Road Trip uh Thursday, I Guess – Cloud Nothings – Schubas Tavern – Chicago – 4/6

I like Chicago. Every time I go, I wonder what it would be like to live there. I think of all the things there is to do and how there would never be a dull moment. It is always a case of being blinded by vacation, I’m sure, because I never think of things like how much more expensive it would be or having to deal with traffic. Plus, there is something, I dunno, boring about just having all these bands presented to you all the time. I mean look at all of these choices. There are like six shows I could have picked for this day alone. But Cloud Nothings is where I would end up, especially since I won’t see them at Lollapalooza (although, in theory I would live in Chicago, I could go to Pitchfork, too, since I don’t have to pay for a hotel.) Awesome punk/garage band with some of the early 2000’s rock mixed in. Also, it has an early spot on my albums of the year list, and I’m not sure it is going to fall off.

But I like living in Des Moines. I’m not going to pretend it is without fault, it would be nice if there were more 24 hour food options and I wish more people walked places so I don’t feel like I’m some sort of hoodlum for being on the street, but what I like is that when a cool band does show up, like tonight Murder By Death at Vaudeville Mews, it feels like a big deal. If Murder By Death was playing Chicago on the same day as all these other cool bands, I would likely skip it, which would suck, but in Des Moines, it is an event. Also, I don’t think I would know as much about the local scene in Chicago, since I would be busy going to all the national shows, so I kind of feel like I’d have less civic pride. So, yeah I think I made the right choice by living here. Also, the Cubs suck.


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