7:09 PM yesterday
commented on My Las Vegas Adventure Part I: Justin Timberlake at the MGM Grand
i'm going to vegas for the first time (not counting my oldest friend's wedding in henderson 15 years ago, when i didn't even hit the strip at ALL) for xmess with my gf - we're going to see a live cat & dog show on xmess afternoon, but are looking for affordable options (for those without press credentials) if you or anyone else has any suggestions!
commented on So Now That Sawant's Ahead, How Many Ballots Are There Really Left to Count?
@18/12 keep in mind that that number (aka 206-296-VOTE) is most likely staffed by temps, so be kind to them as they probably will have to forward you on to someone else if your question/concern isn't easily answered.
i speak from having been on the answering-end of that phone number before. everyone there wants to help, and things get figured out a lot easier/quicker with kindness.
commented on Fiona Apple Ejects Portland Heckler Last Night
i was in the first few rows of the seattle show, and it definitely was an experience. i have liked fiona since her first album dropped, but this was my first time seeing her live. i had heard reports of her out-of-the-ordinary moves when performing live before and those were definitely in place.
when she first came out on stage with the 3 other players my gf leaned into my ear and said 'who's that?' (indicating fiona) and i told her "that's fiona."
fiona definitely is looking beyond skinny, and for the first half of the show she seemed to us (and some others around us) to be on some unknown drug...her singing was perfect, but her actions and between-song banter were baffling. both my gf and i thought throughout this first half that she may collapse, convulse, or otherwise show effects of some sort of OD. even the lighting on her was ghostlike, in bluish tones, whereas the other 3 were bathed in the usual pink/red gels. she didn't seem to have much chemistry with the other musicians, but again she SOUNDED PERFECT.
finally after awhile she started to smile at blake (mills, her co-headliner, as they have been working together for this tour) and he smiled back, and she seemed to warm up and be more "into" being present for the show. she sat down at the piano for a couple songs and her performance was flawless.
the audience was definitely welcoming, to the point of my gf and i feeling as if we were in a club show, with one woman in the second tier yelling out repeatedly throughout the set, which got on our nerves a bit.
fiona finally spoke of the "asshole lady" in portland from the night before, and someone in the audience yelled out "you have to be nice to the mean people 'cos they're the ones who need it most," and fiona agreed with that sentiment and pushed on.
the show ended somewhat abruptly - no "this is our last song" or anything, and she did mention how she doesn't do/believe in encores, but then the house lights were up and music was brought up on the system and everyone knew it was actually over.
so to sum it up: first half i wanted to tweet something like @fionaapple PLEASE don't die in seattle, but by the end i was bathed in her musical brilliance despite her concentration-camp-survivor appearance.
commented on Nellie McKay
aaw her last night, think this is the 5th time i have seen her live. when she sat down at the piano where a bottled water had been set for her she quickly stated "i like TAP WATER!" and set the nottle aside, then continued "...isn't this the reason we're going into war with iraq...i mean syria?!?!" (or something along those lines.)
she is so incredibly talented and so down to earth, has a supremely quick wit, and is definitely a MUST SEE for anyone who likes a well-rounded performer with old school entertainment chops (and outfits to match-i wish i had a pic of her ensemble last night!)
do as anna says and GO SEE HER.