May The Schwartz Be With You
Speaking of screaming to the skies, my writing partner wrote a really funny post a while back about the perfect movie trailer formula, def worth a read or three.
Anyways, I digress. So, I'm a dork. I used to spend many nights alone in my room (and by "used to" I mean like five minutes ago), where usually after a long cry and/or spooning with my body pillow, I'd watch the bonus features on my OC DVDs and hope that some day I'd meet either Rachel Bilson, Adam Brody or Josh Schwartz.
Somewhere along the way, I start a blog that, let's be honest, at best sounds like the blog of giddy 12 year old girl (no offense to my giddy 12 year old girl readers, just saying), and next thing you know, I've met two out of the three without being a complete stalker. Am I bragging? Hells yes. Why? Because this is what a dork brags about. Okay, the time I met Brody, my friend Mary and I were probably being a bit stalker-ish, but that's beside the point (hey Mary, if you're reading this, don't ya just miss those days? actually happy going to work, filled with moxy, a lil pep in our step.. *sigh* ).
So, the night I met one of my writer-idols took place on May 5, 2006. First off, a big thank you to Silly Pipe Dreams reader and friend, Lyle, for inviting me to this private shindig. Anyways, as many of you know, Josh Schwartz (creator of the OC) and music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas have been featured in many, many, many articles for bringing indie music to the mainstream. Recently, they did a panel for the Tribeca Film Festival. I did not go to this, as it cost $20 and I am a cheap bastard.
But I did go to the private concert that followed. And sweet heavens, what a great lineup. First up, Matt Pond PA:
You OC-watchers may know them as the band that covered Champagne Supernova. Their songs are mostly average, but they do have a few gems. My favorite track: "So Much Trouble" - Matt Pond PA
Then came one of my favorite bands, Nada Surf, or at least 2/3 of the band (Matthew and Ira):
I've posted on Nada Surf a few times, so it seems appropriate to leave you with this song: "Do It Again" - Nada Surf
Next was a surprise performance by Mr. Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie:
You'd think people would go ape-shit, but everyone was kinda low-key the entire night. Must be an "industry" thing? I was screaming like a little girl. Again, I don't remember what songs he played, but I wanna say Crooked Teeth was in there? Either way, here's Ben covering Avril: "Complicated" - Ben Gibbard (live)
And lastly, Mates of State:
I love seeing these two live. They have such great chemistry and energy, being married probably helps, but they were definitely the best act of the night. They performed my two favorite songs:
"Goods" - Mates of State
"For The Actor" - Mates of State
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists were up after them, but I was quite tired, so I didn't stick around (for a better summary of this concert, go to this blog). But at some point during all of the above, I did meet Josh Schwartz. I tried to act cool as a cucumber, but failed miserably. He does read the blog though! And he is a very nice, humble human being... as far as I can tell from the short time we spoke. Anyhoo, the point is he could've been a dick, like many other famous folk, but he was quite the opposite. Wait, no, that'd make him a pussy. So scratch that. The sentence, not the genitalia. But yeah, he took the time to chat, offered advice, joked around... and that made this baby writer's night. It also reminded me to always put good karma out into the world.. so may the Schwartz be with you.
p.s. man, i totally wanna watch Spaceballs now, remember this awesomeness? leave comments!!
p.p.s. stream Muse's new album here.