The Lost Cat


Playlist for November 30, 2008

Back to Black - Amy Winehouse
Little Babe - RL Burnside
My Man's Gone Now - Nina Simone
Bag of Hammers - Thao
Modern Day Saint - Via Audio
Keep Me In Mind - Little Joy
Small Town Witch - Sneaker Pimps
I Can't Stand the Rain - Ann Peebles
Love of my Life - Erykah Badu
What'll We Do - Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
Silver Linings - Rilo Kiley
New Monkey - Elliot Smith
Summer Day - Coconut Records
Rain - Bishop Allen
Someday the Wind - Fauxliage
One Last Chance - James Morrison
Land of Shame - Vast
Never Stops - Deerhunter
Take it From Me - The Weepies
Big Chair - Travis
Your Protector - Fleet Foxes
Headshock - Tapes 'n Tapes
Our Braided Lives - matt pond PA
Hard White Walls - Joan as Police Woman
Keyrum Yfir Island - Sprengjuhöllin
St. Modesto - Chris Walla
Brother Down - Sam Roberts
Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again - Cat Power
Melissa - Allman Brothers
Exit - Stateless


Amanda's Kings of Leon Pilgrimage

After some initial buyer’s remorse, I decided to embrace going to the Kings of Leon show alone. All of my whiny friends weren’t willing to use vacation days and drive to Nashville in the middle of the week after spending $55 on a KOL ticket.

Since this is a first for me, I am cataloging this monumental journey, and it goes something like this.

11.19.08 Wednesday

2:30 p.m. I managed to bust ass and leave work at noon. After an oil change, an excruciatingly long conversation with my new landlord and dropping the dogs off at Nick’s house (for his listening pleasure), I’m heading east on I-40. I’ve got KOL’s “Only By the Night” blasting from my speakers with the sunroof open, even though it’s way too cold to be doing such a thing. Can’t help it. The KOL begs to be played al fresco (sort of). Because of my utter disdain for the PT Cruiser, I decide to make the three-hour drive a little more tolerable by screaming “doucher!” at each Cruiser I spot on the interstate.

5:40 I see the exit to my hotel. It’s the Days Inn downtown. Well, sort of downtown. It’s off of the interstate on North First. Sitting in traffic now. PT Doucher count is five with two bonus douches via those Chevy knock-offs of the Cruiser. Have already burned through KOL’s last two albums with a MGMT buffer. Now listening to a college radio station of some sort, WRVU. It’s really good. Some Shout Out Louds’ song I’ve never heard and a hip-hop tune about a half-caf latte with a lemon twist.

6:11 It has taken 21 minutes to drive (crawl) roughly a mile. Finally at the luxurious Days Inn, and it’s everything I dreaded it would be and more. It’s in a desolate and dark area of town. I park in the one spot with some light and check in, only after the person at the check-in desk has a 15-minute chat with another patron about where to find the best pizza within a five mile radius while I stand there staring blankly at them with my “Are you kidding?” face. Room 207. It’s nasty, but serves its purpose; I’ll spend all of 10 waking minutes in this place. I call a cab and head out the door. Cab pulls up outside. I get in and the cabbie is telling the person on the other end of his cell phone that “he’s got the guns,” which makes me feel a bit uneasy, but what can you do.

6:30 Meet my friend, Stu*, and his girlfriend at a sushi restaurant within walking distance to the auditorium. Why, I’m not sure. Who the hell eats sushi before a KOL concert? It seems to go against everything that Kings of Leon stands for. After one veggie roll and one Japanese beer that I can’t pronounce, I tag along with them to the show. Six lines of people being searched and patted down. Airport security is more lax. As the security shem-forcer rifles through my bag, she says flatly, “you’re going to have to get rid of these puppies.” Damn. A set of darts I rediscovered while packing for my move. I drop them in the trash and move on.

7:15 The Whigs are already playing. Bought a “women’s” t-shirt for $40 ($5 more than the men’s version). Buy a $9 can of Budweiser. It’s 24 ounces, so I can deal with that. This auditorium holds 9,500 people with a main floor and some stadium seating. The floor is about 2/3 full and we find a spot stage right in the seats. A quick survey of the room and it’s apparent that I have 10+ years on the median age of this crowd.

9:00 Two and a half beers, four cigarettes and a We are Scientists set later (I should mention that both openers were stellar. Especially, Scientists.), Kings of Leon are ready to go on. Time to make a break for a spot closer to the stage. I dive into what is a sea of people on the main floor. I shove my way through about 10 people. I’m exhausted. Since I’m old and haggard now and lacking in the feminine whiles I once had, I essentially grab on to the coattails of these two young blond girls. I let them plow the way and I just follow behind like some sort of stalker. Oh, well. Must sacrifice pride to get a good view. And it pays off. I perch on the last step of the first aisle stage left, roughly 20 feet from the band. I’m not going to push it. This is as good as it’s going to get.

9:05 They open with “Crawl” a dirty, raucous rock anthem. And from there, it just got better. They blazed through an hour and a half of full-out rock. I think the most impressive moment was watching Nathan Followill go freaking ballistic on the drums during “McFearless.” It was mesmerizing, really. It was also impressive to hear Caleb squeal pitch-perfect to Charmer, and witness the shredding skills of that other one, you know, the guitarist-cousin guy. And “the hot” Folliwill handles a bass well. He’s the most flamboyant of the four, almost to a fault. He seems to really play up the hottie role with his constant lip puckering and flashing of his pearly whites. But I ain’t complaining. Their looks are added bonus.

