Don’t Hate Me For Liking The Polyphonic Spree

This post was originally going to be titled “I Think That I Have Achieved A State Of Permanent Anger” because my day and drive home were filled with venom toward those around me. And then after ripping and listening to the new The Polyphonic Spree disc “The Fragile Army” my mood turned for the better. I recognize that the Spree’s crescendo style is not everyone’s cup of musical tea, just check out some of these reviews

58 – Entertainment Weekly – There’s now an almost garish cast to the proceedings. [22 Jun 2007, p.71]
52 – cokemachineglow – DeLaughter needs to be more personal; already having a dozen people yelling at you distances the ideas they express, but emptying those ideas of any meaning isn’t the answer.
42 – Stylus Magazine – The Spree remain a vital, relevant artist only for Volkswagen advertising execs and anyone who takes the last five minutes of “Scrubs” episodes too seriously.
20 – NOW Magazine – The novelty of it all has quickly worn thin.

But you know what? I don’t give a fuck what these people think because I like it.

I Believe I Might Have Read It In A Fortune Cookie
“You snooze, you lose.”

Today that phrase is applied to seeing “Charm School” at the Horizon Theatre. Not only was the play sold out last night, it is sold out through the end of its run this weekend. Damn me. Damn me. Damn me.

The best I can hope for is an extended run.

And It Gets More Frustrating In September
This morning I found out that there are two shows in Atlanta that I really want to see. Unfortunately they both occur on Wednesday, September 12th. fuck.

While on opposite sides of the musical spectrum, the Meat Puppets will be playing at The EARL (thanks for the head’s up Rich @ Cable And Tweed) and Peter Bjorn and John (just like with The Polyphonic Spree, don’t hate) will be playing at the Variety Playhouse.

My *only* hope of catching both is to hope that Variety Playhouse follows their traditional early start time while The EARL follows their traditional late start time. However, I will probably pick one of the two (the early favorite is the Meat Puppets) and go with it.

Seriously, why should this happen — especially on a Wednesday night in Atlanta?

Looks like I’ll be spending my lunch hour doing a little social planning.

ITP Flickr Pic
The lighting situation about which I whined earlier in the week.

Color Coordinated Oral Hygiene

’tis my toothbrush, my floss, and in the background my 1957 sea-foam green bathroom tiles. Holy crap, I just realized that my house is fifty years old; no wonder it is having so many difficulties.

RealiTV, I Don’t Hate You
Last night I watched another episode of Top Chef. I still think this is the “realist” of the reality shows on tv. If they’d cool their jets with the product placements and pimping (We get it! Glad [refusing to link to them] paid you an assload of money! There is no need to clean up using Flex-Whatever bags, just clean up.) within the show I’d call it the perfect reality show.

btw- If you believe this article then Gordon Ramsay has been embellishing some of the situations for the American version of his upcoming series “Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares.” You donkey!

I’ve Probably Spent More Time In Atlanta’s Sewers, They Should Be Paying Me
The other night I looked closely at the bill sent to me by the City of Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management. Normally I open the envelope, look at the amount which I owe them, shrug my shoulders in mild disgust, and then pay the bill online. However, this time I decided to check out how the number was calculated. Much to my surprise (and perhaps shame on me) I was shocked to see a line item which read “Homeland Security Surcharge = 0.30.” I’m sorry, but why am I forced to pay Homeland Security for my water and sewer bill? I don’t care that it’s only thirty cents because in my estimation that is thirty cents too much. If there are one million people paying water bills, and I assume that we all pay thirty cents, then Homeland Security is picking up a tidy $300,000 a month from just the city of Atlanta alone. I pay my income taxes. I pay my property taxes. I am tired of additional surcharges and taxes levied against me for no good reason. I certainly don’t feel “safer” than in the days prior to 9/11/2001. Where does it end?

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – like I want to be somewhere else
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Radiohead — “No Surprises”
Website Of The Day – I don’t think that Newmindspace will even make a difference, and I think that their website’s color scheme is garish. However, I do like the photos that they use to link to their posts.
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car

June Goals
1) Lose five pounds. (starting weight 200+ lbs)

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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9 Responses to Don’t Hate Me For Liking The Polyphonic Spree

  1. Rich says:

    I hear ya on the Sept. 12 thing. Even worse for me since I’ll be living in Athens by then.

  2. Stacy says:

    Sept. 12th is still a long way off. Let’s hope one has to reschedule.

    To make you a little less angry, I’m going to make sure there’s some “non-crap” beer around tonight for you and Jill.

    (I’m interested in the route she gives you actually…from where you’re coming, it can be a couple different ways)

  3. If she tries to take me down 400 I am going to override the bitch and force her to recalculate. 🙂

    Good beer good. I also have a bottle of red wine with me for our group’s consumption.

  4. Terri (SW) says:

    The Meat Puppets on a Wednesday night in September at the EARL= a very sad Terri. Crap. Don’t they know to come in the summer when I can go out on a school night?

  5. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Terri, you have nearly three months to line up a substitute teacher for Thursday, September 13th. C’mon girl… get on it. 😛

  6. Terri (SW) says:


  7. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Enabler? Me?

    Did I mention that I’ll buy you a beer if you go?


  8. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:


    And I don’t know why “Dramatic Chipmunk” makes me laugh aloud, but it does.

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