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Last Thursday k's choice played SXSW in Austin.

The hassle of getting downtown )

I walked down to the club, not wanting to stop for food because the lines were crazy, I had 2 hours until k's choice came on, and I wanted to wait for Safire who was aware of the whole issue and was going to meet me there. As I passed the club, I heard a song I recognized. It was k's choice on stage doing a sound check and singing one of my favorite songs by them. After standing in the doorway swaying for a moment or two I realized I was singing along. I asked the guy how much the cover was and he said nothing. So I got my hand stamped and went in. I sat and just watched them do their soundcheck for a while. Then I tried to get in touch with Safire, but either she was driving and couldn't pick up or I was getting no signal. I started randomly staring over my shoulder. Eventually the older gentlemen who were sitting behind me introduced themselves because I kept looking there way. We chatted for a little bit. Finally right around 8, Safire shows up. Hurray! Glad I had a very-not-good-for-me snack in my purse because by that point the club was getting crowded and there was no way wer were going to be able to get food before the show.

The first showcase band came on and they were meh. It did make it hard to talk though. I'm not sure if Stree liked them or didn't like them because he kicked me a few times during their set.

Then it was time for k's choice. YAY!!!!!! I have been a fan of k's choice since 1997. I actually got to see them in 1996 when they opened for Alanis Morrisette, but I didn't know who they were then. I got to the concert late and only heard a bit of what they did and didn't really pay attention to it. I did buy their t-shirt at that concert because I thought the design on it was cool. Several months later my friend introduced me to their music and I was hooked. Since then they've never been somewhere where I could see them. The year I was in Europe they were touring the States. Then they took a long break and only got back together a little while ago. This was their first time playing the States in 7 years and was their only US date. They literally flew in from Europe to play a 40 minute set at SXSW and I'm lucky enough to live in Austin!

I started watching them from my seat, thinking that it'd be silly for me to be in the crowd with the big belly and all. It was just so amazing to be there and hear them live. And they sounded great! Their first song was off of their new CD which isn't available in the US yet (but I found out I can listen to on Facebook!). I don't remember what they played next, but after that they played "Everything for Free" which is one of my absolute favorites by them. I took some video of the song, but the sound didn't come out well so I don't want to upload it ~sigh~. After a while, the guys behind us convinced me that it'd be silly for me not to go up and be in the crowd and that they would hold our seats. So Safire and I went into the crowd, which actually wasn't all that crowded.

I remember that I did a lot of rocking back and forth and singing along and screaming. I was hoping that they would play "Butterflies Instead" but they didn't. They did play a lot of songs off of their third album "Cocoon Crash" which I thought was interesting because "Paradise in Me" has their most popular song on it and they're promoting their new album "Echo Mountain." I slowly worked my way closer to the front of the stage. At one point I was worried that Stree wouldn't like being in the middle of things, but he was actually quiet the whole time (unlike right now when he just kicked me). So either he was able to sleep through it all or k's choice is very soothing to him. The 40 minute set was way too short and the audience agreed, but a showcase is a showcase.

After they got offstage, I wandered over to the back room and waited for the band members to finish bringing their stuff offstage and pack it up. I got to meet Sarah and Gert and Eric (the rest of the band was too busy/talking to others) and they all signed my 4 CD inserts and Sarah let me have the setlist (which I also got signed). Sarah and Gert noticed how old school my shirt was and Eric recognized me from my posting like crazy on their Facebook page. ~insert fangirl squeeing here~

After that, I rescued Safire from the gentlemen we'd met. We walked to my car and then I drove her to hers because she had to park really far away. We drove separately to the closest Kerby Lane Cafe to my house, where there was a wait even though it was late at night. But by the time Safire showed up, I'd just gotten seated. We ate yummy food (finally!). On our way out there was a guy in an Angry Birds green pigs shirt and we both had an urge to ram into his stomach, but we didn't.

Here is a slideshow of the best pictures I took that night:


Nov. 26th, 2010 11:35 pm
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All Nerdvember events are now over.

The month started with w00tstock 2.9, of which I have already done a full write up, but here are two pictures to prove how close I was to the stage (I have an original iPhone, the camera has no zoom).

Adam Savage Neil Gaiman

Two weekends ago was Austin Comic Con. I got a free pass for spending 10+ hours helping out the Austin Browncoats with their booth. I'm really glad that I made that commitment because I think the Con was too small this year (being it's first year) to have been exciting for me for 3 days. [ profile] lordaerith got a one dat Saturday pass, which worked out really well for both of us. I did see two panels: Billy De Williams, which was okay, and Buffy, which was actually kind of cool. Missed the Batman panel with Adam West and Burt Ward because it was right after Buffy. I also got to hug Doug Jones and Nicholas Brendon. I need to be less shy of going up to actors that I think are cool and just thanking them for the work they've done that I've appreciated. Got to be there on Sunday when the discussion of this happened.

After the Con on Saturday, there was a Something Positive/Hijinks Ensue meet-up, which was a lot of fun and involved meeting cool people, like bluejedi81 who is dating a friend of mine from grad school, and getting awesome drawings from Randy.

