Summer Tour


JULY 14 -- SALARYMAN @ KALAMAZOO

SALARYMAN TRANSMISSION: TODAY WE PLAYED AT CLUB SODA IN KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN, OUR FIRST SHOW EVER IN MICHIGAN .WOULDN'T YOU KNOW IT, WHEN WE GOT THERE, WE WERE INFORMED THAT THE BAND POSTER CHILDREN (ALSO FROM OUR HOME TOWN OF CHAMPAIGN) WAS PLAYING AT THE CLUB ACROSS THE STREET, CALLED THE WAREHOUSE, ALSO TONIGHT, AT THE SAME TIME AS OUR SHOW. IT WAS ANNOUNCED IN THE LOCAL PAPER AND ON THEIR BULLETIN BOARD. THERE WERE MANY CONFUSED PEOPLE WALKING AROUND. WE DID NOT GET OVER TO THE WAREHOUSE TO SEE IF POSTER CHILDREN ACTUALLY DID PLAY, BUT WE HAVE A SNEAKING SUSPICION THAT THEY DIDN'T. WE NEVER SAW THEIR VAN OR ANY OF THEM AROUND THE AREA.

WALT MINK, WHO ARE FRIENDS OF POSTER CHILDREN, PLAYED AFTER US. THEY ARE A FUNKY-BUTT ROCK BAND WHO DON'T REALLY SOUND LIKE ANY OTHER BAND IN THE WHOLE WORLD. THEY HAVE AN INCREDIBLE BASS GUITARIST NAMED CANDACE, AND NOW A NEW DRUMMER NAMED ZACK, WHO IS A JAZZ-BO. WE HAD A GREAT TIME TALKING TO THEM; THEY HAVE A NEW ALBUM OUT NOW ON THEIR OWN LABEL, THAT'S INDIE ROCK, KIDS. THE RECORD IS CALLED COLOSSUS. SALARYMAN END TRANSMISSION.


July 15 - Poster Children day off at Lollapalooza!

Somehow, we - and our van - have ended up in Michigan, and there are a bunch of keyboards in the cargo-hold. We're not asking any questions. It's good that we're in Michigan though, because we have to get to New York to play with Swervedriver tomorrow, and Michigan is closer to NY than Illinois.

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Permanent smile

I just looked in the side-view mirror as we were driving and noticed this huge grin on my face, because we just came from seeing our friends and up-and-coming stars, Summercamp, at 2nd Stage on Lollapalooza!

What a life, huh? Our manager is also the 2nd-Stage Manager at Lollapalooza; yes, we met her at our Lollapalooza 2 years ago, and we liked her so much we asked her to manage us! Well, ok, maybe I should put it this way: we are lucky as *hell* that she agreed to manage us! So when I talked to her about Business yesterday and asked where she was, we realized we were 2 hours away from Detroit, where the Lollapalooza was going on today. And we had a day off! We are a very lucky band, aren't we? We get to just slide into Lollapalooza like royalty! (didn't get to play though, damn!)

KoRn

We got to see Tricky, and Summercamp, and a little bit of KoRn. KoRn sounded like old Red Hot Chili Peppers before they got all wussy. Sorry, KoRn fans. I can't understand music very well when it comes out of speakers that are the size of football fields though. I couldn't assimilate the waves hitting my ear-drums into music. I'm sure if I saw them in a small place I'd like them a lot though. Maybe if they laid off the funk a bit. The best part was when they'd stop playing for a bit; they'd do this "freeze" thing where they'd stand still and not play at all. I liked that. The Summercamp guys were nonplussed. The lead singer of KoRn came out on stage wearing a kilt and playing a bagpipe - to the tune of "Low Rider." I realize now that I probably just witnessed the apex of about 3000 young KoRn-tattooed teenagers' lives. Every 3rd kid at Lollapalooza was wearing a KoRn t-shirt. Kristen complained that no one goes near the 2nd Stage when KoRn plays - the KoRn fans go see KoRn and everyone else goes too, to see what all the fuss is about.

Tricky

Tricky was fantastic. The entire crowd cleared out of the main stage seating for them when they played, it was empty. I wonder how they must've felt. The guys enjoyed it even more than I did; I still am like an aborigine watching TV when I see a huge concert like this. I can't register it as music. When they started playing "Christian Christiansen" or whatever that song was called though, it hit me that there was the band, playing that song, right in front of me! I remembered why live music is so wonderful. Remember?

