Wednesday, April 15, 2009

dodgeball and the presets

As I mentioned in a previous post I have a new obsession for a band called The Presets. They were coming to town and one of the great things about my job is that I can most of the time get on the guest list for shows in the area, and this one was no exception. My plus one for the evening was Casey. With his love of house music and all things techno, his DJ'ing days were what helped turn me on to this genre so it was a no brainer that he attend.

While waiting for him to get off work, I indulged myself in a little prefunking and some DMB. Their tour kicked off at MSG (Madison Square Garden) last night and they offered up for free download the first single off their new album that will be released in June. From the first note of "Grey Street" I was hooked again. I watched the Gorge show and relived that great weekend with my friends in one of the most beautiful places on earth and before I knew it I was dancing in my living room.

"There’s an emptiness inside her
And she’d do anything to fill it in
And though it’s red blood bleeding from her now
It’s more like cold blue ice in her heart
She feels like kicking out all the windows
And setting fire to this life
She could change everything about her using colors bold and bright
But all the colors mix together - to grey
And it breaks her heart"

I remember feeling this way. It's heartbreaking to live like this everyday and it reminds me how wonderful it is to feel as happy as I do now. "Funny how it is that someone's broken heart becomes your favorite song". It's my salvation, my church, my life, my heart. It's pretty freakin' awesome :)

just a little bit of...
"just a little bit of..."

Sooo, Casey meets up with me and we wander over to Neumos and see that the band doesn't actually go on until 11:30. He's hungry and I want to drink a little more, but I'm stupidly broke right now so we head to the store. I grab a tonic and then three little bottles of Jameson. We walk over to Cal Anderson Park so I can concoct my little potion and just then a cop car pulls up next to us. My heart gets the fun little racing adrenaline and I pull out my phone to act nonchalant. Apparently they were just looking for the car that had pulled up into the park near the fields. It was a nice little rush though.

in the waiting line
"in the waiting line"

The dodgeball game was in full affect this evening so we headed over to watch. I've been wanting to shoot them for the longest time. Sometimes there are costumes, but this evening it was just a bunch of guys out having fun, throwing giant balls at each other's heads. I had my iphone with me, so I played with my toycamera again.

i'll take you all on
"i'll take you all on"

This kid was killin' it out there. He was taking everyone down and none of the adults could get him. The taunts from the line up was great. The whiskey was hitting me by now and I was feeling great. I even broke my own rule of texting people when I'm with someone. It's my biggest pet peeve, and Casey is the worst offender but he knows it drives me nuts so he doesn't do it with me. However he forgave me for my texts to the tall one I think because he's appreciating the fact that I'm totally digging this dating thing.

waiting to get hit
"waiting to get hit"

I love flare.

We decide to head over to the venue and the place was all but empty. The DJ started off slow, but was great and before I knew it I was bobbing my head with a big smile. The place started to fill up once The Golden Filter took the stage and soon I was surrounded by beautiful women who were gazing upon the lead singer with awe. She was beautiful, that's for sure, but her bangs laid on her face like a sheep dog which kinda turned me off. That and their music was...well...retro is a word to use I guess. Electro synth pop maybe? Their myspace lists their genre as Pop / Disco House / Death Metal. Whatever.


The Presets took the stage and the light show began. The crowd went nuts and by this time it was a packed house. People were shoving, jumping, dancing and waving their arms in the air. Before I knew it I was in the center of the crowd and Casey was no where to be seen. No matter, I let the music take me over and began dancing with everyone. It felt good, I haven't danced in forever and the smiles on everyone's faces and the reaction of the crowd to the music was like a giant hug all around me.

the presets

I made it about 4 songs I think before I had to step out and find Casey. We walked to the side of the stage and they began to play "If I Know You", which was the song that introduced me to them. It was around 12:30 by this time and I was ready to head home.

I love being able to walk home after a show, I love that I was watching dodgeball in the park just a couple hours before, I love that I saw the stars above the Seattle skyline, I love that my best friend lives only a couple blocks away, I love that the guy I'm hanging out with lives on the hill, I love that I had an evening filled with music and it didn't cost me a dime.

Life is good...damn good.

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