11.30.13 – The Axe & Fiddle – 657 E Main St., Cottage Grove, OR 97424 – 7th Anniversary show! – w/ Edewaard
Setlist: Bellar & Bawl / Ron Nasty / Amy / Engineer / I Want You to Worship Me / Holiday Pathos / Crow / I’ve Forgotten More Lately / Why Wouldn’t You Want Me to Do That? / Nearly Marjorie / Listen Up / Pure Delight / Someone Else’s Cake
We’d initially planned to take the rest of the year off after some recording in early November, but it didn’t quite work out that way. We had a great (if lightly attended) show at the Axe & Fiddle back in September, and when we reached out about a return trip, they offered to have us play their 7th Anniversary show. That sounded like a recipe for a bigger crowd, so we couldn’t really refuse; however, accepting the show necessitated some pretty crazy travel plans. See, Dan had to fly to Oklahoma for another gig on the afternoon of December 1, which meant we’d have to turn around right after the gig in Cottage Grove and drive him to the PDX airport to catch a redeye. Still, it was worth it, to get a chance to visit Cottage Grove again, and see our old buddy Henry Cooper. The show itself was OK…not our most triumphant, but not bad at all. The drive back was brutal (we arrived in Seattle at 5:30 Sunday morning), but we made it. Now for some well-earned rest!
This was a real trip. Spud & his crew are old-school Northwest alternative culture personifed – offbeat, even abrasive at times, but ultimately quite wholesome. The setup at NWCZ Radio is a bit thrown together, but we’re used to that by now, and we were very grateful for the opportunity to share a show with (call-in, but still…) guests Tommy Chong & Margaret Cho! Inclement weather up north prevented our bassist from making the trip – lucky him, as it took Andy & I almost two and a half hours to drive from Seattle to Tacoma in rush hour! We arrived almost 40 minutes late, but hurriedly set up, soundchecked, and had a grand old time with Spud & his crew. The interview was especially funny, I thought. Check it out at the links above…thanks to Spud, Chick, and producer Lori for having us on!
11.05.13 – The Triple Door – 216 Union Street, Seattle, WA 98101 – Lincoln & Dan duo – w/ Garland Jeffreys
Setlist: Bellar & Bawl / Novelty’s Gone / Pure Delight / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / I Want You to Worship Me / Skint City / Someone Else’s Cake / Nickel & Dime
It’s ironic (and wonderfully so) that I’d be opening for Mr. Jeffreys on the same stage where I supported Steve Forbert almost one year to the date prior. See, I’d never heard of either of these great songwriters until about two years ago, when our publicist (Ms. Heather West) asked me, “Do you care if I compare you to Steve Forbert & Garland Jeffreys?” The answer was no, of course – if she thought they were cool and applicable, who was I to object? – but I had to confess I’d never heard of either of them! So I had homework to do, and when I discovered Forbert’s “Jackrabbit Slim” and Garland’s “Ghost Writer,” I was amazed at what I’d been missing. Fast-forward one year, and I’m sharing the stage with Mr. Forbert at the swankiest venue in town…a fantastic experience. One year more, and Dan and I are supporting Garland & his band. Life’s funny like that sometimes. Anyway, we had a great show – I played acoustic, and Dan brought out his vintage Wurlitzer 200a and blackface Vibrolux Reverb. His tone was simply marvelous, and I think we played very well. The crowd was somewhat reserved, but they seemed to enjoy it, and we met lots of kind folks at the merch table afterwards. Thanks to Scott & the folks at the Triple Door for having us!
11.02.13 – Studio 66 at Lo-Fi Performance Gallery – 429 Eastlake Ave., Seattle, WA 98109
Setlist: Amy / Engineer / Listen Up / Chicken Pox (Booker T & the MGs) / Bellar & Bawl / Grow Your Own / Kinda Kute (Joe Jackson) / Novelty’s Gone / Soul Deep (The Box Tops) / I’ve Forgotten More Lately / Holiday Pathos / Town Called Malice (The Jam) / Someone Else’s Cake / Never Found a Girl (Al Green / Eddie Floyd)
Ton of fun. We’d had this show on the books since very early in the year, when November looked all-clear. A couple of months back, however, Dan had a family commitment come up, and wasn’t able to do this gig, so we called our old pal Jeff Conlin (from the Satellite 4, also heard on the album cut of “Listen Up”), and fortunately for us, he was into it! Studio 66 is a killer ’60s/mod-themed dance party (think Antonioni’s Blow-Up, which was projected onto the wall above the stage throughout the night, natch), so we tailored our set for danceability, and threw in a bunch of tunes we’d never performed live before – including the Jam’s “Town Called Malice,” which I’d been meaning to work up for years. The Lo-Fi is a very tough venue for sound, but we made it work, and the audience ate it up. Seriously, we slayed. Thanks to Chris Porter, Astra Elane, and the whole Studio 66 crew for having us!
10.24.13 – Fremont Abbey Arts Center – 4272 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103 – Lincoln solo – w/ Chuck Prophet
Setlist: Nearly Marjorie / Pure Delight / So Long, Radiant Flower / Ron Nasty / Novelty’s Gone / Ballad of El Goodo (Big Star) / Nickel & Dime
When I heard that my friend Chuck Prophet was planning a run of solo dates in the Northwest, I immediately started angling for support slots. Ultimately, the Seattle date was the only one that worked out, but I was still thrilled to share the stage with him. The Fremont Abbey was an interesting choice for a venue…quite a departure from Chuck’s typical Tractor/Sunset axis. But it ended up working out great – the Abbey’s basement exudes a distinct “Sunday school” vibe, replete with ratty carpet and folding chairs, and we packed 120 very kind folks in there. The vast majority of them were there to see Chuck, obviously, but they were very kind to me, and I sold a boatload of merch afterward. It’s always great to catch up with Chuck, one of my favorite songwriters and personalities out there. Thanks to him, and the Abbey, for having me on the show!
10.19.13 – McMenamin’s White Eagle Saloon – 836 N Russell St, Portland, OR 97227 – w/ The Low Bones & Rich West Blatt and the Once in a While Sky
Setlist: Bellar & Bawl / Ron Nasty / Engineer / I Want You to Worship Me / The Ballad of El Goodo (Big Star) / Nickel & Dime / Skint City / Crow / Novelty’s Gone / Hotel Chambermaid (Graham Parker) / Pure Delight / Someone Else’s Cake
After two days of great shows and stunning drives, we rolled into Portland in the early afternoon and headed straight for Revival Drum Shop, which didn’t disappoint. We also hit Mississippi Records, and had an incredible dinner at Pambiche with our PDX fill-in bassist, Mr. Damon Dunning. I wish I could say our show at the White Eagle was as successful as the day that preceded it, but unfortunately, this one was marred by light attendance. Nevertheless, we took the stage and did our thing with authority, and it was incredibly enjoyable. Even with this (relative) dud, I can easily say this October run was our best road trip of the year – musically, financially, and otherwise. Thanks to all of the friends who helped to make it so!
10.18.13 – Blue Pine – 25 SW Century Drive, Bend, OR 97702
Setlist: Bellar & Bawl / Ron Nasty / Hook Me Up (Alex Chilton) / Engineer / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / I Want You to Worship Me / Ballad of El Goodo (Big Star) / Nickel & Dime / Better to Be Broken Than Blind / Skint City / I Hate to Eat Alone (10cc) / Crow / How Long (Ace) / set break / Poplar Bluff / Novelty’s Gone / Sweetheart Like You (Bob Dylan) / Have You Got a Permit to Preach On This Corner? / I Feel For You (Prince) / Hotel Chambermaid (Graham Parker) / Pure Delight / Someone Else’s Cake / Never Found a Girl (Al Green)
Bend was a nice surprise – Andy and I had never even visited for pleasure, so we didn’t know quite what to expect, but Jill and the crew at Blue Pine made us feel very welcome. We had writeups in both of the local dailies, and quite a few curious folks turned up, showed their appreciation, and bought merchandise! We even got a bunch of tips for our next visit. We’ll definitely be playing Bend again!
