Thursday, November 17, 2011

Caravels: A Place Where I Can Rest My Head

Over the years I've witnessed a handful of bands play their first shows or came across them still in their infancy. Caravels is a band I've been fortunate to watch grow over the past four years starting in San Diego and Tijuana and since their first demo this band has always had a special place in my heart. They have self released a handful of EPs before signing to Top Shelf Records, which I think is great for both the label and the band. I remember driving back home after spending a weekend with them and listening to their demo's opening tracks Rooms for Tolerance followed by Algebra and thinking about how I could never get tired of them. Well, by chance my theory was put to the test because that CD was stuck in the car stereo for nearly a month and by the end of the first week every note has been engraved in my brain and sometimes their lyrics still find their way out of my mouth. This is the thing about Caravels, I have nothing but fond memories of this band whether we're hanging at their shows or just listening to them. Some bands JUST strike me as bands you know? However, in Caravels they're brotherhood is apparent. The s/t 7" and Floorboards Ep are by far some of the best songs they've written. Safety Jobs is also one of the saddest songs I've heard. After reading the liner notes of Floorboards I was reminded how often times tragedy is the inspiration of such beauty. To Mike, Matt, George, Dillon, Corey and to your friends and relatives, Im so sorry for your loss. Im proud to be your friend no matter what state I live in and how many seasons go by.

Caravels is playing in Seattle, WA on Thursday November 23rd 2011 9pm
w/ Walter & Perry, You May Die in the Desert and Panther Attack
@ The Black Lodge 

For everyone back home:
December 2nd 2011 7:30pm
w/Ten Thousand Leagues, La Bella, Palm Reader and Residuals
@ Blood Orange Info Shop 3485 University Ave, Riverside, CA.

Decemeber 3rd 2011 6pm
w/ Ten Thousand Leagues and Flooded Roads
@ Che Cafe Collective 9500 Gilman Dr. Student Center B-0323C, La Jolla, CA 92093

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Good times for a change.

So I know I have been inactive on this. Mostly due to me being lazy but also because I moved cross country twice this summer. So this blog has been the last thing for me to think about. I moved to Philly but it didnt work out so now Im in Seattle, WA. I love it here. The weather is great so far and I have this overwhelming feeling of wanting to do everything. I've started drawing again, I dont have a guitar anymore so I have to fill in my creative void somehow. I ride my bike more again AND I've finally eaten shit on it real hard. Everything is going Milhouse. My friend Charlie shared this Patton Oswalt quote with me:

"I don’t know what it is about Seattle. The minute I get to that city, it’s not so much that I calm down, I just feel like there’s a future, for some reason. I feel like, 'Yeah, I’m gonna do this, and then, there’ll be other things I’ll do.' Whereas sometimes in Los Angeles, I just feel like, 'Yeah, this is finite. This will end.'"

On my tumblr Im going to start posting photos, photos that I've taken of course. There should be more creativity to share than to 'copy/paste,' repost, reblog etc. etc.

Once I finally get my feet on the ground here I'll be posting more info on shows in the Seattle/Tacoma/Olympia regions. I've been absent to my normal show attendance cause the perils of financial instability currently have me by the neck, so I dont bother looking up new ones to save myself the heartache. I'll do an update again on shows back home though, there have been so many great shows since I've been gone. I can only hope my friends went to as many of them as possible.
(Caravels, Back to the Grind, Riverside CA. Sometime in Jan. 2011)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

City of Caterpillar

Hello, alot has happened since the last post. I SAW GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR. Twice. They played for two and a half hours each time and were amazing to say the least.

However, during this trip I learned that my friends havent heard of the final City of Caterpillar song that was released to the public in 2008. I believe this song was originally supposed to be on the second split with pageninetynine(who is going to the reunion?). I came across it cause I was on aim one day and my friend whom I havent spoken to in years messaged me outta the blue basically saying 'this is the final City of Caterpillar song that was released today' sent it to me and signed off. As I was telling Sonny, this cat is very elusive. Alas, I present you this song with a favor to ask. Please share this song with all your friends. Enjoy.