😴 Late Shows & Early Exits

Back to a concert...

In this week's P.O. Box:

  • Feeling old at an indie rock show

  • Stream roundup: Correlation szn

  • Offszn Book Club: The Art Thief & June selections

  • On my radar: Finding Drago

  • On tap: Best Ball After Dark w/ The Dog Pound

I went to a concert last Sunday for the first time since 2019 and boy did it make me feel old.

Not only because of how much has happened since then—a pandemic, a career change, a kid—but because my experience attending a concert in 2024 was hilariously different than what it was five years ago.

I remember going to see shows at the Great Scott in Allston when I first moved to Boston after college. The bands wouldn’t come on until midnight and it would barely faze me.

But life comes at ya fast.

Instead of impulsively buying tickets a few nights before, this night was meticulously planned months in advance.

I called the venue to figure out when the opener would come on, combed Reddit posts to gauge set length, lined up a babysitter for the night, secured a dinner reservation for the perfect time…aka a bunch of old people shit in order to fully maximize our few hours out on the town.

The only reason I was willing to juggle all of these logistics is because mk.gee’s new album floored me when I first heard it earlier this year and I have not stopped spinning it since. It’s my runaway album of the year and I couldn’t imagine passing up on him playing in my neck of the woods.

I’m sure you can guess how this story ends.

Lauren and I ended up only being able to watch 50 minutes of his set (so, so good, at least) before needing to bail early to relieve the sitter (my maniacal planning was no match for their tour bus hitting traffic and starting the show late).

I had one of those out of body experiences as we elbowed our way to the exits through a sea of twentysomething Cambridge hipsters (I blame Kylie Jenner for posting his album on her IG story) who were completely fixated on the stage and unbeholden to time.

The scene had passed me by. Indie rock concerts are a young man’s game.

Bet none of those punk kids understand the satisfaction in not making a sitter wait, though.

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book club

I’ll introduce these more next week, but wanted to get the June selections to everyone as soon as possible so you have more time to track them down:

🖼️ Book #9 for May (35%): The Art Thief by Michael Finkel

It’s always fascinating to hear what compels elite performers to do what they do. And it’s especially fascinating when that person is an art thief:

Breitwieser’s sole motivation for stealing, he insists, is to surround himself with beauty, to gorge on it. Very few art thieves have ever cited aesthetics as an incentive, but Breitwieser has emphasized this repeatedly, across dozens of hours of media interviews, during which he has not tried to hide his guilt, describing his crimes and emotions with present-tense immediacy and seemingly pinpoint precision.

There’s clearly an addiction to the high—”He hopes as well to satisfy some hole inside him, though no matter how much he steals, the emptiness never feels filled”—similar to what you hear from extreme sports pros like Alex Honnold or Garrett McNamara (100 Foot Wave).

Even though they know that what they are doing is dangerous and that the consequences could change the entire trajectory of their life (or end it altogether), they still feel the pull to continue to chase the high.

Best ball doesn’t seem so bad as a hobby now that I think about it.

✅ Book #8 for May (COMPLETE): Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel
✅ Book #7 for April (COMPLETE): Everyone on This Train Is a Suspect by Benjamin Stevenson
✅ Book #6 for April (COMPLETE): The Trading Game by Gary Stevenson
✅ Book #5 for March (COMPLETE): Recursion by Blake Crouch
✅ Book #4 for March (COMPLETE): The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
✅ Book #3 for Feb. (COMPLETE): Gambler: Secrets from a Life at Risk by Billy Walters
✅ Book #2 for Feb. (COMPLETE): Chain Gang All-Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
✅ Book #1 in Jan. (COMPLETE): Clear Thinking by Shane Parris

We got two shows on tap this weekend…

Pat aka Fantasy Dog Pound joins Best Ball After Dark to share his background and his recent data deep dive on the Weekly Winners format. Become a YT member to watch live (top 2 tiers).

After that, I’ll be joining Deposit Kingdom reg Bindles on his stream for a draft.

Mike Leone recommended the podcast Finding Drago awhile ago in a group chat and I finally finished it the other day.

It’s a very funny podcast from 2018 hosted by two Australian comedians who investigate a pointless mystery involving an elusive novelist who wrote some bizarre Rocky fan-fiction.

The story gets weirder and weirder each episode as the two explore strange corners of the internet, immerse themselves in cult fandom, and unveil secret identities.

If you enjoyed last month’s book club selection, Everyone on This Train Is a Suspect, you’ll really like this. Very similar energy.

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