Holy hell!!! Okay, we just confirmed a show at the Kitty Cat for Friday, April 16th. The bill includes ‘CLAPS’ and a new band called ‘And the Professors.’ This band includes Holly Munoz (Aviette), Adam Levy (Honeydogs), Trent Norton (Honeydogs), Devon Gray (Heiruspecs), and Joey Van Phillips (Mystery Palace). I’m not sure how these five people decided to form this band (I have an idea that it was Holly’s momentum), but I’m glad they did, and I can’t wait to hear them live. Joey Van Phillips!!! That dude tore Milwaukee a new sky last time we were there together.
Also, I don’t know what sort of wizards were hired to work in the Fender plant in Fullerton CA in 1964, but I cannot get enough of the black-front-plate pre-CBS circuitry (note: I think it’s unfortunate that Fender decided to describe this model as ‘blackface’). For all the tone hunters out there, check your local stores for vintage head/cab stuff… they are likely more affordable than the combo amps of the same year, and they sound twice as good. Encore (24th & Lyndale) has a variety of fantastic heads in the back of the shop, and Willie’s has some blonde bassman’s and bandmaster’s that should be snatched up.
The release show on 1/29 was a great distraction from the darkness. In case you didn’t make it, the Kitty Cat sold out by 11pm. The night was a little quiet as far as the sound-system was concerned, but it was enjoyable. Caroline and Jesse broke some hearts. Karen, Chris, Ben, and I broke some banks. Bobby, Joe, and Graham fixed all of it and then set it to a rhyming scheme.
I went to a reading/Q&A last night at Magers & Quinn. Wells Tower mentioned that he is neurotic about avoiding reviews of his work. Man… I am neurotic about the exact opposite. I scour the horizon for anything that anyone writes about me. I devour it, and then I post it on facebook as many times as it will let me. I shove it down throats for weeks. If you write it, I’ll read the sh*t out of it. I’m probably the only person that reads most of that stuff anyway. I liked Wells Tower, but I thought he came off as a little arrogant and unrealistic with his “I hate the internet, new york, and reading reviews” thing. If he were 22, I could forgive him, but he’s not.
I’m ready for another tone. I don’t even know what that means yet, but I think I will soon. A new color, a new shade, a new tint, a new note… something.