[This post jumps randomly from topic to topic. I apologize.]

OH my god. This is one of the funniest things I've ever read.

This is ridiculously lame. What the hell is wrong with Sascha Konietzko?

Clearly, I've been reading the sick city board way too much. It's kind of addictive, and immensely entertaining, even though I don't think I'd fit in at all, and so haven't posted. Plus it seems like everyone there has known each other for years, and they enjoy ripping newbies to shreds.

But... entertaining. (I'm actually starting to know all the regulars and their personalities, which is just sad.)


I'm depressed that KMFDM is coming out with a new DVD and Raymond Watts probably won't be on it. He is the most entertaining thing, by far, in any of the previous DVDs. I'm not sure there's much point in buying it without him. I mean, otherwise it's just the dour German guy and the boring American chick. The whole point of the KMFDM backstage footage is to laugh at Raymond being a dork. And onstage, he's got the most presence by far.

Maybe they'll include some old footage or something. They've got to have some interesting unreleased stuff in their archives....

I thought this Pig obsession was going to go away quickly, but it only seems to be getting stronger. It's been over four months, now, and hasn't waned at all. The man has been releasing material for over 20 years and has been incredibly prolific. I've finally got all the Pig albums, but there's still singles, EPs, Japanese versions, LPs, remixes, covers, compilations, side projects, appearances on KMFDM albums that I don't own, etc. Then there's Pig videos (which I have no clue how to obtain, though people on thesickcity have them and won't share), live bootlegs of Pig and of Watts with KMFDM... not to mention interviews and internet archives to search through for information: old newsgroups, yahoo groups, ezboards, old websites, some only visible through archive.org. And so on. Massive amounts of stuff to keep me entertained for a while longer.

It is weird being in the grip of obsession like this. I absorb so much, so quickly. I mean, honestly, when else would I have the patience or motivation to glean through hundreds of old website postings for every speck of information?

Musically it's been delightful. The man is a genius. I am continually astounded by the cleverness and depth of lyrics, and the intricacy and passion of the music.

It sucks terribly that nothing's happening now, though. I'd drop everything and fly to London tomorrow if Watts were playing a show. But it looks likely that this is pretty much a dead/dying fandom.

Today is a very exciting day. It is the official opening of the Whole Foods at Union Square. I am incredibly excited. It's huge and they have everything, all the natural organic vegan stuff that I buy, at better prices than anywhere else, and it's so close to my home and work. Normally I'm not fond of big chain stores driving out the little guys, but I'm hoping and praying that they'll drive the hideous local health food store out of business. (It's called Healthy Pleasures/Wholesome Market, and is known for lying about what's vegan, passing off crappy old canned vegetables and meat as organic, and having horribly unsanitary conditions).

So for lunch today, I had vegan chocolate truffles, vegan pesto tortellini, falafel, baked plantains, cranberry-walnut cous cous salad, tofu egg salad, an Indian medley (chickpeas, eggplant and potatoes, vegetable biriyani), fried rice, and guacamole). Everything is well labeled so that you can tell easily what's vegan, and the options are endless: juice bar, coffee bar, sushi bar, fresh salad ingredients, Indian food, Mexican food, pretty much any type of food you can imagine with massive amounts of well-labelled vegan and vegetarian stuff. Plus baked goods, a chocolate section.... I could go on. I could eat here every day if I want; it's virtually next to my office.

I repeat: vegan pesto tortellini.

I'm really inordinantly excited about this.

[livejournal.com profile] dizenchanted, did you see this? Or this? The new bio is hilarious; for example:

At the height of their career, LAW AND ORDER garnered significant video airplay on MTV with their singles "We Don't See God" and "Soul Inside". The band also received a "KKKKK" review (the highest honor) in the UK's infamous Kerrang Magazine, as well as touring with the likes of Platinum artists such as Pearl Jam and Blind Melon.

And other such bullshit. Yeah, they were big time. I didn't realize that a few airings on Headbanger's Ball counts as "significant."

I wonder if the record is worth buying. The idea of paying money for something like that is kind of funny.
Thinking out loud--er, in writing.

Reminiscing )
Anyone going to the Uranium 235 show tonight? [livejournal.com profile] dizenchanted? [livejournal.com profile] xssy? [livejournal.com profile] expandyourmind? [livejournal.com profile] arielastar? Anyone know if April is going? Or Lisa? ...?

I'm not sure if I'm going to go ... depends how motivated I am to drag myself out of bed to go see a band that I've seen at least 40 times play at midnight on a work night. If friends will be there, I'll be motivated. If I'm going to be standing off in a corner, bored--perhaps I'll just stay home and catch up on sleep.

ETA: Oooh, good. [livejournal.com profile] dizenchanted is going. I'll stop begging now. :)
Uranium 235 is playing at Don Hills on Tuesday, January 13. Anyone going or want to go?

Tickets are $10. Doors are at 8pm, but there are a bunch of opening bands, so U235 won't be playing till around midnight. I'm planning to get to the club around 11pm.

I'm not really all that excited about going. It's sort of like, if there was a Buffy reunion special several years from now, would you still watch it? Even if you didn't care about Buffy at all anymore? I probably would. It's sort of for nostalgia purposes.

