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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 »

On Bending

I had been working on a post on and off about different types of bass strings I like, and some extra-geeky minutiae about work I’ve done on some of my favorite basses, and then the inauguration happened and it all seemed so small. I’ll finish it later. For now, please bear with me as IRead More »

A recipe of sorts

There’s a lot of loose talk out there about how long it takes to caramelize onions. It takes an inconvenient amount of time, during which one could easily cook two or three other meals, but it’s my favorite part of cooking. Few things respond so directly to attention and care as onions do. How good they are is directly proportional toRead More »

Spring 2015 Tour: More Bad Stuff

We leave Weimar in the afternoon. I make a quick stop at Brenner’s to get some barbecue. I have now eaten at all three non-chain restaurants in Weimar. Some of the locals have denigrated Brenner’s for being too expensive, but I am in Texas and I can’t not get whatever the barbecue in town is.Read More »

Spring 2015 Tour: Not Schiller’s Weimar, The Other One

Carlos and I wake up at the crack of dawn to go to the mechanic, which opens at 7:30. It is a mile or so of walking along I-10. We are pleased to see the van undisturbed where we left it, right outside the gate. Most of the morning is spent waiting for an estimate,Read More »