Charlie Bertsch (cbertsch) wrote,
Charlie Bertsch

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Lame or Motile?

I'm beating myself up right now for having decided to forsake free entry to the Hella show at Club Congress tonight. But it's a beating on top of a beating, because I'm still spent from yesterday's festivities. The determining factor in my decision was secondhand smoke. Driving around just now running errands, breathing in the super dry summer-has-arrived air, I realized that I don't want to be standing in a smoky club at 12:45am. In order to enjoy a show in that context, I need to consume both caffeine and alcohol to relax my distressed lungs. And that adds up to a bleary-eyed Monday. Frankly, I'd rather be fresh for a day of bringing Skylar to the U of A.

Besides, I already had my indie music epiphany of the evening. While pulling into the parking lot at Trader Joe's, a song from the new Tortoise album came on 92.1 FM KFMA. I was only listening to the station in order to boner up on some white dude "punk," because I've been thinking that I need to do more with Good Charlotte, Blink 182 and Sum 41 in my book project. I almost never listen to commercial radio anymore. But I guess KFMA has this semi-experimental Sunday night show now, though nothing else I heard came close to Tortoise in anti-dude attitude.

To be sure, it's not an experience equivalent to hearing the Breeders, Sonic Youth, Pavement, Dinosaur Jr., Sugar, and The Cure in the same hour on Live 105 back in 1994. I'll take it though and get some extra sleep as compensation for my micro-thrill.

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