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Yeah, I got my fangirl on in a big, big way: Orbital last night, part of Seattle's wonderful annual Decibel Festival, a gig that I've waited for for lo these many years. I probably haven't danced that much in one night outside of Burning Man. My back and feet are still not 100%, and I wore comfy boots.

They played most of their new album Wonky, and many of my favorite tracks from their first two albums. I was glad they did their mash-up of their hit "Halcyon+On+On" with "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" and "You Give Love a Bad Name". Another hardcore fan moment: they did part of the long, weird, and wandering "Are We Here?" from Snivilisation, made live show-friendly. Take that, n00bs.

This was a polished, professional show complete with well-matched visuals at the Paramount, which for non-Seattle folks is a big old movie palace from the 1920's that was beautifully renovated by an ex-Microsoftee. Pro tip: if you want to hear the treble, you can't be under the balcony.

The crowd? A few people in full raver gear, some grizzled fans the same age as the band (including your humble correspondent), but even more glammed-up women in their late twenties. The organizer of the Decibel Festival, Sean Horton, says that Orbital is what got him into techno, and I overheard a guy at the show saying that, too. They really are a worthy gateway drug. Their most artistically ambitious & successful album, for my money, is In Sides, but the one that speaks to my heart is that nugget of pure ravey goodness Orbital 2, affectionately known to fans as the brown album. Happiness is meeting people who totally get that when I tell them.

Postscript #1: There's somebody out there who's been waiting longer than I have. [livejournal.com profile] xaotica tried to sneak into RCKCNDY (Remember?) when she was 17 to see Orbital, but she got stuck in a window, landed on the ground bleeding, went home, and cried. She didn't get to see them live until last night. It was good to see her there, not least because she looked fabulous.

Postscript #2: I got offered a drink by a man I'd just met. Flattering, but I said no because a) I'm just not that into men, and b) I'm trans and don't want to end up dead in an alley.

Postscript #3: Catching the 358 can always be exciting, but near midnight it's even more so. A very drunk woman and her boyfriend (?) got on in Belltown and held the bus up while he talked her off the bus. He said, "Let's go home."
She said, "Where's that, the bushes?"

Postscript #4: Oh yeah, the opener: a fellow in a suit with a laptop named Paul Chambers. I felt a little sorry for him because the crowd wasn't very large at first, but he acquitted himself quite well, I thought.

Date: 2012-09-28 07:48 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] hollyqueen.livejournal.com
My dear, you are many things, but "grizzled" is not one of them!

Date: 2012-09-28 07:53 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] sistawendy.livejournal.com
Aw. *Blush.* Careful, or I'll ask you out.

Date: 2012-09-28 09:26 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] hollyqueen.livejournal.com
Lol. If I wasn't straight, I'd have asked you out by now!

Date: 2012-09-29 03:02 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] xaotica.livejournal.com

i almost always say no to anyone buying me drinks.

however, although it's certainly true that the average straight man might be surprised and not have the greatest reaction to learning that you're trans... people at decibel also aren't necessarily typical of the average straight man.

and i've dated several men who considered themselves 100% straight, did not feel that they were bi-curious... but watched trans porn and were totally comfortable with the idea of sleeping with / dating a trans woman (both pre and post op)


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