p0tat0es: (American School of Warsaw)
Well, sort of.

We decided as a group that it was time to put the American School of Warsaw that you know (and maybe love) to bed.

The show this weekend will be the last time we play much, if not all, of our existing catalog.

After this show, we're not going to play again for a long time. We'll still make music, but it's not going to sound like any of the old stuff. At least that's the goal.

So if you've never gotten around to seeing us do what we do, this is your last chance.

This Saturdee. Blue Moon in the U District. Juhu Beach opens, then ASOW, then the Oswald Effect. Music starts at 10, I think. It's free, so what do you have to lose?
p0tat0es: (chop suey!)
I was going to write an expanded version of my experience at Rock Lottery on Saturday, but my bandmate-for-the-day Levi already did it, and better than I could have.

Levi Fuller on Rock Lottery 3: )
p0tat0es: (American School of Warsaw)
I had a lot of fun last night. The Croc wasn't nearly as hot as I thought it would be, but that didn't prevent me from sweating off about 5 lbs. over the course of the night. The other bands were cool - the Love Lights were kinda Stones-y, but augmented with a horn section, and Invention had some sort of Interpol vibe going. Well, their coordinated vests-and-ties did anyway. And we made a little scrilla while we were at it.

I'm starting to freak a little about Rock Lottery. I want it to be really good, you know?

The Stranger did a big article about it. My favorite quote: "It makes sense that they call this thing the Rock Lottery—for the musicians in it, the odds are terrible." Ha!
p0tat0es: (American School of Warsaw)
Vol. 31 Track Listing
1. Big Business - O.G.
2. Murder City Devils - Idle Hands
3. The Lights - Saint Patrick's Day
4. Kiss Her For the Kid - You Kill Me
5. The Heavy Hearts - Spit When You Say My Name
6. Coconut Coolouts - Party Jail
7. Gas Huffer - Midnight at the Apollo 13
8. American School of Warsaw - Surrounded by Sharks
9. Comets on Fire - Holy Teeth
10. Boris - Pink
11. Playing Enemy - John Q Russia (live at KEXP)
12. Bloodhag - James Blish (live at KEXP)
13. Me Infecto - Hearts Inside Bodies Hide

Go git it.

Random trivia: This marks the third(?) time ASOW's ended up on some sort of compilation with Blöödhäg, despite our two bands bearing zero resemblance, either physically or musically.
p0tat0es: (American School of Warsaw)
I'm deadlining the Comet tonight. We will probably be drunk by the time we play, so you should definitely come and see. Also, Magneto is really good.

American School of Warsaw
Japan Air Transfer

Comet Tavern
922 E Pike St.

9:00 PM/21+/$ low

see poster )
p0tat0es: (chop suey!)
ASOW re-entered Soundhouse Recording on Tuesday with musical mensch Jack Endino working the board to resume work on our forthcoming debut album/greatest hits package.

geekiness ensues. enter at your own risk. )
p0tat0es: (damn dirty Outlook)
The TIG Imaginary Wedding thinger last night was a hoot. Supposedly all of the ASOW boys were on the list. Turns out only Sean was on the list - but he was too hungover to go, so I pretended to be him and got in for free anyway. [livejournal.com profile] veganguy and his chica and Frida all came too. And as an added bonus, original ASOW bassist Larry & his lady Tiffany were in the house. I caught the last song by Math and Physics Club, who seemed...I dunno. It was a cover, so I have no idea what they actually sound like. I somehow managed to miss Pleasurecraft, which is too bad, 'cuz they were awesome at the Guns N' Roses tribute night a while back. The Jeunes were awesome, and I think they and Key Note would play nicely together. And their bass player was hot in a tall, intimidating librarian sort of way. They were all tall. Weird. We didn't last for Tennis Pro, but KNS is playing with them in a few weeks, so we'll make up for it then.

