Good Evening everybody,
It finally feels like spring/summer here in the good land! It almost hit 80 degrees outside. The weather outside is weather. I hope everyone out there is fortunate enough to have some warmer temperatures. A lot has been going on over the last month. Record Store Day happened and it was a b-l-a-s-t. I got up at 6:45am and stood in line for almost an hour in the cold and still didn’t get two of the 8 records I wanted. It’s really turned into a shit show over the last couple years. It seems like a bunch of assholes snatch everything up real quick like and then try to ebay them. Which is total horse shit. I don’t want to stand in line to get records to turn a profit on, I wanna fucking get them home and listen to them! What the record companies should do is press more copies of every release and do a online pre-order kind of deal. But who am I to say anything really? Just some dorky record collector guy.
I’m gearing up to leave for tour in a couple days. I’m very excited to hang with Jacob and co. while seeing some of the south I have never really got the chance to soak in yet. We have our new Keyboard player Dusty coming and also his cousin and my dear friend Scott. Can’t wait to cause some trouble with the boys. Which causing trouble for me now a days means drinking a late night milk shake or throwing my apple core out the window while driving. What’s special on this tour for me is the third date we have Jake from C&C custom drums is bringing my new drum kit! It’s been years that I’ve been wanting to get a kit made for just me. So hats off to everyone at C&C for helping me out with a sweet new kit to bring around the country! That same night I get to hang with my old friend Josh Berwanger that used to sing in the Anniversary. We are actually putting out his band’s new record:) We are getting so pumped for everyone to hear what he’s been brewing for the last couple years. I’ve always been a fan of just about everything he’s done over the years. He also designed a new shirt for The Shades with Godzilla walking over the Milwaukee skyline. So radical. Speaking of tour, go see Archie Powell & the Exports on the last leg of their tour coming to Milwaukee and Madison on May 3rd and 4th. Hope everyone is getting excited for summer and all our releases we’ve been working on getting to y’all! Keep chooglin’ long and hard. That’s what she said.
Peace and love.
Just got back from a lovely trip down south and I couldn’t have had a better time! On the way down to Texas we got to stay with our friend Mike in Oklahoma City and meet his dogs. Their names are Donut and Reeses. After that in the Dallas/Fort Worth I got to trade a little paint Roberto. We got to stop at the Dr. Pepper museum in Waco on the way to Austin and I helped the Shades discover their favorite drink…The Original Recipe. If you haven’t ever been to the D. Pepp museum I highly suggest going.
The next couple days we did a couple of classic show with Frank Turner in San Antonio and Corpus Christi. Big ups to Frank and his crew for having us on those couple shows! We got to go see the Gulf Of Mexico and hug the Selena statue. In San Anton we got to go to the Alamo and pay respect to all the struggle that has happened at that particular spot.
Up next was 5 days of chaos in Austin which was super wild and fun! Right when we got to the Convention center to check in we ran into Dave Grohl and got to chat a bit which was a moment I’ve been waiting for since I was a kid. He is super down to earth and an all around cool guy. After that we got to hop on a last minute show with Milwaukee’s own The Mighty Deer Lick at the Legendary White Swan. What an honor. Thanks to Travis, Franke, and Erin for putting all us boys up down there. We played the Blurt party at The Gingerman and that show was out of control! Got to meet a Shades super fan from Belgium and I got to run into my good buddy from Australia Nish. It was amazing catching up with everybody there and getting brisket with MKE’s own Tom Vollman.
Our showcase was at this huge awkward airplane hangar that was super loud and way too big for us. But all went well. You just have to roll with the punches at SX all day everyday.
The last night we got to play our friend Jimmy’s bar slash BBQ joint named Freedmans. It was a magical night filled with Milwaukee friends old and new. But the kicker was Jacob Dylan, Rami Jaffee and Charlie Sexton coming up to play The Weight and One Headlight with us!!!! I’ll post more pictures on here when I get the chance.