Though it's seriously annoying that they're playing on a week night.
[Buffy people, please ignore]

Anyone (as in, the Uranium 235 people on my friends list) going to the L'amour show tomorrow? Anyone want to travel together? I'm so not looking forward to taking the subway all the way out there by myself. My cell phone's not working, so if you're interested, please reply here or send me an email.

Just checking. :)
For the three people on my friends list who care:

Uranium 235

Friday September 12th
7:30 pm (in L'amour speak, this translates to 12:45am)

1545-63rd Street
Brooklyn NY 11219

Anyone know if the show will really happen? I utterly despise L'amour, but at least this time the show is on a Friday. So who's going? (Maybe we'll get to see April again?)
Uranium 235 last night. Wow. Memories.

It's hard to describe what this show meant to me. I'm trying to fit it into Buffy fandom context. Okay. Imagine if, instead of being on once a week, Buffy was only on about once a month. And it was live, instead of on TV, and you had to travel to go see it. You started going by yourself, or with some friends, but you ended up meeting other fans there and developing relationships with them. So you'd all travel from all over, New Jersey and Long Island and Connecticut and Boston and DC and NYC, and the only times you'd get to all hang out together was at these shows. (The rest of the time you'd communicate online, but that's just not the same.)

So you do this for two years, and then the show gets cancelled (aka, the band breaks up). And suddenly you don't have any excuse for all your friends to travel insane distances to hang out together anymore. So you don't see most of them for 2 1/2 years, and then...

The band plays a reunion show! (Sorry, I don't know how to translate that into Buffy-think). So you see all your old friends (and acquaintances) again after almost three years!

the U235 show )

I feel totally dead today. I was standing in high heels from 9pm - 2am, so I'm exhausted and my back is killing me. My throat is also aching from all the smoke (no smoking in the club, but we spent most of the time outside). That's one thing I don't miss about Uranium shows. But overall: really cool experience, so good to see everyone again.
[livejournal.com profile] rabid1st wrote Spike/Captain Jack Sparrow slash. Hehehe. Go read, if you haven't already.

I just started reading the slashficathon stories; my favorite so far is [livejournal.com profile] wiseacress's schmoop written for [livejournal.com profile] eliade. Read it here. Some silly people I know don't like to read [livejournal.com profile] wiseacress's fic because it's too dark, so if you're one of those people, try this anyway. It's sweet and in-character and fun and entertaining; not too angsty at all.

I saw Pirates of the Caribbean Friday night with [livejournal.com profile] jaydk, [livejournal.com profile] soulmate815, and [livejournal.com profile] drujan. (Isn't it cool how I met these people through online Buffy fandom, and now we hang out and do stuff together? I can't get over how neat that is.) I loved the movie, which surprises me, since it's based on a Disney ride and all that. But Johnny Depp gave an amazing performance, Orlando Blood was very pretty, and the plot and characters were all quite entertaining.

I finished the George R. R. Martin "Song of Ice and Fire" books (well, the three that are out; I'm looking forward to the release of the fourth). I liked them a lot, and as expected, I did end up loving Jaime Lannister in the third book. He's a very Spike-like character. spoilers for all three books )

So, now I'm re-reading A Game of Thrones, the first book, because it makes so much more sense now that I know who all the characters are. The first time I read it, it felt like I was just having hundreds of names thrown at me without reason; it was terribly frustrating and made it take forever for me to get into the book. But now that I know who they are and what most of them want, it's so much more interesting. (Is there SoIaF fic? There's got to be Renly/Loras slash, right?)

I spent so much time this weekend reading (books) that I still haven't caught up with LJ for the week that I was away. I'm not sure if I ever will, so I'll just ask: If you posted fic, or you read a fic that you really liked, and you think it would fit AllAboutSpike, can you let me know? I'm sure I must have missed quite a bit, so I'd appreciate any help. Also, sometimes I find out months later that authors were mad at me for "snubbing" them (even though it's usually just that I haven't had time to read their work yet, or to contact them yet), so if you're an author wondering why I haven't contacted you, please feel free to contact me first.

I'm facing another busy week this week. Tuesday (dear god, that's tomorrow!) my former favorite band, Uranium 235, is playing a reunion show at Don Hills in NYC. I'm going with my old friend [livejournal.com profile] dizenchanted and hopefully I will get to meet up with many of my other old friends at the show. For those who don't know, U235 was my pre-Buffy obsession; they were a very talented electronic/industrial/goth type band who mostly played along the East Coast. I'm rather nervous about seeing ... some people ... but I will go anyway because I want to see friends that I haven't seen in ages. (And man, I so miss getting all gothed out and going to a show!)

Then Wednesday [livejournal.com profile] jaydk, [livejournal.com profile] queenofthorns and I are going to see Pirates of the Caribbean again, because [livejournal.com profile] queenofthorns missed it the first time. And I'm happy to see it again (Johnny Depp! Orlando Bloom!).

And then of course, this weekend is the Tampa con! [livejournal.com profile] jaydk and I are flying together, and we're staying with some people I know and some people I don't know, and I'm finally going to get to meet so many people that I currently only know online. I'm so excited. And I'm making a promise to myself to ignore anything stupid that JM says, forgive him because he's pretty, and focus my attention on the friends that I'm going to be hanging out with.


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