Monday, June 29, 2009

It's All About Me, Me, Me

Happy Monday (an oxymoron, I know)...

So today's post is all about me but you know, it is my blog and every once in a while I have to promote my own sweet self so here goes.



First of all, my debut column appears today at The Nervous Breakdown and here's a direct link.

And if you are in the New York City area on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 8:30 p.m., the kind folks at the Nervous Breakdown have invited me to read this piece at the D Lounge, 101 East 15th Street, NYC.

Hey, check that place out -- veddy cool.



Ha ha - definitely one of the nicer places I've read though actually, come to think of it, I've had the pleasure of reading in some pretty amazing venues - KGB Bar (twice), Happy Ending Lounge, Box Car Lounge, TIXE Art Gallery -- well, I sort of read there -- half-way through I had a case of hysterical blindness due to having to read 10 point font in a dark room standing under a bare lightbulb with all of my New York writer pals in attendance...argh...must write a column about that some day...anyway, I've also even read at the Community College of Philadelphia. Yep, for someone totally anti-social, I do get around.

In other me, me, me news, you know that little documentary about "the hair down there" I'm in? There's all kinds of exciting things happening with "Why We Wax", the DVD actually has my photo on both the front and back covers, and is available for sale right here.



And there's a brand new trailer on Current TV (yep, Al Gore's channel)...oy vey...there I am again...and I just learned this is being shown on Channel TWC 103 in New York City every time they have a six minute slot to fill. Oh. My. God.



And even more press over at Jezebel where they have the same clip along with a cool article but it's worth it to visit the site just to read some of the comments...such as "If someone is elbow deep into your vagina for a waxing, you probably should check their references again..."

Finally, as I've been sort of promoting for months, I have a new book out, and if you haven't already ordered it, well, please do!



I am proud to say I'm now a member of Indie Bound and here's a little of what that's about:

"Why shop Indie?

When you shop at an independently owned business, your entire community benefits:

The Economy.

Spend $100 at a local and $68 of that stays in your community. Spend the same $100 at a national chain, and your community only sees $43.

Local businesses create higher-paying jobs for our neighbors.

More of your taxes are reinvested in your community--where they belong.

The Environment.

Buying local means less packaging, less transportation, and a smaller carbon footprint.

Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money to beautify your community.

The Community/


Local retailers are your friends and neighbors—support them and they’ll support you.

Local businesses donate to charities at more than twice the rate of national chains.

More independents means more choice, more diversity, and a truly unique community."


So yes, indie bound is a wonderful, beautiful thing. Here's the link to buy my book and bypass the evil corporate system.


Sigh, but if you must, shop elsewhere, here's the wretched Amazon link;

And here's the one for Barnes and Noble where my sales rank is considerably more respectable for some unknown reason...woo hoo...maybe there is an Amazon backlash? Hope so! But again, buy indie, damn it!

Finally, I again remind you to follow me on Twitter. It's where I hang out more often than not...140 characters is about all I can handle while I juggle various writing projects.

Oh..speaking of projects...I know this is the me, me, me post...but don't forget that Eric Slick is on tour with Project Object starting this Wednesday night at Maxwell's in New Jersey, but of course I'm most excited about this Friday night's concert at World Cafe Live.

See you there!

Later,
xo

Thursday, June 25, 2009

On Sale Today: Adrian Belew Power Trio Rare Live Overseas Recording

Okay, let's have a big welcome for the Adrian Belew Power Trio, finally on iTunes and Amazon! But not just any recording...a rare, live performance from overseas!



Where was it recorded and when? That's a secret. One which I cannot reveal.

But trust me, it's amazing. Side Four Live tunes...and yet it's not Side Four Live. And not just because of bonus songs Neurotica and Frame by Frame. Have a listen to the samples over at Amazon or iTunes and you'll see what I mean.

Here's the track list:

1. Writing On the Wall
2. Dinosaur
3. Ampersand
4. Young Lions
5. Beat Box Guitar
6. A Little Madness
7. Drive
8. Neurotica
9. Of Bow and Drum
10. Frame By Frame
11. Three of a Perfect Pair
12. Thela Hun Ginjeet

The link to buy it/listen to some samples on Amazon...

And the link for iTunes...and if for some reason the iTunes link does not work because we all know I'm technology challenged, try this one.

Later,
xo

Sunday, June 21, 2009

A Day of Insane Music featuring, among others, The California Guitar Trio

Have I mentioned how in love I am with the California Guitar Trio? I have three favorite bands right now and they are one of them. The show at the Sellersville Theater, which of course featured @mrericslick and @julieslick (their official Twitter names and if you don't already follow them, you should), was just mind blowing amazing. Two standing ovations, I had chills the entire evening from the magnificent level of musicianship...I can't keep my eyes off them when they play. Like Adrian, they are totally unique and otherworldly...just no one like them in the universe. These photos were taken last year when the California Guitar Trio opened for the Adrian Belew Power Trio so while I do have some new ones from last night which I'll post here as well, these are cooler:

Paul Richards


Hideyo Moriya


Bert Lams


From the Planet Crimson forum board:

Paul's latest Twitter post: (Note from our author: That would be @CGTPaul over at Twitter world)

So much fun playing with Eric and Julie Slick in PA last night. They are amazing! Driving to Northampton for the show tonight.


"No surprise there. You all know (or should know) what a CGT performance is like by now, so there's no need to repeat the usual stuff. I'll just add that (as with anything they do), the addition of the Slick siblings takes it into another dimension ENTIRELY. We got to hear several new tunes last night, which was a treat in itself, but there was something special about hearing them this way. "Cathedral Peak" is the kind of tune that coasts on a bouncing rhythmic groove, so it's only natural that a rhythm section would make the perfect addition. "In the Middle of Nowhere in the Middle of Texas" was great at conveying that dusty-desert feeling, even before Eric added some brilliantly placed rattlesnake rattles. "Andromeda" - already my favorite of their new songs, and now in serious contention for my favorite ever - was truly otherworldly. And that goes just as much for "Echoes," which was made even more effective by a trippy animated backdrop of stars that wouldn't have been out of place at a real Pink Floyd laser show. Tyler made better use of the visual elements than I've ever seen before with shifting effects timed to complement the songs, plus well-chosen synaesthetic backgrounds: green & blue for the aquamarine stuff, yellow for the surf moments, deep red for "Larks' Tongues II," etc.

