The picture comes from my LG cellphone, which I must confess to being gravely disappointed with. On Wednesday night, my buddy Dan and I went to see the Shins at Madison Square Garden Theater (one sweet venue, so much cooler than the Garden itself, which IMO swallows up bands and then spits out their bones), where I whipped out my cell, already thinking of my duties as a guest-blogger, and took the following shot.
Okay, if I found that picture in a year or two, not only would I have no idea who it was; I wouldn't even have any idea what it was. The view from the bridge of the Enterprise upon entering the Horsehead Nebula? A late-night shot of the Brooklyn Bridge?
The Shins, by the way, are a wonderful but strange band. They seem to have at least two distinct sides. Sometimes they are capable of rocking out, as they did in their encore, a terrific cover of Jonathan Richman's "Someone I Care About" (but don't take my word for it), and then sometimes they are so freaking mellow that it just doesn't work live. So about half the show was dancing in the aisles, and half was wondering if I had any e-mail messages waiting . . . On the other hand, this did make it easy to decide when to go for beer.