Worked a couple of interesting shows over the weekend. Friday was Butthole Surfers at Warsaw. Good show, I had never seen them. Saturday was J Mascis and friends at the Go Yoga Center. They played songs celebrating Amma, an Indian religious figure. It was quite good, I hope they perform together again.
Just got off the phone with an old friend of mine, Tom Schepke. We went to college together in the '70's in San Antonio. Tom is a radio DJ and has been since we got out of school. He worked for many years at the infamous KISS FM in San Antonio with Joe Anthony. I think these guys were responsible for breaking many a metal band in America and turned SA into the metal capitol of Texas. Tom works for a classic rock staion now that has Budgie in it's rotation. Got to be the only radio station in the world that can make that claim.
Tom is a great guy and it was good to talk to him again. We saw some great shows together and had lots of fun. Tune into KZEP if you are in San Antonio and give him a listen. Maybe he'll play some BeBop Deluxe.
Tomas and I spent yesterday looking for vintage amps he could take back to the Czech Republic. We found a '91 Ampeg SVT Classic, pretty cool and a good price.
Show last night at Williamsburg Music Hall, everything went well. It's a great venue. Takeshi, Michio and I ate at Egg, near the the club. Steven from Harvey Milk works there and it's some good southern food, grits, biscuits, fried chicken and all that. Three more shows, time flies.
Last few days we've done shows in Minneapolis, Chicago and Detroit. All good. Ran into Tony from the old Detroit band Trash Brats at the Magic Stick. Trash Brats played Continental in NYC back when I worked there. Great band and it was good to see him again. Here's some more pictures.
Finished the dates with NIN today, in Council Bluffs , Iowa. I'm going to miss some of the luxuries of an arena tour, like, good food, good PA, good lights, good crew. Boris sounded great in the hockey arenas and I enjoyed mixing them. We have some club shows now, heading back east. Here's some pictures
In a hotel window, near where Buddy Holly's plane crashed
NIN lights and video
Brian, NIN audio and backline, he does it all!
Jaime from Firehouse Audi0 (l) and Pete, FOH for NIN
Still out with Boris, more NIN shows. Tonight was Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Kinda weird place, but I found a nice mic for cheap. Shows have been good, easy compared to most Boris tours. We finish early and loads are not too bad, no stairs. I like using the same console every night. It's a Digidesign Profile and it's pretty nice. As per the whole tour, NIN crew have been great to work with. So cold here though, wind is killer. Heading a bit south now for a couple of shows which will be nice.
Boris at Grog Shop in Cleveland last night, Columbus Ohio with NIN tonight. Both shows good. Ran into some friends at the Grog Shop. Chris who used to live in NYC and Jason who works at the Triple Rock in Minneapolis as sound man. Nice to see friends. Cold out here and we've gotten snow. Winter, whatever.
So, it's Thursday and just finished show with Boris at Lee's Palace in Toronto, good night all around. Boris did two shows this week opening for Nine Inch Nails. Gotta say I really like mixing in these hockey arenas, probably because NIN has an amazingly good PA. It's an L'Acoustic V-Dos system that's brand new. It's sorta being tested on the tour and it's really good.
The NIN crew have been very helpful. NIN FOH guy is named Pete and he has been so great I can't really describe it. Just one of those people you meet every 10 years or so. We have 9 more shows with them and I'm looking forward to every one of them.
Started Boris tour yesterday, played at Maxwells in Hoboken. Good show. We're in Canada now. Boris opening for Nine Inch Nails for a couple of weeks, first one tomorrow in Ottowa. It's pretty cold already.
A picture of the street party in Williamsburg after Obama victory (courtesy of Brooklyn Vegan blog). Seems there was some aggro with the cops. Check out the comments, seems like at least half consist of stuff like: Damn Hipsters deserve to get their asses kicked by the cops, Go back to the Midwest, Call mommy and daddy for more money. Good grief, such rage. I mean really, what's the point? Would these people rather that the hipsters vote Republican? I kinda doubt it but who knows.
We've come a long ways since the '60's, only problem is we've moved backwards.
Mixed two Hercules and Love Affair shows this weekend. First was at Hammerstein Ballroom where they opened for the B-52's. Really fun show! I mixed two bands at Hammerstein last week, never really thought I'd get to mix anybody there. Nice.
Second show was at the 9:30 club in D.C. and it was really great. The 9:30 is one my favorite venues. The PA is awesome as is the crew. Hercules was smokin' and the crowd was dancing like crazy for their whole set. A good night. Below is a picture of Andy Butler, Hercules main man and Kimanne, one of the two fabulous singers in the band. Nomi is the other and you should go to Pitchfork for some great pictures of her and the rest of the band at Hammerstein.
Friday I worked this crazy show at Supreme Trading in Brooklyn. It was part of a 20 year anniversary celebration of the Tompkins Square Riots and that whole punky squat scene. It was a bit chaotic, one of the bands had people shooting sparks with grinding wheels, suspension and smashing of tv's and other stuff. I was around for the first wave of this stuff so I wasn't particularly impressed with all the action but the kids were digging it. Got a Missing Foundation DVD from Peter Missing which is kinda cool.