June 4th, 2007

christmas 2008

days two and three: more music, more beer, more fun

As previously mentioned, I was at The Nutty Irishman in Farmingdale on Saturday night. I saw Allstar, and they were pretty good. Any time you get Pat Benatar, Billy Joel, and Avril Lavigne in the same show, you can't complain. Though the band had a small keyboard on stage, they made very little use of it. Most bands that I have seen that don't have a keyboard player aren't memorable, but Allstar overcame this deficiency nicely. I wore one of my two Borat themed shirts (which you can see on my MySpace profile), and this drew a few comments and laughs.

Yesterday wasn't a busy day, and right after dinner I headed out to see Ready In 10 at T. J. Finley's in Bay Shore. This band is an offshoot of Peat Moss and the Fertilizers, but playing original music instead. I have long wanted to see them, and they easily exceeded expectations last night. They were premiering a video for their song "One More Chance," which was solid, and the show that followed was high quality from the first song to the last. I purchased a T-shirt and a copy of their album "Face the World" as I left. The one disappointment was that Ryan didn't come; I invited him to the show, but he wasn't answering his phone last night.

And I did nothing of note whatsoever today. So that's that. It figures that 7:30 in the evening is when the sun finally decides to come out.

As always, the camera was out this weekend, and the shots are here:
Friday: Peat Moss and the Fertilizers
Saturday: Allstar
Sunday: Ready In 10
  • Current Music
    Carrie Underwood - Before He Cheats
christmas 2008

Some notes on hockey

I am sitting here watching game four of the Stanley Cup final. Some high-quality hockey being played in Canada's capital. Ottawa has come strong it its attempt to even the series, but despite having an overwhelming edge in shots on goal and scoring chances, the Senators had not been able to solve Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere - until Alfredsson's score with three-tenths of a second left in the first.

Tonight, the NHL brought Canadian pop/rock star Alanis Morrisette to Scotiabank Place to sing the national anthems. She performed adequately, but her renditions paled in comparison to those of Lyndon Slewidge, Ottawa's house singer, prior to game three. As he sang "O Canada," a giant Canadian flag was unfurled across the arena's upper deck, and the 20,500 fans were in perfect tune with the Ontario Provincial Police constable. Tonight at dinner, my mom, who watched Saturday night's game in Vermont on Canada's TSN, said she cried. They brought the flag again tonight, but it just wasn't the same. I'd call it one of the great anthems I've heard - right up there with Whitney Houston at Super Bowl XXV, and Beyoncé at Super Bowl XXXVIII.