Last night I went to see Ladytron and Cansei de Ser Sexy at the TLA. I took a million pictures and videos (which I’ll be uploading throughout the next few days, check back), it was much fun.
When I first got there I was surprised and disappointed because there weren’t more than 40 people total and it was close to start time. By the time Cansei de Ser Sexy came to stage that number had not changed and even still, they manage to kick ass and get everybody dancing and put on a really great show. Lovefoxx is so full of energy! CSS is a an electro-clash band from my hometown, Sao Paulo; I had never had a chance to see them live before but had been listening to for a long time. Though their lyrics are 95% in English, I had a blast singing along to the bits in Portuguese because people around me looked very puzzled. I like puzzling.
Ladytron was cool (aren’t they always?) and their set was a good fan pleaser. They played everything I was hoping they would (Playgirl, He Took Her To a Movie, Blue Jeans, Sugar, Destroy Everything You Touch) and confirmed my theory that nobody in the band can smile. How they do it, I don’t know. Seriously, not only no smiles, but no other expressions either. It really does fit their style, but it’s just plain weird. Seeing them live also reinforced my previous observation
about Helen Marnie looking a hell lot like Emily Blunt.
I had a great time – I guess CSS’s enthusiasm really got me going in a way that Ladytron’s lack thereof sort of disappointed me (perhaps too hard to mood-swing on Q?). Still, if you can catch them in other cities, don’t miss CSS, you’ll be pleasently surprised.
It is rare for me to crave for specific types of food that I can’t get, but today I’ve been dying for sfihas. Back in Sao Paulo, I could get one 24-7, thanks to Habib’s, now I can only wish (I know I’m not competent to replicate what I want in my kitchen. I’ve tried and became even more disappointed).
I walked around town and searched for it online and I couldn’t find a single place in Philadelphia or surrounding areas that serves sfihas. Does anybody know where I can find Sfihas? If you don’t know what they are, they are delicious little circles of dough topped with a mixture of ground beef, onions, tomatoes and mint. When they come out of the oven you can smell them a mile away and in Brazil, it’s costumary to squeeze some lime juice on top, which makes perfect, devine.
My mouth is watering. I’m seriously considering driving up to DC tomorrow…
On a side note, I resolved my problem with videos stuck in my camera with a SanDisk Imagemate 5-in-1 card reader. You can check the videos I’m gradually uploading on You Tube.
This is for my friend Bill “The Button” DeRouchey who enthusiasticaly emailed me when he found out I was going to the Buffy Vampire Slayer “Once More, With Feeling” Sing-Along. Bill, it was a blast!
The photo set will speak for itself:
…but I do want to point out that we got a goodie bag with instructions on things to do at specific parts of the episode – awesome. It was very Rocky-Horror-Picture-Show-esque. Everyone’s favourite was to shout out “shut up Dawn” every time she said *anything*, which made a great episode even better.
There were bubbles blown while Tara’s was, em, “spread beneath her willow tree”, mustard packets waved around when “they got the mustard out!” and an authentic Sunnydale parking tickets (we were all wearing underwear though. Well, I was). People were surprisingly in tune and every song got a great ovation.
Prizes for best costumes, most enthusiastic fans through the night and “Who wants to be a Slayer” trivia game really added up to the fun. Prizes included Buffy fanfic and skeletons, among others. They are doing this again on the 30th and as nerdy as it sounds doing this twice in a row, I’m seriously contemplating the possibility…
“Bunnies, bunnies it must be bunnies!…”
If this report made no sense to you, don’t fear. Get your Buffy on and catch up.
Exciting day at the office. Too big booms and no information whatsoever. I guess they don’t realize just how freaked out people working in two really tall office towers can get.
At first I figured it was just some small gas burst in a building nearby, but when people started to flock out of the building it looked a little more serious. Not letting people know what is happening didn’t help though…
It was 1:20pm and I was starving; I had just walked back into the office after going out to buy lunch. Before I could take my first bite the first burst came and then the second so I left empty-handed.
After waiting outside for a long time and trying to make sure my entire team was there or had gone home, I decided to go home myself. I’m still starving and I still don’t know what’s happening.
Check the photos for details. Curiously, I was just thinking to myself yesterday how I had no pictures of my office building.
Update: Just got an email from the office saying it was an “underground electrical explosion (due to nearby construction)”.
I just returned from World Cafe Live where I saw Nouvelle Vague (and The Submarines). It was lots of fun. I have a few photos and a couple of quick videos for the more fanatic readers.
I enjoyed every song and it was a bummer that I had to go alone… though that didn’t stop me from singing along and Dancing With Myself (which they opened the show with by the way). I was pleasently surprised with The Smith’s Sweet And Tender Hooligan – waaaaaaaaay cool. Much much fun.