So guess who's going to see Shonen Knife this October? Me, that's who! And
Anyhoo, I'm excited. I missed the last chance to see them in SLC. It should be made clear I don't get out to live shows much. Doesn't help that some of my favorite groups rarely tour or are now broke up.
Music is therapy for me. I like a lot of music but it's rare for me to really become attached to a performer or band and even rarer that I take the time to learn about them. I can't say I hate today's music. How can you hate something that is utterly neutral? Most of it's just really dull at worst for which I blame music companies not taking a chance on new formats. Ah well, say la vee.
Today is Pioneer Day in Utah when those first crazy Mormon pioneers came up out of Emigration Canyon and Brigham Young stood all heroic and dun said in his finest south eastern vernacular, "Hell, this'll do." Or something like that. And they kicked out the current tenants and later named a college football team after them and everything! Then there was these Mormon cricketers and killer brine shrimp whom the seagulls in all their might and majesty came a swooping and a diving and et up all them bugs and the peoples was all "Huzzah, you saved us, flying trash compactors!" And that was just the first week!
So we celebrate this event by lighting off fireworks in the second driest state at the driest time of the year cause we're all about bringing the apocalypse upon ourselves. We then bust out the hooch, watch that cheezy 1940 flick Brigham Young where Vincent Price plays Joseph Smith which is as odd as it is appropriate, and then eat greasy profoundly unhealthy food. It's a day of reckoning of sorts.
So here's a fun fact, kegs are illegal in Utah as well as areal fireworks. But guess where they're not? Wyoming, just to the northeast! So there are actual bootleggers who will brave i80 just to get all that wholesome contraband and try to outsmart the highway patrol by taking the long way back through Idaho. Doesn't always work.
It's just about as insane of an event as our pride week gets. What, you doubt our pride week amounts to anything because Utah is known for its homophobia? I assure you, that mass homophobia only fuels pride week even more. It gets insane.
Anyhoo, I've been sitting on my tush for the last hour and have a barbecue to host. New Dry Bones tomorrow morning.
Be seeing ya, then!