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  • 3rd Nov, 2005 at 7:29 PM

Infinite Moksha
Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

I'm still catching up in the journal of my life. This heady stream of social events leaves little time for writing weblog entries. Still, I persist in this mad, headlong rush. I figure if you can't do things well, you ought not do them at all.

I showed up to La Sala Rossa about two Wednesdays ago. For those who are keeping track, that would have been the twenty-sixth. I'm late, so there isn't a line-up on the stairs, and I don't get to listen to all the scenesters trying to impress each other. I had been stuck at work, trying to finish writing some code, and didn't manage to sneak dinner in there. That's acceptable; I don't mind being hungry or tired.

There was a guy sitting on a small chair by a small table. He took my yellow ticket, ripped it in half, and I walked inside. Surprisingly, there were tables and chairs by the stage, which I had never seen before. I wandered in a bit and then someone touched my arm. I turned around to discover robotics_girl greeting me. We chatted for a while and she went to reclaim her seat. I decided to go up front to shoot photographs.

Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

Beside me was a girl who kept on using her flash most inappropriately. That's because the stage at this venue is always poorly lit. But she seemed to be a friend of the opening band, Infinite Moksha, so I don't think many people minded. My notebook tells me that I thought this band was noisy. Oh, and although they had a cellist on stage, they never really took advantage of this wonderful instrument.

That, of course, would be rectified later. I sat down with two guys who just entered with a huge bottle of wine. They introduced themselves as Jonas and Damian, and offered me something to drink. Jonas is a mechanical engineer, who just finished writing his Masters' thesis. This was a celebratory concert for him, and he looked like he was out of enjoy himself.

I excused myself and found Andrea again. I discovered that Rasputina is her favourite band, and this is why she was at the concert. We talked a bit about Montréal and such, and I was finally introduced to Dave. There were some people gathering near the stage at this point, so Andrea and I decided to claim some spots.

Zoë Keating
Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

I first heard of Raputina because someone mentioned that I might like them. I saw an advertisment in the paper and realised that these people could do no wrong. So I bought some tickets and there I was, standing in a crowd of people, as two cellists came on stage. Their drummer sat down, and Melora started talking in non sequiturs. And puns! I was enjoying myself already, and they had yet to play a single note.

The music was absolutely fabulous and the technique was fine indeed. Their was a spirit of playfulness throughout the whole thing, as the cellists seem to dance with their instruments. Random people in the audience would call out, "We love you Zoë". There was a heckler, called William, who had the most amusing meta-heckles. After the show, Andrea commented on how gorgeous Zoë is, and it is true: she is long and lithe and poised. But I love people for their brains, I'm afraid.

After the show, I decided that this band was great. Andrea and I went up to the drummer who was packing away his drum set, and told him this. He seemed to be appreciative of this compliment, and I went off to buy their CDs. And basically bought one of everything. This was a little on the expensive side, but I've been quite enjoying the music so far. I would have never thought of cello-rock, but it really does work.


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4th Nov, 2005 22:11 (UTC)
I am very jealous.

Had to give up my ticket last year because something came up and this year they were playing the same night as the Dresden Dolls. Sigh. Maybe next year, huh?

How is their new stuff? I'm mostly familiar with Thanks for the Ether and How We Quit the Forest.
4th Nov, 2005 23:42 (UTC)
I heard the Dresden Dolls concert was awesome as well.

Their new stuff is pretty good. I don't have copies of the old CDs, so I propose we make a swap so we can listen. I have sent e-mail asking for their old stuff to be reprinted, but that doesn't seem very likely in the near future.
9th Nov, 2005 00:53 (UTC)
I currently don't have all my cds with me, which means I only have Frustration Plantation and Transylvanian Regurgitations with me. Do you have those?

My favourites are definitely the ones I previously mentioned (How we quit the forest & Thanks for the Ether). Highly recommended. Although,like I said before, I don't know if it resembles the newer albums.
9th Nov, 2005 05:17 (UTC)
I have Frustration Plantation, Cabin Fever!, and A Radical Recital. I'd be happy to swap CDs with you for a while to see what their other work is like.

If you're interested, I'm sure we will attend one of vierge_en_trop's parties together, and so will meet again.
9th Nov, 2005 12:01 (UTC)
Sounds good :)
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