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phoenix: deliriumdreams, audra, fun [Jun. 13th, 2005|10:55 pm]
Tkil
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Whew, busy week.

The work trip to Dallas was pretty painless, but I'd forgotten how much I hate the heat and humidity (and in the case of Dallas, it's the heat and the stupidity...) The coworkers were mostly nice, and we got some good technical discussions done, but they seem to be a little scared by some of our processing pipeline. They are planning out whole weeks of time to work on stuff that, so far as we can tell, really ought to just take a few hours.

The social gathering Monday night was at The Green Room, which was very good food served with lots of attitude. Most of us got the chef's choice tastings menu, and it was quite yummy. Only bummer was talking with the guy next to me, who started out very friendly, but by the end of the meal we'd made the mistake of getting into politics. Uhg. He's a self-described "'Texas Libertarian' and hawkish neo-con!"... and proud of it. Grrr.

I think I've decided that the single most annoying aspect of right-wingers (although more than a few lefties have it as well) is their supreme arrogance that they know the answers, and that those answers just happen to work out well in their favor. How... convenient.

Anyway, rest of week at work was uneventful; finally got a big project thing checked in. There's lots of work yet to be done, but it's all grunt work; the architecture and lifecycle issues are mostly put to bed.

On Friday I flew to Phoenix to meet up with the lovely and sexy deliriumdreams for a few days of visiting and going to concerts.

We saw Audra that evening, although we were a bit disappointed by their performance; the opening acts weren't all that special either, even if Reliquary has a fabulous lead vocallist (classically trained opera singer and she looks divine in a corset and falls!).

Second Skin looked like they were having a lot fun, but also looked like they were putting on a bit of a reunion show for the benefit of their friends in the audience. Which lent it a bit of a friendly social aspect, but might have turned down the musicianship a notch. Cute dancer / backup vocalist, though. :)

We did find out that Audra was playing another gig Saturday night; since we hadn't made plans yet, and since chancellor_d hadn't felt well enough to join us Friday night, we thought we'd give them another chance. (I've seen them once before, at ProjektFest 2002, and remember really enjoying them; Friday's show seemed out of place -- not edgy enough to be menacing, too casual to be ironic, it just felt ... blah.)

And I really wish that Arizona would pass a no-smoking law like California has. Gah.

We stayed at the Hotel San Carlos, which had some fabulous character. The character sometimes got in the way of actually getting a good night's sleep, but since we weren't on a schedule, it wasn't a big deal. We had a lovely lazy Saturday morning (meaning, we didn't wake up until 11a). Getting woken up by the gay boys next door (sound travelled a little too well) was amusing...

We thought we might try to do something that afternoon, but then we discovered that the irish pub next door to the hotel (Séamus McCaffrey's) serves yummy food (including boxty, one of deliriumdreams's favorite irish foods), and has an extensive and high-quality whiskey selection. Mmm-hmm.

Five hours later, we finally pry ourselves out of the pub to get ready for the show that evening. We pick up chancellor_d and had a delicious dinner of green chile goodness at Si Señor.

From there we went to "Chasers" in Scottsdale, which is a total hole in the wall bar in a small strip-mall in the middle of nowhere. Apparently the regulars didn't care for the music, but I rather enjoyed it: Echo Chamber opened for Audra, and they did an interesting cross between the Smiths and Chris Isaak. Audra's set was much improved over Friday, and they looked like they were having a much better time. I think they also had their parents in the audience, which is not what I expect from goth bands, but hey...

An even later night, and we barely got out of the hotel by the noon checkout time. chancellor_d joined us for lunch downtown (at the same pub, of course), and then deliriumdreams and I went to the airport a bit earlier than necessary -- because at least it would be air-conditioned. Gah. Returned the rental car, made it through security, spent an hour and a half people-watching (and making up stories about those people!), and we were gone.

A great weekend, and I wasn't even all that thragged. She'll just have to try harder next time. :)
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[User Picture]From: deliriumdreams
2005-06-14 01:23 pm (UTC)
Isn't that the absolute bestest? I really didn't think anyone else has a big a love for the Irish food and drink hehehehe. Now if we can just get the Irish pub in OB to start serving boxty....
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[User Picture]From: deliriumdreams
2005-06-14 01:33 pm (UTC)

A few comments and an addendum...

wrt Reliquary chickie's falls, maybe I should wear mine for you sometime, I get lots of compliments when I wear them out and I'm sure I have a corset around here somewhere. I'm also wonder if their and Second Skin's lackluster performance was normal or if like Audra they were having an off night.

I'm glad we ended up not wussing out Audra's second night. And you need to let me check out the cds we got from Echo Chamber. (and the ones from Sarah Fimm from last month haha)

s/an even later night/up all night... (once the sun rises it really is the next day, can I point out the irony that was NOT the night you were hopped up on Red Bull?)

All in all another damn fabulous weekend. :-)

And I'll be sure to wear you out more thoroughly in two weeks.
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[User Picture]From: angelus_wolfe
2005-06-14 03:27 pm (UTC)
I wish I would have known you were coming to town! Would have loved to have met you. :)
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2005-06-14 04:32 pm (UTC)

dallas visit

I wish I would have known you were coming to town! Would have loved to have met you.

