Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

This is what I do at home





A list of stupid things I did/didn't do on this past mini tour

- Didn't get the Jams Dean/ Netherfriends split tapes in time... they came an hour after we left.
- Waited till the last possible second to get an oil change and drove the van with little to no oil for over a 100 miles.
- Severely burnt my fingers on an overcooked Poptart in Philly.
-Left my mic and mic stand in Philly.
-Walked into the wrong apartment where we were staying in Brooklyn.


video

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

My 50 States (and 50 songs) Project




My 50 States (and 50 songs) Project

Being prolific is an artist’s dream, although we all know that being productive never lasts. Eventually, we hit an enormous wall and our creativity and ambition flies right out the window. During the summer of 2009, I was on one of the countless mini-tours across the country, sitting in the van bummed out and spacing out. I was kind of miserable and truly contemplating the idea of spending most of my young life on tour. I mean, I understand touring is crucial for a musician and sometimes it’s really fun, but why does it have to feel so unproductive? Wake up, drive, wait outside the venue, play, drink, sleep, etc... Why am I wasting all this time on the road, when I should be at home recording and writing new music? That’s when it hit me like a ton of bricks!! Why don’t I bring the writing and recording on the road with me? I usually have a ton of free time on the road where I am usually being unproductive. Why don’t I push myself and finally strive to become that prolific artist that I dreamed of as kid? So here is what I’ve got: Give myself a deadline of one year (starting April 1st 2010) to play a show and write and record a song in each state in the USA. 50 songs in 50 states in one year. The songs will have to be longer that two minutes and I can’t start writing the song until I cross the state line (so, no cheating.) Yes, I know you people will call me a wannabe (Sufjan,) but seriously! This project is actually not a joke, plus I will accomplish it.

What I need:

-Musicians who can tour. (Especially a talented drummer who can record to a click track.)

-A venue in each state

-A house in each state. (Preferably one with a basement.) Where I can record the song and stay the night. If you have any instruments or a piano that I could use for the recording, that would be ideal as well.

-Suggestions for people/ bands to contact for venues (especially in Alaska, Hawaii, and most of the West Coast) or to help contribute to the recordings.

- Some Filmmakers. Anyone who would be interested in documenting this project or editing the footage from the tours.

- Donations or Sponsorships. This one is a little hairy. I guess I might need some cash to get to Hawaii and Alaska…

Feel free to email me at Netherfriendsbooking@gmail.com with help or encouraging words.

-Shawn



Monday, December 7, 2009

I love this Dr. Dog track



Yeah, it's one of those days...

Saturday, November 28, 2009

East Coast love



Spent the holidays in Boston. Will be in Philly for the next few days finishing up recordings for the Netherfriends LP!!!!!!!! Again, very excited! Anyone a film maker interested in documenting a very adventurous project?

Friday, November 20, 2009

LAME BOOK

Dear Internet,

I love you!




Wednesday, November 11, 2009

October tour pics

Worcester, MA

Philly: Hop Along vs. Netherfriends


Atlanta, GA



Murfreesboro, TN

Drunk Guy in Milwaukee

Madison, WI

Power of Two




Netherfriends are a two piece for this short November tour:

11.13.09 The Beauty Shop Fairfield, Iowa
11.14.09 The Progressive Ames, Iowa
11.15.09 House Show Iowa City, Iowa
11. 16.09 Antartica Lounge St. Louis, Missouri

Come or tell your Iowa/ Missouri friends. This is a rare thing for Netherfriends and will be well worth seeing Moses play drums!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Almost done from Tour

Who can forget this commercial?!?!?!?!

Friday, October 9, 2009

October Tour



10.09.09 UW Memorial Union - Rathskeller W/ Crocodiles Madison, WI
10.10.09 Cactus Club Milwaukee, WI
10.13.09 Graffitti Bar Murfreesboro, TN
10.14.09 Beep beep Gallery Atlanta, GA
10.15.09 641rpm Boone, NC
10.16.09 Haley’s house w/ Tungs Richmond, VA
10.19.09 The Manhattan room Philadelphia, PA
10.20.09 HELP!!! EAST COAST
10.21.09 HELP!! EAST COAST
10.22.09 The Lucky Dog Worcestor, MA
10.23.09 The Hugh Haffner Mansion
10.24.09 Pilam Philadelphia, PA
10.25.09 SUNY College W/ Still Flyin’ Geneseo, NY
10.26.09 Ohio/ Detroit HELP!!!!


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Exciters



Possible future drummer Ed gave me this 60's girl comp to listen to on tour. It is beyond INCREDIBLE! I have been spending my free time searching on the interweb for the bands from the compilation. Enjoy the sonic genius of The Exciters.



This makes me laugh way too much.
The best part is this comment on youtube.

TheAzv3 (18 hours ago)
Man that sounds like crap, wtf is he doing? Sounds like my 10 year old son playing guitar...



People on youtube are waaaay too intelligent for me.

Daytrotter session


Daytrotter posted today!!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Hay from Blooomington, Indiana

Hey.

Tour is killing me slowly. Help me out with something!


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Thursday, September 17, 2009

This is my friend Blake



I love this song and the video is AMAZING!!!!!! He goes by Jams Dean and you should check out his music

Monday, September 14, 2009

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Schubas


This is the must see show of the year!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Looking good, internet.

