December 2007


Last night was Harvey Danger’s excellent “2nd annual last show ever”. We got there in time for the second opening band, BOAT, who were fun but not outstanding.

Neumo’s was close to packed with dedicated fans. Under-21’ers were crammed on the balcony. When Sean Nelson announced they’d be playing their entire first album straight through, the excitement level went up appreciably. The crowd carried entire sections of “Flagpole Sitta”. After wrapping up the first album, they did their seasonal “Sometimes You Have to Work on Christmas”, a few more recent songs, and closed the set with a sweet cover of “Hazy Shade of Winter”.

John Roderick joined them for the first song of the encore, also a cover but one we didn’t recognize. A few more songs, then they closed for the night with a spoken-word Velvet Underground cover (according to my husband anyway).

Oh, and they announced they’ll be playing 2 nights at the Triple Door in early March, where they plan to play straight through all THREE of their albums.

[full setlist]

I’ve been merrily cooking up a storm for the holiday season, including:

  • Salmon cakes
  • Braised cabbage with caraway
  • Baked pears with pomegranate seeds
  • Sugar cookies
  • Sauerkraut pierogies – 5 dozen!
  • Ham
  • Thyme-roasted sweet potatoes
  • Yellow split-pea soup – 2 batches!
  • Spelt and feta salad
  • Cranberry-Pecan bran muffins
  • Roasted green beans
  • Chocolate fudge sauce

And a preview of what’s upcoming:

  • Dad’s Chili
  • Cornbread
  • Ice cream cake (to put the chocolate fudge sauce upon!)
  • more sugar cookies
  • Butternut squash soup
  • Spiced pecans

Watch Tuesday’s “Winter Classic” outdoor game on CBC with competant announcing, or watch it on high-def NBC?