Sunday, August 30, 2009

Hallelujah...


Willie Nelson, "Hallelujah" from the record Songbird

When we arrived in Austin on 19 August, we did not know what fun Austin had for us. The Beauty Bar, was kind enough to let us join in on their BBQ fun for the evening. Austin friends came out, a few Donnaholics and some that just wanted to party. Some of the Blondie crew and band showed up, with Icubus crew in-tow. After several drinks it was time to get to bed. Thanx much to The Beauty Bar and Richard Henry for making it happen.

The next day, the big plan was for some golf and late lunch at La Condesa.

La Condesa, treated us real well. The service was great and the food was better. Everything had great flavor and balance. Later that evening we went upstairs to the bar, Malverde, and had a nice after party. They hooked us up with great bottle service (Tequila, Vodka and beer).

Here are some pictures, Amy Cesari (The Donnas' drummer for this tour) took of our meal that day.


Amy and Allison enjoy their tasty beverages.
Brett finds her drink to be tasty too!
The salsa and guacamole plate. I enjoyed the Salsa Verde very much. YUM!
This Chile Relleno was outta site. Allison was very pleased with it.
That's one crazy nacho action.
Doesn't that look like the best appitizer... it was.
These chips were fresh and tasty.

Thanx for the food La Condesa!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

We are the Romans...

Last night we drove through a wicked Lightening Storm. This is what we listened to. It was the perfect music for nature doing its awesomeness.

This video is pretty much what it looked like.



Botch "We are the Romans"

Good Morning, this is me, and Erick just outta the shower.



See yall at the Beauty Bar Austin Tonight.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Cell Mates...


"Cell Mates", Mariachi El Bronx, (2009, Swami Records)



Every morning on The Donnas, tour, we have listened to Mariachi El Bronx. It is a fantastic record. The record is being released with the cologne "Barrio Sweat", September 1st. Go get it.

We are in Pittsburgh today and this marks the 2/3 point in the tour. We have been out on the road since the 20th of July. Pat Benatar and Blondie and their crews have treated us very well. Things have been great. Some of the drives have been killer, but we have been keeping things fun.

Some of the highlights:
Who knew that Pennsylvania had good mexican food. I found two spots in Bethlehem, PA, Tulum and La Lupita. Both served up some tasty meals.

La Lupita, was different then any Mexican I have had before. Not sure where their version of Mexican food comes from, but it was very tasty mild treat.

Tulum, was a great taquria style Mexican food or Beth-Mex as they call it. It was veggie conscious and tasty.

But last night, in Pittsburgh, Mad Mex, took the first place prize. It was a fun bar with good tunes. They had vegan cheese and sour cream. Tofu filled tacos and veggie enchiladas. I had the the enchiladas, vegan style and it was the perfect flavor for the night. It also filled me to the perfect amount.

Speaking of food, we went to the Big Texan, on our drive to OKC. The Big Texan has a 72 oz steak challenge. Boy was I tempted. But damn it if I didn't feel like eating that much food. I would have died from food coma.

In Atlanta, we got our free stuff on. We went by Alternative Apparel and got to get some clothes. They are being shipped to us right now and I can't wait to have some new shirts!

In Vienna, VA, my old friend Jim Gruber came to hang out. Jim and I were in our first band together, PUD. Awful name, fun band. He was in DC to visit his brother Joe. Joe and his wife are having a baby.

Well, that's my update for now. Sorry for the lack of pics, but I am with out a camera.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Bitchin...


"Bitchin" by The Donnas

I am hitting the Road with the Donnas. I have been busy advancing the tour. Also, working on new paintings and new t-shirt designs. I should have a new design available this fall as well as a whole line next spring.

Here are the tour dates:

Friday, June 12, 2009

Welcome to the Jungle...

I am going to Chicago with the Chelsea Girls. Gonna be a blast. To bad I don't have a camera anymore to shoot my adventures. I'll get a new one soon.



Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Ace of Spades...



This is the show I will be at this coming weekend. I missed two Chelsea Girls shows, while on the road with The Shins. Hopefully, those will be the only two I ever have to miss. Come check out the girls. They have some new songs to play and the Roxy will be rocking hard.

cheers
D

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Pussy Violence...


This mix tape... I like it.

