Monday I left the store in the capable hands of Pat Martin so that me and Moo (Melissa) could make the Trek to Philadelphia To see Morrissey play his make up show at the Mann theater.
The week before we had caught awful traffic heading to the Deep Sleep/Fighting Dogs/Criminal Damage show at Disgraceland so this time we prepared with a fully charged Ipod and a much earlier start.
We need not have worried as we hit no traffic and had plenty of hours to kill before the show which we filled doing a decent amount of shopping. Moo picked up the new Isis 2xLP at the Relapse store and a reasonably priced copy of the Smiths "hatfull of hollow" LP at Beautiful World Syndicate. I grabbed a sweet copy of the Ripcord "your choice live" LP also at BWS and a rad Tokidoki shirt at some random shop on South St.
We hit the Mann and as soon as we walked through the gate met some really cool Hardcore kids from Richmond. Turns out they had walked from central Philly for miles to get there! After promising to meet up with them after the show to give them a ride back we found our seats and waited for the show to start. The set was pretty heavy on the new stuff but overall I was really into it. Lots of joking with the crowd, shaking hands and stage invasions (toward the end) I also was pretty excited for Moo being excited, as this was her first time seeing Moz.
Here is the Philly set list:
THE QUEEN IS DEAD
FIRST OF THE GANG TO DIE
YOU HAVE KILLED ME
ALL YOU NEED IS ME
IN THE FUTURE WHEN ALL'S WELL
WHATEVER HAPPENS I LOVE YOU
THE BOY WITH THE THORN IN HIS SIDE
LET ME KISS YOU
EVERYDAY IS LIKE SUNDAY
I'M THROWING MY ARMS AROUND PARIS
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET ME GET WHAT I WANT
IRISH BLOOD ENGLISH HEART
THE NATIONAL FRONT DISCO
I WILL SEE YOU IN FAR OFF PLACES
I JUST WANT TO SEE THE BOY HAPPY
GIRLFRIEND IN A COMA
AT LAST I AM BORN
LIFE IS A PIGSTY
HOW SOON IS NOW
LAST OF THE FAMOUS INTERNATIONAL PLAYBOYS
The ride back to the city was super fun with our new friends. (Names are escaping me right now) Here is some sample dialog :
"I think we parked our car on that street"
"That street is AWESOME"!
Great kids for sure and it reminded me that really only in Hardcore and punk do you just hook up with random new friends so easily based on a shirt someone might be wearing.
The next day me and Moo had a great walk around Philly and some time in a nice shady park before heading home. We split up for a bit and then met back up at Reptilian/Ottobar to see Modern life is War play with some pretty awful "Emo" Bands. We hung around just long enough for the last MLIW chord to ring out and then bailed for Fells Point and some Pizza and hanging out on the waterfront.
While at the always awesome Reptilian I picked up "You're gonna miss me" A film about Rocky Erickson.
After Fells Point we headed back to Moo's place to check it out. Having been a fan of both the 13th Floor Elevators and Rocky's solo records I was super glad to be owning this. Much darker in tone than the somewhat comparable "Devil in Daniel Johnston" but still amazing. Great footage throughout his career and a compelling and heartbreaking story of a family under very serious stress. Well worth checking out.