"Tear into a can of the meanest energy supplement on the planet.
MONSTER energy. We went down to the lab and cooked up a double shot of
our killer energy brew. It's a wicked mega hit that delivers twice the
buzz of a regular energy drink. MONSTER packs a vicious punch but has
a smooth flavor you can really pound. Unleash the Beast!"

Like, really.



Aka "Canopy Glow Part 3."

There's a natural question to all of our announcements from this past
week. In fact, you've probably asked it yourself;

"So... umm... you guys do have a release date, right?"

And the answer! Well, the answer is an unfortunate "no" at this point.
We're still - STILL! - looking for a new label home. A place to plant
our ten songs. I understand it's a long process... let alone a new
process for seven musicians accustomed to self-releases. We just -
okay, here's the thought - if we do go through with this process, if
we're dilligent with finding the right record company... we really
believe that our tours could be significantly better in the upcoming
year. It's worth trying for, I believe. And not just better tours for
us (wait for it! here comes the sell!) but also more enjoyable shows
for you. Bands that are - perhaps - cut from a slightly similar cloth.
I can't tell you how incredible... how just startling it is to play
with a band like Aloha. The musicianship, of course. But also the
feeling that what you started out with your set is being carried
forward to a higher degree by the following band. We've felt that way
playing with our friends before... but to have it occur with semi-
strangers is new. If we're coming to a city near you in the next two
weeks, I really do think there's the opportunity for some pretty
special nights.

So yes. If it helps to hear, I have been crafting intelligent and
engaging (oh yes) e-mails all morning trying to see what label doors
we can crack open. Matt is writing our friends in high places, our
lawyer (is that a double "oh yes?") is calling around the clock. We'll
work this thing out.

What I tell myself in the van (currently in Kansas): this whole
process is like looking for a parking spot in a too-crowded city. It
might not be fun. It might be discouraging at times. But all it takes
is one spot. It only takes one. And who knows if what we're looking
for is right around the corner??

Coincidentally, that's also what I tell myself when I'm parking the
van in a too-crowded city.


Love to all!



Hey all! We're back in the van - currently traversing the barren
Wyoming plains - and are on our way to meeting the fine gentlemen of
Aloha tonight. Salt Lake City, here we come.

That also means we spent 14 Easter hours in the van yesterday. Ha! A
slightly bizarre celebration, for sure, but I'd put up my
microwaveable bean burrito and Tiger Woods Gatorade alongside any of
your Easter hams.

An addendum to this weekend's "Canopy Glow" announcement... I thought
I'd throw out the record's tracklisting for your reading enjoyment.
And not at all as a precursor for when the thing leaks and you're left
wondering what to call each song.

Just joking. It will NEVER leak! And I'm sure the 30 copies we passed
out at SXSW will never see the light of day. Keep your fingers crossed
for our rent paying abilities. Ha ha and ha.

Without further ado:

1. Noni's Field
2. Italo
3. Northern Lights
4. The River
5. Cafetorium
6. Sleeping Torpor
7. All the First Pages
8. John J. Audubon
9. Bells
10. Tower of Babel

Well, how about that? Ten tracks and not a "hanasakajiiji" among them.
Have a good week everyone! And maybe we'll be seeing you from the
Great Salt Lake to New York City.

Take care.



The record has it's name!
And if you'd care to hear a song, we've posted Noni's Field to the

Thanks for your patience.
Hello second day of Spring.
And Happy Good Friday.

Celebrating a Ponytail with Lucky Dragons on Good Friday

First off - Anyone who attended the show last night at MSU, thank you! There were some amazing vibes in the Union Ballroom. Due to the exceptionally long amount of time that it's taking to get this new record out... we sort of expected the show to be kind of small. But friends - you came! Lots of you! What a strange and awesome surprise. Shows like that feel sort of transcendent... they are a reminder that something else is going on besides people jammin' out while people watch. The "set" sort of seems to disappear, and (quite possibly) becomes the least important part of the night. Or maybe nothing is going on, choose your own adventure. I choose something. Speaking of that something... while at SXSW, 2 performances magnified that something to an almost unbearably incredible degree.

Ponytail: these friends have a new record coming out in June called "Ice Cream Spiritual" and it captures something wholly other. The aesthetic is great fun, but there is something going on with this music. I was so insanely tired at their show... almost to a hallucinatory degree, but the spiritual radiance was indescribable. It's the same kind of wonder/knowledge that children seem to possess. We sort of seem to lose it as we get older, right? Not on Ponytail's clock! Call me new age, I don't mind. If that's what this was, sign me up, I'll buy the healing crystals... ok, maybe not, but still.

Mhmm... and now, Lucky Dragons. No one is an observer at a Lucky Dragons show. We're all same-level participants. Nothing on youtube really does justice to being a part of his "Touching" piece, but I think that is meant to be... you just have to be a part of it in person, e-documentation is a little useless since it's all about presence and connection between people. Oh, and most of his music (extremely prolific) is available for free download on his site... amazing. Here are some snipz until you can make it to a performance:

ps- our new record is titled "Canopy Glow." Ok bye.



