July 16, 2010
About the only thing more thrilling than wrapping up the new record may be our upcoming tour with pop scientists Miniature Tigers. We've played a number of shows with these gentlemen over the years and have always dug their music, but doing an entire tour with them is just stupendous. We will be pinching ourselves every hour. Just look listen to the kind of stuff they cook up:
...Or the new single, "Gold Skull" from their awesome new album, FORTRESS (not the official video, but some beautiful, if a bit surreal live footage)
The other great thing about this tour is that it will be bringing us to places we haven't been in years (Portland? Seattle?! AKRON?!?!?!) and some places we've never been at all (Well, I guess just Sante Fe, but that's still awesome!).
Tomorrow morning we head west towards Seattle, faithfully following in the steps Lewis & Clark originally made. Come join us on this voyage in a city near you. (All links go to places you can buy tickets!)
07/21/10 - The High Dive - Seattle, WA (21+)
07/22/10 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR (21+)
07/23/10 - Hotel Utah Saloon - San Francisco, CA (21+)
07/24/10 - Spaceland - Los Angeles, CA (21+)
07/25/10 - House Of Blues - San Diego, CA (All Ages FREE show!)
07/27/10 - The Rhythm Room - Phoenix, AZ (All Ages)
07/29/10 - Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT (All Ages)
07/30/10 - Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO (21+)
07/31/10 - Santa Fe Brewing Company - Santa Fe, NM (All Ages)
08/02/10 - The Loft - Dallas, TX (All Ages)
08/03/10 - Stubbs Jr. Bar-B-Q - Austin, TX (All Ages)
08/05/10 - The Waiting Room - Omaha, NE (All Ages)
08/06/10 - Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis, MN (18+)
08/07/10 - The Bottom Lounge* - Chicago, IL (FREE SHOW!)
08/08/10 - TBA
08/09/10 - TBA
08/10/10 - Pike Room @ Crofoot - Pontiac, MI (All Ages)
08/11/10 - Musica - Akron, OH (All Ages)
08/12/10 - T.T. The Bear's Place - Boston, MA (18+)
08/13/10 - The Mercury Lounge - New York, NY (21+)
08/17/10 - The Black Cat - Washington, D.C (All Ages)
08/18/10 - Sonar Club Stage - Baltimore, MD (All Ages)
* = Not with Miniature Tigers, unfortunately.
July 11, 2010
Readers of this blog may not be able tell based on the videos we've been posting, but we've ALMOST finished our new album. The recording process has been exciting, but oddly familiar to us. When the we first began creating music together (over a decade ago!) we were just kids recording in a moldy basement on a four track. Even though we recorded hundreds of songs there, we would always visit "real" recording studios to make our "real" albums. Now that we have a space of our own, we have returned to that similar, moldy basement environment.
There is time to take "sound voyages" in search of that perfect noise to use on the chorus. There is room to completely scrap an arrangement and start over without feeling we've wasted time and/money. There is freedom to take a 4 hour long siesta / BBQ in the middle of the day and then return to the studio. All of this creates a positive environment to work in which has lead to the best music we've ever made together.
Can't wait for you to hear it!