A few quick updates on what I’ve been up to since the last time I remembered this website exists:
Banner Pilot released our latest album, Souvenir, a few months ago on Fat Wreck. I think it turned out great. If the album had *just* came out, I would probably say that even if I thought it sucked. But now, months later, I could easily say, “It was a misstep, we’re going back to our roots on our next one, it’s going to melt faces bro, blah blah,” so the fact that I’m telling you, well after the release date, that it turned out great means that I actually think it’s true. A good sign! You can buy it here or listen to a couple songs here. Also available on Spotify and most other places along those lines.
We’re also heading back to Europe in a couple weeks for our third tour over there; can’t wait. In addition to some of our favorite spots, we’re also hitting up new countries for us like Italy, Hungary, and Slovenia. It should rule. Full dates right here, check it out if you can. Also excited to have Jeff Matika join us on tour as guitarist for the first time. Oh yeah, and we’re REALLY looking forward to playing the mighty Groezrock festival for the 2nd time.
I also recently started another band called Partial Traces. Trying to go in more of an indie rock direction with this one, although it’s not clear yet if it’ll really sound THAT much different than all the other bands. Either way, it’s been fun! We’re still in the “working out songs” phase, but have played a show so far and posted a couple demos which you can check out here.
A few quick updates on what I’ve been up to since the last time I remembered this website exists:
Banner Pilot toured the UK, Western Europe, Ukraine, and Russia last summer and it was an awesome experience (there’s a couple tour diaries over at the BP site; hopefully someday I’ll post the rest). Since getting back, we played a smattering of festivals, did a west coast tour, and most importantly finished writing our next album. We hit the studio this Friday; can’t wait. There’s a little blurb on the Fat Wreck page about it. Look for updates on the progress over at the BP page.
I recorded a 7″ with Off With Their Heads last week; that was really fun. There should be more info on that one soon.
Gateway District released our third full length album Old Wild Hearts this spring; go listen to the whole thing on our Bandcamp page. We’ve been so productive we ALSO recorded a 5 song EP this spring that should be released soon.
That’s about it for now!
I’ll be in Europe for part of August and September with Banner Pilot– very excited; check out the dates and buy tickets here. Western Europe, UK, Russia, and the Ukraine. Should be a lot of fun. If you live over there, hope to see you. I’ll try to do a tour diary of some sort, either while we’re there or when we get back, so check out the Banner Pilot site for that.
Also, wrapped up a new Gateway District album a few weeks ago— I think it turned out pretty great; a little different than our first couple records but not a radical, ill-advised departure or anything. Album title, release date, etc to be determined.
Working on new Banner Pilot stuff, too. Have 6 new songs that are still only partially formed, but seem promising. Sometimes you know in the back of your head that the songs kind of blow, but you think, “Well, this will get better along the way” even though you only half believe that. But these 6 songs actually seem solid right out of the gate. So that’s a good sign.
In other news, I should probably figure out something to use this website for other than vague, short updates every six months…. I’ll revisit that when I’m back in town next month. Cool!
My top ten list for 2011 is over at Punknews. Mostly music, but I tossed in a TV show. I probably should have included more TV shows (Louie season 2, at least) because there were certain shows I liked more than the albums on my list. Too late now!
I forgot (I think?) to link to this earlier, but here’s something I wrote recently about a comic book. I don’t read comic books, but that was sort of the point of this particular exercise—DC Comics did a ‘reboot’ of all their comics recently with the hope of luring new readers who would never start on issue 500-whatever, but might give something a shot if they could start at the beginning.
Basically, then, a person like me is in the target audience. Gosh, I feel so special! A target! So The Sense of Right Alliance blog asked me, and a bunch of other people who don’t regularly read comics, to pick one of the re-booted series, read the first issue, and report back on whether or not it sucked us in enough to want to continue on to #2.
I asked for whichever one was the worst comic in its old form. That way, I’d get to check out the comic that had the greatest challenge in front of it. I was given Hawk and Dove #1, which was…. well, go read the review!
I need to update this more often, huh? I just never seem to be able to get into the groove of writing website content on a regular basis. I could lie and say I’ll try harder moving forward, but nah.
Anyway: here are some things that I’ve been up to. Banner Pilot just released our third full length album Heart Beats Pacific, on Fat Wreck Chords. Go learn more, or check out a couple sample songs. We also just completed a tour out east and down south with our buddies Dead to Me, and will be heading out to the west coast in January. Dates and info are over at Bannerpilot.net.
