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Old 07-31-2010, 08:59 AM   #21
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The day is finally here!

After some Irish singer's injury ruined my summer concert plans, I've been really looking forward to this Montreal music festival, featuring some of my favourite acts (most of whom will be at Lolla) like The National, Stars and, most importantly, the giants of the local music scene, Arcade Fire.

It should be a great day.
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I am SO jealous. Have an awesome time!

Dieman, I'd love to get up there when there's snow one of these days. How were the roads going up? What month was that?

I am seriously paranoid of trying to go into the mountains during snowy seasons. I can drive on snow just fine, but those tight corners on some of the turns worry me, and I don't have chains. Also, I'm always terrified of getting caught in a freak snowstorm.

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I am SO jealous. Have an awesome time!

Dieman, I'd love to get up there when there's snow one of these days. How were the roads going up? What month was that?
It was in March. I didn't make it all the way to the top - the roads were fine enough to get me most of the way up before they got a little too slick and snowy, but it looked like it could've started snowing again, and I didn't want to chance getting stuck.

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I am seriously paranoid of trying to go into the mountains during snowy seasons. I can drive on snow just fine, but those tight corners on some of the turns worry me, and I don't have chains. Also, I'm always terrified of getting caught in a freak snowstorm.

Get yourself some chains, then. I didn't expect to get into any snow when I was there, so I didn't bring chains with me that time, but they bring some serious peace of mind. They also got me into Yosemite when I otherwise would've had to turn back and miss some seriously gorgeous winter scenery.

But you definitely aren't a reject for not wanting to drive winding mountain passes in the snow with no chains. That's just good common sense!
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I'd get chains if I weren't paranoid about going near the mountains in winter/spring, and the chances of getting trapped on the passes in a snowstorm.

If I weren't freaked out by that, I'd have bought chains and gone all over hill and dale in the winters. Maybe after another 10 years out here I'll get over that fear.
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I was only there for a brief couple hours when I was up there last (I forget if it was the day after I met you or before...), but it was indeed freaking gorgeous, especially all covered in snow. Would love to get back there sometime, but no idea when that'll happen.

Speaking of road trips, I've clocked about 35 hours driving on this road trip out to Chicago so far. Got about 12 more to go, though spread out over 2 days. SO glad we decided to go the Pods route instead of renting a U-Haul. Road trips in my car are fun. Road trips in a big van loaded with all my belongings? Not so much.
It's funny to me, in a good way, that a little less than a year ago I was doing the same thing, with just the start/finish destinations in reverse.

Glad you're enjoying the drive so far and I hope the last 12 hours on the road are fun and safe.
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Thanks, Mike. It's been fun so far. Luckily I've got family spread out enough to make good stops along the way. Spent a couple days in beautiful western Wyoming, then a couple in Breckenridge, CO, and now a few in... hot and humid central Nebraska. It is actually prettier then I expected here, surrounded by gently rolling green cornfields, but when the heat makes you not want to go outside, it's hard to appreciate the beauty much.

Give me mountains over plains any day.
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It might be a fail of a title, but whatever.

Dan will be happy that I didn't go off his post in the last thread and called it Shuttlecock XXXIII: Pfan doesn't have a girlfriend, guys.
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I was thinking more like Shuttlecock XXXIII: We're emotionally neutral.
While I was trying to set you guys up for some jokes at my expense, I am happy it's not in the title.
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I couldn't bring myself to do it.
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Thanks, Mike. It's been fun so far. Luckily I've got family spread out enough to make good stops along the way. Spent a couple days in beautiful western Wyoming, then a couple in Breckenridge, CO, and now a few in... hot and humid central Nebraska. It is actually prettier then I expected here, surrounded by gently rolling green cornfields, but when the heat makes you not want to go outside, it's hard to appreciate the beauty much.

Give me mountains over plains any day.
Is it true that no one lives in Wyoming? I've heard that "officially" it's 500,000 but reality seems to dictate that it's closer to "no one fucking lives here."
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I couldn't bring myself to do it.
And that's why you win.
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Here are a few pics from my trip yesterday. More on Facebook, if you're interested.





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Man I'd love to make it up there for a sunset (or sunrise).
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Is it true that no one lives in Wyoming? I've heard that "officially" it's 500,000 but reality seems to dictate that it's closer to "no one fucking lives here."
Which is why it's one of my favorite states.
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I really loved driving westward across the state on my road trip some years back. It was just great. Wide open spaces, and then we got to the Tetons/Yellowstone, which was just ...
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I was quite taken with Wyoming/South Dakota.
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What a fucking fantastic day yesterday.

Every act I saw were tight and in top form.

The Walkmen started things off for me and I loved every minute of it, even though they deserved more than their allotted 30 minutes. Jimmy Cliff was a lot of fun; Pavement rocked my socks off; Stars were great, if not a bit flat at times, surprisingly given Montreal is their home base; Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros was a revelation for me, and many others as well, judging from the rapturous audience response.

Then the one-two punch of The National and Arcade Fire. The National played on the second stage next to the main one, so I opted to stay where I was, which was front row of the main stage in anticipation of Arcade Fire. Nevertheless, given that the stages were next to one another, I had a decent view of half the band (plus the video screen just to my right). I loved their set, Matt was in fine form, and I loved hearing Mr. November in person more than I can tell you.

Now for the show-stopper. I should preface this by stating that for sentimental reasons U2 will always be my de-facto favourite band, but for all intents and purposes, Arcade Fire is at the top for me.

Their set was lively, energetic, great pacing, even funny little quips from Win, and lots of Régine speaking in French to the adoring crowd, which by this point had swelled to more than 30,000. As far as some of the best performances I've ever seen by any band, that 90-minute set had to be near the top. It was absolutely inspiring, and it helps that I love the new material to pieces. They debuted Deep Blue, which was okay, and Sprawl II, which I sang at the top of my lungs.

Adding to the magic of the night were nearby fireworks that coincided with the opening notes of Rococo and lasted 30 minutes. (There is an international fireworks competition in Montreal every summer, and bands that play at that particular venue on Saturday nights sometimes have to compete with them. In August 2008, Thom Yorke was initially charmed by the fireworks, but then started cursing them, much to my amusement).

And I'd be hard-pressed to think of a better one-two live punch than Power Out into Rebellion (Lies). That was such an intense moment, that I had almost no energy left for anything that came after that.

So that's it. A wonderful day.
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Still jealous.

I saw Arcade Fire in Portland a few years back, and it was a good show, but I wasn't blown away, maybe because I was there alone, and it was an old theater with seats, so there wasn't much room to go crazy.

Then I saw them in Seattle a few months later in a GA setting. I couldn't see anything, so my friend and I moved to the lower levels of seats and found a spot behind our row of chairs to dance and go nuts. It was AWESOME.

Like BoMac, U2 is a different thing and in its own separate category, but aside from those fools, that second AF show was probably the best show I've ever seen. I had so much fun and was just so energized and excited.
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Good for you, BoMac.

Arcade Fire plays Philly tomorrow night with Spoon. I cannot attend, which moves me to 1-for-4 this year on concerts. Still, the 1 was The National, and as BoMac and others can attest, that certainly means a lot.
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If anyone is at all curious about what went down in Torino at the rehearsals today ...


... hold onto your hats .....

 


I mean, excuse me, but holy fucking shit.
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