First of all, my favorite comedy duo The Mustache Rangers have featured some “fan art” that I composed last year on their site (www.mustacherangers.com). Their podcast is seriously the best twelve minutes of my week.
Second of all, I’m starting grad school at the University of Minnesota in seven days. In 2013, I’ll presumably be a Doctor of Audiology. It’s been a solid six years since I’ve even thought about a notebook or a pencil, so I’m curious to see how I fare in this first semester.
Third of all, The Glad Version is playing the Minnesota State Fair Kare 11 Stage on Saturday (8/30) around 5:50. The Wapsipinicon is playing the Kitty Cat Klub later that night around 10:00. If you love spending money and you love driving, you should come to both. Otherwise, I’ll see you some other time.
Tor and I will be playing a set at Caroline Smith’s CD Release show this Wednesday (8/13) at The Entry. I’m not sure what the order is yet, but I will update this when I find out. Caroline is a fantastic young songwriter, and her band is unstoppable. You should come down to the show if you’re not busy.
1) On Friday morning, Dale Connelly and Jim Ed Poole played “747” on MPR’s Morning Show (http://minnesota.publicradio.org/radio/programs/morning_show/). I landed a spot between Lucinda Williams and Peter, Paul, & Mary.
2) I found out last week that both “Make Islands” and “Enemy Swimmer” are going to be added to the special collections series at Preus Library (Luther College) courtesy of Rene Donlan. It is quite an honor to be added to the circulation of my alma mater, and I’d like to thank Rene tremendously for this great surprise.
So, I’ve been out of town for a couple weeks. On 7/25, I played a solo show opening for Cataldo in Moscow ID. I flew into Seattle on 7/23, hopped in a van with Michael Morris, Steve Kang, and Haakon Nelson on 7/24, and drove to Moscow. We rehearsed three times in two days, played the show, got up the next morning and drove back to Seattle. The show was really great. A really impressive crowd showed up to the Kiva Theater to celebrate the release of “Cataldo – Signal Flare.” If you haven’t heard this record, you should count yourself unlucky. The next show was in Olympia WA on 8/1. I opened the show once again in front of about 30-40 people sitting on the floor of The Finger Complex. Both crowds were superbly attentive and kind. In between these two shows, I went camping in Canada with my friends Ben, Brenda, and Betsy. I swear to God I heard a grizzly attack a trash can outside of our campsite on Cat Lake, but none of my camping compadres seem to believe me… even though I returned from using the facilities at 3:30AM with a new bear skin coat.