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|Tuesday, April 12th, 2005|
|Quiet times and loud noise
So the last few months of my life can be summed up in two short words: quiet and loud. Not a whole lot of middle ground either really. Allow me to elaborate for a bit on this if you will.
The quiet part would be in reference to anytime I'm at work or here at home. Right now my job is in a period of down time. We haven't had a whole lot to do since mid January. This won't change till mid May at the earliest. Then if things go as they normally do we'll have plenty to do for the next six months. I'll be happy when it picks up because the days can get kind of long when we don't have much going on. It's safe to say that my day job is simply a means to an end for me.
Most of the time I spend at home any more sees me either online, relaxing in my recliner in front of the TV and sleeping. I don't receive that many phone calls any more unless it's my parents or occasionally one of my close friends. Most of my business with the outside world these days is done via email so the amount of calls anymore is not very many. Since I live alone it does get pretty lonely and a little TO quiet sometimes. But for the most part this is a welcome thing considering how much my life changes once I step out the front door.
The loud part is in reference to everything else I do with my life. A big part of that is my band. When I joined Honeywagen three and a half years ago I was told we would play 2 to 4 shows a month. We have never not had a gig booked and we always have something to look forward to. So needless to say we got shows booked till mid June now which makes me pretty happy. The last year has seen us share the stage with some of the very best rock bands in this area including Pendergast, The Federation of Horsepower, The Bubble Boys, The Gaslights, Cher UK, Deathray Angles, The Deadenders, Octopus Frontier, Wyld Chipmunk and The Cuddly Poo's, Choad, Emma Feel and Mr. Cody Wyoming (and hopefully we'll get do another show with Cody's band The Golden Hearted Whores sooner then later). It's a pretty awesome and humbling feeling to know that we have gotten to share the stage with so many good friends and incredibly talented musicians. I just hope we continue to get the chance to do so in the future. Our next gig see's us playing at the next match for the women's Roller Derby team in KC on Saturday, April 23'rd. We're VERY excited about this as we'll get to play to about 800 people at Winwood skating rink. Not many bands get a chance like this. We have been told that they are gonna have some mid-evil sword fighters doing their thing during one of our sets (we're playing 2 15 minutes sets over the course of the evening). I think there is also a one woman burlesque/fetish performer in the lineup as well. I'm pretty sure this gig will rank up high on my list of all time favorites when it's all said and done. We have also started work on the follow up to our 2003 CD "Station Wow" finally. Since we have free access to a full recording studio in Mike's basement we are able to write and demo as many tunes as we want. Then we'll pick the best stuff to use for the new disk. This also means we'll have some new original tunes to play live for the first time in a REALLY long time. I'm probably more excited about this then anything I have ever been a part of musically. I really think we are gonna have a great record when we get finished.
When I haven't been playing shows I've been going to them. Lot's of them actually. And the rest of April isn't gonna let up for one second. Thankfully I'm taking a couple of days off from work in two weeks to get some much needed r and r (not to mention plenty of drinky drink taking place). So that means I can take everything in and enjoy it much more (assuming I still have the money to do all of it). Before the end of the month I'll have a chance to see Burning Brides, Broken Teeth, The Supersuckers, The Rev. Horton Heat, Murphy's Law, The Spiders, The Von Erich's, Throw Rag, The Shotgun Idol's, The Federation of Horsepower and The Architects. That's a shit ton of rock kids. I'm also gonna go to a big show in KC at Davey's Uptown on Friday, April 22'nd featuring The Ramalama's, The Smashtones, Boogan Mod and The Buddy Lush Phenomenon. Three of the four bands playing this night contain former members of my all time favorite local band Cretin 66. The reason this show is happening is because Cretin's old drummer Sardu is gonna be back in town from Arizona for a visit. There is a remote chance that we may even see a short Cretin 66 reunion set so this is a can't miss event for me.
So that's pretty much been my life lately. Some things just never change I guess. Not much to report, but still plenty to talk about. Definitely plenty of quiet times and loud noise to go around for sure.
*Stolen from Skajester.
* Reply to this message telling me which of these 25 artists you have also seen.
* Take the ones from my list that you have seen, and post them in your own LJ.
* Add more until you have 25.
01. Bad Religion (x1)
02. Turbonegro (x1)
03. the Cherry Valence (x10
04. the Explosion (x2)
05. the (International) Noise Conspiracy (x2)
6. The Ramones (x1)
7. X (x1)
8. Social Distortion (x1)
09. Deftones (x2)
10. the Amazing Royal Crowns (x4)
11. the Get Up Kids (x3)
12. Coalesce (x1)
13. Riverboat Gamblers(x2)
14. Bill Monroe and The Bluegrass Boys (x1)
15. Rev. Horton Heat (x9)
16. Danko Jones (x1)
17. Murphy's Law (x2)
18. Andrew W.K. (x1)
19. Black Sabbath (x2)
20. The Supersuckers (x4)
21. Sonic Youth (x1)
22. Descendents (x1)
23. Reel Big Fish (x1)
24. the Specials (x2)
25. the Skatalites (x1)
As an added bonus I also put the number times I have seen each act on my list. That part is optional. Have fun.
|Thursday, November 25th, 2004|
|A rare Honeywagen Lawrence show tomorrow night.
Attention LJ types that live in Lawrence. Tomorrow evening my band is playing a rare Lawrence, KS show. Last January was the last time we did a gig here in town. That will all change tomorrow evening. Here are the specifics.
When: Friday, November 26'th, 5:30-8:30pm
Where: The Jackpot Saloon
Cover: FREE!!! (They also had free Pizza last week and probably will this week also)
Event: It's the Cher U.K. happy Hour. Cher U.K. will play about 6:00 followed by Honeywagen around 7:00.
Please come on down and show us some love. It's not like your gonna be doing anything else at that time anyway and it's plenty early so that you can go do something else later in the evening if you wish. Beside's there is no cover which should make it even more tempting for the people lacking in funds (like myself). If you do maybe just maybe we won't take over 10 months to try and get another show here in town.
|Friday, November 5th, 2004|
I just wanted to post this because we are really excited to be a part of it. Honeywagen hasn't played Davey's Uptown since I joined the band (which was close to 3 years ago now) for whatever reason's and that ends tonight and continues with another show their next weekend. Roach has been promoting these events for a little while now and tonight is version #4. This is one of the coolest things to happen to KC music in a really long time I think and you definitely owe it to yourself to come check this thing out. You can thank me later. All I ask is that you plan to stay till the end because we are playing last (meaning we won't hit stage till at least 1:00am) and don't wanna be playing to four walls, a ceiling and a couple of bartenders waiting for us to get done.
Heres the details:
Location: Davey's Uptown- 34'th and Main
Showtime: 10:00 sharp.
