Gurj and I then went shopping for party supplies for our holiday gathering that was really mostly a casa de ultragrrrl for the oohlas again. I always get nervous at "casa de ultragrrrl"s and dont invite anyone to come cause i'm afraid of trashing my apt. So i'm sorry if i didnt tell you about the party. i literally told 5 people ... i think i even forgot to invite some of my best friends. or i did when they were drunk.
anyway, it was spring break '98 themed. so we got things like shot glasses, beads, 3 wise men decorations, hannukah table cloth, jello, xmas lights, mexican themed decorations... you know, whatever cancun during xmas must look like.
when we got home, brandon had managed to not only scub the place clean but also give the dog a bath and haircut. superboyfriend!
we hung up the decorations and i fucked up some jelloshots and people started showing up. the place got full, but not packed (thank god), and everyone was in high spirits. Joe brought his roommates brussels griffon, regis, with him and so you might just imagine that the apartment was cute overload. I pretty much spent the entire time in my bedroom watching the dogs play. well, at least until the oohlas were ready to perform.
FUCKING AMAZING. they got on my couch and played "THE RAPID!" my favorite song! it's track 12 on their album and is totally trippy and belongs in a movie so i can cry about it like that sia song at teh end of six feet under. Ugh, it was gorgeous. They also did their acoustic version of "gone" which changes the song completely. I literally can't listen to that version of the song without crying... it's going up on sonyconnect soon. the apartment was just stoked beyond belief by the time they played "small parts" ... ollie prefaced it with "you guys have to sing along," and i dont thing she expected a room full of hipsters BELTING IT OUT at the top of their drunken lungs. I couldnt believe it myself. I heard just about every person in the apartment singing "small parts!" !!!!!!!!!!!!! It was like one of those moments where you see it in a movie and wish it happened to you in real life but never does... but here it did!
I dont know... i heard their shows in LA are different than in NYC. That us new yorkers have more excitement at shows. I think that's because LA is a city of people waiting to be discovered while new york is a city of people waiting to discover something.
Anyway, it was incredible. I felt bad for anyone that came after it was over... which turned out to be Pete and Joe from FOB, who were across the street at Revolver where peter gaston was djing. Dan Keyes -- an old frind of ollies -- came late as well... but provided the funniest thing of the evening:
Me: DAN! hi! come in!
Dan: Hey girl! Hey Brandon!
Dan: Oh, a keg, who's gonna hold my legs?
TEN DUDES ALL AT ONCE: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12!!!!!!
this was captured on video. it will be amazing.
By 1:30 ish am, everyone was out and by 2, the apartment was spotless again.
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