Archive for October, 2010

FOUND: DJ Fabulous & The Fast Easy Dollar

October 27, 2010

Found:  The Shoegazer came to bury Harper’s Ferry, not to praise it.  The Allston music venue suffered from lousy booking (too many cover bands, jam bands and white-boy funk & reggae), aggressive bouncers and a general ambiance that made the club feel more like a venue in the suburbs or a second-class city.  But occasionally, great shows happened here, and in the past The Shoegazer has seen any number of local bands here, in addition to shows by Seattle favorites The Long Winters and Harvey Danger.  When the club’s imminent closure was announced recently, a handful of open dates were quickly booked, including a show featuring Freezepop, Plushgun, Ad Frank & The Fast Easy Women and newcomers Dirty Bombs.

While at the show, The Shoegazer chatted with various local music types, including the one and only DJ Fabulous, who has been witness to many past shoegazes and even made one or two herself.  While The Shoegazer and DJ Fabulous were talking, a guy walked up from behind the pair and alerted DJ Fab to a dollar bill lying on the floor – thanks to this good samaritan, she avoided losing a buck.

Location:  This bill was briefly lying on the floor of Harper’s Ferry, close to the middle of the main room.  Harper’s Ferry is/was located on Brighton Ave in Allston, MA.

Source: While many of the finds catalogued in this blog were made after the source had left the premises unaware of their loss, thanks to one good samaritan, DJ Fabulous is both the source and spender of this dollar.

Destination: If The Shoegazer knows DJ Fabulous, and he does, it’s safe to say this dollar was spent on booze.

Ad Frank, Boston indie rock crooner extrordinaire. Photo: Meaghan Casey

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FOUND: Record Shopping Money at Think Tank

October 22, 2010

Found:  When it rains, it pours.  Nobody knows this quite like the owners of Think Tank in Kendall Square, which opened last summer to great fanfare, only to be flooded by a freak midsummer rainstorm.  After some cleaning and repair, the restaurant and nightclub triumphantly re-opened.  As of late, it seems have also been raining money (or bubbling up from the ground, to be more accurate) for The Shoegazer, with some impressive finds racking up as of late.  For the past few Fridays, The Shoegazer found himself at Think Tank, spinning the all-vinyl DJ night “Rec Room” under his pseudonym “DJ Mario Lemieux”.

This past Friday, The Shoegazer was walking past the club’s photo booth on his way to the bathroom, when a number stared up at him from below.  A crumpled bill was lying partially under the photo booth itself, with only the digits “2” and “0” facing upward.  That was enough for The Shoegazer, who pocketed the bill and continued on his way to the restroom.

Location: This bill was found under the photo booth at Think Tank in Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA.  The photo booth is to the left of the main entrance, next to the door that leads to the restrooms.

Source: Several groups of drunken, silly people had been climbing into the photo booth all night.  It appears as if this twenty had fluttered free when small bills were retrieved from a pocket or purse to pay for the photo booth.

Destination:  The Shoegazer’s last find was a record find.  And this is a find with which The Shoegazer will purchase records.  With “Rec Room” being an all-vinyl night, The Shoegazer spent this money on more vinyl!  Join him every Friday with DJ Paul Foley spinning rock, new wave, dance, indie, soul, electro, old school hip hop and more – all vinyl, all the time.

FOUND: The Daddy of The Shoegazer (guest shoegaze)

October 18, 2010

Found:  Apparently the keen eye for floor money that The Shoegazer possesses is genetic and not a learned trait.  The parents of The Shoegazer were grocery shopping over the weekend when Ma Shoegaze noticed something underneath the shopping cart as they were heading toward the exit.  After quietly suggesting Pa Shoegaze move the cart (this suggestion was made several times before the cart budged), a $20 bill was retrieved from the floor and quickly stuffed into the purse of Ma Shoegaze.

Location:  This find was near the main exit doors of the Shaw’s Supermarket in Londonderry, NH.  It should be noted that the guest shoegazers in this post live in Derry, NH, which also boasts a Shaw’s Supermarket that is larger than the one in question.  So why go out of the way to visit a smaller store?  According to Ma Shoegazer, it’s because she knows the layout of this particular store.

Source:  Whoever dropped this bill had continued on their way without noticing their loss.  Based on its location, this bill was probably change given to a customer and not secured in a pocket, purse or wallet.

Destination:  According to Ma Shoegaze, some of the money went toward the purchase of a pot roast that became Sunday’s dinner (or supper, as they would call it).  One can only assume the remaining balance was spent at Dunkin Donuts and perhaps on a scratch ticket or two.

FOUND: The Daddy of All Shoegazes

October 18, 2010

Found:  Well, The Shoegazer has been kind of in the hole lately.  Expenses have a way of piling up and a few weeks ago, it was starting to look like a lottery win or other windfall might be the only way out of it.  As a believer in karma, there was the hope but not the expectation that a little extra dough might come The Shoegazer’s way.  And a couple of weeks ago, it did.  Parking The Shoegazermobile in Harvard Square, your humble narrator set out to put up some flyers for an upcoming DJ night.

And down in the gutter of the street, up against the sidewalk and under a parking meter, lay an unfamiliar sight.  It was paper money, but not the telltale markings of the $1 bills and occasional fives, tens and twenties The Shoegazer sometimes finds.  Nope, it was Benjamin Franklin himself!  Upon picking up the wayward bill, it felt heavier and thicker than a single bill.  The Shoegazer quickly pocketed the wad and closely examined his find – not a mere $100, but five Benjamins and a Ulysses S. Grant!  At $550, this find is by far the largest sum ever found.  The Shoegazer has heard stories of others finding envelopes containing hundreds or even thousands of dollars, but such a large amount of cash free of any accompanying identifiers (business cards, credit cards, receipts, etc) is surely a rare find.   The Shoegazer merely hopes that it’s not a once-in-a-lifetime find.

Location:  This wad of cash was found by the tire of The Shoegazermobile as he went to put quarters into a parking meter in Harvard Square.   The Shoegazer has long thought that parking lots and other areas with cars should be more fertile shoegazing grounds, as fumbling for car keys and parking meter money surely present opportunities for dropping bills.  However, this marks one of The Shoegazer’s first ever finds on pavement (vs sidewalks and indoor finds).

Source:  Finding this much money certainly begs to ask certain questions.  Namely, who dropped this money and what were they using it for?  Based on the demographics of the area the money was found in, it’s certainly possible that our source is someone with the means to absorb such a loss.  After all, most people don’t carry $550 around outside of a wallet, and those who do might be more inclined to guard their money with their life – and certainly notice when it’s dropped on the ground.   The Shoegazer hopes it isn’t someone more in his own income bracket, where losing $550 would present quite a problem.  But if you’re reading this and think this money could be yours, feel free to write to theshoegazerblog@gmail.com – I’ve specifically left out some details of this find.

Destination:  Shortly after finding this money, The Shoegazer went to a dentist appointment, where he was informed that recent expensive dental work was not in fact covered by dental insurance, as was previously believed to be the case.  So, in conclusion.. easy come, easy go.