10.17.13 – Great Pacific Wine & Coffee Co. – 403 South Main Street, Pendleton, OR 97801
Setlist: Bellar & Bawl / Ron Nasty / Engineer / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / I Want You to Worship Me / Nickel & Dime / The Ballad of El Goodo (Big Star) / Better to Be Broken Than Blind / Skint City / Crow / Poplar Bluff / Novelty’s Gone / So Long, Radiant Flower / Have You Got a Permit to Preach On This Corner? / Hotel Chambermaid (Graham Parker) / Pure Delight / Someone Else’s Cake / Never Found a Girl (Al Green)
Pendleton is always a delight, and tonight was no exception. We got a late start, and had to hightail it eastward, but we made it just in time, and had a great crowd of folks waiting for us – including a party of nearly a dozen folks from nearby La Grande, most of whom worked for their (incredibly supportive) college radio station, KEOL. It was great to meet all of them. As always, the GP’s clientele were extremely generous at the merch table, and the ownership and staff were hospitality personified. It wouldn’t be a trip to Pendleton without a visit to the Rainbow, so we adjourned to our ‘office’ down the street and toasted another great GP show. Here’s to many more!
10.11.13 – Cypress Wine Bar @ Westin Bellevue – 600 Bellevue Way Northeast Bellevue, Washington 98004 – w/ Jeff Brown (Half Rushmore)
Setlist: (solo set) Nearly Marjorie / If You Catch Me Staring (John Paul Keith) / So Long, Radiant Flower / Get Paid / Woman’s World (Squeeze) / It’s Different For Girls (Joe Jackson) / Small Wonder / AM / True Currency / Why Wouldn’t You Want Me to Do That? / Someone Else’s Cake / (combo set) Ron Nasty / Novelty’s Gone / Northern Star (Half Rushmore) / Skint City / Something So Strong (Crowded House) / Against the Sun (Half Rushmore) / Sulphur Arc (Half Rushmore) / Crow / Nickel & Dime / Red Line (Half Rushmore) / Never Found a Girl (Al Green)
We’d initially planned to do our typical guitar/keys/drums three-piece experience for this lounge gig, but when Dan had to drop out, our buddy Jeff Brown (Half Rushmore) volunteered to help shoulder the weight. He turned in a great solo set and joined us for a ‘combo’ set (mixing RJM & Half Rushmore tunes, plus a couple of covers) to end the night. My solo set featured approximately 70% songs that I’d never played live before, and I’m proud to say that I didn’t chicken out and skip a single one! A few of ‘em might’ve been a little tentative, but I made it through. The choice to segue Squeeze’s “Woman’s World” into Joe Jackson’s “It’s Different for Girls” (a longtime staple of my solo sets) was an inspired one, I think – I’ll definitely be doing that again. It was lots of fun to play a recent favorite, Memphis songwriter John Paul Keith’s “If You Catch Me Staring” as well. Altogether a fun night – thanks to Maia and everyone at Cypress for having us!
09.28.13 – The Vogue Lounge – 117 Woodin Ave., Chelan, WA 98816
Setlist (order suspect): Poplar Bluff / 22 Rose Petal Place / Skint City / Permit to Preach / Sweetheart Like You (Bob Dylan) / Nighttime (Big Star) / Ron Nasty / Nickel & Dime / So Long, Radiant Flower / Hotel Chambermaid (Graham Parker) / Bellar & Bawl / set break / Grow Your Own / Such an Easy Thing / Crow / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / I Hate to Eat Alone (10cc) / True Currency / Town Cryer (Elvis Costello) / Novelty’s Gone / Someone Else’s Cake
As previously mentioned, Dan had to bow out of this weekend’s gigs to attend to a family emergency. For the High Dive gig, that was unfortunate, but not really a big deal – we always prefer to have Dan on keys, but a guitar/bass/drums trio is hardly unusual. What about a two-hour show that we’d planned to play as a guitar/keys/drums trio, though? That’s what we’d planned for this, our maiden voyage to scenic Chelan, Washington.
Circumstances having conspired to temporarily remove Dan from the lineup, Andy and I were left where we started, some eight years ago: a guitar/drums duo. Of course, this is how we played our first shows in Seattle in late 2005 and early 2006, but our repertoire and approach has evolved considerably since then. After conferring with the club owner, we decided to proceed with the show, so we put our heads together and put together a setlist we felt we could pull off in this format.
It was scary, to be sure, but the relatively low-key setting of the Vogue made it possible. And it went over just fine. I even pulled out a song we hadn’t played in years – “True Currency.” Andy didn’t even know it was coming – you should’ve seen his face when I kicked that one off! The crowd was light, but very kind, and the staff at the Vogue (and our accommodations, the Riverwalk Inn) were very hospitable. We’ll definitely give Chelan another go – as a full-band next time, lord willing!
09.27.13 – High Dive – 513 N. 36th Street, Seattle, WA 98103 – w/ The Trouble Starts & The Glass Notes
Setlist: Bellar & Bawl / Ron Nasty / Amy / Engineer / I Want You to Worship Me / Novelty’s Gone / Better to Be Broken Than Blind / Pure Delight / Listen Up / Someone Else’s Cake
This was our first show with Mr. Eric Bryson on bass, and he was fantastic! Unfortunately, we were a three-legged dog at this show, as a family emergency required Dan to travel back to Oklahoma right before the show. It had been quite a while since we did a power-trio gig, and I’d forgotten how *hard* it is! No safety net. Some of the more sophisticated material, like “I Want You to Worship Me,” suffered from Dan’s absence, but overall, this one came off just fine, and we cleaned up at the merch table. Thanks to all of our pals who made it out!
09.12.13 – Sunset Tavern – 5433 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 – w/ The Jay Vons & The Tripwires
Setlist: Bellar & Bawl / Ron Nasty / Engineer / I Want You to Worship Me / Novelty’s Gone / Nickel & Dime / Hotel Chambermaid (Graham Parker) / Pure Delight / Listen Up / Someone Else’s Cake
This one was a damn fine time. We’re lucky to get to play on great bills all the time, but this is one of my favorite in recent memory. Brooklyn’s The Jay Vons (perhaps better known as 4/5 of garage-pop legends The Reigning Sound) were an absolutely incredible band. And with legendary Hammond/pro-audio renaissance man Dave Amels on keys, our own Dan Walker was inspired to cart out his Leslie for its debut Seattle performance! Boy, did it sound killer. We were fortunate to have Jim Sangster filling in on bass once again, and he was masterful as expected. Met some nice folks, great crowd response, other bands were excellent and super nice folks too. Altogether lovely!
