Tour Diary 7/15/2011: Vancounver BC at Needs More Ram Records

Nathaniel lost his wallet so we took him to brunch. I kept on trying to be more polite than the waitresses at the restaurant, I think I failed. I mean, c’mon, Seattle waitresses are probably the most polite, mild mannered people in the world.

When we came back to his apartment Nathanial had an important phone meeting so we packed our bags and crept out. Crossed the border and made it to Canada. Ate Indian Food with Gabber David and Shawna. Got back and the rock duo Cool Man was loading in at the venue, a record store with jam room in the back. @RappinDad showed up and Gak played, this band has a huge soul. Proving once again that scary and funny is still the best combination.

GAK – STAR TROPICS from Milleniumstar Windermere on Vimeo.

All the bands were great at this show, it was kind of insane. Cool Man group rocked out the troll screaming, what a power couple?!

Before we played Ben asked me if I wanted to borrow his wig for the set. I told him I already had a natural wig, hope that wasn’t rude. Audience really brought it when we played. There was major crowd surfing. When I looked out in the audience it was just a sea of hair flying as people headbanged!?! Lots of smiles and lots of bangs and I think there were a few goths in the club, much respect to the complicated state of your subculture! I got a wig caught on the headstock of my guitar during the set, that’s a first!

Went to a diner after the show with Tom. Got a grill cheese and french fries to celebrate the final night of tour.

Tour Diary 7/14/2011: Seattle WA at Electric Tea Garden

Drove to Seattle. Got to the cute venue early. Sound system looked amazing, huge subs…I’m talking “pro gear” here. Jacob took a nap in the car while I got some coffee at Café Vita and jammed on their free wifi (wait, have I typed that scenario like a million times in these tour diaries, haha sorry! “That’s Life!” :/).

Brain Fruit rocked the crowd with their synths. Sam Ruosso and Bankie Phones kept the party going until the weird hours of the morning. At 11:30 a bunch of kids in capes and pointy hats left the venue to go catch the midnight showing of Harry Potter 7.5. They were very polite about it though and snuck out without making a scene.

People/bands often complain about Seattle shows but this was really one of the funnest nights of the tour. Everyone was so enthusiastic, bouncing off the walls. There were no arms crossed in the shadows, no “mean mugging.”

After the show we went to our high school chum’s, Nathanial, house for some “R and R”. He lulled us to sleep with some sophisticated funk as he puttered around his apartment worried about a writing deadline. LULZ!

Tour Diary 7/13/2011: Portland OR at Holocene

Walked to a coffee shop and worked on the first part of the tour diary, free wifi. They forgot to put my espresso “on the rocks” and only had half and half. Guess what?: I’m fat, cool. Came back and Eric made a fantastic salad for me, what a host! Loaded in at Holocene and ate a pizza.

Breakfast Mountain played an extended set warming up the crowd with their processed found footage and synths. Rebecca Carlisle-Healy was jamming all night processing portraits of people’s faces. There was one moment in the evening when I looked up at the screen and there was a distorted image of @attica’s face with his eye’s photoshopped away as he DJed this glorious remix of “Moment’s in love”.

Megazord and E*Rock stole the show. Probably the best thing I’ve seen all year. E*Rock blazed some upbeat electro tracks while Megazord slammed on his computer opening hundreds of files and applications. Par Exemple: facebook, twitter, tumblr, Google+, PS2 and more. Things got really crazy when Adam Forkner (member of Purple and Green) joined in the dialogue from an off stage computer, all “deus ex machina” style. The performance ended with the Chronicles of Riddik and Akira playing with some original collaged videos. I thought da ‘Zord was going to rage until his computer crashed. Wish I had some screen shots to share. #cyberpunksnotdead #blackTeashades #hackerfashionisback

Tour Diary 7/12/2011: Portland OR at Mudai Lounge

Got a sich tour of the YU building from Adam (member of White Rainbow). It looks like great, nirvana-esque thngs are going to happen here. Megazord was there (duh) practicing racket ball. Met Justin from Green and Purple and he blew my mind with his new track called “Gay Bash”. Why isn’t this guy like the most famous artist of our time?!? #rolloverbeethoven

Gay Bash by jGreeN

Drank like nine million cups of coffee, c’mon it’s Portland. Ordered a side salad (or was it a small salad?) and chips and beans and rice (highly recommended). Freaked out when the restaurant played “like a pimp” because I guess that’s my song now(?!?!?). #lilflip #davidbanner #2003

Loaded in and then went and ate some fondue fries. #ew After we played some kid said, “play at a warehouse.” What does that even mean!?!? IDGI. White Fang killed it playing their “classic rock” set. CCR would have been proud. I know people are saying that their sound is maturing but I still believe they have that hungry fire. #erikonguitar

Went home and split a fancy beer that Jacob had bought at the Oakland Wholefoods. I fell asleep on a futon while Jacob and Eric Mast talked about art/design.

Tour Diary 7/11/2011: Day Off

Slept in. Called my Mom and told her I beat pink eye. Drove to Portland. Stopped at Ashland, OR and went to the Co-op and just bought a bunch of Methyl B-12. Jacob spent all the money he made from the previous shows on clothes at truck stops. He got this amazing giant (like XXXXXXL) red polo shirt. When he put it on in Portland he said, “Are there Crips in Portland?”