On Saturday afternoon, Aerith and I went to see HP7.1 at the Drafthouse. I dressed up in my Death Eater mask and cloak and scared people. hehehe. Ended up sitting right next to a little girl who was dressed in a Gryffindor outfit. I thought the movie was very well done. I cried a lot.

Sunday night was the Dresden Dolls concert. Got to the venue just in time to get in line with bluejedi81 and her boyfriend (who I went to grad school with!) who were near the front. We ended up standing (this was a standing only concert) about 3 rows back from the stage. So we ended up standing for an hour before the opening band. But we were having fun chatting and joking around and stuff. The opening band was okay. I wish I could have understood what the sexy lead singer was singing better. Ran into a bunch of people that I know when I went to get water.

After what felt like forever, Amanda and Brian finally came on. They KILLED it. The energy between them was so amazing. I don't remember most of the songs or the order (couldn't find a set list to snag), but they played a mix of old, new, covers, and two off of Amanda's solo. I do remember how awesome Brian was, as always. He's so expressive on the drums. At one point Aerith leaned over and said that Brian is like a human version of Animal. They played a 3 hour set.

I took a few pictures with my phone, but this is the only one that I really like:
Amanda and Brian

Moments that stand out:

1. The lead in to the second song when Amanda and Brian were staring each other and playing slowly and you could feel the electricity between them.

2. The Pirate Queen song from Three Penny Opera

3. Amanda and Brian bringing a whole group of people on stage to sing and dance to the Jeep Song. I ended up in the back, but in the beginning of this video you can see me helping someone else up onto stage:

4. Brian starting this crazy drum jam and Amanda joining in. They two of them just pounding away at the drums and keyboard for a good 5 minutes at least before going into the next song.

5. Being part of the crowd that helped Amanda crowd surf during Mein Herr (part of the first encore).

6. Almost leaving after the first encore because my feet were killing me and Aerith's back was beyond dead, when they came back on and ended with "Sing." This was about 3 hours after they started playing. It was crazy, but awesome.

We left after Sing. We were going to stick around to say hi to them, but after standing for the better part of 5+ hours, we had to get home.

And that is Nerdvember. Next month is is also nerdy as there is the Webcomics Rampage and the Felicia Day signing at the Dragon's Lair the week after. I ♥ Austin so much!
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Attended w00tstock last night at the Paramount. [ profile] tiamet is awesome and amazing and scored [ profile] lordaerith and I second row center tickets.

Started off the evening by running into friends, including CaptainValor of the YouTubes. Was wearing my "Yes, They're Natural" shirt. Thanks again to [ profile] made_of_paradox who got it for me. It was a HUGE hit. Made new twitter friends because of it.

The preshow slides were funny and fun. The ones that impressed us the most came from James Hanse. We're thinking of getting one or two of the Wookiee The Chew and Chrisolo Robin prints for the baby's room.

Neil Gaiman (the substitute Wil Wheaton) was running late, so Adam Savage introduced the show. Then Paul and Storm came on. They started with "Opening Band." At the right moment, we stood up, threw underpants, yelled, "Paul" and threw a bag of my now famous "Athene's Show Stopping Chocolate Chip Cookies" onto the stage. Storm, who didn't learn from last time, stuffed two cookies in his mouth almost immediately. Of course that meant that they had to stop for a few moments for Storm to eat the cookies. Paul asked who made them and then awarded me a copy of Munchkin. Not that I don't already have a copy of it, but it's nice to have a new copy with the cards in color and the new version of the rules. Of course later I found out they had Zombie Dice. I'd have traded for Zombie Dice.

The whole experience was amazing. I really can't recommend enough that all nerds/geeks/dorks/dweebs go to one if/when it comes to a location near you.

Some other highlights in the order I remember them:
The stage manager "Dammit Liz" taking the cookies away from Paul and Storm so they could continue their show.

The drummer from POTUS after having at least 2 cookies and about to eat a third, turning to me and asking if they were "special cookies."

Bill Amend showing us some of the geekier panels of Fox Trot that he's done over the years. Made me remember how a few months after I started playing D&D in college there was a strip where Jason was playing D&D and I was so happy that I caught all of the references. I actually told him about this at the signing session.

Everyone leaving a voicemail for Wil to prove that Stephen Toulouse was in Texas, a la Peewee's Big Adventure.

The "Time with Wil" videos, especially the water boiling and the drinking Guinness ones.

Neil in a monkey hat.

Neil reading a story about a writer testing the scientific effects of alcohol on creativity and using the words "Elephant spunk", which the ASL interpreters had to sign. And then everyone brining it up over and over and over again during "The Captain's Wife's Lament," much to the amusement of the audience and the chagrin of the ASL interpreters.

Adam Savage telling stories about his life, especially Jamie. "If my couch looked like Angelina Jolie, I'd fuck it." - a direct quote from Jamie.

Molly Lewis being adorably cute.

All half an hour of the "Captain's Wife's Lament." "'Who the Hell Are The Talking Heads' is my Sex Pistols cover band."

