May 29, 2009

More pics from London

The jet lag would basically keep me up untill 6 in the morning, at which point I'd roll down to the restaurant for my complimentary English Breakfast. Scones, pudding, tea, etc. Then I'd sleep to the pounding sound of Lady Gaga on the "tele".

It was really great to see a familiar type of food (£1.99 foot longs?), but I opted to spend my entire per diem on one meal. Aubergine peas in Thai curry? Outrageous yet simply devine!!

The dude within me forced myself to take this photo of this Ferrari. Below is Picadilly Circus. These film cameras make all my pictures look like my parents' old honeymoon photos when they went to Tunisia.

Jupiter One debut album for £13 ($20 ouch!). 

They made this huge "K" for me. Actually it's K for Kasabian. They were nice "blokes". The Golden Silvers, Baba Maal, and The Pretenders were also on. There was a huge afterparty afterwards, but Regina's manager strongly encouraged us to bring the party to the hotel.  We definitely b-b-b-brought it. 

Here's the gang on our way home (with a potential triple Festo). Yoed, Dan, and Beth, see you next time. We'll be playing with Regina Spektor at The Beacon Theatre and on Letterman next month so stay tuned!

May 23, 2009

OK GO @ The Living Arts Center

March 6th
So i totally forgot to mention that after our Philadelphia University show we heard our friends OK GO were playing at the TLA. The venue was close to the University so we called Dan (the drummer) and told him we'd be stopping by after our show. They rocked it and we had fun catching up with him....Such a great guy and super talented. We're really looking forward to their new record.

K, ---------------------------------------Dave,--------------------------- Dan Konopka (drums)

Dan sequenced the tracks for our new upcoming album, "Sunshower." (comes out August 25th, 2009)

Apparently we can't escape the BOGO...follows us everywhere :)


K plays with Regina Spektor on the "tele"

K went to London this week to play violin with Regina Spektor on the BBC2 show "Later With Jools Holland". check it out!

May 5, 2009

Columbus, OH

Cafe Bourbon Street

Beau and K came home from the Frothy Monkey to find Pat and I doing some Denise Austin Pilates....(she's got big creepy eyes and she doesn't sweat)

Beau was showing off one of his new musical toys while K learned some recording tricks.....

Thanks for letting us use your house Beau! Sorry we re-arranged all the furniture.....We had to hit the road fast cuz our next stop was....DINOSAUR WORLD!

Not really. Though I wish it was...we would've had some AMAZING/freakishly-sad pics to show you. The reason we had to hit the road for real, was that Raina had dinner waiting for us in Columbus, OH. A meal is something we take seriously. Especially when it's a BUCKEYE pizza and homemade salad....

We dined on the porch like true Ohio gentlemen.....

As their nieghbor, Stan, tried seducing young boys with cold beer.

But not just ANY beer...we're talking top of the line stuff here....

We were each allowed ONE slice of more.

Raina had claimed MOST of the pie for herself...can you believe that shit??

Eventually we left the home of Raina and Channing (thanks for dinner girls!) and drove to Cafe Bourbon St.

We found our friends Libby and Jackie waiting there ...just staring at the "Extreme Wieners."

When Raina came to the club she found me in the van freaking out to the Fly GOlden Eagle record....

Here's some footage of the drive down (w/a cameo by my tiny little cousins in Philly).....

We also saw this store and thought of "Cousin Dennis"...

The coolest thing about CBS are its walls....

Monolithic CLoud Parade opened the night and then we got on stage....

I spotted a very special someone in the audience and had to get on the mic to ask that Mick Fleetwood come to the stage...he's a hero of mine!

He hung out to make sure Zac tuned his guitar.....which we appreciated.

The only thing strange about this, was that it's the 1980 version of Mick Fleetwood.

Seriously though....check that out!

After our set The Wet Darlings came on and dedicated "Reckoner" to us....thanks!


Nashville, TN

12th & Porter

We woke up started the drive to Nashville, TN

The students at the show were great and we mean no disrespect, but it's hard to drive around the deep south when the backs of trucks are constantly scolding you...