Tour Diary 7/10/2011: Oakland CA at Lobot Gallery

Drove to Oakland. Dimples rocked the troll first. Kyle climbed up on a giant bail of hay and did a sick guitar solo. It was kinda cray. When is this band going to get signed to Uncle Kracker’s label? Jacob (of Extreme Animals) said Mikey (the drummer for dimples) looked like Max Weinberg (member of Conan O’Brien) and Kyle looked like Bruce (member of The Boss). Luckily they took it as a compliment. Seriously, what would Juiceboxxx think of Dimples? I guess we’ll never know.


High Castle played some serious musical music. T’was cool to see old friend Wilson from San Diego on the bass and the drummer laid down some “drum and bass” style riffs.

Andy/A Magic Whistle played again at this show. He did some hilarious post show banter, explaining how merch is sold – I guess you had to be there. His whistling was really on point that night, check out his mic stand if you ever get a chance to see him play! Kyle Swick played next, his spaced out synth jamz were accompanied with a bleeding wash of graphics.

@funnycookietime was in the house. @Box_eyes did a nice blog post that briefly mentioned our show:

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Stayed at the “venue” because I was too tired to drive anywhere. Thanks so much Lobot Gallery ;) #graywatertoilet

Tour Diary 7/9/2011: UC Irvine CA through Acrobatics Everyday

Woke up. Did our laundry, what they call in the industry a “double load”. Ate a ton of chocolate and candy and marsh mellows. Watched like 6 hours of MTVu. Went to Vice Cooler’s house and picked up a cow bell for the show on the way out of town.

Got to the “space” which was a cool trailer on the UC Irvine campus. Sam Farzin (Acrobatics Everyday) and his crew are “actively” holding it down in Orange County. I really have total respect for these people who are doing weird music shows in places that are weird (for different/maybe ill reasons).

Wyzard Khalyfa played first on a quilt. He used the sound of a babbling brook and did a peace sign at the end. A guy played last that also gnarred the droned pretty hard. #dronage Brains were activated. I looked at the promo tweets after the show, which said “the most chill with the most ANTI chill”. What a great description! I think the phrase “ANTI chill” is going to make it into our new bio.

Kyle Mabson DJed throughout the night, sitting at a desk with his back to the audience. It was kinda brilliant – what can I say, I’m a super fan.

After the show I almost got a boba (“bubble”) tea. Have you tried the flavor taro. Yes or no? I ended up getting a “coffee milk tea” instead. IDEGI.

Tour Diary 7/8/2011: Los Angeles at Dem Passwords

Drove down U.S. Route 101 (listening to a trance mix of Adele, much better than the original!) to Los Angeles and met up with Jacob’s sister, Jessica Ciocci, the famous performance artist/comedienne/writer/spiritual warrioress. We did a “triple bounce”: Juice (I got extra ginger), coffee, and froyo. Why not? It was froyo Friday.

Untitled by Jessica Ciocci

Jessica gave me a copy of her new book, a lot of early 2011 memories in there.

Went to Dem Passwords and Riff Raff was sound checking with Simon Rex…okay. Simon Rex played Jeff on the first season of my favorite show ever What I Like About You. OMG.

Loaded in and “the space” was filled with Matt Barton’s beautiful psychedelic, nature-esque art. I wish he had been at the show shredding on a half pipe, laughing and smiling in a baseball cap. Sebastian was being a total gentleman as usual, bless this guy BIG TIME.

Riff Raff’s performance was such a trip. I think someone got video of it, idk haha. I ate so much rice. Loved that Kyle Mabson was dropping Austin Powers “Yeah Baby” and Tim Allen grunts in between RR’s songs. I think Jacob Ciocci thought this song was about him:

A celebrity guest showed up at the end of the night. I don’t want to give it away but his first name begins with L and his last name ends with B. He had just bought a new car and he parallel parked it behind ours, uh…as Roba would say “AWKWARD.” Anyways, it was a trip to see him introduced to Jacob and hear him say “Respect to the video art”. ☺

Here is the poster that Jacob Ciocci made for the show, “like whoa.”

After the show we drove to Kyle Mabson’s mom’s house and I slept on an amazing #airmattress.

Tour Diary 7/7/2011: Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum

Woke up and went to the venue. We did a radio interview, I can’t even describe it. The first question was, “David, what is lofi?” It was kind of the best interview ever but listening back to the tape I realized I say “actually” between every other word. Sorry, I didn’t actually realize I was such a tool. Anyways, it really fun interview, fielded a lot of questions on “mosh ups”. Jacob kept comparing our music to antique shopping which I think I like better than our current press release.

Went back to the hotel for a shower and a nap and then drove back to the venue for the show. I left our DVDs back at the hotel so I drove back to the hotel and made it back to the venue 10 minutes before the show. Just enough time to chug some Chipotle hard shell taco’s while getting teased by the Museum administration for supporting McDonald’s, cool. I felt like dying inside, just some advice for all hosts: do not criticize the corporate nature of your guest eating habits right before they hit the stage because they may cry inside because they maybe a delicate flower.

During our set, when Jacob was giving the introduction but before we had played any music or video, a lady sitting on the front row asked us to turn it down.

Shout out to the amazing tech guy who changed out the projector in the last minute. Bless!