Standing in line to get the Munchkin box signed, talking with CaptainValor and other nerds and bringing up "Rejected" by Don Hertzfeldt. A whole hallway of geeks quoting, "My anus is bleeding."

The Munchkin box didn't come with any blank cards, so getting everyone to sign the box...except somehow I missed Neil. But that's okay. I have something way better from him anyway already.

Only got a few hours of sleep. This will be an interesting day. May not make it to Central Market tonight.
athene: (wedding kiss)
Life's been crazy busy, in a good way. So here's a quick list of what's going on:

• The Sunday before last [ profile] lordaerith and I rolled up 3.5/3.75 characters for a run. It's the typical gamer ratio (7 guys and me). My character's already annoying everyone. :)

• Last Monday I went to a Marian Call house concert. She's amazing. She's touring all 50 states, so go find out when she'll be in a city/town near you and go see her. She's a total nerd and cute too. Oh, and she'll be performing at the SDCC w00tstock! There were many nerds there and we all flocked together. Flirted with a guy who works at Blizzard. Hey, anything to get into the Cataclysm beta, right? ;)

• This last Friday was [ profile] lordaerith's and my fifth wedding anniversary. Year 5 is the wood anniversary. Don't worry, we already went there. We both took Friday and Monday off from work. Friday we went to Schlitterbaun (which is becoming our anniversary tradition). The rides there really are the best! After riding tons of rides on both sides of the park, we headed back to Austin and went to the Melting Pot for the first time. Very nice. They found out it was our anniversary and brought us complimentary champaign with dessert.

• Saturday night we went to the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin's production of "Yeoman of the Guard" with [ profile] moonwick and [ profile] byskwik. Is a rather interesting opera. Not quite so light and airy as their usual fair and a weird ending.

• The rest of our four day weekend was spend lounging around, getting stuff off of the DVR, playing WoW, and cleaning up the house a bit.

• Work is going well. I'm starting to teach more. I'm developing curriculum for a new feature coming out in our Summer release, which is kind of like shooting a moving target. Oh, and work's sending me to Boston in mid-August to teach four days of classes. The current plan is for [ profile] lordaerith and I to go up together a few days early and see people and then he'll head home while I teach. Let me know if you want to see us.

• Other than that, life is busy with work, husband, cats, yoga, social engagements, friends, and WoW.
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Yesterday [ profile] lordaerith and I went to the dentist for cleanings and I got fitted for a nightgard. Not the most pleasant experience, concidering it's been about 4 years since my last cleaning, but my teeth feel way happier now.

Then it was home for two seconds to feed the cats and then right back out to Poly Dinner at Central Market. Good food and friends FTW!

We left early and headed to someone random person's house for a house party with a concert given by Zoe Boekbinder. Got there on time, which of course meant that we got there super early. Hung out with random people, chatted with Zoe and her really awesome friend Ryan, and met new people. [ profile] bouncyone showed up at some point, which was cool.

Zoe started playing around 9. Dear Goddess, I LOVE LOVE LOVE her voice. She was really cute and adorable and tired from being on the road, which made her more cute and adorable. She played for about an hour (with a short break to let the niece of our host play). I love that through the internet I can get an invite to a house party for an artist I love and want to support and go to it and meet people and be accepted. I love that Austin has wacky opportunities like that.

Here are two videos of Zoe live:

The Adventures of the Turtle and the Seahorse:

Cover song done acappella with two loop petals:
athene: (cute beholder)
Jonathan Coulton and Paul & Storm will be playing in Austin at Antone's on Feb. 5, 2010. I already got my tickets. You can get yours here.

And there was much squeeing and flailing to be had.
athene: (hi how are you)
This week is South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin. The best part about it is the chance to meet lots of semi-famous people.

Jonathan Coulton performed on Sunday with Paul and Storm. As usual, [ profile] lordaerith and I showed up very early. CaptainValor got there before us, so we were second in line. As I posted before, we got to go in and see the soundcheck.

The concert was really really awesome. Paul and Storm have a song called Opening Band which has the line "And, sad to say, as of today, no panties have been thrown." I had emailed my favorite underwear company, Wacky Jac and they had sent me a pair of their "Lo Carb" panties for me to throw on stage at that line. Being that we were in the front row, I lobbed the panties up on stage in a perfect arch and Paul caught them perfectly in his hand. He then hung them on his mic stand for that song, and then on Storm's mic stand where it stayed for the entire show.

Jonathan Coulton was amazing, as always. He played a fantastic set. He brought his ZenDrum so we got "Mr. Fancy Pants." It was apparent that he's had a lot of practice with it since the first time I saw him use it. When JoCo performed Still Alive, CaptainValor, who was sitting next to me, signed the whole thing along with him. After the concert JoCo said that if he had realized it was him, he would have called him on stage to do it for everyone. Here is the YouTube version of it:

After the concert, we looked up and saw that Felicia Day was sitting in the VIP area. She came down with Paul and Storm and JoCo and was very sweet, even though we could tell she was tired (she had also lost her voice).

