Monday, March 31, 2008

Circus Girls

They said it couldn't be done, but Atlanta got hit by a tornado a couple weeks ago. That's crazy! Anyway, the city survived, and we found it to be a pretty cool place, as long as you can find your way around it's wacky streets. We went on a mission for good food, and we found a high school that was converted to condos! It was hilarious, and they call it "Bass High."
Show me "anguish." We found Son's Place, a soul food restaurant near the Little Five Points neighborhood. We were anguished to discover that it's closed on Saturdays! Oh no, it's 2:30 in the afternoon and we haven't eaten today...we continue on, more determined and disappointed then ever...
We finally made our way to the Vortex, a delicious place. You can see Joey, half way through his buffalo sauce blue cheese burger. Looks good, huh? They also serve a burger called The Double Bypass. It's a cheese burger with a fried egg and 4 strips of bacon. The catch is that instead of buns, it's served in between two grilled cheese sandwiches! Amazing stuff. A guy sitting next to us ordered one and ate the entire sandwich. Funny thing was that no one at his table seemed the least bit surprised at this.As you can see, our show at Lenny's was great fun. We saw some old friends and made lots of new ones. To the scooter gang: next time we'll ride with you to the Claremont...for sure.

We'd like to thank Kasumi and Sara for their wonderful hospitality- you guys are the coolest. They are acrobats, and they gave Damon a lesson on the trapeze! I wish I had a picture of that. Thanks to Jacosa and Strobe for taking us out...and special thanks to the little helper we had before our show...

A God Among Men

We spent a couple of days in Chucktown with our buddy John. He is arguably the best living screen printer in the USA, and he gave us all kinds of cool posters. While we were there, we watched the Pavlik vs Taylor rematch, Damon got a haircut, and Joey made some limited addition t-shirts! They say "Bass Is The Place" on them, and they're available at our shows...but not for long. Anyway, I highly recommend picking one up, if you have the means.Our show at The Map Room was very good too. We played pub trivia during dinner, and we won a round of shots, a half rack of ribs, and some cool pilzner glasses. Not bad for a bunch of a-holes! Thank you Linzy for fixing my bag with a sweet Godzilla patch!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Savannah, You Gotta Love It.

We arrived at SCAD radio, and were greeted by the big ass antenna you see here. It was very impressive that they were able to build this right in the middle of town. The ironic thing is that they're currently an on-line station! We won't get into the details, but apparently the FCC has a bit of "head in ass" syndrome going on. All in all, we had a great time hanging out at the station, and we met some really cool kids. You can listen to our interview at We were actually the first live performance in their new studio!
After that, we went to the Pirate House and hung out with some pirates. Apparently, it's the oldest building in Savannah, and it used to be a place of total pirate mayhem. Now it's a bar and restaurant, with an electronic pirate that tells jokes like, "what do pirates eat for dessert? Chips A'hoy!"
We got to the club early and hung out in our mobile office for a bit. We had a lot of business to take care of.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Welcome Home Judah

We finally made it back to one of the sweetest cities in the world, New Orleans. We stayed with DJ Gris Gris' mommy, and we've never eaten so well in our entire lives. Thanks for the Gumbo, BBQ Shrimp, and Key Lime Pie...
We also cruised the town a bit...That's Scott. We welcome him back to the tour! Stop by one of our shows from here on out, and you will get a Trombone treat!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Governor of Arkansas Digs Chow Nasty

Zac and Damon are sick (again) and Joey lost his wallet yesterday. Some good news is that Mike Beebe, the governor of Arkansas, stopped by the Rev Room to say hello, along with the first lady, Ginger. What a cool couple, huh? Yeah, that's right, Beebe has a 94% approval rating- BOOYAH!
Other highlights of our stay in Little Rock included our friend Michaela's birthday, and a soak in the hottub at Gabe's Bar, after the show. Thanks everyone. We'll see you again soon.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Austin. Yeah, It's Pretty Cool.

Actually no, it's hot as hell. During our set, it was about 94 (that's 97 degrees warmer than our show in Fargo a few days ago, if you're keeping track). Although it can be dangerous for us to play outdoors in such heat, it's nice because they younger generations can hang. Special thanks to Dave, the owner of Trophy's, for setting us up with a sweet gig.
SXSW is a place where people go to see bands that are giving it everything they've got on stage. From the biggest clubs to the smallest bars, you will not be disappointed with the effort you'll get from these up-and-coming artists (and by that I mean huge international acts). The only thing bigger than music at SXSW is the text message scene. I swear I've never seen so much text action in my entire life.
We hung out with Steve Jones, from the Sex Pistols, on his radio show Jonesy's Jukebox. He's a pretty cool dude. The rest of our time was spent drinking Lone Star and Long Island Ice Tea's with some of our old friends who were in town, along with huge record label execs and colorful radio personalities. You know, the usual.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Cheap Tickets And Nerds

The bad news is that we got a parking ticket in Lawrence while we were hanging out before the show...the good news is that it was only $2! Sure beats the 45 bucks you have to pay in our neighborhood, and we don't even have parking meters there. So, after you get the $2 ticket, you just put some cash in the envelope provided and drop it in the "Fine-O-Meter"! Brilliant!
In the hotel room we scored an HBO broadcast of Revenge of the Nerds. It was well worth the lost sleep to see this all but perfect piece of cinema excellence one more time...

