JoCo in NE

September 30th, 2007

Hey all – a reminder of a couple of shows coming up, plus some new ones.

First an important clarification – this Friday at Johnny D’s in Somerville, MA there is ONLY ONE SHOW. The time was changed to 9:45 and some calendar listings ended up with both the old time and the new time. So don’t come too early and don’t come too late. Just come right on time.

Wednesday 10/3 – Higher Ground in South Burlington, VT
7 PM with Paul and Storm
This is my first time in VT so be nice. Hint: this means you should buy tickets. For God’s sake Vermont, don’t let Texas win.

Thursday 10/4 – Iron Horse in Northampton, MA
7 PM with Paul and Storm
Looking forward to coming back to this place, last time we played there it was a big old blast. Plus it’s close-ish to where I grew up, in comparison to something like San Francisco anyway, so if you look closely you may be able to spot some people I went to high school with in the crowd.

Friday 10/5 – Johnny D’s in Somerville, MA
9:45 PM with Paul and Storm
What is there to say about Johnny D’s that hasn’t been said already? Nothing.

Sunday 10/14 – Joe’s Pub in NYC
9:45 PM with The Petersons (
Excited to play here for the first time – plus if you haven’t seen The Petersons before, you should. I offer my personal money back guarantee.

Friday 10/19 – Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA
8 PM with Paul and Storm
New venue for me, probably a whole new attitude, maybe a makeover, who knows?

And that’s it for now, though there’s always stuff in the pipeline. Spread the word – see you soon…

Very Weird

September 30th, 2007

That’s how I would describe the show in Annapolis last night. In a good way (I think). The show was mostly a digression from itself, and it was one of those audiences that seemed to delight in watching me go off the rails and careen into the forest. But at least we got to play a Dan Fogelberg song. Thanks to everyone who came out and brought monkeys.

Your Videos and Things

September 27th, 2007

Perhaps you remember this now semi-famous video for Code Monkey from JoCo fan Emily – I say semi-famous because it’s quite true. I personally have seen people doing this dance in the audience at shows. There is also this homage performed by a toddler, and this other one performed by a toddler, and you know it’s just a crazy thing. I do this thing and then Emily does a thing based on it, and then THAT becomes a thing, and other people do more things (OK, other toddlers do, but you see my point).

Anyway I mention all this because the video recently passed the 200,000 views mark, and Emily posted this video thanking the internet. She also sent me a new video she made for The Big Boom, which I’m sure I will see people doing at shows if I ever learn how to play it on the guitar. And it would be a crime not to mention here that Spiff’s Code Monkey video has recently passed the one million mark on YouTube. And now of course I need to mention all the video makers by name which I cannot possibly do because there are too many of them, and Len with the VTAW pictures, and Kristen with the uke remix, and everybody else – thank you so much, all of you.

Anybody who thinks amateur content is damaging our culture needs to keep thinking for a little while. I for one welcome our new amateur overlords…

That’s What I’m Talking About

September 24th, 2007

Joel’s second me-related Hijinks Ensue comic is up, in which I am some kind of zombie killing superhero. Me likey.

A Perfect Ending

September 24th, 2007

I’m in SEA-TAC now waiting for my flight – it’s been an amazing couple of weeks though, and last night’s show was the perfect one to finish with. Triple Door’s a really swank venue, not a bad seat in the house, and of course the room was packed with that particular brand of hippie-geek you find in large groups out here in the Pacific Northwest (whassup Pax!?). I’m grateful for that sublimely strange and lucky moment when an actual human baby made a scary baby noise in the middle of Creepy Doll – that kind of theater doesn’t just happen, unless it just happens. And the lights – the lights!

Thanks to everyone who made this last round of shows so much fun. I’m going home to rest, beat back the inbox, and get ready for the next few shows as this year winds down. See you all soon…