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12.19.2007

'cordin' 'cordin' 'cordin'

wow.  we bellflur kids are amazingly flippant when it comes to regular posts on the blog.  so, while i'm working (actually... avoiding working) on a few things... i figure why not??
 
so what's been happening?  let's see.
 
well, last week we did a show with the most serene republic at the rock n' roll hotel.  i, personally had a great time, helped significantly by amicable nature of a) all the folks in the most serene republic and, b) fritz, the r n'r hotel manager.  fritz is a king amongst men in terms of club-managers who are willing to actually listen to the bands, respond and help and to always be on top of things.  as for the most serene republic, i've never met a group of more congenial folks.  all members (individually and collectively) of that band are incredibly good at what they do and incredibly fun to play a show with.  so that one went well...  thanks to the most serene republic (and well wishes to them) and the rock n' roll hotel folks and everyone who came out and seemed to enjoy the show.
 
we also debuted 2 new songs at that show.  the first is as of yet untitled and i'm not sure if we can actually classify it as a song.  i'm sure at some point we will... but for the time being, it feels categorized to a lovely warm-up piece.  then there's what is probably bellflur's most simplistic, straight-ahead rock tune ever... currently dubbed "fits and starts and stops".  we likes it.  we hope you did (or will too).  and speaking of new songs, we've been recording alot of them.
 
'cordin, 'cordin, 'cordin.
 
so for the past couple of months, we've been tracking songs for the next album with our ally in noise and atmospherics, eamonn (who you may recognize from other DC/NYC-bands that have since, unfortunately, departed).  eamonn brought with him several things to this venture... namely, a comparable (if not surpassing) level of gear whore-dom (but, luckily for us, a whore-dom that gravitates towards the recording gear variety), tons o' ideas, and a willingness to track just about damn near anything that we or he can think of.  so far, i would say its going incredibly well.  things sound amazing actually.  eamonn may have his own take on it as his eyes and ears are accosted (and damn near destroyed) on a daily basis.  but he's a champion and doing well.  until tom pegs him in the ass in a paintball challenge!
 
we've been extraordinarily lucky with our recording venue - though many of you reading this will know exactly the location to which i'm referring, i'm going to remain silent as to where we are doing this... just in case.  suffice to say however that the afore-mentioned venue has provided some of the best room characteristics for recording (i.e., room reverb, outdoor open smack, etc.) any of us have experienced before.  proving to really be an asset. 
 
so far (leaving vocals, certain samples, extra percussion out of the equation for the time being), we've got solid (close to completion) headway on 3 songs and about 1/2 to 3/4 the way through 3 others.  i believe our buddies from exit clov (emily and susan) will be coming in to do some violins and vocals as well.  then we'll be off to the rehearsals again to solidify some other new songs that will probably show up in the album... which, by the way, is going to be pretty incredible from a packaging stand-point.  JUST YOU WAIT AND SEE!!!
 
so i leave you with no pictures.  however, you should definitely go visit eamonn's blog as he's been providing recording blow-by-blows for each song (will be a great read for you equipment junkies) along with some great photos of the process (when eamonn emerges from the superman phone booth following recording, he comes out a photographer).  his blog is here (click it now):  http://bastillesound.blogspot.com/
 
and with that, christmas is upon us in less than a week (if you're into that sort of thing), and shortly thereafter, 2008.  its been a chaotic year - 2007.  but things have certainly come into their own in the land of bellflur within recent months.  we hope you've had less chaos than we this year.  certainly, a mighty "thanks" for all of you who have been giving the support, coming to the shows, helping with artwork, visuals, ideas, recording, catching us on tour, posting comments and porn (you know who you are) on our myspace page, etc.  it always means and helps more than you would ever actually think. 
 
so cheers, kiddies.... bellflur loves you.
 
patrick


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10.17.2007

Hey everybody I'm the new guy!

Hi my name is Hunter and I'm the new drummer for bellflur I've played a couple of shows with the bellflur kids but if we haven't met yet here's a little bit of info about me.

