February 3rd, 2015

REAL EMOTIONAL HAIR TOUR (Smarch 27 2014 thru April 12 2014)

The Jicks are Jake, Mike, Steve & Joanna. We somehow got lucky enough to play 13 shows with these crazy guys between late-March and mid-April 2014.

When it comes to choosing amazing cover songs, few bands own as hard as The Jicks. Sometimes the covers arrive during soundchecks, and sometimes as surprise bonuses during the set (often during encores). Sometimes they're Pavement covers (which is always nice), but usually they're '60s and '70s AM Gold hits. Accordingly, we've included a "Jicks covers" section where we'll try our best to remember all the random shit they pulled out of nowhere.

3/27/14 San Francisco, CA (Slims)
Jicks covers: "Fly By Night" (soundcheck), "Outdoor Miner" (soundcheck)
We overheard someone in The Jicks' backstage room singing "Ex-French Tee Shirt." Eventually, Darl hit it off with Steve thanks to the magic of smoke breaks. BFFL.

3/28/14 Los Angeles, CA 90048 (El Rey)

Jicks covers: "Smells like Teen Spirit" (soundcheck), "Stereo" featuring Spiral Stairs (whoa, headline)
The Jicks and Speedy both got interviewed separately for a video series, and the guy holding the camera turned out to be the touring keyboardist for Marilyn Manson. For whatever reason they didn't include the part in the video where the girl asks "what bands would you like to tour with?" and we all chanted "Marrrilyyyn Maaansssson" really slowly and loudly with big, dumb smiles on our faces.

3/29/14 San Diego, CA (Casbah)
Jicks covers: "Eminence Front," "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)."
Malkmus and Sadie both caught some shitty pneumonia around the same time. The story goes, he tried to buy antibiotics off her, and she was like "hell naw," so he just ended up using her inhaler. This was the night when Jicks' merch seller (a.k.a. Rebecca from Wild Flag) informed us of the secret insider news that Sleater-Kinney's next album was all finished and ready to roll. Of course, this album has since been released, so the news isn't nearly as interesting as it was months prior. But at the time, we were all gasping and shouting expletives such as "hell," "damn" and "gasp."

3/30/14 Pioneertown, CA (Pappy & Harriets)
Jicks covers: "Outdoor Miner"
Stuff: Pappy & Harriets. An old west family restaurant & bar in the middle of the desert (literally surrounded by sand) where they'll get bands like Spiritualized, Camper Van Beethoven, TV On The Radio and Sleep to play shows. Ice Cube shot a video there, and I forget what other famous peeps were on their wall of fame. There was a dirty little pig hangin' out, and I think she got pissed when we tried to pet her through the fence.

3/31/14 Los Angeles, CA
No show. Back to LA for video stuff. We shot our bit for the "American Horror" video.

4/1/14 Phoenix, AZ (Crescent Ballroom)
Jicks covers: "Never My Love" (soundcheck), They possibly did "Stereo" again. I recall some dude towards the front losing his shit over a Pavement cover.
Stuff: Joanna's big birthday celebration. Sadie presented her with a cake on stage.

4/2/14 Las Vegas, NV (Beauty Bar)
Jicks covers: "Box Elder" (coming out of "Do Not Feed the Oyster")
Stuff: In "New Vegas," I got an absurdly large sugary alcoholic fountain icey drink in a plastic bong for $12. Darl did not gamble. In "Old Vegas," we saw this praying mantis thing that shot fire out of his antennas. (See video below.)

4/3/14 Salt Lake City, UT (Urban Lounge)
Jicks covers: "Fly By Night"
Stuff: This was the night when we figured out that The Pie Hole has better pizza than The Pie.


4/5/14 Missoula, MT (Top Hat)
Jicks covers: "Touch of Grey" (soundcheck), "Fly By Night," "Age of Consent," "Sister Ray"

4/6/14 somewhere in Montana
It's my birthday. Buh b-b-b- birthday. Went bowling with The Jicks. I got "most improved" because they thought I was serious when I started out doing the thing where I throw the ball really high up in the air and it thuds onto the alley.

4/7/14 Calgary, Alberta (Republik)
Jicks covers: "Summer Babe," Medley: "25 or 6 to 4," "Brain Stew," "Sweet Child O' Mine"
Stuff: The border patrol guy made fun of our passport pictures and was like "you must be with those guys who came through here earlier," referring to The Jicks. Pretty sure there was a nearby RV engulfed in flames while all this was happening. Pro-tip: Try to find this entrance to Canada.

14 VHS copies of Jerry MacGuire.

4/8/14 Edmonton, Alberta (Starlight Room)
Jicks covers: "Harness Your Hopes," "Range Life"
This was probably around the time when Mike Clark started joining us on stage for the cowbell part on "Taylor Swift," which ended up becoming a nightly ritual. Darl has a good picture of a dude falling asleep at this show.