09.07.13 – The Axe & Fiddle – 657 E Main St., Cottage Grove, OR 97424
Setlist: Poplar Bluff/ Grow Your Own / Hook Me Up (Johnny Guitar Watson) / I Hate to Eat Alone (10cc) / Town Cryer (Elvis Costello) / Sweetheart Like You (Bob Dylan) / Permit to Preach / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / You Left Me Sore (Todd Rundgren) / How Long (Ace) / set break / Bellar & Bawl / Ron Nasty / Amy / Engineer / I Want You to Worship Me / The Ballad of El Goodo (Big Star) / Nickel & Dime / Better to Be Broken Than Blind / Skint City / Crow / Novelty’s Gone / Hotel Chambermaid (Graham Parker) / Pure Delight / Listen Up / Someone Else’s Cake
It’s really saying something when a show attended by 20 people, tops, feels like a triumph. But that’s exactly how I’d describe this one. The Axe & Fiddle is a real gem, tucked in the quiet downtown of Cottage Grove. Just 20 minutes away from Eugene, it feels worlds away from that town’s heroin/depression/death of the hippie dream despair that its larger neighbor often exudes.
Our opening band, The Breaking, had canceled, and the club was unable to find a suitable replacement, so we agreed to play two sets. Only one problem with that plan: fresh off his only rehearsal & show with us, ever, our fill-in bassist for this trip, Damon Dunning, only knew 15 of our songs. Fortunately, we’re rather experienced in performing as a three-piece (keys, guitar, drums) of late, so we threw together a set of easy-on-the-ears covers with a few originals sprinkled in, and opened the show like that. The exceedingly-sparse crowd seemed to enjoy themselves, and after a short break, we took the stage as a four-piece and dug into the ‘rock’ material.
Several songs in, a crowd of 8-10 locals wandered in, and something magical happened – they paid attention. And stayed! Couple that with the support of our longtime DJ friend Craig Leve, and the warm hospitality of the Axe & Fiddle staff (Seth on sound & Marjorie behind the bar!), and this show felt auspicious in a way even our best Eugene shows never have. Hope to be back here real soon.
09.07.13 – In-studio performance and interview on KWVA 88.1FM – Eugene, OR
Setlist: I Sleep Just Fine / The Ballad of El Goodo (Big Star) / You Left Me Sore (Todd Rundgren)
Listen to this in-studio appearance
What a joy to stop by the KWVA studios and take over the airwaves for an hour! We chatted with our good friend and longtime RJM supporter Craig Leve, spun a few of our favorite records (Les Paul & Mary Ford, Graham Parker, Alex Chilton, NRBQ, Nick Lowe), and played a few songs in a very stripped-down fashion (acoustic guitar, brushes on the table, vocals). We could’ve gone with our more proven radio performance material – “Nickel & Dime,” “Skint City,” etc. – but I wanted to do something special for our buddy Craig, since he set this up (on short notice, I might add) especially for us. So we pulled out mostly-unrehearsed, on-the-fly versions of our recent B-side “I Sleep Just Fine,” Big Star’s “Ballad of El Goodo,” and Todd Rundgren’s “You Left Me Sore.” The performances are vulnerable, to say the least, but I think we pulled it off, and Craig seemed delighted. Listen to the whole thing here.
09.06.13 – KZME Presents at The Secret Society Lounge – 116 NE Russell Street, Portland, OR 97212 – w/ Star Anna & Shane Tutmarc
Setlist: Bellar & Bawl / Ron Nasty / Amy / Engineer / I Want You to Worship Me / The Ballad of El Goodo (Big Star) / Nickel & Dime / Better to Be Broken Than Blind / Skint City / Crow / Novelty’s Gone / Hotel Chambermaid (Graham Parker) / Pure Delight / Listen Up / Someone Else’s Cake
When we booked this show, I didn’t quite realize that we’d be competing against the city-wide musical smorgasbord that is Musicfest Northwest. By the time that was broached, I thought it best to proceed as planned, and I stick by that decision. But needless to say, we had to adjust our expectations, at least in terms of attendance. Not having a Portland band on the bill didn’t help, either. Getting local radio station KZME on board as a sponsor helped with promotion, but it was still a pretty quiet night at the Secret Society. Shame, that – it’s a stunning venue, and the staff & sound were top-notch. For what it’s worth, I think we put on an excellent show – especially considering that we’d only rehearsed with our fill-in bassist, Portland’s own Damon Dunning, for the first time hours before. Damon did a great job, and we gave the 20 folks in attendance what they paid for, I think. Our friends Shane Tutmarc & Star Anna turned in great opening sets, too. Hope to play this venue again – with more people next time!
09.06.13 – In-studio performance and interview on KZME 107.1FM – Portland, OR
Setlist: Nickel & Dime / Crow / Someone Else’s Cake
We were stoked to get local community radio station KZME on board as a sponsor for our Secret Society show, and delighted to stop by their studios in quaint Gresham, OR (just east of Portland) for an in-studio performance and interview with James Dineen. James was a great host, and I think we played really well. We decided last-minute to try out new song “Crow,” even though we hadn’t rehearsed it in this format. Dan being the monster he is, he quoted my guitar solo practically note-for-note on the piano, and the guys did their best Staples Singers impression. Always a good time to play the ‘shuffle’ version of “Someone Else’s Cake,” too – due to FCC/station prudence restrictions, I made the decision in the moment to change the first verse’s “ass” to “bottom,” which everyone in the room seemed to enjoy. Altogether a great time, and we appreciate KZME’s support immensely – keep an eye out for a recording or podcast of this performance soon!
09.02.13 – Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival – Seattle Center – 305 Harrison St., Seattle, WA 98109
Setlist: Bellar & Bawl / Ron Nasty / Amy / Engineer / I Want You to Worship Me / The Ballad of El Goodo (Big Star) / Nickel & Dime / Better to Be Broken Than Blind / Skint City / Crow / Novelty’s Gone / Hotel Chambermaid (Graham Parker) / Pure Delight / Listen Up / Someone Else’s Cake
Watch fan videos on YouTube
Bumbershoot was all we hoped it would be! After months of preparing and looking forward to this gig, it was great to finally do the thing, and I feel we acquitted ourselves quite well. Our pal Jim Sangster (The Tripwires, Young Fresh Fellows) was kind enough to help out on bass, and the weather even held out! Altogether a great time – the staff and crew were kind and super-helpful, and the audience was outstanding. The Graham Chapman (er, Parker) cover was particularly crowd-pleasing, and new one “Pure Delight” went down nice and easy after that. Check out some photos our friend Anna Hoychuk captured on Facebook. Can’t wait for the next opportunity to play this festival…thanks so much to Chris Porter and everyone at One Reel for having us!
08.31.13 – Yakima Sports Center – 214 E. Yakima Ave., Yakima, WA 98901 – w/ The Deadbeat Drag
Setlist: Bellar & Bawl / Ron Nasty / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Engineer / I Want You to Worship Me / The Ballad of El Goodo (Big Star) / Nickel & Dime / Hook Me Up (Johnny Guitar Watson) / Better to Be Broken Than Blind / Skint City / Crow / Permit to Preach / Sweetheart Like You (Bob Dylan) / Poplar Bluff / Novelty’s Gone / Hotel Chambermaid (Graham Parker) / Pure Delight / Listen Up / Someone Else’s Cake
This was a funny one. For some reason, I love Yakima – it’s a combination of the sunny, hot summer weather, the beautiful wine country terrain, and the heavy Latino influence, I guess. But shows out there tend to be primarily for one’s own enjoyment. This time was no exception, I’m afraid, despite a glowing feature (“Yes, Pop Music Can Be Magical”) in the Yakima Herald’s On Magazine, courtesy of Pat Muir. Don’t get me wrong…the folks at the Sports Center are very hospitable, and we had a great time. But the audience, for the most part, couldn’t have cared less. Oh well – the primary purpose of this show was to get the band warmed up for our Bumbershoot gig two days later, and it worked!