Yes, that's right, "Larks' II." When Robin (tease that she usually is) mentioned something about them playing a Crimson song the other day, I'd thought of something from the dual-guitar era - 3PP, "Discipline" or the like. But of course they couldn't do the obvious thing. I should have realized that such a rhythmic track would have been perfect for this lineup. Paul really raised those neck hairs with the eastern-tinged-violin solo, and Bert anchored it all with the most dirty heavy sludge tone I've ever heard from an acoustic guitar. Meanwhile there was nobody to do the Jamie Muir allsorts coloring, but Eric came damn close with all kinds of little cymbal skitters (all in the middle of a bass-drums rendition that would have done Wetton & Bruford proud). Bert said they'd love to have the Slicks play on the CD when it's recorded this summer, so let's hope it happens. It'll really be something special."


In case you do not believe the person who wrote this review, a man who obviously reads my blog and I saw him at the show (How Come You Didn't Come Over and Say Hi? Ha ha - I know, it was late, the place was mobbed, etc. etc.)...here's the CGT/Slick version of Larks' Tongue in Aspic Part 2 to which he refers:



Oh man, as you can see, I have a new widget and now I know how to post songs...this is just too cool.

As promised, here are some shots from the show last night, including soundcheck:










The next two photos were taken during the grand finale, an unbelievable cover of Pink Floyd's Echoes and of course also the title of CGT's latest CD, which you can purchase right here, and now I can't resist posting the version Julie and Eric did with them last night:






How amazing was that? I think it's a safe bet to say that the CD of this performance will be in daily rotation at Casa Slick for a very long time. Last night was such a high I can't even begin to tell you.

But let me backtrack here and tell you about the entire day.

Eric broke the news to me that even though his show at NEARfest with Oblivion Sun wasn't until 1:30, we had to be at the venue by 9:00 a.m at the very latest for sound check because the first band went on at 11:00 a.m. And yikes, on a sunny day the venue was an hour and a half from our house, but in a monsoon like it was that morning, we were looking at more like two hours. In other words, we had to leave at dawn knowing he had two shows twenty miles and eight hours apart.

So Eric loaded the drums into the car and away we drove into the pouring rain on the Pennsylvania turnpike, where some moron in an SUV zoomed by going 95 miles an hour but not before he tried to cut us off, causing Eric to have no choice but to swerve big time to avoid a collision at which time his drums came tumbling forward along with a sliding box of his drum hardware weighing, oh, about five hundred pounds, and yeah, you guessed it, the entire left side of my body was the lucky recipient. We were so shaken, though, that pain was secondary. We just sat on the shoulder of the road for a few minutes, trembling at our brush with death.

So we get to Nearfest and please, I mean this in the nicest possible way, it is really "Nerdfest" and trust me, don't take offense to this remark because I am the world's biggest music nerd, too, but anyway, even the guitarist/vocalist of Oblivion Sun stood in front of the mic and cracked a joke (while the bassist changed a string which snapped after the first song) which went like this: "Why do seventy year old women love Nearfest?" Answer: "Because it's the only day they can clean out their basements."

Get it? Here's a photo of the crowd...



I seriously believe the reason for the mature audience is because of the stupid label prog rock. Anyone who loves quality music, anyone who KNOWS music, would have been thrilled by this three day festival. But I guess the word "prog" has a stigma...and then I ended up hearing that this fest has been around forever and the same people go every year, so maybe that explains the lack of youth, too. One funny thing, though. There's an indoor parking garage adjacent to the auditorium (it's part of Lehigh University) where the event is held, and that's where fans tailgate. Yep. Parking the car was an experience...tons of people in the indoor lot sitting on lawn chairs, and then, the funniest thing ever, a big bad police officer who came through on foot like the gestapo knocking on car windows.

"What are you doing in there? You smoking weed?"

Erm, no. They were caught eating chocolate or jelly donuts maybe, but smoking weed...nope, didn't smell any. But they did have beer with their donuts.

Mmm...donuts and beer...

See? I really am a nerd, too. No worries.

Anyway, a very cool moment -- Gary Green of Gentle Giant, who is a big Adrian Belew fan and has seen Eric in concert a couple of times, came out and introduced the band.



And the band itself:



Excellent band, very creative, and nope, not going to use the word progressive. The crowd screamed for an encore at 3:10 and I hyperventilated, knowing that Eric had to be 20 miles away by 4:00 p.m. for sound check for the California Guitar Trio, but it all went well and despite the continuing monsoon we got there ASAP, and oddly enough, met up with Julie and her significant other, Matt, who arrived from downtown Philadelphia at exactly the same time.

As I said, the CGT show was beyond incredible; I adore the Sellersville Theater, and all I can say is, if you are anywhere even remotely nearby, please come out and see Eric, Julie, and Adrian on August 26 where they will be performing "e".

By the time we left the Sellersville Theater, it was past midnight, another hour's drive home, and I don't think I was ever more exhausted in my life, but there was one person far more tired than I was: Eric. The poor boy played two shows and Eric being Eric, practiced non-stop in between, so he was toast.

And that was my day of insane music. I am sure some more California Guitar Trio and Oblivion Sun reviews will pop up shortly and when they do, I'll add them in.

Thanks again to CGT for inviting Julie and Eric to join them on stage. It was a brilliant evening.

Later,
xo

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Adrian Belew Power Trio/Julie and Eric Slick: Gigs, gigs, and more gigs

If you've already been here before 11:25 a.m., scroll down check out the ETA under the California Guitar Trio mention. Bet you didn't know Julie and Eric were members of King Crimson! Ha ha, neither did I...

So as I've been shouting all over cyberworld, "e" is coming, and I am pleased to show you the cover artwork for the CD by the brilliant Mark Colman.



And yes, this will be the logo of the new ABPT t-shirt, arriving in a city near you next month, along with the band and their new, first ever studio CD! Now I know I already told you about these upcoming shows:

Fri 17 Jul 09
Canal Street Tavern
Dayton, OH

Sat 18 Jul 09
Indianapolis IN 46220
Radio Radio

Mon 20 Jul 09
Ann Arbor, MI
The Ark

Tue 21 Jul 09
Cleveland, OH
The Grog Shop

Wed 22 Jul 09
Chicago IL 60610
Martyr's

Fri 24 Jul 09
Kansas City, MO
The Beaumont


But hurrah! Here's some new dates you probably didn't know about...

fri 8/21 knoxville, TN @ bijou theatre
sat 8/22 atlanta, GA @ smith's old bar
mon 8/24 asheville NC @ orange peel
tues 8/25 vienna, VA @ jammin' java
wed 8/26 sellersville, PA @ sellersville theatre
fri 8/28 new york, NY @ bb kings
sat 8/29 hoboken NJ @ maxwell's
sun 8/30 annapolis, MD @ ram's head
mon 8/31 philadelphia, PA @ world cafe live
tues 9/1 northhampton, MA @ iron horse
wed 9/2 t/b/a massachusetts
thur 9/3 boston, MA @ harper's ferry
fri 9/4 wellfleet, MA @ beachcomber
sat 9/5 fall river, MA @ narrows center for the arts

Then on to canada, oh, canada


Yes, on to Canada. Details to follow but how cool is that. And I believe, possibly, the Ukraine and Turkey in October. Shh....

