In this week's issue, we told you about a new element that will soon be on boiseweekly.com: tour diaries. Local bands will post tales, trials, tribulations and triumphs from the road.
We've named this new section of the Web site Tour Mode and the plan is that it will be populated by posts from local bands who are out in the world and spreading their musical goodness.
While Tour Mode is not yet activated, we do have the first submission, courtesy of our
guinea pigs friends Finn Riggins who are currently out traversing the good ol' U.S. of A.
From March 1, here's Finn Riggins' Eric Gilbert, verbatim:
Cruising into Ashland, OR where we'll be playing a free show at Caldera Tap House tonight.... thrown together this morning after the house party we were going to play got cancelled due to a sick resident of the host house. Caldera have invited Finn Riggins and Boy Eats Drum Machine to crash their "open jam night" and we couldn't be more excited.... have played many great shows here and thankful that we get to rock with our Ashland friends tonight.
this tour couldn't have gotten off on a better foot... halfway thru our drive to Seattle on Thursday for the first show of tour we got word that we'd been added to the official SXSW festival lineup. very exciting news. and coupled with several other showcases and parties we're playing that week in Austin it should be a wild wild time. show that night at The Sunset in Seattle was rad. kicked off this 3 week stretch we're doing with our labelmate BOY EATS DRUM MACHINE who's certainly added to the coziness of the van, but also been a serious contribution to the dance party mission that we're continuously dedicated to. Seattle locals THE GLOBES were stellar once again. love playing with them. check out what the Seattle Weekly had to say about the show.
Friday in Bellingham was at this incredible place called Jinx Art Space that was basically like playing the art studio basement of all of your favorite artists all in one. it was huge and the coolest basement show ever! locals ROOFTOPS and NO-FI SOUL REBELLION were incredible and most gracious hosts. so fun.
Saturday we helped Boy Eats Drum Machine celebrate his new album "Hoop + Wire" at the Doug Fir in Portland. locals BROTHERS YOUNG opened. incredible night. pretty much a packed house and we got to run around with all of our Portland pals. fantastic Portland send off for the rest of tour. here's a video of DeTamble Wings from our set that night. watch?v=IXS9OMtuVvU
Yesterday we rocked some afternoon airtime on KWVA 88.1 FM Eugene with DJ Bonecrusher and DJ Karma. it was pretty wild and boisterous. got some soggy park time in afterwards in the spring like weather. good sunday night crowd at The Muse Lounge last night and our local hosts ON THE TUNDRA were awesome and took great care of us. very fun show. fog machine. projections. and good company. partied under the full moon until nearly sunrise with our friends from KWVA and the Oregon Voice. woke up to home cooked amazing breakfast by our generous host Cara. epic. damn great start to tour. spirits are high and we welcome March 1st with open arms.
tomorrow starts the 8 day California leg of tour... we love California.... we're looking forward to sunshine and beachtime. but first, Ashland. the moon's still big, and Ashland has a knack for wackiness....
As soon as Tour Mode is up and running, we'll let you know.