"Rice with love," my waiter announced last night.

I looked around and Elijah was nowhere to be seen.


It's supposed to reach 92 this afternoon.


Maybe passing out on stage this afternoon will help us get signed.
We'll see.

And if you want to feel like you're here in the city (but are
disinclined to stick your head in a sauna for eight hours), there's a
pretty great review of last night's show from the Village Voice. They
have a running festival commentary and if you scroll through to
Thursday night, you ought to find us: blogs.villagevoice.com/music

Have a great day!



We also saw Elijah Wood yesterday. If I was a creep, it'd be his
picture posted instead.



This blogger doesn't have TOO much to say. A few sentences, though:

"Good morning from Austin!"

"Mobile updates. We'll both bear through them."

"Sorry for the sporadic updates. Between a disheartening resolve to
last fall's 'personal matters' (for you attentive readers) and this
week's travels with the ever brilliant Colour Revolt, the always
charming Sybris, and the utter chaos that is By the End of Tonight...
well, it's been a week."

"It's definitely been a week."

"I hope you're all well! And if you're around for SXSW the next few
days, let's be friends."

That's it for now.




Look at these handsome devils! I wish they'd come take me away.

Oh wait.

In just three weeks.

Hi Cale Parks! See you soon!



I know this is post is inherently silly. Inserting Senator Obama into the company of Mega Man, Rick Astley, David Caruso, Jon Arbuckle (sans his cat), and one big burger... well, it's a group that I wouldn't mind hanging out with. But it's also a group that doesn't exactly lend itself to the sensible defense of one man's presidential candidacy.

I'm going to try anyways.

(and I know, I know, I know - I'm a musician, an entertainer - this is fairly aggravating to some anyways)

see, we KNEW you were just like the Arcade Fire!!

(but here goes)

Since the first few primaries, I've resisted the urge to open this blog up to full blown political discourse. It's easy to write about what you follow and my site rotation (I would be interested, I think, at some point to find out what everyone else's daily website rotation is) has slowly turned into a litany of campaign blogs. Don't tell the Detroit Pistons - I'm sure it would break their hearts. Anyways, why I haven't politically posted in over a month:

The names Clinton and Obama... you've heard them enough, I'm pretty sure, since the beginning of the year. Adding another voice to the growing chorus of "who's right? who's wrong?" would be redundant. And as a result, I think it's getting easier to tune out the real strengths of both candidates, it's getting easier to be swept away by the (increasingly ridiculous) campaign narratives:

National Security Fears

Religious Fears

Messianic Overtones


It's both exciting (I'll be honest - how do you look away? how do you not get sucked in?) and entirely too much.

So why I'm posting today... I remembered again why I like the Illinois Senator so much. To cut through the semi-hysteria, the loud shouts from both campaigns, the rising temperature of this thing.

I remembered why I still think "Preseident Barack Obama" sounds good to me.

Three quick views:

The first was written by a colleague of Obama's from the University of Chicago Law School. Not a close friend, I don't think, but someone who ought to have an alright idea of who he is:

"Those of us who have long known Obama are impressed and not a little amazed by his rhetorical skills. Who could have expected that our colleague, a teacher of law, is also able to inspire large crowds? The Obama we know is no rhetorician; he shines because of his problem-solving abilities, his creativity and his attention to detail. In recent weeks, his speaking talents, and the increasingly cult-like atmosphere that surrounds him, have led people to wonder whether there is substance behind the eloquent plea for "change" – whether the soaring phrases might disguise a kind of emptiness and vagueness. But nothing could be further from the truth. He is most comfortable in the domain of policy and detail."

This isn't the oft-advertised "rockstar Obama." This is the evenhanded thinker from last spring. When his "style" wasn't the central topic.

(an example)

"This is the Barack Obama I have known for nearly 15 years – a careful and even-handed analyst of law and policy, unusually attentive to multiple points of view."

If you want, the rest of the article is unlike the treatment (both good and bad) that Obama usually receives.

Another perspective from Marc Andreessen (the co-founder of Netscape) who has only spoken with the Senator once:

"Early in 2007, a friend of mine who is active in both high-tech and politics called me up and said, let's go see this first-term Senator, Barack Obama, who's ramping up to run for President.

And so we did -- my friend, my wife Laura, and me -- and we were able to meet privately with Senator Obama for an hour and a half.

The reason I think you may find this interesting is that our meeting in early 2007 was probably one of the last times Senator Obama was able to spend an hour and a half sitting down and talking with just about anyone -- so I think we got a solid look at what he's like up close, right before he entered the "bubble" within which all major presidential candidates, and presidents, must exist."