Cover: $10.00/$8.00 if you wear an eye patch
Stare Down Competition (Sign up at the show. Judges are the Sad Dog ladies and all participants win something)
The Afterparty (alt. country)
Deadenders (blues punk)
Honeywagen (power pop)
'I' Acoustic Unplugged (free-hop)
Conrad Courtney (stand-up comedian)
Onjalee (r&b/soul acappella)
The Yo-Yo Girls (dance duo)
Mattel StarmakerChorus (toys rock)
Johnny Hamil (solo stand-up bass)
Also for you Lawrence folks that see this and need something to do in the early part of your night go to The Jackpot Saloon for their happy hour show. I'm told it gets started about 6:30 or so. The band playing this evening is Cody Wyoming and The Golden Hearted Whores. My band has played with them before I can safely say that this band kick's some serious ass (not to mention Cody is a super cool dude). I'll be at this show till I have to motor to KC for my gig. Hope to see some of you all at one place or the other this evening. Current Mood: excited
|Sunday, October 31st, 2004|
|The Wichita Lineman
So last night Honeywagen made its official debut in the booming metropolis that is Wichita. I have always heard what a cool little place Kirby's Beer Store is from bands they have played it. And boy were said bands not kidding when they told me little as it literally takes 20 people to fill the place. But we had a plenty big enough stage to do our thing so it was all good. We made enough for gas money on the way home which was about what we figured we would make. Since it was halloween weekend the bartender told us it was a slower then normal due to lot's of parties going on (and also the WSU kids trying to avoid the fuzz who were out in full force looking for drunk drivers) and that we need to play there on a regular Saturday night when they are a lot busier. It was really cool to see Rob from O'Phil, ALbert from the Istanbullies and a group of VERY hot females dressed up full alien garb though. Playing for all of them made the trip worthwhile for me. Not sure if or when we'll play there again as it is a little bit of a haul. But if the show and date are good ones, I'm sure we'll do it. Thankfully it was daylight savings and we gained back an hour but it was still close to 4:00pm when I got to bed.
So today is halloween and I'm not 100% sure whats going on yet. I gotta talk to Miss Liz and see whats up. I'm thinking the Bottleneck show with The Last Caress and Magfuckinificent is the place to be. Liz asked me to join her and who ever else she could round up to dress us as the members of Motley Crue. Thankfully I can make that costume a reality pretty easily if thats still what we decide to do. One of the guys in Magfuk, Cody Wyoming, is a really good friend mine and my band. His real band Cody Wyoming and The Golden Hearted Whores and us have played a show together in the past and I have known him for a couple of years now. He was also part of my band scramble band Superking for the KC Band Scramble competition that I was a part of back in August. He is also one of the nicest guys in the entire scene. It would be cool to see him tonight even though I know I'll be seeing him a couple of other times later this week. Ultimately tonight will be Liz's call.
But first priorities are to think about getting some food in me and getting ready for the big Chiefs game today at noon. After the game (and the subsequent long nap that I'm sure will happen as well) I'll start getting in Halloween mode. Current Mood: indescribable
|Sunday, October 24th, 2004|
Ok so I haven't updated this in a really long time. So I figured maybe I should probably do so out of respect for the people that will read this and because now I feel like writing again. The main reason for the lack of updates was that I was to busy, to lazy or just not in a writing mood.
So since I last updated Honeywagen has gone through it's slowest phase of being a band. We didn't play many shows at all over the summer and haven't practiced since last February. We typically practice once a week and play 2 to 4 shows a month. Since we aren't looking to tour, sign a big record contract or anything like that anytime soon, this is plenty good for me. We are very content with playing locally/regionally and just trying to pack house's around here. But this last summer saw a lot of personal non music things going on for a couple of the band members, so we didn't do much. There was some times that this got really hard for me to deal with as I'm not one for sitting around doing nothing, but I cooped. Thankfully this is all going to change soon. We will be back to regular practice in November when our singer Mike is settled into his new house. We also are booking more shows again. We already played once this month and we have another gig on the October 30'th in Wichita. This is then followed by our Daveys Uptown debut on November 5'th and 13'th with a REALLY good pair of shows. We don't have anything in December yet, but we do have a gig at the Brick on January 5'th. This coupled by the fact that we have saved enough money to do record number 3 and it's safe to say that for the moment things are pretty good in Honeywagen land.
Also since the last update I have hit some great shows. The most recent of these was Zeke at Daveys in KC and Winfield back in September. Winfield was a blast as always. It's so much fun to get away from here for a few days to go camping, see great acoustic music of all genres and even greater friends we only get to see once or twice a year. I just wish it was more then once a year and could last longer.
I have also seen a bunch of solid local bands lately too. Mostly KC groups though as the Lawrence scene is in a BIG lull at the moment by comparison if you ask me. KC is way more about good music, camaraderie among bands regardless of style and just having fun. The Lawrence scene is all about style, politics and just plain bullshit. This is not why I play music or am involved in the local scene. I have very little time or tolerance for that any more. I'm also happy that some very good local bands are releasing new CD's so that me and Nick have some quality stuff to write about for the next Dandercroft in a couple of months. And speaking of local music, if your near a radio tonight from 10:00 pm to midnight, listen to the Lazer local music show. I ran into Chuck last night and he asked me to come on the show again since it's been a long time and just hang out. I don't have a Lawrence Honeywagen show to promote (Lawrence clubs won't book us for whatever reasons) but I can at least talk about our kick ass KC gigs coming up in a couple of weeks and some other things as well. I also plan to take a few CD's with me also that the station doesn't have (Federation of Horsepower, Moaning Lisa, the new Split Lip Rayfield and the Dandercroft comp among others).
Work has been pretty up and down the last few months. We have two peak periods in a said year for my department. Our July peak period saw the volume of mail increase for us, but not as much as we had hoped for. We had a group of temps who we thought would be in the department for a while and ended up with us for 2 or 3 months. Thankfully our October peak period is going to make up for this somewhat. But they are gonna play it much more conservative with the amount of temps we use this time. My role has changed some also. I don't nearly as much data entry any more and do a lot more warehouse work now. I like this because I'm up moving around and doing physical labor. This makes the day go by MUCH faster and is pretty enjoyable. In turn when I do have to sit at a computer to do data entry, it makes that more tolerable.
Other than all of this, I have spent most of time either out drinking and having fun, chatting online with some friends (hi Sara), sleeping or watching football and relaxing. So this ends the long winded update of what I have been up to lately. I'll start doing short more specific updates soon. Just figured I would catch people up with the last few months first. Current Mood: calm
|Saturday, October 2nd, 2004|
I haven't updated in ages for a variety of reasons. I'll get around to a real one in a little while. But I figured that this little survey fit me to a tee and I couldn't pass it up. Enjoy.
1. Of all the bands/artists in your cd/record collection, which one do you own the most albums by?: The Supersuckers (12) AC/DC (9) and The Hellacopters (8)
2.What was the last song you listened to?: My Generation- The Patti Smith Group
3. What's on your record player right now?: Since I don't even a record player the CD currently playing is The Essential Jerry Reed.
