on the way back from DC yesterday, i stopped into chapel hill to see the much-anticipated-by-me aislers set show. it was quite early, maybe 2pm, when i pulled into town, so i had a lot of time to kill and a movie seemed like just the thing to do. there was a 3 o'clock screening of williard
at the plaza. i was surprised to be the only person who showed up. it must have been because it was a weekday or a matinee and not because people were avoiding the movie itself. i would venture to say that it was the best film about a man who becomes emotionally attached to a rat to be released so far this year...but, it is
only march and we still have all of those much-ballyhooed summer rat-man bonding films to look forward to.
as for the aislers set, the show was at go studios. the quails, a band that i'd seen open for sleater-kinney back in october, had crowd-warming duties at this show. they were followed by a band called hella. i don't know, man, someone must have owed those guys a favor. if you can picture a punk/indie rock noodlin' jam band crossed with just a hint of math rock and no lyrics, you'd be close. all it equalled for me was a headache. you know what's a fun thing to do when hella plays? go put that aislers set t-shirt you just bought out in your car and walk really slow. it was kind of funny because there were three bands, playing three distinct styles of music and the crowd would shift between sets. when it was the band you came to see, you moved to the front. the quails people were kind of milling about. the hella people were mostly very large testosterone-y guys without dates who would move to the front of the stage and hold a fist in the air. then, there were the rest of us.
i moved to the front row like a good little fanboy, secretly wishing that i were the marshmellow in an amy and alicia fluffernutter
. it was the first time that i've ever had a chance to see them and i was pleased that they did a lot of last match
stuff even though they were touring to support the new
album. when it all ended, around midnight, i said goodbye to the band as they were packing up, then headed back to charlotte.
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