January 16th, 2005

the only earth?

the big wave

On Friday night Carolyn, Kate, Jon, and I went to the Showbox to hear Ben Gibbard, James Mercer, and Dave Bazan (of Death Cab for Cutie, the Shins, and Pedro the Lion, respectively) play a benefit show for Northwest Medical Teams to support their efforts in tsunami relief.

Someone else took better pictures than me (a.k.a. they were not far away and blurry); so I'm linking to hers so that you can see Ben Gibbard with shaggy hair and a beard wearing a seasonal sweater. Which was completely appropriate since it was freezing inside. I suspect that the management turned off the heat to mimimize losses in donating all of the money to charity.

Another person that I don't know posted a thorough review and setlist [brianteutsch] if you're interested in that sort of thing. It was a pretty darn good show.

(A side benefit of this livejournal being down is that all of the work of putting these things on the internet is done by someone else.)
chair, apartment

weekend endorsements

Funeral by the Arcade Fire. I know that I am very late to the party on this one, but this album is better than good. It is a revelation. If you haven't already done so, you should listen to it (a few times) at your earliest convenience.

also of note:
  • Metacritic now calculates metascores for books.
  • Newman's Own Chunky Peach Salsa is magically delicious.
  • this greek style plain yogurt that everyone's crazy about. no wonder people love it -- 20 grams of fat per serving! tasty, nonetheless.</ul>