Summercamp are way too nice

Then we rushed off to see Summercamp, who mentioned us from the stage, and dedicated their song "Drawer" to us. I actually would have started a mosh-pit but I was wearing sandals. They have little girls now staring longingly at them as they play, giggling when they change directions or stumble or wipe their hair out of their eyes on the stage. Summercamp all look like little movie-stars; I predict in the future they'll have little screaming Beatlefan-esque girls chasing them.

It was so nice to see them play again. They told me that Madonna said publicly "Summercamp is going to give Oasis a run for their money. The next day MTV was all over them wanting a response! I hope they do get famous, but they seem too nice and too level-headed, in a way. I think they are going to have to get meaner if they want to get famous. A nice Maverick representative strolled up to me and yelled "You're that awesome chick from that awesome band!" and went on to tell me that everyone at the label really respects us. That's nice, isn't it!

A woman called in to say she saw an Elf.

What a great day off! Tonight we had to drive pretty late into the night to get closer to the Big Mean Apple though, but we got to listen to Art Bell for not long enough. A woman called in to say she saw an elf.


July 16 -- NYC w/ Swervedriver

Intel Music Festival

We are playing the Intel Music Festival, tonight with Swervedriver. We are actually on this bill because the guy who books the club Tramps wants to recreate the best show he ever saw in his life, which was us opening for Swervedriver. He is flying Swervedriver to America to play this show and we're driving across the US to play it. I guess he wanted to get Six Finger Satellite to open, but it doesn't look like that's happening. Salaryman also is playing the Intel Music Festival on Saturday, and they're opening for Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine on Friday.

It is all I can do to stop myself from wearing my Apple shirt on stage today, but at this point I almost feel like I'd rather wear an Intel shirt at an Applefest. To quote Wired Magazine, cover with the Apple Logo with the crown of thorns around it, "Pray." What a frustrating company.

Gravity's Rainbow

hey. I'm reading Gravity's Rainbow. If anyone else wants to read it at the same time and talk about it on the newsgroup, let's do it. I am around page 75 now.


July 17 -- Museum Hopping

We have a day off in New York City, so we went Museum-hopping. Rick and I went to the Museum of Broadcast Technology, and Howie and Jim went to the Museum of Modern Art. There was an exhibit of Russian movie posters and Howie says "It was really cool." I ask, "anything else?" and he says "ehh, just a bunch of Picassos 'n shit." Jim and Howie ate a Hot Dog from a street vendor before they went to the Museum.

Rick and I went to the Museum of Broadcast Technology, which is basically a library full of 75,000 TV shows and for $6 you can choose 4 of them and you have 2 hours viewing time. Rick chose a thing on "Art Of The Future (technology and art, with Walter Cronkite, 1961)" and a thing on famous moments in Interview history (Jack Parr interviewing Fidel Castro, Tom Snyder interviewing Hitchcock, and Richard Nixon being interviewed by everyone), and an episode of an English TV series that Penn & Teller did. I chose a Nova episode about people searching for the Unified Field Theory, trying to figure out a way to test the electro and weak force unification, and Bill Moyers thing about Lying, which featured Richard Feynman's testifying about how that "O" ring on the space shuttle wasn't resilient in a glass of Ice Water (showing the difference between the Nasa guy spewing out a bunch of anacronyms and formulas and Feynman hunched over in his seat holding a glass of ice water calling the "0" ring a Thing and the material it was made out of "Stuff". That and I watched the Ellen "Coming Out" episode. It was good.

Phil Linz

Howie met a former New York Yankee last night - not at the show, but at his Uncle's house. He carried his own baseball cards around with him, and signed one for Howie.

Later we went home to our friend Andy (Of The Tour Report)'s house, dodged his landlord (whom Andy is sure will throw him out if he catches people sleeping over at his house) and watched Simpson's episodes until very, very late in the night.

MEET BIS!!!

YESTERDAY AT OUR SHOW WE MET A GUY FROM BIS!!! Is that incredible? Someone told me the other day that they are poster children fans, and I was like, "Yeah, right. But there the guy with the sideburns was, at our show! He says they own Junior Citizen and Flower Plower! Holy Shit!! I was really, really honored to meet them. I really like that video. There is a band called Kenickie that had to cancel the Bis shows and there is a possibility that SALARYMAN can play in Boston on Sunday with them! WOWWEE!!! They are apparently calling their booking agent and asking if SALARYMAN can do the show. We got our people working on it too. SALARYMAN BELONGS with Bis!


