I didn’t go see Radiohead last night at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in St. Louis. This is my karmic penance for mocking the city’s cultural offerings. But luckily enough, I am going to see Beck, Manu Chao, David Byrne, The Raconteurs, Gnarls Barkley, N.E.R.D, Erykah Badu, Iron & Wine, G. Love & Special Sauce, Neko Case, Band of Horses and the Silversun Pickups this September.
Oh, and The Swell Season, Drive-By Truckers and Roky Erickson.
And Del the Funky Homosapien. And The Old 97′s. And José Gonzalez. Now I’m starting to get excited. Come join us in Texas!
Death Cab for Cutie will not be there but if you haven’t heard their new song (I Will Possess Your Heart) it’s worth a listen.
Spent the last full day in STL banging my head on various sharp low-hanging objects at the City Museum. This is a bizarre place, half kinetic sculpture half huge jungle gym half architectural scrapyard. I can’t help but imagine that a large number of children and old people either meet their end or get hopelessly and permanently lost here every year. Below are a few shots from their outdoor 3D maze MonstroCity, constructed from salvaged rusty rebar and grates along with a few discard airplanes and trolly cars, all suspended five stories up. We were there during the day (obviously) but City Museum is open til 1am on the weekends and serves beer. Odds of survival clearly inversely proportionate to alcohol consumed. This place is utterly fantastic. It makes me want to take up welding.
I find myself enjoying the pinnacle of cultural evolution that is STL for a few days. I put a little photoset here that I’ll be adding to as time permits. You’ll notice I’ve purchased a brown STL hat for fandom camouflage purposes but apparently when you cheer for the wrong team every time there’s a bases-clearing double it gives away your true allegiances. Go Cubbies!! (They won 9-3).