The gig on September 4, which is the Friday night of Labor Day weekend, looks freaking amazing. It's at a beachfront establishment on Cape Cod. Link! Hey, I just noticed they have a live stream so for those of us unable to spend Labor Day weekend on Cape Cod, we'll be able to watch from the comfort of our own homes. Oh joy!

One more reminder - well, no sense promoting NEARfest because it's sold out, but if you do have a ticket, come over and say Hi this Saturday, June 20 at 1:30 p.m. when Eric Slick will be on the drums with Oblivion Sun. But as soon as he's done playing at 3:00 p.m., we have to hightail it out of there twenty miles down the road to the Sellersville Theater where Julie and Eric will be performing with the California Guitar Trio. It looks like there are still tickets available so grab them while you can...they are selling out everywhere...here, I'll make it easy and give you a link.

ETA: Here's an article about the California Guitar Trio in today's Montgomery News!

"Experience California Guitar Trio’s musical synergy at ST94
By Julia Fisichella
Correspondent

The California Guitar Trio is excited to return to the Sellersville Theater 1894, Saturday, June 20.

“The Sellersville Theater has become one of our favorite venues to play at,” says Paul Richards, one of the three acoustic guitar wizards. “There’s not a bad seat in the place and the sound system is great. We’ve played consistently good shows there and have a strong following in the area.”

Last year’s performance at the theater was recently featured on WHYY’s TV12 program “On Canvas.” This episode can be viewed online here, which includes insightful interviews with each of the members.

The trio formed from the friendship of Richards, who hails from Utah, Bert Lams (from Belgium) and Hideyo Moriya (from Japan). They first met in 1987 as participants in Robert Fripp’s (of renowned progressive rock group King Crimson) Guitar Craft Courses in England.

“On one day off [from the courses], I heard Bert playing some of Bach’s cello suites and was really impressed by his musicality and approach to this complex, deep music,” says Richards. Moriya was a little on the quiet side, but Richards’ interest in Japanese culture allowed him to form a friendship with him. The three soon developed a strong musical connection.

“Things flow and happen when we sit down and play together. Music keeps things alive for us,” says Richards.

After touring internationally with Fripp’s League of Crafty Guitarists, the three friends moved to Los Angeles and formed the California Guitar Trio in 1991. They have been going strong ever since, inventing original compositions and creative acoustical re-workings of songs ranging from classical, rock, blues, folk and jazz to country and surf-rock.

Their last album, “Echoes,” recorded in May of last year, earned them a Top 10 spot in Amazon.com’s Best New Age of 2008 category.

The album includes a swirling cover of Pink Floyd’s “Echoes.”

“We choose songs that inspired us when we were younger, or based on suggestions from friends,” explains Richards. “Often, we try something and see if it works. There’s a challenge in re-creating a song on guitar, and making it make sense musically. We have to bring the piece alive in an original way.”

Their cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” in which the group re-created a mainly vocal piece, is a perfect example of this challenge.

Another interesting re-make on this album is Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells,” made popular as the opening music for the movie “The Exorcist.” Richards explains how the group decided to cover this piece.

“This song became a landmark instrumental rock piece. It incorporated a new and different minimalist approach, unlike what was heard in the early ’70s. The introductory line lent itself very well to our playing style.”

In addition to putting a new spin on old classics, the California Guitar Trio puts together intricate original arrangements infused with feeling.

“Writing pieces is one of the most challenging things a musician does,” says Richards. “Since what we do has no vocals, the challenge is to create something musically interesting that people can emotionally connect with — we have to reach people in a different way.”

The trio typically introduces its new arrangements on tour before recording, to gauge the audience’s reaction. Keeping with this tradition, guests at the June 20 show will get a sneak peek at what the trio has recently been putting together for their new recording.

This show will include an unusual creative expansion from the group’s traditional three-acoustic guitar lineup. Special guests Eric and Julie Slick of the Adrian Belew (also of King Crimson) Power Trio will add new elements of drums and bass to the mix.

Richards raves, “They’re young prodigies of the [Paul Green] School of Rock who have an amazing ability to learn and play. At the end of the tour, we will record half of the new album, and we’ve invited Eric and Julie to play on those pieces.”

Electronic violinist Caryn Lin will open for the show.

In addition to the performance, the trio will be holding a guitar workshop from 2:30 to 4 p.m. that afternoon. Richards says this is something the group really enjoys doing.

“Educating is a big part of our background; we came together studying music.”

The trio has held similar workshops at the Sellersville Theater in the past. Richards explains, “[Participants] bring their guitars and we focus on playing together as a group.” The Trio will introduce techniques, and according to Richards, “It doesn’t matter what your skill level is.”

For the full California Guitar Trio experience, Richards says it’s all about seeing them in action. He likens playing acoustic guitar to “a dance of the fingers. Some rock bands perform with 10 dancers onstage. We have 30 dancers — our fingers!"

So yeah, I think Julie and Eric will be surprised to learn they are also in King Crimson...too funny.

But wait a second. I just read this article over thoroughly again. Julie and Eric are going to record a new CD with the California Guitar Trio? Oh wow, it's the first I'm hearing about this! How freaking cool is that?! And actually, as I do re-read the article, it's Adrian to whom the reporter is referring when mentioning King Crimson but having read it quickly the first time...and if you weren't a King Crimson fan and didn't know otherwise...you might misunderstand.

Or, I'm just dyslexic.

Erm...ETA 2: I just spoke on the phone with Eric and apparently that bit about recording a new CD with the California Guitar Trio is another misquote or misinterpretation. What Paul really said is that "Julie and Eric will be performing half of the songs on our latest CD, Echoes, at the Sellersville Theater this Saturday night."

So that explains why neither kiddie told me...

Getting back to touring news...

The following week, Eric returns to his "roots" with a very cool Project Object tour which kicks off July 1 at Maxwell's in Hoboken, New Jersey and those of you living there, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Annapolis will be treated to a double dose of Slick when he returns with Mr. Belew later that month and in August. Too cool!