On the way home we hit up and In n Out Burger in Dallas as well as a Waffle House in Arkansas! Most def the most awkward and horrible WH experience to date but what can you expect? We stayed the night close to Memphis because at noon we had a hot date for Jody Stevens of Big Star to show us the famous Ardent Studios! We got to meet everybody there including John Fry which was super sweet. Jody showed us the whole studio for almost 2 hours with a few factoids and stories. He is pretty much the nicest person alive. The Shades are going to try our hardest to record our next record there. Then on the way out of town Jody tipped us off to some amazing ribs that got us all the way home safely. What a solid trip.
Howdy interweb land! Seems like things always come full circle. Over the last couple years now and maybe more, I’ve been listening to the old pop punk stuff I did in high school. It’s funny to say but it’s refreshing because it seems like most of the new music out there I don’t like.
Ben and I jammed with Tim Schweiger the other day and it felt great to be playing with Benny after all these years having him on the business side of things. We are going to play a show with Tim at Linnemans April 20th for the MUFF. Please come and watch us act like we’re 18 again!
Mike from the All American Rejects stayed with me for a week and we recorded drums for the new Direct Hit album. It went great and he couldn’t be more of a fun guy to work with. He got me into all kinds of old punk stuff. Can’t wait to see him again and hear how the record will turn out.
Also, played my first show with Joseph Huber a couple weekends ago. It was fun because I love Joe’s songs so much and I tried something I’ve never done before. Just used a suitcase as a kick drum and a washboard as a snare. I’m excited to play more shows with him in the future. We need to find a stand up bass player because Rick’s going back to Alaska to film another season of Gold Rush Alaska! Be safe up there buddy.
We’ll see ya!
In no particular order:
King Tuff- S/T
Joseph Huber- Tongues Of Fire
Redd Kross- Researching The Blues
Archie Powell & the Exports- Great Ideas In Action
Tame Impala- Lonerism
The Figgs- The Day Gravity Stopped
Nada Surf- The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy
Reubens Accomplice- Sons Of Men
Beachwood Sparks- The Tarnished Gold
Ben Kweller- Go Fly A kite
Dr. John- Locked Down
Heartless Bastards- Arrow
That should do it for now. If I think of anything else last minute, I’ll add it. Love, Jonny
How’s everyone sittin’? I’m sittin’ good myself. After closing out last year with many shows, I’ve been taking it easy here at home spending time with my girlfriend, family, and Ruthie The Pug. It feels good just to stay home and cuddle with the girls on the couch, and watch a movie. Yesterday, I volunteered to work at The Chili Bowl contest that my friend Steve entered. He’s starting a Soup Truck right here in Milwaukee called Simmer this Spring so keep your eyes peeled ladies & gentlemen. We had tons of fun, and I ate wayyyyyy too much chili!
The Shades just confirmed a couple shows in Austin for this year’s SXSW Music Conference! It’s always a fun time every year, and I’m trying to already emotionally prepare myself for the craziness that will undoubtedly ensue. It will be my 5th time down there for the festival, and first time sober in Austin. Geez.
My friends in the band Direct Hit! are making a new album called Brainless God. Benny, and I are helping them with the managerial side of things. It’s a concept album about the end of the world, and I’m really pumped for the guys to have me along for such a fun & creative record. I’ll divulge more details as they get further on in development. But for now let me tell you that a comic book is going to be involved and Mike Kennerty from the All-American Rejects is going to produce it!
The other day my buddy Joseph Huber from the .357 String Band asked me to start doing shows with him to fill out his sound live, and I couldn’t be more excited! His record from last year called Tongues Of Fire was one of my favorites of 2012, so I’m fully honored that he would think of me.
That’s all for now. Peace & Love everybody.
G’day world! It’s been a minute since I’ve rambled on here, so cheers to you for joining me. First off, I hope everybody had a very Merry Xmas last week. Besides having the plague that’s been going around for the last two weeks, I had a great holiday season with my family and girlfriend. Right after Xmas, the Shades had to head out east amidst a blizzard to catch 3 shows with the Wallflowers before the year ended. We played 3 cities I’ve never even heard of. Bethlehem, PA. North Hampton, Mass. Rahway, NJ. The shows were great, and their fans are so sweet to us. The guys in the band are some of the best around, and we really missed jamming with them. After the shows, Graham, and I headed back to NYC with Wexler & Co. I’ve been realizing since this passed summer, I have completely fell in love with that city. On the flight out, we flew directly over the city at night and it was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. Like Levon said about, “it kicks your ass at first, but eventually you fall right in love with it.” Couldn’t agree more with that statement regarding NYC. This New Years Eve was the first sober one I’ve had since my early high school days, and it was so great! Benny, and I went out to dinner with my mother, and then Becky and I went out to see Django Unchained. Super nice to be at a movie with the year changing over. No amateur night shenanigans for us (except for our upstairs neighbors) so all was mellow and amazing.