At least we had plenty of good reading to divert our attention...

I will say charming houses like this one make the drive more bearable...this is where Zac will eventually move someday

We knew we arrived to Nashville when we saw the massive guitar icons all over the this one for example

We got to the club for soundcheck and then headed to a liquor store to pick up 2 new members of the Burnett's family:

1. Pomegranate (a.k.a. Brandi)
It's filled with anti-oxidants...a healthy liquor! Pom Poms made us think of a cheerleader...Brandi...OBViously with an "i"....duh.

2. Mango (a.k.a. Mango ManGonaughey)

NOw this one has to be my favorite to drink ONLY because i crack up everytime someone says, "Hey man...can you pass ManGonaughey?" In fact, I'm laughing even now as I type this. Mathew McConaughey is so hilarious to us. He's got this slow Open Mouth to Grin technique that he uses in every movie. We've perfected it. The whole "I love taking my shirt off" thing is an obvious choice...but what really gets us...what REALLY makes us sit down and just think for a long time on this his clothing line. "JK Livin'" The "J" stands for "Just" and the "K" for "Keep." It's sort of his "mantra" and philospohy..."Just Keep Livin'." So if you were ever to ask Matt something to the affect of, "Hey Matt. How are you doing? It seems like times are pretty rough right now and i'm concerned about losing my job." He would reply, "JK Livin' Man."

Which, as Zac pointed out, really doesn't mean ANYthing. Of COURSE we'll keep Livin'. Do we have a choice?! I'm sorry Mr. McConaughey, but you telling us to "just Keep Livin'" isn't exactly helping us here. Can you give me SOMEthing else to chew on? ANYthing else...For a true laugh you must visit his website. I dare you not to laugh as you utter the words, "Is this for real??" Make sure you have the volume up so you can hear the Dub Reggae as he urges you to "Enter EASY..." or "Enter REAL EASY..."

It's a shame that we all hung out in the van getting so well acquainted with Brandi and Mango ManGonaughey, because we just forgot about Lois and left her all alone in Swan Station.

Can't believe we didn't get pics because this bar was filled wth the most beautiful people in Nashville and the bands were fresh to death! Sometimes you gotta just put the camera down and live in the present.

Please check them out when you can....



We had a great time..caught up with our friend Diana...and went back to Beau's house for some sleep


May 4, 2009

Wise, VA

University of VA

Back on the road and into the country.....we had to leave at about 3am for this show, so Zac took the first night shift while we all slept. By daybreak, K had gotten out of the van and said, "I'm feeling pretty good....I can drive!"

Finally Zac could get some rest.....

Now for those who don't know, K can usually last a good 20-30 minutes before he starts falling asleep at the wheel. On a good night he can go up to one full hour!

This was not one of those days.....after 20 minutes he called me in the Panda tank to ask if I could drive.

Naturally I had to decline, cuz I was busy writing this BLOG...

Pat hopped in the captain's doubt to drive us the rest of the way there...he's an animal.

He's also the only guy who can lose Megatron whenever he's on our tail....happens more than you think.

I'm always amazed how quickly we can go from looking out the window and seeing this: this:

Cabs to Cows....

We all needed to take in some sights and contribute to nature....


This college is straight, legit country....

The most "urban" setting we could find was this factory in the middle of a valley....

probably a "Stick Factory." Must be where all the locals were getting the sticks they'd wave at us from their drive ways. Seriously....we kept seeing all these kids and old people waving long sticks at us as we drove through the hills...totally weird.

We got to the University, made sure Gordon was comfortable, and then received escorts to the school cafeteria.

Up to this point, we've all been eating peanuts and water so we took advantage of the room full of food. We all over ate and it got pretty ugly when K was given $1.50 to eat a Pear with Mayonnaise wrapped in Lettuce.

These students obviously didn't know K is a fearless eater....

I ran laps around this clock to see how many it took for me to puke.....

I even tried working off the food before we luck. Still felt gross....ACTUAL food can be a shock to your system.

The sun was setting which meant it was time to play...

No pics from the show, but we had fun and just took it back to the hotel that night....

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