Nothing like wedding season, visiting in-laws and summer activities to keep you from blogging regularly. So in order to take full advantage of the excuses for lack of time I’ve dug up a KEXP live studio performance from last year, already edited, that I somehow never managed to blog about and not because it wasn’t memorable. In fact it was one of the more memorable in-studios for me. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a fan of 80’s bands Joy Division, Front 242, NitzerEbb, Bauhaus, etc. And when I hear Matthew Dear I’m somewhat reminded of those bands. The band members all look decidedly cool and rocker like. And what a nice bunch they are. I should clarify “nice” as that can almost be taken as an insult. Nice guys finish last, nice is boring, etc. Strike nice and replace it with humane. Confused? Mission accomplished on my part. Just making sure you’re actually reading this post vs. skipping to the pics. For the masses of you who are still reading this, read on. As I was photographing the band warming up the bassist tapped me on the shoulder and had the look of “I’m not going to laugh because I don’t want her to think I’m laughing at her when that’s really all I want to do right now.” He told me that I had what looked like a big blob of hand sanitizer on my back. (I must have leaned up against the dispenser mounted on the wall in KEXP’s rather narrow hallway and christened myself with a squirt of sanitizer.) So for those of you who saw Something About Mary with Cameron Diaz there’s a certain scene the movie is known for and that’s what immediately came to mind when the tap and the look came to be so I was both a wee mortified in front of these guys but at the same time I had to laugh at myself. I enjoyed the set at KEXP and had an even better time that night with my husband at their live show at Nectar. People were losing it! Sweaty dancers, adoring fans, the lot. A good time was had by all.