WED 1 - NJ hoboken maxwells
THU 2 - NY peekskill 12 grapes
FRI 3 - PA phila world cafe live
SAT 4 - PA acme love&peace festival
SUN 5 - OH cleveland beachland ballroom
MON 6 - PA pittsburgh club cafe'
TUE 7 - MD annapolis ram's head live
THU 9 - PA wilkes barre jazz cafe


This line-up of Project Object will also be touring Europe at the beginning of August and features original Zappa alumni Ike Willis and Don Preston, with special guest appearances at some shows by Ray White and Robert Martin. Actually, Ray will be at the July 4 show and I teased Eric not to drink the Kool-Aid there but all kidding aside, the Love and Peace Festival seems very interesting - it's actually "The Church of Universal Love and Music" and you can read all about it here.

So basically in July, Eric tours with Project Object, has a few days off, then flies off to tour with the Adrian Belew Power Trio and if that isn't crazy enough, he's flying home right after the final show in Kansas on July 24 because he's playing the XPonential Music Festival Saturday night, July 25 with Tom Hamilton's American Babies. Eric is filling in for legendary drummer Joe Russo. Or, would that be Sir Joe Russo? Ha! That is a "must click" link.

As for me, I am busy writing my first column for The Nervous Breakdown and normally I would be done by now but I'm extremely intimidated by the brilliant authors over there and every time a new piece pops up (daily, and I get Twitter updates) and I rush over to read the latest, I get a little more scared yet thrilled to be in such stellar company. To give you a hint on what I'm writing about...well, it's about my experience staying in a youth hostel in a place where no one spoke English (God forbid I should have brought a translation book with me) combined with the fact that I am not a "youth" and more accustomed to staying at hotels where they offer fluffy robes and leave imported chocolate on the pillow. So yes, I am definitely having some fun with that and hope to have it finished by the end of today or tomorrow.

Trust me, I will be twittering and posting billboards all over the internet when it's published so you'll all have a heads up.

In the meantime, I figured I'd put up this blog post, do some wash (yeah, as glamorous as my life might seem, I have a feeling dirty wash will always be a part of my routine), and return to "real writing". Ms. Julie will be over here later in the afternoon and then we're headed out to dinner. I'm trying to talk her into this cool Venezuelan restaurant but even though I see she's on line right now, she has failed to respond to my email which means she either wants to eat somewhere else or hasn't had her coffee yet.

I'll let you know and maybe this time I'll remember to bring the camera. I feel like it's been ages since I posted food porn!

So I think that's a wrap. I'm really hoping to meet many of you at NEARfest on Saturday and also saying Hi at the California Guitar Trio on Saturday night at the Sellersville Theater. Seriously, for those of you attending NEARfest, Sellersville is only 20 minutes away and you can definitely make both gigs. What a cool Fathers' Day present, eh?

Now. If only this rain would stop. Holy cow, I haven't had to water the flowers/herbs for the past two weeks. If it wasn't pouring out now, I'd go out and take some photographs. The "garden" (downtown Philadelphia word for "flower boxes and plants around the tree outside") has never been more beautiful. It's an explosion of color and lots of fresh basil and rosemary (already used in an amazing homemade vegetarian chili and quite a few salads)...yeah, if it does ever stop raining, I will definitely snap some pics...

Later,
xo

Thursday, June 11, 2009

More on the Adrian Belew Power Trio, "e" is coming, and I'm having a Nervous Breakdown!

Have I mentioned that "e" is coming?


Photo by Wendy King
Guitarist Julie Slick and her brother Eric (not pictured) are on tour with Adrian Belew with their latest performance taking place on the Bud Light Stage at Riverbend Wednesday evening
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ETA: CHECK OUT THIS REVIEW OF LAST NIGHT'S SHOW! HERE'S A LITTLE TEASE...

"Slick Is the Word: A Review of the Adrian Belew Power Trio at Riverbend — June 10, 2009

The last time Adrian Belew played Chattanooga, the rhythm section of his power trio consisted of two bald dudes (Mike Hodges and Mike Gallaher) who successfully aided the Lone Rhino in tearing up the Nightfall stage. Both were experienced players: Gallaher, an accomplished jazz guitarist, switched to bass to play with Belew, and Hodges was the drummer when Belew was the music director on (yes) David Bowie’s “Sound and Vision” tour. They were fantastic both that night and a few nights later when I drove down to see them play in Atlanta. If I had never seen another Adrian Belew Power Trio show, I would have been satisfied.

Fast forward a couple of years: Gallaher and Hodges eventually left Belew and were replaced by a brother and sister rhythm section, Julie and Eric Slick, both in their early 20’s, both graduates of Paul Green’s School of Rock, and both ridiculously talented. The new band’s first recorded effort, 2007’s live Side Four, is a testament to how quickly the new trio jelled. It is also a testament to another fact: As great as Hodges and Gallaher were, they were, in essence, Belew’s backing band. The longer the Slick’s have played with Belew, the more evident it’s become that they are, well, a bit more than that. The strength of their collective contribution to the band was probably best summed up by my buddy Joe Lance (a great musician in his own right) when the trio played Riverbend last night, “When Adrian eventually hangs it up, those two will still have a long, long career ahead of them.”

The trio kicked off their 115-minute Riverbend performance with ripping versions of “Writing on the Wall” and “Young Lions” before Belew introduced some new music, two “movements,” titled “A” and “B,” from the forthcoming all-instrumental album, E. The two pieces contained many elements common to Belew’s previous work: feedback, ferocious bent notes, smart and irresistibly gorgeous chord progressions, and layer upon layer of Crimson-esque interlocking guitar parts, all of which Belew played by himself by creating—and then playing along with—a dizzying series loops. And the Slicks more than kept up. They pushed Belew’s already envelope-pushing ideas forward by either deftly doubling his riffs or aggressively soloing against them. In all honesty, I can’t remember when I’ve been more knocked out by a single song or performance...."

To read the entire article, which is absolutely amazing and terrific and wonderful and my deepest gratitude to the author, Bill Colrus, please go here!

Whew. That has me all verklempt. Talk among yourselves for a few minutes.

So thanks to the fact that I am a total compulsive who checks her email every five minutes, I learned -- 5 minutes before showtime -- from the fabulous Andre Cholmondeley that last night's Adrian Belew Power Trio's concert at the Riverbend Festival was being live streamed so I rushed to the website and got to see the entire performance! It was fucking amazing...I was blown away by the new material...and then an hour or two later, Andre real timed me another photo of the trio called "Big Chill".



Don't know if Big Chill pertains to what they are doing or if it's actually the name of a bar in Chattanooga. Will check Google as we speak. Yep, it's a bar. Ha ha, what a huge surprise.

Oh yeah! Here is a most awesome review of last night's show!