4. What song would you say sums you up?: I have never really thought about this before so I don't have an answer.
5. What's your favorite local band?: This is a tough question as I have a lot that I really like around here (well KC actually). Of the past it is HANDS DOWN Cretin 66. Currently I would have to say it's a toss up between Pendergast, The Federation of Horsepower, Architects, Split Lip Rayfield, and probably The Roman Numerals.
6. What was the last show you attended? The Eudoras and Dare Diablo last night at the Replay. I just stumbled in on this one as my original plan was to sit at the bar and get drunk over the fact that I got hosed on seeing the Pixies last night. The plan worked well enough, there just happen to be a show a going on also.
7. What was the greatest show you've ever been to? There's been a few really good ones over the years for me. Ozzfest this summer with Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Slayer and some others. The Supersuckers last spring at Davey's. Pennywise and The Joykiller at the Bottleneck many moons ago. The Del McCoury Band and Split Lip Rayfield at the Bottleneck. Rev. Horton Heat, Nashville Pussy and Split Lip Rayfield at the Granda a couple of years back. I don't see many bad ones these days because I'm to poor for that to happen.
8. What's the shittiest band you've ever seen in concert? When I was in MI6 4 or 5 years ago we got the opportunity to open for The Donnas the first time they played the Bottleneck. The band they were on tour with was a group from Canada called The Smugglers and they were absolutly fuckin' TERRIBLE! They haven't been back here since.
9. What band do you love musically but hate the members of? Hard to say as I haven't meet that many famous bands or people, but from everything I have read it would probably be The Misfits.
10. What is the most musically involved you have ever been? The band I currently play for eats up my time when we are busy. But due to a situation out of our hands we haven't been able to practice since last February (that is gonna change for good in November finally and I can't wait). We also didn't play many shows this summer (we typically play 2 to 4 shows a month but only did one a month all summer long). That too changes this month.
11. What show are you looking forward to? Zeke, The Smashtones (the new Cretin 66) and Filthy Jim at Daveys Uptown on Wednesday, October 13'th. Thank goodness this is an 8:30 show since it's mid week in KC, but holy shit will it rock.
12. What is your favorite band shirt? I don't have a paticularly favorite since they make up a good chunk of my wardrobe. I prefer to think of it as the good black music t-shirt or the bad black music t-shirt depending on the occassion.
13. What musician would you like to hang out with for a day? I'm gonna guess live or dead here. Johnny Cash, Keith Moon, Willie Nelson or Ozzy Osbourne.
14. What musician would you like to hump for a day? Neko Case, Tori Amos, Donna C (the drummer for the Donnas) or Rutyer Suys (from Nashville Pussy).
15. Metal question- Jeans and Leather vs. Cracker Jack clothes: Cracker Jack clothes? Oooookay. Jeans and Leather I'm thinking.
16. Sabbath or solo Ozzy? Let me put it this way. I have seen Sabbath twice and have never seen Ozzy solo. 'Nuff said.
17. Commodores or solo Lionel Richie? If I had to choose I would pick the Commodores.
18. Blackjack or solo Michael Bolton? Who (?!?!?) or I don't think so? Pass.
19. Name 3 flawless albums: Live at Leeds by The Who, Rubber Soul by the Beatles and Master of Reality by Black Sabbath. This answer could be a compleatly seperate entry.
20. Did you know that filling out this survey makes you a music geek?: Oh I was WELL aware of this long ago. Sue me.
21. What was the greatest decade for music? This is a tough call because there is high points about each decade. At the moment, considering what I have been listening to mostly, I would probably have to say the 1970's.
22. How many music-related videos/dvds do you own?: To many video tapes to count. 9 DVD's.
23. Do you like Journey? I don't own any of their stuff, but if they come on the radio I wouldn't change the station. Besides Steve Smith is one helluva a drummer.
24. Don't try to pretend you don't. Did I?
25. What is your favorite movie soundtrack? Either Pulp Fiction for the surf music or Less The Zero for Slayer's cover of "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida".
26. What was your last musical "phase" before you wised up? I admittedly use to be in to hair metal way back when.
27. What's the crappiest CD/record/etc you've ever bought? I didn't buy this thankfully, but when I wrote for Synapsis I was given a CD by a short lived local band called The Cross Country Felons. Words can't describe what a pile of shit this thing was (but the poor sap who got to write about it certainly tried). I passed this thing off very quickly to someone else within about 2 days of getting it.
28. Do you prefer vinyl or CDs? Since I don't have a record player, sadly I have to say at the moment CD.
29. All totaled, how much do you spend on music a month? Between playing in bands, going to shows regularly and buying CDs let's just say there is a good reason why I live paycheck to paycheck most of the time. Oh well, music is my life most of the time.
|Saturday, November 15th, 2003|
|Big rock show in KC tonight!
Saturday, Nov. 15'th
Benders (1118 McGee, KCMO)
21+, $5.00, show starts at 9:30 sharp
Brothers Grover (an all improve rock n' roll freak out featuring Jason Beers of the Branock Device and some musical friends of his)
Honeywagen (this would be my band and we are a straight up power pop rock n' roll band ala Big Star, Cheap Trick and The Beatles)
Emma Feel (late 1970's glam punk meets mid 1970's soul music meets the Rolling Stones)
Plant (not sure what these guy are like other then they are from St. Joseph, MO and are a fairly new band)
For more info about the venue you can visit the Benders website at:http://www.goinupmusic.com/Benders.htm
Hope to see some of you LJ types there. Current Mood: excited
|Tuesday, November 11th, 2003|
|Just another quiet night in my apartment
So this week has started quieter the normal. Given how busy my last couple of weeks had been, thats fine by me. It's been nice to have a few nights here at the apartment. It's allowed me to get some shit done and caught up on my sleep. But that ends starting tomorrow as the rest of my week kicks into high gear once again. I was suppose to have Whiskey Six practice last night but I had to cancel. See I'm a dumb ass and left my gig on Saturday night without my cymbal bag full of all my cymbals. It's first time I have ever left gear at a gig and I hope it's the last. Thankfully Colin McMillian of the Prime Time Hero's grabbed it for me and tracked me down to tell me he had it. I owe him BIG TIME for this because without them it's pretty hard to play drums. Besides if I would have lost them, I wouldn't of been able to buy new ones because of how poor I currently am. So I hooked up with him earlier this evening for a few minutes to pick them up. He also told that Pipeline gave them an easy out for the Vendetta Red show on Friday and they took it. Things got pretty mixed up and they were gonna be playing after Ven Red which meant they would of played to absolutely no one. So this was a smart move to cancel on their part. He also told me that Friday, January 30'th would be their CD release party at the Bottlneck and they hope to have Ruskabank playing with them. If you ain't there then I can't help you.
