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Last catch up concert post! Next: fic year in review. I am so behind, oh man. I owe a bunch of people replies/emails too.

In November I got to see Gogol Bordello! It was simultaneously the most fun and most annoying concert I've ever been to.

under the cut )
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Only a couple days late. I just flew back to grad school land and immediately came down with a miserable cold that just graduated into a shivering fever :/ Time to do a Yuletide post, basically!

My main fic:

Just Like Ice on the Dune (26519 words) for sophiahelix
Baseball RPF, gen
Tim Lincecum & Hector Sanchez, Giants ensemble and special guest appearances from Adam LaRoche, Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke
Summary: Tim is feeling good. At least, he's trying pretty hard.
(Or: the magical story of Tim Lincecum and Hector Sanchez's friendship.)

I nearly murdered myself with Yuletide this year, haha. I initially didn't have a clue for what to write, and then in mid-November I came up with a great idea that involved writing a fic over the entire 2014 MLB season. I finished the second (ie presentable) draft on the afternoon of the 21st and sent it to tumblr user inkstrangle who was super super nice and betaed for me on short notice. I got it back the evening of the 23rd and spent the 24th rewriting a ton of the dialogue and also the ending and also adding scenes... and then got surprised by the Yuletide archive actually opening on time for once. I actually finished editing the fic 2 hours after the archive opened, but fortunately sophiahelix was willing to wait a little while to look at her gift and it all seems to have worked out.

I really wish I had started earlier or had more time to work on it - I just finished doing a last round of edits tonight to correct some mistakes I noticed. It's not 100% the fic I envisioned. But I'm still really glad I wrote it. This has been a very tough sports year for me, and this fic was cathartic in a lot of ways and seems to have entertained, so it's at least mostly a success.

And I survived Yuletide! And still managed to write 10 more treat fics as usual, during that period between 2nd and 3rd main fic draft.

treat reveals under the cut )

Year-end fic round-up coming sometime this week! Now I'm going to go to bed before my brains leak out my ears.
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Hey! Here is one of two music posts I had waiting.

I went to CHVRCHES with a work friend and one of his friends. It was fun! It was a weird deal because it was right in the middle of a local fencing tournament weekend and I was a little stressed out about that, but it was good at taking my mind off of it. The company was good and in favor of being close to the stage (yay), and the venue was... ok? Way out in the middle of nowhere? But with parking. Long ago I scoffed at this venue for being super far away and warehouse-like, and a professor randomly told me that it was a great venue and I should wait until I'd actually been there. So I waited, and it's still super far away and warehouse-like.

further commentary and photos under the cut )
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As of... now! Haha.

At the very end of April I went and saw Acid Mothers Temple! It was cool, and also felt a little bit like an alien experience, but that was to be expected.

photo and text! )
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Back in...April! Here is a very overdue concert recap.

lots of text and some photos under the cut )


It was a really good concert.

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Still trying to catch up. I also need to do a life summary post because A LOT has happened, but that is waiting until I get through all the concert stuff.

First Ave is a really good local concert venue - I've seen Bastille there, and Doomtree, and the Mountain Goats, and Against Me! I def approve of their band coverage, and they do a lot to promote local music as well. They did a few shows for their 45th anniversary, and a fencing friend and I went to this one which was all local acts. It was eclectic but also rad!

many photos under the cut! )
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I am sooooo behind with band posts, and I actually like having these as reference a lot, so I am going to make a good faith attempt to catch up even though it's late and I should be sleeping. I've seen 4 concerts this semester, and this was the first, right before the semester actually started in January! It was Jukebox the Ghost.

under the cut!! )
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Waaay back in December, I was lucky enough to have tickets to the 10th (and last) Doomtree Blowout! It was amazing.

the localest of bands )
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I am super behind on a lot of blogging stuff, so my goal is to get through them before the new year. This is the first of two concert posts! And a post about Yuletide is to come later today.

Against Me! and The Gaslight Anthem )

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This is a really late concert post - last Wednesday I went to see Movits! and it was AMAZING.

phone photos and babble under the cut )

So, yeah. Overall amazing, definitely recommend either band if they ever make it to your area.
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A couple weekends ago I went to a We Are Scientists show! It was AMAZING.

this got long )
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I saw two shows recently! Bastille, which was sort of interesting/really good, and Caravan Palace, which was AMAZING.

