We spent a lot of time on The Haight. Haight St. is a lot like S. Congress here in Austin but way more touristy. I found a cool taxidermy shop, a socks & tights shop, the Bettie Page Store, and of course Amoeba Records. I did the most damage at Amoeba since they actually had several DVDs I’ve been looking for. If you’re ever in the Lower Haight area check out a sandwich shop called Love N Haight. They have the best vegetarian sammies I’ve ever eaten in my life. I also met Jake the English bulldog who owns & operates Bladerunners Salon. Jake’s been supervising Haight St. for the last eleven years; you can always find in front of his store. Jake looks like the long lost cousin of our friend Ghostface Miller. The locals call him “The Mayor of Haight.” Austin has Leslie Cochran and The Haight has Jake. Personally, I think Jake is way cooler!
My other main event of the trip was to see Peter Hook play the album “Closer” in its entirety. New Order is one of my Top 5 favorite bands so this was a huge deal for me. I accept the fact that I’ll probably never get to see New Order perform so the next best thing is watching Peter Hook perform a Joy Division album. The first song he played was “Dead Souls” which is one of my favorite Joy Division songs. I don’t think Hooky even said more than two words the whole show; he just hammered out the whole album. After he played “Closer,” he threw out the rest of the hits like She’s Lost Control, Transmission, Shadowplay, and New Dawn Fades. The band sounded great (apparently his son plays guitar) and Hooky’s voice sounded great as well. Honestly, these videos do not do him justice. You just cannot believe how surreal it was to have Peter Hook standing right above me while playing Love Will Tear Us Apart. It was every Goth girl’s dream come true. What a magical night!
I spent one day in The Mission which was a lot of fun! I came across another taxidermy shop, cool record store, and a delicious cookie shop. My only previous experience in the Mission was wondering around drunk at 2AM looking for Chris Bauermeister’s old apartment. This time around my Jawbreaker obsession was kept to a minimum. I did finally get to visit Lost Weekend Video store on Valencia which is owned by Adam Pfahler. As a Jawbreaker superfan & film nerd, my worlds were colliding! Lost Weekend is a lot like Austin’s very own I Luv Video. I immediately ransacked the employee picks to behold my favorite movie of all time on Adam Pfahler’s shelf! Can you believe it?!
Special thanks to Kevin, Shannon, and T-Bone for being extremely hospitable. Thanks to everyone who offered great suggestions of places to visit/eat. Thanks to Mom for babysitting. Absolutely NO thanks to US Airways for the bad attitudes & flight delays. Thanks for further perpetuating my belief that the airline industry is a fascist regime.