07.20.13 – Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me film screening & musical performance at Grand Illusion Cinema – 1403 NE 50th Street, Seattle, WA 98105 – with special guests Paul Hiraga (vocals) and J. Curtis Brown (bass)
Setlist: In the Street / Thank You Friends (Paul on lead vocals) / The Ballad of El Goodo / Way Out West / Femme Fatale / Jesus Christ / September Gurls (Paul on lead vocals) / Take Care (Lincoln & Paul co-lead vocal)
Watch a video of the performance
Opening-night jitters behind us (not that it affected Friday’s performance, which I was very happy with), we were able to let loose a little more on Saturday, and tear through the more upbeat pop material from the first two records. Our buddy Jeff Brown (Half Rushmore) lent a hand on bass, and our friend Russ Queen was kind enough to get some video on his GoPro, which you can view here. Another lovely night overall, and the crowd was fantastic. I had a few guitar flubs, but I thought everyone sang well, and we had a great time. Thanks again to all who attended, and to Mike, Brian, and everyone at the Grand Illusion for their hospitality. Huzzah!
07.19.13 – Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me film screening & musical performance at Grand Illusion Cinema – 1403 NE 50th Street, Seattle, WA 98105 – with special guest Paul Hiraga (vocals)
Setlist: Nature Boy / Nighttime (Paul on lead vocals) / The Ballad of El Goodo / Dream Lover / Jesus Christ / Femme Fatale / Take Care (Lincoln & Paul co-lead vocal)
When our friend Brian, who manages the Grand Illusion Cinema, asked me to play some Big Star songs at the Seattle opening of the critically-acclaimed documentary Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, I jumped at the chance. These gigs really were a dream come true for me – to see the film, for one, after looking forward to it for several years, was special enough. But to get up and play those beautiful songs in front of a select group of friends & friendly strangers (the Grand Illusion only holds 50-60 people) was truly magical. Friday night’s set focused on the darker, more atmospheric Third material, and our good friend Paul Hiraga (Downpilot) was kind enough to lend his formidable pipes to the proceedings. Everything came off beautifully, I think, and it was an honor to sing these tunes. Thanks to all who attended!
07.13.13 – West Seattle Summerfest – Seattle, WA
Setlist: Bellar & Bawl / Ron Nasty / Amy / Engineer / I Want You to Worship Me / Nickel & Dime / Novelty’s Gone / Hotel Chambermaid (Graham Parker) / Pure Delight / Someone Else’s Cake
The weather couldn’t have been better for the annual street hootenanny in West Seattle, and we were thrilled to take part. Our good friend and producer Johnny Sangster was kind enough to fill in on bass, and did a bang-on job of “steppin’ up to the low note”! This show marked the debut of our newest jam (and Andy’s personal theme song), “Pure Delight,” which came off quite well, I think!
Special thanks to the King County Queens, who immediately preceded us, and were kind enough to lend Johnny their bass amp. Great band, and nice folks! Thanks, West Seattle!
06.08.13 – Great Pacific Wine & Coffee Co. – 403 South Main Street, Pendleton, OR 97801 – w/ 200e
Setlist: Ron Nasty / I Want You to Worship Me / Hook Me Up (Johnny Guitar Watson/Alex Chilton) / Novelty’s Gone / Poplar Bluff / I Hate to Eat Alone (10cc) / Town Cryer (Elvis Costello) / Engineer / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Better to Be Broken Than Blind / Skint City / Sweetheart Like You (Bob Dylan) / It’s Different for Girls (Joe Jackson) / Permit to Preach / You Left Me Sore (Todd Rundgren) / Nickel & Dime / Hotel Chambermaid (Graham Parker) / Someone Else’s Cake / Ridin’ in My Car (NRBQ) / Bellar & Bawl / Encore: How Long (Ace) / Never Found a Girl (Al Green/Eddie Floyd)
Goddamn, we love Pendleton. There’s just something about this rodeo town that treats RJM right. Ken Schulberg and his crew at the GP are bona fide saints, and almost everyone we’ve met here exudes hospitality and warmth. I can’t tell you how refreshing this is for a touring band. We’d unwittingly booked this show for graduation night at Pendleton High School (a big deal in a small town, where everyone knows everyone – and besides, shows at the GP are all-ages), so Ken cautioned that the crowd might be thinner than usual, but the place was pretty full by showtime, and folks hung out all night, tipped generously, hooted and hollered, and bought a boatload of merch. What more could you want? We could think of very little, so we retired to the Rainbow (a classic dive bar down the street) and toasted our good fortune…repeatedly. Thanks for the warm and fuzzy memories, Pendleton. We will most certainly be back.
06.07.13 – The Triple Door – Musicquarium Lounge – 216 Union Street, Seattle, WA 98101
Setlist: Poplar Bluff / Grow Your Own / Ron Nasty / I Hate to Eat Alone (10cc) / I Want You to Worship Me / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Novelty’s Gone / Hotel Chambermaid (Graham Parker) / Ridin’ in My Car (NRBQ) / Bellar & Bawl / How Long (Ace) / set break / 22 Rose Petal Place / Nickel & Dime / Hook Me Up (Johnny Guitar Watson/Alex Chilton) / Sweetheart Like You (Bob Dylan) / Better to Be Broken Than Blind / You Left Me Sore (Todd Rundgren) / Such an Easy Thing / Someone Else’s Cake / Never Found a Girl (Al Green/Eddie Floyd) / set break / Kinda Kute (Joe Jackson) / Engineer / Skint City / Town Cryer (Elvis Costello) / Permit to Preach / I Feel For You (Prince)
The Triple Door lounge is an interesting gig…on the face of it, it’s very good: decent money, good hospitality, and a pretty healthy walk-in crowd (on the weekends, at least), with no cover charge. But it can be an interesting (and not always in a good way) mix of people, and unless you bring at least a few of your tribe, you might be in for a night of stoic indifference. This night started that way. (Aside: I wish I’d learn not to front-load the first set so much for these three-set gigs…I should know that the 2nd set is the sweet spot, where both the band and the crowd are sufficiently warmed-up to cut loose a little and enjoy themselves. It just seems counter-intuitive to not lead with your best material, y’know? Oh well…someday I’ll wise up.) Anyway, some friends started to show up during the second set, and we finished strong, thankfully. This gig paid for our gas to Pendleton the next day, and we even sold a few CDs, so mission accomplished!
06.01.13 – Fremont Abbey Arts Center – 4272 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103 – w/ Julia Massey & the Five-Finger Discount
Setlist: Nickel & Dime / Ron Nasty / Poplar Bluff / I Want You to Worship Me / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Engineer / Skint City / Permit to Preach / Novelty’s Gone / Someone Else’s Cake
This was a surreal experience – playing to mostly children under the age of 10 (accompanied by parents, of course), indoors at 1pm, in the “Vacation Bible School”-like environs of the Fremont Abbey’s basement. But hey, variety is good, right? They can’t all be Wembley. He had fun playing our stripped-down trio arrangements, and I enjoyed the challenge of editing/altering my typical wry stage banter for the tender young ears in attendance. Along similar lines, I’ve never been more keenly aware of the distinctly ‘adult’ world-weariness running through most all of my songs! And some of my lyrics are downright naughty. Oh well…thanks to the Abbey for inviting us to participate in this daytime experiment!