JULY 18 -- SALARYMAN in PHILLY w/ CARTER THE UNSTOPPABLE SEX MACHINE

NO BIS

DAMN. WE DON'T GET TO PLAY WITH BIS IN BOSTON. ALMOST CONSIDERING DRIVING UP TO BOSTON TO SEE THEM BUT WE NEED TO GET THOSE POSTER CHILDREN HOME IN TIME FOR THEIR SHOWS NEXT WEEK.

WE (SALARYMAN) MAY BE GOING TO EUROPE IN AUGUST. THIS WILL BE VERY, VERY EXCITING FOR US. ALSO, THE SHOW TOMORROW NIGHT AT BROWNIE'S WILL BE WEBCAST, FOR ANYONE WHO IS CURIOUS TO HEAR WHAT SALARYMAN SOUNDS LIKE. YOU CAN FIND IT AT http://www.thegig.com.

WE ARE DRIVING THRU NEW YORK CITY AT THIS VERY MOMENT. THE SKY IS BROWN - IT IS DAYTIME - AND IT IS 97 DEGREES OUT. THINKING ABOUT ALL THE LITTLE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THESE HUGE APARTMENT PROJECTS BOGGLES MY MIND. THE AIR DOES NOT SMELL LIKE URINE. I AM WONDERING WHERE THE URINE SMELL IS. RNV (CASIO CZ101) SAYS PERHAPS IT RAINED.

I HAVE NO IDEA WHO CARTER THE UNSTOPPABLE SEX MACHINE IS. I THOUGHT HE WAS THE "I'M TOO SEXY FOR MY SHIRT GUY" BUT I HAVE BEEN INFORMED THAT IS "RIGHT SAID FRED." THEN I THOUGHT HE WAS THE GUY WHO ROLLED AROUND IN A BOX (ON MTV) BUT THAT TURNS OUT TO BE MC 900 FOOT JESUS. WE STILL DON'T REMEMBER WHO CARTER USM IS. WE HOPE HE IS FRIENDLY.


JULY 19 -- SALARYMAN in NYC

CARTER TURNED OUT TO BE THE NICEST, HAPPIEST ENGLISH BAND WE'D EVER MET. I HAVE NO IDEA IF THEY LIKED US OR NOT; THEY SEEMED TO BE INTO THE "ROCK." NO WONDER THEY'RE HERE IN THE US. THEY HAD A TOUR BUS THAT WAS THE SIZE OF THE CLUB THEY PLAYED IN. BUT WE'RE NOT GOING TO MAKE FUN OF BANDS WITH TOUR BUSSES ARE WE.

TONIGHT WE PLAYED IN NYC AND THEN WE DROVE HOME, 16 HOURS. IT'S ACTUALLY A LOT EASIER TO DRIVE 16 HOURS HOME THAN IT IS TO DRIVE ABOUT 5 OR 6, BECAUSE YOU GET HOME NEAR THE END OF THE DAY AND YOU'VE SORT OF SLEPT A BIT IN THE VAN. DRIVING 6 HOURS HOME, YOU GET THERE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE DAY AND HAVEN'T SLEPT AT ALL.

I THINK THE SHOW WENT OK AT BROWNIES, EXCEPT ONCE AGAIN I HEARD THAT WE WERE TOO LOUD. WE GOT A GOOD CONNECTION WITH THE NYC TV AIRWAVES TONIGHT HOWEVER, AND I WAITED FOR THE APPROPRIATE TIME TO 'END' THE SHOW, RIGHT AS JIMMIE STEWART WAS SAYING SOMETHING ABOUT MAKING SURE PEOPLE KNEW WHY THEY WERE ALL GATHERED HERE TONIGHT. THAT'S THE FUN AND SCARY THING ABOUT SALARYMAN; YOU NEVER KNOW WHETHER OR NOT THE TV IS GOING TO WORK. COME TO THINK OF IT, YOU NEVER REALLY KNOW WHETHER OR NOT ANYTHING IS GOING TO WORK. ALL THOSE ELECTRONICS ARE SO CROCHETY.

CONTROL RELINQUISHED TO POSTER CHILDREN. SALARYMAN OUT.

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