Thursday, February 28, 2002

Sew sometimes, one doesn't come home and they create chaps out of paper bags. there is nothing wrong with that. it certainly needs to be done, by somebody. If not, who will? Inside everyone is a cowboy/girl..waiting to emerge from their crevice deep within. so let there be ranchers, herders, sherders. its all the same underlying ideal.
i am sitting down in the basement of the computer science building right now. there are no windows down here...
ian? where are you? We need to practice tonight.

Janel? Where are you? nate needs a cigarette.
i am sitting down in the basement of the computer science building right now. there are no windows down here...

Wednesday, February 27, 2002

Today, I started volunteering at the Catacombs for their breakfast/lunch shift. I helped make some damn good pancakes too. If you knew what was best, you'd stop in tomorrow around lunch time and let me make you something good.

Tuesday, February 26, 2002

In response to Matt's blog below, sometimes women play keyboard, sometimes they don't. I'm still attracted to them all the same.
What do The Anniversary, Ozma, URM, Boylion, Zach Attack, The Rentals, and every single other emo band have in common? They all have female keyboardists. Has the woman been relegated to the keyboard by modern indie pop? Back in the days of grunge, women enjoyed the bass. Somewhere in the transition to modern music, women put down their basses and picked up a keyboard--a very large keyboard at times. Men have continued to maintain their stranglehold over the guitar, but now they also hold domain over the bass. Until now, the gender of keyboard players has been pretty evenly split. Something has happened. Are women becoming more marginalized in the emo-indie-pop society? Or is the movement away from rhythm to melody an empowerment of those women? Only time will tell.

Sunday, February 24, 2002

matt and i were scouting out whitewater last night for new acts. little did we know, we were going to stumble upon a goldmine...a little group calling themselves "the right arms". we made a business deal with them; and, as a result, they have just been added to the bill for the electric earth show on march 9th. be there to witness them in all of their splendor.

Saturday, February 23, 2002

So, after my brief encounter with Low in person yesterday evening, I am not impressed. Not that they spit on anybody or stole my lunch money, but they weren't the most friendly of musical groups either. Live, it wasn't their best show I've seen of theirs either. Their new song "John Prine" was utterly fliptasic, but other then that, it was rather average for them. Tomorrow night New Kentucky Quarter will be traveling to Nenah Wisconsin again to play with W. Von Braun and the French New Wave for their last show ever. We expected tons of people and we fully plan on kicking some serious ass. Also, Friday was spent making DPC buttons, so give us a holler and we might get you one. Boss.
Tonight, our very own Marcus Truschinski stars in Loesser and Burrow's hit musical, Guys and Dolls. In this war time comedy, Marcus plays Klinger: a soldier who desperately wants to get out of the army. In order to be declared section eight and, thus, sent home, Klinger dresses like a woman. However, Colonel Potter doesn't buy it. Nevertheless, Klinger continues to wear women's clothes with the hope that someday he will be able to go home. Don't miss it.

Friday, February 22, 2002

yo, blacklisted and comsomol diaries @ electric earth tonight. be there. do not pass low. do not collect $200.

Thursday, February 21, 2002

So, Natron did a little drumming action for the New Kentucky Quarter at the Cafe Mormatre this evening. It went fairly well. Local mainstays Tangy headlines and were barely thro the halfway mark of their setlist at 1 hour into their show. Button designs for both NKQ and DPC were discussed. People from the NKQ were envious of the DPC design, so we'll see if it is reciprical. Other news is the launch of driftlessponyclub.com, a new media conglumurate of the 21rst century. Boss. In other news, Low will be playing Madison tomorrow night, and altho NKQ has relinquished their opening slot, there is the possiblity of other merryment for me. I will give you the full rundown tomorrow. WSUM will also be hittin ghte air at 2:22 pm at 91.7 I believe. That's all the news from Lake Wobegon, folks.
hey you!...hey! I'm talking to you. You got to this website typing www.geocities.com/driftlessponyclub didn't you. STOP IT! Now all you have to do is type www.driftlessponyclub.com. It's the shit.
we just put an mp3 of agent starling on the audio page. this is our best recording yet!!!!
once again the coffee pot remains unpercolated. abandoned and forgotten, the grounds lay unsaturated in their conviently situated heap awaiting someone to press go to extract their essence from the mother nest.
i would like everyone to know that james and i saw "funrod" playing in a basement tonight. what do you do to yourself to become in the condition that you decide to name your band "funrod"? and then, what do you do to yourself to stay in that condition? they pack a punch, tho.

Wednesday, February 20, 2002

On the morning of Friday, February 22, www.driftlessponyclub.com will become the official web site address of the DPC. It will be a historic moment akin to the construction of the pyramids and the discovery of unscented toilet paper.
Alrighty Pony Clubbers, we have a decision to make, as it looks like Mike Gilson's household is also throwing a little get-together of their own on Friday night. So I am putting it on the table.

