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Experience of Jack White Live at Merriweather Post Pavillion (September 14, 2014)

Related Posts: October 2010: VAMPS at Roseland Ballroom, NYC and Experience of SPX 2014.

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Out of the blue, my childhood friend Kristen’s mother Carla invited me to come with them to a Jack White concert! They had an extra ticket since Kristen’s husband Matt had no idea who White is and wasn’t particularly interested in going. I, on the other hand, was freaking out! I’ve been a White Stripes/Jack White fan since 2001 and have always wanted to see them/him live. At first, I wasn’t sure if I could go since I was busy with SPX, but my mom agreed to cover my table for a few hours so I could (Thanks again, mom!).

Even though I don’t own a record player, I’ve been coveting White’s Lazaretto Ultra LP — a unique vinyl with everything from hidden tracks to something called dual-groove technology, to amazingly a hand-etched hologram (more information here)!!! So I was very excited to pick up a copy of my own at the concert venue (even though the people selling them had no idea what they were).

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To my surprise, the opening act was Olivia Jean, lead singer of The Black Belles who’s starting her solo career. I guess I should have known she would be there since she’s under White’s record label Third Man Records, but it was a pleasant surprise nonetheless. She played mostly songs from her upcoming album Bathtub Love Killings, which comes out October 14th. I was ecstatic because the one and only song from The Black Belles’s self-titled album she played was my favorite entailed “Not Tonight”:

Nursing the lies that make you bold
By deterring everything you’re told
And now you’re using mercy as bait
To catch a chance to compensate

Well I’m not going down like this
Not here, not now, not tonight

Treated my troubles as your own
Walked right into my burning home
And as you watch the flames arise
I sweep up ashes you expect a prize

Well I’m not going down like this
Not here, not now, not tonight

And now you realize you’ve threatened
All the sympathy you ain’t getting
Cover you tracks and leave no trace
Strap a mask on your face

Cause I’m not going down like this
Not here, not now, not tonight

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Jack White’s performance was absolutely inspiring! He’s the kind of artist who needs to be seen live. He had such amazing energy and was flying all over the stage. You could also tell he had immense respect for the talented musicians in his band. He was sporting his new haircut (Kristen and Carla barely recognized him at first) and a dapper suit that he sweated through almost immediately. He had some issues coordinating with one of the roadies, which provided some unintentional comedic relief. The concert took place in a surprisingly intimate setting (I didn’t know the Merriweather Post Pavillion is relatively small) and featured a wonderful balance of old and new songs.

1. “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground”: I was delighted to hear this White Stripes classic as the opening of the show! I always think of Michel Gondry’s music video with footage eerily projected across the walls as White wanders through the  various rooms of a house in London. “If you can hear a piano fall / you can hear me coming down the hall…”

2. “High Ball Stepper”: This is a very fun song live and the audience seemed really into it. :)

3. “Lazaretto”: This very funky single was great to hear live. “And like the dough I don’t fall down / I’m so Detroit, I make it rise from the ashes…”

4. “Alone in My Home”: One of my favorite non-single songs from Lazaretto! An upbeat song about a haunted house, or maybe its the singer who’s haunted? “Lost feelings of love / Lost feelings of love / That hover above me…”

5. “Hotel Yorba”: This was the first White Stripes song I ever heard. Personally, I’m not at all into country and/or folk music, but I can almost stand it when it’s Jack White.

6. “Temporary Ground”: My other favorite non-single song from Lazaretto!

On a floating lily island
Moving over slowly sideways
Rested temper and the creatures
Spending all of their days

Praying for the floor to
Buckle down below their belts
Crashing into yet another
Drifting continental shelf

Moving without motion
Screaming without sound
Across an open ocean
Flying there on temporary ground

The old explorers had it easy
They discovered nothing new
But returned on home with answers
Of sad existent clues

All the creatures have it hard now
Nothing but god is left to know
And while he left us all here hanging
We’re barely losing off our home

Moving without motion
Screaming without sound
Across an open ocean
Flying there on temporary ground

7. “Cannon”: This is the intro for “Another Way To Die,” the song White wrote for the James Bond movie Quantum of Solace. I always forget about that song…

8. “I Think I Smell a Rat”: This was a great treat since my mom and I occasionally sing this to each other.