Pictures of the concert and after )

Today Amanda Palmer (1/2 of the Dresden Dolls), tweeted that she was going to be staging a flashmob pillow fight on 6th Street. I grabbed my pillow and headed downtown. Felt a little silly walking around with a pillow, but then I saw people with pillows at the appointed place. Hung out a bit with Zoe of Vermillion Lies while waiting for Amanda. She showed up and all of us where were there gathered in the middle of the street. Amanda made an awesome speech about how there were going to be no winners or losers in this pillow fight and how when we hit each other we should be doing it with love and compassion. Then we all put our pillows in the center, did a primal scream and came up swinging. The whole thing was awesome and there were feathers going everywhere. Eventually we all fell over on the street and then formed little cuddle piles. Amanda jumped on the one I was part of and then gave us hugs. She gave me a little kiss on the cheek and then I shyly asked her if I could have a real kiss. She gave me one. It was full on the lips and held for just the right amount of time. It was really amazing! Afterwards AFP was really sweet and let us take pictures with her and the like. She was going to sing and play for us, but it was too loud (there was lots of music from the bars filtering onto the street).

pictures from after the pillow fight with AFP and Vermillion Lies )
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Showed up nice and early for the Jonathan Coulton and Paul and Storm concert. The people at Antone's let [ profile] lordaerith, the guy who got here before us, and I in to watch the soundcheck. *fangirl squee* that's were I am right now. OMG, Zendrum!!!!

athene: (Sokka - Boomerang)
Jonathan Coulton will once again be playing in Austin with Paul and Storm. The concert will be at Antone's at 7pm on Sunday March 15. I got my tickets!
athene: (Serenity - River)
On Friday [ profile] lordaerith and I went to [ profile] noeticist's Rock Band party. I was really looking forward to singing "Still Alive" as I have most of it memorized already and it's been in my head all week, but XBox Live was down and [ profile] noeticist wasn't able to download it *pout*. Had a really good time at the party anyway. [ profile] maddaddy and [ profile] elvesoncrack were able to show up :) It was good to see them again.

On Saturday I got a bunch of reading done for school and then [ profile] lordaerith and I went to the Louisiana Swamp Thing and Crawfish Festival. Got some really large crawfish (so big that there was a lot of meat in the claws) and had a good time wandering around and dancing (well, I was dancing) to some zydeco. Cowboy Mouth played and they were awesome as usual. I danced and jumped up and down and screamed so much that today my voice hurts. Apparently Bonerama, who was supposed to play earlier that day, got there late, so at one point they got on stage and played with Cowboy Mouth. It was really cool!

Cowboy Mouth and Bonerama at Swamp Thing

After Cowboy Mouth, George Clinton and the Parliament-Funkadelic played. They were really cool, but [ profile] lordaerith and I were getting tired so we left early, went to Amy's for ice cream (apparently we're regulars there because we got asked where we've been...), and came home.

Today I've been avoiding writing my paper for Advanced Digitization mainly because I'm not really sure how to organize it (by collection or by principle) and while I know I can re-organize it later, it still bothers me.


Apr. 4th, 2008 12:20 pm
athene: (goth)
Guess who has tickets to see the Dresden Dolls at Stubbs on June 1. Oh, that would be me!
athene: (Sokka - Boomerang)
I have uploaded the Jonathan Coulton concert that we taped (with both his and the venue's permission) to YouTube.

You can view the entire concert (well, all that we taped) on YouTube
athene: (Ronia)
This weekend should have been amazing. Instead it felt like it alternated between On moments and off moments, which I shall recap in the table below.



Having [ profile] lordaerith pick me up on Friday night and going to the Dog & Duck for food, where we randomly ran into a good chunk of the iSchool.

It being so packed at the Dog & Duck that we didn't really get to talk to any of them (other than [ profile] syhira and her boi who sat with us).

Going to see the Austin Wind Symphony's tribute to video games.

It could have been a lot better than it was. The symphony didn't have a lot of "heart" as [ profile] lordaeirth put it. Also, they had 2 video screens which would often project images of the game play. I think that in some ways it distracted from the music, because people were more focused on the video. Also, they had a real chance to make it a true interactive-multimedia performance, but only really interacted with the clips from Super Mario Brothers. It was worth the $8 admission.

My sister, [ profile] queencimmy, and her boy, [ profile] nola_poet, drove into to visit us this weekend.

Due to traffic & other factors, they didn't get in until 2:30am. We had figured on them showing up around midnight Friday night. This means I didn't get to bed until almost quarter to 4.


On Saturday morning I thought I might have yet another UTI (ooohhh…too much information, right?), but I don't. Still, it didn't make the morning fun.

I got to show [ profile] queencimmy and [ profile] nola_poet around UT. We went to the HRC where we surprised [ profile] nola_poet with an exhibit of the first 40 feet of the original "On the Road" scroll (it's on display until mid-June, I think). After the HRC, I took them to see my second home (aka the iSchool IT Lab). We chilled there for a little bit, walked around a bit more, and then lordaerith and I got yummy yummy food at the Flying Falafel.

I had to return a book to the library and pick up on that had come in. Unfortunately, by the time we got to the library it had closed, so I was only able to do the returning.

We said good-bye [ profile] nola_poet and [ profile] queencimmy for a little while and got to the Texas Union at 5:30 to be first in line for the Jonathan Coulton show (it started at 9). We were the first people in line by a couple of minutes. [ profile] apryl_knight, [ profile] cjovalle, qyandri, gruff, [ profile] iskanderia, and [ profile] lawtalkyguy eventually joined us on line.


While waiting in line, we whipped out Munchkin Cthulhu and I ended up playing a lively game of it with the people who were in line behind us.

We never got to finish the game, because the doors opened up before it was over. At least I wasn't the lowest level at that point.

At one point while waiting, Jonathan Coulton poked his head out to start setting up his merchanidce. [ profile] lordaerith asked him if it was okay if we taped him and he said yes as long as it was okay with the venue. I asked him to play "Better" which is one of my favorite songs of his, and he said he would try to.


We ended up with two tables right in front of the stage.

We were trying to save seats behind us for [ profile] caelligh and [ profile] ethanhunter, but eventually the place was so packed that we had to give them up. After we did that, [ profile] caelligh showed up, but she left because at that point it was standing room only. Next time guys, I promise.

The show was AMAZING (as always). There's too much to write up here, so see below for a longer write-up. I will say that he did infact play "Better".

Jonathan Coulton's guitar. It sounded fine to me, but he kept tuning it throughout the night and never seemed quite happy with it.

We got to tape the show.

We didn't tape the funniest part because we were running out of battery power and tape. [ profile] lordaerith will never hear the end of it. Also, I didn't grab a DV to Firewire cord when I picked up the Camcorder. Now I can't get the concert off of the tape and onto YouTube. I'm going to have to go to campus to get the cord.

[ profile] noeticist's party was still happening by the time we got out of the show.

It was pretty much winding down by the time we go there. But we were able to say hi to a few people, especially [ profile] last_bastion and [ profile] raenshadoe, who were in from out of town.

My sister got all dressed up to go to the party.

She didn't end up making it because by the time she was about to leave, the party was almost over. Also, [ profile] nola_poet's GPS couldn't find the place.


We got up really really late (1pm) on Sunday and therefore weren't able to go to brunch at Kerby Lane.

We did got to [ profile] lawtalkyguy's for Super Smash Bros/Rock Band. Queencimmy finally got to meet a good chunk of my friends.

We were only there for a little while.


[ profile] queencimmy and [ profile] nola_poet had to go home.


I felt…off/close to tears for the rest of the night. No idea why. Bleh.


I discovered that I deleted my "New Pics" folder from my desktop and empty the Trash before I noticed this. This is the folder in which I kept all the pictures from the camera that I have yet to edit & place online. There's a 94% chance that [ profile] lordaerith has all of the files on his computer as well. He probably has at least 90% of them.

I took the whole weekend off to spend time with my sister and do fun things.

I already feel like I'm behind on the amount of stuff I have to do over Spring Break.

JoCo Show

The show was awesome (as I said above).

The opening act, Samantha Murphy, was interesting. I like that she played barefoot and was funny enough to keep the audience entertained. Also girl could hold a note.

Jonathan Coulton ended up playing 2 sets because there were so many people who wnated to get in and the show was sold out. I think it had to do with some standing-room-only people leaving so others could see the second set.

I'm sure I could say tons about the whole show all the songs he played, but hopefully I'll have most of the show up on YouTube soon so you can see for yourself. Therefore, I'm just going to give you the highlights (as I see them).

In the first set he played "Better" which had me grinning like crazy the entire time. At the end of "Creepy Doll", [ profile] lordaerith and I held up our iPhones which were displaying lighters on them. JoCo saw us and totally cracked a smile. I made sure to turn the phone around so the rest of the audience could see it. Since he liked it so much, during "Mandelbrot Set" I ducked my iPhone under the table and used Google Images to find a picture of a fractal, which I then waved back and forth. This definitely made JoCo grin when he saw it.

JoCo and Michael WoodThe best bit of the show, was when JoCo pulled up a member of the audience to help him with "Chiron Beta Prime". The kid who was brought up on stage, Michael Wood, was hilariously funny during the song and even "broke" JoCo. However, when it got to the point where he had to say "Message Redacted" in a robot voice, he didnt know the words or even that it was his turn to say something. It was so funny. (Picture of Michael and JoCo, courtesy of AntonOlsen)

Unfortunately as this was part way through the second set, we were picking and choosing which songs to record because we were running out of tape/batter power (If we had known it would have been a double set concert, we would have brought a second tape!). Therefore, [ profile] lordaerith decided not to record Chiron Beta Prime because "It's a Christmas song and it's not Christmas time." Also because I don't think he likes it very much, even though I do. Therefore, unless someone else was taping the concert (or just that moment) it will not be up on YouTube. Much sadness.

