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Europe 2019: Mannheim

In Mannheim, we play our first festival of the trip, Maifeld Derby. It turns out to be a racetrack and the surrounding grounds. The green room is in a stable, with each band taking one stall such as would normally accommodate a horse. The bigger bands have black curtains over theirs for a semblance ofRead More »

Treefort, part 2

Our next stop is the Knitting Factory to see Yamantaka // Sonic Titan. Where is there not a Knitting Factory these days? Back in my day there was one Knitting Factory and it was on 74 Leonard Street. I remember seeing Deerhoof there back in the day, and Shellac, and Jonathan Richman. A band IRead More »

Treefort, part 1

The flight to Boise leaves at 7 AM, which means waking up around 6. I always pack in two stages, attempting a complete pack and allowing enough time before my departure to remember anything I forgot or needed to buy. This time it’s minimal – travel size toothpaste, deodorant, a power supply for a keyboard.Read More »

Moon 2r: Part 7

Mahall’s is a bowling alley with food and a bar as well as shows, and it is huge. Upon arrival we are greeted with the most attractively presented deli and crudite platter I’ve ever seen. The room is large and has a lot of weird resonances, so soundcheck is tough. Like Cake Shop with moreRead More »

Moon 2r: Part 6

The Chicago show is at the Hideout, where I am told we played seven or eight years ago. It feels cozy and lived in, like a neighborhood bar in Queens. The room is big and we’ll be playing with Tasha and Michael Albert, both people we know and like. It promises to be a goodRead More »

Moon 2r: Part 5

We stay at Chris’s place in Knoxville. It is a nice big place and he owns it, which is nuts to me. We’re the same age! I wonder if I will every buy a piece of property and cannot imagine it. We eat all of the honey roasted almonds from Aunt Ruby’s and I sleepRead More »

Moon 2r: Part 4

In Atlanta, we sleep late and I am drafted to make breakfast. The house has a beautiful giant kitchen with every possible knife and seasoning, plus the flexible cutting mats I like. Stefanie scrounges up some potatoes, pre-cooked bacon, eggs, and cheese. I am a little worried when we can’t find oil besides a spray,Read More »

Moon 2r: Part 3

The show in Richmond is at Gallery5, a favorite stop of ours. Openers Haybaby and Dazeases are fantastic. Haybaby we know from New York, but Dazeases is new to me. Check them out. Somewhere in there, craving wings, I go to GWARbar, which is in fact a GWAR-themed bar conveniently located down the street fromRead More »

Moon 2r: Part 2

In Boston, we wake up to bagels and coffee. We eat quickly and without relish even though the bagels are quite good. I don’t think anyone got to sleep before 3 and it is now 8 and change. We are in the car rolling by 9:08. After a stop in Park Slope to get theRead More »

Moon 2r: Part 1

I fully intend to sleep in on the first day of tour, but I’m wide awake by 9:30. I finish packing and have a leisurely breakfast, a bacon egg and cheese and a fancy coffee. The nearest good coffee to me is C. Lo, which does a cold brew with coconut milk and toasted coconutRead More »