So after getting my cymbals, tonight has been pretty mellow. Once I got back I talked to Miss Liz on the phone for a few minutes to let her know that I retreived my cymbals as she was as worried as I was about it. I also wanted to make sure she was doing ok. She had a VERY bad weekend that saw a lot of shit hit the fan involving some people that we both thought we knew better then we do. It really has me worried as I hate to see shit this bad happen to her. She is way to good of a person for bad things to keep happening to her like that. We spent over an hour last night on the phone talking about everything and will most likely be hanging out Friday night too. She is also gonna ride to KC with me for our bands big show on Saturday night at Benders which is gonna kick some major ass. I then drank a couple of the beers I had in the Fridge and watched the KU game on TV. While doing that I also finally finished cataloging my CD's on my comp. Took me a while to get it done, but I'm glad I did it. Now that the initial process is done, it'll be real easy to maintain. I have just under 400 CD's (till I go sell a few comps/promo CD's this weekend to get a Cheap Trick ticket for next Tuesday night). Next step is to get all my CDR's in some sort of order which is gonna be no small feat as I have at least 150 of them scattered all over the place. But that task is for another night. Current Mood: accomplished and Mellow
|Sunday, November 9th, 2003|
|Allow me to whipe the dust off this thing
So yeah It's been a couple of months since I updated this thing. But when your around your place of living on average of about one to one and a half nights a week it can make some things kind of hard to get done. Most of my home time has been spent sleeping, eating and taking care of other more important things. Thankfully it's now looking like my schedule is gonna slow down a notch as we move into the end of the year and hopefully I'll be able to update this a little more often.
The last three weeks have seen me be an unofficial member of Honeybaby. Their drummer Adrien was gone on tour with Jumbo's Killcrane and the band needed a sub for a gig they booked last night in Topeka. So I practiced with them eight times (a few more then was probably needed for an 8 song 30 minute set) and did the gig. I had fun playing music with Miss Lix, Heather and Ben and was glad I could help them out. But since I was doing them a favor and getting no reward other the satisfaction of a job well done (the gig in question was a benefit so no money to be made and no drink hookup of any type), I'm glad it's now behind me. All I told Miss Liz is that she owes me a big favor of some type down the road. I know she's good for it so I'm not to worried about it. It's one of the many reasons me and her are as close of friends as we are.
The timing for that to come and go couldn't be better as Honeywagen will start getting back to a regular practice schedule this coming Thursday. We have a gig next Saturday night in KC at Benders with the bands Plant, Emma Feel, and Brothers Grover. It's our last gig on the calender for this year so I suspect we will probably spend the rest of 2003 writing new material and get ready to start work on CD number 3. I'm excited about practicing regularly again as we have not been doing so for about 8 months now. Playing gigs without much practice isn't much fun to say the least. Thankfully we are a strong enough band that we pulled most of the recent gigs off pretty well.
Whiskey Six is also running full steam ahead for the moment. Since I last updated this me, Matt and Spinelle have rounded out the lineup. The fourth member's name is Charlie and he is a musician about town. He plays banjo in The Two Dollar Show Revival Story. He also has steady gigs playing guitar and bass on Sunday's, Monday's and Tuesday's playing jazz, blues, and bluegrass at The Tap Room, The Jazzhaus, and Paradise Cafe respectively. He's a really cool guy and a helluva musician. I'm glad he's helping us out as the music sounds more like a full fledge band now. We will probably try to record in December and do some gigs here in town around the same time. There is a chance that Charlie may move out the area after the first of the year so we wanna make sure that we get the tunes on tape before that happens. After that we will go from there and figure things out. Matt also knows that me and Spinelle aren't permanent members and that we won't be doing this project in a few months due to us having other full time working bands. So we want to get this stuff finished up so we all can focus on the main projects that we have.
Other then the band stuff I have spent most of my time hanging out with my friends and drinkin' when it's been financially possible. I have also seen some great shows including Turbonegro, Unsane, The Turbo AC's, Supagroup, The Supersuckers, Parlay and some others that I can't remember off the top of my head. That part of things slows down a little also as we head into holiday season and less bands will be on tour. That's just as well right now since financially I'm in pretty bad shape. But I will be going to see Cheap Trick with Wayne Krammer (of MC5 fame) opening at the Beaumont on the 18'th with skajester
. That should be awesome as the Trick puts on a great show.
So thats been me the last couple of month's. I'll try to do another update later tonight or tomorrow that's not so much an overview of my last couple of months and more about the last couple of days. Current Mood: content
|Tuesday, September 23rd, 2003|
|I made it home in one peice.
I'm back from Winfield and ready to go. I got back late Sunday afternoon and have spent most of the time getting caught up on sleep that I lost at the festival or at work. Winfield is one of the best times of the year for me. I get to see a lot of friends I only see once or twice a year. I eat better during those few days (minus the Holidays) then almost any other time of the year. And to top it all off I get to see and listen to a ton of great acoustic music. I watched the KC band The Wilders play to a bigger crowd on Saturday night then any local band around here EVER does in this country (between 7000 and 10,000 people roughly). Eat your hearts out Getup Kids. The cost to go can be a little steep, but if you can afford to go one year you must do so. You'll want to return every year once you go one time.
Last night Miss Liz and her new band Honeybaby played their second show at the Replay. About 2 weeks ago Ben White (formerly of Truth Cell and also Liz's ex Boyfriend) joined the band. He has made a huge difference and added a lot to the band. I see a very bright future around here for them.
So now it's onward. My band is gonna get really busy. We have four gigs in October and one for November already. We are also close to practicing again soon (Mike almost has his basement done after 7 or 8 months now). Doing shows without practice has not been fun so thank goodness it's about to end.
Me, Mat and Spinelle will also be getting together pretty regularly. While I was out of town Mat got some new tunes written, found us a possible new member or two to fill out the lineup and got us a hook up on some free recording. We will see what happens. It should be entertaining and interesting to say the least.
This week I also have to crank out some stuff for Dandercroft. The deadline to submit is October 1'st and I got quiet a bit to do. I haven't had to write anything for a little while, so it should be interesting. Hopefully I do alright.
Right now I gotta finish up a couple of things. Then wait for skajester
to come by and pick up his mail that is still being sent here. After that I'm off to do the Laundry I accumulated from Winfield. Then back home to start writing. Fun for the the whole family I tell ya. Current Mood: good
|Monday, September 15th, 2003|
|All roads lead to Winfield
So yeah I haven't updated this in a long while now. Last week was very busy. I was only home one night and I crashed way early. I try not let this thing sit doormat like that, but sometimes it's just gonna happen when you have a crazy schedual like mine.
