Ha Ha Tonka/SSLYBY/Letting Up Despite Great Faults; December 9, 2011; Bootleg Bar, Los Angeles
My trips to California so far have been limited to San Francisco, so this was my first time seeing So Cal. It’s a long drive from San Fran to LA, but as usual it didn’t seem long riding in the van with HHT. Lennon had opted to ride with the Boris boys today, so I took this opportunity to ride shotgun. The landscape was beautiful and unusual, what really stood out was a barren hilly area topped with motionless wind turbines. I had my first In & Out burger today, and yes, it was better than a regular fast food burger though I’m not sure I liked it better than my beloved Whopper. The menu was simple, burger, fries, soda, shake, but apparently there is a whole secret menu that you have to be in the know about to order from.
I spent a lot of time in a hospital waiting room earlier this year and while there I completed a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle of the LA skyline. It was odd to see the real life versions of these things, the W hotel, the Fitzgerald, and of course the HOLLYWOOD sign. The Bootleg Bar was in an odd location, surrounded by businesses instead of other nightclubs, but it was a great space. Doors led to hallways which led to party spaces, outdoor decks and a theater. As luck would have it, there was a benefit fashion show happening in the theater prior to the rock show and the venue invited all of us back. It was one of those crazy shows with un-wearable fashions that yet were all for sale. We saw dresses made from playing cards, Mylar balloons and X-Men comic books, heard commentary from the cross-dressing fashion police, and were treated to a few cabaret-style songs. Bonus. The only food nearby was down the block where $1 tacos were served from a stand on the sidewalk, and they were delicious.
There was a local opener tonight, who had a name even more awkward that SSLYBY, Letting Up Despite Great Faults, um, huh? They had an Asian singer who sounded surprisingly like the Psychedelic Furs’ Richard Butler. They were good, and definitely had some friends who came out just to see them. SSLYBY played second tonight, and I again I enjoyed them immensely. Guitarist Will, who already stands out as a long-haired blond in a band of brunette preppy haircuts, had picked up a cowboy hat today that he wanted to wear. He rounded out the ensemble with Luke’s cowboy boots which he drew attention to by tucking his jeans into them. It was night two of my “merch-off” with Nathan, and again I think he might have won, though it wasn’t for lack of enthusiasm on my part. I like touring with Boris, I wish I had been on this tour longer.
Letting Up Despite Great Fault
Ha Ha Tonka