05.24.13 – Fin Records Showcase at Northwest Folklife Festival – 305 Harrison St, Seattle, Washington 98109 – Seattle Center, Fountain Lawn Stage, 6-9pm – w/ Davidson Hart Kingsbery, Low Hums, & Lures
Setlist: Bellar & Bawl / Ron Nasty / Engineer / I Want You to Worship Me / Nickel & Dime / Novelty’s Gone / Poplar Bluff / Hotel Chambermaid / Someone Else’s Cake
Well, that was more fun than it had any right to be! We’ve traditionally avoided Folklife, as it isn’t our typical scene – there are drum circles & gutter punks aplenty, the weather is typically awful, and they broadcast “no one gets paid” as a point of pride. However, when our benevolent and generous label, Fin Records, told us they were going to take over the best stage for a Friday night showcase, and they wanted us to headline, it was tough to say no. After all, this was a chance not only to represent our kickass label, but play for tons of folks who’d never heard of us before. (There’s no fee for admission, only a suggested donation, so the curious are out in full force.) And despite my boundless cynicism, I’m really glad we didn’t pass this one up. We played rather well, folks seemed to really enjoy it, and we even sold a few CDs. So big thanks to Xian, Christine, and everyone at Fin for asking us to be a part of it, and thanks to Kelli Faryar and the whole Folklife crew for hosting us. Will we be back next year? You never can tell…
05.17.13 – Cypress Wine Bar @ Westin Bellevue – 600 Bellevue Way Northeast Bellevue, Washington 98004 – trio show
Setlist: 22 Rose Petal Place / Poplar Bluff / Nickel & Dime / Ron Nasty / I Hate to Eat Alone (10cc) / I Want You to Worship Me / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Novelty’s Gone / Hotel Chambermaid (Graham Parker) / Bellar & Bawl / set break / Grow Your Own / Such an Easy Thing / Hook Me Up (Johnny Guitar Watson / Alex Chilton) / Rosy Days / Sweetheart Like You (Bob Dylan) / Better to Be Broken Than Blind / You Left Me Sore (Todd Rundgren) / I Sleep Just Fine / Never Found a Girl (Al Green) / Someone Else’s Cake / set break / Kinda Kute (Joe Jackson) / Engineer / I Feel for You (Prince)
This might’ve been our best Cypress show to date – for starters, there were actually people there! Sure, most of them might not’ve been there to see us, but they seemed to enjoy it, and we did, too. It was nice to augment our typical low-key duo setup with a little backbeat courtesy of Mr. Andy Salzman…it breathed some life into tunes like “Hook Me Up,” especially. Anyway, lots of fun all around…the crew at Cypress is always hospitable and kind, and we appreciate it!
05.10.13 – McMenamin’s White Eagle Saloon – 836 N Russell St, Portland, OR 97227 – w/ The Don of Division Street & Steelhead
Setlist: Bellar & Bawl / Ron Nasty / Amy / Engineer / I Want You to Worship Me / Listen Up / Someone Else’s Cake
The circumstances surrounding this gig threatened to overshadow the actual performance: due to a variety of logistical concerns, we all ended up driving down to Portland separately…and three of us in some of the worst Seattle-to-Portland Friday afternoon traffic in recent memory! It took 2 hours to get from Seattle to Olympia, if that’s any indication. Still, we arrived in enough time to grab dinner and convene at the club at the designated time. Next issue: due to a previously scheduled Saturday gig in Kansas City, Dan was set to fly out of PDX *immediately* after our set, with the plane leaving just before 1am. So we had to be mindful of when we wrapped things up. We didn’t think it would be an issue, as we typically play a short (35 minute) set, and were scheduled to start at 10:30; however, when the first band started a little late, we all got a little nervous, and with good reason…we didn’t end up starting until 11, and we had a hard stop at 11:25 if Dan had any hope of catching his flight. Consequently, we plowed through 7 of the 10 songs we’d planned to play with little banter or fanfare, but I’d like to think the tight transitions lent a certain sense of urgency that might be lacking in our sets during my more…shall we say…whimsical moments. I guess what I’m saying is that what might’ve felt rushed and odd to me could have felt just right to an audience of (mostly) strangers. We got lots of nice compliments, and enjoyed the hell out of our billmates, the Don of Division Street and Steelhead…fine folks, all! Looking forward to rocking the White Eagle again sometime.
05.04.13 – Hi-Fidelity Lounge – 2711 6th Street, Bremerton, WA 98312
Setlist: Bellar & Bawl / Ron Nasty / Amy / Engineer / I Want You to Worship Me / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Nickel & Dime / Skint City / Poplar Bluff / Such an Easy Thing / Grow Your Own / Hotel Chambermaid (Graham Parker) / Have You Got a Permit to Preach on This Corner? / Novelty’s Gone / Listen Up / Never Found a Girl (Al Green) / Someone Else’s Cake
This weekend was the rock life in miniature: one night you’re playing in front of a packed house of friends, in the most beautiful, hospitable venue in town; the next night, you’re playing a hole in the wall in an unfamiliar town to three paying customers and the soundman’s dog. Fortunately, those three paying customers were Mr. Chris Kornelis (erstwhile music editor for the Seattle Weekly and Kitsap County native, I learned) and his pals from the Kitsap Sun, Vince and Angela…they hung out all night, alternately heckling and applauding us, and generally doing their damndest to make us feel welcome. Dan had to miss this one, due to a big gig back in Norman, OK, and he didn’t miss much…but I’m proud to say that we didn’t skip a single song on our setlist! I felt we owed it to Chris and his compatriots. Still, this was a bit of a comedown after the previous night’s high…but as I’m fond of saying, life is full of disappointment. Carry on we will!
05.03.13 – Columbia City Theater – 4916 Rainier Ave S, Seattle WA 98118 – w/ Smokey Brights & The Glass Notes
Setlist: Bellar & Bawl / Ron Nasty / Amy / Engineer / I Want You to Worship Me / Nickel & Dime / Skint City / Hotel Chambermaid (Graham Parker) / Novelty’s Gone / Someone Else’s Cake
This one sure was fun. What a treat to finally play the historic Columbia City Theater…I’m not exaggerating when I say that this is my new favorite room in town. Big, beautiful stage; knowledgeable, engaged, hospitable staff; terrific sound. And a room full of excitable friends doesn’t hurt! I hope our fans dug Smokey Brights as much as we did, because I’ve got a feeling (and hope) that we’ll be playing together lots more…super nice folks and killer songs & arrangements. And our pals the Glass Notes sounded better than ever, too – even working in a couple of tunes from Robb’s upcoming solo album. We had some special guests in the audience: our long-suffering publicist, Ms. Heather West, had flown into town earlier that day for some business meetings with Fin, and my little brother had also arrived just before showtime. Gary Mula (he of Bani-Love Recording) captured some great audio of this show, which we hope to share in the near future, so stay tuned…and thanks, everyone, for showing up!
04.21.13 – Hotel Utah – 500 4th Street @ Bryant, San Francisco, CA 94107 – w/ Dear County & Grace Weber
Setlist: Bellar & Bawl / Ron Nasty / Amy / Engineer / Nickel & Dime / Poplar Bluff / Hotel Chambermaid (Graham Parker) / Skint City / I Want You to Worship Me / Novelty’s Gone / Someone Else’s Cake
Well, the Touched By An Angel tour could’ve had a more triumphant conclusion, but sometimes this is what you get on a Sunday night. It didn’t help that our hometown anchor act, Chris Von Sneidern, had to cancel day-of-show due to illness, leaving only an NYC act (Grace Weber) and us on the bill. Fortunately, we were able to rope in the previous night’s billmates Dear County (Arrica & Mark) to fill in, making the night *much* more fun than it would’ve been otherwise, and also ensuring that we’d play to at least two people! As for Grace’s band, well, I think I said it best onstage: “what they lack in professional courtesy, they more than make up in smug self-satisfaction.” Good luck, dudes…your Berklee diplomas don’t move me anymore.* (credit: Dan Walker)
04.20.13 – The Ivy Room – 860 San Pablo Ave., Albany, CA 94706 – w/ Dear County
Setlist: Bellar & Bawl / Ron Nasty / Amy / Engineer / I Want You to Worship Me / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Grow Your Own / Poplar Bluff / Skint City / Hotel Chambermaid (Graham Parker) / How Long (Ace) / Nickel & Dime / Listen Up / Novelty’s Gone / Never Found a Girl (Al Green/Eddie Floyd) / Someone Else’s Cake
Dan’s comment immediately after our set (“snatched from the jaws”) pretty much sums this one up. Our first East Bay visit started auspiciously enough, with beautiful weather and tasty mezcal shots from our welcoming host Ronaldo, followed by a delicious sushi dinner and a leisurely stroll around Berkeley, but when we arrived back at the club, Dan realized that the club’s PA setup was going to need a LOT of love to support the night’s festivities. Being the only one of our party even remotely qualified for such a task, he set about methodically rewiring the whole thing, and by showtime, it was dialed in and ready to go.