9. “I Cut Like a Buffalo”: I’m not particularly familiar with The Dead Weather, but I plan on fixing that when I have a chance.

10. “Blunderbuss”: I’m honestly not that familiar with this song. Clearly, I need to go out and buy a copy of White’s first solo album Blunderbuss.

11. “Three Women”: This is the catchy opening song of Lazaretto. “Lordy Lord / Lordy Lord / Lordy Lord / Lordy Lord / Lordy Lord / Lordy Lord / Lordy lordy lordy Lord…”

12. “Missing Pieces”: Another reason to buy Blunderbuss. “I woke up and my hands were gone, yeah / I looked down and my / legs were long gone / I felt for her with my shoulder / But there was nobody there…”

13. “I’m Slowly Turning Into You” (first half of the song): Somehow I do not own the Icky Thump album either. I think I own all The White Stripes albums except for that one.

14. “Top Yourself”: I’m also not particularly familiar with The Raconteurs, but I plan on also fixing that when I have a chance.

15. “I’m Slowly Turning Into You” (second half of the song)

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16. “Icky Thump”: “White Americans, what? / Nothing better to do? / Why don’t you kick yourself out? / You’re an immigrant too?”

17. “Sixteen Saltines”: I admit, I was screaming and jumping up and down when this song started. “I’m hungry and the hunger will linger / I eat sixteen saltine crackers then I lick my fingers…”

18. “Love Interruption”: This is such a brilliant song. “I want love to: walk right up and bite me, / Grab a hold of me and fight me, leave me dying on the ground.”

19. “We’re Going to Be Friends”: Another classics from The White Stripes. It always makes me think of Napoleon Dynamite.

20. “Would You Fight for My Love?”: This is by far my favorite Jack White single and it was absolutely amazing live!!!

It’s not enough that I love you
There’s all these things I have to prove to you
You use the sun to erase the past
But you think it only raises for you

Well I’m afraid of being hurt that’s true
But not afraid of any physical pain
Just as I am always scared of water
But not afraid of standing out in the rain

The last person in the room she hugged
Was the person that she loved the most
Nobody noticed that I was down on the rug
I’m getting better at becoming a ghost

I know that you want more
But would you fight for
My love

And I’ve hurt you before
But can you ignore
My love

You’re walking out my back door
Looking back for
My love

I know that you want more
But would you fight for
My love

People do their best to not let passion begin
It’s dead before it has a chance to start
And so then there I am, the caretaker of sin
To your abandoned and malignant heart

It’s such a pleasure, to sing with you together
Making love when there is nobody home
But I can’t kiss you ’til you lift up your chin
You have to want to stop being alone

I want you to fight for
My love
I want you to fight for
My love
I want you to fight for
My love

21. “Just One Drink”: Another fun song, upbeat with a tinge of classic Jack White melancholy. :) “You drink water, I drink gasoline / One of us is happy, one of us is mean / I love you, honey, why don’t you love me?”

22. “I Fought Piranhas”: “Well you know what it’s like/ i don’t got to tell you / who puts up a fight / walking out of hell now / when you fought piranhas / and you fought the cold / there’s nobody with you / and you’re all alone…”

23. “Seven Nation Army”: The real crowd pleaser! I was over the moon! Such an iconic song! The perfect way to end an exceptional concert!

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NYC Adventure: Day 3 & 4

Related Post: NYC Adventure: Day 1 & 2.

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“Some are born to sweet delight, Some are born to endless night” in William Blake’s hand!!!

