Three consecutive weekends of shows and long nights finally caught up with me this week. I’m down with a killer sore throat. I guess I should count myself lucky that that’s all it is? So far anyway. Hope it’s better tomorrow so I can get back to work. You’d think a few days at home would be nice, but sadly I’ve been too fatigued to do anything but grow a beard.
Those three shows were great though. Santa Rosa’s Chrome Lotus was a nice new club that has a lot of potential for becoming a regular stop for us. Fresno was massive as always… a sell out well before Dead Souls even took the stage. It continues to be among my absolute favorite places to play. (And it doesn’t hurt that I get to hit a Claim Jumper on the way out of town!) It’s even fun to drive out there, as long as it’s only once in a while. The farmland is a nice change of scenery, and it gives me a great chance to zone out and catch up on music. And then Sacramento was great too. After two recent shows, we were a well-oiled machine for that show, and ended up with time to play what felt like a dozen encore songs. It’s great that after hitting some of these venues and towns so many times, there are still hundreds of people that enjoy themselves enough to keep coming out. We’ve got a ton of shows coming up in the next few months including trips to SoCal, the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest (yikes!), and another massive Moz birthday show at Slim’s! And do you know we’re only a few songs away from having performed every song the Smiths released? I’ve only got three or four left to learn! Then what will I do?
Recently, Sus sent me this picture from Disneyland, and amazingly Joyce sent me nearly the same picture a few weeks later. I don’t know where exactly this place is, but I love everything about this picture. I want to live inside of it. Do they sell t-shirts?
If I can make a sartorial digression here, I wanted to point something out to all the girls I know. I’m no fashionista, but I know picante when I see it. There’s a store I pass on Sutter here in SF about once a week, and though the shirts and blouses in the window are different every time, they are — almost without exception — amazing! It’s called Nara Camacie, and I gather it’s a chain? I’ve never seen another one personally, but I recommend you check it out. The guys clothes look alright too, but the girls shirts specifically are lovely. But then, what do I know?
And while we’re on the subject of clothes, you may have noticed some of the gems I’ve been sporting on the runway this season (read: the t-shirts I’ve worn to shows lately). I’ve received a lot of compliments on a couple of Day Of The Dead / country western themed tees I have, and while I’d love to keep my source a secret, the artist deserves the exposure. These shirts were adorned with the artwork of none other than Mekons drummer Jon Langford. You can see his art many places, but here’s a sample of some for sale. Yet more beautiful things I would love to decorate my place with some day. If only I weren’t so lazy.
Tonight, however, I can blame my laziness on this blasted cold. *cough*cough* Goodnight!