I'm an Aries, I like sushi, I have 8-10 nicknames some I like some I don't, I like to sleep, I like to drink beer, I like good beer but I'll drink a forty if I have to, I like summer fall and spring but I hate winter, I like artsy movies but not too artsy they have to have some intergrity, I like to play drums, I like bleeps and bloops, I like a lot of different kinds of music, I like the bellflur drinking team, I like food, I like tabasco sauce, I like zombie films,

Oh yeah I like Carlos,Pat and Tom they're nice.

10.16.2007

hello neighbor..

well.. hot damn. I know we've said it a million times. BUT sorry for the delay in updates. there are a few thangs going on the the world de' flur.

1- A big thanks to all who came out to our caribou show! We had a great time and are looking forward to getting back out to play more shows.. speaking of..

2- A new show announcement! hereyee! hereyee!

October 28th @ the black cat
bellfur
w/ XYZ Affair
Small Sins

3- we are also looking to whore ourself out around the east coast a bit.. you know some Mini-weekend-tour kinda thing. so if you or someone you know can help.. well then step up, playa.

4- our rehersal space has been vacuumed. i know what you saying.. "big deal"
well..thats right, it IS a big deal.. our space now smells like purple rain.

5- speaking of rehersal spaces..Here's a small glimpse into where "all the magic happens"


thats all for now..
we have practice tonight!

-DA Flur

9.25.2007

hello and good morning

 
agghh... t'ain't nuthin' worse than going to work the next morning after a show!!
 
anyways, a big thank you to all of you who came out to the show last night... taking a stand against the voice in the back of your heads that says, "are you crazy.  its monday.  you don't want to leave the confines of your home do you?  really?"  so a thank you to you and to len bias for opening up the evening.  great band, len bias... its always fun to share sets with those guys... and by "always", yes i do refer to the two times we've played with them, including last night!  but they do not disappoint!
 
so yesterday evening marked a return after a several-month hiatus of sorts.  granted, we've been busy working on new material and equipment and plans, plans, plans (as always) while were out, but it was good to be back playing (with a "streamlined" stage set-up (don't know if anyone caught that)), and with new drum-'flurian, hunter.  mighty fine job he did last night.
 
so, thank you again.  hopefully, we'll see you all again on tuesday, october 9 at the rock n' roll hotel, when we will be sharing the bill with caribou and born ruffians.  until then, take care and sleep easy.
 
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9.11.2007

so nice




Hello everyone,

We had a visit from a friend of ours from Minnesota, John Grider, who is a fantastic artist. He was in town setting up a gallery exhibit in Baltimore @ the Maryland Art Place. http://www.mdartplace.org/exhibitions/current.html

While he was in town he waskind enough to make some of our equipment more pleasing to the eye. The first picture is a stencil he did on my guitar amp. The second is one of his paintings which you can find at www.brokencrow.com.

I would definitely suggest checking out his website and, if you can make it to the Maryland Art Place, to check out his pieces on display and those of the other artists in the exhibit.

8.20.2007

a bellflur update...

well.. its been a while..

dont worry, we didnt forget about you. Alot has been going on in the land o' flur.

new tunes,
new album,
new gear,
new drummer! (yet again)

I'd like to welcome our new friend Hunter to the group. He's picked everything up very quickly and is itching to play a show... with that being said..

new shows! (coming soon)

so check back soon for more news..

-tom

6.14.2007

"A Collective Confession"


In this section of the blog, each member of the band will post one event from tour that stuck in their mind. Whether it be magical, stressful, hilarious, painful or delicious. If you were part of the tour in any way, shape or form..please add one of your memories for our viewing pleasure.

tour blog 5




this is a new tour blog from Ben! Thanks dude!

6.12.2007

tour photo album

The Rock N' Roll Hotel B&W's



Here's Tom & Catherine manning battle stations at the merch table. We didn't do as well as Toronto but we are getting a good response to the new shirts. I think we would do better if we have Jessica & Catherine model the shirts, what do you think?

"It's right outside your door, now testify!"