A unique opportunity to hear from one of the last strangers to have had a lengthy conversation with Obama:

"I've spent time with a lot of politicians in the last 15 years. Most of them talk at you. Listening is not their strong suit -- in fact, many of them aren't even very good at faking it.

Senator Obama, in contrast, comes across as a normal human being, with a normal interaction style, and a normal level of interest in the people he's with and the world around him."

This is harder to demonstrate in front of crowds of 15,000.

"Senator Obama's political opponents tend to try to paint him as some kind of lightweight, which he most definitely is not. Two, I think he's at or near the top of the scale of intelligence of anyone in political life today."

His oratory skills have almost become a liability. I think it's easier to view "style" and "substance" as being an either/or proposition. It doesn't have to be.

"We asked him directly, how concerned should we be that you haven't had meaningful experience as an executive -- as a manager and leader of people?

He said, watch how I run my campaign -- you'll see my leadership skills in action.

At the time, I wasn't sure what to make of his answer -- political campaigns are often very messy and chaotic, with a lot of turnover and flux; what conclusions could we possibly draw from one of those?

Well, as any political expert will tell you, it turns out that the Obama campaign has been one of the best organized and executed presidential campaigns in memory. Even Obama's opponents concede that his campaign has been disciplined, methodical, and effective across the full spectrum of activities required to win -- and with a minimum of the negative campaigning and attack ads that normally characterize a race like this, and with almost no staff turnover"

Even before the race started, he KNEW how to answer the experience/leadership question. Just watch. Judge me on my actions. Judge me on my campaign. I think that speaks well and it shows a comfortable confidence. He knew he'd be able to run a tight ship.

(okay, now I'm just having fun)

"We then asked, well, what about foreign policy -- should we be concerned that you just don't have much experience there?

He said, directly, two things.

First, he said, I'm on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where I serve with a number of Senators who are widely regarded as leading experts on foreign policy -- and I can tell you that I know as much about foreign policy at this point as most of them.

Being a fan of blunt answers, I liked that one.

But then he made what I think is the really good point.

He said -- and I'm going to paraphrase a little here: think about who I am -- my father was Kenyan; I have close relatives in a small rural village in Kenya to this day; and I spent several years of my childhood living in Jakarta, Indonesia. Think about what it's going to mean in many parts of the world -- parts of the world that we really care about -- when I show up as the President of the United States. I'll be fundamentally changing the world's perception of what the United States is all about."

Perhaps this is a different kind of hysteria on my part... but answers like these are so refreshing.

Maybe that's what I wanted to get back to in this meager defense of Barack Obama. A shift back from the "exciting candidate" to a "refreshing one." An important (necessary?) difference to me.

The entire article is here... and a nod to The Atlantic's Andrew Sullivan and his blog for sharing it in the first place.

It's Sullivan's post today that rounds out this Obamathallo manifesto.

"I don't think Obama has - or anyone ever will - abolish the human nature of political life: its combat, its competing interests, its partisanship, its necessary compromises. If I thought one man could do that, I should be given a Valium and told to take some time off..."


"...we have domestic politics that have become poisonously polarized by the cumulative impact of two decades of Dick Morris, Karl Rove-style politics and have lurched from one president whose every sentence was a carefully parsed legalism to one often in total denial about the reality he grapples with. We desperately need not some kind of new politics, but a return to reasoned politics, to leaders who, even when they disagree, can rationally explain how and why. Americans know we have deeply serious problems and are tired of deeply unserious posturing. Republicans have grasped this. That's why they actually rejected the most polarizing (Giuliani) and cynical (Romney) and facile (Huckabee) candidates, in favor of a serious man, who is at least open to opposing arguments and engaged in more than partisan hucksterism and nasty minority-baiting."

"Obama is simply more capable, more trustworthy, more reasonable and less partisan than Clinton. That's all. He is not a messiah, for Pete's sake, and I'm tired of being told that those of us who support him are somehow irrational or emotional."

You can see why I'm using other people's words. They say what I feel much better than I can.

"If that is a new politics, fine. But only if 'new' means an older, calmer discourse for newer, more perilous times. That's what Obama represents."

There. That's the defense.

I'd like to think that this post was earned. If you weren't interested, of course you could skip it. And if you were... even if we disagree, I'd like to think you know there was some careful thought behind it. The attempt not to bash. The understanding that being in a small time indie band doesn't attract an audience especially concerned with our every political/ideological whim. The understanding that we really ought to put up a track from the new record soon.


So yes. With the two huge primaries today, it seemed that words like these were now or never.

And if this wasn't your cup of tea, I would like to remind you that if you scroll down a few clicks there are FREE VIDEO GAMES waiting for you.

Thanks thanks thanks.
Your previously scheduled You-Me-Go blog to resume shortly.



A tip of the hat to blog friend (and super employee) Anna Bryant...

...but now if you're ever stuck at a computer, it's the same as being stuck with a Nintendo.

For real.

They've got Mega Man 2 and everything!