So Saturday night me and Miss Liz got to hang out all night. It was just the two of us like we use to do all the time. First off we went and had dinner at Buffalo Bobs downtown. Hadn't ate there in a long while and it was exactly what I needed. Then we headed off to KC and saw Superjoint Ritual at the Beaumont Club. These guys are absolutly one of the best metal/hardcore bands I have ever seen live. For those of you who don't know the band features Phil Anselmo on vocals, (former lead singer for Pantera and also in the band Down), Jimmy Butler (formerly of Corroson of Conformity) on guitar and Hank Wililams III on Bass. If you don't have either one of their CD's and if you can handle the heavy stuff, check this band out. Now that Phil no longer has Pantera this is his main gig and I suspect we will be hearing lot from these guys down the road. After the show was over we came back and had some beers at the Replay to finish off the night. It was a lot of fun to do this as we talked about a lot of things of a personal nature. We also talked about a lot of the shows we got coming up. The next month is gonna be insane as there is A LOT of good bands coming through the area. Hopefully I can afford to see everyone I want to see.
We made it a point to not be up to late and drink to much because I had a really early morning on Sunday. Honeywagen played the big KC ALS walk. I had to get up at 5:30am to be in KC by 7:15 so we could start playing music about 8:30 or so. Yeah it was to early to play rock n' roll, but I was very happy we did this. My grandfther passed away from this illness about 3 years ago and Mike from my band has a co-worker who has it now. So this had extra meaning for us and besides it's good PR for the band to do stuff like this. It was also fun to do because we played to a ton of people that wouldn't of seen us other wise and the weather was absolutly beautiful. After I got home around 1:30 I ate some lunch, watched the Cheifs kick some MAJOR ass and then napped for about 2 hours. Once I got up I started the process of getting ready to go to Winfield for the big acoustic music festival this week. I got the apartment cleaned up, got all my bills taken care of, emails finished up for the week and started to get packed. I'll finish that after this entry is done. I also got a hold of Miss Liz to come over and take care of picking up my mail for the rest of the week since I'm expecting a couple of big packages (including free Supersucker's promo schawag!!!).
I have gone to Winfield for the last 7 years I think and it is one the highlights of my year. I get to camp for a few days with my parents, enjoy some great music, food and beer and see friends that I only get to see once a year. It's vacation time for me as no one will be able to reach me. The cell phone will be shut off and I won't be near a computer to check email. I'm so excited to get away from this mayhem for a few days and escape reality. I'll come back with a clear head and be ready for the very busy time that awaits me (my schedual upon my return is gonna get WAY out of hand).
So this is it for a littwe while as I head out right after work tomorrow and won't be home till Sunday afternoon sometime. I hope everyone has a good week. The only thing that I ask is that you all go see the return of the legendary KC band Parlay at the Replay on Friday night. I'm really bummed that I'm gonna miss them (but as fate would have it they are playing Daveys Uptown in KC in late October and I will be there), but it's Winfield week and thats just the way it is. So you all have to go and give me a full blown report of how much ass they kicked. C ya in a week. Current Mood: excited
|Monday, September 8th, 2003|
|Not a bad day to start the week off.
Last night ended up alright. I went to Mat's for our first jam/practice for this new unnamed project we got going. We played an Uncle Tupelo song (can't remember the title of it since I'm not a regular listener of the band) and also "Whisky Waltz" by local legends Truck Stop Love. We also messed around with two original tunes Mat wrote that are pretty good. I was over there for about a half an hour when Spinelle called and said he wasn't gonna be able to make it. So we decided to get together tonight since we all would be available. I'm pretty excited about this as Mat is a good songwriter, has a strong voice and is a pretty guitar and keyboard player. Besides that it'll be fun to have a little side project to Honeywagen with my friends. We'll have to get a second guitar player to fill things out pretty soon. The plan is to record Mat's demo with him and possible play a couple of shows. That will depend on how busy me and Spinelle's bands get down the road.
After that I ran Mat (he has no vehicle) up to the Lazer studio to drop off the most recent Kelpi CD to Newman. Mat works with their drummer Jon Mumberg at the Mecr and he got a copy to give to the station. Newman played it immediately which was cool. Then I dropped Mat back off at his place and went to the Replay for a beer. I talked with Doug about his future in the bodyguard profession for about 20 minutes and then came home to get some sleep.
Work was pretty busy today. Got to move a lot of mail tubs which is always plenty of hard work for me. I like doing it because the time goes by much faster and it's a good little workout, but sometimes my back would prefer me not to do it. Luckily today isn't one of those days. I came home and took a little nap, ate some dinner and now I'm just gonna watch some Wrestling till I go to Mat's to jam at 9:00. Nick just came by to get his mail that I'm still receiving. He's gonna hopefully get the phone switched over to my name on Thursday which should put an end to some of the creditor/student loan folks bugging me thinking he stills lives here. That would be a welcome change.
On a final note, The Gadjits have a Lawrence show at the end of October (Friday the 26'th). Last February was the last time they played here in town. But I saw them twice this summer in KC and I look forward to doing so again soon. To bad Conor is on the same bill because they blow pretty badly. The Gadjits in my opinion are the best band in KC right now and I encourage everyone that reads this to go. You can thank me after the fact. Current Mood: mellow
|Sunday, September 7th, 2003|
|What a nice little weekend this has been.
So I got home from work Friday and got my hook up for the Supersuckers show taken care of. I'm on their street team which for the price of hanging a few fliers and doing a little bit of leg work, I'll get me and Liz into that show for free. Also a cool way to get free stuff from them. Chris Neil (supersuckers right hand man on the road) also got me the phone number for the Supagroup (Supagroup is one of the openers for the show here) label rep named Jade. So I called them and it turns out they have no street team at all. She was really blown away by the idea that someone would be cool enough to do something like this for them. So she is gonna hook me up with a ton of Supagroup schwag to help promote the show and their band as well. So this week I'll have all kinds of band schwag showing up. Gotta love free shit.
Friday night the decision had been made to go to the Replay with my friends once again. I hung out here till about 8:30 and then went get Mat across the street. We went early to beat the cover charge and to get started drinkin' before everyone else showed up. We talked about the new project that me and Jason Spinelle are gonna start up soon. It should be a lot of fun. Once I know for sure all the details I'll share with everyone. It's looking like it's gonna be an alt country/folk rock type of thing, but we shall see.
Then about 9:30 Doug showed up. He had just gotten accepted to Bodyguard school that day and was out to celebrate this. He'll be gone to Florida for the entire month of November and then will have to relocate to wherever his assignent takes him. Most likely it will be a year long gig followed by a month off and then a new gig. He also said when he sprung this on his GF, she didn't take it that well. It's gonna be interesting to see how long she'll stay with him now.