After the show we hung around for a little while to see if JoCo wanted to come to [ profile] noeticist's party, but he had a lot to do, so we left. But not before I got to take a picture with him:

Jonathan Coulton and Me, after the show.

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Got home a little while ago from seeing Cowboy Mouth at the Nutty Brown Cafe.

The Nutty Brown Cafe is an awesome venue. There are tables and you can sit down and have dinner and then there's a stage and a dance area in front of it. It's kind of like a restaurant and an outdoor concert hall all bundled together. There's even a sandbox for kids to play in.

The Cowboy Mouth show was a very different show than the one we saw earlier this week. Lots of high energy and jumping and screaming and I'm amazed that I can still talk. They played a mix of their songs (both new and old) and covers.

The cutest thing was a little girl on her daddy's shoulders trying to figure out how to throw double devil horns. Little punk rocker in the making!

The funniest bit was when they launched into "Walk this Way" and Fred was all like, "I don't know the words right here." but he kept singing/making shit up anyway.

There was a guy standing next to me from New Orleans. He was wearing a Saints shirt. I pegged him as a Brother Martin guy and I was right :). At one point we both shouted out "Who Dat?" and Fred was all like, "the Colts" and so we had to boo. But later Fred put on his Saints hat because John Thomas, the guitarists was from Texas and wearing a Cowboys tee. Also the other guitarist had a gold guitar with a fleur-de-lis on it :)

I knew I would cry if they played either "Home" or "The Avenue." They played the latter and I totally cried the whole time. Earlier in the night they played "New Orleans" and I started to choke up, which surprised me, because I wasn't expecting it.

They didn't sing "Hurricane Party," but they did end their set with "Jenny Says." Towards the end of it, they had the lights guy turn the lights off and had us all crouch down on the ground and then when they gave the cue we all jumped up and screamed and it was awesome.

When they were done we all screamed and yelled so loudly that they did their first ever encore in Austin. yay!!

After the show was over, I went up and said hi to Fred and he noticed me immediately because I was wearing my NOCCA shirt :)

Also, at the concert, we met some really cool pagan biker people who like to read Harry Potter. :)

Btw, Cowboy Mouth is going to be playing in New Orleans on Friday, my birthday, at the CAC. So all y'all NOLA folks better go see them for me, while I'm here in Austin playing LAZER TAG!!!!.
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(ok, this post isn't in pirate talk...i'm too full of fangirlish joy. It's also long, but I'm not putting it behind a cut.)

Last night [ profile] lordaerith and I went to see Paul and Storm and Jonathan Coulton at the Cactus Cafe on campus.

We got there at about 6 for the 8:30 show and there was already one person in line ahead of us. Soon after we got there, [ profile] apryl_knight called and let me know that she was there, but slightly lost. I went to meet her outside the Student Union and as we met up, we saw Jonathan Coulton outside. So we did what any two fangirls would do...we grabbed hands, squeed loudly, and ran away giggling.

A little while later, inside, Jonathan Coulton (or JoCo as he is sometimes called), came out to the lobby to set up his merchandise. There was much staring, until Aerith finally talked to him to a) ask him to play First of May and b) warn him about April and I. We, of course, did more giggling and blushing.

Being that we were second in line, we got an awesome seats at a table right next to the stage (most people had to sit in rows...and actually, it was so packed that there were some people who had to stand the whole time).

Paul and Storm came on first. They started with Opening Band. I wish I had heard that song before because then I would have had panties to throw on stage, like all of these other people have.

Paul and Storm were really amazing and really really funny. I wish I could remember everything they did/sang. They gave out prizes to people, sometimes it was a moonpie and sometimes it was stuff from their grab bag (one person got Wrath of Kahn on VHS). Some of the songs that I remember them singing were: Count to Ten with audience participation, The Easter Song in honor of the high holy week, If Bob Dylan Were Hiding at the Bottom of a Well and others from the "If" set, Randy Newman's "Theme from 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King'", and a number of their faux commercials including Kleenex, Domino's Pizza, and Fresh Step Kitty Litter.

The two best moments from their set were:
1. when some guy's cell phone when off. They stopped the show and had him get the phone (it was his mother). They had him say Hi to his mother and then hand the phone to Paul. Paul then took the phone onstage and talked with the guy's mother, letting her know that her son was at a concert. He asked her to tell her son when she saw him next that he should "turn off his goddamn cellphone" then next time he was at a concert. Then Paul had her say "HI" very loudly while holding the phone to the mic, so we could all hear her and then we all got to say "Hi [guy's name] mom." back to her.

2. when they sang The Captain's Wife's Lament. Before the song they mentioned how exciting this week is for geeks because of it being Talk Like a Pirate Day this week. They then said that they needed us to all go "ARRR" when they cued us. They had us practice and April and I made the sign for "R" on our fingers and held them up when we said "ARRR". At first Paul thought that we were making a hook sign, but when we corrected him he mentioned that the audience was getting meta on him :). At one point we all had to be sad pirates and Paul stopped the song to mention how everyone tilted their heads the same way with the sad "ARRR" and we even dipped our signed "R"s in that direction. Even into JoCo's show, every once in a while the audience would react with "ARRR"s

After the Paul and Storm set, my cheeks were hurting because I was laughing/smiling so much. I went and played with the RobotSpinArt which combines spin art with video games and rock & roll. I made my art to JoCo's Ikea.

