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It is time kids. Time for you to hear about our vacation! First of all, I just want to say that this was the kind of vacation I've daydreamed about pretty much my whole life. It was just a fantastic time, and despite a few getting lost issues and my dislike of driving on twisty windy roads, it was 100% fun.

Click! )
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The Silver Jews were pretty great. I say "pretty great" because the sound mix could have been better, but then again we could have been sitting in a better place for more optimal sound. I was surprised to hear a handful of songs from American Water- I've been listening to that album for so many years, I figured it was too old for them to play anything from it. But I heard Smith & Jones and Random Rules, and I was happy.

We're currently waiting for Broken Social Scene's annoyingly long sound check to finish, but to be fair, De La Soul's set went about a half hour longer than it was scheduled for. We caught the tail of them, and I was really shocked to see the place completely packed- poor Animal Collective must have been lonely playing at the same time. We spent most of De La Soul's set finding some decent dinner that was not fried (and succeeded).

So this is probably my last ATP post, because I'm already sleepy and kind of drunk, so we'll be done with music after Broken Social Scene. But I have to say, this festival has been immensely enjoyable. Lots of great music, enough day time diversions. I'll be happy to get to London tomorrow to take an actual shower, since our 2-person room here at Butlins only has a bathtub. Washing your hair in a bathtub? It's difficult.

Oh, and yesterday we caught the last two songs from Okkervil River's set, and they were so good. I really wanted to check them out, but couldn't miss what was probably the only chance I would take to see Ghostface Killah. But I will definitely check them out when we get home.
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Sitting and listening to Polvo at the moment. They are totally rocking- it's kind of amazing that so much sound can come out of guitars, bass, and drums. I've always loved how percussive their sound is- lots of big drums and feedbacky, angular guitars.

Before this we heard Jens Lekman, which was just awesome. Trumpet, violin, keyboard, guitar- soaring orchestral indie pop. It was very bouncy and happy, and it gave me much joy.

The general spirit of the crowd today seems much more subdued. I think the kiddies' 3am bedtime last night, coupled with actual sunshine outside today, is making things a bit sparser in terms of show attendance.

After this we have Silver Jews and probably Broken Social Scene (I want to stay as far away from Animal Collective as possibly, otherwise some egregious hipsterness might rub off and I'll start popping my collar and wearing sunglasses inside).
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Saw The National a little while ago- so awesome!! Whenever I start to despair that indie rock isn't interesting anymore, I discover bands that create amazing sounds. Fuzzy guitars, a little violin to add some depth in the background, lots of quiet-loud-quiet. So good!

It has been a long day and Arrested Development is on ATP tv, so this is probably it for tonight. More music tomorrow!

Also, there are a lot of characters here. Officer Mancuso from A Confederacy of Dunces would have a field day here. Seriously, when did the indie rock ensemble change from retro ts under shabby cardigans to costumes?
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Blogging from the music festival, because I am a huge nerd.

We are currently watching Iron & Wine, they are really good. The acoustics here are surprisingly good. Very pretty and melodic.

J Mascis has been wandering around here all day.

Earlier we saw Ghostface Killah. I don't think I've ever been to a hip-hop show, as sad as that sounds. It was interesting... I'm not used to that much audience interaction, I'm used to shy indie rock boys staring at their feet while they play sensitive guitars.

The ATP/Explosions in the Sky tv programming has been really good, too. We caught the movie "King of Kong" today, a documentary about dudes trying to break world records for Donky Kong scores.

Alright, Iron & Wine is really good, and I keep accidentally deleting this entry as I type, so that's all for now.
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OMG. Paying for wifi at ATP was an excellent idea. The Cotswolds are awesome and adorable, but we've been pretty cut off from the intarwebs for the past week. As Drew mentioned, the accommodations at Butlins in Minehead are miles better than Camber Sands in the way of choices, but there is a certain intimacy that's sacrificed. And with the increase in people,there is a concommittant increase in egregious jerkdom from fellow festivalers.

Today we saw: Mono- Japanese instrumental rock band. I was expecting something totally different... I neglected to do my homework on the band and was expecting something more angular and aural---assaulty. Instead, it was beautiful swirls and stacks of sound. Gorgeous and exhilerating. Jenny says: Two Thumbs Up!

