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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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March 2014 Update

PLEASE VISIT OUR NEW FUNDRAZR CAMPAIGN FOR SHORT FILM DEATH IS NO BAD FRIEND ABOUT ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON:

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Related Posts: Experience of Smudge Comics Arts Expo 2014 and Death Is No Bad Friend: NEW CAMPAIGN.

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Tuesday, March 4th: Went with my friend Tina to Welcome to Night Vale live in Washington, D. C. So much fun!

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Tina and me at Welcome to Night Vale!

Saturday, March 8th: Had a nice time exhibiting at the first-ever Smudge Comics Arts Expo.

Thursday, March 13th: The launch of our new Death Is No Bad Friend crowdfunding campaign: fundrazr.com/campaigns/diZs9?psid=8a92a66f127f49cfb6392f16277ad433.

Saturday, March 15th: Today’s Met Opera simulcast of Massenet’s Werther was beyond words! I read Goethe’s novel a few years back and found it very interesting. But the opera really brings the tragedy to a whole new level. And Jonas Kaufmann’s performance was absolutely captivating. :)

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Jonas Kaufmann in Werther. Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

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Tuesday, March 18th: Worked on new pages of graphic novel The First Reich.

Wednesday, March 19th: Wonderful Skype call with Jacqueline, DP of Death Is No Bad Friend. We bounced some really interesting ideas back and forth. And I look forward to further developing these ideas with her and director Mary.

Thursday, March 20th: I’ve been watching opera on YouTube and I just have to say that Verdi’s Don Carlos is one of the strangest operas I’ve encountered. Don Carlos falls in love with the woman who then becomes his stepmother, the Spanish Inquisition is running around causing trouble, and at the end Don Carlos is dragged down to hell by his dead grandpa to end his suffering… What!?

Friday, March 21st: My favorite Muppets Most Wanted moments (spoiler alert):

  • The Swedish Chef playing chess with death à la The Seventh Seal.
  • Miss Piggy’s Vivienne Westwood wedding dress.
  • Ricky Gervais in a lemur costume.

Saturday, March 22nd: Worked on new pages of graphic novel The First Reich.

Sunday, March 23rd: I had an amazing time watching The Grand Budapest Hotel! Wes Anderson is brilliant and Ralph Fiennes is one of my all-time favorite actors. And the whole ensemble was amazing — Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Jeff Goldblum, etc. I can’t wait to see it again! :D

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Ralph Fiennes in The Grand Budapest Hotel. Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

Monday, March 24th: Putting together some more Death Is No Bad Friend pre-production notes. Also, was in the mood to write a little prose tonight.

Tuesday, March 25th: Worked on new pages of graphic novel The First Reich.

Wednesday, March 26th: 

Thursday, March 27th:

  • I finished mailing all Indiegogo perks today — so keep your peepers peeled on your mailboxes, funders! :)
  • I joined dribbble.com today: dribbble.com/gegallas.

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Friday, March 28th: Planning a little trip downtown today…!

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Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat With G. E. Gallas, Washington City Paper

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I was recently interviewed by Mike Rhode for Washington City PaperCheck out the interview here: 

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Enjoy!!!

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Comics I Admire: “A Space Boy Dream”

A while ago, I stumbled across A Space Boy Dream, a wonderfully clever and charming webcomic by Moira Zahra and Mark Scicluna.

Somehow, my first experience of  A Space Boy Dream was somewhere in the middle of the comic and out of order. But I immediately perceived Moira and Mark’s refreshingly satirical portrayal of hipsters, struggling artists, and the average young person. Not only can I relate to the plight of the angsty and self-concious protagonist Vincent, but I also marvel in the amazingly expressive character designs and unique design aesthetic of this comic.

I didn’t realize until later that the artists live in and portray the Mediterranean island of Malta!! This fact went completely over my head because A Space Boy Dream‘s hipsters are identical to the ones I’ve encountered in Manhattan, San Francisco, and across the U.S. in general. I guess some components of society and subculture are far more universal than I originally imagined.

The following images belong to Moira Zahra and Mark Scicluna.

