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I would just like to note that France is totally moving in the wrong direction with this removing the 35 hour work week thing. There is a reason that french workers are more productive and I like to think it's fewer hours and more vacation time.

Le Tigre put on a good show this week and I didn't totally hate being at the 9:30. I also enjoyed Lesbians on Ecstasy but missed the first band. Both of these bands are enhanced greatly by viewing a live performance. I confess Le Tigre has never really been on my top listening list.

I also figured out what the "love" part in my love-hate relationship with the Decemberists is: I love the lyrics. I hate that guy's voice, but the lyrics get under my skin. In the good way.

Tonight, I dust off the harp.

Monday I travel to my state of birth to listen to Finn brothers at the cozy Birchmere. Recently keryx recalled the day we went to see the Boathouse show for the Woodface tour. We stood outside, to my recollection, for at least 5 hours before the doors opened, and were the first people there. We met the band and they all signed my jeans (which I naturally still have). I don't remember much clearly from that long ago, but I remember carrying kiwi lip gloss, and having little stickers that said "ecstatic!" or some such indicator of mood, and screaming my fool head off and crying. I also remember that the bulk of the stage was fenced off in the over-21 section, Crowded House being an "adult contemporary" type band, and my seething hatred of this fact.

Anyways. This will undoubtedly be better than when I saw Neil for the One Nil tour at the aforementioned 9:30 a few years back. Because I'm "old" and there are chairs.


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Feb. 26th, 2005 02:05 am (UTC)
Did Le Tigre fill up the venue?
Feb. 28th, 2005 03:39 pm (UTC)
I don't think the show was sold out, but the place was pretty packed!
Feb. 28th, 2005 03:48 pm (UTC)
that is awesome...I did want to see them in concert, but the 9:30 gets so damned claustrophobic to me.

Feb. 26th, 2005 02:09 am (UTC)
Augh. So jealous. I haven't even gotten to see Neil in concert at all yet, and I wanted to see the Finn Bros. tour so badly but none of the locations are close enough for me to get there. They'll come back, right? I'll just keep telling myself that.

Anyway, have fun at the show! I'm sure it'll be really good.
Feb. 28th, 2005 03:40 pm (UTC)
I am sure they will come back! They do seem to enjoy touring and I feel like Neil has been in DC every year since I moved here. Sounds like time for a road trip!
Feb. 26th, 2005 04:28 am (UTC)
This article discusses the recent linkage between marginal tax rates on labor and labor participation.

Basically, people work fewer hours in countries with higher marginal tax rates on labor. This is backed by historical evidence of higher labor participation rates in European countries when they had lower tax rates.

Regarding productivity and work hours, workers in Germany, Italy, Canada, and the UK all work fewer hours per week than the US, but they all also have lower productivity per hour than the US.

It is true that Japanese workers work more hours than Americans, and they have lower productivity - but I would argue this has more to do with Japanese over-regulation and banks allowed to carry too many bad loans. Only France seems to follow the model of working fewer hours and having higher productivity than the US.

France has a lot of economic challenges. The French unemployment rate is at 10%, the highest in five years. The concept of the French Socialist Party that the 35 hour workweek would reduce unemployment has turned out to be wrong - unemployment has risen instead.

French GDP growth in 2004 was only 2.1%, compared with 4.4% GDP growth for the US.
Feb. 26th, 2005 07:43 am (UTC)
Thanks I got all that on marketplace today. ;)

Also I learned that unemployment rose from 9.9 percent to 10 percent, specifically.

I maintain that they are moving in the wrong direction in trying to compete with the US on US terms.

Feb. 26th, 2005 04:19 pm (UTC)
Ah, shame on me for missing a day of Marketplace!

I wouldn't worry about France "trying to compete with the US on US terms." Most people there still favor the 35 hour work week, retiring at 60, etc. They will continue to have high unemployment and low economic growth for quite a while.

France has had 9% to 12.5% unemployment rate since 1984 - if 20 years of it hasn't made people want economic change, I can't see why they'd change now.
Feb. 28th, 2005 01:10 pm (UTC)
The 35 jour workweek might not be a bad idea if those who wished to work more were allowed to. In France they can't. The 35 hor week is mandatory not optional. That has a tendency to kill the will to get ahead on the part of the ambitious. So much for any chance at improved productivity. It isn't a case of competing with the US on our terms as it is a case of simple economics.
Feb. 26th, 2005 04:49 pm (UTC)
I came across an article titled The Feminization of Poverty in France which I thought you might be interested in ;) It really addresses unemployment level inequality, not poverty per se.

This data shows the high level of unemployment for women in many European countries. I'm trying to find some more recent stuff out of curiosity, but I suspect things have not changed much since 2000.

In the US currently, unemployment rates for adult women (4.6%) are just below the unemployment rate for adult men (4.7%).
Feb. 26th, 2005 01:06 pm (UTC)
Boy, Le Tigre gets around. They were just playing the Gaelic Club, around the block from work, a few weeks ago. I walk past there every day to get to the train station, and I'm occasionally amazed how many bands I've actually heard of that play there. Veruca Salt was just there a couple of weeks ago, too.
Feb. 28th, 2005 03:41 pm (UTC)
Feb. 26th, 2005 01:42 pm (UTC)
That guy from the Decemberists thinks that if he wishes hard enough before he goes to sleep at night, he'll wake up British. I like them too, but I couldn't agree more about his voice.
Feb. 28th, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC)
And yet, I feel compelled to listen to "And here I dreamt I was an Architect" again...
Feb. 26th, 2005 04:02 pm (UTC)
I'm so pissed at myself that I'm missing that show at Sonar this weekend. We saw Lesbians on Ecstasy at the Patterson about a month ago, and they fucking ROCKED, but I was, as discussed on the Metro, being a socially awkward freak that night. I really wanted a chance to catch them when I was feeling dancy, but by yesterday, I felt like I'd been danced upon all week by elephants wearing really heavy boots. Meh.
Feb. 28th, 2005 03:44 pm (UTC)
I completely understand missing shows! I always beat myself up about it too. Even when it was the best idea.
Feb. 26th, 2005 06:46 pm (UTC)
I've never even heard of France being in the top three for productive workers. Man, you just gave me a google afternoon.

Feb. 26th, 2005 11:36 pm (UTC)
I listed to some of the Le Tigre songs on their site - pretty cool!
Feb. 27th, 2005 04:18 am (UTC)
Tonight I played my harp for the second time since I moved here in August. Gah, I barely remember anything. :-S Very dispiriting.
Feb. 28th, 2005 03:44 pm (UTC)
We can mutually encourage each other. I didn't really make any progress this weekend, unless you can call "repeatedly touching the harp" progress... :)
Feb. 28th, 2005 03:53 pm (UTC)
Hey, it's more than I've done in > 6 months. :-S

Are you working from a book? I'm using Sylvia Woods' two books (Teach Yourself to Play the Folk Harp / Music Theory and Arranging for the Folk Harp). On Saturday I was able to (barely) stumble through a piece that was 2-3 pieces earlier than what I'd been up to earlier. (It's Planxty George Brabazon if you have the book.)

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