Friday, February 26, 2010

New home.

I've just recently settled into my new home in North Branch, Minnesota, just north of Minneapolis. Since arriving, I've:

A. Sat around a lot, getting to know the family I live with.
They have two dogs, Honey and Bentley, that are really cute and fun (but fart a lot).

B. Gone record shopping. I got Jay Reatard's "Blood Visions" (RIP) and Fucked Up's "Couple Tracks" on vinyl, and have to figure out a preamp or whatever it takes for the record player to work.

C. Started working on booking for The Scurvies as we prepare to tour and work on our second album. Our first show will be this coming Thursday at Station Four in St. Paul, Minnesota. I've heard from several sources that it's a well established venue, so it should be a good time.

Last weekend was also my second show premiering the Daniel Firmin/This Heart Mixtape at The Marlin in Fairbanks. We released Mixtape 1 on the 12th of this month and played a second release for the 21+ crowd last Friday.

Above, copies of Mixtape 1 await listening. Dan accompanies Ephy, Ryan and Rebecca, Fairbanks' great new band, Feeding Frenzy.

It was a really good time and Dan and I are looking forward to doing another cassette in the future.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Here is a photo of from the aforementioned P.U.B. League night, in all our glory. Yours truly at stage left.

Also pictured, from left: Ephy Wheeler, violin, Ben Adamson, drums, Andrew Paris, vocals, Casey Smith, bass and Caleb Kuntz, guitar.

(click photo to enlarge)

Friday, February 5, 2010


2010 is shaping up to be an awesome year for music already.

Here are a few albums I'm looking forward to in the next few months.

Johnny Cash "Ain't No Grave", 2/26
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club "Beat The Devil's Tattoo", 3/9
She And Him "Volume Two" 3/23
The Dead Weather "impossibly quickly released 2nd album", April
Against Me! "White Crosses", TBA Spring
Gogol Bordello "Transcontinental Hustle", TBA Spring
The New Pornographers "Together", 5/4
The Gaslight Anthem "American Slang" 6/15
My Chemical Romance "impossibly stripped down album", Summer.

I have tickets to see Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at First Avenue in Minneapolis in late March, and expect them to play a lot off the new album.

Hopefully, it'll be the first of many shows I get to see while traveling in the states.