Next, Dinosaur Jr.- classic indie rock. Lots of fuzz and distortion, big wailing guitars. I could have used louder sound on the vocals, but the massive guitars were what the people wanted anyway. Lou Barlow was rocking the hell out, and it was awesome. As we sat drinking beers near the main stage later in the evening, Drew pointed out that J. Mascis totally walked right by us. INDIE ROCK!!!

Explosions in the Sky- instrumental atmospheric rock. They did not play the Friday Night Lights theme song. But it was still awesome. Sonic architecture that soars around you and then crashes with big drums and guitars. Very nice.

I'm looking forward to tomorrow, and hoping that this laptop can hold enough of a charge for some live blogging from the concerts!

Also- the roads to Minehead suck with an unholy passion. Tiny windy roads should not involve trucks with houses on them coming at you from around a bend! I love England so much, but after a week, I do miss tap water that tastes like chemicals, and straight roads. I'm sorry England. Pasties and Cornettos pretty much make up for it, but I love the taste of chlorine in my water.
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I can't believe it's just a day 'til vacation! We've been planning this for so long it feels kind of surreal that it's almost here.

So here's our itinerary:

Wednesday: In a plane, spending the night at a Heathrow hotel.
Thursday: Pick up the car, head to Avebury. See the standing stones, I'd like to see Silbury Hill, and keep an eye out for aliens and ghosts!
Friday: We'll be heading to Brize Norton, but on the way will probably stop at Bath and Salisbury (the Magna Carta!)
Saturday to Friday: Staying in Brize Norton, day trips out to Oxford and rambling around the Cotswolds. Also: Blenheim Palace, and possibly Warwick Castle, and whatever else strikes our fancy. There's a hillside chalk horse that's a must-see as well.
Friday to Monday: All Tomorrow's Parties in Minehead! This time I will not spend a night drinking questionable Dutch gin and a 2-liter bottle of Strongbow.
Monday to Wednesday: London! Must see: Victoria & Albert Museum, London Old City ghost walk.
Wednesday: In a plane. Attempt to sleep because I have to be at work the next day (summer associates start that week and we'll have to train the kiddos on... everything. Summer associates generally know very little about the law).

The hardest part is leaving the bunnies behind, but they'll be in good hands.
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In gearing up for the Slathered-In-Awesomecakes that will be All Tomorrow's Parties, I'm starting to download some albums by artists who will be there that I've never heard before. So I got the latest Animal Collective (Strawberry Jam), because Pitchfork has been creaming their pants over this band for years, and I gotta say, I just don't feel it. It's interesting, and I can appreciate that they're doing something unique, but I don't feel like they're writing songs so much as crazy aural architecture. It just feels kind of pretentious and cold to me. But they do sound like they might be a really great live experience. And they sound like maybe they'd blow my freakin' mind if listened to while stoned

I am hoping that Stephen Malkmus actually tours with the Silver Jews, because, um, Stephen Malkmus and Lou Barlow at one festival? Indie Rock Gods!!

I've been slowly getting some vinyl converted into mp3 (technically, I guess it's mp4s or whatever the iTunes format is). I can't stop listening to "On Avery Island," it's been so long since I last heard it, and it's still one of my all-time favorite albums.

Also, we have been researching haunted pub/inns for the one night in England that we still have unscheduled. I'm getting scared just reading about some of these places, I won't get a wink of sleep! But it's too neat to pass up the chance.
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When we go to England in the spring, I really really really want to eat at Dans le Noir. Of course, I'd like the dollar to shore up a bit so a night out won't cost $100.

We had a good trip to Maryland last week, and drove through parts of Baltimore used to film The Wire (does someone out there have our Season 3 dvds for The Wire? I'm finally getting around to watching the show and that season seems to have been lent out).

Happy New Year everyone!
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So, uh, who wants to go to England last-minute? 'Cause All Tomorrow's Parties the weekend of May 18-20 is an indie rock wet dream, and they only have 4 or 6 bed chalets left. Check out this crazy line-up. Shellac? Built to Spill? Yo La Tengo? Architecture in Helsinki? Daniel Johnston? So many other freakin' awesome bands?

