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Empires can really do no wrong, can't they.

Everything they touch turns to gold. Lucky bastards.
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OMG, I just had an idea for another Empires related tattoo, thanks to the cover album.



Goddamn, I want this one like burning.
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You know what I really want? Empires ringtones.

Sadly, my phone is not of the kind that you can rip and program ringtones in. Damn.
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Ahahahaha, Tom Conrad has a picture of my tattoo on his phone and he goes around showing it to people.

I'm dead serious.
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Ah, I just had some of the best fucking news from the dudes in Empires, but I can't fucking tell you any of it.

Just trust me. If there's anyway you can get your email to these guys, do it. You might get a great gift back.
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Oh My Fucking God, Sean looks like Jim from the Office. Holy shit!


Proof!

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I am all sadface because I totally got off work so I could go see Empires, and then I got sick and had to cancel. But now I'm listening to TTTYG and wearing plaid, and my old Ipod might be working again, so I feel better. And my boss gave me fifty bucks for free today as a Christmas gift, so yay!


How is everyone else's day so far?
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Okay, I really love the new Cobra Starship video.


Also, who is all going to Empires in Madison this Saturday! If any of the Chicago crew wants to go I could probably be convinced to drive down and pick them up. Feel free to crash on my couch.
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So, who is all going to Empires on Saturday? I'm putting my ticket on hold right as we speak. And it's my birthday so if people maybe want to get together for dinner or something I'd totally be up for it.

And I'm thinking that I might stay for Forgive Durden, just because I really like Razia's Shadow, and I want to see them try and play it live, but I'm not a huge fan of Steel Train so I'd be fine with leaving early.

So just get back to me or call me or something and hopefully I'll see you all there!
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SO, theoretically, if I were to get an Empires tattoo, how creepy fan would that be?


Cause I really, really, really want one.
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SO THIS IS TOM CONRAD.

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ONTO THE PRIMER )
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SO EVERYONE, PLEASE HELP ME AND BE LINKING ME TO EMPIRES PRIMERS, PLZKTHNX!
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So if Empires plays a show in Madison, who would all be willing to come?

Cause if they do play, then I sorta helped book them? Maybe a little?

I can't actually believe he responded.
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So, last night rocked.

Seriously, the amount of fandom people at the show was amazing, and they're all awesome. Ljdar exists!

I drive down with [livejournal.com profile] trinity_clare, and [livejournal.com profile] olivia_circe, and there was talk of bandom things, Shakespeare, and turning male singers into girls via GarageBand.

So, the show was pretty awesome, although the sound at the Beat Kitchen kinda sucks. The first band had a Amy Winehouse-esque singer, but with less drugs.

Par Avion was a hilarious synthpop group that is tiny and awesome, and I love them for doing Daft Punk and Gwen Stefani covers.

Paper Rival was cool, a lot of audience interaction. There was a girl celebrating her birthday in the crowd, and the band borrowed her crown for their guitarist/bassist?. Not a bad band at all.

Empires rocked pretty hard, as usual, although crazy moshing dude was in the crowd again, and it was kinda annoying. At least his stage dive fell flat. There seemed to be a ton of energy in the crowd, despite the heat. The setlist was:

Valmont
I want Blood
Modern Love
All Night Long
The new song
Warning Mark
Anywhere
Spit the Dark
Midnight Land

I finally got to talk to Al, and he mentioned how he used to go to Henry Vilas Zoo when he was younger. I told him the band should come to Madison, and I believe that he asked me to find them a venue, contact them on myspace, and they'll come. So I might actually try to find them a place? And I have no idea how to do it, or even if I should? If they should come up here, are there any Chicago people that would be willing to come up to see them? I have an awesome couch, and live right by the Van Galder bus stop.

Then, the internet went to a diner, and there was talk of bandom thing, the relative height of many people, Philly and Jersey, and a billion other things that made this an awesome night. I ended up meeting a ton of new and cool people, and I can't wait for Panic in October to see you all again.
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Sorry, this is gonna be short since I'm getting ready for work and am drained. And sorry I didn't hang out with the lj poeple as much as I would have liked, it's just my friend Amy's last few days in the states and the last time I'll see her.


Angels & Kings.

Not what I expected, a little small. I did like the graffiti walls in the bathroom though.

The Show

Really, really, really amazing. There's this quality to acoustic shows that is just spine-chilling but really lovely. Sean had this cool effect on his voice which I really liked. I did feel kinda bad for Al not really playing much, but Ryan was the tank on the drums that he is. The setlist was Blood, Midnight Land, Valmont, Anywhere, Warning Mark, and Spit the Dark, which is great acoustic.

