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Oct. 15th, 2007 @ 02:56 pm God DAM Festival
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Good: Getting good food from Les Halles by celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain. And for a DC restaurant, the prices were very reasonable for the level of food offered. The fries were certainly distinctive there, and paired with the steaks it was an interesting experience.
Bad: Quality of service at Les Halles. From where they failed to actually have our reservation(though they had a table for us anyways), to the waiter just not giving a shit about getting us things that we ordered, it just soured what could've been a very pleasant dining experience.

Good: Having live music with dinner.
Bad: Having a band who only had poorly done cover songs in their repertoire. Though smoovygee was inspired enough to come up with a guitar hero cover bad.

Good: Going to a concert in the historic synagogue in DC. It was(as practically every opening band mentioned), one of the nicest concert venues that we'd been in. Just for kusoyaro, here's a crappy iPhone photo of stellstarr* rocking out
Bad: The acoustics(while not terrible) weren't particularly great for rock music. My ears are still ringing two days later. I definitely need to start bringing earplugs to concerts just in case.

Good: The opening bands actually ranged from mediocre(Sanawon) to impressive(Exit Clov). The last opening band Pela was very energetic, and the lead singer was very interested in completely rocking out on the altar(or whatever the Jewish equivalent is). But it was certainly a nice change of pace from the typical opening bad where I'm staring at my watch waiting for the headliner to come on. A bunch of us even wound up buying the EPs from Exit Clov.
Bad: I usually love going to stellastarr* concerts, but this one didn't quite do it for me. Maybe it was the hint of echoing from the synagogue. Or perhaps it was just sitting in close proximity to the speakers. They did play a bunch of new stuff which has yet to be put on a new album, though it was interspersed with their old hits.

Good: Making it to the metro station just as our train was arriving.
Bad: Making it to the metro parking lot to find a 2 foot long gash on my driver side door where some idiot hit me hard enough to scrape paint off. And the bastards didn't leave a note. I accept dings here and there from overly tight parking spaces, but taking the paint off of a car is just rude.
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From:ashyukun
Date:October 15th, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
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I definitely need to start bringing earplugs to concerts just in case.

This became standard practice for me after the first TSO concert here 2 years ago. I've noticed that it doesn't really diminish my enjoyment of the music, as I can still hear it perfectly clearly through the earplugs.
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From:bogosort
Date:October 15th, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC)
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Any recommendations on type of earplugs? I imagine standard ones would probably muffle bass a bit too much since they tend to be for operating machinery.
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From:ashyukun
Date:October 15th, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
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I honestly just use standard compressible foam ones... I've never had a problem with the bass-muffling because in many cases I can feel the bass as much as hearing it...
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From:kusoyaro
Date:October 15th, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC)
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Haha, I didn't really care that much about pictures of the band...mostly just of the strangeness of the venue.

I got to the Metro station right as my train was arriving, too. Liz and Maxine were having trouble with the ticket machine, and I was waiting for them, but after a couple minutes I had to ditch them to go catch my train. Felt kind of bad about that :P