hallelujah the hills was somewhere between the decemberists and sheila divine. all of their songs were constructed exactly the same, but it sounded good. then was porches on the autobonne (sp?), who were basically if early beastie boys pretended they were german eurotrash techno. like group x, kind of. their music was intentionally crap, but they put on a hellllllluva show -- with songs about how americans are weird and should dance to their superior happy german dance music, and about "asphyxiation masturbation: the best kind of masturbation". they kept putting on and taking off clothes during the show, including sunglasses, 3D red/green glasses, ski jackets, suit jackets, ties, various hats, a plastic helmet with a fullsize disco ball attached to it (this was incredible), various flashlights and things. they climbed on equipment and hung from pipes on the ceiling and crawled through the crowd and were basically awesome. and they had a song with one verse which i will try to quote as well as i can: we went to the hospital but the people were very sick. we brought beers but no one could drink them or they would die. they were all so sick!
the reverend was, of course, really good. since the 1st cd they have gotten better in every way except the music is much less danceable. but they played "midnight cabaret" and i danced to that with some random girl who was doing country line dances i think. then she made me do the hokey pokey with her. oh and between the 1st two bands, there was a small burlesque show, which near as i can tell means topless girl with weird makeup. later on, some girls pretended to give birth to sharks and bibles. walking back to my car (this was a half hour walk, because i am stupid), many drunk people loudly engaged me in conversations, which never fails to amuse me. i got home around 4am and promptly passed the fuck out.
meanwhile, i apparently missed quite an evening here. 3 bands and booze and etcs. everyone is kind of woozy today and there are half-empty bottles of various drinks everywhere. also a bottle of johnson's baby oil in the hallway which i am going to ignore for now.