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Outside the Neue Galerie.

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My alma mater, New York University: Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

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Washington Square Park.

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The Washington Arch.

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Inside the Angelika Film Center.

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Can’t visit New York without eating a black and white cookie!

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The Angelika logo.

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After the movie, Indian food!

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Souvenirs!

DAY 4

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Queens! On the way to brunch.

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Brunch.

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Ariel becoming caffeinated!

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NYC Adventure: Day 1 & 2

Related Post: NYC Adventure: Day 3 & 4.

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DAY 1

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Tasty lunch at a Thai restaurant.

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Just arrived at the Frick Collection.

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The Frick Collection’s Garden Court.

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Cute little fountain!

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The Conservatory Water in Central Park.

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The Loeb Central Park Boathouse.

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The Lake in Central Park.

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The Bethesda Fountain, Central Park.

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The Bethesda Terrace, Central Park.

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A snack at Kinokuniya!

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Yoga in Bryant Park.

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Souvenir Whistler postcards from the Frick Collection and Watashi no Otoko from Kinokuniya.

DAY 2

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Just outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Inside the Met.

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The Flatiron Building.

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Madison Square Park.

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The Empire State Building.

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The Alamo on Astor Place.

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A Pre-Raphaelite brochure from the Met and two Noah Van Sciver zines from Forbidden Planet.

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Experience of Smudge Comics Arts Expo 2014

Related Posts: Experience of SPX 2013 and Experience of APE 2013.

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Smudge was an interesting experience. Firstly, it was held in a very lovely space in the Artisphere. And, because it was only one day (rather than the usual two), it was pretty crowded throughout the whole event. The one thing that drove me crazy though was that they played soundtrack music consisting primarily of Darth Vader’s theme for most of the day for no apparent reason. But overall I met some nice people who I’ll most likely see again at SPX in September and discovered that there’s a lot of interest in Scared Stiff. :)

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Smudge in the Artisphere!

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My table! :)

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My table from an angle!

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From another angle!

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Adventure in Tomahawk Cemetery (est. 1870)

Related Post: Cross-Country Adventure Hiatus!

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Not much happened on the road… But this was the highlight of my cross-country trip!

To my surprise, right next to our hotel in Kansas was this charming 19th-century cemetery. So I thought I’d jump the very short fence with my shiba inu Nikki (who I had to throw over) and have ourselves a little adventure. :)

The most interesting tidbit about Tomahawk Cemetery is that there is a total of 65 marked unknown graves.

During a street widening project in the early 1990s, the City of Overland Park identified 30 obvious graves that would have to be relocated to another area of the cemetery to accommodate utilities. Some graves were missing headstones and many stones were illegible… Some of the graves identified had headstones that were moved, and for those missing headstones, new granite markers were be placed. While moving the graves, a large number of unmarked graves were uncovered, moved, and also marked. –Johnson County KSGenWeb

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


Cross-Country Adventure Hiatus!

Related Post: Cannes/London Trip Hiatus! and Cannes/London 2013: Compilation.

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This is incredibly out of the blue, but I’m moving back to the East Coast!

Long story short, I’m helping my parents move from San Francisco back to Maryland, so I’m going too. Although it’s a bit bittersweet, I’m happy about this move since D.C. seems a bit more active in film compared to San Francisco. AND I’ll be much closer to NYC, which has a ton of film and filmmakers. Eventually, once I have saved up some money, I’m actually thinking of moving to Brooklyn. But, for the meantime, D.C. it is! :D

With that being said, I’m still 100% committed to filming Death Is No Bad Friend in San Francisco and Northern California. So when we get funded, I’ll just fly back and stay with relatives!!

