I awoke at Marty and Susan’s after a great night’s sleep and headed downstairs to help Marty get breakfast going.
Another great perk of staying with them is Marty’s cooking, and this morning was no exception. I cracked and beat two dozen eggs for a giant breakfast scramble that would eventually include cheese, avacado, tortillas, salsa, onions, peppers and tomato, which was paired with homemade tortillas, refried beans and roasted potatoes, along with coffee and juice. What a terrific breakfast!
We were joined by Holidays Shores as well as Marty’s son, Alex, and his girlfriend. Afterward, Josh got a few record recommendations from Marty and we talked about the chances of impending doom based on a Palin presidency.
Then we headed to Cleveland! There, I got to hang with my brother, Casey, who is working on an accelerometer for a Mars probe with NASA… seriously. He’s working hard in Cleveland and even purchased a t-shirt in the downstairs vintage shop that expressed his sentiments on the city of Cleveland - “You gotta be tough!”
We had so much fun hanging/hacking with Casey and it made me wish we could take him out as a guitar tech on a future tour. Though he’s a bit overqualified.
The Beachland Ballroom is a super cool place and the sight of the Obama rally we happened to play on a little earlier last year—with Arcade Fire. A little more low key this time, but we still had a great time!
Onward to Chicago!
Ahh! Refreshed in a big way! Last night’s destination was Mohawk Place in Buffalo, which is a city that is always kind to us.
After the long hike from Boston, Austin, Josh and I went in search of food. Everything around the venue was closed but we found a nice gallery holding an art show with tasty finger food—meatballs, roast beef and wasabi sandwiches and a nice selection of cheese and crackers. More on that in the posts below.
After the show we joined some super nice locals for some Greek food, and then headed back to Marty and Susan’s house with Holiday Shores. Their hospitality is absolutely unbeatable!
We met Marty and Susan through our BFFs Headlights and we stay with them every time we pass through town. Their house, a gorgeous place out in the country, is like a rock n’ roll hotel of sorts. They’ve got six extra beds, wifi, drinks, and in addition, are just the sweetest and most fun people to hang out with in general!
To top that off, Marty’s cooking is second to none. But I’ll save the epic breakfast for tomorrow’s post.
Headed to Cleveland now! Excited to see my brother, Casey, who is currently interning with NASA there!
Though listed at about three hours, the drive from NYC to Boston can easily take six hours. Though our personal worst is eight.
Luckily, my day started out wonderfully. This is in a big part due to dear dear friend and ex-Okie Amanda. She owns those crazy eyes on the front of our last record. She took me to brunch at Roebling Tea Room and proceeded to order all four of the specials!
This included a traditional beans/eggs/cheese biscuits plate, meatballs with cabbages, potato pancakes stacked under poached eggs and sausage gravy, as well as a steak sandwich loaded with carmelized onions and horseradish. All this plus Mountain Water tea and fresh squeezed orange juice! Amazing!
Afterward we made the drive to Boston with Tom along for the ride. He’s a Mass native and helped us with our Southie accents, which basically amounted to cursing like the locals.
Great Scott was the destination and we had a nice time there. “Jumping Jigawatts!” was quoted more than a few times as a result. Excellent sound, staff and brews. Holiday Shores played another great set as well.
Special thanks to Jenn and Dave who always put us up in Boston and usually look the other way when we raid their fridge. Todd cooked up a late night snack, dumpster style: sweet potato cooked with onion, bell pepper, apple, garlic, vinegar and Asian noodles. I passed.
Another great NYC trip! We got into town late and stayed with our manager Tom. In the morning it was bagel sandwhiches and some hacky sack in Prospect Park. Todd’s signature move—the Toddy Tango—was in full effect.
We returned to Union Hall after a two year absence there. The bar has a nice menu and a bocce court upstairs with the venue below.
The show went well and I even got to return onstage with Holiday Shores for the Dylan cover. Afterward I got to hang out a the Two Syllable Records HQ with The Shores, Todd and Brian.
Goodtimes! To Boston!