Then about 20 minutes later Danielle showed up. Soon after that she was followed by Miss Liz, Skott and Heather. Skott caught all of us off guard by coming to town to see Liz as none of us planned on seeing him tonight or anytime soon for that matter. Liz told me she even thought about calling my cell to tip us off to this so we would all be prepared for it. I kind of wish she had, but oh well. She wasn't happy at all that he showed up out of the blue like he did. He has done a lot to get on her bad side lately and after the way things went on this night, it will only a matter of time till they are no longer an item. In my eyes this is just as well.
Then out of the blue Chris showed up. He is the drummer for three different KC bands right now. The Federation of Horse Power, The Lust-R-Tones and the new version of the Last of The V8's. I think he said the v8's new name was The Black Fist's of Fury but I'm not 100% for sure. It's called the Fury's for short so I'll just go with that for right now. He was under the impression that the Replay had a band playing and drove in from KC for it. Sadly he ran into the same thing I had earlier in the week and found out the advertising was in fact wrong. So he just hung with us for about an hour. We talked about all kinds of local music stuff. He is gonna hook me up with a bunch of tunes for Dandercroft from his bands which will be very cool since I dig all the stuff he is a part of.
At some point in the proceeding's Mat's roommate Matty showed up from work. So they kind of went off to doing their own thing. The rest of us had a table and kept right on drinking. When it came closing time I was WAY to drunk to drive home and was in really bad shape. So Miss Liz left her friends for a little bit to get my drunk ass back here safely. She made sure I got home, drank a ton of water and made it to bed. I love for her playing babysitter to my drunk ass lately and owe her so much now as a result of this. I had to leave my van downtown and sadly it was at a metered spot. So when we got it the next day I had three fuckin' tickets. Luckily they were only 6 bucks total.
So I woke up about 12:30 on Saturday afternoon to a message from Liz to see if I was alive and well. Barely, but yeah I was. We talked on the phone for a while and then she came over to get me so we could go buy Superjoint Ritual tickets for next Saturday night at the Beaumont. Then we went downtown so she could go to Let It Ride and pick up a cool T-Shirt based off of the Young One British TV show that she wanted. We then decided to go to Juice Stop for a drink and then to finally get my van. Downtown was nuts because of KU Band Day so this took some time to accomplish. But it was nice to be outside walking and to get some fresh air.
Once I had reclamied my ride, I came home for a couple of hours to get a short nap, eat and get cleaned up for last night. I was finally about over my bad hangover from Friday night and ready to go at it again. Originally me and Liz was gonna hit Split Lip Rayfield, but Emma Feel got a last second gig in KC at Jilly's. So I went with her since I hadn't seen them play since last February when they played with my band at the Filling Station way over in Grandview. I had the pleasure of running the door for them since the Jilly's doesn't employ one. They don't do many shows so when they do the bands have to bring one with them. This was no big deal to me and kind of fun to do. It was good to see her band mates Scott, Davin and Keith. Really cool guys and a fun band to see live. They drew pretty good for a under a weeks notice. I think our bands are gonna try to hook another show together in November sometime. It was also cool because we all kept the beer intake way in check. Considering how far it went the previous night this was a good thing.
So today I slept in and have been pretty mellow so far. I watched the Chiefs lay a BIG hurt on San Diego. They are gonna be a really awesome team and make a serious run at the Super Bowl this year. Then I did a few things around the apartment and took a nap. Tonight I'm going to Mat's to work on this new project we got going and then maybe to the Replay for a night cap before bed. No really late night for me this evening, but a beer or two would be nice before bed. Guess we'll just have to see how it goes. Current Mood: blah
|Thursday, September 4th, 2003|
|Finally a break in my busy night to reflect on things.
So I was excited about going to see Drag The River at the Replay last night. Well, that was the plan anyway till about 4:00 yesterday afternoon. I went by the bar to drop off a promo pack for my band in hopes of getting a gig their soon and found out that not only was the show suppose to be on Tuesday night (which means all the advertising I saw for the show was WRONG), but the band also canceled about 9:00pm on Tuesday night. Nothing like calling the club to tell them you ain't coming at the very last minute.
So I got home and was chillin' out online. I had a nice long conversation with hailsbells
and it turns out she wants to learn how to play the drums. So sometime in the near future I will be teaching her how to drum. It's been about 5 years since I taught anyone (though I did teach private lessons all the way through high school and college) so I'm kind of excited about this. Hopefully I can do a good job for her and that it end's up being something she enjoys doing. The world always needs more female drummers I say.
Then Miss Liz gave me a call around 7:00. We talked for about 20 minutes on the phone about some stuff. Then we came to the realization that neither of us had plans last night and that going somewhere to have a drink sounded like a good idea. So I picked her up about 9:30 and we went to the Taproom for some good conversation and some beers. We see each other and hang out all the time, but it's been about 4 months since we had the chance to just sit down and talk seriously about stuff without being at a loud crazy rock show. I miss this greatly as she is one of the only people I feel I can truly trust talking too about a lot of personal stuff. We discussed music and our bands (which is pretty much always the main topic of conversation with us) as well as her ending her relationship with Skott (let's just say this boy has some serious growing up to do) and a few other personal things. While I know we probably won't become a couple any time soon, I do love her and cherish the time I get to spend with her. Some of the most enjoyable times in my entire life have happened over the last couple of years with her. Thank goodness that's not gonna end for a long long time to come. We both agreed that four months was way to long not to do this and plan to change that down the road despite both of our really crazy schedules.
Tonight I have been busy around the apartment getting lot's of stuff done while watching WWE Smackdown. I emptied the dishwasher and put up my laundry from a couple of days ago. Then I balanced my check book and damn near cried when realized that after I pay rent tomorrow I'm gonna have next to no money for about a week. If my computer monitor hadn't shoot craps early last week I would have been just fine. I also gathered up some old winter clothes I'm gonna go try to sell tomorrow which hopefully will fund this weekends round of drinking and mayhem. If that doesn't work I'll find another way, trust me. After I update this thing I also have a bunch of emails to get done concerning band business and future gigs. I'm also hoping to snag a copy of the brand new Moaning Lisa CD to review for Dandercroft since I can't afford to go to KC for their big CD release show tomorrow night. Kind of a bummer since it's their last KC show before they relocate to LA later this month. Ahhhh, the downside to being broke. I'm gonna miss having David George and Dennis Dunbar around. Great guys and a good band that hopefully will achieve the success they so richly deserve really soon. Glad we got to play a show with them at least once while they still lived here. Then after all of this gets done, I'll be very ready to catch some serious sleep tonight. Then it's off to a long day of work tomorrow and the fun weekend set to take place there after. Current Mood: productive
|Tuesday, September 2nd, 2003|
|Finally home long enough to update this damn thing.
