Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Good memories

A quick check-in during this busy, bustling holiday season! Mike is stuck in the bayou, so it's a good thing that we didn't book another New Year's show (though it was not really in consideration after last year's fiasco). But let's not harp on that.

Now is the time for looking back fondly and we can reflect on 2008 as a good year that brought us many good memories -- and perhaps most important in the long-term, a trusty manager. We also headlined the Paradise (and played there with the Toadies!), played New York City with Letters to Cleo, and opened for the Allman Brothers and Bob Weir & Ratdog at the Comcast Center, lest not we forget gigs with Superdrag in Philly (we were named one of Philly's top live shows for it) and Dr. Dog in Harvard Square. The band also recorded and put out a live album, "Animal Friends." Mike got married! Personally, I finally recorded my solo record (which I just picked up yesterday -- I am holding a CD release party at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge on January 22). So all in all, it was a great year. I hope you all had good ones, too.

As far as 2009 is concerned, it'll be good: we're starting a new record this week, planning a tour for March (starting that today, though a few dates are set), and just hoping to take that next step. Let's check back in a year on that one.

Anyhow, to wrap it all up, why not go with an interesting little item out of Ryan's Smashing Life. During an interview with Jesse Malin -- conducted before our show with him in November, but posted now -- Malin makes a little mention of the band (we didn't realize he even knew our name). And Ryan adds in a humorous "editor's note." Enjoy!
RYAN: That's great. What kind of stuff do you typically find yourself drawn to?

JESSE: For now, there’s a lot of great stuff I like. I love Wilco and Spoon. Like I said before, The Hold Steady. Just a lot of great stuff that continues to come out. Music’s in a great place. The industry might be all fucked up and scrambled, but I still think people are creating great stuff. I like stuff that’s really expressive and about freedom and individuality, and also characters that are on edge—that aren’t afraid to go down with the boat. Like the character in One Flew Over the Cuckcoo’s Nest. I always loved Tennessee Williams’s novels and his plays, from Streetcar to Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Things that are tragic but that have hope. Cassavettes movies—the band that’s opening tonight, Cassavettes are their name—characters that are human and real, and even though there’s so much darkness around, there’s still some light at the end of that tunnel that keeps you going. “All right, well, we’ll stick around for a while on this planet and make the best of it.”

Editor's Note: Boston's Cassavettes are an incredible band.

Incredible? Well, gee golly. Thanks Ryan! Happy New Year to all!

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