Even though this is my blog and I should be able to write about whatever the hell I want, there are times that I don't write what's on my mind because people will just think I'm being a whiny little bitch. And they'd be mostly right. But who really wants to have people call them a whiny little bitch when they're being a whiny little bitch? Not me.
But today is Saturday, the first day of a three day holiday weekend, and hardly anybody will be reading my blog anyway, so here's me whining: This past Wednesday, Matt & Kim were playing in Seattle and I couldn't go! WAH!! To understand the depth of this tragedy, you have to understand just how much I love Matt & Kim...
On New Years Day 2007, I decided to go through the pile of mail that had been stacking up over the past month. In amongst the crap was a padded envelope from my friend Meagan containing a three CD's with a note on top. "Merry Christmas!" it said. "Except you don't celebrate Christmas, but that shouldn't stop you from getting awesome presents." One of the CD's was the self-titled debut album by Brooklyn grunge-punk-pop duo Matt & Kim. From the very first track, I was mesmerized. Here was a band that was playing their guts out in a way that I hadn't heard since the punk rock movement in the late 70's and early 80's. Just listening to them made me feel like I was discovering music again for the first time. In the years that followed, I could always count on Matt & Kim to cheer me up on even my worst days.
Their follow-up album, Grand, released this January, was even more amazing than the first. Somehow the band has managed to keep it's raw and amateurish flavor, but come up with a sound that's a little more polished and accessible. I've played the single Daylight so many times that it's melded with my soul...
I mean, just look at them! They love playing so much that they can't keep the smiles off their faces. Their enthusiasm is so contagious that it permeates their music and makes every song feel like nobody has ever done this before. And every time I see a photo from one of their concerts or a video from a live gig... believe you me, I want to see them live so badly it hurts...
I've come very close to seeing them nearly a half-dozen times. It's not hard, because they spend most of their lives touring. They're everywhere. And yet... I keep missing their shows. A friend called me Tuesday and said I should come to Seattle because they were playing Wednesday night, but I couldn't go. I've felt sick ever since. I can't get over it. I can't let it go. Missed opportunities. It's the first thing I think of when I wake up in the morning, and the last thing to go through my mind when my head hits the pillow at night. Right now typing this entry I can barely keep from screaming as loud as I can until I pass out. Tonight they're playing in one of my favorite cities... Cologne Germany... and I'm not there. On Monday they're playing in Paris and I want to meet Laurence there and see it. On Tuesday they land in Amsterdam and I want to be there with The DutchBitch. On Thursday they're playing in Stockholm and I want to call up Göran, hop on a plane, and go. On Saturday, they're invading Oslo and I want to jet over, grab Karla, and see it. On June 1st, they're in London, and I want nothing more than to call up everybody I know in the city, cash in some frequent flier miles, and have a party at their show...
But here I sit.
And then this morning I noticed that they dropped an amazing new video for Lessons Learned back in April...
I hate it when I allow something stupid like missing a concert to ruin my life like this.
And yet, I just can't help it...
And lastly, words of profound wisdom from Matt...
"True success is health insurance."
If that doesn't sum up life in these United States of America, I don't know what does.
Free "Daylight" MP3 + Remixes from Green Label Sound.
Matt & Kim music at the iTunes Music Store.
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Since yesterday’s and today’s post have themes of music and movies, I was just curious, have you seen Anvil – The Story of Anvil? It was playing here at our “Indie” theater for four days only last week. I was planning to go see it Thursday night (the last night). Thursday came and went, and of course I forgot all about it. : /
Nope… haven’t seen it at any theater as I’ve been traveling around. Yet another film I’ll have to wait for video. 🙁
Matt and Kim aren’t that bad, I wasn’t expecting the [SPOILER] at the end of the naked video.
Ha! Spoil sport! I edited your comment to keep the surprise… it’s the best part of the video! 😀
Sorry you have to miss them… they are good fun and I’ve bookmarked the sites to check them out more.
Wow, I wasn’t expecting Matt and Kim to have such a clean sound. They are pretty good! Glad you didn’t spoil the ending, you don’t see that coming at all!
GODSDAMNIT DAVE, STOP SHOWING ME THINGS I WILL NOW HAVE TO BUY. YOU ARE KILLING ME.
Wow, thanks Dave- love Matt and Kim. The videos are great fun and I really enjoy the music, even though I’m not a rock (of any type) fan. Also, the comprehensive list of links is going above and beyond; thanks again. Besides, Kim is pretty hot in knee socks…
I’ll go all by my lonesome self on thursday unless Karla flies in 🙂
Oh sure… that makes me feel so much better! 😀
Daaaamnnnnnn we could’ve totally made it Bitchterdam!!! Shiiitttt!!!
Aaaaand in a confluence of clusterfucks….I won’t be here Saturday! Sorry Goran, Sorry Dave, I’ll be in Amsterdam for some Amsterdamlutley relaxing visits to coffeeshops because MAMA NEEDS SOME DOWNTIME. mama needs to switch off her brain, have a bit of a holiday, see some Van Gogh, drink some good beer and have some, er, yeah, downtime.
Success is, indeed, health insurance. One of the reasons i am scared to move back stateside, I am used to having good health coverage and would now be left without?
Oops, thanks for that, yeah didn’t want to spoil the ending.
….why have I not heard of Matt + Kim before? Very infectious sound they have. I hope they don’t go commercial and change their sound. I won an I-Tunes gift card at work recently – I will definitely get a few from them when I DL some songs today.
And really….there’s nothing wrong with being a whiny little bitch. Sometimes, I’m a whiny HUGE bitch and that’s okay. 🙂
Dude, I don’t even know who Matt & Kim are! Well, I mean now I do, but not before that. I like ’em though!
You whine all you like Dave… I completely empathise after moving to a country where just about no-one ever comes on tour. I have begun to really appreciate wedding singers (lots of weddings here). That’s how bad it is.
Listening to Matt & Kim with The Sounds mixed in is my idea of damn good time. Just mix in a little alcohol and you’ve got a party everyone wants to be at! I’d don’t blame you for whining. I do it on the daily.
Before you posted a link to that video on Twitter the other day, I knew of Matt & Kim, but had never heard their music. Not bad. And a very clever video.
Thought I hadn’t heard of them until I recognised the first song. They are good. Just wish they could change their name – I keep calling them Mel & Kim!
I like the statement that Kim is making — that it’s OK to be totally naked except for the socks. I’d like to think that this will send the message to all women that while naked-with-socks may not be the preferred look, it should certainly be tolerated.
Thanks for the videos and intro- great band! Needed a smile this morning, major suckage in my work life this past 12 hours…
I hadn’t heard of them until some friends were tweeting/FBing about going to see them here. I’m sorry you missed the show! 🙁 That’s how I felt about not going to see Ben Folds. Total disappointment.
I like the line in the naked video, “Thinking about tomorrow won’t change today” (I might be paraphrasing.)
I am totally addicted to “Daylight” now. Thank you for sharing that. Now it’s a battle between my new song addition and Wil’s new addiction to a band called The Knife.