So yeah my weekend was fun and full of lot's of drinkin'. Saturday night was the big party at hailsbells
place. It was a good time as I got to see a lot of my friends and meet a few new ones. My buddy Mat (yes it's with one "t") went with me. I also got to see skajester
, Spinellie and his GF Morgan, Cory, Danielle and her new roommate Lisa, Marcy, Rodney, Broc, and others that I'm drawing a blank on. Lot's of beer was drank and a good time was had by all. Some how me and Mat ended in a room with some females indulging in some wacky tabaccy. It's always fun to just sit back and watch others get high. Almost better then doing the real thing I suspect. Soon there after however I lost Mat. Since he had been drinking almost non stop since 7:00 the night BEFORE, he finally decided to toss up the white flag and head for higher ground. Boy was in some BAD shape to say the least. Dumbass walked all the way home alone in the pouring rain. That man is WAY more of a trooper then I'll EVER be.
Sunday was pretty mellow and saw Jason in recovery mood for round number three. I slept for the first half of the day. Then I got my bills taken care of for this paycheck and decided to go grocery shopping since I had no food. I also wanted to pick up a couple of new DVD's at borders. I got the classic mid 1980's drama "The Color Of Money" with a young Tom Cruise and Paul Newman. Great movie about pool playing and hustling and a personal favorite of mine. I also picked up The Who, Live At The Isle of Wight and reaffirmed why they are my all time favorite band.
Sunday night was suppose to The Stretchmarxx, The Sabiens and Speeddealer at the Replay. I got to the Replay about 9:30 and ran into Venus and Camille from the Stretchmarxx waiting outside the club to play. We talked for a while about different things from the past bands we had all been in and shows we had all played together way back in the day. It was interesting to think about a lot of that stuff from a few years back. Then I walked in and Heather and Liz were already at the bar celebrating the completion of the Honeybaby demo CD recording session. We talked for about an hour about stuff and let the very stupid amount of drinkin' commence. I was excited about this show since it's been over three years since I last saw Speeddealer (when they played with Fu Manchu, Workhorse Movement and Slurry at the Bottleneck). Well The Stretchmarxx loaded in, played their set and loaded out. Then about an hour passed by and the other two bands were nowhere to be found. So The Stretchmarxx said fuck it and loaded back in for a second set. By the time they started their second set we were all very drunk. Adrien, Danielle and some other folks had joined us by this point. The only things I can honestly say I remember from the show were talking to Mike McCoy from the long running KC band Cher UK about our bands doing a show in October at the Brick in KC, getting a CD from the Stretchmarxx to review for Dandercroft and them giving me a couple of very humerus autographs to boot, and Liz singing very drunken backups on a song with the band. The rest of it is very much a complete blur. By some act of God I some how made it home in enough time to get sick in the kitchen sink and pass out on the living room floor till about 6:00am Monday morning. Scary shit when you live alone. Definitely a night with some disastrous end results.
So I made it to bed and slept off my hangover till about 1:00pm. Then it was on to Mom and Dads for laundry, grilling of meat and to watch the Nick Cage flick "Windtalkers". It was nice to see them and just have a mellow day at home. I got back to the apartment last night in time to catch most WWE Raw and to a phone call from Miss Liz making sure I wasn't dead. I'm glad she called because I was just as really worried about her also. Her night ended in almost worse results then mine did. We made a promise to each other not to get that drink for a while. We also got our game plan together some some upcoming shows we are gonna be going to together. This all starts with Split Lip Rayfield on Saturday night at the Bottleneck and ends with the mother fuckin' Suersuckers at the end of October.
Today was pretty quiet. Work was productive and I actully felt pretty good about it. I came home tonight and got some stuff together for the band. Now that Honeywagen has a completed brand spanking new promo pack (minus some press about the record that Nick will start to take care of in the next issue of Dandercroft, right Nick?) to go with the new CD, I can start to work on getting us some good shows. Priority number one is a good gig in Lawrence. Hopefully at the
Replay, but we shall see. Now it's off to sleep. Full day tomorrow that will cumulate in hopefully going to see Drag The River (members and former of All, Armchair Martian and The Nobody's) play some kick ass old school country at the Replay if I got the money. I fuckin' hate being broke. Current Mood: yet mellow
|Saturday, August 30th, 2003|
|It was one of those nights
So last night was the Matt's housewarming party/ BBQ. Good food was eaten, loud tunes were heard and a shit-ton of beer was drank. I got to hang out with the Matt's, Miss Liz, Jason Spanelli, his GF Morgan his sister whose name escapes me right now, Newman from the Lazer and some other cool folks I met for the first time. It turns out Spanelli is a neighbor to the Matt's who are all basically neighbors to me (across the street to be exact). This fall could get really ugly real fast. Somehow my van is still over their and I'm not. Yeah it was one of those nights thats for sure. Once it stops raining I probably should go get it. Good thing they live close by.
So today is gonna be spent chillin' here at the apartment and getting ready for round number two. Then it's off to party number two at hailsbells
place this evening. I know that Liz is gonna hook up with me for sure when she gets done with Honeybaby practice. They are recording a demo CD tomorrow so the last minute push for perfection is on. It also looks like I may have to help them out and drum for them some more. Thats a story for another time and place though. The Matt's and Jason might also hook up with us. I should know later today if they want in or not. I also know Nick, Rodney, Brock and some other folks I know will be there so it should be a hella good time had by all.
Right now my stomach is screaming at me to fill it so I guess eating some food is order. Then I'll probably crawl in the recliner and chill out with a movie till I fall asleep. Lazy way to spend a lazy day. I just hope this hangover leaves me before I subject myself to more of the same tonight. Current Mood: hungry
|Thursday, August 28th, 2003|
|Finally an update and some other random shit
So yeah most of you all probably figured I just gave up on updating this damn thing. Well, not entirely as it has just been a hectic and weird week for me.
So on Monday morning my computer monitor bit the big one finally. It had been a long time coming and left me without computer access for a couple of days. After a quick run to Topeka of all places and 65 bucks I didn't have on late Tuesday afternoon I was back up and running. Then I just got to busy to update this thing the last couple of days.
Tonight I have just been relaxing here at the apartment watching Smackdown, the Chiefs game and the sad pathetic attempt at an awards show on MTV. It REALLY pissed me off that they finally have the nuts to nominate a great musician in Johnny Cash for 5 awards and even bigger nuts not to let him win one. As if I didn't have enough reason to already, now I'm completely sworn off MTV for good.
Last night I went over and hung at the Matt's place. We wanted to go to the Replay but all of us were to broke. So we split the cost on some beer and listened to tunes instead. I can already tell that we will be hanging out a lot since we are practically neighbors. Good thing they have good taste in beer and music. Tomorrow night is their house warming party which should be a crazy little gathering. There will be meat grilling, lot's of drinking and other assorted stuff. skajester
is gonna hook up with me and then the mayhem shall ensue.
Saturday night will go one of two way's. There is a good chance that I'm gonna get a guest list spot thanks to Miss Liz and go see the Rev. Horton Heat at the Grand Emporium for the 8'th time. If that doesn't work out luckily I have a backup plan. It seems that hailsbells
is having a party at her place. So I told her that if I can't get into the show I shall come over and get drunk.