So, on our day off in Minneapolis, Bill and I decided to take a drive around town to see the sights. As we were driving, we saw something that made us slam on the brakes while saying, "What the Fuck?". I said to Bill, "Get your camera". We approached Mr.X (He wouldn't give us his name & he would not shake my hand) with cautious wonder. So, I got him talking and once we got on the subject of government...that was all she wrote. His public display of protest was all about....I don't know. He really didn't have 1 point, maybe like a blend of mis-directed anger, crooked facts and maybe even a little racism. Nonetheless, still an impressive use of his front lawn. I have to respect a man with something to say even though I couldn't follow what he was exactly saying. Well, he did tell us not to trust any country that has a predator (A bald eagle) for a mascot. Stay tuned for a video clip of our conversation, maybe..that's if the CIA doesn't stop us from publishing it first..
-casey

Minneapolis in Black & White

Here is Bill sitting at our favorite morning coffee spot in Minneapolis. I do not know if he is pooping or sharting..looks like a little of both.

6.10.2007

Tour Blog Video #4

Deleted Scenes make things fun

This is what we got to enjoy every night for two weeks on the road.

Kawl-fee talk part duex

As I was writing the last post (Riding in Tom's car) I got cut off. Anyways, the Annex, cool bar, hip location, but that's about it. Manhattan is like the southern coast of South Africa, very strong current, rocky shores and full of sharks. If you're in a band and you want to play in Manhattan, the best thing you could do is get everyone you know, put them in a bus and drive them up to the club that you're playing at and install them as your audience. I hope that explains the scene there. O and try to dress like you're in Interpol.
West Chester, PA..It's a small town right outside Philly. Cool little town that reminded me of Annapolis. The venue was Rex's and the place was serving up $1 PBR's and for $3 you got a PBR and a shot of whiskey. They kept the bands happy with 3 free pitchers and I think Rex's had a small built-in crowd that obviously came there for the cheap booze. The show went well, good response and the load-in/load-out went pretty easy. As for the accommodations, our good friend Alli was nice enough to let the whole band stay at her place like 5 minutes away. We got pretty lucky this whole tour with kind people that would let us stay with them. Whether it was old college buddies, relatives, friend of a friend or best of friends. The tour would have been very expensive without all of you. Thank You. I would do it all over again.
-casey

6.09.2007

The Kawl-fee is great in New Yark!

I think the highlight of the Boston show was seeing a monster raccoon run through the streets and under the deleted scenes van. I freaked out when I saw it and Carlos and I chased into an alley. It was about 24" tall and maybe 3 ft. long. But besides the wildlife, the show was pretty cool. After we played our set, we found out that we had the next night off. So, with mixed emotions, we drove about an hour south of beantown. We found a Rodeway Inn. Patrick pulled a miracle out of his ass by getting us 2 rooms for the price of one. Thanks be to a trucker that had to leave immediately after paying for his room. OK, so we slept like coma victims and woke to a day of driving. Our destination, Manhattan, NYC.
Once we arrive Staten Island, we prepared ourselves for a day of R N R at Tom's parent's house. I will sum up our visit in 1 word. NEEDED. The Annex waits. A bill of 4 bands has packed the house. They were not there for rock, they came for friend rock. Which was bad for us because everyone left after the 2nd band..well almost everyone..

6.06.2007

an ode to chicken parm in the form of a haiku

A slice of heaven
chicken parm made by toms mom
i will eat some more

6.05.2007

h'allo

oh... man, i can't even remember where we are right now... somewhere in a motel... in... massachusetts or connecticut... its about check out time and back on the rhode to rhode island (did you see my play on words??). our bruise count at the moment is Patrick (3), Casey (4), Carlos (18), and Tom (1)... but you should see the one on tom... it looks like he was kicked by a horse.

let see, since i last posted, i believe we've hit burlington and boston. burlington. beautiful. everybody in burlington, i'm convinced, has a congenital affliction of congeniality and helpfulness. casey ran into one of the DJs at The Point (big radio station in vermont)... which is always interesting meeting folks as such - there's that big slap in the face moment of "hmmm... this seems like an opportunity here... what to do what to do..." - and then you either act or you don't. casey... casey acts.

