Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving Week Tour

We're currently in a Red Carpet Inn near Utica. We were gonna crash with some dude last night, but after we went to get burritos, he vanished. We're not worried about it. Kennedy is talking about how you can use semen as conditioner, I'm listening to The Ergs and checking out sketches of new merch designs. It's a good morning. We're on our way to Danbury, CT. Everything so far has been awesome. Living With Lions and Fireworks dates were unreal in Buffalo and Clevo. Thanksgiving with the family was nice and dates with Safari So Good have been a lot of fun. Last night, we did an impromptu cover of the finale from "The Nightman Cometh." I was pretty proud.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

This is life

If you ordered merch before yesterday, I shipped it yesterday. It took me a few days because I couldn't do it alone. As the picture shows, my roommate, Matt, had to help me. It took both of our bags totally filled to get all the orders to the post office. Friday morning, he and I rode through the snow to get you your t-shirts. He also wrote a few of you notes. I didn't read them, so here's hoping he didn't write anything to graphic.

Today, Casey and I were working on this acoustic song for the No Sleep Family Christmas Comp and saw this on tv. I don't think words are needed:

I sleep in these dirty sheets.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Maybe we're spreading ourselves too thinly

I feel like I should be cranking out ideas for another full length but instead I'm studying semantics and planning out how I'm going to stay warm tomorrow on my bike because I've worn this sweatshirt the last two days and the kids I teach are going to start making jokes. Fuck do I hate it here.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Just a heads up

When I read messages from you guys and you include "nigga" or any derivative of the word, I automatically stop caring about what your message says. I don't know if it's an attempt at sounding cool or funny or what, but I don't think it makes you sound anything but ridiculous. I know you guys (hopefully) don't mean it in a racist sense, but I teach 22 black kids everyday who wouldn't appreciate it very much. Aside from that, it just makes you sound like a trend-hopping mosh wigger. Say it all you want in your spare time. I don't care how you feel about it or use it, but when you send us a message, just replace it with "dude" or something. That is all.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

We're selling leftover tour merch cheap!

$8 for a shirt or tank top. Supplies are crazy limited. Nothing in medium. Sorry. They're available right here: LEFTOVER MERCH Here are pictures of my roommate Matt modeling them in my girlfriend's bathroom:

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Delicious Fixicious

My main man Charlie (you may remember him as the merch guy for us on the Living With Lions tour) has moved back to Buffalo. While this makes my life a lot shitter, because I don't get to ride with Charlie anymore, his life has gotten a lot cooler. Dude is opening up a store called Positive Approach as well as a clothing line called Ridden and a blog called Delicious Fixicious. The store does screen printing, sells clothes, specializes in vintage second hand stuff and is selling bike parts and bags I believe. Plus, the dude's so cute, how could you resist? Go check it out!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Saturday, November 8, 2008

I've got high hopes

Proud to say we all got out and voted last week and the candidate we supported won. We try not to get our personal politics into Wonder Years, but I'm really proud of America right now. No comments allowed on this one.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Why won't you come to (insert city here)?

Everyday I see a shit-ton of comments and messages that say something to that effect. It makes me feel really awesome sometimes, because people want to see us play, but it also makes me feel really shitty sometimes because we can't always be where you want us to be. So, here is my attempt at an explanation. It is a two-fold issue.

Part One:

Listen, I love touring. It's all I want to do, but let's be fair here. Touring is not a career for a band like us and if it is, it's a short lived career. We're logical, practical dudes. We know how this world works. So, this year, we promised ourselves we would finish our degrees. Fall semester is winding down which means that in like 7 months, we'll basically be done with college. The weight can come off of our shoulders and we can hit the road full time. I would love to be able to play everywhere right now, but, as important as this band is to me, my future is also pretty important and I'd like to work on securing that a little bit. If you're somewhere we can't get to right now (ie: everywhere but the northeast), hang tight, because I promise you we'll be there. Once this summer rolls around, we'll be on tour non-fucking stop. You're going to see us so much you'll wish we were taking a fucking break. Hang tight and we'll try to do the same. I absolutely hate waking up everyday and riding my bike through this shitty city to go sit in fucking Linguistics classes. I would much rather be hanging out with you guys, but you've gotta do what you've gotta do.

Part Two:

We don't have a booking agent. Now, those of you unfamiliar with the "industry" might not have a good grasp of what that is, but I'm sure you can infer enough from the name. It's more or less someone that you pay to book your tours. Now, I can book our tours. I have and I will continue to for the time being. However, what I can't do is put us in places where I don't know promoters or put us on tours with bands we don't know well. Agents have shit-tons of contacts so wherever people want to see a band, they can place them. They also have the ability to put in bids for larger tours. We don't have any of that. What we have is the ability to play places that our friends will book us at. So, if you live in Boston and want to see us, you might have to either find someone to book the show for us, or drive to the closest show. I'm not magic. I can't just snap my fingers and have us play anywhere we want. It takes a lot of time and effort.

So, the moral of the story is, don't think we've forgotten about you guys. We sit around all day and daydream about being back on tour and it'll happen soon enough. Give us a minute to get our lives together. In the meantime, we're recording two new songs this weekend and we're writing for another record this spring that we're hoping to record at the beginning of the summer. I think you guys will like it.

My videos are on TV!

Tomorrow (Nov 3rd) a couple of my videos will be on tv in a show called Music vs. Noise. If you live in the Philly area, check it out. The show will be on DUTV at 10PM.

-Matt Brasch

Day 6 of 7 (Matt's Student Films)

If you have ever been interested how the ear works, this video explains it all. This video is called "How Does the Ear Work?"

Voiceover by Laura Borucki. Edited by Matthew Brasch. Images taken from random web pages. There are too many to label.

If you missed my last video, please check it out if you have a chance. It is called Avoiding Annoying Neighbors.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Day 5 of 7 (Matt's Student Films)

I know I missed a day on the video blogs. My computer was acting up and I had to restart it from scratch. Thank God I have backups of most of my programs and files. Today I have posted the video that my grade for videography class relies on. My grade is based upon how many hits I get online. If you could please hit this video as many times as possible, that would be awesome. If you want to help me even more, it would be cool if you put this video up on message boards or sent it out to all your friends via email.

This video is called "Avoiding Annoying Neighbors." It is an instructional video on how to effectively avoid your annoying neighbors. Please feel free to try out some of these techniques if you have an annoying neighbors of your own.

Featuring - Pat Corcoran as Pat, Tom Corcoran as the annoying neighbor, and Matt Brasch as the host.
Filming, Lighting and Editing by Matt Brasch.