Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Exit Through the Gift Shop

Finally got around to watching this movie... the whole Mr. Brainwash thing was fake, right?

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Daniel Johnston's 50th B-day

I love Austin!

video



My cellphone lens had something sticky on it so these pics are a little fuzzy. I took some more with my SLR, so I will hopefully have better pics when I have the roll developed.





I got to see Daniel Johnston at the Hi How Are You wall on his 50th birthday! Holy shit! He played a couple songs and smoked a couple of cigs.
They also gave out t-shirts and stickers for free!

Monday, January 17, 2011

February and March shows

Hey friends,

Texas is crrrrrrrrrrazyyyyy

Here is how the tour for the next couple months are looking:

February:

1st Austin
2nd Houston
3rd New Orleans Louisiana
4th Mobile, AL
5th Mississippi
6th Hot Springs
7th Smoke and Barrel Fayetville, AR
8th Amarillo, Texas
9th Albuquerque, NM
10th Arizona
11th The Tin Can Ale House San Diego, CA
12th LA
13th LA or Las Vegas
14th Salt Lake City
15th Colorodo
16th One more show to get back down to Austin
27th Church of the Friendly Ghost (drone set) Austin, TX

March

2nd Denton or Fort Worth
3rd Oklahoma
4th Fayetteville
5th Mojos Columbia, MO
6th St. Louis
7th Murfreesboro
8th Alabama
9th New Orleans
10th Austin or Houston



Friday, January 14, 2011

Blacklisted in Houston

I might be blacklisted in Houston. I was added to a show earlier this week in Houston that I had no idea about until the day of the show. So I had to decline on doing it.

The next show I was notified about a few weeks ago and was told it was 100% booked and the promoter would find locals. We show up to the venue and this guy in a winter coat is inside behind the bar on his computer with the door locked. We tell him we are in the band and ask if we could hang inside because it was cold (who knew Houston would get cold?) and he looked at us confused and said no. No? This was a first. We had to wait at a restaurant bar across the street until 7.

When 7 hit we walked back over to the venue and walked inside. I greet the woman bartender because the first guy is still glued to his computer slumped behind the bar. I tell her I am playing here tonight and she says "Ok." Ok? That's it. I ask the other guy what time the show starts and who else is playing. He slowly and I mean an eternity looks up on his computer and replies, "You are playing." That's it? No locals were booked? I ask "Who booked this show?" He replies, "Me, I'm the owner."

Holy shit. Now ladies and gentleman I have played shows with no locals many many many times and I have played shows to no one countless times before. I have dealt with assholes sound guys, bookers, and bar tenders, but I was about to throw a bar stool and this douchebag. He had no respect for anyone and just didn't give a fuck.
My friend and I go back to the van to regroup and discuss. We see an old man with a skullet and broken glasses get dropped off with a bag of mics and mic stands. Oh shit, the sound guy is here. We decide to see what his take on all of this was. He seemed reasonable. He was able to call the real promoter of the show who was very apologetic about the lack of locals and was in and out of the ER for the last week. So I understand and not blaming the real promoter of the show for this lame situation.

The sound guy even reasoned with the owner to see if we could still get some gas money if no one shows up. The owner came up with this gem. Netherfriends will get paid 8% of the bar sales after $200 in bar sales were made. It was around 8 and not a single person was in this bar. It was Thursday. I called a friend from Houston who said he might be able to help us hop on another show.

The sound guy gave us until 8:30 to decide and would pester me every 5 minutes to ask what time it was. My friend didn't get back to me and we decided to bail and go to Austin. This was a first. I would usually play a show regardless, but the vibe I was getting from the owner and the venue just irked me. The sound guy told us he only get's paid $25 if people show up. We almost had to give him a ride back to his house Fucking said shit!

Checking my blood pressure after the show drama.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Netherfriends on Giant System

026 Netherfriends from Kyle Obriot on Vimeo.


Damn this is amazing!!!!!! Thanks Kyle and the Giant System gang.

http://giantsystem.tv/26_netherfriends.html

Friday, January 7, 2011

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Alap- Wednesday



http://netherfriends.bandcamp.com/album/Alap

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Alap- Sunday



Artist - NETHERFRIENDS
Song - "Sunday"
Album - 'Alap' (out 1/1/11)
Video - Stephen Arndt

This is not a typical Netherfriends release. This album is basically
an improv album with elements of ambient and drone. It is entitled
Alap, which is a term used in Indian classical music for a section that is improvised and free flowing. The recording of this album was something I did for a week during Christmas because I don't celebrate and I was bored out of my mind!! I had been working hard on the 50 state songs and needed a short break. I did one song a day and was inspired after playing a similar sounding
set at a yoga studio. I figured since the music was so easy and fun to make that I could record one session a day for a week and will be releasing it one day at a time. I think the music should be listened to while relaxing or doing work. Easy listening d00ds. -Shawn

Pt. 2 of 7 from the Alap ambient song/video project of Dec 2010/11.

DOWNLOAD THE ALBUM FREE AT:
http://www.mediafire.com/?isc6mkd0c6c...

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Friends With Lofts solo

Couch Potatoes Presents: The Netherfriends from Jack Lawrence Mayer on Vimeo.

Alap- Saturday




This is not a typical Netherfriends release. This album is basically
an improv album with elements of ambient and drone. It is entitled
Alap, which is a term used in Indian classical music for a section that is improvised
and free flowing.

The recording of this album was something I did for a week during
Christmas because I don't celebrate and I was bored out of my mind!! I
had been working hard on the 50 state songs and needed a short break.
I did one song a day and was inspired after playing a similar sounding
set at a yoga studio. I figured since the music was so easy and fun to
make that I could record one session a day for a week and will be
releasing one song a day at a time. Here is Saturday.
I think the music should be listened to while relaxing or doing work.
Easy listening d00ds. -Shawn

Pt. 1 of 7 from Alap, ambient song/video project of Dec 2010.

Video done by Stephen Arndt
DOWNLOAD THE ALBUM FREE AT:
http://www.mediafire.com/?isc6mkd0c6cwiml