boston. ah, boston. carlos (once again) managed to drive us right into the middle of the city on newbury and parked the car getting us all excited thinking that we were playing in the cruxt of downtown boston. at which point came the famous c-love stick to the gut... "soooo, we have the wrong address." so we load back up and drive over the bridge, out of the city (or at least out of downtown boston) and into cambridge to arrive at our cosy "abbey lounge". we were very happy to see that there was indeed a stage and that the amplifiers were actually going to be mic'd this time. good folks at the abbey so many thanks to them and the other bands. mike, i hope your equipment recovers (i haven't seen anyone go sonic youth on their equipment in ages - was really spectacular).

so the deleted scenes... ahh... may good things be written about them one day and soon. doesn't matter if there's 10 or 100 people, those cats bring it every night - something all bands trying to carve out a little spot for themselves should take a note from... if you can't bust it out each night... its that much of a longer road ahead. perhaps the scenes could start educational clinics or something ;) at any rate, if you're reading this and haven't seen the deleted scenes as of yet, you're missing out. and for the next several days, you're lucky enough to see us with them too!!!! heh, heh!!

we'll speak soon darlings.

video blog 3



video by Ben Rowny

6.04.2007

whoa... I know Kung Fu

so.. according to 'Los and Hatrick, when i awoke this morning i looked like Keanu Reaves in a Scanner Darkly..


hmm..

-tom


Tour pics- Bill Risen

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check em out....
-tom

colt 45 swims in the veins...

so as it turns out... tom was once formally known as "stang". we discovered this fact when we pulled into albany and were greeted by several of his cohorts and former associates from the days when he attended the university of albany. before i get to that though... kudos are due...

CANADA... OH, CANADA... I LOVE YOU! with a full (and heavy heart). toronto is, quite simply, a swell place... a vibin' town... a hood o' blue cool. i've made it to montreal once and it was equally fantastic - thus leading me to the final assumption that canada, in many regards, is were americans are destined to go when they die - realizing that america, again, in many regards, is kinda stupid sometimes... (cough, cough). thanks for the good turnout and show canada, titty driven, hal's ballroom and its fine employees. bless ya...

so, albany. didn't know what to expect from albany. as it turned out, we had to do battle with a hardcore show in the venue upstairs from our venue. i remember distinctly one of those "bellflur-esque" pause for thought moments in one of our songs, and then - BOOM! - the bass and drums from the hardcore show upstairs rattled my stomach and vomitted with its heaviness. no, actually that didn't happen. much respect to the hardcore kids... they're committed and driven! anyways, albany was awesome. every once in a while you have a show where everything just falls into place and it feels unstoppable. that was albany. great show, great people, great $2.00 schaeffers and so on. had a great time. and LunaSea, the words touch... oh yes they do... and to pat & pat, thanks for allowing both bands to crash at your place... its people like you that make these things flow more smoothly than they normally do.

and speaking of "both bands" - DELETED SCENES ARE THE BEST!!

we left albany this morning (actually now i guess it was yesterday morning) and drove through upstate new york and vermont to arrive in burlington. i think that may have been the most beautiful drive i've been on in these united states. burlington is a great place. smaller than i imagined... but fantastic none-the-less. and its nice and cool, which i dig. if you've seen me, you'll know i have my own personal insulation system, and cold weather definitely agrees with me. we played a shorter than normal show, but good regardless. not as killin' as albany, but good all the same. off to boston tomorrow. i'm sure we'll wake up feeling battered and bruised as always.

and now... my ode to coffee:

A CAFFINATED HAIKU:

Oh, Black cup of death...
drink the magic elixir
See you tomorrow!

-patrick
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thanks to all my friends who came out to the show last night. It was great to see all of you, i had an awesome time. Here are a few pictures..

-Tom (formally known as: Stang, The Stang, Stang-a-rang, Stang S. Stangerson & Stizzle)





6.03.2007

6.02.2007

Roy Rogers: A Lament

Roy Rogers sign post on the road
My head begins to spin
And see the tasty chicken
Dipped into the mashed potatos and gravy

The gravy

The gravy

One more mile.
Soon my stomach will feel the satiation.

1/2 a mile left.
My head reels with apprehension.

WAIT!!!
There is to be no stop.

