Sorry I haven't been posting throughout my vacation. Internet access has been sporadic, and mostly saved for work. And for those of you I didn't get to see, especially happinesstogo, I apologize most abjectly; there never seemed to be enough time to do what I needed to do in this maddeningly huge town.
But here is a story, before I head back to SATX to ring in the new year: last night, I got to see Flathead. As you can see from the website, they don't play very often -- this was their first gig since February, and there were lots of jokes about their third album (which has been in the works for about as long as Chinese Democracy) coming out any day now. But there were no flies on them; I haven't seen 'em play for fifteen goddamn years, but last night, they were shit-hot: three guys in their forties (Vince Ramirez has a kid with a band of his own) playing just as sharp as they did the last time I saw 'em. As an added, albeit bizarre, bonus, the opening band featured ex-Zen Lunatics Chris Orf and Terry Garvin. This will mean nothing to you, but the whole thing was rather oddly like being transported back to my college days; it's nice to know those guys are still out there playing good music so many years down the road.
I'm glad I got to see my family, but I'm especially glad I got to look up old friends and listen to some great music with 'em. That's a hell of a good way to spend a holiday; I hope yours was as good. Regular programming resumes tomorrow.