Just as I did when I took half a day to stand in line for six hours for a U2 concert, I just made excellent use of my vacation time this week. I took two days to go to NYC to attend, of all things, a Moby concert at the Bowery Ballroom. No ordinary concert this, but a concert just for fans.
After careful consideration, it was clear to me that the importance and gravitas of this event warranted my absence from work. But then I was dropped on my head a bit as an infant, so my judgment may be a bit clouded. Meh.
Well anyway, it was a very nice thing for Moby to do. And since his sales in the States are not quite what they used to be, he seems to have the time to do it. They love him in Europe, I understand. Them Swedes never gave up on their electronica, bless 'em. Not that Mssr. Mo is relegated to one genre, but nevermind. Moby and Company played for three hours straight, and afterwards he DJ'd for serveral hundred bouncing, happy geeks in a big ol' bouncing happy geek disco. Good times.
In response to a few queries, yes, there are actual instruments played at a Moby show, and actual singers. While he does use a few backing tracks here and there, most of the stuff that's sampled on the record is recreated live, making for a durned good show. The lady singer is particularly awesome. It is not "some dude on stage pushing buttons on a keyboard." That was a few tours ago, and apparently, Moby read the comment cards and stepped up his game.
The rest if the trip included the usual trips to Rock Center to see the tree and to the Met. New ground was broken with a trip to the UN, which I'm sorry to say I never saw before. I am glad that I went after I started working at Save the World Inc., since I am now, as they say, up on my shit. I even asked smart questions in the Security Council room. Holla. I think I would have been thoroughly confused if I went when I was an Entertainment Weekly-reading college sophomore. Not that reading EW is a mark of poor character. I love a good Hot List as much as the next gal.
VERY IMPORTANT: You CAN find decent parking at a garage in the East Village on 11th Street. $30/day is peanuts in Manhattan. No more parking in Newark and taking the PATH train, where people get stabbed and stuff. Not that anyone would ever do that. Heavens no....