I'm John. I am an engineer by day and a guitar nerd by night. This is my personal blog. Here you will find mostly guitar and science stuff with a dash of anti-state politics and personal rambling.
Ashes of American Flags - Wilco
also, just trying to save you some time, not trying to be a know it all or anything.
Yeah no worries! I would have implemented your last recommendation but it’s already almost done. Something to remember for next time though.
pretty easy to check your time machine backup to make sure that the data is there, man.
Yeah, but I’m not going to be using the time machine backup to restore files after the clean install. I just prefer to do it manually, even though it’s cumbersome.
I’m a bit drunk off of moonshine so I thought I’d show you guys the cover of Africa by Todo that’s on my EP coming out tomorrow.
Features the lovely voices of Nick and Sarah from For Everest, and David F. Bello from TWIABP.
Hit up www.logfella.bandcamp.com tomorrow for the free download of the EP.
This started off great and just got better
Whoa, how did I miss this?
Maybe I’m off-base here, but I don’t think that being unconditionally supportive of sexual assault survivors is mutually exclusive with the idea of innocent until proven guilty. To me it just means that survivors should be treated with the utmost care until more facts are known.
Here’s a smattering of things I learned on tour:
- Food will make or break you. Eating tasty garbage food at local places is fun, but eat at grocery stores whenever you can. Keep fast food at a minimum, except for occasional Sheetz runs because that place is glorious.
- Same for alcohol. Don’t drink too much, especially if you’re doing vocals.
- Again on a similar note, drink as much water as you can.
- If you want to have fun in the places you visit, be prepared to wake up super early or you definitely won’t have time to do anything before load-in.
- DON’T BE LATE TO THE GIG. Google maps can tell you with near perfect accuracy how long a drive will take. Add an hour for every three (my personal rule for long road trips) just to be on the safe side.
- Have your vehicle checked before you leave. Pay particular attention to brakes/brake fluid, oil, transmission fluid, AC, etc. Bonus points if you have a mechanic friend who can do cheaper work for you after hours.
- Get an EZ Pass. Getting a new one only costs $25 and that all goes to loading your account. If you already have one, go on the website and add your van to the list. Sitting in traffic and fumbling for quarters should be a thing of the past.
- Buy strings in bulk. It’s cheaper anyway. Also buy a string winder for quick changes, because doing it by hand takes forever.
- Have a backup for important stuff that can break. Guitars, amps (or tubes if you’re able to bias your amp on the road), drum heads, cables, etc. I have an old solid state Peavey head that makes a perfect backup because it’s loud enough for guitar and bass and is basically a tank.
- Vocalist tips: do your warm-ups or you will burn out after one or two shows. I also recommend throat coat tea mixed with honey. Drink it before and after your set. Rest your voice for at least 5-6 hours a day. Driving is a good time to do this.
- Bring a basic toolbox with pliers, screwdrivers, etc for quick gear maintenance. Maybe even a small soldering iron if things really go wrong.
- Practice packing your vehicle so you can get the most efficient use of your space.
- Do an idiot check after every gig. You don’t want to be that jagaloon who can’t play because you lost your 1/4” cable.
- Even if you’re super tired, watch at very least one of the local support bands. The gig would not be possible without them and often times they’re the ones booking.
- Always thank the promoter, etc during your set.
- If someone puts you up for the night, thank them as much as possible and give them 1-2 merch items of their choosing. Hospitality is worth at least that much.
I probably forgot stuff, but Thor from Swans wrote an amazing list which I back super hard.
I hope that helps at least a little bit. Best of luck! Remember, touring is supposed to be fun.
Great list, only thing I’d add:
- Have 1-2 shirts or tanktops or blouses or whatevs exclusively to wear while you play. Keep them (and the rest of your luggage) at least semi-fresh with dryer sheets
Seems oddly specific but shit was honestly a gamechanger
This is incredibly all-encompassing, but I’d like to add:
- Pack as lightly as possible, because you’re going to come back with more than you leave with. I brought an empty cardboard box and filled it with records, books, clothes, and other things I bought on my last tour.
- Mike’s advice is great but I’d also suggest bringing clothes just for being in the car. Basketball shorts and a comfortable cutoff t-shirt for summer tours, sweatpants and a pullover hoodie for winter.
- If your band parties, party in shifts. One night two people go hard, and two relax. The next night, alternate.
- Don’t overlook old friends. Make contact with everyone. Be warm to everyone you meet. People go out of their way just to come to a show. They don’t have to do that.
- Have as much fucking fun as you possibly can and don’t let dumb shit bring you down. You’re going to regret being negative because in retrospect I guarantee you will have enjoyed yourself.
Reblogging for expert commentary.
a friend of mine posted this on facebook, along with an article about the supposedly false rape accusations against Conor Oberst (I’m still very skeptical about these newest developments). It sums up things pretty nicely.
This is on point. Just because false rape accusations happen doesn’t mean they are in any way common, and it doesn’t justify any sort of victim blaming or MRA bullshit.