By DJ Tamara Sky

Download it here.


I have been doing well lately. A bit unispired to write, but the rest of me is doing ok.

Shins tour was good, and I promise to write something about it. As well as the last few months of LA life. I would add pics, but I lost my camera on tour along with a months worth of pictures not yet loaded on to my computer.

Hope this holds you over for a half a sec.


cheers
Dylan

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Viva Las Vegas



In January, Zane, Jokers of the Scene, Kim, and I, went to vegas for the weekend. Jokers and Kim had never been. I had Ms. K Wards birthday to attend. We jumped in a Bandago van and headed for the bright lights of the desert. We all stayed at the New York, New York hotel. Zane found a sweet deal and it seemed like a good place to start for a bunch of newbies. The weekend trip went well. Money was won, money was lost and a great time was tops, as always.


Zane.


Kim.

The Birthday Party. The Wards, are in the middle there, farthest from the camera. That food was so freaking good. I don't remember the name of the restuarant.

Never forget.

Zane going through his collector series of escorts.
and we listened to Patton Oswalt, A LOT! Here is one of our fav bits.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Barracuda

I started a new job recently. Working for The Chelsea Girls. They are an all female cover band. They are awesome players and are from bands you know. Samantha Maloney (Peaches, Motley Crue, Hole, Shift), Allison Roberston (The Donnas), Corey Parks (Nashville Pussy, Die Hunns) and Tuesdea (Dj Tuesdae). Just take a listen to this track.



After the show, it was time to go to work, Corey's bass, was in some bad condition. I put in new pic ups, fixed an inlay that was crap from the factory (as far as i could tell), and cleaned the hell out of it. Now it looks like a well loved and clean, 70s Fender Jazz.

Come check the Ladies out at The Roxy, Thursday the 26th of February. It will blow your head off.













Saturday, February 14, 2009

Bounce a Square Ball off a Round Wall



Underground Railroad to Candyland
Press play then read.

I spent the day driving to San Francisco. Hauling the Murder City Devils' gear and merch up for their first show in SF in 8 years. Tomorrow is gonna be a long glorious day. Old friends should be out in droves.

Here are some vids from their shows leading up to today.

Cheers
D









Friday, February 13, 2009

Daylight


"Daylight" by Matt and Kim


Press play while you read this and/or cook this meal.

I have been cooking a lot at home lately. I thought I would share my latest creation. It is real simple. All you need is Tortillas, Tofu, and fresh or canned of the following, Black Beans, Corn, Garbanzo Beans, Garlic and Onions.


First cook the Tofu up with spices and onion.

Throw the Corn in the same pan, used to cook the tofu in, with garlic, spices and olive oil. Cook it up real good.

Cook up the beans. A little salsa is a nice touch.

Now prepare it for you to throw down your food hole.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Party Hard


Andrew WK aka AWK, "Party Hard"


This song kicks ass and has a lot of memories attached to it. When this record came out, things were getting a little stale in popular music and in the underground. Like a lightning strike, people began to have fun at shows again.

Just like AWK before him, Barack Obama is energizing this nation. People are having their optimism, sparked and rekindled. And in a few days, on 20 January 2009, it will be time to party and we - will - party - hard!

Election night for me happened in Brazil. I was on tour with The Donnas that week. We all were super nervous. All day people were asking us, "Obama?" I saw graffitti on the walls of the city. Joey the fun, J.Young, and I watched the results coming in on CNN. It was surreal. When the final results came in, we were 6 hours ahead (I think). I cried that night and felt like a great relief. I was so taken I went out on the balcony and just yelled, "OBAMA!" It was that exciting. People who know me, know that I am not a flag waving patriot. But that night, if I had a flag, I would have waved it. And the next day all of our Brazilian friends were congratulating us on Obama's election. I felt proud of our nation for once.



To me Obama, represents a better USA, that wants to get respect, not by demand but by action. When the slogans are done, the posters are sun faded and the dust has settled, he is just a politician, but the ideas, those are REAL. The dreams can happen. With out a utopian goal, we have no direction towards improvement.

20 January 2009, will be my Independance Day.

I know its a bad reference to the movie Independance Day.


But that was the most inspirational speech of my lifetime until Barack Obama's,"Yes We Can Speech"


and "Victory Speech".