Jonathan Coulton comes on stage (well, actually, he'd been on stage already to help Paul and Storm with a song) and there was lots of cheers and squeeing. Near the beginning of his set he talked about the RobotSpinArt and showed us the one that he made, commenting that he had used too much red. So I showed him mine and said that it had too much blue. But he liked it better, so I offered to trade.

This is the spin art made (and signed by) Jonathan Coulton on Sept 18, 2007 in Austin, TX

JoCo's set was amazing. He played a lot of really really great songs, such as I Crush Everything - a sad squid song, Make You Cry, Creepy Doll - which is very creepy, and You Ruined Everything - which is about having a child. At one point he started talking about Scientology and then mentioned how he noticed there was one down the street (at which point we all pointed out the direction that it was in). Of course this was a lead in to Tom Cruise Crazy.

Sometimes Paul and Storm came up be backup singers/musicians, they were especially funny during Baby Got Back . There was one time that he called them on stage and Paul didn't come so Jonathan and Storm tried to make small talk...first about guitars and then they were moving on to the weather when Paul showed up (which was a good thing).

When he played Code Monkey pretty much the entire audience sang with him, especially the chorus. After he was done with that song, he turned to Paul and Storm and said that if all audiences were like us then he would become obsolete at his own concerts :)

(Concert pictures from Sektormedia's flickr set)

One of the coolest moments was when he was playing Mr. Fancy Pants because he brought out a ZenDrum. The ZenDrum was hooked up to his computer (a Mac Book Pro) and used it to control the beat of the song. He also had all these little sound-bites from the song programed in, most of them with the word "pants". As he hit the different buttons the different sound-bites would play. He could make it do all sorts of nifty things and combos depending on what he pressed. It was really really really cool and totally hard to explain more than that.

Another cool moment is when JoCo started playing Pink Floyd's "Welcome to the Machine." Paul and Storm picked up on it and they started to sing it. When they got to the crazy guitar parts, they all sang in those bits. It was really funny/cool.

The cutest bit was that there was a little girl who for a couple of songs, Code Monkey was one and I think that Skullcrusher Mountain was the other one, came up to the edge of the stage and sang/slightly acted out the songs. She totally reminded me of what my parents told me I did when they took me to concerts when I was young. I'm not sure if JoCo saw her, but I know that Paul did.

The last song in the set was, of course, Re: Your Brains. JoCo had the whole audience practice singing the "We all want to eat your brains" line. Then he told us that while we sing very well, zombies don't. So then he had us sing like zombies, which was totally hilarious. At one point, during him singing the song, Aerith and I just started singing "Brains, brains, brains" or yelling "grrrrrr" (in a zombie fashion). At the end, the three of us all clapped like zombies, which JoCo even commented on. :)

For the encore, he did Mandelbrot Set - yay math, First of May - the audience was shouting out for it (I hadn't heard before...OMG funny), and when straight from that into Sweet Caroline, which had the whole audience singing the "Bum bum bum" parts.

After the show, we hung out for a bit. Aerith and I got tee-shirt. He got the Skullcrusher Mountain and I got Re: Your Brains. We got JoCo to sign them for us. I also got him to sign his RobotSpinArt (as seen above) and the offered to sign the one that I gave him. He took me up on the offer and had me make it out "To Jonathan", so I did. :) We also talked with Paul and Storm for a while, because April was wearing her Serenity tee and Paul is a Browncoat. We eventually left around midnight because we had to go to bed to get up this morning and they had to pack up to drive to Dallas where they are playing tonight.

So, overall, it was a fabulous night full of geekyness and laughter and I am utterly exhausted, but totally glad that I went because I had such a wonderful time. A huge thank you to [ profile] tisana for introducing me to Jonathan Coulton in the first place.
athene: (blow to the heart)
it's time for the first to do list of the semester. (now don't everyone get all excited).
  • Drop Aerith's car off at car place to fix snapped e-break cable.
  • clean kitchen
    • empty dishwasher & dish-rack
    • refill dishwasher

    • do dishes in sink
  • Management
    • Read articles found yesterday and annotate best one
    • Write one page reflection - started it
    • Read text book
    • Read article
    • Read organizational stuff online
    • Critique org chart and post it (due tomorrow at 11:30pm)
    • Figure out next steps in group project, with group
    • Read stuff on history of Management
    • Start working on Case study 1 (Due in Oct)
  • Eat lunch
  • Pick up bedroom
  • Pick up Aerith's car *crosses fingers* - think we'll have to get it later tonight...
  • Go to CU
  • Get dinner
  • See Jonathan Coulton @ UT
    • *Insert fangirlish squee here*
well, best get started.
athene: (Ronia)
So, I gave up not exercising for lent. So far I've been doing really well. I found a 16 min segment from Cardio Pilates on Comcast's onDemand exercise section. I've been doing it every other day. go me! I think I might actually buy the full disk...if I can't find it.

