Hi everyone! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and “gobbled ’til you wobbled.” We are playing some really exciting shows in December.
Friday, December 2: The BCGF Rock ‘n Roll Review
9:00 pm at Union Pool / 484 Union Avenue # A, Brooklyn / $5 cover
An explosion of sound and vision from Extreme Animals, Mark Lord, and Devin, Gary & Ross (featuring animator Devin Flynn and artist Gary Panter). With interstitial video projection by Peter Burr (Hooliganship, Cartune Xprez).
and then MICRO TOUR WITH Yacht and Parenthetical Girls
12/04/11 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
12/05/11 Pittsburgh, PA – REX Theater
12/06/11 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall without Parenthetical Girls
The last time we played with both Yacht AND Parenthetical Girls was in 2005 on our first west coast tour. It was at a festival that Jona (from Yacht) organized in Astoria, OR called Catch That Beat 2. There were so many amazing bands and people and a real “Pacific Northwest” vibe that I never knew existed. Here are two photos from our performance back in the day. Check out Yachts website for details on this epic festival of yore.
I’m listening to Dave Matthews Pandora radio while I’m typing this, “do I make you horny, baby?”
We made a track for Trance War: “A competition to see which producer could make the biggest, baddest trance track in just a week.” Head on over to dis magazine and vote for a few of the tracks. Stay hydrated!
We made a mix for Mixpak FM. MTV Hive picked it as “mix of the week.” Also next week is my birthday, I’m turning 23 again. Check out the mix below and as MTV Hive says, “embrace your inner pop-cravings.”
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.
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.
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!
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
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
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.
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?”
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.
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.