I’m Back

So far, this weekend has been great. If you’ve been following my Twitter feed, you probably knew that though. The show Thursday was a lot of fun. The venue was cool, the staff was friendly and Old Canes was awesome.

I’ve got some video from Thursday. I haven’t checked it out yet, but as long as it turns out good, I plan to post it soon. I got the entire Old Canes set.

Their setup included:

acoustic guitar + pedal board
drums
cello
harmonica
trumpet (two of them)
tambourine
shakers
xylophone
melodica
keyboard
toy piano
mandolin

I hope I didn’t leave anything out.

AL.com ran a story about the Athens show, and I was listed on “The Day Jobs” blog, too.

Athens has this restaurant called “Trappeze.” Their vegetarian reuben is great – avocado, sauerkraut, tomato, swiss cheese and thousand island dressing on some kind of bread that had swirls in it. (They have a great beer selection, too.)

Old Canes played at the Drunken Unicorn in Atlanta last night, and it was another great set. Very cool venue, also. They were nice enough to put me and Adam (from Rowe) on the guest list for last night’s show since we were in Athens. That was very cool of them.

Here are some photos from Athens:

Caledonia

board

Old Canes

"Old Canez"

Last night was the last night of their tour, so they are headed back to Kansas.

There is a show tonight in Montgomery though:

Marsellus, Flip the Switch, Moses, Creep List and DJ Rev are at Santa Barbara. Here is the Facebook invite.

And tomorrow is the debut of the Gut Munchers teaser at Strange Days. Lots of bands too, including Last Transgression, the Black Racers, The Boss and The Rabbi, 12th Hour, The Shining Path and more! Here is the Facebook invite with the details.

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Shows this week (starting tonight!)

Tonight, I’m opening for Old Canes at the Caledonia in Athens, Ga. 10 p.m. Old Canes features members of The Appleseed Cast! And look at the Caledonia’s website. It’s official:


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Friday, Montgomery has two good shows going on:

At Head on the Door: No, Supreme Dispassion, The Rudy Banes Breakup.

At Strange Days: Breaking Aim and the Rhythm, BPM.

Old Canes is at the Drunken Unicorn in Atlanta.

Saturday at Santa Barbara in Montgomery:

“Die, Die My Darling: The Deadutantes’ Halloween Party” featuring Marsellus, Flip the Switch, Moses and Creep List. Check the Facebook invite for details.

And Sunday at Strange Days:

“Party Monster’s Ball: No Loitering’s Horror Fest.” Here is the Facebook invite for that.

And here is a story on BuzzMontgomery about it.

Look at the lineup!

OK. Mark your calendars. I’m getting ready to hit the road. Follow me on Twitter for updates: @joshcarples

All kinds of good news!

Back on Oct. 14, I mentioned that Old Canes was touring. Old Canes is a side project of Chris Crisci of The Appleseed Cast. Their new album, “Feral Harmonic,” is out on Saddle Creek Records (home of bands such as Bright Eyes, Cursive, Azure Ray, etc.), and it’s really good so you should check it out.

Thursday, Oct. 28 (which is tomorrow), I have the distinct pleasure of opening the Old Canes show at the Caledonia Lounge in Athens, Ga!

This is very exciting for me, as I really like Old Canes, and The Appleseed Cast is one of my all-time favorite bands. And if you haven’t heard their stuff on vinyl, you are missing out. Really. It’s that good.

If you have friends or family in or around Athens, please encourage them to come to the show! Doors open at 10 p.m. (Eastern, of course). The show is 18 and up. The cover is $5 for 21+ and $7 for 18-20. Please spread the word!

Other good and exciting news is that Mogwai just announced that they are releasing a new album early next year. It’s called “Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will,” and it will be released in North America by Sub Pop records.

And finally, in Montgomery-related political news, Jon Dow won the special election for the City Council district 6 seat that was left open after the passing of Willie Cook. I’ve met Jon Dow before, and he always struck me as a good person who was genuine in his concern about the city and his district. Congrats to him.

