Mini-Mix

Week of Sept. 29 - Oct. 4

by Joe

As the weather starts to change, so my summer playlist begins to play itself out. My daily commute to work is dark again, both ways. Traffic thins and now it’s just locals- working, driving and patrolling the Garden State Parkway. Hope for the new year keeps a small fire lit in all-but-abandoned camps of impossible resolutions and untimely, unrealized dreams. We again prepare to yield to the awesome power of nature, and beneath the weight of its omnipotent and inevitable grace, welcome an opportunity to reflect and return to form. Just as the breadth of our achievement ultimately remains in the hands of death, so the earth turns without consent or regard for human error. As if to say, “You will soon be given another chance; this is my blind and indiscriminate truth.”

1. Nebraska - Bruce Springsteen (Nebraska)

2. Like It’s Something - Blake Mills (Break Mirrors)

3. Ragtime - Neko Case (The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You)

4. Love For Granted - Phoenix (Alphabetical)

5. Eskimo Snow - Why? (Eskimo Snow)

6. Deep Water - The Middle East (I Want That You Are Always Happy)

These are just a few selections from some of my favorite fall/winter records. This playlist should serve as a teaser and if you enjoy any one of these songs, I implore you to dig deeper.

A Pedal Spa Day

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Yesterday, Joe and I made some serious leaps and bounds with our pedalboard setups. Neither of us has felt like we ever knew anything about what we were doing beforehand with them, they’ve always just been a mess of wires, frustration, and problems waiting to happen. But thanks to the extremely patient and helpful employees at Russo Music in Asbury Park (Thank you Howie, Mike, and Dan!) who let and helped us build these in the shop, we now feel like we’ve really got something formidable to work with. Six hours of a band member’s birthday (!) later, and after much sweating and drilling and placing and fastening and testing, we left feeling accomplished, and rewardingly exhausted. Like proud new parents. So here’s the lowdown:

(including the old stuff, all with links)

(from photo, left to right)

Joe:

L.R. Baggs Venue DI (Acoustic Preamp)

Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus (Power)

TC-Helicon Mic Mechanic (Vocal Effects Processor)

EarthQuaker Devices Tone Job (EQ/Boost)

TC Electronic Polytune 2 Mini (Tuner)

TC Electronic Hall of Fame (Reverb)

Dunlop MXR Carbon Copy (Delay)

EarthQuaker Devices Crimson Drive (Drive)

Boss BD-2 Blues Driver (Drive)

Korg Pitchblack+ (AB/Tuner)

John:

Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus (Power)

Pro Co Rat 2 (Distortion)

Morley ABY Selector (AB)

EarthQuaker Devices Ghost Echo (Reverb)

Electro Harmonix Stereo Pulsar (Tremolo)

Guyatone OD2 (Drive)

EarthQuaker Devices Dirt Transmitter (Fuzz)

Korg Pitchblack (Tuner)

So if you’re eager to hear how all of these incredible machines sound, come see us on tour with Augustana this November (CLICK FOR DATES) or come out to Simple Gifts 5 at The Stone Pony on November 26 (CLICK FOR TICKETS)!! Until then we will be trying our damnedest to master all the brand new possibilities now afforded to us by these brilliant little boxes. Thanks again Russo Music!

-John

Food Review Monday: Cool Club

Name:

John

Current Mood:

Tired, and contented. Just got back from a bike ride with my sister through Cattus Island. It’s seasonably warm, and the leaves are beginning to turn.

Meal of Note: 

Wawa Turkey & Ham Club Sandwich

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Time and Place of Consumption:

Early afternoon on a Saturday in Beachwood

Pre-Meal Hunger Level:

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Recipe:

Turkey & Ham

Bacon

Lettuce

Tomato

Mayo

Swiss Cheese

Toasted Rye

Good Ol’ Wawa TLC

Tale of the Meal:

I had just left EightSixteen Studios in Bayville and realized I had let myself get too hungry. I’ve been trying to not do that lately but on this particular day I had put off eating for most of the day in order to run errands. I knew there were a few Wawas on my way home so I stopped at the first one. Joe called me while I was driving and I knew I was too hungry to talk so, I’d just have to call him back. I always love a Wawa sub but I was really feeling a club, they’re just so comfy to hold you know, two floors of sandwich and that cozy toasty texture of the bread between your fingers. This day was no exception, sandwich was thoroughly enjoyed, paired with a bag of Snyder’s Pretzels and washed down with a blue Gatorade. Refueled and refreshed, I proceeded to return Joe’s call. 

Post-Meal Satisfaction Level:

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Song the Meal Tasted Like:

"Gold Coast Sinkin’" - Blake Mills

Next Thing You Plan On Eating:

Spaghetti with vodka sauce and a nice hearty salad!

Anonymous asked: In your tour with Augustana are all the sets going to be the same?

More or less, but depending on the audience things can change from night to night. We want whatever you want.

Anonymous asked: Did Joe delete his personal Tumblr?

Yup.

Anonymous asked: How long are your sets for the tour with augustana??

45 minutes-ish, 2 new songs and material off first two LPs

tinymdolphin asked: You guys rule. I'm from Forked River and just wanted to say your music is super influential for me. Every time I get homesick at school, alls I gotta do is hit play on any if your albums and I'm back on the bay. Thanks for that

We love Forked River. A lot of people that are dear to us, new and old, live there. Thanks for your support!

digitaltourbus:

NEWS: The acoustic-rock artist, Augustana, has announced a fall tour in the United States. Joining as support will be River City Extension from November 10th to November 22nd, and Scars On 45 from November 24th to December 20th. You can check out the dates and details at http://digtb.us/1tHtyiN

digitaltourbus:

NEWS: The acoustic-rock artist, Augustana, has announced a fall tour in the United States. Joining as support will be River City Extension from November 10th to November 22nd, and Scars On 45 from November 24th to December 20th. You can check out the dates and details at http://digtb.us/1tHtyiN

baelaurel:

River City Extension—There And Back Again

Don’t Let the Sun go Down on Your Anger: for those with faith the size of a mustard seed.

(Source: classicaldevotion)