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As a venue, the basement of the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia is somethin' else. There's no security whatsoever; just half a dozen volunteer

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Last Night: The Good Life

Kasher's inferno.

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As a venue, the basement of the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia is somethin' else. There's no security whatsoever; just half a dozen volunteer dudes at the front door who take your money and man the guestlists and stamp your arm ... all the shows there are all-ages, and most of the kids who come bring in plenty of booze totally unchecked (there's a joint right across the street where you can get your 40s) ... it's kinda like a free-for-all house party, or your typical basement show that you'll find in any city, except rather than just local punk rock bands, FUC books some pretty big national and international acts (this week they hosted Boris, Two Gallants, The Blow, and, last night, the Good Life and Luke Temple).  Oh, and the other thing about the place -- it's UNGODLY FUCKING HOT, a total inferno, unbearable by anyone's standards.  Good Life frontman Tim Kasher (he of Cursive fame), made repeated mention of the heat, although he said that he actually kinda liked it because it "charged him up" ... not sure about anyone else in the room ... just a few songs into their set, after snapping some photos, and after standing in that hellpit for close to three hours, I had to make my escape.  I found a semi-secret passage up some stairs and out into a small courtyard where I sat on an iron bench and reveled in the cool late-night air while still being able to hear the sounds of the Good Life as they played songs from their new Help Wanted Nights and one of my favorite albums of the decade thus far -- 2004's Album of the Year. And then I was joined on the bench by my new friend Michelle, who nearly passed out from the heat inside herself, and we sat listening some more and taking turns swigging from the bottle of vodka she brought in.  And then we were kicked out. But then I smoothed it out with the dudes at the door, who are actually very nice. All in all, not a bad night.  Oh, the Good Life plays Seattle on November 3rd, at the Crocodile Cafe -- you should go.  Anyway, here's some photos I shot: GOODLIFE_02small.jpg

 

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