"Thursday, June 11, 2009, 1:45 p.m.
Riverbend: Deciphering the weird, wild world according to Belew

If you weren’t one of the hundreds of people crowded around the Bud Light Stage Wednesday to witness the bizarre majesty of Adrian Belew’s guitar playing, you missed one of the highlights of Riverbend so far.

Belew has a decades-long career that includes stints with the Talking Heads, Frank Zappa and King Crimson, as well as session work as a guitarist for everyone from Paul Simon and David Bowie to Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails.

His wonderfully experimental style centers on electronically bending and distorting notes beyond all semblance of ordinary. He uses loops and effects pedals to create an incredibly diverse range of sounds that form stimulating, evocative atmospheres. At one point, it sounded like dinosaurs having a conversation in a haunted crystal cave. (You had to be there to get what I mean.)

That might not sound like your cup of tea and if not, fair enough, you didn’t miss much. The majority of us, however, were standing in slack-jawed amazement at his mastery over his instrument.

Admittedly, there were times during his 90-minute performance that got so cacophonous and bizarre (or plain loud) that my mind just couldn’t digest what was going on but, for the most part, I was blown away.

The other members of his power trio, bassist Julie Slick and her brother Eric, were certainly worthy of mention as well. Throughout an incredibly complex series of highly technical pieces of music, they managed to be both incredibly precise and to maintain a high energy level. It was like jazz rock cubed.

As much fun as I’ve had throughout Riverbend thus far, there have been unavoidable times that I’ve had to miss seeing performances I’ve been looking forward to for months. Belew’s mindblowing show would have been one of those, but I had yesterday off, which gave me the free time I needed to see it. It’s going to take days to really digest what I experienced, though...

...See you out there.

E-mail Casey Phillips at cphillips@timesfreepress.com"


I dig his remark about needing days to digest his experience! I'll be waiting, Casey...you know where to find me. Or not. Maybe I'll write to you, just in case.

Man, I love me a good review. I'm waiting on another one and will ETA (edit to add) when it pops up.

So Eric is already off to Bonnaroo and here is the schedule for his wild and crazy band...and I do mean that...think odd percussion, fire eaters, belly dancers...Gypsy Hands. He'll be playing with them all four nights on the "Solar Stage" and the first show will be at 4:00 p.m. today with another show at midnight! On Friday they have another two shows...at 12:00 p.m. and at 12:00 a.m. Saturday they perform 5:15 and again at midnight, and on Sunday, 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. All shows are one hour each and do you freaking believe it, with eight (8!) shows scheduled, I think Eric is playing more than any one band at the entire festival. If you are planning on attending, go over to the Solar Stage and show him some love!

Oh. By the way. "e" is coming "e" is coming "e" is coming "e" is coming

And so are the wonderful, fabulous, brilliantly talented California Guitar Trio. In fact, they'll be at the Sellersville Theater next Saturday night, June 20, and you can buy tickets right here. And do you know who will be performing a whole bunch of amazing songs with them?



Yep, you guessed it. Julie and Eric Slick. And yes, I am just so impressed with myself that I now know how to take a pretty screen shot. Too bad I can't figure out how to make the links contained therein work, but oh well, I gave you the link manually so no worries. I for one cannot wait for that show, especially as it will be a true music marathon day for me because earlier that afternoon, Eric will be playing drums with Oblivion Sun at NEARfest. I will be in total paradise that day for sure.

But I'm also pretty excited as concerns things myself. I just got an offer I can't refuse - to be a regular monthly contributor to one of the finest journals the web has to offer, The Nervous Breakdown. Ha ha, perfect for me or what? Right now they concentrate mostly on creative non-fiction (I told you it was perfect!) but will be branching out into fiction and poetry in the months to come. My only problem is that I have about 1,000 ideas for columns so my plan is to go searching through back issues to make sure I don't in any way duplicate someone else's. If you take a look at the list of contributors, I'm in the company of the literati royalty so that really puts the pressure on. Or not. Ha ha, you know me, I'm loose, and I never run out of things to talk about.

I may even talk about "e". I did tell you that "e" is coming, right?

Okay, I'll stop. Hopefully that other review will be up soon (Hi, Bill) and I'll be back.

Later,
xo

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Pardon Me Boy, is that the Chattanooga Choo Choo? Adrian Belew Power Trio in Real Time

Thanks to Andre Cholmondeley for sending me a real time photo of the Adrian Belew Power Trio doing sound check for tonight's performance at the Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga, TN:



And the east coast leg of the tour is slowly taking shape...I can tell you for certain that the band is playing at the Sellersville Theater on August 26 and with seating for approximately 350, the tickets will go fast...you can buy them right here and it's pretty amazing how they are advertising the band...here's a screen shot:



Yep, I'm thrilled about that and as I've also mentioned here, next Saturday Julie and Eric will be joining the California Guitar Trio on stage at the Sellersville Theater and I will relink that tomorrow with another screen shot because yep, I finally taught myself how to do those correctly.

The trio is also booked to play BB Kings in New York City on August 28 and you can purchase those tickets right here though I just noticed they are not on sale until Friday so I will relink that as well. I believe there will also be dates in Anapolis and Virginia...stay tuned.

Have I mentioned "e" is coming...?
Next month. In time for the tour. Yes!

And if you click on the Andre link above, you'll see lots of Project Object shows coming up, including one at World Cafe Live in Philly on July 3 and several featuring some INSANELY FANTASTIC Zappa alumni...more on that in future posts as I want to devote a separate entry to talk about that.

Other interesting news...I love reading all things King Crimson related which includes the blog of Robert Fripp's wife, the lovely Toyah Willcox...and wow, what an interesting blurb she's put up today:

"...Toyah, Chris Wong and Bill Rieflin meet in Seattle to write and record THE HUMANS second album with ROBERT FRIPP as a new member for this particular album. TOYAH says…."I always know I have a good idea………..when Robert wants to join the band!”

Additionally, THE HUMANS tour dates for the UK and Europe 2010 will be announced on this site later in the year. More news soon…"


Wow. That's pretty damn cool.

Here's a great You Tube of The Humans with a Robert Fripp cameo:



Continuing with the theme, King Crimson bassist Tony Levin has a whole slew of new tour dates on his blog (click link) but what really interested me are his blog archives...man, he really was the first person I know to keep a blog...these entries date back over ten years ago and are super, super interesting. You can find them right here and I have to admit, I read them all...was totally sucked in and cannot believe he was on line and keeping a journal before I knew anyone who even owned a computer.

And in other news...

"e" is coming "e" is coming "e" is coming "e" is coming

Oh, that's right. I already told you. Wait until you see the graphic for that and what is planned. Should have that for you in the very near, near future.

