as el, kay and i left the restaurant where we ate breakfast, we could feel the light mist on our faces. we had seen the clouds through the window as we ate our eggs but the water building up on my hoodie made it official.
as we drove back el's house to get umbrellas and mud-safe shoes, el told me about she and kay's A.C.L. debacle. the combination of freshly laid sod and dirt manufactured from processed waste product resulted in everyone being knee-deep in putrid pudding as they danced to GIRL TALK.
we made it to waterloo park in the middle of the FUCK BUTTONS set at the orange stage. umbrellas bobbed in the crowd while other folks had already given in to the fact that they would eventually get soaked and were dancing in the drizzle to the thick pulses and grinding vibrating chords. i agreed with el when she said that she wished they had played longer. kay and el went to go check out the blue stage and i headed over to the black stage.
at this point the ground wasn't too bad and most people were pretty clean.
MIKA MIKO were up on stage and one of them was wailing on a sax in what sounded like a GO-GOS cover. they were high energy and i liked their FABULOUS STAINS-if-they-could-play-style. the singer made it sound like this was their last show, i hope not because i'd like to see them again.
at this point, there wasn't anyone who i wanted to see. as i thought about what i would do for a couple of hours, kay approached and told me we should check out YOUTH BRIGADE. they were really good and i especially liked the way the lead singer would sometimes talk like a crotchety grampa even as he was rockin harder than a lot of twenty-year-olds.
when that show was over i went to the blue stage and caught CAR STEREO WARS. kay and el were already there. kay didn't understand why they were playing a concert because they weren't really a band. it was just a guy saying random stuff while his friend dj'd hits. it was fun like a party but i was also unsure if i'd call them a band. but i also know that in the sixties and seventies in big cities "m.c.s" would d.j. records and talk to the crowd over them and these m.c.s eventually became the founders of hip hop. still... i got tired of watching people dance so i went over to yellow stage for the first time.
some guy with glasses was tuning a guitar and then he left. then he came back and it turned out that he was NICK THUNE and he proceeded to tear through a very funny comedy set. his opening song was a send up of the heart-felt folk stream-of-consciousness-social-message song and it was hilarious.