I drove up for the show from Delaware after spending Easter with the fam, and got stuck in really heinous traffic and ended up getting there later than I expected to. When I got there, one of the openers, Big In Japan was playing. BIJ is comprised of 3/5ths of Lake Trout, who are a Baltimore band that I've seen live a bunch of times, and the 3 members who are in BIJ are the best thing about Lake Trout, but Big In Japan is generally a lot more laid back and boring. So when Mike challenged me to a game of Ms. Pac Man upstairs, I went and did that during their set. And then while waiting for Grand Buffet at the bar we ran into Tom. Turns out that Tom interviewed GB before the show for a feature in the City Paper that's going to run in a couple months when their new record comes out. All of Grand Buffet's CDs so far have been self-released, but now they're finally on a label with national distro and are putting out a CD/DVD in June featuring a greatest hits of stuff from the previous records. I always kinda wished they'd reissue their amazing trilogy of EPs (Undercover Angels, Cigarette Beach and Pittsburgh Hearts) on one disc, but this should be just as good. Judging from their setlists, they're pretty good at picking out their best material. And their show last night was as awesome as ever. Maybe the only band I've ever seen where the between song banter is as entertaining as the songs. I hope the world's ready for Grand Buffet, if not it's their loss.