Fell asleep in Lafayette,
woke up in Tulsa. Just like that, we're on tour. Real, honest tour.
Terrestrial, highway-and-bus tour. Compared to the last several
months, which have been all about airplanes and airports and quick
weekend hops, this is going to feel like old-world craftsmanship.
Handmade. Workshops smelling of oil and leather and wood. Thick,
dry fingers caked in dust. Today is a beautiful day.
Monday we were able to set
up in the Orpheum Theater (HINT HINT) for a rehearsal
and tech day. "Tech day” is industry jargon for "identify a
bunch of stuff that doesn't work and make it work.” As those
present at our four-day pre-Thanksgiving run can attest, our touring
outfit has ballooned over the last few weeks with a few back-end
additions like monitor stuff and a few more noticeable changes like
lights and oh yeah there's another person onstage now.
I'm pleased as punch that
we have our dear friend PJ Howard (whom some of you may recognize
from JamCruise, when he was filling in for Andrew) with us on this
tour, playing percussion, singing, and generally being a fun,
positive individual. The pocket's getting thick, like a sticky
Anyway, it wouldn't be
blog without some disorganized thought-barf, so here's a list of
what's hot and what's not:
HOT- YouTube videos where
they "remix” movies or other video-based media. The 2007
animated film Bee Movie seems to be a popular target, but I'm partial to this
criminally underappreciated masterpiece in which someone took my all-time favorite video game and replaced every sound in it with Tim Allen's famous grunt from Home Improvement.
Every. Single. Sound.
NOT- Is it just me, or
has there been an uptick in altercations and ejections over
the last few weeks of the NFL? I've even seen a few wide receivers
throwing punches at helmets. When you're a person whose job is kind
of reliant on your ability to perform delicate work with your hands,
it doesn't seem like a good strategy to punch a guy- using your hand,
which is made up of tiny, fragile bones- in his helmet, which is made
out of, um, helmet.
HOT- Skinny pants, bulky
NOT- The "Dilly-Dilly”
Kingdom from those Bud Light commercials. First of all, stop trying
to make "dilly-dilly” a thing. It's never going to be a thing.
STOP TRYING TO MAKE FETCH HAPPEN. Second, and much more importantly,
that place is TERRIFYING. On the surface, it may seem like a
whimsical land of banquets and unpretentious libations, but in truth,
the poor smallfolk of DillyDillyLand are living in an Orwellian
nightmare where any dissent or nonconformity is punishable by
torture. The "honey mead wine” guy? He's excited about a
beverage, and he wants to share it with his friends. Do they humor
him and try it? Do they rib him for being pretentious? Do they
politely decline his generous offer? No. They gleefully condemn him into something
called the "pit of misery.” I recently revisited the
ground-breaking surrealist spy drama series The Prisoner,
so I'm pretty amped up about the great struggle between the collective and the individual. Wouldn't mind seeing Patrick McGoohan set King Dilly straight
with a few wry one-liners and a right cross square to the jaw.
HOT- Yellow. Yellow is
the color of radness, and coolguys ("coolguys,” when used as one
word, is a gender-inclusive term and you can't tell me it's not), and
also did you know that there are people who call the yellow light on
a traffic light "orange?” Or, if you call it orange, did you
know that there are people out there who think it's yellow? Please
flip out about this in the comments section instead of flame-warring
over the NFL. I KNOW YOU WERE THINKING IT. Thanks in advance.
NOT- Red. So last
And finally, I think I'm
going to introduce a new feature to these blogs. The inaugural
Friends Whose Album I'm Plugging are some familiar faces: Naughty
Professor, with their June release, Identity.
Naughty's own brand of hard-hitting funk music comes alive in this
series of collaborations with a number of special guests (including a
few you might recognize!). Tell me this doesn't look like fun: