Nothing says "fine art" like an advertisement! This was proven by the old masters (Including Bartles, James, and Clara from the "Where's the Beef?" commercials, of course). Rock posters may not rise to this level of sophistication but they are about as close as we are going to get in this modern era.
Hey Everybody... Look... We’re in a rush tonight because LeRoy Neiman is painting our next band portrait and we need to go put on various sports jerseys and make ourselves blurry before we head over to his grotto.
I know he seems like an odd choice but Robert is hoping to get some time alone for a long conversation with his mustache.
SO: Just the facts this time around...
We are playing a Thursday night show with friends and kindred souls next week... and at one of our favorite venues.
NONAGON - Working off a bunch of recently gained BBQ-weight from last weekend... playing third
UNITED SONS OF TOIL- Angry socialist post-punks from Madison with a nice “Dischordy” vibe playing in the sweet spot... We’ve played with them a couple of times now and we’re big fans.
ORO - Ex members of Quatre Tete opening the evening with their first show EVER... They are disgustingly talented so I’m sure it will seem like they’ve been playing out for years.
Come on out. See the bands. Say “hi” to friends. Sample the bar’s legendary beer list, swell staff, and tot-laden vittles!
The Frequency's marquee. A fine place to play music and located next door to the one of Robert's favorite Madison eating establishments, The Tornado Room.
Squarewave played well-structured and thoughtful songs and had some of the most guitar effect pedals I have ever seen assembled in one place.
Knife the Symphony managed to play a great set despite being turned away at the gates of The House on the Rock.
United Sons of Toil blasted through their set and were cut short around 1:30am by the bar. We'll be playing with them in Chicago in June and we'll make sure they don't get short changed.
Cole's in Chicago: 2338 N. Milwaukee 9pm
A rare out-of-town show! The first stop on our tour of Minnesota and Wisconsin (a.k.a. Upstate Illinois) was a fun show featuring some great bands (Self-Evident, Buildings & Shageki) and lots of fun times. That evening we played at Sauce (3001 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis, Minnesota).
Here are a bunch of photos from the tour. I will be providing a running commentary of the action. John keeps a pretty detailed private journal of most of the shows we play (on his shelf next to his dream journal/unicorn sticker collection), and I will do my best to live up to his standards:
Our journey started on a promising note when I got a pretty good deal on a spacious rental van. Unfortunately, I failed to read my Google directions closely and went with the no-unlimted miles plan. Big mistake. Who'd a thought Minneapolis is more than 200 miles away?
It's a long, long drive to Minnesota. There are lots of pretty hills and rock formations that only delay the realization that there are still two more hours of driving left.
Tony waiting in the hallway where the bands keep their gear.
John also in the same location, only a little more to the right and a little more holding-a-phone-ish.
And finally, this is me in the very same room. Only, I am in a mirror and am balancing a camera on my crotch.
Here's the interior of the club. Sauce is a really nice venue to play in. There's a green room for the bands (which we didn't really utilize) and a very friendly staff.
Shageki open the show. They are a local duo featuring guitar, drums and park bench. Apparently, they have been Self-Evident fans since their teen years, and now, in their early twenties, they have formed their own band.
I attempted to snap a shot during "Squeal" but the digital camera's delay was too long. This was taken between songs. Despite some weird technical glitches, we manged to pull off a good show I think.
Up next was Buildings. The show was pretty crowded at this point and I didn't get any clearer pictures than this. Anyhow, they put on a good set for the ever-growing crowd.
Self-Evident was headlining and they put on a great show as usual. Here's Conrad playing guitar.
This is Ben playing drums for Self-Evident.
Finally, here's a blurry shot of Tom playing bass.
After waiting an epic amount of time for some sandwiches, we returned to Tom's house for the evening. Tom has a urinal in his downstairs basement. Oh, yeah.
He also has the ultimate beer fridge, tapper and all.
Like the sign says, it was a lifetime of memories. The memories continue in Green Bay...
Gig Poster by Roger Loontine
Yet another rocking time was had. This time it was down in the Loop at Cal's Liquors with The Heavy Bombers and Blackout Dates! Posters photos and a video of Blackout Dates all documented for your future Nonagon fan-fiction inspiration.
Cal's is located in the south Loop just a couple of blocks from the Sears... er... Willis Tower.
No, they weren't filming a C & C Music Factory video outside of Cal's, just your average Chicago hole in the road with lots of blinding welding.
Tony hanging out.
Mr. Moneybags with Blackout Dates in the Background.
Jim on Bass.
Blackout Dates rhythm section.
The Heavy Bombers were second on the bill.
Brent from the Bombers.
I was too busy playing bass to take pictures of Nonagon while we were playing, so here's a shot of Tony's drum kit.
The rest of the photos are on Flickr.
This was one of our best shows yet. The opening bands were good and we were playing, surprisingly, to a rather packed house. We love playing Quenchers. We also performed a cover of P.J. Harvey's "Dress" with minimal f-ups.