I spent the weekend at a hotel. Well, ok, no not really, I just slept there Saturday and Sunday nite. Tonite I'll be back over at Jackie's place until my place is at least marginally livable (which for me means they've replaced the carpet and I can pull all my stuff out of the bathroom and kitchen and set it up in my room again). Chris stayed with me the last two nites, I dunno what he's gonna do this week, I get the sense he's kinda fucked but I'm sure he'll manage somehow.
Saturday night's show was fucking great. Openers Waiting for Autumn were fantastic; they were pretty generic emo-rock stuff, alternated screaming/singing, big choruses, that kind of thing, but they pulled it off really well, and they've got the instrumental chops for it. Definitely enjoyed them. Hopesfall were kind of similar, a little more on the screamo edge; not my kind of thing, but they were energetic, and the kids were into them, so what the hell.
I don't think I could rave enough about Onelinedrawing. Jonah (onelinedrawing is his one-man show, just him on electric guitar accompanied by a drum machine taped to R2D2's head) has a fantastic voice, and just this phenomenal intensity. He's one of those guys who can stand on stage all by themselves and have no trouble commanding the attention of the room. Lots of interaction with the audience (including stopping in the middle of songs frequently to chat). Came out without a setlist and just played requests for the full set. Who knew a solo electric Deftones cover could sound so fucking amazing. Plus, he leaks charisma out the ass like it was made of Olestra. (How's that for a fucked up simile?) As he left the stage, he apologized for not having time to play everyones requests and promised to play more in the parking lot after the show.
Coheed and Cambria were good. Not amazing, but very solid. The crowd was fucking rabid for them however, and that makes all the difference; pretty much everyone was singing along the whole set. Sadly, their sound was kind of muddy, and they played a really short set (maybe 50 minutes). I think there were time issues or something, because they didn't encore and never played Time Consumer. Still, they sounded great, played almost all of The Second Stage Turbine Blade (highlights included 33, Everything Evil and a sick sick run through Devil in Jersey City), and played one new track which sounded really excellent.
Chris got himself stranded in Long Beach and missed the show. Still, he came down, arriving just after it ended, and as promised, after about half an hour Jonah came out to the parking lot with a little battery powered amp and played a 45 minute campfire-style set to the 60 or so kids who stuck around for him. Amazingly, the parking lot set was even better than the indoor set; intimate works really well for him, he played some quieter stuff, a couple unrecorded tracks that will have me preordering his new CD whenever he gets around to recording it. He said he'll be back through town next month, and I'm gonna make a point to get out to see him.
Yesterday, I drove up to LA to play poker at the Commerce, where the LA Poker Classic is currently going on. The LAPC is one of the 5 or so biggest poker tournaments in the US (along with the World Series, the World Poker Open in Tunica, the World Poker Finals at Foxwoods, the US Poker Championship in Atlantic City, and maybe one or two others). I don't have the roll to play in any of the tournaments at this point ( there are a few smaller ones, 500 dollar buy-in or so at the beginning of the tournament, but now it's midway through and most events are a 1000-2000 dollar entry fee). Considered playing a satellite to try and win a seat in one of the bigger events, but they're all either single-table freezeouts or rebuy events, neither of which I'm a big fan of.
Regardless, the real reason to go to the big tournaments is that it draws a TON of players for the cash games. The side action was fantastic; I was playing 15-30, there were three tables going and maybe another 3 or 4 20-40 tables as well. It was one of those times where I REALLY wish I didn't have to worry about real life, cuz there was a terrible player at the table who had dumped two racks and bought in for two more and I never would have left had I not had to get back to go to sleep so I could come to work today. That may well have cost me a couple hundred bucks. As it was it was kind of a nothing day, I walked away up 75 bucks (which I suppose I should be happy about since I was down a Dime at one point, but it's all just one long session anyways). I wanna go back up this Saturday; the tournament runs til the 24th and I wanna take one last shot at the side action.
The carpet people should be coming back to the apartment today. My guess is they're gonna look at how badly damaged it is and decide that it's beyond cleaning and will need to be replaced, which should take an additional day or two. Fortunately I've got Jackie's to stay at the whole week if need be.
On tap for this week: lots of quality time with Jackie, Glassjaw/Sparta/Hot Water Music on Tuesday, Interpol on Thursday, Har Mar Superstar on Friday and Cat Power on Saturday (I dunno if I'll go to all of them, but it makes for quite a week eh?).