Bootleg Yeti and the State of Things

2017 is over.  It’ll go down in my history as being the year I forgot to get any haircuts at all, and for that time I mucked up my knee in the Lego Store while trying to make a Darren Hanlon minifigure out of spare parts.  It was also the year Beth made me a Bootleg Yeti Uglydoll.  It took six months, but we’re both quite happy with the results.  Here it is:

2018 is here.  So far, it’s the year everything with a battery–phone, garage door opener, car–konks out all at once.  It’s a good thing Bootleg Yeti is full of fluff.

That’s all I have to say about the past or the present.  I’m here to talk about the future…specifically the future of this website.  I’m going to start a new series of posts in the upcoming weeks called The Forgotten Concerts of 2017.  The series is going to deal with the shows I attended last year that I never got around to writing about.  There should be six or seven of them (some of which might actually be of interest to a couple of you).  I’ve got the marquees, setlists, ticket scans, and blurry stage shots ready; I’ve just got to come up with the blathering.  The concert write-ups were always some of my favorite posts, so I want to fill in the gaps in the history and concentrate on those going forward.  I wouldn’t expect much else to happen around here.

I’ll add the forgotten concerts down here as I write and post them:

And here are the two forgotten concerts from 2012:

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20 Responses to Bootleg Yeti and the State of Things

  1. Laurie says:

    Bootleg Yeti is great! Awesome that he stands on his own.

    • M-----l says:

      Bootleg Yeti has longer arms than the (very rare and expensive) real Yeti Uglydoll. These longer arms allow him to get in some rather funny poses. Standing is just the beginning!

  2. crankypants says:

    BY is awesome!!! Did you ever complete Spare Parts Darren?

    • M-----l says:

      Despite the fact that Darren Hanlon sort of looks like a Lego man in real life, I had great difficulty making a recognizable version of him from the parts available in the store. I need a cuter head and better hair.

      I’ll probably revisit the project whenever the next U.S. tour gets announced. After all, what’s the point in making a Darren Hanlon dollbaby if I don’t at least try to sneak it into his guitar case when he’s not looking?

  3. homebody says:

    Bootleg Yeti looks like bootleg albino gorilla… but I’m okay with that if you are. Thanks for your patience. I’m hoping 2018 gets much better for you soon, and looking forward to reading about Teenage Fanclub.

    • M-----l says:

      Bootleg Yeti also looks a bit like Cute Wampa!

      Teenage Fanclub, Britta Phillips, Le Butcherettes, Filthy Friends, New Pornographers, Valerie June, EZTV, the Clientele, etc. Now that I think about it, I realize Mark Pickerel at the airport is the only concert write-up I did last year. I’d better get typing!

  4. McPop says:

    I’m looking forward to the 2017 concert series. I miss the “Music on the floor” posts. Do you still buy CDs and vinyl? If so, how about more of those this year? By the way here is a list of my favorite 2017 albums purchased either on CD (in most cases) or vinyl:

    Here is my top 30 (in rough order):
    1. Pugwash – Silverlake
    2. Real Estate – In Mind
    3. Sea Pinks – Watercourse
    4. The Clientele – Music for the Age of Miracles
    5. Derrick Anderson – A World of My Own
    6. Zebra Hunt – In Phrases
    7. Wesley Fuller – Inner City Dream
    8. The Bats – The Deep Set
    9. Nick Heyward – Woodland Echoes
    10. The Feelies – In Between
    11. Cotton Mather – Wild Kingdom
    12. Michael Head – Adios Senor Pussycat
    13. Glaciers – Living Right
    14. The Lees of Memory – Blinding White
    15. Matthew Sweet – Tomorrow Forever
    16. New Pornographers-Whiteout Conditions
    17. Eyelids – Or
    18. Robyn Hitchcock- s/t
    19. Parson Red Heads – Blurred Harmony
    20. Aimee Mann – Mental Illness
    21. Ted Leo – The Hanged Man
    22. Game Theory – Supercalifragile
    23. Wesley Stace – John Wesley Harding
    24. Fastball – Step Into Light
    25. The Nines – Colour Radio
    26. Neil Finn- Out of Silence
    27. Squeeze – The Knowledge
    28. Charles Jenkins – The Last Polaroid
    29. GospelbeacH – Another Summer of Love
    30. Peter Perrett – How the West Was Won
    *the 28-30 albums I just got in 2018 and likely would move up this list given more time with them.

    Cliff Hillis – Many Happy Returns
    Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
    TC&I – Great Apirations
    Cotton Mather – Young Life
    Stephen’s Shore – Ocean Blue

    Happy New Year!

    • M-----l says:

      Yes, I’m still buying CDs and records. I’ve just lost the desire to tell people about them or take pictures of them on the floor. I didn’t even make a Best of 2017 list this year. I think I’m going to do that now that I’ve seen your list. There are a lot of things on yours that would definitely be on mine. The Clientele, Michael Head, and Nick Heyward all jump out. There are also quite a few on yours that I was interested in but still haven’t gotten. I haven’t found Pugwash or Game Theory yet. I’ll probably have to order those.

      I’ll work on that list and stick it down here as a comment…or maybe take a picture and turn it into a post if I’m feeling particularly motivated.

      Thanks for stopping by. I’ve always found your comments interesting (and often downright expensive as I run around buying up your recommendations). Have a good 2018!

  5. McPop says:

    I look forward to your Best of 2017 list. I pre-ordered Pugwash ‘Silverlake’ (along with a T-shirt) from the Lojinx label (UK). You may be able to find the album stateside now. I really like all of their releases but this might be the best yet. It’s basically a Thomas Walsh and Jason Falkner collaboration and the results are sublime!

    The Game Theory Scott Miller posthumous release is worth checking out as well. It has a lot of different artists contributions including Ken and Jon from the Posies, Aimee Mann, Ted Leo, Doug Gillard, and many others.

    I agree with you on The Clientele, Michael Head and Nick Heyward all of those albums may continue to move up my list as I listen to them more in 2018.

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  15. Scott says:

    It figures that I’m only now responding to this mention of the Cheap Trick concert, where we sat in the balcony and did crazy rock and roll things like watch the concert. Woooooooooo! It also figures that I’m not logged in to make this comment. And it especially figures that I don’t even know why these things figure. I’m just a very befuddled man in general.

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