Bastille report! )

Caravan Palace report! )

So that's the overdue concert report! I'm going to one more concert next weekend, and then I think I'm done for a while. Woo!

wooooo

15/2/14 03:06 pm
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Yesterday I had a fun exam where I sat at a computer and typed for almost 8 hours! It was a closed-book exam on math and methodology and I have never written as much in one sitting. I have serious trouble writing more than 2 pages on any subject at a time, so I had to keep switching between the three required essays and finally ended up with exactly 30 pages. I didn't have time to reread them other than basic formatting +spell-checking, so I hope all those pages actually make sense.

My goal is now to forget all the citations that I memorized. Also to hopefully have passed. Also to do all the life and fandom things I've been putting off because of this exam. Like actually celebrate my birthday! Tonight I'm going to A Tribe Called Red, so hopefully there will be a concert update soon. I am going to stage a return to the internet.

ETA: ALSO, I was podficced in the middle of all this stuff! Tudor Spies and Perfidy was podficced by majoline here, and it's a great recording. I am thrilled that someone decided to record my ridic Yuletide academia crack, and maybe you would like to check it out. Very little/no knowledge of the University of Leceister required.
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So the local music station is doing a time machine weekend where they play songs only from one year every hour. On the way back from my Thanksgiving break tonight, they were doing 1981, which led to this train of thought:

"Man, every song that came out in '81 sounds like Bowie or Queen. Like this song. Wow, this really does sound like Bowie. And Queen. Who sang Under Pressure, anyway? Probably some obscure one-hit boyband."

Anyway, I'm back home and I have looked up the song, and now I'm not sure whether to feel embarrassed or vindicated. So this is a post to share my confusion, I guess.
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Sick and waiting for a friend to get on skype, so here is my post about the Janelle Monae concert! It was awesome. That is the post.

No, wait, there's more.

[ETA: the photos are showing up in weird sizes on dw as opposed to lj - not sure why, hopefully it's something going on with photobucket that will work itself out.]

several photos under the cut )
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Just back from a Janelle Monae concert. My whole body is shaking, my voice is screamed out, and I have class at 9 am.

I'm pretty sure I just had a religious experience.

More on this later. But if you have a chance to see Janelle Monae, dooooo it, oh man, I cannot. I cannot.
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I did things! Last weekend was a fencing competition. Saturday (mixed fencing), did awesome in pools and then bombed afterwards against a friend, bluh. Sunday (women's fencing), there were only three of us there so I went on this ridiculous quest to find more people, lent out a bunch of equipment and traded favors and so on, we ended up with eight fencers which was super rad. And then I lost in the final by three points, but I felt better about myself. Fencing!

Last Tuesday I saw Boy in concert, which I think I mentioned was awesome awesome awesome. Sit-down show in a fairly small theater, and Valeska and Sonja just have amazing stage presence. They did a fairly long set, and then came back for an encore and did a really amazing cover of Lonely Boy which some kind soul has put on youtube:
I'm putting the rest of this under a cut - photos and video below )

mix: Viscera

22/3/13 04:04 pm
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I'm heading out to a concert soon, should be fun! In the meantime, here is a bunch of music in a zip file.

I put this together for myself - it's the songs I've listened to on repeat over the years and turned the volume all the way up and then screamed along to in the car. Yes, even the quiet Andrew Bird song. 18 tracks, from the last five years. Since it was already together, I figured I'd share! Also because I don't want to do anymore of my leftover homework.

Mix isn't necessarily worksafe - swearing in the lyrics, references to blood, suicide, etc, apparently the music I listen to over and over is not always especially happy music.

photo of old heart surgery equipment. Text: 'viscera'
Original photo from the NIH Library

On 8tracks | Download

Since 8tracks shuffles the order of the mix and can generally be kind of a pain, I would recommend downloading.

tracklist and liner notes under the cut )

music high!

20/3/13 12:55 am
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OKAY, quick post because I was at a concert and out late and now I would like to be asleep. But I saw Boy tonight, and wow wow wow, they were actually so much better than I expected and I was expecting them to be PHENOMENAL. Really great stage presence, adorable people, awesome music. Going to make a proper post about this in the next couple days, but here is one of their songs:

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