We will be traveling from Friday, November 1st through Thursday, November 12th, stopping in Kansas City, Missouri for a few days to visit my bubbie. Here’s our schedule…

  1. San Francisco, California
  2. San Jose, California
  3. Laughlin, Nevada
  4. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  5. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  6. Kansas City, Missouri
  7. Effingham, Illinois
  8. Reynoldsburg, Ohio
  9. Washington, D.C./Gaithersburg, Maryland

I’m guessing I’ll have pretty sporadic internet connection along the way, so I probably won’t have time to post anything here. But I might have a tweet or two. I’ll try to take some photos along the way and share them will all of you!

See you mid-November,

G. E.

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Experience of SPX 2013

Related Posts: Plans for SPX 2013 and Long time no see, D.C.

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SPX was a surreal experience — so many exhibitors and attendees, it was sensory overload for everyone!

Unfortunately, I didn’t sell as much as I had hoped. But I did pass out a couple hundred postcards, so that was an accomplishment!

The best part — I met so many amazing artists and hope to keep in touch with them. Maybe I’ll see them again at SPX 2014?

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Very special thanks to my friend Tina Lee! We’ve been friends since high school and have kept in touch over the years even though I’ve moved away from Maryland. Tina let me crash at her place, share a table with her and her college friends, drove me around, and even cooked dinner for me. So many thanks to Tina! :D

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Dreamcatcher minicomic by Tina Lee.
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Desmond Seymour and Jade F. Lee.

Here is my high school friend Jade F. Lee and her collaborator Desmond Seymour. I had a good time venting about racism/anti-semitsim/sexism/political correctness with them over dinner. Also, I thought it was cute that Jade’s mom stopped by my table and bought a button. :)

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3:16 by Desmond Seymour and Jade F. Lee
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My neighbors Henry Eudy, Kelly Williams, and Christian Sager

These guys were the best! I had a lot of fun chatting with them, and I think they were kind of surprised that I had similar tastes in film, etc. as them. :) We ended up trading zines/comics at the end, which was wonderful. Hope to see them at SPX 2014!

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Works by Henry Eudy.

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Works by Christian Sager and Kelly Williams.

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Works by Christian Sager and Kelly Williams.

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Nepali-American illustrator Anuj Shrestha.

I kept passing Anuj’s table and just couldn’t resist buying all three volumes of Genus. I think his flower-headed characters are so cool and really admire the two-page spreads in each volume. I think he was a bit surprised by my enthusiasm, ha ha ha.

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Genus Vol. 1-3 by Anuj Shrestha.

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While exploring the floor, I spotted a man carrying two copies of Little Fish, published by Zest Books (where I interned/for whom I am doing some freelance illustrations). I felt a little silly not knowing that Ramsey Beyer was attending SPX, but now that I knew I wanted to introduce myself. Ramsey was really sweet and even bought a copy of The Ink Drinker! Liz Prince, who I believe Zest Books would like to publish, was also there — so I was excited to meet her too.

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Little Fish by Ramsey Beyer (Zest Books).
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Self-Portrait by Liz Prince.
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To my surprise, James recognized me from Tumblr. I had a wonderful chat with him. :D He gave me some free mini-comis and even bought one of my zines — so many thanks to James!

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Minicomics by James Point Du Jour.

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Paul bought The Ink Drinker and liked it so much that he asked me to contribute to his anthology. Yay, I am so excited for that!!!

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Zine by Paul Starr.

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Rio and I connected via Twitter, and he stopped by my table to trade. So awesome! Very happy to have his zines in my library.

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Works by Rio Aubry Taylor.

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Inside the Works of Rio Aubry Taylor.

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I am very impressed by Aodhan Cumming’s After Uruk (based on the Epic of Gilgamesh) and can’t wait for future chapters. :)

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Works by Aodhan Cummings.

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From After Uruk by Aodhan Cummings.

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From After Uruk by Aodhan Cummings.

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From After Uruk by Aodhan Cummings.

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The film-noir aesthetic of G’Night Old Man immediately caught my eye and I had a nice chat with Jared Cullum too.

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Works by Jared Cullum.

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