Archive for December, 2008

FOUND: Another Rock Club Christmas Party Find

December 24, 2008

Found:  With The Shoegazer making the rounds at local music-themed holiday parties this year, Tuesday brought the last of the parties thrown by prominent local music venues as TT the Bear’s opened its doors for a solid lineup of local favorites.  With the quite reasonable $3 cover going toward medical bills for longtime bartender Jeanne.  While at the party, The Shoegazer checked out sets by Township, Ad Frank and The Luxury featuring some selections from drummer Steve Foster’s quirky “Christmas Chickens” album (a CD consisting of entirely Christmas songs about chickens).  Toward the end of the night, The Shoegazer did what he does best – look down, spying a $1 bill lying unattended on the floor nearby.

Location: This dollar was found not far from the bar and the entrance to the billiard room at TT the Bear’s on Brookline Street in Cambridge, MA. 

Source: A festive local music fan.  Or potentially Jason Halogen.

Destination: This dollar never left TT’s – it was left in the donation box at the bar to raise money for Jeanne.  As long as this collection box remains at TT’s, The Shoegazer will leave any money he finds on the ground at the club in said box.

The TT's CHristmas Dollar - straighened out and placed temporarily on the bar for its big photo shoot.

The TT's CHristmas Dollar - straighened out and placed temporarily on the bar for its big photo shoot.

FOUND: The Christmas Spirit (Bearing The Portrait of Andrew Jackson)

December 16, 2008

Found: Tis the season for the holiday party, that non-denominational celebration marked by Christmas lights, santa hats, and of course, copious amounts of alcohol. One highlight for The Shoegazer for many Decembers has been the Middle East holiday party, where the downstairs room is opened up for an evening of schmoozing and boozing. Once there, The Shoegazer converses with an array of local musicians, bookers, bartenders, promoters and scenesters whilst redeeming drink tickets and nibbling on the buffet (The Shoegazer is known to make a bee-line for the chicken wings and hummus). Because the event is largely fueled by drink tickets and the $1 bills they illicit as tips, the $20 bill The Shoegazer found near the main (lower level) bar really had no business being there. I mean honestly, who brings a $20 bill to an open* bar?

Normally a find of this significance would only occur at Great Scott, as the Middle East downstairs is a frequent hangout for The Shoegazer, but not a frequent place where shoegazing occurs. It should be noted, however, that Great Scott’s manager/bartender Tim was standing mere feet away at the time this bill was retrieved. So even when the shoegazing does not occur at Great Scott, its staff is not far away!

Location: This find marks The Shoegazer’s most significant find of recent memory that he’s actually held onto. It was found on the floor near the main (lower level) bar at the Middle East downstairs in Cambridge, MA, which is located at 472 Mass. Ave, at the corner of Brookline Street.

Source: Someone who apparently didn’t get the memo about the drink tickets. Or potentially Santa Claus.

Destination: This bill will go a long way in alleviating The Shoegazer’s poverty, though chances are he’ll just go out for a couple of beers and blow it all without even thinking twice.

Update 12/17 – this $20 bill remains in The Shoegazer’s possession following a round of pub quiz at PJ Ryan’s in Somerville, MA. It was initially spent on the $5 entry fee (with $15 in change given), but won back (for a total of $35) at the end of the night when The Shoegazer correctly identified the date of Canada Day as July 1st.

Update 12/18 – with the thrill of victory fresh in  his mind, The Shoegazer once again brought this lucky $20 bill to another pub quiz, this time at The Druid in Inman Square, Cambridge, MA.  And although The Shoegazer’s team fell behind early in the Christmas-themed trivia night, the team dubbed “Potsi Scheme” eventually came away victorious, netting $60 among three players and more or less covering the bar tab (and allowing the $20 bill to remain in The Shoegazer’s possession).

Update 12/20 – The Shoegazer has spent the lucky $20 bill.  It now rests in a till at a liquor store in Lynn, MA, where The Shoegazer purchased a 6-pack of Russian beer for a party later. He’d tell you what kind it was, but The Shoegazer speaks no Russian.  He only drinks it.

FOUND: More Shoegazing at Great Scott

December 13, 2008

The Shoegazer went to Great Scott

The Shoegazer had been inside for all of 3 minutes

The Shoegazer found a dollar on the floor, just like that.

DJ Fabulous snatched it away to help pay for a round of drinks.

The end.

Coming soon: A find from the ladies’ room at The Pour House… not made by The Shoegazer

FOUND: 0.6807 Pounds Sterling

December 7, 2008

Found: While as of late, shoegazing has been the primary occupation of The Shoegazer, he also works for a local radio station that hosted its holiday show on Saturday, December 6 at the Orpheum. The show featured Franz Ferdinand and Airborne Toxic Event, two bands The Shoegazer is known to be a fan of. While at the venue, the only thing of note spotted on the floor was an empty bottle of Captain Morgan under his seat, and the sad discovery of expired, unused drink tickets his back pocket.

Following the show, a group of station employees, their friends and a few listeners bar hopped in the area around the venue, eventually wandering into Silvertone – a bar known for it’s cozy vibe, good food and rather affordable drinks. Among the folks who had ventured into the bar were most of the members of Airborne Toxic Event and Franz Ferdinand. While ordering a beer at the bar, The Shoegazer looked down and spotted a one dollar bill lying on the floor; after fetching it, he looked up and saw Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand singer/single malt aficionado). Alex did not lay claim to the lost dollar, and acted somewhat interested while The Shoegazer’s friends explained his money-finding knack to the tipsy Scotsman.

the shoegazer (right), one dollar bill (center), alex kapranos (right)

the shoegazer (left), one dollar bill (center), alex kapranos (right)

Location: The main bar at Silvertone, a small restaurant and bar located on a side street just off Tremont Street in downtown Boston.

Source: This one could have just as easily come from a rock star or a random dude at the end of the bar. Sobriety had lone since called it a night for most in attendance, so it’s unlikely this dollar is sadly missed.

Destination: Upon leaving Silvertone, The Shoegazer and many in his entourage (yes, The Shoegazer is laying claim to the afterparty entourage) randomly decided to jump on an empty party bus, directing the driver to head to Allston. With most of the afterparty on board (minus the bands), the bus blasted its reggaeton and meandered the streets of downtown Boston before coming to a stop on Mass Ave near Berklee College of Music. The driver then asked for more money from everyone aboard, and The Shoegazer decided it was time to hop off. That he did, hailing a cab and spending the found dollar on the taxi ride home.

FOUND: A Lucky Strike

December 2, 2008

Found: With the closing of the Abbey Lounge last week, The Shoegazer sought refuge in another area locale featuring old-school charm and cheap drinks.  While Lanes & Games doesn’t feature grimy garage rock, it does boast two kinds of bowling (tenpin and candlepin), an arcade (including air hockey and bubble hockey), a lounge (with semi-decent food at very fair prices) and of course, a colorful clientele.  Apparently, said clientele are not always observant when they head to the bar, because when The Shoegazer looked to begin his night, he came away with a crisp $5 bill.

Location: This bill was found below some unoccupied bar stools in the second floor lounge of Lanes & Games, on Route 2 in Cambridge.

Source: Earlier in the evening it had been league night, so a good guess would be a bowler with a higher average than The Shoegazer.

Destination: This fiver paid for The Shoegazer’s first game of bowling, in which he bowled well below his average.

a shot of the candlepin lanes on the first floor. while The Shoegazer appreciates all styles of bowling, he was rocking the big balls this night

a shot of the candlepin lanes on the first floor. while The Shoegazer appreciates all styles of bowling, he was rocking the "big balls" this night