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For more A Space Boy Dream, please check out the following websites…

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Interview with Moira Zahra and Mark Scicluna: www.maltainsideout.com/22565/comic-strip-artists-life-space-boy-dream-character-vincent

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Package from Elena

I met my Barcelonian friend Elena in Tokyo of all places. We were both studying at Sophia University for a year.

We met through a mutual acquaintance and the three of us ended up on a three day trip to Okinawa. Both Elena and I share an enthusiasm for Okinawan culture and were so excited to go. We managed to see everything on our checklist and had an overall wonderful time there.

As it turned out, a few weeks later, Elena ended up moving into the same dorm as me. We ended up spending memorable times together, staying up to the wee hours of the morning chatting and eating candy.

Now, having only recently moved to San Francisco, we live on practically opposite sides of the globe. But we still Facebook and tweet at each other. And, most excitingly, we send packages through snail mail to each other, back and forth from Spain to the States.

While we were friends in Tokyo, Elena had no idea I drew at all. This was during my college phase of not having time to draw. Boy, was she surprised when she learned I was working on my graphic novel The Poet and the Flea. And, quickly, she became my #1 fan!

Elena became smitten by the rose from page 27 of The Flea (as seen on Part 4 of Behind the Scenes). So, for the winter holiday, I sent her the following ink and watercolor rose.

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In return, at the end of January, I received a wonderful little New Year’s present from Elena (see photos below)! She sent me a delightfully long handwritten letter, a bag of candy, and a flyer of a favorite Japanese band called exist†trace (which I believe Elena was handed by the lead singer named Jyou after a The GazettE concert).

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I would love for Elena to come visit San Francisco one day, or for me to visit her in Barcelona (when I’m not an unpaid intern making absolutely no money). Elena is really the only person I keep in touch with from my year abroad and I’m proud to have such an awesome friend! Maybe someday we’ll even return to Japan and even Okinawa together.

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Note on “The Nutcracker”

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One of my favorite operas is Jacques Offenbach‘s The Tales of Hoffmann (Les contes d’Hoffmann). This opera is a fantastical retelling of the life of the German Romantic author E. T. A. Hoffmann,  casting Hoffmann as the protagonist of his own stories.

Placido Domingo performing the “Chanson de Kleinzach” aria.

Désirée Rancatore performing “Les oiseaux dans la charmille.”

Through The Tales of Hoffmann, I developed an interest in Hoffmann and his stories, quickly leading me to Sigmund Freud’s The Uncanny. In Freud’s essay, he uses many of the same Hoffmann stories as Offenbach, but in this case to prove a psychological point (not that Offenbach’s opera isn’t deeply psychological). If I remember correctly, Freud even mentions Offenbach’s opera.

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I’m sure you are all wondering, “What does all this have to do with The Nutcracker?” Well, little do most people know, E. T. A. Hoffmann wrote in 1816 one of the earliest versions of The Nutcracker story, entitled The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Nussknacker und Mausekönig).

Alexandre Dumas was also a fan of Hoffmann, employing allusions to Hoffmann’s stories in The Count of Monte Cristo. Dumas even went as far as creating a revision to Hoffmann’s Nutcracker in 1844 called History of The Nutcracker (Histoire d’un casse-noisette), or The Tale of the Nutcracker.

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Towards the end of the 19th Century, Hoffmann’s Nutcracker was adapted to ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, perhaps the most famous incarnation of the tale. I write this post because my dad purchased tickets to the San Francisco Ballet to see The Nutcracker at the end of the month. Perhaps later I’ll add my thoughts on the production to this post.

Tchaikovsky’s music is always wonderful, if not a little too overplayed for the holidays. A lot of people tend to associate The March from The Nutcracker or The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy not with Tchaikovsky, but with the thousands of Christmas commercials that use these pieces. This also happens with The Chinese Tea Dance from The Nutcracker with Disney’s Fantasia and The Sleeping Beauty Waltz with Disney’s Sleeping Beauty.

