Animal Collective/Black Dice show the other night v.good. Anml Cllctv are clearly on to something - genuinely original and heartfelt avan-rock. Their cooing and oozing and repeating and jumping and yelping would all seem very contrived and wanky if they didn't do it with such passion and aplomb - they push it way into the realm of the sublime. BD were a bit disappointing, truth be told. Big nasty grey skabs of noise produced by three extremely stoned looking rich kids. On their last two records, even the noisiest sounds they use have an element of prettiness to them but that didn't come across live. Still, they had their moments, esp. when the V Reilly-esque guitar chimes started to come through.
More sidturbing was the fact that over 50% of the people I know in Vancouver were at the show. On the one hand it made me feel like the popular kid when people like Jeremy Schmidt (aka excellent Space Rock project Sinoia Caves - I think he was drunk) started speaking to me. On the other hand, the statistics of the situation made my world seem rather small.
Most recent musical acquisitions - Johnathan Richman and the Modern Lovers (2nd album on Get Back 140g mid price red vinyl) C93 "Of Ruine or Some Blazing Starre" (used CD) and Fall "Perverted by Language" (LP bought on Ebay to replace CD).