Our washing machine is completely adequate, but our dryer totally sucks. It usually takes at least two rounds to get anything actually dry, and in the past few months it started doing that bouncing around thing that I thought only happened on television. When it does this, the heat vent hose gets disconnected, threatening to overheat the dryer. We remedied this partially by duct-taping the hose to the dryer and weighing it down with a box of Dancing Feet March to War CDs from when we tried to start a record label in 2004. Even so, it's hellishly loud and 15 feet away from my computer.
Why am I talking about this? Because I have a metric fuck-ton of laundry to do before we leave for tour tomorrow and I'm sure the other dudes do too. This sentences me to a few hours of miserable dryer noises today. Right now I'm cherishing the relative silence; all I can hear is my own typing and Phil Collins' Greatest Hits playing from my iTunes.
This tour snuck up on me, which tours tend to do. It should be a good one, I don't think there are any shows that have potential to totally suck. There's the aforementioned shows with Ra Ra Riot and Tera Melos that we're thrilled about. We also landed a last minute show with Enon and Thunderbirds are Now in Detroit! Here is the list of dates:
04/25 - Minneapolis, MN @ University of Minnesota (w/ One For the Team, Poison Control Center)
04/26 - Northfield, MN @ St. Olaf University (w/ One For the Team)
04/27 - DeKalb, IL @ The House Cafe (w/ Kid You'll Move Mountains, Picture Books)
04/28 - Detroit, MI @ The Pike Room (w/ Enon, Thunderbirds are Now!)
04/29 - Columbus, OH @ The Basement (w/ Ra Ra Riot, Little Ones)
05/01 - Toronto, ON @ Ukula - OVER THE TOP FEST (w/ The D'Ubervilles, Oh No Forest Fires)
05/02 - (EARLIER SHOW) Hamilton, ON @ The Casbah (w/ An Albatross)
05/02 - (LATER SHOW) Guelph, ON @ The Shadow
05/03 - Brampton, ON @ Bramalea United Church (w/ Oh No Forest Fires)
05/04 - Barrie, OH @ Foundation (w/ Oh No Forest Fires)
05/05 - Brooklyn, NY @ Death By Audio (w/ Tera Melos, Anamanaguchi)
05/06 - Portsmouth, NH @ The Red Door (w/ Tiny Whales)
05/07 - Boston, MA @ O'Briens (w/ Tiny Whales)
05/08 - Manhattan, NY @ Piano's (w/ These Bones)
05/09 - Brooklyn, NY @ Lost and Found (w/ Get Him Eat Him)
The only things we have to figure out are these:
-We are playing May 9 in New York and then driving back home. Griffin has to fly home for his sister's graduation, so the rest of us are taking the van home. Mapquest approximates it at 15 hours and 20 minutes, but I think we can make it in 15 hours and 18 minutes.
-We have April 30 off. We're in Columbus, OH on the 29th and Toronto on May 1. What should we do on the 30th?!
Also, I didn't know that Phil Collins covered "Can't Hurry Love". This sketches me out a little bit. I'm watching you, Mr. Gated-reverb........