The Ivy Room is a lovely spot, and quite historic, as I understand, but its current owners Tanya and Ronaldo have only recently begun to revive its reputation for live music – hence the PA difficulty. They’re hospitality personified, though, and fortunately for us, our billmates for the night, Dear County, brought a healthy little crowd, augmented by curious locals enticed by free live music, as well as an extremely sweet couple from Winters, CA (over an hour away!) who’d missed our Davis show the previous night. (Hi, Terry & Alicia!)
This was a headlining set, so we played for a good 70 minutes or so, and touched a few numbers we hadn’t played in a while, including “Poplar Bluff,” which always seems to go over well. The crowd thinned out a bit after Dear County’s set, but the folks who did stick around were engaged, enthusiastic, and kind…the opposite of the previous night’s collegiate disinterest. All things considered, this was the high point of the tour. Special thanks to Arrica & Mark from Dear County, who were kind enough to put us up and show us around Oakland the next day.
04.20.13 – Record Store Day in-store performance at Armadillo Music – 205 F Street, Davis, CA 95616
Setlist: Nickel & Dime / Skint City / Ron Nasty / Hotel Chambermaid (Graham Parker) / I Want You to Worship Me / Bellar & Bawl
When I started planning this tour, I had no idea that it would overlap with this year’s installment of Record Store Day – a fortuitous coincidence, to say the least. So when Josh from Armadillo Music (Davis’ best and only record store, as far as I can tell) reached out and offered to host an in-store prior to our Friday night show at Sophia’s, I proposed that we move it to Saturday morning…I knew we’d be under duress to get to the gig on time with a 7+ hour drive on Friday, and I figured we could only benefit from the Record Store Day crowd. On top of the RSD festivities, it turns out that Davis’ annual “Picnic Day” parade goes right by the store, so we had all kinds of foot traffic. The staff and crowd were very kind, and we played a great little set, highlighted by an impromptu version of our newest tune, “I Want You to Worship Me,” which was captured for posterity. We sold & signed a few records, did some shopping, and took in the marching bands stomping past (which fortunately commenced RIGHT after we finished playing). A highlight of the trip to be sure.
04.19.13 – Sophia’s Thai Kitchen – 129 E St Davis, CA 95616 – w/ Contra
Setlist: Bellar & Bawl / Ron Nasty / Amy / Engineer / Skint City / I Want You to Worship Me / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Nickel & Dime / Hotel Chambermaid (Graham Parker) / Grow Your Own / Poplar Bluff / Novelty’s Gone / Never Found a Girl (Al Green) / Listen Up / Someone Else’s Cake
I’ve been hearing about Sophia’s for years, so when we started planning our first proper West Coast tour, it was high on my list. I’m really glad it worked out so we could play, and it came exactly as billed. Beautiful weather, great food, hospitable staff, and lots and lots of college kids. Unfortunately, this gang of 21-year olds proved exceedingly difficult to engage (“like NRBQ, kids?”), but hey…that’s how it goes. Davis was beautiful, and I’d gladly come back anytime. Thanks to Kevin and all at Sophia’s for having us. (Read Landon Christensen’s glowing preview in the Davis Enterprise.)
Craig Leve, host of Snap Crackle Pop! on KWVA Eugene, has been extremely supportive, and so he’s one of the first people I contact when planning a Eugene show. I’ve called into his show a couple of times, but until now, the timing hadn’t worked out for the band to actually visit the studio. (His show is Friday from 8-10am PST, BTW.) Since we had a Eugene show on a Thursday night, the timing seemed to work out perfectly for us to stop in the following morning, before our drive to that night’s show in Davis, CA.
Unfortunately, it worked out that Craig had to miss the show due to family travel, but he left is in the capable and enthusiastic hands of DJ AM, Mr. Aaron McCoy, whom we also met during our last Eugene visit. This in-studio was great fun…Aaron was prepared, as KWVA hosts many in-studios, and we gave several tunes a spirited acoustic reading, followed by a very entertaining interview with Mr. AM. Thanks to Craig, Aaron, and all at KWVA for having us on!
04.18.13 – Luckey’s Club Cigar Store – 933 Olive St Eugene, OR 97401 – w/ The Golden Motors & Hot for Chocolate
Setlist: Bellar & Bawl / Ron Nasty / Amy / Engineer / Skint City / I Want You to Worship Me / Nickel & Dime / Hotel Chambermaid (Graham Parker) / Listen Up / Someone Else’s Cake
Eugene is a tough one. On one hand, one of our best friends in music, Mr. Dan Jones (he of the Golden Motors and Squids) lives there, and it’s always a pleasure to hang out with him and see his great bands play. KWVA radio, Mr. Craig Leve in particular, has also been extremely supportive. On the other hand, we’ve just never had a great show there. At this point, it’s safe to say that RJM’s “thing” doesn’t exactly jive with the prevailing tastes in Eugene. That in itself isn’t so weird, but trust me – Eugene’s a weird town. A strange collision between last-gasp dying hippie culture and the worst aspects of gutter punk/anarcho-poseur collegiate rebellion. The common denominators? Laziness and heroin, as far as I can tell. Don’t get me wrong – we know some wonderful people who choose to call Eugene home, but the place always creeps me out a little.
This show at Luckey’s was lightly attended, but we still played pretty well, sold a few records, and had a nice time overall. We also finally found a good place to eat…a cool Thai place called Ta Ra Rin. With a little afternoon time to kill, we also visited the venerable McKenzie River Guitars. Both highly recommended.
04.18.13 – Live in-studio performance/interview on KMUZ Salem 88.5FM‘s Northwest Notes – Salem, OR
Setlist: Nickel & Dime / Skint City / Ron Nasty / Someone Else’s Cake
Our label recently became acquainted with a fella named Mick, who hosts an all-NW show on Salem’s fledgling community station, KMUZ, and when he heard he was a Red Jacket Mine fan and wanted to host an in-studio, we jumped at the chance. It made for an early morning after our Doug Fir show, but we had lots of those on this tour, and while exhausting at times, it certainly lent itself toward an overall sense of purpose. Anyway, we pulled out of PDX around 8am and motored to the small college town (and capitol) of Salem, which houses the even smaller headquarters of KMUZ, in a nondescript office building. We’d met Mick at the previous night’s show in Portland, so we were already getting along famously, and after a bit of sonic troubleshooting (KMUZ’s technical capabilities are limited), we turned in a fun interview and performance. Can’t wait to come back the next time we visit Salem and see how they’ve grown.
