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 7/9/2011: 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 7/6/2011: 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?”