Archive for April, 2007

Show #32: Omaha, Neb.

Omaha is a fine American city where I had a fine show last Friday. However, regardless of their quality, Omaha shows distract. When in Omaha, my goal is to get across the Missouri River to Council Bluffs, Iowa, as quickly as possible.
Council Bluffs is not a beautiful place, but a desolate strip of pawn [...]

Show #31: Iowa City, Iowa

In 1997, I did not have a clear idea of the breadth or shape of the United States of America. Stumbling in dark realms of geographic ignorance, I booked a show in New Orleans followed by a show in Des Moines, Iowa—a 1,000+ mile trek—with a lone drive day in-between. My band burned through these [...]

Shows #29 and #30: Manhattan, Kan. and Lawrence, Kan.

"I am Justin," said the stage manager at the Jackpot! Saloon in Lawrence, Kan.
"I too am Justin!" I excitedly replied. Meeting another Justin is always a thrill. Justin routinely makes the top 40 most popular names on the Social Security Administration's baby names database.
"Well, Justin," said Justin. "You'll love our sound guy. His name [...]

Show #28: Denver, Colo.

Now I must count to infinity. I will begin with 1. From 1, I will progress to 2. I will then skip to 30,000. But 400,000 is bigger than 30,000. And 3,000,000,000 is bigger than 2,000,000,000. These numbers are very high! How will I ever get to infinity?
These are not the feverish ravings of a [...]

Day Off #2: Laramie, Wyo.

(Photo by Bee)
As I pointed out in a recent post, I'm a fan of empty spaces, Annie Proulx, free-roaming pronghorn antelope, and just can't get enough of America's least populous state. When faced with a day off in Wyoming, I booked a room at a Travelodge Hotel in bustling downtown Laramie. Adventures awaited—Wild-West style.
The fun [...]

Show #27: Salt Lake City, Utah (cancelled)

Migraine headaches have visited me twice in three decades. The first reared its head during a 10th grade history class. When the headache struck, I turned green and nearly vomited. As a result, I was excused from an afterschool play rehearsal. I did not always enjoy play rehearsal. I thought this a fine migraine indeed!
The [...]

Show #26: San Francisco, Calif.

I did not enjoy A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. However, when I hear American wit Mark Twain's famous S.F. dis— "The coldest winter I ever spent was summer in San Francisco"—I think that Mark Twain was right. I am anti-San Francisco because I had my IPod stolen in 2005 at the Hemlock Tavern, [...]

Show #25: Richland, Wash.

Jaded, effete indie rockers might skip a show at Ray's Golden Lion in Richland, Wash. Don't these fools know that Richland is famous for developing atomic materials used in Robert J. Oppenheimer's Manhattan Project? As an American, I feel that it is my duty to familiarize myself with all-things-Oppie. Thus, I traveled to Richland at [...]

Show #24: Seattle, Wash.

In Fall 2003, my band went on tour with Black Eyes and Q and Not U. One day, we played a show in Cheyenne, Wyo. at a space called "Club Drakula." I'm not sure why the space was called "Club Drakula," but the gothic moniker suited vacant Cheyenne's star-filled, desolate night.
"Who wants pizza?" asked [...]

Show #23: Portland, Ore.

LaVilla was a vegetarian Mediterranean restaurant in Portland. I once ate there in 2004 because the restaurant is near Holocene, a popular Portland venue. I played at this venue for the second time last night and looked forward to eating at LaVilla for a second time. Unfortunately, in lieu a fine Middle Eastern restaurant, I [...]