All of us here at Good Land are excited for 2013 and what it has in store! Stay tuned and get pumped for the future!
The Shades just finished our west coast leg of tour with the Rev Peyton’s Big Damn Band. It was super fun and damn (no pun intended) can that guy play guitar!!!! The shows took us through the desert and the mountains. The elevation tends to not agree with me and I got pretty sick. I’m a sea level guy.
It was good to be home in time for Thanksgiving! Got to celebrate it with Becky, Izzi, My Mom, Sister, Dad, and Grandma!!! The ladies knocked the food out of the park and there’s plenty of leftovers in the fridge still.
The rest of the year is exciting because we’re doing some shows with Cory Chisel, Valentiger, Limbeck, and The Wallflowers! That doesn’t suck at all. I feel fortunate and thankful for my family, Ruthie, The Shades, friends, over 6 months of sobriety and my apartment with heat:)
What’s everyone else thankful for?
So, here I sit in Columbus, Ohio with one show left on the Wallflowers tour the Shades have been doing. The dudes in the band and their crew couldn’t be more rad, and we’re all going to miss them dearly. Jimmy, their front of house guy has been mixing us every night for free because he’s so sweet and just wants to help us out. Safe to say we’re going to miss him the most.
We’re headed to Canada tomorrow night. Totes going to make a pit stop at Niagra Falls! Can’t believe people have dove off of those falls. Sounds like a recipe for dyin’ to me. Wish us luck in Toronto people!!!!
Been passing out a lot of GLR compilation cd’s on this run and I hope everybody’s finding some enjoyment out of them.
Yesterday, the Shades played Michael Feldman’s Whad’ Ya Know radio show live at the Monona Terrace Theatre in Madison, WI. For all of you who haven’t listened to the show before, it’s a hilarious WPR show! He does a couple trivia rounds with contestants from the crowd, answers random questions off of cards that the audience fills out, has guest callers, says funny Lampoon style news headlines, etc…Every show is different and not rehearsed. He’s a light hearted guy that really knows how to make a fun experience for the audience, no matter what age or back ground. It was a huge honor to get the opportunity to do the show, and can’t wait to attend more in the future. He’s not stopping anytime soon because he’s been doing it since 1985. The show also travels all over to different cities, so keep your eyes open for his schedule.
The Shades leave Tuesday morning for New York to do the CMJ festival for 3 days and then a show at the infamous Grog Shop in Cleveland Heights, Ohio!
My buddy Ben that helps out here at Good Land came up with a great idea when the Shades were in California doing those Soul Asylum shows…and that was for Limbeck to get our shit together and do a very Limbeck Christmas celebration. Patrick and I were very into the idea. So much that we brought it up to Robb and Justin. Soon as we knew it we were all taking off of work, and starting to book dates. We’ve been meaning to release a couple of songs we had laying around. So, I approached Johnny B. at SideOneDummy about doing a 7″ together, and he couldn’t have been more excited. With Dan The Man on organ and Justin Perkins on the switches, the songs really came out sounding great. Side A is called “already gone” which was a song we wrote and recorded in a day during our session doing the Limbeck s/t record. We were shooting for a Gary Glitter “Rock n Roll Part 1 & 2″ kind of vibe. Side b is a cover of “skyway” by the Replacements. It was tracked live originally to be released as a split 7″ with Lucero. We were going to do a Mats’ cover 7″ but it never ended up happening. Wonder if they ever recorded a Mats’ cover that we don’t know about??? Good Land is helping with the 7″ so expect seeing it in our web store in late December. Hope to see some old friends, and make some new ones while we’re out there.
P.S.- The Shades are opening all the shows with Limbeck as well.
P.S.S.- The Shades are going to be doing 10 dates with the Wallflowers in the Midwest and Canada starting Oct. 25th!!