Archive for 2006

One of those things

I finished a new song today (=yesterday), it’s a goodie.  Well, I have a demo but I’m gonna redo it.  Nathaniel’s coming over this weekend to help me snazz up the chords a little… I was envisioning this really smooth Wes Montgomery-ish guitar bed for my demo but I just couldn’t find all those jazzy passing chords on the fretboard.  I found the basic chords, more or less, but it’s just a little wack.  Nathaniel has the demo now so he’ll be able to figure out what I *meant* to play, hopefully.

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Pictures from the tour(s)

I’ve finished consolidating a bunch of my tour pictures on a Flickr set, and will gradually be adding them here on the blog as well.  It’s stuff I took with my crappy digital camera and my (even crappier) cellphone camera.  Try viewing it as a slideshow!

Damen el

Damen el 1

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Drama!  Euro tour cancelled, or postponed or something

Sorry to have to say this but I’m not going to be touring Europe in May after all, I’m not even playing ATP.  For stupid reasons, financial and organizational reasons.  We all wanted to be there, me and the band were rarin’ to go and we totally would be going…!!  But it wasn’t to be, a tour never materialized that was going to make sense either logistically or financially.  I only like to do tours where I might have half a prayer of not losing both my shirt and my mind.  And this was not gonna be one of those tours, so it sucks but we had to pull the plug on the whole thing.  I hope everyone who was planning on coming to those shows, and the ATP people and the various other promoters and everyone else we’ve talked to, will accept our sincerest apologies for this… ahem!!  Unfortunateness.  We’re going to regroup over here and get another tour booked just as soon as possible.  It’ll just be a matter of a few months, I’m hopin’.

iPod oracle

An iPod-related magic-eightball kinda meme that I stole from somebody’s blog.

Put your music player on shuffle.
Press forward for each question. 
Use the song title as the answer to the question even if it doesn’t make sense.

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Back in Chicago, diggin’ on Lanterna

I’m home now.  Happy Easter!  Ohhh I wish you’d been at the Old Town show if you weren’t there, it was spectacular.  The sound in that auditorium is so amazing, I don’t think I’ve ever played in a better-sounding venue and I think any other musician who’s played there would agree.  It’s a just a room that was designed for perfect sound, plus there’s the whole history of the OTS, so many of the world’s greatest musicians have played there.  I’ve seen so many amazing shows at the OTS since I moved to Chicago so it was just a huge thrill for me to be able to play my own music there for a night.  And oh, the band sounded so great!!  And I was singing just fine too.  Maybe a little wobbley at first from the jitters but nothing wrong with it after that.  Err… I was babbling onstage a little, what the fuck was I saying?  But other than that I was really psyched with that whole show.  Really great way to end what turned out to be a super fun tour!  It all went great, we had a really good time and played a lot of fun shows and met up with so many old friends and made so many great new ones.  I miss my bandmates already, we all got along so well, there were tons of laffs.  Musically it was awesome, best band I’ve ever toured with.  We had a few weird shows but that’s unavoidable on any tour, you have to play lots of different venues and maybe not all of them are going to be ideal in every way.  Overall though, the good shows definitely outweighted the bad.  I am very pleased with how it all came out in the end.  I’m super fucking tired though, omigod.  Sooo pooped… I don’t even have the mental energy to go through what-all went down on tour, not today anyway.

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Old Town School (Chicago, IL)

Edith Frost at the Old Town SchoolWith the Zincs

At the Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 728-6000

My band: Nathaniel Braddock (guitar); Ryan Hembrey (bass); Jason Toth (drums)

OTS posted a video online for the song "If It Weren’t For The Words".

Pics from Champaign

Zincs at Cowboy MonkeyHenry Frayne at Cowboy Monkey

The Zincs, and Henry Frayne from Lanterna at Cowboy Monkey in Champaign IL

Cowboy Monkey (Champaign, IL)

With the Zincs, The Invisible

At Cowboy Monkey
6 E. Taylor St., Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 398-2688

My band: Nathaniel Braddock (guitar); Ryan Hembrey (bass); Jason Toth (drums)

(Photo by Jim Elkington)

Starrfadu @ Randy Bacon Gallery

Starrfadu at Randy Bacon GalleryStarrfadu at the Randy Bacon Gallery in Springfield MO

Randy Bacon Gallery (Springfield, MO)

With the Zincs and Starrfadu

At the Randy Bacon Gallery
320 Park Central West, Springfield MO 65806
(417) 868-8179

My band: Nathaniel Braddock (guitar); Ryan Hembrey (bass); Jason Toth (drums)

Opolis pics

Opolis in Norman OKLooking through the doorway at the The Zincs playing at Opolis in Norman OK.  The club is owned by members of the Starlight Mints and doubles as their practice space.  :-)

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Opolis (Norman, OK)

With the Zincs

At Opolis
113 North Crawford, Norman OK 73069
(405) 820-0951

My band: Nathaniel Braddock (guitar); Ryan Hembrey (bass); Jason Toth (drums)

Emo’s (Austin, TX)

With the Zincs, Knife in the Water

At Emo’s
603 Red River, Austin TX 78701

My band: Nathaniel Braddock (guitar); Ryan Hembrey (bass); Jason Toth (drums)

Two Gallants at the Launchpad

Two GallantsTwo Gallants at the Launchpad in Albuquerque NM

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