Indeed! :)

I actually thought about trying to meet people (both some old friends and the new ones I've met here on LJ) but this trip was on too tight a schedule -- arrived at about 5p Monday, had the group dinner that evening until 9 or so, then had meetings the next morning.

Next time I go to our Dallas location, I'll try to arrange to get an evening or two off. If that works out, I'll definitely let everyone know. :)
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[User Picture]From: kimberly
2005-06-14 11:57 pm (UTC)
Ooh you got to see Audra and Reliquary? I've seen Audra twice but I have yet to see Reliquary. Haven't had the chance.

You stayed at the Hotel San Carlos? I live/work right by there as well as Seamus'. Good place for food and drinks, laddy.

Glad to hear you had good times. You hit the best places certainly!

- k
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2005-06-16 05:06 am (UTC)

missed you!

Wish I'd known that you were so nearby, it would have been nice to visit with you for a bit!

Yes, Reliquary were ... ok. I'd really like to see them in a different venue / with a different sound system. The difference between the two Audra shows was remarkable; D suggested that on top of the indifferent sound system, Friday nights have a regular big goth gathering that might have pulled much of the audience from the show we saw. *shrug*

Glad to hear that everyone else thinks Séamus's place is as good as deliriumdream and me did. Yummy, although very much in the "don't see many skinny Irish folk, do you?" vein.

She and I will hopefully meet up in Phoenix again in the near future -- I'll keep you posted. :)
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[User Picture]From: xdarkstarx
2005-07-16 01:10 am (UTC)
not trying to be intrusive, just randomly searching and came across this post. :) my name is Kara; i'm the singer for Reliquary.

the sound system at the Brickhouse is quite muddy; may i point you in the direction of a few of our mp3s? you can find three at download.com and one more on our Myspace page.

thanks for coming to the show, and i hope you'll take the time to check out our recorded materials. i do appreciate the feedback, so if we play there again we can adjust our levels accordingly. :)

p.s. it's my real hair, not falls - just super long and crimped half to death. ;)
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2005-07-25 08:45 am (UTC)

"we play both kinds of music...

... gothic and darkwave!"

not trying to be intrusive, just randomly searching and came across this post. :) my name is Kara; i'm the singer for Reliquary.

Not intrusive at all -- pleased to make your acquiantance! Although now I'm all self-conscious; usually I don't expect bands to be reading my "reviews", no matter how brief they might be! :)

(Especially when they're not particularly positive. :( )

may i point you in the direction of a few of our mp3s? you can find three at download.com and one more on our Myspace page.

I haven't gotten around to downloading the MP3s yet; life has been disturbingly busy lately. Your work was highly recommended by my friend chancellor_d, who used to be in Ulcer (a techno-dance band from Las Cruces in the early '90s); the fact that you were playing with Audra was a bonus.

i do appreciate the feedback, so if we play there again we can adjust our levels accordingly. :)

Heh. Not sure if you really want to go by my ears alone... I do think that I prefer vocals mixed higher than most people do (especially rather more than most sound engineers at live shows). Or maybe I'm just more sensitive to bass than most, so it seems to overwhelm everything else.

And I'd really like to hear you and your band live on a better sound system and with a bit more sensitive mixing. My girlfriend deliriumdreams and I will probably be meeting up in Phoenix every few months for another year or two; if we can catch another show, that'd be great!

p.s. it's my real hair, not falls - just super long and crimped half to death. ;)

It's gorgeous, and the fact that it's natural makes it all the more so. :)

Thanks for stopping by -- I'll give those MP3s a listen as soon as I get a chance to breathe (should be this weekend, amazingly enough, but that's after 2-3 months of trips, visits, weddings [not mine!], etc. Gah!)

And if you make it out here to San Diego for a show and need crash space, please look me up -- I've an extra room and spare beds/couchs. :)
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[User Picture]From: xdarkstarx
2005-07-27 05:10 am (UTC)

Re: "we play both kinds of music...

No worries - i wouldn't be a public performer if i couldn't handle a little criticism. ;) I actually heard from a lot of people there that the bass was way too loud that evening; i spoke with the sound guy and he said they're planning a lot of renovations to the space that will improve the acoustics, so maybe they'll ameliorate the situation over time.

I hope i didn't come off as pushy or intrusive; it wasn't my intent at all. You don't have to listen to the mp3s if you don't want to. :)

Thanks for the compliments and the offer of crash space! I love San Diego (was just there with my husband for Convergence); maybe we'll play there someday and we can take you up on your offer, or at least hang out a bit. If you keep an eye on our website, we post about upcoming shows, so maybe you'll run across one again. :)

Thanks,
Kara
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2005-11-09 08:35 am (UTC)

Re: "we play both kinds of music...

No worries - i wouldn't be a public performer if i couldn't handle a little criticism.

Well, my apology was at least for how useless and throw-away my criticism was. I sent you a bit of e-mail (finally!) that I hope makes up for it. In short, I very much enjoyed the MP3s and remixes off your site, and look forward to the promised new content and a whole CD!

There's a very good chance that deliriumdreams and I will be in Phoenix a fair bit over the next few months; I hope that we can arrange to catch your shows one of those visits. :)

The offer of crash space here in San Diego is absolutely still open, although I need to warn you that I'll probably be moving to Albuquerque sometime next summer. So plan your tour before then, OK? *laugh*

Take care, and thanks for the great music!
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