I'm at work today to make a little extra cash, but it's so nice outside, I think I'm going to leave early. Oh, and I got here two hours later than normal. Slack attack!!
p0tat0es: (chop suey!)
American School of Warsaw: We're back in the saddle again. We've brought longtime ASOW supporter Mark Wardell on board to fill the bass chair, in effect making him ASOW bassist number...7? 8? Fuck, I don't even know now. We've been working on some new tunes and plan on playing a ton this year.

Key Note Speaker: We have a show on Friday. I stole this pretty much wholesale from [livejournal.com profile] veganguy:

What: Key Note Speaker (formerly Coriander) Birfday Bash!!

Where: The Dubliner 3515 Fremont Ave N Seattle, WA 98103-8813

Why: 'Cuz it's Joe the drummer and my birthdays! And we're playing music for YOU! So it's a win-win! Get drunk! Get us drunk!

Anything else?: Check out the new website!

Album should be in our hands in about a week or so. It'll be available in record stores around Seattle, and on CD Baby!

OK, see yous on Friday!

We also have a couple of new songs, and maybe a cover or two, that we'll be unleashing on people. We're playing with Kate Tucker, who's pretty rad, and I think Scott is playing drums with her band. It'll be a good time!
p0tat0es: (me & serge down by the schoolyard)
I realized that I forgot to post about my show last Friday. Me an' the boys ventured up to the cultural center of Whatcom County, Bellingham, for our big show at the legendary 3B Tavern. (Anyone familiar with Estrus Records has probably been there or at least heard of it.) Traffic heading up there sucked assx0rs, and I managed to burn my leg - a leaking Zippo in my left front pocket allowed a decent amount of lighter fluid to leech into my skin, causing a pretty nasty welt, and the bizarre sensation of my skin being on fire when it wasn't. Anyhoo, skin lesions aside, we got up there, and per the usual, had to wait around for several hours before the action began.

The downtime wasn't without its advantages, however. It gave us time to imbibe several of the free band beers, and to chat with the folks from the other bands. I had heard varying reports on the demeanor of one Kim Warnick (of Fastbacks fame), but truth is she's probably one of the nicest people (in a band) I've ever met. She's been road tested and fan approved, and was totally cool. Ben, Visqueen's drummist, was also a very nice fella. I didn't get to meet Rachel, as she didn't even show up until showtime.

The Alien Crime Syndicate guys showed up a little before we went on, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that my homeslice Mike is now playing gee-tar for them. (I bought an amp from the shop where Mike used to work, and then about a week later, our bands ended up playing at the Capitol Hill Block Party. Then he got a job at my work. Koo-koo!) So, we all shot the shiz for a while until it was time to start.

We were on first, and despite a couple of technical difficulties, we wrecked the place. Seriously. We were firing on all cylendars. I was bleeding from the fingers by the time we stopped. It was our last show with Jesse from Flowmotion filling in on bass, and it was a fitting exit.

ACS was on next, and they totally won me over with their stage presence. They are consummate showmen, and have the rock star thing down.

Finally, Visqueen took the stage, and bowled everyone over with a wave of pop (in a good way) rawk. Rachel had the crowd in the palm of her hand. Totally awesome.

Hopefully we'll get to play with these folks again. We're going to check out Orbit Audio tomorrow. Orbit is the place co-operated by Joe from ACS, and there's been some talk of having us record some material there. We'll see about that...
p0tat0es: (me & serge down by the schoolyard)
Anyone looking for post-New Year's activities is hereby invited to come see the American School Of Warsaw at Studio Seven on 1/2/04. It's a Friday, so I don't wanna hear any excuses.

A little farther out, anyone wanting to take a field trip up to Bellingham should do so on February 13, where we'll be playing at the 3B with Alien Crime Syndicate & Visqueen. This is on a Friday too. It should be a rocktastic time.
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Went to the Lava last night, as [livejournal.com profile] sillyape was DJing his little heart out (thanks for the School of Warsaw spin, holmes). Got to see lots o' peeps (Tasha, the Hippie, Jenna, Scott, et al). T'was awesome, but I had to split early.

Today I'm playing in Port Orchard at J.A. Michaels (as I understand it, the premiere [read: only] nightspot in Port Orchard). Kitsap represent. Or something.