Hung out after the show with Amy, George and Wilson, just chatting until I ended up leaving. George is hilarious.

Funny story. I was outside with George and Wilson, and we were just smoking, when we discovered that the Q101 electric car wasnot working. Someone was adking around for jumper cables, which I carry in my car, so I ended up giving the Q101 car a jumpstart and got it working. And then as I was parking after that, Max and some other tech guys scared the crap out of me by screaming as I got a little close to them. Oh boys.
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So I just killed this fucking massive spider that was in my room, but I accidentaly brought down the blinds with it. Hopefully, I can get it repaired before I leave and not lose my security deposit. I need some white paint too, now that I think about it.


Also, who is going to the Empires show at AK45 tomorrow? I'd love to meet up with some of you all, although I have no idea about parking. Any ideas?

shows

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Arrrgh. Can't make the Aurora Empires show, but I can make the acoustic AK45 set on the 5th. I'm excited, cause I really want to see Angels and Kings.

It's the kind of bar where anyone who can pay and is 21 can get in, right? Not one of those velvet rope things.

Also, I am off for Warped! Finally, for the first time in my life, I will be able to go!
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-wake up. massive hangover, no running water.
-drive to chicago
-parking fucking sucks
-hey, wrigley field!
-meet up with the internet/chicago, chat, drink, free glasses of ice cause I have boobs.
-am super jealous of [livejournal.com profile] berserkide for the bands that she's working with on warped.
-new bands, cool. like Apteka, cute and good.
-see Asian Pete Wentz lurking
-move myself to different side of stage to take video and pics for sister, sadly ditching cool friends for a time
-EMPIRES SHOW ROCKING THE HOUSE
-Oops, Tomrad broke a string, uses red guitar.
-play about 2/3's of album, 2/3's of audience just there for Empires
-run around trying to find friends and Tom so I can meet Amy
-meet Amy and friend (v. cool people), eventually find group in boiling hot merch room
-hang around chatting with people (some friends, some strangers), listening in on convo with Ryan (who has a pretty awesome tattoo, btw), discover that the aussie half of Ellen's band looks like a young Donna Noble (dude, so awesome), discover that the band enjoys their own beds, showers, and free laundry at mom's too much to really want to tour a lot and are going to be mostly camping (BECAUSE THEY CAN'T AFFORD HOTELS, DUDE, EMPIRES, REALLY?) on the tour.
-Ryan has injured himself 4 times in the last 10 shows. Cannot believe that this guy is only 4 months older then me.
-eventual squee about Doctor who, chat with [livejournal.com profile] geryandgrey and Tom about House, Sherlock Holmes, and Swing Kids. Tomrad is, in fact, still Rad.
-am sad that I'm going to miss a show
-finally leave, chicago isn't a city that plays nice
-the OHGODOHGODIMGOINGTODIE drive home through torrential rains and flooding commences and finally ends after three and a half hours


Am now pumping myself for August and the concerts then: Empires (twice!), and Into Arcadia. Check out the latter if you like Interpol/Brit-esque post punk.

Correct me if I have wrong info, it's late, I'm tired, and venues are loud. I'll check my flist later, I need a shower, water, and sleep.
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From Tom Conrad's latest forevernever post:

"I was ten years old when sixteen stone came out. I used to listen to the album on my walkman while I cut my parents lawn. weird. Don't pick one show over the other, you will miss out. Also, I figured the Howl CDs would sell out in a few weeks, not 2 hrs. If I knew this was going to happen, I would have given you the heads up. I apologize. I'm already thinking of new ideas for a special collectors edition of Howl. I hope I can deliver." (emphasis mine)


Seriously Tom, you really need to stop underestimating how popular you guys are. Although I can't wait for a special edition of Howl.
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SERIOUSLY, I am not really one to bitch about people not cutting posts, but if yours takes up almost half my flist page, then CUT THE DAMN THING!

Sorry I've been gone and crap, there was family stuff with my Dad, and then a wedding reception to go to with my SO.

And I now am officially going to apply to MATC for the paralegal program, and I'll probably be starting in a year or so, giving me time to work and jot down to Chicago to see bands and generally goof off. Although I don't actually have a job yet, which is ridiculous, since I've done a freaking fuckton of applications and callbacks. This will make paying my rent very interesting. At least my place is understanding.

Also, was there someone on my flist that was a fan of Matt Costa? Because apparently my SO's mom is going to get me in touch with his promoter, since he's a cousin of her really good friend.

8-8-08. EMPIRES TOUR, MARK IT, BITCHES!

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