I'm glad Ed's back doing his round-ups, even if he can't get things to work right to do his round-ups. Just knowing Ed is there with his round-ups makes me feel better. Because he's Ed and Ed cares.
I used to round-ups. I'd spend long minutes scouring the bloglines and the googles just looking for things to round--up. Now I look for that one thing that makes me say, "hey, that's the one thing" and then I link to it. But I think I want to start doing round-ups again. Only I'll call my round-ups something else.
They'll probably still be round.
Last night, I went to see music played. It reminded me of how good music is when seen live. Of course, it took a really good band (and good company) to get me out of the house, and Centro-matic is that. They are damn good. If you've been listening to them for any amount of time, you know that. And the 50 people that showed up in Chapel Hill to see them will probably attest to that.
The M's are pretty damn good too. In fact, they were impressively good. Whatever that means. I'd try to be like "you ain't no picasso" and say they sound like something mixed with something, but I think they sounded like a cross between the letter l and the letter n. Which is better when you know what the letter p sounds like these days. You can stream their album here.
I do recommend.
But I was looking forward to Centro-matic. And they didn't disappoint. In fact, I feel better now. Not so guilty that it's been more than 18 months since I've had my hand stamped to enter a club to see live music. I was beginning to fear that the next show I would see would involve puppets skating on ice while speaking Spanish or laughing in some frequency that only a kid of 2 can pick up on.
I'm glad it didn't come to that. I got my hand stamped and paid $3 to get a card that tells me I'm a member of a club that sales real honest-to-bygod liquor in the state of North Carolina.
And I got to listen to music. Music that was impressively good, whatever that means.
If you get a chance, you should go get your hand stamped to see Centro-matic.
You might get to see them do a pretty good English Beat cover.