Sitting and Rocking

So it turns out that La Tulipe has my two favorite things in a rock club these days: seats and air conditioning. By rock audience standards, this means unequivocally that I’m old and lame, but then rock always was an ageist undertaking and it’s just something we’ve got to live with. As we were going over to the club after dinner, Carrie and I and our comrade (also a professor) all extolled the virtues of enjoying a rock concert while seated. And the air conditioning, considering that it is hotter than hell here right now. (In fact our air conditioner is working so hard that the circuit blew when Carrie printed something earlier today.) But I do wonder if anything rocks less than sitting in air conditioning. I know nothing rocks harder than fire, but that’s for another post.

Top 5 Reasons Why It’s Better to Sit at a Rock Club Than to Stand

5. You can feel the bass in your butt.
4. You’re more likely to stick around through that band you don’t like, which is good for them, I suppose.
3. The waiter will find you more often, you’ll have a place to put your drink when s/he does, and it will stay cold longer.
2. It’s easier to “go meta” on the event because you’re participating and observing at the same time.
1. You’re ohhhhhlllllllld.(1)

Last night’s show was entertaining, though to say that the sound on the first two bands was bad would be the understatement of the year. It was catastrophically bad — like at any given time a couple of the band members were inaudible. Lake Trout did their best to put on a good show, but it was tough to listen for parts I knew were there but couldn’t hear. Editors, meanwhile, apparently brought along their own sound mixer, or perhaps just got the consideration of a soundcheck, which they took immediately before their set. The place was packed and they put on a loud, engaging show. And the sound was alright, which just goes to show that it’s not simply the acoustics.

The Editors’ CD is actually pretty good. I’m listening to it right now.


1. “Old” only in the context of a rock show. Not “old” in the general sense.