We walked up in time to hear the last couple songs of Hot Water Music, then listened to Dessa for a few songs. Bert found us and we moved on. Sunday we definitely saw the most bands I think, moving around more and often catching just a few songs. We caught some of That Dog and The Orwells, then heard our first full set: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones.
They played the Let's Face It album in its entirety, making sure to point out several times that it's now been twenty years since its release. They finished out their set with a few more songs off other albums. It was great.
We then went to see The Menzingers, who didn't seem quite as on top of things as the last time we saw them. We then caught some Minus The Bear, Mad Caddies, and Dinosaur Jr. before going to see GWAR.
A whole lot of people came to see GWAR, but it quickly started thinning out after a few songs. I think most people just wanted to see it to see what it was about. Which to be honest is why I was there too. It was pretty entertaining. And I'm glad we were outside the splash zone.
We then caught a little bit of M.I.A., then Prophets of Rage and finally Jawbreaker. I knew a few Jawbreaker songs. Overall it was a great three days.
And last night Jamie and I watched Empire Records, because seeing GWAR made me want to see their scene in Empire Records. :)
Ever wonder what could possibly go wrong with a simple inscription on a basic cake? Well, WONDER NO MORE.
Below I've listed the inscriptions some of my trusty Wreckporters ordered from professional bakeries, followed by the cakes they actually received:
"God Bless Neal"
I hear it's His middle name.
"Welcome Baby Arnold"
The spacing is what really sells it.
"Happy Birthday Mom"
Now that's a cake only a mother named Bob could love.
[Btw, I'm starting to wonder if a baker named Bob is doing these on purpose. And if so, I want to shake Bob's hand.]
"Congrats British Lit"
I hope this starts a trend; I want to see all the ways bakers butcher "Kyrgyzstanian."
"Happy Bandwidth Upgrade Day"
"Band With Upgrade" is the name of my retro Steam Powered Giraffe cover band.
(I realize only about 3 people will get that joke... and I'm ok with that.)
"Grats to Dad"
I like to think this is the baker's revenge on everyone who shortens "congratulations" to "grats." "CONGRATS" IS SHORT ENOUGH, PEOPLE.
"Old Dirty Thirty"
At some point you stop being surprised. Or so I'm told.
"When I'm 64"
That's actually how John says it when he's singing in his "drunk McCartney" voice, so maybe Kit sang her order over the phone. Drunk. While imitating Paul McCartney.
(Don't keep us in suspense, now, Kit: did you?)
Thanks to Colleen C., Suzanne R., Morgan & Eric, Katie D., Ethan D., Leslie C., Becky L., & Kit K. for really phoning it in today. ;)
This Wonder Woman was bopping along to one of the many dance-offs in the Marriott lobby, and I couldn't stop staring at her glorious cloud of hair:
Where is the moment we needed the most?
You kick up the leaves and the Volvo is lost...
You tell me your blue skies fade to grey
Your baker still hates you, too, they say
But I don't need no carryin' on!
You fall in the line just to hit a new low
You pretend that you meant to, but everyone knows
You tell me it's hard working here offline
Your coworkers mock you all the time
But I don't need no carryin' on!
So you had a bad day
You're itching downtown,
You sing a sad song just to drown out the sound!
You say you must know,
You tell me don't lie,
Then you work on a smile and you opt for the pie.
You had a bad day!
Now that's a bad day.
Thanks to wreckporters Connie L., Deborah P., Melissa F., Fribby, Monique R., Anony M., & Rachel B. for inspiring a new CW policy: from now on, we want any and all apologies handwritten. ON CAKE.
Whether you're a kid or just feel like one, nothing beats seeing one of your favorite characters in cake, am I right?
And if you've already seen Guardians of the Galaxy 2, I bet this is one of your new favorites:
(By Tattooed Bakers)
HE IS GROOT!
And just look at all that fabulous detail & airbrushing!
Here's another favorite no one's ready to "let go" just yet:
(By The Hobby Baker, photo by Alison Greenwood)
Olaf! Let's just pretend he's singing our version of his summer song.
(Those waves are fantastic, btw; love how the number 5 is floating off to the side.)
Groot and Olaf may be the new characters in town, but some classics never get old:
(By Sonata Torte)
Winnie-the-Pooh, and the whole gang, too!
I'll admit it: I still love cartoons, and I still really love the Ninja Turtles:
(By You've Been Cupcaked)
Look how cute! And lookit Mikey on his back! D'awww.
This next one is for my fellow writer Sharyn, because "it's so fluffy I'm gonna die!!"
(By The Bunny Baker)
That's Agnes from Despicable Me, and I want her stuffed unicorn.
Ever see a character you grew up with and instantly get the show's theme song stuck in your head?
(By Richards' Cakes)
"Down in Fraggle Rock!"
Time for another favorite, this time from The Lego Movie:
(By April Heather)
Would you believe April is just a hobby baker? She made this for her daughter, so I think I speak for us all when I say, "JEALOUS."
How about an old arcade classic?
(By Sculpted Sweets)
It's Pac-Man, now in 3D! Great design, great colors.
And everyone's favorite Pixar robot:
Wall-E! Look closely; that "dirt" is actually chocolate sprinkles.
And another universally loved 'bot - though I think he prefers "droid":
(By Mira que Tarta)
Like Wall-E, there are a TON of great R2 cakes out there, but I love the extra details here: the themed number 7, the Tatooine landscape, and those bitty yellow wires on R2's "feet."
And finally, from droids to dragons:
(By Richards' Cakes)
This How To Train Your Dragon masterpiece needs a closer look, so here are a few detail shots:
He's even wearing a saddle!
I'm amazed bakers this talented don't also go into the clay figurine business. I'd buy some of these dragons for my desk in a heartbeat!
Hope you enjoyed your Sweets today, everyone! Happy Sunday!
We then killed some time and heard Lawrence Arms and Danzig until Gogol Bordello took the stage. I believe this was the fifth time I've seen them live and they were entertaining as usual.
We then caught the tail end of New Found Glory before listening to Streetlight Manifesto for the last show of the night. Streetlight Manifesto continues to be the one band that can almost drag me into the mosh pit. Great show.
Metra was real dumb tonight, seeming to forget that several hundred people require more than two cars of the train to be opened. But we made it home, so thanks Metra.
The first band we saw was X, which even though I enjoy them, I don't think I ever thought I'd see them live. They were celebrating 40 years of being a band and it was a great show.
Next we heard a bit of the Buzzcocks, then wandered around to look at merch and get some food. We then returned to the Root/Riot stages area (probably the main stages of the five) and caught some Death From Above while waiting for the main event of the evening: Ministry - New Order - Nine Inch Nails.
Jamie and Kim wandered off after a few Ministry songs, but I enjoyed getting to hear Bad Blood live, since the Matrix soundtrack was a big part of 1999 and the early 2000s for me. Jamie and Kim returned as Ministry was finishing up.
New Order was fun. Their songs sound a lot different live than recorded.
Nine Inch Nails was amazing. I wasn't as excited about them as I was about New Order, but man do they know how to put on a show.
The show ended at 10 and we caught the 10:46 Metra from Western Ave. Metra doesn't usually stop there except a few random trains, but they were kind enough to add it as an extra stop to a bunch of trains during Riot Fest. We were home about 11:15, which I thought was pretty good given that we were still listening to NIN's Hurt up until 10.
Heading off to day 2 shortly!