And we're planning a big "e" surprise party! It's such a surprise the only ones who know about it are...I can't tell. Let's just say even the band doesn't know.

Okay, they do now. Eric, don't even bother calling me, I'm not telling.

Julie, did you join Twitter? I heard a rumor to that effect but you have not added me as a friend. For shame! I bet I can find you...let's see...hang on...yep...Julie Slick on Twitter...ha ha, I'm going to friend you, you better friend me back!

Getting back to Adrian, one of the things Julie has been doing down in Nashville is working with Ade in the studio and it looks like she's going to be flying down there a lot in the future to act as co-producer with him on various projects..hurrah! I mean, she has a $100,000 college education with that as her major...yep, even managed to graduate Magna Cum Laude while on tour...so how totally cool that she gets to use her degree! And to work alongside her bandmate and great friend...not to mention a brilliant producer in his own right. What a win/win situation for them both.

You may also be wondering what Julie has been cooking for Ade and his family while in Nashville. I know I was. So I dropped her an email and here's what she had to say but this is obviously the abbreviated version and I'm sure she'll have photos and recipes up on her own blog soon:

"let's see... in reverse order: mixed vegetable curry; chicken with pan-roasted asparagus and wild mushroom ragout topped with toasted garlic chips; cod en papillote with leeks and carrots over tomatoes proven├žal; lighter fish and chips (baked and served with yukon gold fries)."

I am so hungry reading that...

Okay, I think that's it for today but you know the drill, if anything else pops up, I'll be back.

Oh yeah. One more thing. "e" is coming.

Later,
xo

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Odds and Sods for Saturday, June 6, 2009

Yeah, yeah, I know, where have I been? It's the damn Twitter. I'm having way too much fun. And now God help me, I have my own Twitter radio station so I can post songs whenever I want and...ugh...I'm hopeless.



Anyway, there's a lot of cool stuff going on which I just can't condense into 140 characters so here I am.

Let's see. Up first, we have Julie, down in Nashville for two weeks, currently uploading Ade's music to iTunes! Hooray! Some very interesting music, both "never heard before" and previously only available on Ade's website will be on iTunes any day and if it happens before I'm ready with a new blogpost, I'll come back here and insert the link.

Also, No Treble Bass Magazine posted this amazing interview with Julie Slick.

Then there's this great article/interview in the Chatanooga Times:

"Adrian Belew Power Trio Takes Bud Light Stage
June 04, 2009

By Casey Phillips, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tenn.

Jun. 4--Adrian Belew knows David Bowie's e-mail address. Not many people can claim that, but for Belew, one of rock guitar's brightest stars, that's close to the bottom of a long list of distinctions.

Bowie is just one of the artists with whom Belew has collaborated during a nearly four-decade career. He has also toured and recorded with Frank Zappa, Talking Heads and King Crimson.

Belew's experimental, effects-laden approach to the guitar has led into many musical partnerships, but one of the most rewarding is the power trio he started three years ago, he said.

"Pretty much everything I do now is with the power trio, if at all possible, because it's such a hot and wonderful band," Belew said of his work with band mates Eric Slick (drums) and Julie Slick (bass).

"They just happened to be perfectly in tune with what I do and are so young and energetic and so focused on music that, man, it's just been a dream come true for me," he added.

Wednesday, Belew and the Slick siblings will take to the Bud Light Stage at Riverbend.

Among the songs on the set list are a number of King Crimson songs reimagined for performance by a trio and several movements from a new experimental piece called "e."

"It's very complicated, very thematic. It's kind of a rock symphony," Belew said. "It's a very challenging thing, but our fans are really liking it.

"Usually, when you play a new piece of music, people sit on their thumbs a little bit because they don't recognize it. In the case of 'e,' people go nuts."

In addition to his work with the power trio, Belew is also involved with a number of other groups, including a solo career, a reunited King Crimson and the pop/rock band The Bears.

As much as he's written, there will always be more waiting in the wings, Belew said.

"I wake up every day, and there are things I want to do, music that's just rattling around in my brain," he said. "I'll never get it all finished."

IF YOU GO

What: Adrian Belew Power Trio at Riverbend.

When:Wednesday, 7:45-9: p.m.

Where: Bud Light Stage.

Admission: $23 one-night admission, $37 pin.

Phone: 756-2211.

Related links at fyi.timesfreepress.com

Chattanooga Times Free Press music reporter Casey Phillips spoke with Adrian Belew, a celebrated session guitarist who has worked with everyone from David Bowie to King Crimson, about his new power trio, what he learned from Frank Zappa and what makes his signature guitar model so great.

CP: At your Riverbend performance, will you be playing solo or with the Power Trio?

AB: It'll be with the Power Trio. Pretty much everything I do now is with the Power Trio, if at all possible because it's such a hot and wonderful band. (Laughs.)

CP: How did the trio come together?

AB: They're both incredible. To go back in time a little bit, I had been writing, say five years ago, material with a power trio attitude in mind. I wanted to spread my wings as a guitarist and be, for once, the only guitarist in the band. (Laughs.) I figured out ways to do looping and things to fill in the gaps.

I was very hot on the idea but couldn't find the right players. I tried a couple different trios that didn't work out. Finally, when I had finally almost given up on the idea, I went to do a professorship at the School of Rock Music in Philadelphia, the original one, which was invented by a man named Paul Green. While I was there, Paul said he wanted me to hear the two best students he had ever graduated and wanted them to come in and play a song with me. That was Eric and Julie, who lived in Philadelphia with their parents at the time.

We played one Zappa song, and that was enough to convince me to have them come down here to Nashville for a weekend. I gave them a list of material to try and learn, and they came down and they burned right through it. Turns out they had grown up on things I had been a part of. Their father and mother had been instrumental in getting them into a huge record collection and setting them up with their bass and drum set in the living room since they were 11 years old. Some of the music they handed them were things I had been a part of, like King Crimson, David Bowie, The Talking Heads, Frank Zappa. It just worked out beautifully that they just happened to be perfectly in tune with what I do and are so young and energetic and so focused on music that, man, it's just been a dream come true for me.

CP: How long ago was that?

AB: That was three years ago. When I started with Eric and Julie, they were 19 years old.

CP: Given that they grew up listening to you, was there any degree of star struck-ness to their relationship with you?

AB: I didn't detect any from them. I'm an easy-going character myself, so I didn't demand that they pay any attention to me other than that I'm the guitar player/singer. That was one of the good things about the School of Rock -- it truly prepared them for a career in music, a professional career. I later found out that they were big fans, but you couldn't tell it at first.

CP: You mentioned Frank Zappa earlier. He discovered you in Nashville. What happened there?

