The Problem of Leisure: Angora’s Farewell

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Last Monday I was discovered by a very influential member of a secret agency while in front of Donnybrook Maison, wearing not much more than a Russian ushanka hat and pearls, barking at my servant who was shoveling the walk. It was daybreak, and I was dead drunk.

It turns out this white-blonde mustacchiod man had some interest in one Benjamin “Benny” Burwell St. Maur, and was stalking the grounds swearing vengeance upon him and all his illegitimate children on behalf of Switzerland.

My appearance seemed to calm the man. I’m not sure if it was my womanly figure or my inability to scale the icy walk in my heels, drunk…but the man had a smile like the servants get when I finally feed them after forced fasting.

We made a compromise in which I would be hired on as a secret agent of sorts in exchange for the man leaving Benny be. It confused me that the man said my absence would force Benny to pay him back. I’m sure he meant the other way around. I dressed, thinking of my selflessness; and we boarded a train to Switzerland and the man was so happy, he was cackling the whole time.

So I will be away for who knows how long, loves. So far the job is great; they haven’t unshackled me yet, but I can’t wait to implement some changes in this dreadful secret agency. I will try to write as often as possible, but you will hear from me less. Don’t cry.

In the meantime, Donnybrook, what shall you be doing while I’m gone?


Dinosaur Jr.’s set at the Westword fest in June was so bowel-shakingly loud that’s it’s difficult to imagine the band playing indoors, but tonight’s show at the Odgen Theatre will prove new depths (and heights) of sonic insanity. The original trio of J. Mascis, Murph and moppy-haired Sebadoh/Folk Implosion god Lou Barlow have been scorching the country with classics from “Green Mind,” “You’re Living All Over Me” and other albums, living up their original renown despite the fact that J.’s hair is now the color of Columbian cocaine.

Forget the aggressively shitty openers Awesome Color (they’ve sucked every time I’ve seen them, although I’m not familiar with the other guys, Hate Fuck Trio, who may or may not be pretty good) and get there to witness an indie rock fossil that rocks so incredibly hard at this improbable stage of its on-again/off-again career. Yeah.

Cap’n’ Colleen:

There are 2 shows this weekend to support the Girls Rock Camp Alliance–an international coalition of programs that teach girls how to start bands and groups. And seriously, what’s more badass than girls who can rock’n'roll.

The shows are as follows:

Friday at Brooks Center for the Arts (1400 Williams) 7 PM

There’s a $5 suggested donation (which you should give if you dig chicks that rock’n'roll). Laura Goldhamer, Dan Craig Band, Jon Davis, Hunter Dragon, and Jumbo Special. They’re also raffling off a Fender Squire Stratocaster. Anyone who donates is eligible. I hear there will be other fun giveaways.

Saturday at Lion’s Lair there’s a 9:00 show and for just $5 you can see The Future is Broken, Cordite, Destriere, and Creepskope. I recommend showing up early for Creepskope. They’re the hottest, rockinest, angriest girls I know. Full disclosure: I have a massively huge crush on one of the members.

There’s also a silent auction of handmade crafts and local goods (gift certificates and stuff) at Fancy Tiger on Saturday from 4-7. Also to benefit girls who rock.

Madden Madrid McClintock:

For old-school local music kids, it must be noted that friday’s other opener for Dinosaur jr. is a reunion of the Hate Fuck Trio. The name says it all. Old-school Denver punk. And they’re saying this is a one-time reunion.
I’ve seen Dinosaur enough in the last year, though, so I’ll be at Meese’s signing party/show at the Bluebird that night. They just signed to Atlantic, and it’s sold out. Tickle Me Pink and Barcelona are opening. The word on the street is that Tickle Me Pink might be the next Colorado band to sign to a major label. We’ll see.

