Archive for May, 2009

FOUND: A Reason To Take It All In Stride

May 22, 2009

Found:  The Shoegazer was spending the evening at the Middle East upstairs, as he has recently taken to the show booking racket.  The show in question featured touring bands Holy Fuck and Crocodiles, along with local favorites Hooray For Earth.  Crocodiles, incidentally, draw fans of shoegaze music, however there’s more going on in their sound and The Shoegazer would hardly call them a shoegaze band.  HFE brought the crowd out early, including many friends and acquaintances of The Shoegazer.  Among these folks were two members of one of his favorite local bands, The Everyday Visuals.

During Crocodiles’ spacey set, The Shoegazer was standing with the aformentioned Visuals not far from the bar when a familiar scene unfolded – The Shoegazer looked down and spied President Jackson lying helpless on the floor.  After quickly retrieving the bill, The Shoegazer then set out to ascertain the source of the bill.

Location: This action all unfolded near the bar at the sold-out Middle East upstairs on Mass. Ave in Cambridge, MA.

Source:  Following the bill’s retrieval, The Shoegazer took a moment to brag about his unusual talent before asking if anyone in the area was short by $20 or so.  After checking his pockets, Everyday Visuals’ drummer Joe Seiders came forward as the likely source of the $20 bill, and it was prompty returned to the grateful drummer.

Destination: With his wayward bill return, Joe Seiders set off toward the bar, head held high, and purchased a round of drinks with the $20 bill.  Perhaps by coincidence, that was the exact same plan The Shoegazer had in mind for the Jackson, had he been unable to locate its source.  With the change, The Shoegazer presumes Joe purchased, say, a set of drum sticks, with which to practice for their next big Boston show: The Shoegazer’s birthday party on Saturday 8/8 at the very same upstairs room featuring Joe’s Everyday Visuals along with The Shills, The New Collisions, The Motion Sick and Hymns.

Joe Seiders of The Everyday Visuals, happily reunited with his briefly lost $20 bill.  Catch Joe & the Visuals on Sat 8/8 at the Middle East upstairs

Joe Seiders of The Everyday Visuals, happily reunited with his briefly lost $20 bill. Catch Joe & the Visuals on Sat 8/8 at the Middle East upstairs

FOUND: Live Long And Prosper

May 20, 2009

Found: The Shoegazer might as well face the facts that he is, despite past denials, a sci-fi geek.  When not shoegazing, favorite activities include watching and discussing Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica and Lost.  So it was no surprise that The Shoegazer found himself attending a screening of the new Star Trek movie; although not a huge trekkie, past movies in the franchise have been enjoyable and this one was directed by Lost’s JJ Abrams.

So The Shoegazer went to an evening screening at the Somerville Theater in Davis Square and thoroughly enjoyed the movie.  As the closing credits were scrolling, revealing the previously secret identities of minor actors, stunt people, key grips and best boys, The Shoegazer’s eye was caught by something – what turned out to be a driver’s license left in a beer cup, sitting in a drink holder.  As The Shoegazer was checking the ID, he spied another present lying on the floor a few seats away – a $10 bill.

Location:  The $10 bill was found under a seat in one of the basement theaters in the Somerville Theater complex.   The Somerville Theater is located in Davis Square in Somerville, MA.

ten dollar bill courtesy of inattentive movie goer.  seen here with a pint of Belhaven Scottish Ale, purchased with said $10 bill.

ten dollar bill courtesy of inattentive movie goer. seen here with a pint of Belhaven Scottish Ale, purchased with said $10 bill.

Source: The ID belonged to a girl named Lydia, who had left the scene without her license.  The ID was turned over to the box office staff at the Somerville Theater.  The Shoegazer retained possession of the $10 bill.  If Lydia believes the bill is hers, she should email theshoegazerblog@gmail.com and give her full name, as The Shoegazer remembers it from the ID.

Destination:  Lydia’s ID of course was left with the staff of the theater to await retrieval.  Because there was no way to know if the $10 bill and the ID were connected, The Shoegazer held on to the bill, and later spent it at Redbones, a few blocks away.

spoiler alert: James T. Kirk becomes captain of the USS Enterprise.

spoiler alert: James T. Kirk becomes captain of the USS Enterprise.

FOUND: A Taxpayer Refund

May 10, 2009

Found: This past weekend featured two great shows at The Shoegazer’s favorite shoegazing venue, Great Scott. Dubbed “Taxpayer Weekend” due to that band’s two appearances, your favorite blogging taxpayer had a feeling the crowded rooms of thirsty drinkers would result in a payday for The Shoegazer.

After failing to find anything on the ground during Friday’s show (as part of “The Pill”), The Shoegazer returned on Saturday to see his fortunes take a lucky turn; while glancing downward near the end of the bar by the coat hooks, a folded $20 came into view and was quickly retrieved.

Friday’s show featured a loud, animated set by Taxpayer and was followed by two hours of sweaty dancing to the selections of DJ’s Ken and Michael, while Saturday’s show featured an opening set by Tiny Animals, an even better Taxpayer set, and a mind-blowingly awesome performance by The Everyday Visuals for their CD release show.

Location: This $20 bill is the latest of many recovered from that cash-only oasis of Great Scott in Allston, MA. This one turned up near the corner of the room, by Tim’s end of the bar.

Source: Upon recovering this bill, The Shoegazer immediately began asking friends (and fans of the blog) if they were missing anything. After several minutes of trying to locate the source of the $20, its fate was decided.

Destination: With the feeling that the source of this bill was not far from the scene, The Shoegazer spent the $20 bill at the bar, purchasing a round of 5 drinks for whoever was nearby and thirsty. One can only hope that this was the original intended destination for this $20, and that this instance of sharing the wealth will continue The Shoegazer’s string of lucky finds on the floors of Great Scott.

meet Tim - Great Scott manager, bartender and shoegazing fan, seen here posing with a found $20 bill

think you lost this? please refer to the sign behind Tim. sincerely, The Shoegazer