Wednesday, February 13, 2008

nina nastasia and my freaky, freaky neighbor

i've just spent the last half hour in an acoustic guitar playing competition with my upstairs neighbor. he started it by playing a ridiculous version of 'b.s.a.' by bjm. he played wanky solos and strayed from the vocal melody- fie for shame! so i responded by playing bjm songs when he wasn't playing anything. he seems to enjoy sitting in one part of the room, playing a song, clomping across the apartment and moving some furniture and then sitting in another part of the room and playing another song. he has done this four times. we have been trading songs back and forth. i try not to let this annoy me but it seems incredibly weird to me. he also doesn't seem to leave his house much- just sitting around and strumming his guitar and stomping his feet and occasionally mangling a decent song. the other times are aimless excercises in which he tries to make up strummy indie-boy bleating neutral milk hotel rip-off type songs. i like neutral milk hotel, but their imitators i could definitely do without because they do it so fucking poorly.
nina nastasia was on monday night. i took the night off from work to go. we are playing at the elbo room tonight, which i also took the night off for. nights off are so awesome, but they are also kind of bad because everything catches up with me on any free night that i have now. she played for a long time- at least an hour and a half and played every song i wanted to hear. she didn't play anything from 'run to ruin' but played some other stuff that surprised me. i liked hearing the new stuff with just her playing a lot better. i love jim white, but the stuff took on a different tone with just her by herself- loved it. wow. her voice live is something entirely its own. she played two or three songs i'd never heard before. three people were filming the show and no one has posted it anywhere yet. SHARE YOU MOTHERFUCKERS! i found links to several different peel sessions that she did but all of the links are dead and naturally her peel sessions are a treasure trove of unreleased songs. go figure. she played 'bird of cuzco,' 'stormy weather,' 'jim's room,' 'late night' (really nearly everything from 'you follow me'). wonderful.
i can't tell if i'm nervous for tonight. probably more anxious to play already. i've got to go pick up the car at 6:30.
13 days and counting until the chase nightmare is over. unexpected surprise- i get president's day off. i have my microphone stands, thus next monday will be a work day (once i get home from beans and bagels). oh, how much work i have to do... oh lordy...

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