04.17.13 – Doug Fir Lounge – 830 E. Burnside St., Portland, OR 97214 – w/ The My Oh Mys & Lone Madrone
Setlist: Bellar & Bawl / Ron Nasty / Amy / Engineer / Skint City / I Want You to Worship Me / Nickel & Dime / Hotel Chambermaid (Graham Parker) / Grow Your Own / Someone Else’s Cake
Always, always a pleasure to play the Doug Fir. This show was touch and go for a little while, and in danger of not happening far too close to the date for my taste, but thankfully we were able to pull it together. Our billmates, the My Oh Mys and Lone Madrone, were all fine fellas, and kind enough to give us the prime middle slot. Things were a bit nervy, owing to it being the first show of the tour, but we still turned in a fine performance and connected with a number of great local musicians, including our billmates for an upcoming show at the White Eagle, Matt from the Don of Division Street and Sloan from Steelhead. Altogether a great way to start the tour!
04.17.13 – In-store performance at Music Millennium – 3158 E Burnside St Portland, OR 97214
Setlist: Nickel & Dime / Ron Nasty / Skint City / Bellar & Bawl
Music Millennium is a legendary independent record store, open since 1969, and it’s hosted some incredible in-studio performances over the years, including giants like Randy Newman and Keith Emerson, I’m told! So when we heard that the store’s manager Terry was a fan and wanted to have us in, we were thrilled. We pulled into PDX right around rush hour, dropped off the bulk of our gear at the Doug Fir, and headed down Burnside to MM for the first show of our “Touched By An Angel” tour and our first-ever in-store. The good vibes were already flowing, but some very good news (yet to be announced as of this writing) immediately before we started playing really put us over the top. We were also greeted by several folks (middle-aged men, I’ll admit) requesting autographs and photos before we even played a note! Hey, I’ll take it. Middle-aged dudes typically have the kind of disposable income that could help us out! Anyway, this was a great time. Matt’s family all came down as well, young’uns in tow. Onward ho!
04.12.13 – Skylark Cafe & Club – 3803 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106 – w/ Explone & Half Rushmore
Setlist: Bellar & Bawl / Ron Nasty / Amy / Engineer / Skint City / Hotel Chambermaid (Graham Parker) / Nickel & Dime / Novelty’s Gone / Listen Up / Someone Else’s Cake / Cinnamon Girl (Neil Young – w/ Patrick Porter on guitar)
The Skylark is a small neighborhood place, and not exactly glamorous…but shows don’t get much better this. It’s just tough to beat playing music with your friends, for your friends. And they don’t get much more friendly than Half Rushmore, which is led by our good friend Jeff Brown (and includes Andy and I on drums & guitar respectively), and Explone, led by our longtime bandmate Patrick Porter. This show also served as a de facto “dress rehearsal” for our upcoming tour, which was extremely useful. Patrick was kind enough to join us on “Cinnamon Girl” (a staple of the RJM set when he was in the band), and Andy and I returned the favor on his epic Queen-inspired jam, “He’s a Bat.” Like I said, it was a hoot. Thanks, fellas.
04.06.13 – Bill’s Place – 206 S 3rd St, Yakima, WA, 98901 – w/ Bodybox
Setlist: Bellar & Bawl / Ron Nasty / Amy / Engineer / Skint City / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Nickel & Dime / Novelty’s Gone / I Want You to Worship Me / Hotel Chambermaid (Graham Parker) / Permit to Preach / Poplar Bluff / Never Found a Girl (Al Green) / Listen Up / Someone Else’s Cake
Fun, divey times in Yakima…we’d heard about Bill’s Place from our pals in the Jilly Rizzo, and it didn’t disappoint. We gave a brand-new tune (“I Want You To Worship Me”) its first airing, and while it still needs some polishing, it was great to give it a push out of the nest. We also debuted our cover of Graham Parker’s “Hotel Chambermaid,” which should be a fun (and appropriate) number to play on our upcoming tour. Good times all around.
So fun to stop by our longtime pal Thomas Paul’s show V3 and play a few tunes…though I’d be lying if I said the highlight wasn’t meeting Thomas’ comedian co-host, Gabe Dunn, after listening regularly for the past couple of years. I’m a big fan of the show, and Thomas & Gabe have a truly hilarious rapport. They didn’t disappoint on this day, despite our sleep- and caffeine-deprived states. For our part, Andy & I busted out acoustic guitar & snare drum versions of “Skint City” and “Nickel & Dime” and did our best to fend off the rapier wits in the room. I’d like to think we held our own. Thanks so much to those fellas for having us…and please, check out their show: Friday mornings 9am-12pm Mountain Time at radioboise.org!
03.21.13 – Treefort Music Fest @ Pengilly’s Saloon – 513 W Main St Boise, ID 83702 – w/ Thomas Paul Orchestra, Kris Doty, New Transit, Nick Jaina, & Eternal Fair
Setlist: Bellar & Bawl / Amy / Ron Nasty / Engineer / Skint City / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Nickel & Dime / Novelty’s Gone / Listen Up / Someone Else’s Cake
Best Boise show ever, hands down. We’ve played some real stinkers in Boise over the years, but we keep coming back because of our good friend Thomas Paul and his kind crew of bandmates and friends. After a few years of diminishing returns, it was an honor to be invited to play this year’s Treefort Music Fest, and it didn’t disappoint. Despite the Thursday night gig, this audience was orders of magnitude larger (and more enthusiastic) than any we’d played for in Boise before. The girls were dancing, dudes were tapping their feet (and staying put, rather than going out to smoke, get a drink, etc. – a minor miracle), and we played a loose, spirited set that kicked off with “Bellar & Bawl” and didn’t let up.
We’d encountered some snow (on the ground and in the air) in the mountain passes on the way out, but nothing serious. Unfortunately, poor (but faithful) Dan Walker had to head back to Seattle immediately after the gig, for a show the next day in Kirkland. He took Matt with him, and word has it that they were pulled over, slapped with a warning, and then drove 20mph on fifty miles of black ice en route to their overnight stop in Pendleton. Fortunately, they made it there safe, and the remainder of the drive the next day was all-clear. Having no other commitments, Andy & I elected to stick around in Boise for an extra day and take in the scene. We played an in-studio at the local community radio, did some day-drinking, saw some cool bands, and generally froze our asses off (it was around 20 degrees at night). The drive back on Saturday was sunny, beautiful, and included a stopover at Prodigal Son Brewery in Pendleton, OR, for lunch – highly recommended.
Thanks to Thomas & the whole Treefort crew for their amazing hospitality. Hope we can come back next year!
03.09.13 – Barboza – 925 E. Pike St., Seattle, WA 98122 (below Neumos) – w/ The Great Um & Julia Massey & the Five-Finger Discount
Setlist: Bellar & Bawl / Amy / Engineer / Skint City / Grow Your Own / Novelty’s Gone / Ron Nasty / Listen Up / Nickel & Dime / Poplar Bluff / Someone Else’s Cake / Never Found a Girl (Al Green/Eddie Floyd)
This show wasn’t what I hoped it would be, attendance-wise, but it was fun all the same – thanks in large part to our billmates, the Great Um and Julia Massey + the Five-Finger Discount. Both fun, unique pop trios with an engaging live show and very fine manners to boot. Not sure what to compare either of them to – you’ll just have to check them out at the links above – but both come highly recommended. Thanks to all the new friends we met that night (we appreciate your support – especially at the merch table!).
03.08.13 – The New Frontier Lounge – 301 E. 25th St., Tacoma, WA 98421 – w/ Trees & Timber & The Variety Hour
Setlist: Bellar & Bawl / Nickel & Dime / Amy / Rosy Days / Engineer / Skint City / Grow Your Own / Novelty’s Gone / Ron Nasty / Someone Else’s Cake
Ah, Tacoma. Always equal parts fun, funny, and funky. We do love the New Frontier, though, and it was great to be back for the first time in three years or so. We also recently discovered Tacoma band Trees and Timber, who play a very cool (and complementary) brand of pop music…a jangly, loping sort of trio that reminds me of ’90s bands like the Minders and Lilys (high praise!). Super sweet people as well…hope to play with them again, soon!
