As killer as last Saturday night's Bowery Ballroom Ponys / Jay Reatard show was, it is pretty hard to compete with a bowling alley where the bands play right in the middle of the lanes. With that in mind I had no problem getting in the van for the trip to senic Asbury Park New Jersey. I picked up Paul Sommerstein, ESQ and we raced, Corzine style, down the Garden State Parkway to the up and coming neighborhood of Asbury Park. Once there we didn't waste too much time getting down to business on the lanes.
The first game was just me and Jered and we both we're having trouble getting into the zone. Jered has a great style: launching the ball into the air at first with lots of spin on it producing a killer hook, but he just couldn't get it down and many a ball ended up in the gutter in the first game. If he had it down I'd of been done for, but my basic style prevailed. The second game brought Paul and Meslissa into the action and upped the stakes when Paul produced two awesome (and huge) home made buttons. Aerosmith and Cheap Trick, winner gets to choose their pin. Jered clearly had me beat until the 10th frame when I channelled my love of Aerosmith into two consecutive strikes. Woo-hoo!
In our defense the Asbury Lanes, although totally cool, isn't really conducive to competitive bowling, but it sure was a good time. And speaking of a good time, althogh these remaining Ponys / Jay Reatard shows are not happening in bowling alleys you should by all means try to attend.
23 Jul 2007 Washington DC, Black Cat
24 Jul 2007 Columbus, OH Skully's
25 Jul 2007 Newport, Kentucky, Southgate House