Friday, March 24, 2006

An offering from the happy bucket and a dip into the WTF bowl
Good things first:
Still riding on the high from the Matt Good show and already starting to drool in anticipation of the Hawksley Workman concert in a couple of weeks, today I bought tickets to the Constantines concert in May!!!!!!! I've been madly head-over-heels in love with these guys for about a year now, when they were touring with the Weakerthans (another of my best beloveds). Guests will be Chad Van Gaalen - Calgary musician and wildly avante garde artist, along with Blood Meridian - affiliated with the Black Mountains / the Pink Mountaintops collective. (All for $18.00, if you can believe it)
It's going to be sooooooooooooo amazing!!!!!!!!!!!
Even better:
James Loney and Harmeet Sooden, both from Canada, and Norman Kember, from the UK, were freed after being held hostage in Baghdad since November 23. Sadly, American hostage Tom Fox had been killed two weeks previously.
Not so good:
Next week will be the final week for the National Playlist. Jian dropped the bomb today and I immediately fired off an email to him, asking him what we addicts were supposed to do now. Crack dealer.
And in the truly WTF category:
A Calgary broker, formerly with a major bank, is suing said bank for wrong dismissal and $2 million in damages, after he was fired for bringing a prostitute into the office after hours and then, after arguing with her about payment, leaving her alone for 20 minutes in an area containing confidential client files.
His rationale? He was a chronically heavy drinker, and had been having extramarital affairs, while his wife was seeking counselling. Thus he should not have been fired.
Well, stick a pitchfork up my ass and call me Betty Mae, but how is that supposed to elicit any sympathy from me?
The bank is counter-suing.

17 comments:

Will said...

Looks ike you got some good shows lined up. I do, as well. Shame about the National Playlist - and I never even got to check it out.

Barbara said...

Well you know I wrote Jian as soon as I heard. I want to know the story behind this 'last week of The National Playlist'. The addicts need to know! He better be getting a higher profile job out of this.
Who is Hawksley Workman? Is he a cross between Nanette Workman and That old rocker Ronnie Hawkins?

That Calgary Broker guy would be soooo fired if he worked anywhere near me. I mean with actual fire.

Barbara said...

Barbara B. Maybe it's an April Fools joke and we are falling for it! Think about it.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Are you planning to go to Coachella, Will? That's not too far from you, is it? I'd like to hear about some of the shows you're going to.
Yeah, shame about NP. You can still check it out, but what's the point of becoming addicted if you know your crack dealer is leaving town?

Barbara W, Hawksley Workman is an amazingly eclectic Canadian musician, who happens to be responsible for the two sexiest songs in existence - Striptease and Tarantulove. I saw him at the folk festival last summer; he is a master showman. Check out his site link.
It's nowhere near April Fool's Day!

Barbara said...

The week after next is April 1st. There you go! I emailed him and called him on it. Sat. April 1st would be the 1st day of no National Playlist. I am right on this one.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I hope so, Barbara W, but I ain't holding my breath.

Stephanie said...

Hawksley Workman would be a fun show to see. That's for sure

That's sad about National Playlist, it was such a good idea

Ben Heller said...

The hostage are coming home. That's good news, but it was sad to hear about the American guy.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Stephanie - Hawksley puts on a hell of a show. I hope he plays Tarantulove.

Yeah, Ben - it's too bad they couldn't bring them all back.

Will said...

Coachella would be a weekend trip - I went once, but I generally prefer a more intimate setting. Let's see - the whole N&UR staff will be going to the Go! Team in April. I've also got plans to see Destroyer in May, and Chris Brokaw in a couple weeks. Maybe We Are Scientists, even though it's sold out.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I imagine Coachella gets pretty rowdy, doesn't it, Will?
I've not heard Go! Team but they look as if they would be a really fun band to see. I'm fond of Destroyer and really like the Chris Brokaw clip you had up. I'll bet WAS would let you in for old time's sake.

Maureen said...

haha, I got such a kick out of that guy and the prostitute - wtf are people thinking? oh wait, they're not ;)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Isn't that amazing, Maureen? And that fact that the case got to court! Who's running the legal system here, a bunch of trained monkeys?

Maureen said...

Unfortunately it's a bunch of lawyers, lol - monkeys would probably do better (disclaimer: this is in no way a slander on all lawyers, I might need one someday).

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Here's hoping you don't!

Will said...

I did Coachella once, and it's kinda fun. You get the schedule and you figure out who you can see when. Some of the stages are packed, but some are not, which is great. So it can be intimate or rowdy depending on who you see. That was where I saw Radiohead.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Will - I saw Johhny Greenwood playing one of the Weird Sisters in Harry Potter last night, but that's the closest I've come to seeing Radiohead.
I imagine that Radiohead was at one of the more crowded venues.