Spring 2015 Tour: Good New Orleans and Bad New Orleans

New Orleans is consistently one of my favorite places to visit, and as always I feel a sense of peace descend on my mind as we roll in. We get an early start so we have time to explore a bit. Carlos takes us to a park by the art museum, and we walk around theRead More »

Spring 2015 Tour: Misadventures in Savannah

I remember Savannah from a few years ago, when we did not play but stopped to eat. We went to Wall’s Barbecue, a tiny shack-like building on an otherwise residential street, and it was delicious. I remember having a really positive impression of Savannah generally. It is beautiful, with the vegetation and the old buildingsRead More »

Spring 2015 Tour: Wildlife

Our show in Richmond is at an art gallery. It is the senior show for an art school, which means we are surrounded by interesting fashion decisions. One dude has a giant paper clip in his nose that simply must somehow interfere with eating. Distinctive, though, for sure. The show is well-attended, and people are intoRead More »

Spring 2015 Tour: In Which I Discover Sardines

Our show in Philly is at the Pharmacy, a coffee shop with a tiny and oddly-shaped stage. I order an espresso, which hits the spot. We are soon joined by ET Anderson, an excellent band from Columbia, SC that we played with last year. It was their first show ever, and we were all impressed. We’llRead More »

Spring 2015 Tour: In Which I Purchase Another Unnecessary Pedal

As usual, getting out of the city takes longer than expected. I have to retrieve my laundry, which entails waiting for the B54 bus for an unprecedented 40 minutes. What the fuck is up with the B54? It is the worst bus line I have ever had the ill fortune to rely on, and theRead More »

SXSW 2015 Tour: Tacos and Bibimbap and Also Some Music

After a hearty breakfast, we buckle down for a long drive. Google Maps says eight hours, and it will end up being more like ten. This is one of those occasions when I’m glad to have a bunch of work to do to pass the time. We stop to pee what feels like thirty times andRead More »

SXSW 2015 Tour: The Rare Luxury Of Drinking Rye Outdoors

As soon as we reach New Orleans, I feel a wave of calm wash over me. The sun is just beginning to set, and the air is pleasantly balmy. It feels like the city is giving me a big hug. The show starts late, so we head over to Siberia for a quick meal. WeRead More »

SXSW 2015 Tour: Some Hecklers Just Want To Hang

Our first stop in Atlanta is the Sevananda Natural Foods Market in Little Five Points. We found this place our first time through the city with Sharon Van Etten many years back, and it’s been a frequent stop ever since. It is often difficult to find healthy food on tour, so stores like this are aRead More »

SXSW 2015 Tour: Foamhenge, Where The Demons Dwell

Natural Bridge, Virginia, is home to a genuinely bizarre and cool roadside attraction: Foamhenge.  Foamhenge is the work of sculptor Mark Cline, a man with an esoteric personal vision if ever there was one. Yes, there is indeed a full-size replica of Stonehenge made out of foam, but there is also this: And these: And, mostRead More »

SXSW 2015 Tour: Waist-Deep in Luggage

Packing the van is a little different on each tour. No matter how much you think you have it down to a science, something always changes: a new piece of gear, an old piece of gear in a new case, or most commonly just a complete failure to recollect what you did last time thatRead More »