Roy Rogers in my rear view mirror.
Nothing in my stomach.
Roy Rogers in my rear view mirror.



~~~fin

carlos: current mood: sad and hungry : (
currently listening to: my stomach cry

New treat from Ben



Along with num-chuck skills and computer hacking skills, Ben has got mad editing skills.

3 cheers!!!!

OOOooooo Canada

Dear Canada,

Please forgive us for all the bad things We've said a-boat you in the past. Turns out all those rumors were totally false! Bellflur <3's our neighbors to the north. Toronto is an awesome town! Everyone at the show was super-cool and was really into our music.. which, well.. makes this all worth it. We ended up hitting the streets and handed out about 100 cd's fo' free. We did not want to leave. Thanks for all the support, love and food. mmm.. Hal's Burgers.. until next time (and there will be a next time)

Adios!

Da Flur

here are some pics from last night.




6.01.2007

Border Crossing..Canada, eh...

so we finished up the show in detroit last night and headed straight for the border. It turns out we were only 5 mins from canada. From talking with numerous bands we have heard lots of horror stories about bands trying to cross the border. we were all stressing the thought of having to unpack all of our gear, unhook pedals, getting taxed on merch, and getting strip searched at the border. All of our worrying was for nothing, they let us pass right through. So far canada is pretty cool except for the damn metric system.. ahhhhh

we drove up to london, ontario to stay w/ ben's friend Cali. The town she lives in is a real cool place. she had an awesome cat "cecil" who could pick things up w/ one paw and throw them.. Her band "titty driven" will be playing w/ us this evening...we are all looking forward to our arrival at Hal's Ballroom. Pat and myself are going to hit up "paul's boutique" as soon as we step foot in toronto.. its a vintage/boutique music store and has nothing to do w/ the beastie boys.

until later..

-Bellflur


5.31.2007

Detroit Rock City



hey hey hey..

so we arrived in the B-E-A-utiful Detroit rock city.. and when i say beautiful i mean GHETTO! the drive here was ok.. we stayed at a shadey motel last night..
we immediatly checked for cameras, 2-way mirrors and dead hookers.. all clear.. except for lots of random stains. so.. our shoes never came off.

i slept way to late which meant no shower for you! which is a fair trade for a good nights sleep w/ AC.

and to think i made fun of Bill for showering before bed..

-tom
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so chicago went well... in several respects. had some great mexican food from whole in the wall place called "panchos". mmmm...red beans and rice will always bring you back to life. ronny's bar is a crazy place. it was nice. the live room sorta harkened back to some old school days of practicing in the parents' garage when i was in middle and high school with bands past. so, i guess i would say it was a nostalgic (energy-filled) show.

then the hotel, which tom talked about above... i would give it 5.5 out of 5 stars!!! the A/C in our room didn't work... so it was like sleeping in a sweatshop... our shower towels had these mysterious, brown (fecal) stains (which casey noticed just as he was about to dry himself off with one), and then there was the distinct appearnce from the state of my bed sheets that "someone was fucking in my bed too!!" but, for $40 when you're tired as all get out, you're willing to look past those things. and so now we sit waiting for someone to show up at the club in detroit so we can start the load-in. i took a quick drive around and its a shame about detroit... lesson to all... don't let the automotive lobby run the economy in your town! i've never seen so many consecutive blocks of once ornate and grand, now hollowed and dilapidated buildings.

speak to you all from canada. very much looking forward to toronto!

- patrick

Road Stories



Hello everyone reading this,

We are on the road about half an hour from Detroit, and a few hours more from our third show on our tour. The first two have went swimmingly except for technical issues on my end. Now that I think of it, most of the "issues" we have had I have the pleasure of being the one responsible for. I will relate a story....

We decided to leave DC and drive right to Minneapolis without stopping to be able to spend all day roaming Minneapolis which is a fantastic city.

