Saturday, July 24, 2010

full tilt icecream

the show at full tilt icecream was a lot of fun! we played with a band called rare birds and rosemary, it was fun being among fellow freaky birds! we met some very nice people, the icecream was super duper and the pinball was so fun! i don't remember the last time i actually played. there were a lot of really old arcade games there! we have pictures we'll get up soon.. but not today! seattle and olympia have been a lot of fun, but now we're headed south to portland after a possible walk through the evergreen woods!
we're playing a house show tonight in portland at "the fridge." 5 bands! its going to be a ruckus! we'll also be playing [bobby's birthday shhh!!] july 27th at the ella st. social club and july 29th at the twilight cafe. you can always contact us through facebook or myspace if you have any questions about our shows! thanks much and be back soon!
xoxoxo steffi

Thursday, July 22, 2010

vancouver, olympia, seattle, snoqualmie, oh my!

alas! we left smithers in a flurry and made it down to vancouver. it was so strange being in a city again with the traffic and the people and whatnot. we ate a very awkward lunch at a diner in downtown vancouver. we were the only people in the restaurant. the proprietor of this establishment brought us two unasked for cups of a strange soup that was very thick and vegetabley. i have no idea what it was but we had to appease him. then out came steffi's grilled cheese + bacon. only it was a cheeseburger. he said he'd give us the burger for the price of the grilled cheese as if he was doing us a favor. strange indeed. canada has gotten very expensive so we couldn't stay too long. we saw magic kids and ariel pink's haunted graffiti play a show at the biltmore. it was quite the fun show despite numerous sound problems. ariel pinlk is so cute when he's mad! magic kids were a wonderful poppy band from memphis... check 'em out!

we had zero hassles at the border. i was amazed. it was delightful! we rolled into olympia on thursday night and caught our friend stella's performance in othello set in 1968 gangland new york! delicious! intense! wonderful! ate very hearty servings of food at quality burrito afterwards and promptly passed out. we took in the sights of olympia on friday + it's quite the nice town! record stores, bookshops, and boutiques abound! on saturday we played a super fun show at the red house with the terrordactyls [party train folk from seattle], wild mocassins [six peice dance party from houston], and razz m'tazz [three piece keyboard/drum machine bonanza!]. it was an early dance party and got the night started right! we had the best grilled cheese at le voyeur after the show. on sunday we hung out with our transplanted friend from alaska, libby and made the most absurd plate of nachos ever. double layered + filled to the brim with cheese, chips, beans, cilantro, onions, corn, and a whole bunch more i can't remember.

on monday we headed up to seattle late in the day for our show at the comet tavern. we played with consignment + mark sparkles. both bands were super fun! the mark sparkles had oodles of energy + consignment's sound made me want to bob up and down. we spent the night and were off to snoqualmie in the morning.

twin peaks! or snoqualmie to most, was our destination. we saw all the sights form the double r diner to the saw mill to the great northern + the picnic spot all the way to where the twin peaks sign was + the woods of the black lodge. most of the places were very very different from the show, but, well, things change i suppose. it was still really cool to see where everything had been + made the endless driving looking for the spots worth it! come night fall we headed to fall city [home of the bookhouse + roadhouse] and camped nest to the snoqualmie river. on wednesday we swam in the river for hours! back and forth getting swept by the current, steffi even jumped off the diving board log! egad! what fun we had!

today is thursday and we're back in olympia for the night. we're off to a show in seattle at full tilt ice cream tomorrow and then down to portland for a few shows. we're ready to get on down the coast! see you on the road!
-xo bobby

the red house in olympia

wild moccasins

cutie pie kitty at libby's

consignment at the comet

snoqualmie river jumping log

in search of the black lodge

the double r diner

get the cherry pie... it'll kill ya!

snoqualmie falls + the great northern

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

7-12-10 - 3 days after departure!

we left anchorage in a flurry at 10.30 am on july 9th. we drove and drove some more and kept driving and driving at a nice speed until the hell spawn of frost heaves between the american and canadian border. we contemplated moving there... there'd be no laws! only ours! and no everything else, but, well, you know, you have to deal with it. anyways, we crossed the frost heave hell that stayed with us until just outside of whitehorse, where we arrived at 2.30 in the morning on saturday. we stayed with our friend sam who had two of the most adorable puppies! animal + sims were cute as buttons! eeeeeeeee! whitehorse brought about the reintroduction of many great canadian delicacies such as:
dill pickle chips
tim horton's
bacon chips
no name brand everything
new wave cola

we went to the mud bogs and meandered around a beach and town on saturday + prepared for a long haul to smithers on sunday. a late jump put us on the cassiar highway right around nightfall. there are no yellow lines or markings on the road for a large amount of the highway. eventually it got much too dark to function and we had to rest. before it got too dark we played the wildlife vs. cars game. we saw:
3 bears
2 foxes
1 moose
1 bunny
for a total of 7 wildlife and we saw 13 cars... absurd!!!
woke up at 6.30 and rolled onwards and forwards to smithers. every gas station is closed in canada. every single one. coffee was scarce, but we made it to smithers around 1.30 and popped into a hotel, showered, and headed to the alpenhorn where we played an interesting and fun show for the first one of tour. somewhere in there we got a writeup on mojophenia which you can read here. i just realized i haven't slept since 6.30 am and am getting very very sleepy. stef is writing a new song on her keyboard. i'm excited to hear it!

goodbye anchorage!

hello canada!

oh my canada, what large frost heaves you have!

sunset in the yukon

animal swims!

sims looks cute!

mud bogs in whitehorse

sign forest in watson lake

find the pretty birds in the sign forest!

cassiar bear number two!

sew cute! cassiar fox number one!

smithers has vandals! if you know the whereabouts of the meow tagger, let us know!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

7-6-10 - 3 days until departure!

we're leaving anchorage come friday! oh. mi. gosh. we had a lovely time in fairbanks, where the city is full of the nicest people on earth. we played a very fun set at fourth fest at bernie's bungalow lounge in lovely downtown anchorage. we got to see some of our favorite bands one last time before we hit the road. shy bones + the wagner logic busted out some joyous sets + we're gonna miss them bunches! i'll stop with the talking and get on with the photoing! here's some pictures from our trip in fairbanks. we'll be in whitehorse friday night + our next show is in smithers, bc on july 12th at 7 pm at the alpenhorn bistro... see ya there!

part of the piano garden!

college coffehouse

college coffehouse [isaac on drums]

well st art gallery

feeding frenzy

good time orchestra


mountains on the way to fbx