If Ok Computer and In Rainbows were never conceived, Arcade Fire would have a running chance to be better than Radiohead (someday, at least).
I say this with confidence after just seeing Arcade Fire put on an amazing show at the Greek Theater, a show that easily ranks in my top 5 best performances.
Although, the whole time I kept thinking how much Joe, Hazz and Mark would have enjoyed it. Interesting to note, this concert came exactly five years after seeing Sigur Ros for the first time.***
There has only been one other time that I have been more sure that my best friend is in a trench, on the side of the road, dead*. In an age of hyper-communication, I do not see how it is possible to not know if your best friend is alive. Obtaining this much separation from technology (and general social niceties) is an achievement; one that the worlds most famous hermits** could never achieve. Joe, if you are reading this and it makes you mad, good, that means you are alive.
Arcade Fire introduced Sprawl II by saying “This song is about something that California invented” and the crowd went nuts. Before the song even started, it was easy to take a stab at what the Win was inferring and I don’t think it is something to applaud. Maybe it is just me in my tortured artist mode but that song, as good as it is, is too poignant to listen to. Most of the CD is.
I took Thursday off to rent a car and take a drive. I ended up going down the 101 and into the suburbs of Saratoga, a bit southwest of San Jose. I found a strip mall with a Barnes and Noble, Michaels, Jamba Juice, Halloween store, Target and everything else that I had become some accustomed to in San Diego. It took so much mental strength to walk through these stores to remind myself that I wasn’t in San Diego.
Nostalgia - it's delicate, but potent. […] In Greek, "nostalgia" literally means "the pain from an old wound." It's a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone.
Hazz has been searching for Joe for the past couple weeks. He has stumbled upon photos and clues across the Internet that prove he is still alive and somewhere between Brazil, Arizona and New York.
Brian and Alyssa have been up here since Thursday night. They came up to the office yesterday and got a little tour of our digs. Most of my coworkers were trying to get him to work at Yelp, which was funny and something that he should really consider but probably won’t. They both seem to really enjoy the city and they talk about the starry-eyed pseudo-possibility that they will one day live here. It reminds me a lot of the way Annie and I felt a year ago and look at us now. I just hope he doesn’t write it off as impossible.
Hazz found Joe today but it may have been better if he never did.
If you haven't listened to The Suburbs, I suggest that you do.
* He was just in Arizona, visiting his brother. I guess I have a tendency to worry.
** This is contradictory. I would venture to guess that if you are good at being famous, you are not so good at being a hermit.
*** There is a funny Damien Rice joke to be made right about here but I think only Joe knows it. As well as the obligatory Glosoli joke, which everyone knows.