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 7/8/2011: 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 7/6/2011: San Diego CA at the Che Cafe

Woke up and my pink eye was in pretty bad shape. Went to the UCSD health center but they turned me away. So I walked to Peet’s coffee and ordered an extra bold freddo. Everybody in La Jolla: make sure to hit up #FreddoFridays at Peet’s, two dollar freddos all summer long. That’s a good deal.

Anyway, went to Wholefoods and bought pink eye medicine and some Wellness Formula (under Greg Fox’s recommendation). Emailed Juiceboxxx to get some advice about dealing with pink eye on tour.

Tried to pick up my business cards that I had ordered in December 2010 from Imprints. They weren’t at the copy place so I went and got a froyo at Yogurtland, extra rainbow sprinkles. As I was walking home I ran in to Andy Puls (frm Neon Hunk/current A Magic Whistle) driving around lost in the maze that is the UCSD campus. I got in his car and took him back to Frankie Martin’s modern crib. We joked about his car getting pink eye and having one pink headlight…it seemed funny at the time. #dark

Frankie and Erik made us some delicious zucchini enchiladas with beans and rice and then we headed over the historic Che Café. This was the home for Drive Like Jehu, No Doubt, Mr. Bungle and even Simon and Garfunkel. A real important “venue” or “space”.

Cool to see so many of the old San Diego heads still holding it down: Sam Lopez, David Barclay, Skinny Greg, Growling Esteban, Boston Tristan, Author and Punisher’s GF, Chris Woo, Dr. Love, and many more.

Bruisecaster opened the show outside in the Che court yard. This band really plays with it’s heart on its sleeve. I was impressed by the direct lyrics and emotional delivery of the vokills.

Andy Puls’ new band A Magic Whistle was sich. The projected video feed back made his poncho look like a living, breathing tie dye. He used “home brewed” electronic instruments playing beautifully orchestrated, harmonically fantastical songs. Has Mammal heard this music? Gary, I think you would really like Andy’s band.

Q.Q. put on Yellow and Black jumpsuits and did collaboration with Wizard Khalifa. I had the honor of turning on the strobe light. I was so nervous I could hardly believe it. But I think I got it right, they were very polite afterwards even if I messed it up. Thank you for not breaking my fragile heart.

Author Punisher played last and it was completely ill. When is Godflesh gonna open for this guy? I mean, he really is the best of the best in this genre. If you like doom or industrial/doom or industrial or music you must check out San Diego’s THE Author and Punisher. Playing on a stool is definitely the new real deal. So hawt!

NTG Part 2 – Pressure by Author & Punisher

After the show we got into the Suzuki rental car and drove to Santa Barbara. Stayed in a room with a bunch of bats knocking over a cathedral. Jacob was like, “uh…did they pick this room out specifically for us?”