Oh yeah. I turned 27 today. Shit.
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There's an interview with Dave & Sean (but not me) from School of Warsaw up at NadaMucho.com. It's pretty, uh, revealing. Or something.
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On Tuesday, 12/2, the merry minstrels of the American School of Warsaw and I will be performing at thee Chop Suey (1325 E. Madison), along with [livejournal.com profile] braksandwich's group The Senate Arcade, and Post-Stardom Depression. It's $6.00, show starts at 9:00 (we're opening), 21+, all the usual stuff. It's going to be an absolutely smokin' show. Be there.
p0tat0es: (me & serge down by the schoolyard)
I feel inexplicably good right now. 'Spose it could just be the coffee. Yeah, it's the coffee.

This is shaping up to be a musical week. Had a good practice with School of Warsaw on Saturday, a good practice with Coriander last night, and I'm playing shows on Wednesday and Friday. I will rock rock till I drop, a la Def Leppard. I think that was Def Leppard who said that. Whatever.

I want a new guitar. And a nice one this time. On Saturday I was playing my cheap-o Strat knockoff, the one where I taped off stripes and painted the pickguard yellow, then peeled off the tape - instant Eddie Van Halen. It looks cool in a cock-rock sort of way, but it's still not a very good instrument. I want a real axe, something preferably not made in a south Asian mass-production facility. I'm cheap though, so I'd need to make payments.

I don't know what I'm thinking. I bought a new amp, and am about to finish paying it off, but it's left me in the poorhouse for five months consecutively.

Maybe I should start slangin' 'caine.
p0tat0es: (whipped cream. other delights.)
I'm back from California. Hoo boy, whadda trip. I'll be posting a tour journal in the ASOW lj as soon as I finish writing it.

I'm excited to be home. I'm not excited about being at work.

Hoo rah.
p0tat0es: (whipped cream. other delights.)
Wow. Raining cats and dogs. Pretty to look at, not pretty to walk to work in.

I'm going on my first tour day after tomorrow. I'm excited. It hit me the other day that this is how bands do it, ya know? They make records, and then pile in a van and drive places and play shows and get their name out there. Our stuff is getting airplay on a couple of radio stations in California and some other places, and there's starting to a buzz surrounding us. A small buzz, but a buzz nonetheless. When people say "Oh yeah, I've heard of you guys" and they're not just saying it to be nice - that's a good feeling.

I have to pack wisely. Going light on the clothing selection. Going heavy on the deodorant. I have to get picks and strings and batteries and shit today. I'd like to get a new guitar too, but that's doubtful.

This is a test. It's a test to see if the five of us can stand to be stuck with each other day in and day out for five days. We're planning a more extensive tour in the spring, so let's see if we make it. I think we will. We all want to do this. We have been called to rock. Kind of like Manowar, but not.
p0tat0es: (ellis island)
I guess I haven't posted in awhile. Haven't been in a sharing mood, I s'pose.

Read a bunch of books lately: Montana 1948 by Larry Watson, Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem, all five books of the Prydain Chronicles (book two being The Black Cauldron), and the better part of Lies My Teacher Told Me, a book I've picked up and put down countless times but could never manage to get all the way through.

My band just finished recording a bunch of songs at Mount Analogue to be released as singles, or maybe an EP or something. We're prepping for a jaunt down the coast to California to do some gigs there. The new material sounds pretty awesome (you can hear the drums this time!), and it was an overall more pleasant recording experience.

I've also been putting in time on the ol' 4-string with a band called Coriander (featuring [livejournal.com profile] veganguy on the skins). I've played one show with them - at a grocery store. It was awesome. We have another show coming up here on the 17th at the Rendezvous. Rocktastic!

Work is still work. And that's that. And I have a beard now. A full beard. Never tried to grow one before. I decided there needed to be at least one scary-lookin'-guy-with-a-beard in my band, so there you go. Mountain man chic is all the rage, I hear.