I believe the most creative and exciting production of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker is Mark Morris’s The Hard Nut. The Hard Nut is set in 1950s America with a very retro feel inspired by the comic artist Charles Burns — a strange but brilliant compliment to the classical music. I hope to one day be able to attend a live performance.

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Brief Update

Here is a brief update on my current creative projects and endeavors…!

★ “The Poet and the Flea 100 Day Countdown to the Premiere” is underway!! Join us on TumblrTwitter, and Facebook!

Wednesday, September 26th

  1. Today, did some research about various production companies on IMDbPro.
  2. Worked on inquiry letters. Dropped one in the mailbox and will be sending out a few more soon!

Thursday, September 27th

  1. Continuing work on The Flea.
  2. Went on a date with Wes to the California Academy of Science: Nightlife at the Academy. Saw some amazing sights (jellyfish, baby ostriches, etc.) and had a wonderful time with Wes.

Friday, September 28th

  1. Today, met with Gabe and his friend, Masa — a film director. They asked me to collaborate with them on a screenplay called The Blanks. The concept is really interesting and I feel that I can use my expertise to really flesh out the characters and story. But I think I have to discuss everything further with Gabe and Masa to figure out exactly what they want.
  2. Discussed children’s book further with Gabe. Scheduled next meeting for Friday, October 12th.
  3. Watched the short film and read the short script that Gabe and Masa want me to collaborate on in order to expand it to feature length. Brainstorming ideas!
  4. Reworked my résumé since it needed some updating.

Saturday, September 29th

  • Worked on opening scene and ideas/notes for The Blanks. Sent to Gabe for feedback.

Sunday, September 30th

  1. Today, scanned all completed pages of The Poet and the Flea!!!
  2. Working on cropping scanned pages of The Flea and adding to draft posts on WordPress.

Goals for the coming days…

  1. Draft character designs for Gabe’s children’s book.
  2. Sketch out cover and first 2 pages of The First Reich. Schedule next meeting with Shannon.
  3. Close out GoFundMe.com campaign and launch IndieGoGo.com campaign.

Monday, October 1st

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  1. Happy Birthday, Laurence Harvey!  If he hadn’t died of stomach cancer at the age of 45, he would have been 84 today. (Well, at least Larry’s on-screen mom Angela Lansbury is still kicking!)
  2. Tonight, was supposed to attend the h. Naoto Designer Event with Wes, but had to cancel date due to stomach flu. (´A`。)
  3. E-mail correspondence with Gabe.
  4. Working on design for The Poet and the Flea postcards through Vistaprint in preparation for APE (Alternative Press Expo).

Tuesday, October 2nd

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  1. Happy Birthday, Mom! My family will be celebrating her birthday and mine (Oct. 19) together later this month. 〜(^▽^〜)
  2. E-mail correspondence with Gabe.
  3. Completed design for The Poet and the Flea postcards and ordered through Vistaprint.
  4. Worked on draft for e-mail to Graphic Ladies!?.

Wednesday, October 3rd

  1. Happy Birthday, Tetsuya, beloved leader and bassist of Japanese band L’Arc-en-Ciel!! You and the band have been going strong for 20 years now, and your fans can’t wait for more. (´∀`)♡ [Watch "In the Air" from 20th Anniversary Live: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=by3axL-3gjM]
  2. E-mail correspondence with Gabe.
  3. E-mail correspondence with Shannon.
  4. Sent e-mail to Graphic Ladies!?.
  5. Working on adding scanned pages of The Flea to draft posts on WordPress.

Thursday, October 4th

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  1. Happy Birthday, Jeremy Blake! This talented American artist would have been 41 today if he had not taken his life after the death of his long-term girlfriend Theresa Duncan. Read more about Blake and Duncan here!
  2. Working on making plans for APE (Alternative Press Expo).
  3. Working on character sketches for Gabe.

Etcetera

  • The Poet and the Flea: 47 pages of written script (1 page of script = 4-6 illustrated pages), and about 36 pages (1-24, 27-30 completed, and 25-26, 31-36 in progress) of illustrated work.

To Do:

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