4 months. 80 shows.
in no particular order, here
is my favorite music to fall
into my lap over the course
of this tour (pt. 1):
we played in Dresden with this marvelous 3 piece from New Zealand...and watching them live was so exciting for me in a really bizarre way. sort of like time travel? I don't think this band is for everyone...just anyone who grew up obsessed with the Seattle rock scene like i did. I don't care what you say...the first Hole record is great...and so is this band.
LISTEN TO: number one
ANDY THE DOORBUM
the first of THREE entries onto this list from The Milestone in Charlotte, North Carolina. If any of you know anything about this club, it will come as no surprise to you that the bands of the employees and owners are some of the best bands i have seen on the road. Andy works the door...i have know him for years...never once did he mention that he makes music...till he handed me a cd. We can't stop listening to it in the Honda, if something can make Harpoon Larry turn off Howard Stern..you know it has to be good. For fans of of real blood and guts gravel voices, bedroom made music, Neutral Milk Hotel, and The Microphones...yes...i know what a big deal it is for me to mention those bands. trust me.
LISTEN TO: headrush in centrailia (then write Andy and tell him to post more songs from "art is bullshit"...and ask him about "tom top")
i don't play with a lot of rap groups anymore...just doesn't work to well for all parties involved...their fans don't like me, my fans don't like them. so when bird and were booked in Knoxville at a GIANT empty club, on a sunday night, with only one opener...and it was a rap group...needless to say, we were not expecting much. Not only did these guys kill the show, they stole it, without any gimics or frills. They did something i have been trying to get rappers to do for years, just stood behind mic stands and straight killed it. they rapped their asses off. never asking us to put our hands in they air, no aimless wandering around the stage, nothing contrived, just 3 great rappers being charming as hell and focusing all of their energy right into their words. it was so effective...so surprising...other rappers take note, Loose Leaf has it figured out.
LISTEN TO: like this & natural feedback (then write them to say, they need to record more NOW!)
ME AND MY ARROW
This is the best live show i have seen on tour: 8 people, all singing at once, playing the hell out of their respective instruments, while being crammed onto the small stage at the Doublewide in Dallas...i had goosebumps the whole time. When they were all singing "Yard Dog" at once...i almost blew up. I love this band. I love their music. I love their show. I love all of the members. If there is any justice in the world...i will get to play more shows with them and maybe one day...make music with them. Minneapolis never fails to provide great music and great people...god damn right.
LISTEN TO: smtrm demo (then listen to all of the other songs)
8 BIT CYNICS
One dude with a guitar, a synth, a laptop + One dude who can rap his ass off, make music inspired by Cormac McCarthy and the funny lot that is life in Lawton, Oklahoma. I got so excited by their show in OKC that i paid them out of my own pocket to get them to come down to join me at my show in DALLAS this week. People need to see these guys play live together...it isn't anything revolutionary, it is just great rap music made really really well. I am excited to see them play again...don't miss this one kids
LISTEN TO: death trotter & toothpick
that's all for now...
part 2 to follow soon.
ps. don't sleep on 90's night tonight in Denton! I am guest djing with Ian Bangs & Yeahdef! should be epic!
pps. don't miss my last show in Dallas for the summer! me + 8 bit cynics + all kind of crazy DFW hip hop.
So, the tour has come to an end, and my 5 day duval-a-cation is in its death throws. The unending spring rain brought a lake to the vacant lot beside my parent's home (complete with a happy couple of Mallards) and kept me trapped indoors till today...almost destroying my beach binge. Pinned down from the rain, and my nose in "The Beekeeper's Apprentice" (thanks Jenny!), I gorged on my Mother's cooking and drowned in my Father's scotch...taking breaks only to play fetch with Duff from time to time!
Tuesday: May 26th @ Haileys in Denton, TX
(all the best hit's from the 1990-1999)
$5 under 21 NO COVER OVER 21
Doors @ 10pm
THEN...i am descending on Dallas, one last time for the summer to wreck the stage with a bunch of Big D's finest up and coming rappers at one of the last good clubs in deep ellum: The Lounge!
Saturday: May 30th @ The Lounge on Elm in Dallas, Tx
Astronautalis + 8 Bit Cynics + Ty City + many more!
oh...just one more thing...if you like the video for Trouble Hunters...then you have to watch the full length (10 minutes long) movie that the video is based on:
KILLER KOMMANDOZE 5!!!
Killer Komandoze 5 from Mark Hubbard on Vimeo.
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