How are you?
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Clem Snide is the shizzle. Saw 'em Saturday night at the Croc with Anna, Elizabeth, and two guys named Mike. I'd listened to them a few times in the past, but seeing them live totally blew me away. But I'll get to that in a second.

Dear John Letters were first. Their singer, Robb Benson, used to be in a great band called the Nevada Bachelors. A looooooooong time ago, my old band (Six Day Affair) played at a now defunct bar called Mad Dogs in Greenwood (it's an Irish bar now, I think). Whoever was supposed to open for us backed out at the last minute, and somehow the Bachelors stepped in and played an awesome set. No one knew these guys from Adam at the time, but not too long after, they hooked up with Carrie Akre (of Hammerbox/Goodness fame) and started getting some higher profile gigs. They recorded two albums (I think), were poised for greatness - and then they broke up. Robb reemerged with the Dear John Letters, much in the same vein as the Bachelors, but not quite as power-poppy. Quite good, I must say.

Next: KEXP favorites The Long Winters. I had heard a few songs before, and I can't say I thought much of them. Live, they had a lot more presence and a lot more oompf. And that guy from Harvey Danger that writes for the Stranger is in it. They were good too. I couldn't really actually see them from where I was, but they sounded a'ight.

Last but not least: Clem Snide. OMFUG. A little bit country, a whole lotta other stuff. Their guitarist was a freaking monster. He only played regular guitar about half the time. The rest of the time he was playing a baritone guitar, or a euphonium, or a banjo with a violin bow. They broke out into a bit of "War Pigs" here, some "Bad Boy For Life" there, and passed a guitar out into the crowd for a prole-solo during the encore. Man alive. If they come through your town, go see them.

Other gnus: Sean came over night before last and we worked on some new shizzle. It's ok when the singer starts writing songs, but it reminds me of a joke:

What did the drummer say to get fired from his band?

"Hey guys, let's try one of my songs..."
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The show last night was awesome. I was in a less than excited mood before the show, due to my ongoing amplifier difficulties. The amp I ordered last weekend had only made it as far as Illinois and wont show up here until Monday or Tuesday. The amp I was going to borrow as a backup was being used by its owner, which left me in a lurch. Dave and I conspired to borrow one of the Hollowpoints' amps, but due to some dilligent phone calling on Elizabeth's part, and Ziggy's generosity, I got to play through a pristine Marshall JCM900. That thing sounds like buttah. O. M. G. It's amazing what reliable, good sounding equipment can do for one's mood and confidence.

We played first, and we only had half and hour to do our thing. And we did it. The songs in order (I think) were:

A Machine
Suicide Mailbox
Gray Sky
End Of The World
Break It Down
Long Story Short

So yeah, short set, half new songs and half old ones. The soundguy made a CD-R of the show for us. I'll get to hear it later today.

It was kind of an oddball bill. The Malinks played next. I'm not entirely sure how to describe them - a little bit power pop, but in a weird, noisy way (not in a saccharine, Posies sort of way). Their guitarist played through the same amp that I have that died. I wonder if his has given him as much trouble.

I watched the Hollowpoints from the VIP area above the soundguy's booth. They were about to embark on a tour, and came back from Spokane just to play this show. They were loud, fast, and outta control. And the guitarist has a rilly, rilly nice Gretsch. Bastard.

Lastly the Amazombies played. Again, loud and fast, but then the drummer took all his clothes off. I just kept wondering what would happen if he blew a fill and ended up whacking himself with a drumstick. Eeek. Nice folks, they were. At least the guitarist was. She was the only one who talked to any of us, I think.

Anyhow, I'm tired of typing and you're probably tired of reading. Dave and Sean and I are doing a little acoustic thingamabobber tonight. Should be fabu.
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So...on the 4th of July, before you go watch the fireworks, you should come see my band play at the Crocodile Cafe. We're the opening salvo in what I'm sure will be a rocking show, with the Malinks and the Amazombies. So come, get your sweve on, and rock out before going to watch shit blow up. The Croc is in Belltown, so all you have to do is step outside to see the Elliot Bay show anyway.

March 2015



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