AB: What actually happened was that Frank had played a concert here in Nashville. I was in a little band that was local favorite. It was a cover band, but we covered interesting music like Steely Dan, not your typical fare. Frank wanted something to do after his concert, which is normal. He had a limousine, and he asked the driver where to go. The limousine driver said, "My favorite band is Sweet Heart, and they're playing at this club called Fanny's." So he drove Frank and his entourage there. They came in and watched the band for 40 minutes. Frank came up to me and reached his hand out onto the stage while I was playing and said, "Gimme shelter." He said he would get my name and number from the chauffeur and that he would like to audition me. Then he left, and I didn't hear from him for six months. Then, one day, I got the call, flew out to California, auditioned in his studio and got the job.

CP: Given his reputation, he must have been a very demanding man to work for in terms of his expectations of you as a musician. What kind of an education did you receive playing underneath him?

AB: I look at it as that I went to the School of Zappa, not the School of Rock. It was a crash course in all the things I'd never been taught, in particular how to manage your life as a recording artist in a touring international band. He was full of stories and little things you could pick up from him every day. It wasn't just musical things.

We had to learn five hours of his material is extremely difficult, and I was the only one in the band who didn't read music. I had to take all my instruction personally from him on the weekends. That gave me a very close personal relationship with him. I basically lived at his house over the weekends. That meant that I was kind of like the brown nose, and I soaked up everything I could.

What Frank mainly taught me was the way he worked and saw things was very disciplined. He worked really hard and made smart business decisions. He pretty much tried to control every aspect of what he did. I've modeled my career on those same principles. More than musical, it was a personal crash course.

CP: You couldn't read music? Did you have any prior musical education going in to work with him?

AB: I joined the junior high school band as a drummer. We marched around at concerts and football games and stuff, but I never truly learned to play music. I abandoned that when the Beatles came out, and I got in my first rock'n'roll band playing Beatles music as a drummer and singer. I never had any instruction from that point on. I've taught myself everything I've learned mainly from listening to other people and other records, studying what they do and trying to figure it out as best I can. I'm an autodidact, completely self-taught, and I don't necessarily recommend that. It just happened to be the right thing for me; I didn't really have a choice.

I asked Frank at one point if I should learn to read music, and he said, "No, you learned it your own way. You know how to do it; you just don't know the technicalities of it. You know what it is you're doing with dynamics and harmonization and rhythms and things. You just don't know the terminology. Don't bother." (Laughs.)

I was one of the very few out of the 200 musicians he worked with who didn't know how to read. There is only a handful of us.

CP: Did the other musicians in Frank's band accept your method of learning like he did? Did it affect your relationship with them?

AB: I think it did adversely affect my relationship with the other guys in the band. They didn't see my value as much. Frank did, and years later, they all do and have said so to me. No, I was eschewed from the band dynamic. I just hung out with Frank, which was good enough for me.

CP: Do you still play drums?

AB: I do still play drums. I wish I could play drums like Eric Slick. If I could play drums the way I'd like to, that's how I'd want to play. It's the same with Julie (Slick's) bass playing. I have three drum kits in home at my studio.

I love drums. I think it's an excellent basis to work from in music, even if you don't go on to become just a drummer. I don't know how I would write the stuff I write now or that I have written with King Crimson if I didn't have such a great rhythmic understanding and background. I still play, but mostly just for the fun of it. Every once and a while, I'll record something of mine, but mostly, I'm leaving it to the pros. (Laughs.)

CP: Back in 2005, you signed an endorsement deal with Parker Guitars, and now you have your own signature model with them. What does it feel like to have your name attached to a design?

AB: Wow, it's a huge honor because it's the only one that Parker has done at this point. It's the only signature model. It was four years in the making, actually. The design things I wanted it to do were electronically very challenging to do, especially in such a thin-body guitar. The guitar weighs four pounds, so there's not a lot of wood to work with.

I love how Parker guitars are designed. Ken Parker took 20 years to correct all the mistakes everyone else still makes. What he ended up with is a perfect guitar that was perfectly balance, perfect resonating, perfectly in tune and never has to be refretted.

In my estimation, it's the best guitar on the planet. So what did I want to change about it? Mainly the electronics. I wanted it to do things like MIDI, so I could continue to doing my guitar synthesizer stuff. I was used for years and years to using something called the Sustainiac, which gave you sustain whenever you turned it on.

Last, I was given the Veriact system that Line Six had come out with that was brand new at the time. That models the sound of 25 vintage instruments, including 12 strings, a sitar, banjo. You name it, it's all in this one knob on my guitar. The modeling of the guitars is so perfect that they react and sound in every way like the real thing.

Those three electronic milestones all in one guitar have never been done before. That's what makes it my guitar. Other than that, it's a Parker Fly, which is, in my estimation, the best guitar you can get. It's an expensive guitar, but once you get it, you probably won't need another one. (Laughs.)

With this guitar, you truly don't need another. I never break a string with it either, so you don't really need a back up guitar. Everything about the guitar was rethought. It's just remarkable. It's just a perfect instrument. I can't explain it.

Here's the bottom line, it actually makes you play better. That's the selling point to me. I play better, smoother, faster, more fluidly. Once I got used to the Parker Fly guitar neck, which is unbelievably balanced and thin, I couldn't go back to another guitar. I have 50 of them on the wall downstairs, and I play them just because they're fun and all have their own characteristics, but none of them can compete with the Parker Fly.

There's my endorsement. I'm thrilled to have it, not just because my name is on it but because it's made my guitar playing take a giant leap.

CP: What will you be playing at your Riverbend show?

AB: We play a lot of solo material, and it starts way back with my first song on my first solo album. We've picked through that giant catalog to find things that would be interesting for a trio to play. We also play six King Crimson songs that have never been played as a trio before now. We've challenged ourselves musically with what we do.

We've turned many of these songs into vehicles from improvisation. That's one of the places this band shines. We'll start playing these songs and then go somewhere else entirely and then come back. We'll also be playing some of the brand new material of mine which will be coming soon.

Tomorrow, I'm flying out to San Francisco to do four days of mixing on this record. The next record is called "e," and it's a 45-minute piece of music that's taken me the last three years to right. It's in five-sections, "a," "b," "c," "d" and "e." It's entirely done, almost entirely live, in fact, by the Power Trio.

It's very complicated, very thematic. It's kind of a rock symphony. We'll play some of that in Chattanooga. I think we play, "a," and I know we'll play, "e." Sometimes we play "b," but we're still not able to play "c" and "d," yet. (Laughs.) In that piece of music, in 45-minutes time, I make 16 loops the band has to follow. They have to be absolutely correct each time.

