My bad, wrong tumblr account.
Zack look, Dylan with a jazzmaster.
ZACK, LOOK! DYLAN WITH A JAZZMASTER.
Reunited with this guy tonight. Rocking that rad shirt, too. @abeardedbassist #theauthorandtheillustrator #swag (at Harpo’s)
Okay, we’re getting ready to leave for tour in a little over a Month. We could really use some help in the following cities:
- Austin, TX (Dec 29th)
- Memphis, TN (New Years Eve)-We have awesome bands to play with, but are still in search of a venue.
- St. Louis, MO (Jan 2nd)
Anyone who can help would be great. We’re looking for bands, venues, anything that can help us solidify those dates.
Last night, we had the pleasure of playing in Scouts’ reunion show at FOKL in Kansas City. I ended up hanging out and taking their frontman, Chris home and we had an opportunity to really talk about the music scene. I discovered something that I find to be really important and I just want to throw it out there.
We talked about how in 2008 and 2009 they had bands that they always played with, and how everyone was friends and it was super fun to be in the music scene. We talked about now, how people don’t seem to enjoy coming to shows, bands don’t really seem to support each other as much as they did a couple years ago, and how it doesn’t feel like near as much of a community.
I love Kansas City, and I love the music that comes from it. Truly, I do. Even I fall victim to over criticizing and belittling other bands from the scene because they aren’t doing what I wish they would be doing. Even something like that as small as it is causes a disconnect between musicians and other musicians, as well as the ability to make playing together a fun experience. I definitely don’t give other bands around here nearly enough credit.
Back in 2007-2008, when i first started playing music we used to get invited to play these Battle of the Bands where we would have to sell tickets and do our best to beat out other bands so we could play in Kansas City’s best venues. It was at that point that I saw music as a competition, to see who could play the best, who could draw the bigger crowd, who could look more professional. Remembering that sickens me, because I understand now that that isn’t what it’s all about (hokey pokey).
It seems from the get go that musicians are sorely missing the point of what music could be for them. Music shouldn’t be a cut throat competition all of the time. Music should be enjoyed, and listened to. It should be played live and should be recorded for friends and family to hear. It represents a time period in every city, because it changes so often. It constantly evolves from what it was previously. Music and music scenes within our towns are super interesting because of that.
I want to personally try harder to give credit where credit is deserved, and be more understanding and supportive of all of the bands we play with. Honestly, because it really is a huge pleasure. Since this band started we’ve had some fantastic opportunities to play with some of the best bands to ever come out of this city. I’m so thankful for that.