May 12, 2008

ya only gey one ya only get one!

we spinto banders wanted to give a big ol' thanks to our moms....and we are so cheap that a blog post is the way we decided to do it...

anyhow we love our moms....and here is what they think of us:

mother krill (maaj of nick krill):

1. what is your favorite new song on the new spinto band album and why?

I love all your music, so it’s hard to pick a favorite, but I keep playing “Summer Grof” over and over. The singing is smooth, and the beat is great. I really like the repetition of that long “I” sound over and over. Glad to hear the lyrics “I won’t lie.” Just what a mother wants to hear, that you play by the important rules! And the clapping sound effect at the beginning is neat, especially when it is synched just right with the first water balloon hit in the video. And that video is lots of fun. I bet you guys all wanted to throw messy things at each other since you started playing together in eighth grade, but so glad you waited until you were all grown up and doing your own laundry!

2. what other music have you been listening to lately, any good tips
on a cool song?

Well, I guess I’ll be kind of old-fashioned and list some old sounds: Nick and I were in our kitchen a few days ago. I was probably washing dishes, and he was probably eating, which is a fairly typical pattern. On the radio, we heard Belá Bartok’s “Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion.” The various sounds that the percussionists achieved were just great, against the piano. At one point, it sounded as though the strings of the piano were being brushed by the percussionists!

I really love traditional music from earlier decades in U. S. history, like ‘‘Hard Times Come Again No More” sung by Thomas Hampson. “Calling My Children Home” on the disc Our American Journey, by the wonderful à cappella group Chanticleer, is a great listen.

3. how often does your son call you while the band is on the road?

Nick calls every time he needs to talk or ask a question, and it’s always great to hear from him and hear about the most recent gig. Of course, we all miss the guys when they are off on tour, even though we’re so proud of the work they are doing and wouldn’t want it any other way. So I just get out the Chanticleer disc and play “Calling My Children Home.”

4. did you ever think your son would end up doing this with his life?

Back when you all started playing together, and I was driving Nick to practice (and getting to chat with the other moms!), I never dreamed you all would be playing together so successfully years later! But as a mom, I always hoped that Nick, Tom, Sam, Jon, Jeff, Joe and everyone connected with the band would be developing their talents and making a contribution and pursuing their goals. So it’s all just great!

Here’s to you, guys! Rock on! Thanks for making us all mothers!

mother baird (Maaj of thomas and sam):

1. what is your favorite new song on the new spinto band album and why?

I love this album and how it flows as a whole. In general I like the complexity of the arrangements and the layering of vocal parts. The c.d I have is called " Pepes confusion" and none of the songs are identified by title so I dont know any of the song's titles. It is the soundtrack in my car and I never fast forward or repeat and can sing along with all of it.

2. what other music have you been listening to lately, any good tips
on a cool song?

I only listen to Spinto (and what Scott puts on...)secretly I love the soundtrack for Twin Peaks and I recently heard an inerview with a Emmanuel Jal and I found his story and music compelling.

3. how often does your son call you while the band is on the road?

I usually call them ,but I love it when they do call or email from the road. Why dont you guys start sending your moms postcards from your travels? Ill supply the stamps.

4. did you ever think your son would end up doing this with his life?

I never imagined "this" but I thought both Thomas and Sam would do something creative. I also knew they would follow their hearts and do what made them happy. When I went to the first battle of the band event at Sanford, I was so nervous about what might happen on that stage (you were all so shy) but fears faded as I watched your entertaining performance (I remember a wheel chair, costumes...was sam wearing a helmet? ) It was that moment I knew it was possible... I laughed and cheered with the audience and have not stopped-GO SPINTO!

mother eaton (maaj of jon eaton):

I love all the songs and there is no music out as great as Spinto. Jon calls often while on the road and boy do I love it when he does. I always knew he would do something cool cause he is a cool guy!

May 8, 2008


Readers of this blog are probably already familiar with the actress Jenny Lewis from her guest appearance in the fourth episode of our (still on hiatus) web series, Treasure of the Cisne:

Well, in addition to being a talented actress/magician, Lewis moonlights as a talented musician/magician, playing in the indie-rock band,
Rilo Kiley. What does that have to do with us? Well, it turns out that we will be opening for them on a few dates on their upcoming tour! What dates? What venues? Here are your answers:

05/18 - Colorado Springs, CO - The Black Sheep
05/19 - Denver, CO - Odgen Theater
05/20 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
05/21 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown again!
05/22 -
Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
05/23 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
05/24 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theater
05/25 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theater
05/26 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues

Did we mention that Nik Freitas will also be playing these shows?! Well, he is! Also, I heard that if provoked, Jenny Lewis sometimes will perform the "banana trick" live on stage. Won't you come join us and see?

After that stint, we will embark upon what journalists are already calling the "underappreciated cities tour". We have either never played or rarely play these wonderful cities:

05/27 - Rochester, NY - The Bug Jar

05/29 - Pittsburgh, PA - Lava Lounge

05/30 - Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio

Wait, so what is the Spinto Band doing with all of these "tour dates"? Shouldn't they have that album out by now? Good question. We really
should have that album out now, and every day it gets closer to being put out. In the meantime, we're working on things. We really are.