Ivyy says:

This weekend I’ll be at my house playing Guitar Hero III. And also researching crazy sex acts for an upcoming column (RESEARCHING on the internet, you perverts- get your collective minds out of the gutter. Ivyy is a lady,
dammit!) But if I were to venture outside, I might go to the Museum of Contemporary Art, just becuase I think it’s
so quaint that our precious little city now has a Contemporary Art Museum. Awwwwwww, I luv ya, Denver.

Guido Sarducci III:


Dinosaur Jr. and Awesome Color at the Ogden Theater. This is going to be THE garage rock show of the season.
J. Mascis has been reinvigorated since the reunion of his late 80′s outfit. This is evidenced by this year’s awesome
album, Beyond. This album was more than them just getting together and saying “hey, let’s see if anyone cares.” Instead they rock like the 90′s never happened. Their supporting act will take you back even further as Derek Stanton (lead singer of Awesome Color) does his best Iggy Pop act.


“Thou shalt go see Dan Le Sac vs. Scoobius Pip at the Fox Theater.”

Well, that’s all for now, lovies…send money, soon! Love, Angora Holly Polo

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11 Comments on "The Problem of Leisure: Angora’s Farewell"

  1. Team Donnybrook
    admin December 14, 2007 at 10:59 am · Reply

    It should also be mentioned the King for a Day is having a holiday party at the Squire Saturday night, which should be raging and fun and full of shalaylees!

  2. Anton December 14, 2007 at 11:15 am · Reply

    Ah, yes, Dinosaur Jr. I still have not forgotten that J. Mascis permanently damaged my hearing in 1988, back when I was an underage youngster at the clubs. And because Anton remembers what it’s like to be a kid that loves the rock, Anton endorses the Girls Rock benefit. I say, bring on the pink Hello Kitty Stratocasters!

    For those who still have their hearing intact after Friday, The Bluebird is a lovely place to be on Saturday night with Ian Cooke, Bela Karoli, Joshua Novak and Paper Bird. It’s a “Radio 1190 and Twist & Shout presents” and you know how elitist those folks are about who endorse.

  3. Anonymous December 14, 2007 at 11:18 am · Reply

    It should also also be mentioned that Bela Karoli, Ian Cooke, Joshua Novak, and Paper Bird are playing Saturday night at the Bluebird.

  4. Anonymous December 14, 2007 at 1:15 pm · Reply

    I don’t understand what this site is all about. everything is so thick with irony that its almost impossible.

  5. Bang Tangoed December 14, 2007 at 1:58 pm · Reply

    It’s a shame that the Cool Kids are playing such a chad-happy venue. None the less, I’m going to attempt to “shake my tail feather” at Vinyl tonight, Friday. Take advantage of the rarity that is a talented national hip hop act coming to Denver. Much love to the local hip hop talent.

  6. Ivyy December 14, 2007 at 2:20 pm · Reply

    I can’t tell if that comment by Anonymous is ironic or not. He/she must be new to this whole idea of snark. Or maybe it’s so meta-ironic that it’s circled back to being earnest? Wow. I just blew my own mind.

  7. Toastface Killa December 14, 2007 at 5:00 pm · Reply

    What does ‘ironic’ mean?

  8. Angora December 15, 2007 at 9:59 am · Reply

    Ahhh, we’ve got another Josh.

  9. Col. Hector Bravado December 16, 2007 at 7:42 am · Reply

    Your mom’s got another Josh.

  10. Anonymous December 18, 2007 at 10:39 am · Reply

    i’m that anonymous guy. seriously though, is everything here a big inside joke, or is the goal of the writing style used some type of gigantic satire that is not really satire? As a occasional reader I’m completely confused your guys’ “concept”, if thats what it is.

  11. Col. Hector Bravado December 18, 2007 at 12:16 pm · Reply

    “Big inside joke”? That’s probably fair. The jokers are the many Donnybrook personas, although many of the topics are quite in earnest. Thanks for looking in once in a while. And, oh yeah, Anonymous: Your mom’s a “concept.”

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