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We Have Lift-Off

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Current Mood:  sore

A blog in three weekends:

The Past
A couple weeks back, I had the unexpected pleasure of seeing The Legendary Shack Shakers with Sus and Shel.  I knew a little of their music and that they had close ties to RHH, and kinda figured I’d like it.  But it was nothing like what I expected.  The band was good, but nothing particularly amazing.  However, it’s worth noting that:

  • David Lee (who recently got his own signature Gretsch, that lucky prick) has recently left the band, so we didn’t get to see him in action.
  • The standup bassist’s “shit-house bass” which was a knotty-looking double bass, but instead of f-holes, it had a moon and star… effectively an outhouse-themed bass.  So clever!

Anyway, the star of the show was far and away the singer.  This boney little guy that kept up an insane amount of energy all night, playing the hell out of his harmonica, making cartoonish facial expressions and poses, dancing like a leprechaun, ripping out his own chest hair, and spitting water all over the place.  At one point we all got sprayed with water from his water bottle — which normally would have mortified me — but I was so entranced with the show that I didn’t really care that much.  If that’s not a compliment, I don’t know what is.  Afterwards, I swung by New Wave City, where I ran into Deanna (and friends) and Nick/Charlene (and friends).  Bish!  I caught a bit of Joel Streeter Sunday afternoon too, relaxing in the back patio of Park Chalet.

The Past Also… but more recent.
This last weekend was our first show in Monterey, at a cool little place called Monterey Live.  Due to circumstances beyond our control, the show time got pushed back (which is extremely frustrating for us and for the people who’ve come to see us).  The place is right in the heart of the busy downtown area, with lots of tourists and meatheads meandering about, but the crowd in the venue itself was great.  It was strange playing tp a room of people sitting down, but in the end we got them dancing.  The opening band (Novela) were all really nice, and they put on a great set, especially in light of the weird situation with the venue.  Despite the bad omens early on, it ended up being a great night, and we sold the place out.  I crashed at a little motel, and then headed back in the morning.  When I got home, I caught Hellboy II (me gusta) and did some work for NASA with Orlando.  I’ll explain shortly.

The Future
Well I’ve been looking forward to this weekend for a while.  TCB is going to be making one our nearly-famous Sacramento/Fresno trips to the Blue Lamp and Club Fred.  We’ve always had a great time at both of these venues, and I think this will be our 4th trip to Blue Lamp and our 3rd to Fred (following last September’s sell out).  I know I’ve said it before, but I fucking love playing Fresno.  The crowd there is great, and these trips always involve all of the gang hanging out and road tripping like old times.  And I hear the Choir Boys and even the Moz Krew will be well-represented too.  We’ve got some brand new songs, and some that we haven’t played in ages.  And we’ve got a new bassist to unleash on all of you.  It’s going to be a hell of a weekend, bitches.  Bring extra socks, as I plan on rocking them to pieces.

This weekend, I’ll also get a chance to debut what is tentatively being called “NASA 2.0.”  After a list of problems with my pedal board set up over the years, I had been toying with finding a new solution.  At our shows, fans are dancing around on stage and stomping on my shit… beer gets spilled on it… flower petals get lodged in there.  All kinds of mess.  So I did my research on the internets and found a better way.  Or at least I think I did.  The new set up will be field tested this weekend.  Thanks to Orlie for help in piecing it together (he is a Yoda in this department).  If all goes well, I will be asking Majik and Booty Lou to help me with some special decorations.  (Girls, remind me to talk to you about this.)

One final bit of important TCB news… we have confirmed a headlining show at Slim’s!  Details are still being worked out, but it’s going to be Friday, August 29th.  This is huge, so above all other shows, I expect my friends and enemies from far and wide to all show up and support us that night.  Start making the necessary arrangements to be here.  Plenty of promo in the near future (including a very special flyer), but for now… couldn’t you just pee!?

And the quote of the week comes from our resident Virgo, Booty Lou.  To say “she likes to plan trips” is an understatement.  Within minutes of booking her flight, the folder creation began…

“Can you hear me stapling???  Nothing to highlight yet.  Yet.”

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3 Comments to “We Have Lift-Off”

  1. Yay I got a mention again!! *smiles*. Slims is on my calender as well! Check it out.

    *runs to go pee* 🙂

  2. Embrace the office supplies and they’ll organize you.

  3. this blinkered lush... (Joyce)

    Pardon the language but CRAP! Crappitty, crap, crap! So I reached for my schedule request binder at work today, and the weekend of the 29th has been closed off. I am soooo excited for you guys! Congratulations!!! Slim’s is awesome!!!! Hope to make it! Have fun this weekend! Wish I could be there, but well… my reasons for not going to the L.A. show are keeping me from making it to Club Fred. I’ve been looking forward to it since March. My grandfather’s younger sister is in town from Southern California, and other family members are coming by to see him this weekend. yeah… that’s all I’m going to say. Oh, “The Honeydripper,” is out on DVD now. Saw it in the store the other day, and if you’re longing for 1994… or whatever year it’s set in, “The Whackness,” had me surprised.

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