Much Needed Weekend In Paris + The Thermals


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I just came home from a much needed weekend in Paris. My girlfriend had a few things to take care of in the city, and I managed to convince her that this was the best weekend to go. Why? Because The Thermals were playing! As it turned out, they weren’t there to promote a new album, but as part of the Keep Portland Weird project taking place at the new La Gaîté Lyrique. I brought the small compact camera to capture a few shots:

The concert was of course good, but given that it was not “their own” it didn’t match the one they gave last year, nor the year before. The crowd was also very different, appearing to be there less because they already knew the band and more because of the whole Keep Portland Weird thing. Anyway, as always I had a blast and managed to peep a few tricks on how to play their tunes on the guitar. Two things keep striking me about these guys: 1) they genuinely seem like they are having fun together (on stage), and 2) they seem to be very down to earth and nice. This is definitely not something I’ve noticed in a lot of bands.

Naturally, we also spent some time wandering in the city. I got a few snapshots from around the city:

and a few from the never disappointing passe-temps, people watching from a cafe:

It was raining at the time, and hence it partially developed into a survey in on umbrellas, bow wow!

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