We met The Joy Formidable last night before their show at recordbar in KC. We had VIP tickets so we got in early, met the band, got some swag, and got to watch an up close and personal acoustic set. Omg Ritzy is 😍😍😍.

The show itself was hit or miss. When it was good, it was fantastic, but there were some bad patches. Plus the bassist is kind of a bro, which was disappointing. We’ve seen them two other times and never got that impression, but it feels like something has changed.

It was still a great experience and we will definitely see them again if/when they tour again.

The setlist last night was sweet. I especially enjoyed the Gravedigger —> Warehouse segment. The new songs have actually grown on me, especially That Girl is You and Samurai Cop. They’ve been playing The Idea of You for years before they put it on this album, so I don’t really count that as new, but I do like it.

They’ve played Crush at our last two shows and Dave is never with me when it plays, which sucks because that’s one of our songs. I got a text from him last night as it started that said “fuck!” and I laughed because I knew exactly why he sent it. Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound quite as awesome without Boyd. I very much miss Boyd. I can hear his violin in my head as the songs play. If he’s not going to be able to come back, I hope they’ll replace him for any future touring.

All in all, this was a great show. I’m grateful for such a sweet set, because I think we’re going to skip the Gorge. We have other stuff we’d rather do with our time and money this summer.

Peter Hook and the Light (Atlanta, 2018)

It was a great night.

The first set they covered New Order. It was fantastic.

The second set was all Joy Division, and it was fucking bad ass; like maybe one of the best shows I’ve ever attended.

The crazy part? Two songs into the second set the power went out. We were on emergency power for like 45 minutes. A bunch of people bailed, but we held out, and it was so worth it.

I’m so glad D and I got to experience this together. It was well worth the trip from Saint Louis.


this is the dawning of the rest of our lives 

Family’s first concert! We saw Catfish & The Bottlemen and Green Day tonight. It was awesome! 

The two dudes next to us told me that we won the Best Parents Ever award and that I won the MILF award. Yessssssss. 

I feel pretty fucking good about the fact that we were home, and the kids were in bed, by 1140. Parenting skills, yo. (Frey had school today so she couldn’t hang for very long).