I was driving our van and was new to the gas mileage it received and thought that I had it all planned to reach our next gas station. Anyhow, as we were all heading down a nice long hill I felt the gas pedal no longer responding. This discovery led me to what became perhaps the worst 12 seconds of my life. The moment where I realized what I had done and was already living with not only the problem but the fact that I was the only one who knew what was going on. I was debating in my head how break the news with the least amount of shame while simultaneously trying to; A)Remain calm and not let on we were out of gas in traffic and, B)How to get us the hell out of harm's way while waiting for a miracle to get us the last little jaunt to the gas station.

I was able to make it over to the shoulder, without power steering, get out of the truck and explain to everyone that No, I did not miss an exit, but rather had stranded on of our 2 vehicles.

The shame. The shame.

And to top everything else, the van gently rolled up and stopped in front of the sign informing us we were less than 2 miles from the gas station.

Bill pointed out the extra irony of our situation which was that we were in a gas guzzling van stranded on a highway directly next to a series of sky-high windmills doing their job of making life better for all through clean fuel.

I will leave what is left of my self respect intact for now and not tell the next story. For now.

Be sure to stay tuned to see how that wascawy Carwos leads the team into harm's way again. Next episode: Border Crossing???

Carlos

5.29.2007

Bellflur @ the 400 bar

hello-


so after chillin in minneapolis for a day its finally show time. Ben
Rowny has met up w/ us and is along for the remainder of the tour.
Here is a video he filmed of us setting up.

enjoy

-tom



5.28.2007

Day Two

Hello--


well... we made it.    after 20 hours..and one breakdown because of lack of gas..thanks carlos.(next time he will listen and not say.. "we can make it..trust me"     well.. we were so close.. not close enough.  and carlos keeps losing the keys every stop we make...
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coffee is a glorious (and simultaneously terrible thing...) on the road.  i had burger king coffee, sheetz coffee, Ella's Country Inn Restaurant (a really nice way of saying "multi-use gas station") coffee, subway coffee, black coffee, brown coffee, solidified coffee, textured coffee and the "pass-right-through-you" coffee.  you can tell alot about a state by the nature of its coffee service via the gas stations.  so far, minnesota has good coffee.

also, as a side note - i spent a good 45 minutes updating my itunes library to have a slam-packed ipod for the trip.  i thought to myself - "self, you have 15 hours of consecutive music on your ipod now... i think you are good."  as it turns out, 15 hours of consecutive music only works if you have a 15 hour trip or less... for a 20 hour drive... eh... not so much...

working on a couple of hours of sleep at the moment, so suffice to say that we made it to minneapolis and we'll be starting the tour "officially" tomorrow.  pictures and videos are going to be updated on the blog nightly (of course we're aiming high with a statement like that) and also on myspace and youtube... once we've managed to wake bill from his coma.  so you'll be able to keep tabs on the antics and shananigans and chaos of a bellflur-road trip... officially dubbed the "tetris-tour '07"... a throwback to our needed figuring of how to place 20 cubic feet of equipment into a 15 cubic feet capacity van...

... fyi - it doesn't work well... 

casey, carlos and bill (if he were awake) send their love.

until tomorrow!

- patrick and tom

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5.27.2007

Tour Update

Hello-

thanks to all who came to the show last night.  It was a great time.  So after a late night we finally managed to to get up and get on the road. Minneapolis here we come.  our ETA is approx 4:23am. 
keep checking back for updates, picutres and videos. 

-da flur

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5.25.2007

so...as you may or may not know, bellflur is playing a show this Saturday night. It will be the first date of our tour, so come out to the Rock and Roll Hotel to send us on our way!! also if anyone could help us out w/ any support/info for the tour would be awesome... you know.. kinda like.. "Don't forget to see the worlds largest ball of twine in Minnesota"

we will be bringing Bill Risen and Ben Rowney on the ro-ad w/ us. You may know bill the projector/visual guy.. also ben has helped us in the past w/ video work etc.. They will be helping us document the whole experience. we will be updating a video blog daily and our reg blog as well.. just go to bellflur.com

also-Its Ben's Birthday on Saturday so come out and have a drink or twelve w/ him...


May 26th @ the Rock and Roll Hotel 8:30pm

Bellman Barker (cd release party)
