At this point I think it’s only right that we begin to question our choices in terms of bars. First Blaggard’s, then McCorrmack’s and now Cody’s – all victims of NYC rising rents, health code violations or general gentrification. Be that as it may, they were all comfortable hang outs run by real people who took the time to know your name and a little bit about you.
At any rate this isn’t good news for our newest hang out up by Montana: Jake’s Saloon, you are now square in the cross hairs. We sincerely hope that you will not fall victim to The Curse of The Rub. But if history is any indication, the clock is ticking . . .
We’ll be back at Fontana’s on June 12th. For those of you that were at our first show there, you’ll remember what a great place it is. Hopefully it won’t rain cats and dogs again this time, but even if it does – we’ll still have a lot of fun.
Hope to see you there!
Last week Matt had a stroke of brilliance, the type of moment of clarity he is altogether unaccustomed to. He had an idea, maybe his best ever: The Polish Tornado ¾ length T-Shirt.
You may remember that Mike had bestowed upon himself the moniker “The Polish Tornado”. We think (and will continue to believe until presented with facts that prove us wrong) that this stands as the single most awesome self-given nickname in the history of nicknames.
Behold, the Polish Tornado T-Shirt complete with really stupid looking tornado:
Thanks to everyone who came out to the Bitter End last Friday to see our set. We had a great time and hope you guys did too – we really appreciate the turnout. We are currently in the process of putting together a couple more shows and hope to see everyone soon.
Our new CD Someone Tell Me Where My Memory went will be here soon! Available on iTunes. Until then, we’ve taken the links to the rough cuts down. We’re really proud of it and hope you enjoy it.
Happy to announce that the Rub’s Tour de Force continues. For those of you that know us well, you understand that this level of motivation and effort is a freakish anomaly. Thrilled to be playing at the legendary Bitter End on Friday March 7th. We”ll go on promptly at 9:00pm. More details to follow one the bill is finalized. Hope to see you all there.
Some sad news to report: Blaggard’s Pub, a place near and dear the The Rub’s heart has served it’s last pint of Guinness.
If we’re being honest with ourselves, we should be surprised that it lasted this long. The plumbing was barely working for the past 7 or 8 years, the food was barely edible and the place had a distinct smell that left your clothes smelling like Blaggard’s for days after your visit.
And we loved it. It was a staple location for pre-rehearsal beers and was responsible for more than a few “late arrivals” to Montana. Keiran, Don and Grelin were some of the best and friendliest bartenders you’ll find; thanks for everything fellas.
Of course, there’s always the sister establishment located somewhere else in midtown, affectionately known as “posh Blaggards” – but we don’t even really know where that one is. Give us “shit Blaggard’s” any time and we were very happy indeed.
Right in the shadow of Penn Station it was a go to location for every problem drinker headed down to the LIRR or NJ Transit which made for some great people watching. The always drunk married guy who sat in there with 3 or 4 phones in front of him working them all constantly. The girl with the silly hat that looked like a JiffyPop on her head. The girl who looked like Tootie from The Facts of Life. The list goes on forever.
I’m sure they liked watching us too. Although I’m not so sure they liked us when we’d put on Master of Puppets in attempt to get them to leave in order to take their bar seats. Oh, well . . . the end of an era . . . .
It was always tough to get a cab around there anyway.
post script: I have no Earthly idea how this place ever managed to get an “A” on their food inspection certificate (above).
Thanks to all that came downtown in the pouring rain to see us last Friday night. Thanks especially to Rob and Cori and Fontana’s NYC and Jen from CEG presents. A good time was had by all, and we hope to be able to play there again soon.
For now though, it’s time to finish up the CD and get it in to mastering – we hope to have it finished pre-Christmas. After that, it’s back to rehearsals and writing for the next disc which we hope to record in the Spring.
Thanks again Everyone, and we’ll see you at the next show!
Really happy to be playing at Fontana’s on the Lower East Side, NYC on Friday December 6th. We’ll be starting at 8pm sharp, so be sure to get there early and have a few drinks beforehand. And afterwards, be sure to stick around and watch our good friends The Hypertonics’ set.
Should be a great time. Hope to see you there!
So, we went up to Quad Lakeside studios in Greenwood Lake NY for a long weekend on the 14th-16th and came away with 10 awesome tracks. Lou and Matt were amazing to work with, and the studio that Lou has built is nothing short of amazing. Lou is sort of a legend in the NYC studio business having owned the famous Quad Recording Studios in Times Square for decades. He’s recorded a roster of artists too long and impressive to list and it was generally an honor to watch him work and learn from him.
We had the time of our lives up there, just hanging out, recording and generally having a great time.
The songs sound terrific even in rough mix form and now it’s time to polish things up and keep making them better.