Monday, September 12, 2005

there are secret cities hidden underground...

Of course, I couldn't post until now because no one showed up to relieve me at the end of my show. I actually had to sign off the station at around 11:30. It sucks, but I really had to leave.

So, today's episode has a bunch of stoppage time. I ended up playing all of Le Tigre's KCRW session, and then a couple live tracks from Jens Lekman in hopes that someone would show up before I had to sign off, but alas, it was in vain.

Did any of you go to the Of Montreal show? I did, and it was really weird. Of Montreal is popular now! They were in the Beachland Ballroom (as opposed to the tavern) and loads of people were there.

I hate to admit this, but I had that horrible indie snob feeling, that Of Montreal was getting too popular. That trendy indie hipsters liked them, and I'd have no choice but to be lumped in with that group if I continued to profess my love for them.

Of course, I like other bands that have drawn about as many (or more) people to the Beachland Ballroom (Le Tigre, Yo La Tengo, and Shonen Knife immediately come to mind), but I guess I felt betrayed somehow because I liked Of Montreal before anyone knew them and they became popular without my knowledge, or something like that.

There's a line in Leonard Cohen's "First We Take Manhattan" that describes this sort of thing particularly. "You loved me as a loser, now you're afraid that I just might win."

But after the show, I talked with Of Montreal's bass player/merch guy and told him about those feelings, and he said something like (and I should emphasize that he said this in a very nice, unsarcastic tone), "Well, if it makes you feel better, we still have day jobs, Kevin's car is the tour van, and Jamie's car doesn't even work."

It goes without saying that I felt like an asshole after that.

Anyway, here's the show, complete with stoppage time at the end:

Part 1
Part 2

I think I have something else for you later, too.

I missed the show (Of Montreal). I was looking forward to it but had some important family stuff to do.

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