Be informed

A couple of quotes from Thomas Jefferson:

“Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. And to render even them safe, their minds must be improved to a certain degree.” –Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia Q.XIV, 1782. ME 2:207

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” –Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816. ME 14:384

A week from tomorrow – Nov. 2 – is the 2010 midterm elections. Educate yourselves on the candidates. Elections shouldn’t be about parties, they should be about people.

Here are some links to articles about some of the candidates up for election:

There is a wealth of information and articles on the Governor’s race. Just search for “Robert Bentley” and “Ron Sparks” and you will find many.

For Lt. Gov., the choices are incumbent Jim Folsom and outgoing state treasurer Kay Ivey. Click here for more.

For State TreasurerYoung Boozer, Charles Grimsley on PACT, state investments.

Public Service Commission, place 1Twinkle Cavanaugh, Jan Cook on utility rates, 10-digit dialing. The Capital City Free Press has endorsed Jan Cook for another term for multiple reasons.

Public Service Commission, place 2Terry Dunn, Susan Parker on utility rates, 10-digit dialing.

Supreme Court, place 1Rhonda Chambers, Kelli Wise on trust, efficiency.

Supreme Court, place 2Mike Bolin, Tom Edwards on efficiency and trust.

Supreme Court, place 3Tom Parker, Mac Parsons on efficiency and trust. In this race, I think it is worth knowing that Parker is the “least productive justice” on the court. Read about that here.

Secretary of StateBeth Chapman, Scott Gilliland on the office and elections.

Agriculture CommissionerJohn McMillan, Glen Zorn on food, farms and drought.

State AuditorMiranda Joseph, Samantha Shaw on reducing inefficiency.

Attorney GeneralJames Anderson, Luther Strange have sharp differences. One thing that continues to be brought up is that Strange has a history that involves him being a lobbyist in Washington, D.C., working for large corporations.  Anderson also claims that Strange has “never tried a case in court.”

Then, of course, there are state and national congressional races. Most political analysts consider Richard Shelby to be untouchable in this race.

One to watch for is the U.S. District 2 race between Bobby Bright and Martha Roby. So far, the only thing Roby seems concerned about is Nancy Pelosi. She seems to be running the same campaign that Jay Love ran two years ago against Bright.

There are also some amendments on the ballot this time. Read about those here. On Amendment 3, both Gov. Bob Riley and Dr. David Bronner (head of RSA) have come out against it.

In other news, Sen. Hank Sanders won’t apologize for his “Jim Crow” comments. I mentioned this in a post the other day.

And there’s been an update on a story I mentioned a few days ago about a man who called 911 saying he had been shot. According to the Decatur Daily, he is unharmed and has been working on a ranch in Oklahoma. He is facing charges now, some misdemeanor and some felony, for fraud, theft, false 911 calls. Sounds like he’s in for some bad days ahead.

Murder By Death

I finally got a chance to watch the Murder by Death Live DVD that I got awhile back. It’s a great live show, and the DVD has an archive section with older live performances (including a couple of songs from “Like the Exorcist but More Breakdancing.”) It also includes some tour antics and a photo gallery.

And here’s a music video for “Brother,” from the album “In Bocca al Lupo”

Do I really want to tell this?

Last night after band practice, I decide to stick around and do some recording. It’s late. I’m the only one out there, and surely not expecting anyone else to arrive.

I was actually recording some new ideas for background music on Gut Munchers. It’s getting late. I probably have seven or eight separate tracks recorded at this point… on one song, anyway. I stop recording and hear banging and scratching on the door, which is locked – no voices, though.

It really sounds like someone is trying to break in while I’m in there. And I was playing guitar, so it was loud enough to know that someone was in there.

I’m thinking my bandmates came back by or something, saw my care, and figure they’d mess with me or something, so I text them asking “Are you here?” to which they respond “where?”

At this point, someone is still making noise outside, shaking the door, scratching on the door, etc. I admit, at close to 1 a.m. I was kinda freaked out, so I send out the S.O.S. to my bandmates, who proceed to get in the car and drive 80 mph to get there.