10:30 Encore time. I’m making my way to the exit, just so I can have a quick out. After squeezing through several thousand people in a claustrophobic haze, I’m standing in back as the band returns to the stage. They rage through five songs. That’s right. A five-song encore. Even when they play one of my least favorite KOL songs, “17,” I can’t help but po-go. They are one of those bands that are even better live.

Side note: Since I didn’t take my camera to the show, I snapped a few photos of importance the next day. And just so you know, Doucher count for the drive back was down to three.

Gas for $1.74!!!!!

A culinary marvel

Gas: $35

Hotel: $65

Ticket: $55

3 beers at concert: $30 (I tipped)

Assorted snacks/ bevs/tips: $20

Concert T-shirt: $40


Can I afford to spend that kind of money just to see a show? No. I can’t.

Was it totally worth it? Hell, yeah. It was.

And to celebrate, we are going to have an ALL Kings of Leon show this Sunday!**

*Names have been changed to protect the innocent, but mainly because I like the name “Stu.”

** This will not happen. Nick will veto it.


Playlist for November 23, 2008

Boner - Grand National
Your Got Yr Cherry Bomb - Spoon
Normandie - Shout Out Louds
When We Go, How We Go - Rock Plaza Central
The Lucky One - Alison Krauss
End of May - Keren Ann 
Starting Now - Ingrid Michaelson
90 Mile Water Wall - The National
Move You - Anya Marina
Stuck On a Boat - Port O'Brien
Another Day - Jamie Lidell 
St. Patrick's Day - Tokyo Rosenthal
Devils Haircut - Beck
Oxford Comma - Vampire Weekend
Hands On Fire - The Stills
Moon Tea - Kyle Andrews
Family Tree - TV On the Radio
5 1/2 Minute Hallway - Poe
Butterfly - Ian Love
Bigger Than Me - Bell X1
Forever to Reach - Pictures and Sound
Love in the Lies - Amos Lee
Now and Then - Antenna Shoes
Heroine - Blonde Redhead
44 Times - Mouserocket
Did I Step On Your Trumpet - Danielson
100 Yard Dash - Raphael Saadiq
Broken One - Luke Doucet

Playlist for November 16, 2008

On April 2 - Headlights
Oceans - The Format
How We Operate - Gomez
Follow Through - Hotel Lights
Just One Thing - My Morning Jacket
Balancing the World - Eliot Morris
I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You) - Aretha Franklin
I Got Mine - The Black Keys
Willie - Cat Power
Hold On, Hold On - Neko Case
Singer - Antenna Shoes
The Crane Wife 3 - The Decemberists
I Thank You - Sam & Dave
Had My Reasons - Anders Osborne
A.M. Slow Golden Hit - Hotel Lights
Angel Dust (Please Come Down) - Jump, Little Children
Through the Night These Days - Jason Collett
Be Somebody - Kings of Leon
Lover, You Should Have Come Over - Jeff Buckley
The Gulf of Mexico - Romantica


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Playlist for November 9, 2008

Id Engager - Of Montreal
For Every Drop - Sonya Kitchell
Mirando - Ratatat
Your Old Street - Headlights
Ode to the LRC - Band of Horses
Hey Man - Eels
100 Days, 100 Nights - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Down on the Ground - British Sea Power
Mindin' My Own Business - Coconut Records
Better Than This - Keane
Nothing to be Done - The Legends
Right in the Head - M. Ward
Dirty Dishes - Deer Tick
She Belongs to Me - Bob Dylan
Money Babies - The Dears
Weird Fishes/Arpeggio - Radiohead
Breathe - Calhoun
Morning Tides - The Little Ones
I Don't Want to Die (In a Hospital) - Conor Oberst
Cat Swallow - Royal Bangs
Sparkle - Phish
Hang Them All - Tapes 'n Tapes
Munich - Editors
It Hurts So Bad - Susan Tedeschi
Let Me See = Morcheeba
Top Ranking - Blonde Redhead
My Heart - Liz Wright
The Dam Was Split But the City Was Saved - A. Armada

Playlist for November 2, 2008

Sunrise - Yeasayer
I Should Have Known Better - Yo La Tengo
Time Left For Love - Shout Out Louds
This Fine Social Scene - Zero 7
Second Hand Girl - Shocking Pinks
On Nautilus - Radar Bros
Wish I Could Forget - The Weepies
Just a Little Light - The Grateful Dead
Joyful Sounds - Robert Randolph and the Family Band
Brad's House - The Uglysuit
I Need You Tonight - Romantica
Embers - Blue Foundation
Hare Krisna - Thievery Corporation
Unstoppable - Santogold
Missed the Boat - Modest Mouse
All Hat and No Plans - My Sad Captains
Get Lost - Patrick Wolf
Andropolis - Venice is Sinking
Ghost Mountain - The Unicorns
Fast Asleep - Voxtrot
Hang On - Dr. Dog
Black Widow Blues - Townes van Zandt
Blue - Vast
Simple - Midlake
You Don't Stand a Chance - Robbers on High Street
Mr. Know it All - Heavy Trash
Along the Way - Devotchka
Montego Bay Spleen - St. Germain
Can't Say No - Helio Sequence
A Cautionary Tale - The Decemberists
Sublime - Supreme Beings of Leisure