Thursday, September 3, 2009

Settling In, Rocking Out

I think I'm about 80% moved in now, which is a hell of an achievement considering how ridiculously long the process took. All the boxes are gone, most of the stuff has found a place, and with the exception of the tragic loss of my beloved overstuffed green couch that couldn't fit in the apartment, I'm back on track with a new Ikea loveseat, cable, Internet, pets, etc. Hey, it's hard fitting your whole life into half the space. I have also become skilled in the art of hauling ridiculously heavy stuff up stairs. Ever see those nature documentaries with the ants that lift things hundreds of times their weight? Well, it's not quite like that, but I did manage to get a 100-pound cabinet up to the place unscathed all by my lonesome. Snack on that, NY Sports Club.

After all that work, a little bit of playtime is in order. So it was very nice that two of my pals -- Bryan Dunn and Chris Cubeta -- were having a major show at the Bowery Ballroom last Saturday night. This is what we call a Big Deal. Bryan had never played there before, and this was Chris' first time headlining with his band, the Liars' Club. So a good amount of singing and dancing and a responsible amount of carousing was in order. And there's video! Of the dancing and singing. Not the carousing. Give me a little credit, please.

Bryan doing one of his own jams, "Ordinary":

...and then a ridiculous cover of Blondie's "Heart of Glass":

Chris and the Liars Club doing "Sugar Sky":

Chris also did a kickass cover of Tom Petty's "American Girl," but I was too busy rocking out to film it. After all, we have to leave you some incentive to come out to the shows, yes?