MALL OF AMERICA

So before I left on tour in September I released an EP online called MALL OF AMERICA. It was originally intended as a tour EP, but I didn’t get it done in time to have physical copies with me, so I just threw it up online. One of the many fascinating things about music in 2013 is, I can make a record in my room or basement, and never leave the house before people are singing along to it at home. It’s amazing and inspiring and terrifying and really interesting. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the differences between a “real” record and a demo/online-only release.

Anyways I thought it would be sort of fun to extend MALL OF AMERICA beyond an Extended Player Single and into Long Player territory. I’m in talks with a label to eventually release it on tape, and I’ve decided it would be fun to keep adding songs until that day comes. They may be demos of songs that will eventually be turned into something completely different by the band, or they may be just the way they will always be, or they may be a silly cover or a throw away nothing jam. Basically it boils down to, I’m bored a lot, spend a lot of time by myself, and Rad Hos the band is currently on hiatus while Jeff Bolt Plays Drums around the world with his “side project,” the immortal SWEARIN’. Plus I just really like the idea that, if the nature of the album as we know it is changing, I can participate in that change in a fun way. 

So watch MALL OF AMERICA fill up and become a full-length before your eyes. The first addition was Love and Death. The second was a cover of Simple Man by Graham Nash. The third and most recent is called Cut Your Bangs. Do you think it’s gonna make him change?

 

In related news our guitar player Cynthia is an awesome songwriter in her own right and has started doing this awesome band called Heavy Bangs with our other awesome friends. you’d be wise to check these songs out. 

-Sam

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TOUR RECAP

I’m back in Philly, sitting in my room, and still reeling with excitement from the past few weeks. This tour has been absolutely incredible. It was almost too good to be true. I’m getting really excited to do more Megabus touring in the future, traveling alone is really fun, it’s just a style of touring that really suits me well. I would recommend it to anyone who thinks it sounds cool. Not to mention if you book it decently in advance, it’s so cheap that it’s almost silly not to. One thing though, don’t do it in the summer! I’m thinking of doing more in the winter and spring, but I ended up walkin’ around towns with a bunch of merch and crap strapped to me, and in hotter weather that would blow.

I will never be able to express enough gratitude to everyone who set up a show, drove me around or picked me up, loaned me a guitar, hung out with me. Makes a dude like me feel so proud to be playing music in such and incredible DIY community. Played with so many cool bands, every show was awesome. Like I said, too good to be true.

Really the whole point of writing this was so I could brag about all the cool records I bought on this tour. My favorite part of tour is always hitting record stores, and a lot of times I got to places really early and had plenty of time for it. This has easily been the best record buying tour I’ve ever been on.

LP’s:

Graham Nash- Songs For Beginners

Bobby Sutliff- Only Ghosts Remain

Game Theory- Lolita Nation

Todd Rundgren- A Cappella

Jack Frost- selt titled

Billy Bremner- Bash!

True West- Drifter

Lemonheads- Favorite Spanish Dishes

Will Rigby- Sidekick Phenomenon

Salvation Army (aka the Three O’Clock)- self titled

Holly Beth Vincent- Holly and the Italians

Real Kids- Outta Place

Flamin’ Groovies- Jumpin’ In The Night

Rain Parade- Emergency Third Rail Power Trip

dB’s- Like This

Emmit Rhodes- Selt titled

Dumptruck- Positively Dumptruck

Dumptruck- For The Country

Windbreakers- Terminal

Various- Who Put The Bomp? (Bomp Records comp)

Various- Luxury Condos (Coyote Records comp)

CD’s:

Velocity Girl- Copacetic

Velocity Girl-  6-song ep

Velvet Crush- Teenage Symphonies To God

Velvet Crush- Soft Sounds

Papas Fritas- Passion Play ep

Papas Fritas- Helioself

Apples In Stereo- Science Faire

Apples In Stereo- Her Wallpaper Reverie

Jason Falkner- Author Unknown

Jason Falkner- Can You Still Feel?

Jason Falkner- Necessity

Tall Dwarfs- Stumpy

Liz Phair- Whip Smart

Tuscadero- My Way Or The Highway

NOT TO MENTION killer tapes and records by bands I played with like KYLE KAOS, KITTEN FOREVER, VALENTEENS, FRONTIER RUCKUS, and more. I’m a lucky boy indeed.

I leave you with this, recorded by me and Spoony on the last night of tour in DC. I hadn’t really slept in 2 days and we had just eaten a bunch of pizza fries, which is my new favorite DC delicacy. Enjoy: https://soundcloud.com/spoonboy/the-longest-time-pizza-fry