The Subjects
bellflur (9:30)


-tom
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Upcoming Shows
May 26 2007 9:00P
The Rock and/or Roll Hotel Washington, DC

May 29 2007 8:00P
400 Bar Minneapolis, MN

May 30 2007 8:00P
Ronny's Bar Chicago, Illinois

May 31 2007 8:00P
The Corktown Tavern Detroit, Michigan

Jun 1 2007 8:00P
Hal's Ballroom Toronto, Ontario

Jun 2 2007 8:00P
Valentine's Albany, New York

Jun 3 2007 8:00P
The Monkey House Burlington

Jun 4 2007 8:00P
The Abbey Lounge Boston, Massachusetts

Jun 5 2007 8:00P
Penalty Box Bar Providence, Rhode Island

Jun 6 2007 8:00P
The Annex New York, New York

Jun 7 2007 8:00P
Rex's Bar Philadelphia

Jun 8 2007 8:00P
The Low-Fi Social Club Baltimore, Maryland

Jun 9 2007 8:00P
The Trash Bar Brooklyn, New York

Jul 3 2007 9:00P
The Black Cat DC, Washington DC

Jul 13 2007 9:00P
Lit Lounge New York, New York
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4.21.2007

sneek peek

howdey,
 
heres a few pics that will give you a small glimpse into what makes bellflur tick.
 
-Tom
 

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4.02.2007

gratitude is in order...

thanks to all who came up to "the mansion" on friday night to help celebrate tom's b-day.  he's an elderly man now... he's like 39 or something... ;)  kidding.  contrary to popular belief, he's the youngin' of the band.  and fyi (not to be too tardy on formal introductions)... that was our new bellflurian - casey - on drums.  he's swell!
 
anyways - been ages since i've been to a party such as that... much less play one.  we had deleted scenes, firedancers, crazy lights, good sound, several beverages, grills, firepits... and i'm amazed i can remember all of that.  and indeed, a thanks to all is in order:  beth for taking the photos (and schooling my ass in ping-pong), haley and jalin for beatin' the pots and pans on our opening song (kids can be so damn cute sometimes...), deleted scenes for opening and making things start off on the right foot (very much lookin' forward to the tour), all the firedancers, tom (not birthday tom) and Scenes for providing lights, chris for keeping the grill moving, everyone else who lent a hand in the set up and preparation (sorry, i'm terrible with names), and all the friends... and complete strangers... who came out to enjoy it...
 
... perhaps next time, we can avoid having the fuzz put the kibash on the festivities and mess everything up ;) 
 
a special thanks and relief to "Mouse" (myspace name - sorry i haven't officially met you yet and am not aware of your real name), who walked away from the party with two staples in her head after trying to tackle the sharp end of ping-pong table (or was it the fireplace mantle??).  at any rate, thanks so much for being in such good spirits about the "ping-pong accident."  you can read about her wounds (and see them if you're so inclined) here http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=4521919&blogID=248069051&MyToken=28bbc29c-ed37-41f2-9765-2dc86da01416.  we were worried about you and we're all very glad you're okay.  free entrance to the next show for you!  and a t-shirt!  perhaps a button!  we'll keep you away from the ping-pong table next time ;)
 
thank you all.
 
-patrick (on behalf of the other boys as well)


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3.19.2007

new pics and tour

Hello-

We have some new pictures and also a tour in the works.  check out our myspace page for the tour update.  In the meantime...heres a sneak preview
-tom



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3.14.2007

the way things go...

generalized update...
 
there are several reasons why cubicles are bad.  at the moment, i think its because its making feel a bit nauseous.  sometimes its because you realize that you make a concerted effort on a 5-days a week basis to be boundaried and baracaded.  and what is a cubicle today, is going to be a cubicle tomorrow, and 5 years from now, and 25 years after that it'll still be the same cubicle (until they're updated to fall into further conformance with the latest trends in cubicle fashion and accessorizing or something)...
 
... which is why moments like last night are like chicken soup... they warm you up and move you on.  we did the rehearsal thing last night - ran through three or four tunes - a few steps, cancelled check, we can build you, brief physics (the latter three being new(ish) songs) with little twists and revisions here and there.  flavored accoutrements if you will...  i've enjoyed bellflur since my entrance into the world d'flur - however there seems to currently be an invigoration and just complete no-holds-barred aggression and fullness while playing... er... at least as aggressive as you can be with this music.  and that certainly seems true on all four [persons'] accounts.  there's a general push... feels like if you were to fall over a cliff or tumble down the face of a building and suddenly realize that regardless of the speed of your descent, you're not going to smack into the concrete... but rather it just keeps going and after a while it becomes more exhiliarating than anything else.  (heh, heh... holy failed metaphore, batman!!!). 
 
