blog: Wade Alin
subject: leaving florida
Posted on May 31, 2004 at 4:37 PM
among not so stiff competition, orlando wins the best florida show award. we didn't know the show was going to happen until the day before and as it turns out the crowd was there to watch the bands. many even knew the songs. very little emphasis was placed on the appearance and fem/dom qualities of the audience members and people - after 4 days in florida, that sits fine with me.
quote of the day: don't worry, i'm too tired to break anything
subject: (no subject)
Posted on May 30, 2004 at 6:03 PM
i'm a pretty big fan of the south. the humidity is a clean humidity very unlike the filthy ass feeling of new york or chicago. the girls seem to have a limitless internal supply of skin moisturizer, and i simply like the way people talk. both randall and i have started regressing back to our original twang (both of us having grown up with a skewed people to varmint ratio) and so far - it's been a really good time. all the shows down here have been good, not great, but good.
chapel hill - we had fun, i remember that. i fullfulled my blackout quota for the tour. 3 words. xena warrior princess.
charlotte - i played at the tremont way way back in 1997 on the IRD tour and more than anything, the hospitality was stunning. This time around, same deal. It may have been the best meal I've had since 1997, you know, back when we played the tremont. also the sound guy had his act together more than anyone we've dealt with to this point. plus there were some serious sins of the flesh happening during sins of the flesh.
columbia, sc - we've had 1 sound check in the last 11 shows. i'm not lodging a formal complaint by any means - it's just the way it is and at this point having one would feel like a waste of time. however. it's still very irritating to watch a local band spend nearly an hour rehearsing before the set in exchange for our non soundcheck. it was one of the many errors committed by our 2 house soundmen - jack and coke. other than that - it was a good night and quite a surprise that columbia, sc has a few people into this kind of music.
jacksonville - jacksonville is a complete toss up for me. plus: i love working with ross and the club in general has a real cool punk vibe. neutral: it's a military base and if you make any new fans they're bound to be in iraq next time you play. minus: skinheads.
atlanta - great night, great promoter, i had quite a bit of fun onstage. i've always had a good time in atlanta. both times now.
losing track - birmingham, al. we drove a long way for this show. and then we drove a long way back.
florida pulled a flipmode on us and we certainly weren't dominating anything. the highlight of all our florida shows was the day off. we caught up on sleep, did a bit of swimming, witnessed a purse snatching, had ourselves a nervous breakdown. fun for the whole family. tonight we try to turn things around in orlando.
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Posted on May 19, 2004 at 5:12 PM
what had really had happened was . . seriously, my commitment to blogging has not wavered a bit. my commitment to finding wi-fi, on the other hand, has. it's hard to top or even compete with charlie's obsession to the world of wireless internet. if i followed him around for a day you would probably get a blog every 10-15 minutes. oh, and i'll be teaching the 400 level class in tour drama at UIC this winter semester (the real reason i've been blogless.) charlie's is just a lot more datariffic than i am and that's the truth.
let's see, a quick recap.
- new haven. i'm all about this place. it was a good show. i may or may not have contributed to the delinquency of a minor.
- hartford. met the mendicant downline boys from over at the CA forum - super nice guys. Also hung out with Percy from Cylab/Atomica. Can't say a great deal about the show other than it inspired me to backup my live set.
- dc. 12yup12yup12yup12yup. it was a fun night but not a fun show. honestly, as much as i shouldn't air these opinions, i think i'm over nation and i think they're over me. it just feels like the promoter only books us because of our capitol ballroom past. 60+ people asked me when we were going on, atleast 20+ asked brian. all this after we played. (9 PM) On the plus side, SMG tore some shit up and properly represented the DT crew. Karlos, a very patient man, again sat the night out.
- smithtown. holy fucking punk rock. a huge thanks to john and andrea for the meal of the tour and their unparalleled kindness.
- new york. this night was very much like when i lived in new york. it had only been a few months since i'd been back and i've gone there atleast once every 6 months since i moved. i technically work there. i don't think i'll ever feel quite as much "at home" anywhere else in the world. the show was excellent. as far as the non breakage version of ca, this was our best performance of the tour. a kid even showed up wearing a deerslayer shirt (he had made himself). Karlos was amazing (joined by charlie on drums and hellraver from terrorfact) it was the perfect night. and then, very much like the time i lived in the city, keeping it real went very wrong. too much alcohol, too many line cooks working with the lunch expediter. i haven't read CR's apology to Karlos but i know i owe him one myself as well. Karlos almost certainly walked out of the batcave at 4 am feeling the same way i did an hour earlier - on top of the world, having fun, just lovin it. and while there were mild showers on my parade an hour earlier, he got the full on tropical hurricane tornado combo. My phone died and from what i gather - I was next. I won't attempt to go into detail but for real - Karlos, I'm sorry.
