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Our first concert (08 Feb 2009 at 21:58)
As promised, we played our first real gig at Smiling Moose last night. This weekend has been real warm for February and nobody that I know of scheduled a competing event so we managed to get a very good crowd (I'd estimate about 40 (?) of our friends plus people I didn't know). I know that most people came on the basis of that's-what-friends-are-for or cuz that's where the party is and not out of legitimate fandom, so I am especially thankful to all of you for coming and being such a top-notch audience. Here is a picture of Nels and me before it got too hot up there to keep all those business casual clothes on:

At Smiling Moose, 7 Feb 2009


You can see the remainder of the pics of Sick Ridiculous and the Sick Ridiculous, Big Hurry, and Central Plains at flickridiculous. These are with my new camera which I am very happy with. To use my old D60 in this amount of light would have been torture. (Thanks to Brendan for taking the glamor shots of us while we were playing.) There is some video too which I will share with you when I've found the best part. (Thanks to Brendan and Ryan for that.)

After we ironed out the sound and screwing-up problems in the first song, I think we did a good job. I had some anxiety about breaking strings. Last time I broke a string during the concert, having just replaced my strings due to breakage two days prior. This time I bought strings that are supposed to last longer ("Elixir") mainly because the store didn't have my favorites (Martin Marquis Phosphor-Bronze Medium), and those broke after a day and a half of mild playing (!). All of these failures have been right at the bridge. I don't get it. Anyway I thought the Elixir strings felt nice but sounded remarkably bad, so I was secretly happy to have to replace them. The night before I had one of those dreams where I'm performing a familiar activity (guitar playing) and something out of my control keeps recurring (string breakage). But these strings held up. It was a good time. I had also thought of some funny or meaningful things to say, earlier in the day, but didn't remember to say any of those during our scheduled banter moments. One I really should have mentioned is that the Smiling Moose bar where we played is immediately across from the place (Pittsburgh Guitars) where I bought my first guitar in college about 9 years ago. That is some hakuna matata shit right there. Also my first band was called Spastic Moose. And speaking of guitars, I really need to get a pickup for mine or get a new guitar with one built in. Is there no one that can advise me on this?

BTW, if you regret missing this show, we'll be playing at the CMU CS dept. semi-official house party at the end of the month.
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Sophia (adsl-75-41-57-15.dsl.pltn13.sbcglobal.net) – 02.09.09 01:47:05
East coast tour! Or West coast tour, if you can make it this month. Until then, the photos are lovely, and I look forward to the video...
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chrisamaphone (c-71-199-114-80.hsd1.pa.comcast.net) – 02.09.09 11:44:52
you guys had a great set. i was feeling peoplephobic which is my lame excuse for not telling you in person. though i feel like the acoustics have actually been better at the various "fake" gigs you've played.
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Tom 7 (h-67-100-130-72.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 02.09.09 19:07:10
I keep reading that as "paleophobic"!
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jonas (dsl51b61943.pool.t-online.hu) – 02.12.09 12:23:04
Skimming the post, guess what's the first I've seen? The title, "Our first concert", and a link saying "Last time".

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Tom 7 (h-66-167-250-87.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 02.12.09 23:33:58
Don't worry, there will be more! :)
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Karthik (cpe-065-190-141-131.nc.res.rr.com) – 02.13.09 13:21:15
I was there when you bought said guitar at Pittsburgh Guitars -- I think I bought one too!

oh, memories.

Pianos n' dat,
Karthik
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Tom 7 (mobile-032-145-071-090.mycingular.net) – 02.13.09 16:17:18
Yes, I recall... I also remember Rob Schneider from Apples in Stereo getting a new guitar there before the show in the attic at Groovy (right next to Smiling Moose). Ah, college days...
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Nels (gs5048.sp.cs.cmu.edu) – 02.16.09 15:19:01
The guy from Apples in Stereo is named Rob Schneider? Is he all like, "Makin' Copies!" and stuff?
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