Last weekend, with a little of this one thrown in

10 Mar

Last weekend…we rode the three hours to Chapel Hill to see the hub’s fav band…Superchunk.

Superchunk is a NC based band. They’ve been around for 21 years (which means they’re older; which means their shows are earlier cause they’ve got kids at home; which means I get to go to bed earlier; which means I’m a happy camper).

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This is me in front of my brother’s frat house (Geoff lives in SoCal and does a lot of crazy stuff…one of which is a webcomic geared toward adolescent girls. It’s all about self-esteem and fitting in (or not) Check out Hot Mess). I went to visit him once while he was in college and he lived here. He’s 6 years older than me, so I was still in high school. I had a blast. But I do remember the house being absolutely disgusting. When I went to the bathroom, I had to physically move a piece of plywood in front of the stall so that no one could see in. Ahhh….memories!

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Here we are at the Cat’s Cradle. Some pretty awesome bands play here: The New Pornographers, The Raveonettes, Mates of State…I could go on. This night, the opener was VeeLee. A band consisting of two people and many instruments. I always have slight girl-crushes on female band members.

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And here they are…Superchunk…a 40-something band taht isn’t afraid to pogo on stage and literally make the music with their bodies…not just their instruments.

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Mac (lead-singer/lead-guitarist) and Laura (basist) also own Merge Records. In my opinion, one of the smartest record companies out there. It, also, is based out of Chapel Hill. Its business model is not to make as much money as possible with bad, over-produced, popular music; planning every minute of all their signed bands lives to make the absolute most money they could possibly make. Now, don’t get me wrong, they need to make money, and they do. But they do it smartly. They find bands they like and decide, realistically, how many CDs they should actually print. If they think that this particular band will only sell 1500, then they only print 1500 albums.

Then there are their other bands like The Arcade Fire. The Arcade Fire started out as a small-ish band; signed by Merge; became HUGE after their third album; AND just one the Grammy for best album of the year. This little indie band has seemed to take over the world…and they had a tiny record company. And here are the beginnings of that record company. Still rocking out. I do hope they last another 20 years.

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This weekend we are headed to San Fransisco for the hub’s cousin’s wedding. I am going to shamelessly take as many pictures as I possibly can! Wish me luck.

Have a fantabulous weekend!

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One Response to “Last weekend, with a little of this one thrown in”

  1. bein good to me March 10, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

    I gotta get out to see more live music, it feels like forever since I’ve seen a concert! Thanks for the inspiration. 😉
    I also just spent a few minutes looking at Hot Mess and it’s pretty cool!
    And lastly, you should hopefully have nice weather out in SF this weekend–as long as the light rain we’ve got right now lets up in time for the weekend! 🙂 Have fun at the wedding!
    -Lisa

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