Oh yeah, thanks Joe Bob.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Is This Heaven? No, It's Iowa.

What would you put in your basement if you had one?
How about a pool table and a bar...How about a couch the size of Rhode Island...
HOW 'BOUT A URNAL!!!Thank you Tommy for sharing your sweet ass basement. The HyVee was delicious, but then again, Chinese buffet for breakfast always is.

Big Fish

We didn't get to do as much fishing as I would have liked, in Minnesota, but the fishing we did do was pretty good.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Hippies Use Side Door

Got to Fargo (it was about negative 3 degrees) and we found this sign in the green room. Not sure why it was there, but I saw lots of hippies walk right threw the front door. Anyway, another unexplained phenomenon was the insane amount of dicks drawn on the wall behind Joey and Damon. I mean, there were a lot of dicks. One band even spelled it's name out with a bunch of little dicks. Yeah, we added one.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Joey Punks Rainbow Trout

On our way to Fargo, we (of course) stopped at Montana's larges trout aquarium! It was bad-ass! They had some serious lunkers swimming around in there. Joey was not intimidated by magnificent animals, though. He punked them hardcore.We learn something new about pretty much every town and state that we visit. For instance, one cool thing about Montana is that every gas station has a casino in it! Play the slots while you fill up the tank...a brilliant concept that I was not aware had been implemented into real life. I also realized that Montana does, in fact, post speed limits.

Monday, March 10, 2008

The Kitty In The Cupboard

Hoping that we were riding on the coattails of Spring time, we were greeted by a massive snow storm in Missoula. Good news is that that basement venue of The Palace provides for a warm getaway from the cold, and the show was a success (thank you KBGA!). We also had time for a quick snow ball fight with our good friends Ryan and Brittany.
Now picture this: it's late in the morning, and you need a drink of water. You walk to the kitchen and help yourself to a glass from the cupboard...when low a behold, A KITTY! Now that's hilarious!And so an unquestionable thank you is do to Chris, Earcandy Records, and The Kitty In The Cupboard. Thanks for the hospitality and dedicated support of our new record!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Ninja Stars And Webmasters

This is Mike Grigg, probably the best web designer in the game today. And yes, he shot that buck. In any case, we did some hangin' out during a day off in Seattle. One thing lead to another, and then we were playing whiskey shot roulette...
Damon an I made a quick trip to the corner store. Now, it appears that this is becoming too coming common a theme, but we found ourselves in a pretty rough neighborhood. Armed with a solitary throwing star, we were swooped on by a car and targeted with some sort of laser. It was then that I realized that a Ninja star is only an effective means of self defense if you are, in fact, a Ninja. Assuming it was a laser pointer and not its more dangerous cousin, we quickly fled to the vicinity of some near by cop cars. They told us that we "probably don't want to be walking around here at night." No shit.

Monday, March 3, 2008

The Worst Street In North America

We pull up to 769 East Hastings, in Vancouver, and our surroundings indicated that we were not in the nicest neighborhood. But how bad could it be, really? Well, the guy working at the liquor store next to the club said that it was "the worst street in North America." Then again, he didn't seem to concerned about working there every day. Everyone we met thereafter seemed to have a crazy story about the hood. Another guy working security told us about a serial killer who frequented the neighborhood looking for prostitutes. The man was arrested in 2002 and is estimated to have abducted over 65 women and fed them to his pigs!

Despite the sketchy surroundings, the staff was great to us, and the show was a lot of fun. More importantly, we made it back to and sound.

The Beer Is Awesome

They say the people in Bellingham are very nice. Well, that's true about the beer too! Whiltst Chow Nasty served up some delicious beats, The Boundary Bay was pumping out some awesome pints, like the 'Scotch' and 'Outmeal Stout'.We'd like to thank Valella Valella for playing with us on three dates of our tour. They're great, and you should take a second to check them out. Good night.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Pony Expresso

Thank you for great coffee and good times! This was our first drive-through merch sale, and for that we will always remember the Pony Expresso. It is an excellent coffee hut, and we recommend it to all passers by. Say hello to Crissy if you see her!


Grilled Cheese, meet Hotdog. Hotdog, meet Grilled Cheese. I'm surprised you haven't met before this incredible happening. We had a really good show in Seattle, and now we are going to eat you. I know that's a bit harsh, but it's dog eat dog out there...or rather, hungry musician eat dog in early morning...yummy.

Blog Dylan

Judah said that he would not be sad if Bob Dylan's tour bus had on of those tragic crashes. He also said something about whoopin' his ass, but that's ridiculous, right? I mean come on, it's Bob Dylan! Well, we found Judah passed out after the show in Olympia, and he had some interesting reading material...
Looks like he loves Bobby D after all, just like the rest of us.
We have also had the good fortune of seeing many of our best friends on this stretch of the tour. Special thanks to Andrew and Stacy for cooking us breakfast and buying some good beer! And Jonathan, it was a pleasure riding up the coast with you.