Jerry is still all pissed off at Neko Case for not touring with the New Pornos this spring, plus cancelling out of the Calgary Folk Festival. So that's why I only scored two tickets to the New Pornographers / Novillero concert in October. Somebody's heart is still shattered.
Hopefully he can grab a ticket at the last minute if it turns out she is touring with them
Eva and I are excited enough to see the New Pornos again, plus our go-to-your-happy-place band, Novillero. They are worth the price of admission just to see their vaguely pudgy wildly enthusiastic tambourine guy (who, we understand, is actually not a band member, but their manager, whom they let play with them on occasion).
They are a really fun band to see live. They've got the energy, they've got upbeat songs with lots of crazy piano and, of course, a wild tambourine player. And they're really really happy when you buy their cd.
I finished Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk, which lived up to the hype of gross-out to the max and unbelievable ways for people to mutilate themselves. Of course by now everybody has heard of the story within the book of masturbation gone horribly wrong, resulting in the narrator having to chew through his own intestine to keep from drowning.
But aside from the vomit-fest, there is actually a point to the book about the nature of humanity and the price that people will pay for fame, fortune, and immortality. Of course, a vomit-fest never hurts sales.
I was happy to be able to pick up Lynn Coady's new book, Mean Boy, which I've been looking forward to for quite some time, ever since finishing the Saints of Big Harbour and Play the Monster Blind. It drives me crazy sometimes to discover an author that I really enjoy and they've only got about two or three books, so you have to wait for forever for them to finish another. Makes me want to go over to their house and tell them, "okay, no going out tonight, no tv, you are working on your book, missy."
Also at my new favourite record store, the library, I picked up a Primal Scream Dirty Hits cd. We have most of the songs already, but I was really chuffed to discover a second cd was included - all remixes. Cool! I can hardly wait to boogey down with Bobbie Gillespie and co.