The Protomen fucking ROCKED, but let me back up for a second here....
I went to view two apartments today. One of them I was pretty set onÃ‚Â¬Ã¢â‚¬Â but the other one I was kinda so-so on. The second one got shown byÃ‚Â¬Ã¢â‚¬Â this guy Kyle who's just getting into the real estate biz. We got to talking about my Tetris machine and such, and he toldÃ‚Â¬Ã¢â‚¬Â me I should go to this Protomen show, so I did. I got thereÃ‚Â¬Ã¢â‚¬Â way too early though 'cause the website was all jacked up and said theÃ‚Â¬Ã¢â‚¬Â show started at 7 when it really started at 9.45. So I hung out at theÃ‚Â¬Ã¢â‚¬Â cafÃ¢Ë†Å¡Ã‚Â© nearby for a while and overheard people at the table next to meÃ‚Â¬Ã¢â‚¬Â talking about The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, which is aÃ‚Â¬Ã¢â‚¬Â pretty goddamn awesome documentary about Steve Weibe. Steve Weibe nowÃ‚Â¬Ã¢â‚¬Â unofficially holds the world's highest score at Donkey Kong (officially second of all time), generallyÃ‚Â¬Ã¢â‚¬Â considered the hardest of all arcade games. Pretty impressive.
Anyways so I parted ways with the cafÃ¢Ë†Å¡Ã‚Â© crowd but they were at the showÃ‚Â¬Ã¢â‚¬Â later AND they knew Kyle too. So I met up with all of them at theÃ‚Â¬Ã¢â‚¬Â show.
The show was unbelievable. The lead singer wears a motorcycle helmetÃ‚Â¬Ã¢â‚¬Â with a microphone embedded in it and holds an arm cannon made out ofÃ‚Â¬Ã¢â‚¬Â PVC pipe. There's a guy with a silver robot mask that occasionallyÃ‚Â¬Ã¢â‚¬Â walks through the crowd and gestures at people (and I suspect he wasÃ‚Â¬Ã¢â‚¬Â one of the people in the balconies of the church playing the horn). OhÃ‚Â¬Ã¢â‚¬Â yeah did I mention this was another show at that abandoned church onÃ‚Â¬Ã¢â‚¬Â the south side? Yeah, so there was that level of awesomeness added too.Ã‚Â¬Ã¢â‚¬Â
Anyways there were about 12 people on stage, including four femaleÃ‚Â¬Ã¢â‚¬Â vocalists forming a choir. The guy in the megaman helmet playedÃ‚Â¬Ã¢â‚¬Â keyboard and sang and all the other people wore crazy silver makeup.Ã‚Â¬Ã¢â‚¬Â The minute the lead singer busted on into a screaming keytar solo, IÃ‚Â¬Ã¢â‚¬Â knew I was in for a show that would tax my ability to handle awesomeness.Ã‚Â¬Ã¢â‚¬Â
After the show Kyle, his roommates, all the people from the cafÃ¢Ë†Å¡Ã‚Â© and IÃ‚Â¬Ã¢â‚¬Â got provisions at a local 7/11 then headed off to Kyle's apartment toÃ‚Â¬Ã¢â‚¬Â watch It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and get drunk. I ended upÃ‚Â¬Ã¢â‚¬Â spending most of that time talking to a freelance film guy who'sÃ‚Â¬Ã¢â‚¬Â also a tremendous comic book geek and also lives in Wicker Park rightÃ‚Â¬Ã¢â‚¬Â down the street from me.Ã‚Â¬Ã¢â‚¬Â
Amazing. It seriously is amazing how unbelievably random life can beÃ‚Â¬Ã¢â‚¬Â and how the sheer randomness of it all produces such symmetry. Seriously once in a while there's an epically random night like that where I think the Universe is just a pretty awesome place to be.Ã‚Â¬Ã¢â‚¬Â