April 10th, 2008

Workers

Olympic Torch

With all the controversy about the Olympic Torch relays going on right now and how the Olympics committee is claiming (ludicrously in my opinion) that the Olympics have nothing to do with politics, I thought you all might enjoy this little "fun fact" about how the tradition of an Olympic Relay to carry the torch from Athens to the Olympics site began.

From Wikipedia:
The modern convention of moving the Olympic Flame via a relay system from Olympia to the Olympic venue began with the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany.

The relay, captured in Leni Riefenstahl's film, "Olympia", was part of the Nazi propaganda machine’s attempt to add myth and mystique to Adolf Hitler’s regime. Hitler saw the link with the ancient Games as the perfect way to illustrate his belief that classical Greece was an Aryan forerunner of the modern German Reich.
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Tiger

Concert!

Last night I attended the Mike Doughty concert with emilytheslayer and ioianthe. Also attending the concert were allegedly and cayetana. We had dinner with them before the show, but sat in a different location. We also saw michelle_blue and bryant in attendance, seated a few rows behind us.

The opening band was called The Panderers and were quite good. I bought their CD and will download the rest of their stuff from Amazon soon. Mr. Doughty is releasing their album on his label and he gave them a nice introduction.

I'd never been in the Somerville theater before and it was quite nice, very old school. Mr. Doughty complained that no-one was wearing a ball gown as it would have been fitting in that setting. He also mocked the people in the audience that yelled things out at him, repeating back what he thought he heard. It was quite funny. He's got quite a good stage presence and the venue suited it well; intimate, but not claustrophobic.

They played several Soul Coughing songs and this pleased me greatly. His new stuff is quite good too, but I love the Soul Coughing songs. There was an "older" couple to my left. The woman setting next to me was someone's embarrassing mom who's completely uncool and has no sense of rhythm, but has latched onto the band as something she loves. It was pretty funny.

I'm looking forward to the next time he plays the area, I'll definitely go again and maybe next time head58 will be able to attend as well.

Some other highlights from the show (I took notes).

  • He mentioned he'd be DJing at a club called MKT after the show. It is pronounced "market", but they're a club so cool they don't use vowels. Someone in the audience mentioned that it was "the old Aqua" and Doughty said that wasn't as cool 'cause of all the vowels. He then said "vowels" in increasingly disparaging tones and then mentioned that vowels are used by people that go to Tufts.
  • He sang a verse of a song in mumbled half words, which I quite enjoyed. emilytheslayer remembered my rendition of Benny and the Jets at karaoke and correctly surmised that I'd enjoy that verse.
  • Two songs before the break, he told everyone how it was going to go. He said they'd play that song and then the "Fake last song", then they'd turn around for a few minutes and pretend to be gone, then turn back around, pretend to be surprised and play some more. Which they then did. I loved this take on the standardization of the encore.
  • The "Fake last song" turned out to be The Gambler. I thought he was just going to play the beginning of it and launch into one of his own songs, but they did the whole thing. Best version ever.
  • And the last thing in my notes: ioianthe is prettier than head58.


EDIT: I almost forgot, when Doughty's band came on stage, I thought "how odd that both bands would have the drummer singing backup! Then I looked closer and realized the drummer (and the bassist) were both playing in the opening band too.
Note: The drummer dropped out of the Berkley School of Music. According to Mike Doughty, only 3 people have ever graduated from that school.
Quote: I always check at the auditions. I mean sure, you play well, but do you have a Masters?
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