anyways, i think much of it may have to do with the fact that casey is now with us ('cause the kid has talent... to say the VERY least) - and just seems to seamlessly fall into a song... which is VERY nice.  i think much of it focuses on the fact that the new songs are coming along splendid-like - and push all of us to branch out and listen (which amazingly seems to be one of the main things bands and/or musicians seem to fall short in consistently... like their worst enemy... used happen to me all the time). 
 
tom is double-fisting keyboards, percussion, bass, and vocals from song to song.  c-los' new CP-70 i think has brought much inspiration from the keys end of things.  i don't know... sometimes you need to purchase new equipment or exploratory instruments to push you along (as i was discussing with a friend last night just before rehearsal incidentally).  but the bottom line is that i think something is happening within the ranks of bellflur... something that should be abundantly clear and obvious to you all soon.  and thoughts like these are the good ones... moments like these are the cherished ones... aspiration and determination such as this is the essential one... because the cubicle is no place for anyone... i tell you this to be true, kiddies.
 
- patrick


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3.11.2007

NEW GEAR & FIRST POST

at the moment, we're brainstorming... spit-balling if you will... over a
forthcoming jaunt into the open (some call this a tour, we call it a jaunt
into the open). whilst brainstorming, we eat tag-a-longs (as the girlscouts
are out in full force round the mansion). this here is my first post - i'm
not sure where to take from here as its sunday and i feel burnt... and the
tag-alongs are doing nothing to boost my waning energy levels. BUT... NEW
GEAR!! ;) Just put my kidney on deposit for a 90's reissue (made in
England) Vox AC-30!! fantastic. picked up an old Roland AP-2 phaser while
i was there. separate controls for rate and resonance. its funny, for all
of the boutique high end pedal manufacturers out there today, sometimes
vintage is just the way to go... and sounds better. also... since i sold my
novation bass station to tom, i picked up the vst version for use on the
laptop. i know... not the same... but whatever... if it grumbles loudly,
that's all i need. ON THE LOOKOUT FOR (let me know if you see one) - a
Farfisa Fast 2 or Fast 3 combo organ and a Lovetone Big Cheese fuzz pedal.

that is all for now. fly, fly, fly, fly.

-patrick

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3.10.2007

new tune new gear

los and i were up pretty late last night..crafting a beautiful new tune. 
thought you'd like a pic, so here....    we also have a bunch of new gear..
a la..   yamaha cp-70, korg ms2000, kaoss pad 3, novation bass station,
casio vl-tone and a speak and music... just to name a few.  
looking forward to the next show...  im positive you'll hear a difference.
-tom



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3.08.2007

Bed Sores

The new guy is happy to be back from the dead. I awoke Monday morning to find that my 4 week sickness had been lifted. I had been ill for so long that I wasn't sure what "normal" felt like anymore. The signs were definitely positive though, I was out of bed, I could eat soup and I reluctantly turned my cell phone back on just to hear it ring. Any change was good and it was good to hear my phone ring, it was my anchor to reality, to society and to sanity. So, I would like to take this opportunity to thank my kind Jessica for nursing me back to health, the miracle drug Zithromax and last but not least...my band mates, for having a heart of gold. In summation, I would like to say just one more thing...( In the words of the great Dee Snider from Twisted Sister)....."I Wanna Rawk"!   Rawk!!
-casey

3.06.2007

new member

hey...
just incase you didnt know... our battle w/ our revolving drummer syndrome has been ended..  we have finally found the missing member...    his name is Casey Buckner..   he is fantastic.
-tom

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bellflur.com

hello...

a new bellflur.com is coming soon!
(that is when i finish it)
-tom