4/10/14 Vancouver, BC (Rickshaw Theater)
Witnessed legit crack deals in the alley behind the venue.

4/11/14 Victoria, BC (Lucky Bar)
Jicks covers: 15-minute version of "Victoria" by The Kinks (soundcheck)

4/12/14 Seattle, WA (Neptune Theatre)
Jicks covers: "In the Mouth a Desert"

So yeah, we crashed the stage. As far as I can recall, the story goes like this:

Throughout the tour, Malkmus tried to hide it from Sadie that he secretly knew about her old cover band Babement. They were a Pavement cover band with 5 megababes who played 2-3 times back in like 2010/2011-ish. So not long before the show starts, he asks Sadie, "Any interest in a Babement reunion tonight?" which was his way of asking, "Do you wanna sing on 'In the Mouth a Desert?'" Darl was around and casually mentioned that he used to sing the "It's what I want" part when they covered that song in his old band Daysleeper. And Malkmus was like, "cool, you're in." So of course, when I heard about all of this insanity, I tried my best to sneak in with some "hey guys, am I cool too?" shtick. And so Steve said I could do the ooo-ooo part because he heard me sing harmonies on a few Speedy songs (and possibly because I was wearing a Gummo shirt that day). And of course we had to have Matt there, because we couldn't do it without all of us. So Matt joined me on the ooo-ooo thing.

Being on their stage was as surreal as it sounds. Like a very weird dream. But it was also really fun. After the song was finished, we huddled off-stage while someone from the audience yelled "FUCK YOU STEVE." I guess he was bummed that the only Pavement cover of the night was sung by the loser squad. Tough break, guy.
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No sleeps til 4/20 Part 5-12 (April 13 thru April 19 + college shows)

4/14/14 Fargo, ND (The Aquarium)
I pretty much just remember that it was really cold, and the TV show hadn't come out yet. (Google reveals it actually premiered the following day.)

4/15/14 Minneapolis, MN (7th Street Entry)
Back to the Purp (le rain). Our good buddies in the band Buildings are really good at enabling alcohol consumption. Is it ok to say that on here? Riff Raff was playing in the Purple Rain room (the one next door where we played with Breeders last year).

4/16/14 Chicago, IL (Empty Bottle)
My phone says I Shazam'd "2 On" on this day.

4/17/14 Pittsburgh, PA (Smiling Moose)
Darl overheard two people awkwardly boning at 4AM.

4/19/14 Bennington, VT (Bennington College)
Big college show with Ovlov. When we showed up we saw Raya wearing computer speakers around his head blasting Ovlov.

4:20 - end of tour. Blessed day. Best day.
Just kidding, tour kinda never ended. But at least we were home and sleeping in our own beds n stuff.

4/26/14 Suny Purchase Cultureshock (The Stood)
We are trying to locate The BasedGod. Where is The BasedGod? We spent a lot of time looking for Lil B, but he was stowed away somewhere. The crowd exploded during Guerilla Toss, both physically and chemically. Darl got to rekindle his friendship with Lightning Bolt. (I think this happened. He did sound for them at Wesleyan a few years ago.)

A few minutes before Lil B came out, I got bored and started packing up my drums by the side of the stage. Then without any warning, the house lights went dark and a huge spotlight started shining immediately to my left. The drunk college crowd lost their shit and about 50 cell phones were pointed in my direction. Apparently, I'm awkwardly looking around on about 50 people's instagrams who were trying to capture Lil B's entrance. To be honest, I don't think any of us recognized any of the songs he played, but whatever. He kept that shit #rare and #based.

4/26/14 Amherst, MA (Amherst College)
World's Fair! Love these dudes. Would watch again.

4/29/14 - 4/30/14 Brooklyn, NY (Rare Book Room)
Recording "Bigger Party" and "Doomsday."

5/1/14 Peterborough, NH (Toadstool Bookshop)
Book store show with Death to Tyrants. A lot of cool little kids handed us posters to sign as if we were actual celebrities with valuable signatures or something. It was def sweet.

5/2/14 Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (Bard College Spring Fling)
Deerhoof and Celestial Shore! Greg from Deerhoof was covered in college babes all night. That's right awn. And we met up with Lily from Palberta who we hadn't seen since that time when a couple of her old bands played with us back in December 2011 (our 4th show ever).

5/3/14 Boston, MA (MIT Steer Roast)
Too much fun with Potty Mouth. For a drunk spontaneous encore, we debuted the song "The Graduates," which at the time was called "Dropout." Darl and Matt peaced, and I just made up a drum part on the spot. Pro-tip: Drunk college kids really will applaud for anything - even the ones who figured out The Theorem of Life two hours earlier.