Thanx for the hope. Now lets move forward and make it real.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Losing Stuff


George Carlin, "Losing Stuff".

Spring 2007, I toured with Arcade Fire. Most nights were spent drinking with Don Lee and Ryan George. There were more then one night that ended with the morning. My brain, was foggy most mornings, to say the least. It was no surprise to me one afternoon that when I got to the show, that my wallet was not with me. I figured in my fog, I had dumped my wallet out of my pants pocket, trying to put them on. I called the Hotel, the manager said he would talk to the staff when they came back the next morning. The next day, no wallet. "WTF. I know I had it at the hotel. That staff most have taken it!", I was pissed. I feel like every time something gets left behind in a hotel, it just gets thrown away or put into a pocket of a staff member.

9 January 2009, I get this email:
"Hey Dylan. My name is Charley Abdon. You may or may not remember me but I drove your crew bus with Arcade Fire in the spring of 2007. Some time ago, I changed buses and found a small billfold that belongs to you! Sorry for such a long delay but these things happen. At any rate, the billfold has your driver's license, a credit card, and even some cash! I don't need the cash...I'm loaded! Though I am sure you have replaced all of these items, I figure you may still want them! The billfold says "Pretty Girls Make Graves". Kinda cool. So tell me...what do I do? If you don't wanna mess with it, I'll cut up the cards and pitch it all..or... Would you like me to mail this stuff to you? If so, I will need your current address. Just let me know, one way or the other and I will get the billfold off to you. I hope all is going well with you! Be safe and always make progress!!

Charley Abdon
pitiful web site below
http://home. sprintmail. com/~carlbertjr/index. html"

I would like to officially apologize to the hotel staff of whatever hotel that was. Sorry hotel staff.

I would also like to know, how I went out that night without my wallet.


(Wallet, receipt (See below), cigar label (must of liked that cigar), my REI and ING Direct account numbers, a picture that Erin drew for me before leaving on tour, a ticket from I think the previous nights show, a passport pic of Erin, Metro card, Citi bank card, WDL, and a voided check that I was supposed to use to set up my direct deposit, for my paychecks. ($80 of pds not pictured) It is my very own time capsule. From a very turbulent year in my life)

(I am not sure what $108 gets at the Magnolia Tibetan Store of New York City, but I am sure I don't have it anymore.)

Looking through this wallet, was like looking through a strangers. I don't know this person, but I can see a bit of their life. Its a life I am no longer familiar with, on many levels.

The same day that I got this wallet in the mail from Charlie, I became "friends" on myspace with my ex-wife. Read into that what you will.

Actually the first half of January, has given me so much to think about. A ton of emotional events have occurred. This has been a thinking year so far. Lots of analysis of my past year, my future direction, and my constant need for a room mate (not all thoughts can be profound).

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Soul Finger

This blog is to be read/viewed while "Soul Finger" by The Bar-kays, plays.



Have you seen the movie "Spys LIke US" with Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase? One of my favorite exchanges is when they hear this song playing in the middle of the Russian woods... So GOOD. Check it out.

Pajama Jammy Jam 2009, was a great this year. It must have been, because I didn't get very many pictures. In fact my whole time in Seattle, although sad because it is no longer my home, was fun. Here are some pics of PJJ09 and other days spent in Seattle.

Check out full sets of pictures here: December 2008 and PJJ09


Snow at my parent's house.


Got a new wet suit for XMAS. Thanx mom and dad.


Must be a good party. I have a broad sword, chainmaille, gold and a chicken mask...


Saber time! (photo by Nate Manny)


When I sing Karaoke, I really get into it. Thanx Yahtzee posse.


A dude walks into a bar, when he walks out THERE IS 4 INCHES OF SNOW!


My friend Bob met me up at Linda's for a drink. Then the Yahtzee posse showed up. The night went LONG.


This is Dav, he plays bass in Book Of Black Earth. BoBE will be in LA later this month. I am way stoked.

Lay Lady Lay

I have been really mellow the last couple of days. Been listening to all sorts of stuff, this is one of my favorites. On tour with Sleepercar (Jim Ward of Sparta/ATDI), I would try and get Jim to play it every night. They played it most nights. I couldn't find a good version from Sleepercar, on youtube. So here is the original by Bob Dylan.