NXNE: GLONO Goes To Toronto (Part 1 of 3)

NXNE R Us!If you have a job in which you never have cause to attend a conference, consider yourself lucky. Conferences and trade shows are among the most idiotic constructs of corporate America, a rancid bouillabaisse of sales call, vacation, shopping, forced death march, and marital infidelity. And then when you get back to the cube, you still have to make up all the work you didn’t do while you were running up your expense account in some other city.

So why, I ask, are creative types like musicians and filmmakers — people who ostensibly chose their lot in life largely as a way to avoid shit like conferences — eager to have their own?

You’ve all no doubt heard about South By Southwest, Austin’s mega-music conference. So have I. But Austin is not within driving distance of Ann Arbor, and Toronto is. So I’m here at North By Northeast to try and figure out what exactly a music and film conference is and why anyone would want to travel halfway across the continent to hang out in a Holiday Inn.


Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2007 15:16:07 -0700 (PDT)

From: “Jeff Sabatini”

To: “Jake Brown”

Subject: Re: NXNE post 1

I have no idea what to do with these e-mails. Pat will be sending some too. Your decision about how to deal with it. We’re drunk now, so things are going well. And we’ve already hung out with a celebrity. Tomorrow is Rob Halford.

XOXO, Jeff


Heading to Canadia over the Ambassador Bridge

Heading to Canadia over the Ambassador Bridge

Me

Sab

We missed the lezbian show

We missed the lezbian show

Breakfast

Breakfast

Sunburned Pat with Ilko Davidov, director of Unauthorized

Sunburned Pat with Ilko Davidov, director of Unauthorized

Our shitty swag bag

Our shitty swag bag

Room with a view

Room with a view

Arise and Ruin

Arise and Ruin

Yes, that's the Jager logo

Yes, that’s the Jager logo

These dorks are Said The Whale

These dorks are Said The Whale

The Leatherettes, third-rate Demolition Doll Rods impersonators

The Leatherettes, third-rate Demolition Doll Rods impersonators

Action Makes opening for Soundtrack of Our Lives

Action Makes opening for Soundtrack of Our Lives

Soundtrack of Our Lives at The Silver Dollar

Soundtrack of Our Lives at The Silver Dollar


Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2007 06:22:22 -0700 (PDT)

From: “Jeff Sabatini”

To: “Jake Brown”

Subject: More pics coming

Pat and I have both started writing, and I think we’re going to coordinate so that we’re not writing two separate and overlapping accounts. The first batch of pics I sent were all from Friday. I will send more pics from Saturday today. Perhaps you can post all the pics in advance of the stories?

Anyway, the event was fucking awesome. We’re both very glad we went, despite having blown close to a grand between the two of us. (Our bar tabs accounting for roughly half of that.) Canada is fucking expensive right now, as the exchange rate is freaking even.

–Jeff


Coming soon: Photos from Saturday, and the full GLONO write-up… Stay tuned!

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