Irving: “Death in the Garden Blood on the Flowers”


What a story do I have for you guys. It involves Man Man, Ted Leo (or a lack of), and my best friend Kara. But before we get into the tale, let’s get you a nice soundtrack to provide the setting.

MP3: Irving – Death in the Garden Blood on the Flowers

Okay, let’s start with the good story: Man Man. I won’t go so far as to say that they were the ‘best’ band that I’ve ever seen live. I guess that honor belongs to Of Montreal, Sigur Ros or the Decemberists. But I will say that they were the most wild band I’ve ever seen. I watched the whole show in the soundbooth of the Dame with my friends Mikey and Nick, who runs the venue, and I don’t think any of us could wipe the smiles off our faces. Mikey even said they were like “Animal Collective on cocaine.” Great band; and great guys. If you can see them live–do.

Now the funny story. So Kara and I drove 2.5 hours to the Southgate House in Newport, KY to see Ted Leo. For starters, we got kinda lost in Cinci, but that only added about 10 minutes of driving time. No, the real fun came when we walked up to the doors and Kara realized that she hadn’t brought any ID. Because we’re both goodie-goodies, we didn’t try to sneak in (granted, I did encourage this course of action). Instead we went to see 16 Blocks at a nearby theater. After that we walked in to see Ted’s last two songs. I guess hearing the end of “Timorous Me” is as good as a whole show, right?

Then on the way back, I was so out of it that I drove 30 minutes in the wrong direction. What a fun evening! On the plus side, it did give me time to check out this new Irving record that I’ve heard so much about. Death in the Garden, Blood on the Flowers is ten different kinds of awesome. I replayed the title track half a dozen times as we tried to find our way to the venue. I am seriously navagationally-challenged, people.

Note: The rest of those YLT covers are coming soon, I swear. I had a test and paper due this past week, but I’m good now.

So I was looking at HaloScan as an option to fix this lame comments problem. Does that seem like a good alternative to you all?

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