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.
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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.
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
w/ XYZ Affair
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!
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.
Make your little one a shining star! Shine on!
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.
dont worry, we didnt forget about you. Alot has been going on in the land o' flur.
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..
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.
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?
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..
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.
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..
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.
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!
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)
My head begins to spin
And see the tasty chicken
Dipped into the mashed potatos and gravy
One more mile.
Soon my stomach will feel the satiation.
1/2 a mile left.
My head reels with apprehension.
There is to be no stop.
Roy Rogers in my rear view mirror.
Nothing in my stomach.
Roy Rogers in my rear view mirror.
carlos: current mood: sad and hungry : (
currently listening to: my stomach cry
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)
here are some pics from last night.
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.
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..
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!
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???
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...
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.
- patrick and tom
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.
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)
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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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
With tax season right around the corner, make sure to follow these few simple tips.
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.
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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.
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.