Thursday, December 31, 2009


we felt like royalty. the hotel we stayed in was damn near presidential.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Gran Tourino

Well, We're on tour right now. It's great. I love that being on the road again feels like returning to a state of normality. Yep.

I'd like to put pictures up real soon...from this tour and the last one...but I don't have a camera and all of my pictures come from some one else's's a computer picture of the cafe we're at in Pella, IA.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Monday, December 7, 2009

Ronny's: The Golden Prince Of Poop-hole Bars

We played at a joint in Chicago called, RONNY'S. It's a total dive. The outside of the building has the remnants of an elaborate neon sign beach scene, with dolphins, palm trees and a cascading sunset. But, the whole scene has been completely busted up by hoodlums so only a few parts of the neon sign still hang on the cinder block building.

In fact the only indication that this stack of blocks is in fact RONNY'S is the small window that is spray painted, "Ronny's". And even that is fading.

We met up with our friend Sam in the band AESTHETIC ANAESTHETIC and hung around for a bit. They were telling us about how terrible RONNY'S is but how it's getting cleaned up. We were happy to hear that although RONNY'S is a total germ hole, it's still a really fun place to play.

Well, we loaded in and played and despite the dirtiness, it was really awesome. We had a great time playing.

I think one thing that epitomized RONNY'S was when, at the end of the night, we were going to load out through a side door that was locked, the manager came and said, "Sorry guys, Ronny's wasted again and has lost the key to the side door. You're going to have to load out the front."

oh Ronny. How we'll miss you.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tour de farts

Hello there. Tour is going pretty well so far.

Winona was fun as always. We really love Ed's bar. Great people, great atmosphere, and best of all, great quasi-skin-heads beating up quasi-hippy dudes. Seriously, someone got beat up.

Northfield was really fun. We arrived pretty early so we did some hangin' around.

Zach and I did some sweet fake skateboarding.

We played at a venue called, THE CONTENTED COW. Upon arriving we discovered that we would be receiving free booze and food. which made us all very happy.

We were really happy to be playing with the folks we played with. Michael Morris played after us and his music is so tender and soothing you could listen to it forever. And My cousin Alison played last. Her music is so beautiful. It's the sort of music that makes your heart have to reassess what beauty actually is because it's never heard anything like Alison before. Simply amazing.

So far, it's a good start to the tour.