Fitchburg, Orange Soda Pizza Sauce, and Cee-Lo Green

Greetings everyone!

I hope you’re all well. Chelsey and I had a lovely week, playing our first show in the sleepy little college town of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, sampling the delicious wares of Espresso Pizza, and beginning the slow, careful process of demoing new songs, one of which we may end up playing in the near future. We will be sure to write about these songs here as we figure them out and get them ready to record and play live.

Saturday, September 4th we played at a lovely book and record store called the Rabbit Hole in Downtown Fitchburg with our friend Outsider Joe along with The Thin Heir and Antennae Wedding. The folks at Rabbit Hole were really awesome and its book selection was impressive; they had nearly every Faulkner novel including a modestly priced, good-condition copy of a 1950’s edition of Absalom, Absalom! If you guys find yourselves out in Central Massachusetts I highly recommend stopping by. So thanks to the folks at the Rabbit Hole and Shawn for having us. His band, Antennae Wedding, was awesome they reminded me of a mix of Defiance, Ohio, and The Get Up Kids, so very very catchy, but folky. Outsider Joe’s set was incredible; great pop songs under a dense bed of glitch and live electronics. Sort of like a high-wire Dntel. The fella from The Thin Heir was also great; he covered a Townes Van Zandt song, so of course his set was lovely. Shawn suggested we try Espresso Pizza for a late, post-show dinner, and he did not let us down; their sauce has a secret ingredient: ORANGE SODA. It was surprisingly delicious, as we made our slow way along the late-summer roads back to Cambridge, listening to Owen. A big thank you to everyone at the show, especially all of you who bought records, tapes, shirts, etc…

This Friday (September 10th) we will once again be playing the Jones Library in Amherst, Massachusetts with our friends COD and the Motel Mattress, this time with the incredible Western Mass experimental-indie rockers The Ear, the Eye, the Arm and Deceivers, whose praises I have already sung in an earlier post. The show is All Ages, only $5 and is guaranteed to be a great time, so we hope to see you there!

Lastly, I’m sure most of you are already up on the incredible “Fuck You” by the equally incredible Cee-Lo Green, but I’d just like to be the millionth person to say: “wow”. And while the gender politics here  are a little messy, it is still an amazing pop song (and nowhere near as offensive as “Under My Thumb” or “Run For Your Life”) , and a pretty stunning example of knowing just how to deliver a lyric. The video is awesome too. Enjoy!

Lion Cub

Currently listnening: Cap’n Jazz – Analphabetapolothology
Currently reading: Moby Dick – Herman Melville


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