Gateway District demoed some songs last month and we’re hoping to write a new full length over this winter. That seems like an attainable goal. It’s sounding pretty good so far. Don’t forget that we released an album earlier this year that you can still check out. Here’s an iTunes link, or get the CD/vinyl from Interpunk, among other places.
I’m about halfway done with a new book but I’m not really sure if I want to do it fanzine-style (ie, just a bunch of stories collected together) or if I should try to meld it into a single story/narrative/whatever. I’ve also been working on new Banner Pilot songs… it’s been really back burner since we wrapped up in the studio, but I’m hoping to devote more time to it soon. Hell, it snowed today for the first time of the season: soon enough there won’t be anything to do but sit around and write music while the outdoors is cold and dark and sorta crushingly terrible. So, I guess I have that to look forward to.
OK, I think that’s all for now! I found some old stories while I was moving stuff to a new laptop so I’ll try to remember to post them here soon. But again, my track record on keeping this (or, any) website updated regularly is just atrocious.
Hello. A few quick updates on things:
Banner Pilot finished our new album! That was the main thing I did this summer (which is either cool or sad; I’m going with cool) and I’m stoked for it to come out. It’s called Heart Beats Pacific and you can purchase it this October 25th when it comes out on Fat Wreck Chords. Read more here.
We’ll be doing a tour of the east coast with our pals Dead to Me this October in support of it. For exact dates, check here. Earlier in the month we’ll be heading to Chi-town for Riot Fest, where we’ll be opening for All. Come for us, stay for Danzig.
Finally, for those of you in Minneapolis, you can come check out the CD release (or, Mediafire Link Two Week Anniversary, most likely) this November 5th at the Turf Club in St. Paul
Gateway District also has a couple of shows coming up. One is a Minot ND flood benefit (note: the benefit is not for the flood itself. It’s for the people affected by it. We’re not weirdos) at the Turf Club on Saturday September 24th. There’s another show in September but as far as I can tell it’s not announced yet so I guess i’ll zip it for now
Ok, that’s all for now!
Hey, here’s a quick interview with City Pages that mostly talks about the upcoming Gateway District record. Check it out right here.
Speaking of Gateway District, we’ll be doing a couple of record release shows in Minneapolis at the end of the month. Friday March 25th is at a house in NE minneapolis. Write me for the address. The next day is at the Turf Club with Off With Their Heads and The Arrivals. Should be fun!
Ugh, I’m so bad at keeping this updated on a regular basis. Every time I have a website or a blog or whatever, this happens. I’ll try to be better!
Just a quick update for now: The new Gateway District record is done and ready to go and will be released this spring by It’s Alive records. Go to our Bandcamp page to see the artwork, tracklisting, and hear a couple songs from it. And then go here, to the label page, to hear a third song and get some additional info about the record. Super excited to get it out.
Likewise my new book Hit the Ground Stumbling is finished and will hopefully be out in March. There will even be a Kindle version this time around, hopefully decreasing the number of times I have to trek to the Post Office and blow my lunch break standing in line!
Banner Pilot has a few shows/tours coming up: SXSW in March, a few shows with Screeching Weasel and Dead to Me, and then a tour with The Queers in May that includes a stop in Canada, a show on a boat in NYC, and concludes with Weasel Weekend in Chicago. Good times. Check out the specific dates and venues here. After all of that, we’re going to hunker down and finishing writing + recording the next album. We already have 11 songs demo’d, and I think it’s sounding pretty great.
So yeah, once this terribly brutal and stupid winter wheezes its last cold, bitter breath and melts into bad memories, there will be some fun and cool stuff going on. Looking forward to it!
I’m not entirely sure what, if anything, I’ll use this blog for; the main purpose of this website is to put all the music and writing stuff I’m working on, or have worked on, in one spot. The blog is an afterthought…. I’m more of an edit-it-to-death-first kind of writer so the more spontaneous nature of blog writing doesn’t come naturally to me. Nevertheless, I’ll give it a shot, and you can expect to see posts on here sporadically, maybe a handful a month.
I had to put up “categories” on the top there so the site didn’t look empty; they represent the rough ideas I have for subject matter. Random observations, reviews of terrible books I’ve found at thrift stores, Minneapolis-specific stuff, wine reviews by someone who knows very little about wine… stuff like that. I’m sure I’ll fine tune all of that and have a better idea of which subjects make more sense in the weeks and months to come.
The only category that has more than one test post at this point is “Interviews.” That was by far the easiest part of setting this website up: linking to interviews that already exist on the web. Rad.
I leave for tour tomorrow so maybe I’ll be bored enough on the road to update this a few times. If not, check back in a couple weeks.
Fun fact: the image here was on the first page of a Google Image Search for the word “introduction”!