Sunday night will see me at the Replay drinkin' even more and rockin' out to Speeddealer. For those not in the know, imagine a speed metal band playing punk rock and your in the ball park. In other words Speeddealer will rock your nuts off. Besides I'll also get to see the Stretchmarxx for the first time in like three years. That should be real interesting for sure.
Monday will see me doing the family thing and sleeping off what is sure to be one nasty fuckin' hangover after three nights of heavy drinkin'. Awww, isn't it a wonderful and incredibly exciting life that I live? Current Mood: mellow
|Sunday, August 24th, 2003|
|Another weekend about to come and go
It's been a pretty cool weekend thus far. Friday night saw me at the Replay once again hanging out with friends and drinkin'. It was Danielle's (Liz's best friend and a long time friend of mine)22'nd BD and what an entertaining time it was. We got her so drunk that I know she was hating all of us the next day. She doesn't drink that much but when she does she doesn't mess around thats for sure. She also becomes way more touchy feely and funny to be around. That can make it even more fun to a spectator I tell you. There was a few highlights to the night, the least of which was her releiveing herself at 2:30 in the morning in the alley behind the Replay. It was also to cool to get to see Liz and talk with her for a while. I was also nice to get to meet some of Danielle's other friends that I didn't already know. I had decided that I wasn't gonna get TOO drunk (Though I was FAR from sober thanks to one of those damn "Flogging Simmons" that skajester
had told me about. Never again thats for damn sure!) on this night since I had already been out the two previous nights doing so and would also be on Saturday. That turned out to be a pretty smart decision on my part.
So I got to bed about 4:00am and had to turn around and get up about 4 hours later to go to my parents house. I had a big family get together that I had to go with them in Topeka. This was for my Dads side of the family. It was pretty cool to see everyone since it only happens about 5 or 6 times a year. Most of his family lives in the area, but since we are all so busy we don't get to see each other very often. I got back from that and Nick came by the square up all of our bills. We still need to get the phone changed to my name, but theres no real rush on that. Probably will get it taken care of this next week.
After his visit I took a little nap and then went to see The Silvermen and The Cowtown Playboys last night at the Jazzhaus. A rare all KC Rockabilly band show on a weekend night in Lawrence. It's been like three years since I have been in the Jazzhaus. I'm pretty sure it's when my old band The Disagrements played the place way back when. It's a cool bar but they just don't book much music I want to go see live their. It was a nice mellow night really that saw me sit with Liz, Heather and Scott of the Silvermen. The show was ok but nothing to write home about. Decent crowd, but not nearly as big as it should have been for a Saturday night. The Cowtown Playboys got the bigger reaction of the two bands and I'll bet they get invited back to play again down the road. The Silvermen played fine, but a lot of people left during their set for whatever reasons. I almost didn't go, but figured it would be cool to see Liz once more since I don't know when that will be again. Me and her still wanna hang out in a non show/bar situation with no one else. Who knows when that will happen. I'll probably see her next next weekend, but with her it's always a crap shoot. Scott's been her BF for since around May. He's a nice guy, but a real goof ball. He also has ADD and that makes it hard to be around him for to terribly long. Things have been kind of iffy with them lately so we'll see happens in the next couple of weeks.
I also got to meet Jeffrey Holt and his wife last night. He is the drummer for The Cowtown Playboy's and is also one of the many former drummers for Boot Hill. Boot Hill is a band that I spent nine months in and most of that was a living hell. They are a husband and wife with A LOT of issues to say the least. Damn shame really because they do have some good tunes. Jeffrey played with them for three years and has no clue how he survived. He's gonna bail them out and do a one off with them at the big KC Greaserama event next weekend since his band is playing and his gear will already be at the venue. He told us he's gonna wear his newly purchased Silvermen T-Shirt for the event just to get a rise out of them. If I could stomach being around Gary and Allegra at all right now, I would love to see their reaction to that. Since me and Liz have both be through the whole Boot Hill trauma this was both funny and enlightening to us.
So today I have been lazy so far. I'm thinking about maybe going downtown and grabbing a sandwich at Jimmy Johns. Not sure what else I'm gonna do yet today. I may go to Best Buy and check out their free parking lot show this evening at around 7:00. Kristie Stremel is playing along side Pomeroy, The Baloney Pony's, Big Metal Rooster and someone else who I can't remember. Been a long time since I have seen Kristie. She's a really cool person and since she has a new CD maybe I can score a copy to review for Dandercroft. We'll just see how I'm doing when the time gets near. Current Mood: bored
|Thursday, August 21st, 2003|
|What a good evening this shall be.
Work was work today. Nothing special just kind of there. I'm glad tomorrow is Friday though. I was happy to get home and see that John Bersuch had emailed me back about writing for Dandercroft. I emailed him last night before I went to the Replay about writing for it. Dandercroft is a new KC local music print magazine that needs some help with writers and content. Right now it's only available in the KC metro area and will be coming out about once every 3 months. If he makes more money off of it from ad sales and show benefits for it, then he will do it more often. He printed off like a thousand copies of the first issue and it seems to have been well received. Since I stopped doing the Rock Kansas thing after Matt's abrupt exit I have taken a couple of months off. Now that my head has cleared from that mess, I'm ready to get back into it. This will be a great opportunity to get in on the ground level of something new and to write for someone different for the first time in a really long time. It will also be beneficial to my band down the road as I should be able to help get us some good press and hopefully become a bigger part of the scene in KC.
Now I'm just chillin' out till I got to go to band practice this evening. We haven't been getting together much at all during the last few months because Mike has been refinishing his basement. It has kind of sucked because we have been playing shows while we have been out of practice and at times it's been REAL obvious. Hopefully this will soon be fixed and we can get back on track. I also hope that happens soon so we can start to write some new tunes once again.
About a month ago we got together and played acoustically on his back patio while we drank some beers. It was one of the most enjoyable times we had ever had as a band. Just laid back, relaxing and fun. That is the plan this evening once again. I think we are also gonna throw it down on tape for shits and giggles. We also plan on shooting a few group photos to get us a new publicity 8x10 to go along side the new band bio I recently wrote. Then I can start working on getting us some good gigs. We really need a big show in Lawrence as we have yet to play a really good one up here. We have only gigged here three times in a year and a half and only one of them was worth a shit.
After practice I'm gonna bust ass to get back to Lawrence (we practice in Olathe) to get to the Replay. Arthur Dodge and The Horsefeathers are playing tonight and they kick major ass. He is probably the best songwriter in the entire scene and he always puts on a good show. Honeywagen got to play with them in Warrensburg at The Setlist back in May and it was a lot of fun. It was a huge honor to share the stage with such a talented band. To bad I can't stay for the whole show due to my damn day job. But I guess I gotta pay the bills and eat somehow. Current Mood: excited