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Saturday, February 26, 2005

"THIS IS THE MINNEAPOLIS POLICE DEPARTMENT. THE PARTY IS OVER!"

the night ended with an early bust up at about 12:30, but it was worth a try. long live the dufferin hotel!

upon entering, i met owen pallet, who gave me a set of halloween teeth as a pleasant gift. what did i learn from that? drinking with false teeth is a tedious effort, thank god i'm not a warewolf.

the dufferin is an abaondoned warehouse with bare bones interior holdings. the bathroom? a porta potty. the bar? totally unlicensed and absurdly cheap. $2.50 for some honey beer is not a bad price, i must say. the acoustics in the space were grotty and unitelligable, despite high cielings and the buffering of asbestos in the walls, yet still, the onslaught was loud, pushing levels that could bring on damage, yet surprisingly, there is no residual ringing in my ear. the upper limits seemed contained somehow. being close to the speaker was not as bad as one would think.

the crowd was relatively tame but the bands were quite ferocious in their delivery.

i can put my arm back on you can't gave us an abrasive, time shifting set of square wave sludge that took me back to the winnipeg years when i spy and malefaction took hardcore to new heights. as soon as the arm's last song was announced, the cops had arrived, shutting down the show just shy of what was going to be a blowout set by no dynamics. and so the exodus began, but hey, it was predicted by a number of people that the show wouldn't last the night. such are things when you're unlicensed and making noise in the middle of the city.

perhaps next time (if there is one) things will work out. what irked me was the number of people asking for their money back on their way out. when you consider the financial risk that the organizers must have gone through to put this gig on, it just adds salt to the wound. white kids are such assholes to one another. always moneny this money that.

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had a nice chat with katie the opera singer from galaxy. she wants to use the review from a couple post ago on their site in the currently unchristened "reviews" section...i say "do it. doooo eeeeeeet!" unfortunately their monday night gig at the horseshoe has been cancelled, but they're still slated to play at sneaky dee's on march 9th, so keep your cheyenne ears to the battleground.

also ran into an old friend, andy landen, formerly of kingston's finest the radical dudez, who, despite andy's absence, continue to work. they're planning some new recordings and their new flash website is tight. it's nice to see steve mckay (also of FUN! and the steeltown sprigs) get his own profile as the newest dude.

remember, FUN! is having it's goodbye to kingston show on march 12 at clark hall pub, right where we started two years ago. it'll be sad to see the little wacky idea we created come to an end, but we promise that it'll be the best show we can possible eek out. we're aiming for new material and perhaps an encore set of covers, which is a bonus for you because we don't usually do covers and have never ever done a stupid encore. we promise we won't do the whole "let's go offstage until you cheer for us to come back". queen's university has enough of that shit to deal with everyday, what with frosh week lasting the whole four years for some people.

"oh what a rat raaaace," sang marley in the 70s. indeed, what a rat race it is.

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EDIT: lookin to 'ave a larf? check out arthur frayne and the apathetics, who do a fantastic parody of LCD Soundsystem with a track called Robots with Attitude featuring their good friend Rapbot 5000. courtesy of the exposed brain.

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