"EPs can usually be taken with a grain of salt; placeholders for the real deal, the LP. The EP isn’t the place a band wants to flex all of their muscle. Netherfriends either didn’t get the memo, shoving out its finest tunes, or the members really are just tuning up until the LP is ready. If they are just ‘fucking around’ on Calling You Out and saving their big guns for their proper full length debut, then watch out, because it’s going to incredible... "

Read the rest here

My Daddy will buy me whatever I want

A common theme this year is something so cliche, that I don't even think I can finish the sentence.

All I am saying:

People with money= NOT HAPPY

People without money= NOT HAPPY

In Conclusion,

Money doesn't make you ________!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, August 31, 2009

September tour

At this moment, I am scrambling to secure a drummer for this tour.

Here are the dates:

9.20.09 The Mill W/ Wye Oak (Merge) Iowa City, IA
9.21.09 The Bishop Bloomington IN
9.22.09 Ohio/Pittsburgh/Indiana HELP!!!!!!
9.23.09 Philly TBA
9.24.09 Glass Door Brooklyn, NY
9.25.09 NYC TBA
9.26.09 Pianos NYC Manhattan, NY
9.27.09 The Note West Chester, PA
9.28.09 Ohio (HELP!!!!))))))
9.30.09 Schubas (+18) Chicago IL



Ohio help!!!!!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

"WOW! Gee Mom, these Winker pants are amaaaaazzzing....Thanks bunches!"


Gotta go get me some.


Sunday, August 23, 2009

Fuck It tour 2009

New guys Paul and Pierce^

We bypass Chicago 3 times on this tour. -FUCK IT

Dear Ian Anderson,

Stop Google searching and do some PR for our EP!!!!!

Love,

Netherfriends

Monday, August 17, 2009

Friday, August 14, 2009

September/ October

This is just a heads up: IF you want to have us play in your town! Let us know and/or help us out!
netherfriendsbooking@gmail.com

September

21st The Bishop Bloomington
22nd Pittsburgh
23rd Philadelphia
24th Brooklyn
25th Brooklyn
26th Pianos Manhattan, New York
27th Central or Western PA
28th Columbus

October:

10th: Indiana
11th St. Louis
12th Carbondale IL
13th Nashville/ Memphis
14th Athens or Atlanta
15th North Carolina
16th Richmond Virginia
17th Baltimore
18th Philadelphia
19th Philadelphia or New Jersey
20th CMJ
21stCMJ
22ndCMJ
23rdCMJ
24thCMJ
25th Pittsburgh
26th Ohio
27th Indiana or IL

Monday, August 10, 2009

Drunk

These people need AA.





I begin working with new tour members today! Scary. They have their shit down, but we are cutting it seriously close to our tour!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

August Tour Dates

A lot of house shows on this tour, but that makes it even more of a reason to come out!!!

Bring us snacks, tell your friends, and let us sleep on your floor!!!!!!


August 2009


8.20 Rogue Buddha Gallery Minneapolis, MN


8.21 The Skyline Room Valparaiso, IN


8.22 House Show in LaGrange, IL


8.23 Mac’s Bar Lansing Michigan

8.24 Bloomington, IN House Show

8.25 House Show Carbondale, IL

8.26 House Show in Bloomington, IN

8.27 Firebird St. Louis MO

8.28 Mojo’s W/ The Foundry Field Recordings

*Please let us play in your town on either August 22,24,or 26th!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Animal Who?

Look, all I am saying is I like Animal Collective as much as the next guy, but their are other bands we could be compared to.

First Review of our EP!!!!


Netherfriends - Calling You Out EP (2009)

This is another of my certain favorites of the year. Though it's just an EP and not a full album, Netherfriends pack quite the punch into this recording with these six songs. They play psych pop along the lines of Animal Collective, who are certainly their biggest influence, but with more focus on legible lyrics rather than Animal Collective style where more often than not the focus is on the sound of the overall recordings instead. At first they might sound very similar to AC, but I gaurantee you: listen to them closely, and you will quickly realize they are anything but that. I think the main reason I made that comparison at first is that honestly, I've never heard a band that makes anything that sounds remotely like AC before. It's possible that I just missed it, but as far as I'm concerned they were totally unique for a very long time. However, the Netherfriends don't restrain themselves to only making music in that psychedelic spiritual, magical pop vein. In fact, they quite often cross over into other genres. Mom Cop is an indie rock/pop marvel that bares more in common with poppy dance punk bands (but much better, I hate most of that crap), and the EP has elements from a whole array of influences that show. Also, sticking with the AC comparison because I think it is the best way I can describe them, a major difference is more melodic rhythym guitar and much, much less relying on electronic elements. When all is said and done, and you've listened to the album a few times, you won't be able to stop. This is, without a doubt, one of the best debut EPs I have ever heard from any band that I can think of. If you don't listen to this, you deserve to be shot. Just sayin.

Check it
HERE!!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Dead Prez

I was riding in my car on the way home from Saint Louis when this track dropped on my Ipod. So raw, so good. Listen to that synth.

I'm going to the Hungryman on Wednesday to start layin' the new drums in real time for the Netherfriends LP due out sometime next year.

In the meantime go buy our EP online here.





Sunday, July 26, 2009

Recording

I leave tonight for Minnesota for round 2 of recording and writing in an empty Suburban home! I will be there for 4 days. This time I might document some of the recording process. Leave a comment and let me know how you are!
Here is part 5 of the July Tour:

Sunday, July 19, 2009