"I'm spinning round the room in awe" ryan adams

Saturday, July 17, 2004

Playing ketchup once again.  :-)   I think I mentioned before that last Wednesday The Jane Anchor, The Damnwells, and Miss Juliana Hatfield were playing the Northstar.  I majorly crush the Northstar.  
John Faye and I have a deep admiration for Juliana and she has pretty much inspired us throughout our careers, though obviously in different ways.  John guestlisted me so of course this night was just getting better and better.  When I got into the venue, I saw John and he introduced me to Kara, who knew who I was before John even said anything.  She's the lead vocalist for The Jane Anchor.  While they were settng up, I found Chris M. and ran into Cliff and Beth.  They are such cool people.  Which is another post entirely.  
The Jane Anchor rocked.  Towards the end of their set no one was near the stage so I took heed of the opportunity to sit on the side of the stage to take pictures.  This guy standing on the green room stairs kept staring at me and I was afraid he was going to yell at me for being on the stage steps, but then I didn't care so I kept clicking away.  The guy then comes up to me and asks if I know the band.  I said yes, then he asks me to come downstairs.  So I did.  Dude, Juliana could have been down there!  
So he said his name was James and was just having small talk with me, then asks if I want a drink.  Um, sure!  So we go back upstairs through the crowds.  Of course I have been missing for about 15 minutes by this time.  We passed Chris and I just give him a look and I think he shook his head at me.  We grab our drinks then go upstairs.  His name is James and he is the soundman for The Damnwells.  It was just funny because it was so random.  He gts points in my book though because he said that The Jane Anchor is the best band that he has seen open up for The Damnwells.  Oh, and I really like their new song that has the word "venus" in it.  Kara said it will be on the new album.  
Chris and company and I went towards the front for The Damnwells set.  They kinda remind me of a cross between old school Ryan Adams and Wilco.  So damn good.  I think the song "Sleepsinging" is amazing and they played it towards the end.   

Juliana took the stage and it was greatness.  She got a tattoo on her forearm since the last time I saw her.  It is of a tiger.  RAWR!  She played a FANTASTIC mix of old and new Juliana and Some Girls songs.  She fucking rocks, I don't know how else to say it.