- va beach. no.
- baltimore. that was last night. yesterday overall was a really good day. a character testing good day and i'd say we all came out on top. while we sat and quivered at the thought of a va beach reoccurrence, everything turned out okay.
Posted on May 12, 2004 at 4:11 PM
So the Haven in NorthHampton was a good time. Addam and co are some of the coolest people we've met on the tour. We played first and I'm a big haterrrr about that. But it induced a nice little burst of energy and cost me $50 in broken microphones. At this very moment i'm on the Webster Theatre wi-fi . . just got done watching the beheading video. Really, don't even bother watching it unless you want to throw up like I'm going to in a few seconds here.
The real positive of playing early last night was getting to take some live photos of the SMG guys. Thanks for the help Racheal. We should have some real good ones posted for you over the next couple days.
subject: All Better
Posted on May 10, 2004 at 7:52 PM
Having the internet in my room seems the make everything better. I lost all my socks and underwear in State College. Today I replaced them. I even feel better about our Ithica show, not that someone didn't piss me off, but I semi-retract some of it. There were some cool people hidden in the cracks. Looking forward to the Haven show, CA is going on first and Karloz will be joining us onstage for some audio interaction. W
subject: Hater rrrrrrr
Posted on May 10, 2004 at 7:46 PM
The Haunt in Ithica is a great venue, Jay is a great guy that really took care of us. That said, I can't remember ever playing in front of such a pathetic group of rmi elite, scene inbreeding, anne rice reading, synthpop loving fuckfaces. If I had it to do over again I would set the crowd on fire and sweep their ashes into the piss water creek next to the club. thumbs down. W
subject: ent 001
Posted on May 10, 2004 at 7:37 PM
in spite of all my good intentions, it seems I've won the blog queen title. Not to make excuses but - I'm gonna serve one up right now. The whole deer murder situation has sent my personal life, time management skills, and overall focus into a spiral. It's been about a week and a half and I'm just starting to get my head back where it needs to be.
so the start of the tour was all sorts of tiarapalooza with 10 distinct personalities shoved into a 4 wheeled (6 if you count the trailer) death trap. Yet a mere 40-50 cockblocks later, everything is starting to fall into place. As CR likes to say "I think we have ourselves a tour.
Tonight in Ithaca will be show #10 so I'll do a quick recap of the dates so far.
-Lacrosse, love this place, love Steve, send me a bill for the mic stand. Some crazy vamp hooker took a big chunk out of my neck. Seriously. -Milwaukee - I'm kissing SMG's proverbial boots for the first time, it was great to play to a full club.
-Champaign - wha happened? why do they break their shit, why's Wade so mad. etc. etc.
-Columbus - another really good show, I can feel the momentum starting to build for us in this area. I did sound for SMG which was quite fun. Even more fun if the channels were labeled correctly.
-Pittsburgh - This is one area I can honestly say we already have a pretty big following and the performance reflected exactly that. I chopped my head up a bit, went way over budget on the gear breaking, had one of the better nights of the tour, and reminded myself why I do this. I also gave away my keyboard and Levi and I terrorized my friend Andrea. Good times. Big ups to Jim and the Assassination Foundation (or Ass Foundation for short.)
- State College - what?
- Philadelphia - what? (Little John/Chapelle show reference)
- Buffalo - what? I hear the mix wasn't the greatest. Either was crowd so nanny nanny boo boo. But I won't go as far a Veil did. We had a good show and since we hadn't played this area before, made a few new fans. SMG tore it down - the best show I've seen them play so far.
Cleveland - relatively small crowd for a Saturday night but shit was tight all around.
Overall, the tour is one of the best I've seen and it's the first time in years anyone has tried to do what we're doing out here (atleast in this genre). Karloz (Manufactura) is by far one of the best new artists to emerge and it's a privilege to get to see him play every night. SMG - what can I say - they're flat out legendary and this is by far the best lineup I've ever seen Chris with (referring to Levi, Miguel, and Vince.) More to come . . . W
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