NIN last night. It was good...but as [ profile] lordaerith got the full weight of some guy in the pit slammed into his knee *sideways* on the second song, it put a little bit of a damper on some things. Still fun though. Eventually we moved towards the back of the floor and I got to dance the way I wanted to without smacking into people (in a non-pit sort of way).

Right, time to clean this place up!


Feb. 27th, 2006 04:50 pm
athene: (gaz angry)
So fucking upset right now.

I know that Trent is sick. On the NIN website he says that he hasn't felt this sick in a really long time. But god damn cock-sucking son of a whore, I was looking forward to tonight's concert.

It's more than just seeing NIN, which in itself will be awesome and for which I now have floor tickets for the March 10th concert (on a friday that's nice). It's more than the fact that I had set up to take tomorrow morning off because I knew I'd be pumped afterwards.

It's because it's Lundi Gras. And I should be in New Orleans. I said to myself, well, if I can't be in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, as least I can party on Lundi Gras and Mardi Gras and I'll feel a connection to my city. See, seeing concerts on Lundi Gras is a Carnival tradition. But now, all I want to be is in New Orleans. Since there's no concert for me tonight, what's stopping me from being there? Nothing. but i'm not there and i can't get there. and i want it so badly. So, i'll mask at work tomorrow and go out tomorrow night...but, it's not the same. Not the same at all.

Off to attack the dirt on the dishes.
athene: (dark lili)
Went to Haven last night.  It was their pirate party so I dressed all pirate like in a white pesant shirt, blue skirt, blue and white bandana, big gold hoop earings, and mardi gras pearls doubled.  There were lots of other people dressed as pirates there, which was awesome.  I don't think i've seen that much color at Haven ever *grin*  Got to see people and talked with DJ Addam a bit about wedding stuff.  He has lots of garb, yay!

The first band was actually pretty good, from what i sort of heard.

And the Cruxshadows...well, they're the Cruxshadows.  I didn't know a lot of what they played since I don't have the new album.  But I liked it.  Of course since Stacy has left the band and ~l wasn't there, standing to the front left of the stage didn't have the same appeal that it used to.  Eventually I wandered towards the back where I could dance more (damn young-uns not givin' me space to dance).  At one point there was this guy who was really out of it was getting into Rouge's personal space as he came down amongst us lowely mortals.  But security got to him pretty quickly.  In good points, I finally got to hear "Cassandra" and Rouge did a fairly a cappella "White Rabbit" which was really cool.  It was interesting to hear who knew the song and who didn't (made me feel old skool and I really turning 25 in a week??).  And it was the new guitarist (who does have more energy on stage than Stacy did, but while being cute, is not nearly as cute as Stacy) birthday, so we sang him happy birthday all gothic like or something.  It almost sounded like a dirge.  They didn't play "Euridice" even though the crowd was calling for it :( but they do use hubris correctly and have two Apple laptops (connected to the keybords).

Of course now I am tired, even though the coffee is kicking in.  And sore from going to the gym again (i'm really going to try to go regularly) and then dancing after that.  and I left my headphones at home.  grrrrr!
athene: (goth)
Went to the Dresden Dolls concert at the Iron Horse last night. [ profile] lordaerith and I got there wicked early (an HOUR before the door opened) and stood in the door frame freezing my toes off (note to self, must aquire very tiny dragon for toe warming). But we were the first people in the door and got a really good table for [ profile] pyramus, [ profile] starrfade, and us. The first band (Running with Karma) was pretty good, but we kept waiting for them to rock out. J(ay) said that they can. He knows them.

Then the Dolls came on. OMG! Such a good show again. We were sitting in the perfect "Amanda will flash us the whole time" place. She is so amazing. So is Brian. They started with Miss Me and the Backstaber. I think Amada was crying during that song b/c her makeup started running down her face. I don't remember the whole set, but they played a cover of "Pierre". It was amazing. I knew every word. (note to self, find Really Rosie tape.) Of course they played Coin-Operated Boy and they ended with Girl Anachronism. Then they did an encore with The Jeep Song, something??, and then Truce. Aerith had never really listened to the Jeep Song before. He was cracking up.

After it was over we got to say Hi to a bunch of people and we got the cd signed by the band. *sigh* Happiness.

Went home and called [ profile] queencimmy b/c I may be visiting her this weekend, pending storm. Didn't get to bed until almost 1am.

Talking about storms, it snowed quite a bit yesterday. The roads were really nasty heading into town. Aerith drove home, but it was just rain by then. But this morning the roads were all clear. The snow looks like it's perfect for snowball fights and making snowpeople. maybe will try to play after work today, if not dead tired.

Got a message at work from the person from Mt. Holyoke saying there was a miscommunication about the sent her an e-mail saying "This is the number to call me" but whatever. Left her a message and she is supposed to call me at 9am. And after that I'm getting trained on new things, yay! (b/c I still have nothing to do).

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