It's a very challenging thing, but our fans are really liking it. I've never seen anyone react to new music like they're reacting to "e." Usually, when you play a new piece of music, people sit on their thumbs a little bit because they don't recognize it. In the case of "e," people go nuts. A lot of people say it's their favorite thing of the night. The record comes out in July. We'll play some of it for you.

CP: Do you typically have a set list for a performance well structured this far in advance? (The interview was conducted on May 27.)

AB:Well, what we have is a choice of material, and we put it together in different ways at different times. It depends on the venue and what we think is going to go on. In a small club, for example, where we know it's going to be hot and people are shouting, we play different stuff than at a theater where people are sitting there. There, you might be more prone to play the more complex stuff that people want to listen to more. We change it up all the time. We have enough material to play for two hours.

CP: There are a lot of your fans online who think you're a truly influential guitarist whose work has been un- or underappreciated. Do you feel like your legacy on the guitar is underappreciated?

AB: I feel like I've been treated well. I've been given a lot of press, and the manufacturing community has always supported what I've done and given me enough rope to hang myself. (Laughs.) I appreciate that my fans think I should be more popular, but frankly, I don't really want to be. (Laughs.) It's already enough for me to handle what I have. It's a full time job to be Adrian Belew and to do what I do. The fame is part of it, but I lost touch with that a long time ago. Of course, when you start out and you're younger, that's a big part of it; that's important. But as you get out there and start working and traveling the world and playing for people who appreciate what you do, you realize that that's the payback, not the fame. I think, in the end, I'll have a nice body of work that I can be proud of. People can learn about it or not; I don't really care. You never know what's going to happen now with the Internet. It's such a different world. Overnight, people know so much more than they used to.

CP: It seems like you were really early boarding the online train. Your Web site has been up now for almost 15 years.

AB: Without blowing my own horn, I saw all this stuff coming, and I was one of the early proponents of doing everything yourself as I mentioned earlier, as was Frank Zappa. I started my own record label in 1992. I knew that record labels couldn't figure out what to do with me. They had no idea how to market what I do because it's never the same thing twice, really. (Laughs.) So I figured, "Well, I'll do like Frank did and start my own label." You have to be happy with fewer sales, but you get all the money.

What followed on the heels of that was the Internet because that was a natural for that. That was a natural way to sell and market that music. We've been really fortunate in that way. We have a lot of good fans who spread the word and look after me.

CP: With all the side projects you're involved in outside of the Trio and your solo work, how do you find time for all of it?

AB: Well, I'm a very busy person. I'm a workaholic, which is better than being most of the other "aholics" I can think of. The key to it is that I'm very focused. Once it's time to do King Crimson, I put away all the other stuff away and I'm just thinking King Crimson.

I wake up every day, and there are things I want to do, music that's just rattling around in my brain. I'll never get it all finished. What I've done is divide it into different segments, like, "OK, this seems to belong to the Bears, and this piece seems like it should be King Crimson." Right now, it seems like all of my focus is going into the solo career. King Crimson is on sabbatical. The Bears need to write another record, which takes a couple of years. I'm so thrilled with the Power Trio that I could almost do this full-time, which is really what I'm doing now.

CP: And your fans seem to be supporting the Trio as strongly as they did the other groups and projects you're involved with?

AB: I think so, absolutely. I get a lot of comments, but almost all of them are "We like what you're doing. When it's time for you to do something else with King Crimson, we'll welcome that, too, but it's not a prerequisite anymore." What we're doing, in a way, fills the gap that way. It's like a younger version of King Crimson -- not for my part, the other two. (Laughs.)

CP: What kind of relationship do you maintain with the people you've done session work with in the past?

AB: I wouldn't say we're close. I would say the door is always open. With all the relationships I've had, you never know when you might get called back on something, and I do get called back. I'll do a record with Trent Reznor, and then I won't see him for a year or two, and then he'll call. The same has been true with most of my relationships. The thing is, when you're not working together, there's really not the time or the cause to do much together. If I want to, I could e-mail David Bowie right now, but what about? I don't want to bother the guy. I know he's probably like me -- he's got a million things to do and is probably thinking, "If I need to talk to Adrian, I'll call him." (Laughs.)

Those relationships to me are like frozen-in-time friendships. They resume when you start again together as if nothing has happened in between. It's a great thing. In some ways, it's sad because I make a lot of great friends I don't get to see all the time, but in other ways it's very fortunate. They're scattered all around the world, and I've probably had probably two lifetimes worth of friends.


In answer to your question, yes, of course I wish I were going to that show but there are high hopes for an east coast swing in August which includes Philadelphia and New York...shhh...

Here's the tour schedule so far, though:

Fri 17 Jul 09
Canal Street Tavern
Dayton, OH

Doors: 8:00/ Show9:30 / Performance:10:00

Sat 18 Jul 09
Indianapolis IN 46220
Radio Radio

Doors: 8:00/ Show9:00 / Performance:10:00

Mon 20 Jul 09
Ann Arbor, MI
The Ark

Doors: 7:30/ Show8:00 / Performance:8:00

Tue 21 Jul 09
Cleveland, OH
The Grog Shop

Doors: 7:00/ Show8:00 / Performance:9:00

Wed 22 Jul 09
Chicago IL 60610
Martyr's

Doors: 7:00/ Show8:00 / Performance:9:00

Fri 24 Jul 09
Kansas City, MO
The Beaumont

Doors: 7:30/ Show8:30 / Performance:9:30


Tonight, you can catch @mrericslick playing, good freaking lord, with yet another band, Norwegian Arms at 7:00 PM at Big Mama’s Warehouse 1310 N. 5th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and on Monday, I can't believe that I'm saying this but he'll be playing with yet yet yet another another band, Ottokar, at the Tritone in Philadelphia and if you click on that link, it will give you all of the details.

After playing that gig on Monday night, Eric heads down to Casa Belew for a day of rehearsals, then the trio will play the Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga on the 10th, next Eric plays four straight days of Bonnaroo and let me see if I can find a link for that...no, I can't, because their website isn't working but I'll plug it in here later or in another post before the festival.

And July 15 will mark the debut of the Eric Slick/Julie Slick Duo at John and Peters in New Hope and yep, they will have some surprise guests. Details here.

Hey, remember in my last post where I told you I went to New York to see my friends Susan Henderson and Ellen Meister read from their six word memoirs? Here's the You Tube...you have to watch it...it's absolutely fabulous...and Kimberly, if you are reading this, notice your memoir gets a special mention right here. You guys have to watch the video to understand...



So that's about it, really. Oh yeah, if anyone is in the mood for a good beach read, I have just the novel for you!

Later,
xo