Seriously, guys, we'd be going for sure if they still had 2 bed chalets left, but we can't swing the cost of a 4 bed chalet for just us. If any of you all have any interest in an impromptu trip across the pond, it's 588 pounds for the chalet, split 4 ways that's not too bad for 3 night's stay plus entry into the show. If anyone wants to come with, we are 100% seriously into this idea and would be willing to plunk down money later today. British Airways is running some spring deals, so flight actually isn't too pricey.

Takers?
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Undoubtedly, the highlight of last night's Sleater-Kinney show was their cover of Danzig's "Mother." Priceless. Their new material just doesn't have the same energy as the old stuff. I like it, but it's not as much of an adrenaline rush as the old stuff was. I also really miss hearing songs from Call the Doctor.

Alright, I'm going to quickly recap our honeymoon, but for those of who don't read [livejournal.com profile] eye_abstains, you should check in on his journal once in a while, as he has all the pictures and will be writing more entertaining entries with them than I will.

The trip )
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We are in London! We have conquered the boats and will now be sleeping on comfy beds that don't sway all night.

Home on Monday. Thanks for the bunny updates =)
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Honeymoooooonnn!!

bunny sitters- are our babies doing ok ---there should be a question mark there, but this keyboard is confusing me--- drop a quick reply here to ease my mind, we have spotty internet access but may be able to check again later this week

museums with free internet access are teh awesome, and castles are neat. narrowboats are... not so much with the neat, but at least we'll have stories
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We got our itinerary for our cruise the other day. It's going to be so cool! *squee* They'll even do some grocery shopping for us and load stuff onto the boat before we get there. We could have a boat full of pasties if we want!! Mmm...pasites. I have a problem.

I've been having the weirdest food cravings lately, for thing that I never eat. Yesterday I wanted tator tots like nobody's business. Alas, I was foiled, and only had oven fries. I also really want sloppy joes, for no good reason whatsoever. It's probably because we don't eat much red meat or fat; I have a rule that we can only eat red meat once a week (and I try to weasel out of that whenever I can, much to [livejournal.com profile] eye_abstains's dismay).

So I was attacked by the Old Guy again on Tuesday. He was complaining about the stove (which, by the way, is immaculate right now, so I know he hasn't seen inside our place since Feb. Why won't he leave us alone?!
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We're back! We have consumed much beer and indie rock goodness.

An account of London & All Tomorrow's Parties )
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Tonight we set out for All Tomorrow's Parties. There will be much indie rocking. *squee*
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The line up is starting to come together! Spoon!! Mum! That guy from the Red House Painters!

I am so, so happy that we're going to England on an indie-rock pilgrammage.

I am also so exhausted. Two holiday parties in one night. Whew. Summer Shack is kinda gross. *crash*
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Ok, kids, it's time. For pictures and better accounts, you should check out [livejournal.com profile] cosmicserpent, [livejournal.com profile] eye_abstains, and [livejournal.com profile] ms_ntropy.
So we went to London. I'll break it down:
Friday: Arrived, met Surly Joe, had a three hour mini-bus ride to the hotel that involved a tour of the same neighborhood a few times (the driver was lost, very lost). Got in to the hotel, went to get Indian food, drank at the hotel bar with Marching Bands, and slept in chastity beds (curse you twin beds! curse yooooou!).
Saturday: There was a parade. That's what all the Marching Bands were doing in town. Wandered, went to Westminster Abby, proposed to my boyfriend, shopped at the Portobello Road market- you know, the usual touristy stuff. We then consumed YO! Sushi (on a conveyer belt!), went to a pub, went to a club when the pub shut down, and met drunk English guys. We did not, however, visit The Candybar OR Filthy McNasty's.
Sunday: Went to King's Cross, Tower of London, enjoyed swanky Pizza Express, saw The Monument and St. Paul's, drank at an Australian bar, and took a bunch of pictures in the foggy darkness. And went back to drink Grolsh from a vending machine. Mmmmmm, vending machine beer.
Monday: British Museum, huge-ass bookstore, lunch at a frou-frou wine bar, and then flew back.
My loot: one Paddington Bear, one flask, one pair Comfy Shoes, one pirate shirt, some cookies, tea, and wine.

Hoooooray!!!!!
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I'm back. With Big News. So for those of you who don't read Drew's journal, just go
here, as he wrote it up better than I could.

I'll give you a hint, though: I've got a new ring on my finger with which to fiddle.

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