Soon after that, I get a text from a friend – we’ll call her Holly – asking what I’m up to. So now it’s starting to click. Holly is outside, saw my car, and is making noise to mess with me, and I’ve already called in the cavalry, who pulled up probably within five minutes of that first text.

Oh, if she had only yelled “Hello!” or “Josh!” or something. Sigh.

So there’s the story. Laugh. Enjoy. Lesson: my bandmates/friends are awesome.

Today is the last day to register to vote

If you plan on voting in the Nov. 2 midterm elections, today is the last day to get registered. For more information, visit: www.alabamavotes.gov.

In John Archibald’s Birmingham News column today, he says that neither Ron Sparks nor Robert Bentley are equipped to serve as governor.

I’ve said for awhile now in discussions with friends that this is the first time in awhile during a governor’s race that no one seems genuinely excited to vote for someone.

In 2006, I saw passionate voters arguing the issues for and against both Bob Riley and Lucy Baxley. In 2002, the race between Riley and Don Siegelman looked like it was the Alabama version of the 2000 presidential election – it was so close, we didn’t know the real winner on election night.

This year, it seems most are shrugging their shoulders and saying “meh.”

But always, as the election gets closer, the crazier side of Alabama politics comes out. Now, a former member of the Birmingham City Council is trying to get Bentley removed from the Nov. 2 ballot, alleging he violated the state’s Fair Campaign Practices Act with his newly-discovered links to the Alabama Education Association. This all goes back to the runoff between him and Bradley Byrne in the primaries.

This has the potential to get more interesting, depending on how the attorney general’s office handles the complaint.

So there’s that new development, and then there’s this: Alabama Senator Hank Sanders recorded a campaign phone call saying this:

Hello this is Hank Sanders, Alabama state senator, and I’m still mad as hell. I say hell no! I ain’t going back to the cotton fields of Jim Crow days. I’m going forward with Ron Sparks, Jim Folsom and others who will do right by all of us. I hope you are mad as hell and will not go back. You have the power to choose. I will stand until hell freezes over for Ron Sparks for governor and Jim Folsom for lieutenant governor on November the second.

Really?

No matter who you may be supporting on Nov. 2, does anyone really believe that Robert Bentley and Kay Ivey plan to send people “back to the cotton fields” or institute separate water fountains?

That’s probably not the best way to have an informed electorate or elevate the political discourse, Senator.

And here’s some bingo news: Bob Riley seeks bingo crackdown at Alabama’s Indian casinos.

Randomness 3.0

Quote of the day: “I have never met anyone that makes me want to cuss as much as he does and I was married for 10 years.”

[disclaimer]: That quote has nothing to do with me, but a friend said it, and I found it funny.

Insomnia sucks.

Wait. Let me clarify. The movie “Insomnia” is really good, as you would expect it to be since Christopher Nolan directed it. The insomnia you would read about on WebMD sucks. So does writer’s block. Have music, need words.

In political news, here is a story titled “Alabama legislator threatens reporter with golf club during ABC News investigation.” Aren’t you proud? There is video, too.

And in a strange story, a man calls 911 for help, says he’s been shot, then hangs up quickly after telling the dispatcher that his attackers spotted him. He’s still missing. According to the story, authorities traced the cell phone signal and were on the scene within a half hour, but there was no blood or evidence of a shooting. Very strange stuff. I hope he’s OK.

Now available on Amazon and iTunes (and beer)

“The Final Scene” is now available on Amazon and iTunes!

It’s also available at CD Baby and at www.music.joshcarples.com.

Please tell your friends, and most of the online retailers have a review section, so you can tell the world if you like it, hate it, listen to it everyday or use it as a coaster. I’d love to know your thoughts on it.

In other news, thanks to my friend Lee, I have now had the opportunity to try four brews from the Olde Towne Brewing Company in Huntsville, Ala. and I must say that I am impressed. The “amber” has a taste that I’m just not used to, but their pale ale is one of the best (maybe even “the” best) that I’ve had. Their pilsner and hefeweizen are both really good as well. I wish they had distribution in the Montgomery area. (We still need to get Fat Tire here, too.)