5/4/14 Winooski, VT (Monkey House)
Fat Creeps (the band).

5/7/14 Manhattan, NY (Sirius XM)
Interview/session. I said something corny before one of the songs (something about "Sadie Doop-a-doop") and they left it in the broadcast. Thanks a lot, guys. Howard Stern was nowhere to be found, nor was Beetlejuice. Also, this was Devin McKnight's big Speedy debut.

This is probably a good spot to turn to a new chapter. Spring Europe tour is next.
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Sugar We're Going Tour (May 16 thru June 6 2014)

Hey, it's Mike again. For those just tuning in, we're mid-way weasling through the scrap book of memories that we didn't get to post during 2014. We're not caught up just yet, so this is probably an inappropriate video to post:

5/16/14 Copenhagen
Festival with EMA. Visited Christiania. A dude yelled at me for sitting against a wall and eating a taco.

5/19/14 Liverpool (The Shipping News)
Darl says, "I remember it was a Monday and people were fucking wasted." We had to school the Liverpudlians on Hans Moleman.

5/20/14 Dublin, IRE (Workman's Club)

5/21/14 Bristol (Exchange)
There's a dude who we started calling "Armband Guy" who we've seen at 3 or 4 shows. He's a big guy, really friendly, with a very heavy Bristol accent and about 100 armbands from previous festivals still attached to one of his wrists. He's more commonly known as "Big Jeff," or "Bristol Jeff," and he has some kind of sensory processing condition where he sees crazy colors and shapes whenever he goes to see bands play. David Catmur (our European TM) refers to him as "a legend." I guess he's legendary enough that the top result when Googling "Bristol Jeff" is this documentary short:

Also thanks for the awesome skate-wheel poster! Check out more of their stuff here!

5/22/14 London (Electrowerkz)
Darl put a credential sticker on his ass and the bouncer got pissed. He thought there were gay implications and said, "I don't wanna look at that." Mark Bowen showed off his bling rings.

5/24/14 Utrecht (Ekko)
Played with Big Ups at some weird space that looked like a mall but actually might have been an art gallery or something? Yeah anyway, we ended up in their video, and I'm pretty sure they're in ours. Later in the day, I finished reading the 33 1/3 book about Celine Dion, and we played with some band where these dudes wore leather jackets and played yacht rock. The main leather dude started soulfully crooning "Hakuna Matata," which is a very good song to croon when you want everyone in the room to feel extremely awkward all at once.

No show. Our van got searched for drugs at a German rest-stop by the German drug-cop dudes. Sorry cops! No drugs here! Also German Sailor Moon:

5/27/14 Zurich (Elmo Delmo)
God, this spot was amazing. Big show with J & L Defer, also known as one-half of Disco Doom! David Catmur rocked out on the bass during soundcheck.

5/29/14 France (This is Not a Love Song)
Mark E Smith!

5/30/14 - 6/1/14 Barcelona (Primavera)
Sadie hugged Earl Sweatshirt. We saw Slint. While Deafheaven were gone from their dressing room, we stuck presents on the walls. Sadie left them a Princess-puppy and I left them a BMO. This dude made sand castles of Bart pissing and Homer drunk. (See video below.)
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No show. Went to The Alps and stayed at Dave's mom's.

6/3/14 Marina di Ravenna, Italy (Beaches Brew)
We kept seeing Lee Ranaldo everywhere. Also, we're still trying to figure out what was up with this scary little "Michael Jackson banana" carnival item being sold at a rest stop. I kinda hugely regret not buying this. (See video below.)

6/4/14 Rome (Circolo degli Artisti)
As an experiment, I said "Como se va?" with some attitude during the stage banter, and everyone in the audience yelled back, "EYYY!! COMO SE VA!!"

6/5/14 Torino (Spazio 211)
Kinda sick of squat toilets. I got bored and made a video montage. (See video below.)

So Darl says, "Italy's such a weird place. It kinda feels like 'The South' of Europe. Like, their version of The South." Then I says to Darl I says, "Like, the Alabama of Europe?" And then he says, "Yeah, Italy kicks ass." And so then I says, "Or maybe the Louisiana of Europe because they both have the boot shape." (There's no punchline. I'm just relaying our conversation.)

6/6/14 Porto (Primavera)
After our set, we kinda jumped off our stage and ran directly towards the other stage where Slint was playing so we could see them again. People talk a lot more in Porto, as opposed to the dead silence during "Good Morning Captain" in Barcelona. We had a video interview in our trailer where we ended up singing all the lyrics to "Come On A Cone."

A few hours later we were on a plane heading back to the States.......