Thursday, May 06, 2010

Love Letters latest show

Just got back a little bit ago from a Love Letters gig. We played at Rock 'n Bowl, which takes place at Arsenal Lanes in Lawrenceville. People pay $8 to bowl all night and they get to have us serenade them from Lane 14, which gets covered up with a blanket so we have a nice non-slippery place to stand.

The last time we played there, I was in an awful mood. It was about a week after the big snowfall in Pittsburgh. Highland Park was still under siege, with a lot of snow still in the middle of the streets, making it hard for us to load out and get to the show. A layer of ice was forming as we unloaded equipment. I was all out of caffeine, so everything was bugging me. Then at the end of the night, after playing to uninterested bowlers and four friends, we were paid pretty handsomely. It was kind of a trick ending to a bad night.

Tonight was the opposite, at least in terms of the set up. We got there way early, had time to set up in a leisurely manner, and played everything we knew, in the form of one set list. And we sounded really together, the tightest I think we've been since we started. There weren't as many bowlers there but a few friends showed up too so it was pretty worthwhile.

By the way, in case you didn't know the new New Pornographers album came out yesterday. Guess who was the first person to by it at the local new record store! C'mon guess.............

2 comments:

Lulu said...

Michael -- i showed up ~2215 just as the band was launching a/the set, paid my $8.00, bought a soda, grabbed a seat behind lane 12, doff'd my brim and got my socks knocked off; what a quartet of hardnosed charmers!! what a venue with the mortar-launch delivery of those guys on lanes 13 & 12 and the splat of bakelite hitting oiled laminate punctuating and highlighting the tunes; what a hoot-anna-half!!! you folks should be recording and streaming as much material as you can and as soon as possible so that the 2010 LL mojo gets artifact'd and not remanded to memory; get someone to video your performances; you've hit the toenail on the head and a homer out of a sow's silk purse with this group, pal . . . kudos all around, i'm a fan . . .

shanleymusic said...

Thanks, Lulu. Who are you? Do I know you?