From the m83 ear damage, I almost considered wearing earplugs when I went to Neumo's to see the Fiery Furnaces. I tried them out during the Bats of Belfrey (actually pretty decent), but the annoyance of having plastic in my ear seemed less useful than avoiding permanent hearing loss. The Fiery Furnaces were thoroughly awesome. Weird, garage rocking, often unintelligible, but fantastic and fun nonetheless.
Today I overslept, went to work, finished On Beauty, and typed all this.