03.02.13 – The World-Famous Kenton Club – 2025 N. Kilpatrick St., Portland, OR 97217 – w/ Brownish Black
Setlist: Nickel & Dime / Amy / Ron Nasty / Novelty’s Gone / Grow Your Own / Engineer / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Poplar Bluff / Have You Got a Permit to Preach on This Corner? / Rosy Days / Listen Up / Someone Else’s Cake / Bellar & Bawl
It took a few tunes to warm things up, but we won ‘em over eventually at the Kenton Club, and ended up having a great time. This was our first Portland show since 2011, and our first with the nine-headed soul monster that is Brownish Black. They were kind enough to set up the show, provide a healthy crowd, and even run sound! We hope to return the favor in Seattle sometime soon (minus the “running sound” part, anyway). While most of the folks in attendance were friends/fans of Brownish Black, it’d appear that our recent rash of great press hasn’t hurt…there were a few unfamiliar faces in the crowd, who seemed to be enjoying themselves and even bought vinyl from the merch table…all of which made us very happy. Thanks to Kenton Club for having us!
02.22.13 – High Dive – 513 N. 36th St., Seattle, WA 98103 – Someone Else’s Cake LP release party w/ The Tripwires & Hearts are Thugs
Setlist: Bellar & Bawl / Amy / Rosy Days / Skint City / Listen Up / Nickel & Dime / Novelty’s Gone / Ron Nasty / Engineer / Someone Else’s Cake / Encore: How Long (Ace)
This was a big night for us – in many ways, our most important show yet – and I’m not sure it could’ve gone any better. Amazing bill (The Tripwires & Hearts are Thugs are a couple of the best bands in town – believe it). Packed house, even at the end of our set (a minor miracle, considering we didn’t take the stage until midnight). And best of all, tons of SOMEONE ELSE’S CAKE LPs and CDs sold…with a few t-shirts, posters, and 7″ singles for good measure! Once again, our friends Jeff Brown and Johnny Sangster were kind enough to join us to help round out the sound for the second half of the set, and we blazed through a selection of the album’s peppiest numbers. (“Permit to Preach” and “Better to Be Broken Than Blind” felt a bit ‘slow burning’ for this very late set time.) Really, there’s not much more I can say besides THANK YOU to everyone who attended and helped make it such a success. Here’s to an amazing year for Red Jacket Mine! (Check out some photos from our good friend Anna Hoychuk on Facebook.)
We stopped by KEXP’s studio to play a few songs from our brand-new album and chat with our pal Stevie Zoom…a colossal hoot! Featuring special guest contributions from our friends Johnny Sangster (vocals, guitar) and Jeff Brown (vocals, percussion). Listen to the full performance and interview on KEXP’s Live Performance archive, and check out a few photos by Beth Crook on the KEXP Flickr photostream.
02.09.13 – Copper Gate – 6301 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 – Lincoln solo w/ Half Rushmore
Setlist: Poplar Bluff / Nickel & Dime / Ron Nasty / Different for Girls (Joe Jackson) / Sweetheart Like You (Bob Dylan) / Skint City / Dangerous Game (Reigning Sound) / Novelty’s Gone / You Can’t Be Too Strong (Graham Parker) / Someone Else’s Cake / Bad Sneakers (Steely Dan) / Bellar & Bawl
Fun, low-key solo show in the cozy, (ahem) aptly-named Pussy Room at one of Ballard’s coolest neighborhood bars, the Copper Gate. This was my buddy Jeff Brown’s big night – after years of lending his myriad talents on bass, guitar, drums, and magnificent backing vocals to notable acts such as Downpilot, the Sterling Loons, and Weary, he’s finally stepping out on his own with Half Rushmore – a band that brings his excellent songs to the fore, and happens to include yours truly on guitar and RJM’s Andy Salzman on drums. Anyway, this was his CD release party, and I was just there to warm up the crowd…mission accomplished! Many jokes were cracked, and a few songs were played in between them. Most of the songs were very well-received…I can’t say quite as much for the jokes. I’ll tell you this, though: if you ever get the idea the morning of a gig to learn Steely Dan’s “Bad Sneakers” and perform it that night, solo: don’t do it. Give it a little more time to cement itself in your brain. You’ll be happy you did.
01.30.13 – Rendezvous Jewel Box Theater – 2322 2nd Ave., Seattle, WA 98121 – Lincoln solo – w/ Glossary
Setlist: Poplar Bluff / So Long, Radiant Flower / Ron Nasty / Skint City / Dangerous Game (Reigning Sound) / Novelty’s Gone / Nickel & Dime / Someone Else’s Cake / Have You Got a Permit to Preach on This Corner? / Bellar & Bawl
Well, this ended up being more fun than it had any right to be. I’ve had an irrational fear of playing the Rendezvous ever since Andy & I played to literally no one there back in 2006, but when I saw that one of my favorite bands, Murfreesboro, Tennessee’s Glossary, was coming through town, I had to reach out about supporting…and fortunately it worked out! Our local headliners dropped off this bill at the last minute due to illness, but between me and Glossary, we were able to scare up 30 or so folks, and the vibe was friendly and familiar. This show was made doubly special by the presence of a childhood friend that I hadn’t seen in some 17 years, since we lived across the street in Horn Lake, Mississippi. Dalton Brink now lives in Bozeman, MT, and works as an artist, writer, and venue owner, and he happened to be in town for an art show at Vera. Anyway, wonderful coincidence, and it was great to see him. The Glossary folks were super-nice as well – turns out we have quite a few mutual friends, in Seattle and beyond – and they played a delightfully rocking set. To the lucky few that witnessed it, thank you! Hope to play with them again sometime soon, in full rock mode.
01.17.13 – Factory Belt: A Night of Uncle Tupelo @ Tractor Tavern – 5213 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107 – w/ Downpilot, Ian Moore, Transmissionary Six, and many more!
Setlist: We’ve Been Had / Black Eye / Before I Break
Holy crap, what a gathering of talent and good vibes on this cold Ballard night. Longtime Seattle music comrade Aaron Starkey (he of Gibraltar, Spanish for 100, and more) reached out during the holidays and asked if I was an Uncle Tupelo fan…uh, yeah, I said, and off we went. I suspect his inquiries with most of the luminaries on the bill went similarly smoothly. It had been a while since we played one of these dozen-band cover nights, but they’re always a great chance to catch up with old friends and see a lot of good music in one place. We took a lot of liberties with our selections, turning “We’ve Been Had” into a ska-inflected Attractions-style rocker, “Black Eye” into a major-key soul slow-burner a la Al Green’s “Love and Happiness,” and finally, reimagining the country thrash of “Before I Break” as a driving Texas shuffle. All a lot of fun…even if I did cut my thumb wide open on the first tune AND forget the words to the last bridge section. The other two tunes went down real easy, though. Oh well..it was 12:40 on a Thursday, and everyone seemed to have fun. Got to take a vocal turn on Gang of Four’s “I Found That Essence Rare” (apparently UT covered it back in the day) with my friend Pete Hilgendorf’s band the Mangles, too…featuring my old buddy Paul Hiraga on drums! What a hoot. Thanks to all who rocked, and special thanks to Aaron Starkey (with invaluable assistance from Barbara Mitchell) for organizing the whole thing!