Tuesday, February 19, 2002

Today is a red letter date in the DPC calendar. Supergirl hit #3 on MP3.com. We're now among the distinguished ranks of asshat and freddie faggot.
While my cohorts were out hitting up the bars last night, I mamaged to fall asleep at 11 in the evening. I recommend it highly as my body has reached superhuman strength today. My heart goes out to you, Marcus, Craig, and Matt. In other news, you will be going here and downloading "Microwave", "Work In This Universe", and "Shells". In a different dimension, "Microwave" was a number one hit. And the songs feature contributions from James Iha and D'Arcy. fulflef is Boss.
Hey, my heart goes out to you, Marcus. I also can't wait for our extreme show list to start. Now, I'm directing the rest of this blog to the fans. Hey, thanks for being supportive. Thanks for buying all our albums. All zero of them. My personal favorite is the one with the song that goes, "Oh, girl, you my special honey doll. Baby. Baby. Do that thing you do? Hit me two time, lady girl." As you can see, I went to the bar tonight with my colleague Matt Weber. I'm going to regret this blog tomorrow.
have you ever met a girl that you tried to date, but a year to make love she wanted you to wait? let me tell you a story 'bout my situation: we all want things that we can't get; and, right now, i can't get my homework done. so props go out to jonny tonight. he is going to be up very late. i hope he finishes his paper.

Monday, February 18, 2002

Many of you are not aware that Predator is on at this very minute. Many more of you are not aware that Jesse Ventura is in Predator. For those of you who are unaware, Jesse Ventura is the governor of my home state, Minnesota. At separate times in his life, he was a professional wrestler and a navy seal. Now, he is a governor. i think his life says something about the american dream, but I'm not exactly sure what. Maybe: anything is possible. Or: where there's a will, there's a way. At any rate, Jesse Ventura is a king among men. A king among men.
The last couple of days have been horrible. I have had two four and a half hour rehearsals and I have got the worst head cold known to man. I was wondering if you guys want to come watch the musical. If so call me and I can get you some cheap tickets. I cannot wait until this thing is over i can't wait for our extreme show list to start. I hope you guys are doing well. I miss you. Maybe you could come here this weekend? I'll talk to you soon. I love you, but more importantly...I love nyquil.

Sunday, February 17, 2002

Today, I made my first omelet, and I helped repair my first flat tire. And it's not even two yet. Who knows what other wonderous things the day has in store for me.

Saturday, February 16, 2002

dude. well, i just went to a show put on by krist at darmakaya music. the first band was really good. "while they slept". they are from the twin cities. i bought their cd for $6. i really dug the show. james from electric earth was telling me about the fuckin' big companies and the poor countries. we have both read "one hundred years of solitude". rock on.
Last night's party was all about building bridges, not burning them. It was this guiding principle thatprompted me to leave the porch of my house during the party and voyage across the street to meet my neighbors who were also carrying on a small get-together of their own. After some smoozing, I then returned to my party with a significant chunk of the other party in tow. How about that?
we had a sort of party last night. whew. i am tired. looks like we are going to have to have a second one to finish all of the beer that we bought...nothin like having way way way way too much beer.

Thursday, February 14, 2002

One can make this generalization about men: they are ungrateful, fickle, liars, and deceivers, they shun danger and are greedy for profit; while you treat them well, they are yours. they would shed their blood for you, risk their property, their lives, their sons, so long, as I said above, as danger is remote; but when you are in danger they turn away.
--niccolo machiavelli
we've got some pictures up. check in photographs!
My first order of buisness as the official roadie of DPC is to let everyone know I plan on cutting my hair and showering for the party tomorrow night.
So, went to the bar tonight. The echo tap is pretty damn cool. Sometimes great music. Sometimes shitty. Mostly better than average. But who am I to judge. I'm just a simple man in a complex world. One man's "shitty" is another man's great. This also applies to women. Speaking of women, there were some at the bar, and they were great looking. Or shitty looking. Depending.
Happy Birthday Dave and Marvin!! Happy Valentines to Alissa! And we have new songs up for your listening pleasure! Whoopty Boss Whoop!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2002

There's a pretty darn good chance we'll have some new songs up by the end of today. If you're down in dumps our new songs may give you a renewed vision of life.
well, well, well...look who didn't go to class this morning. i just want to give a little shout out, in my newfound spare time, that we are throwing the most kick-ass party ever on friday night. blast the edison is going to be breaking our basement around 10:30 or 11:00. and i have been told by ben edison himself, just yesterday, that he may bring his own sound equipment. yes, his own equipment!!!!! so check yourself.

Tuesday, February 12, 2002

"Hey 19" has been mixed and should be on the website shortly if it is not already up. It's an older songs from the URM days, but had some different lyrics back then. DPC has taken an already good product and made it better with this song. (hyperbula). If you listen real closely, you can hear someone using the bathroom in the intro. Did you know that Isaac Newton was knighted by the Queen of England not for his work on physics, but because he was the first to suggest putting ridges along the edges of coins? I do. My professor told me as I was drifting off to sleep this evening. Wowee Zoowie!!!

Monday, February 11, 2002

I heard that Mabel (a great band from Madison) recorded and mixed four songs this weekend. On the other hand, DPC has been recording and re-recording songs since August and we still aren't finished. Are we totally incompetent? I like to think that we are perfectionists. I spent all night trying to mix Another Day Under the Sun and I'm sick of it. I can't tell what sounds good anymore. Who does Mabel think they are?
I am talking to my parents on the phone right now and they are once again asking me what the hell I am planning on doing after graduation. Mom and Dad, I still have no idea. I really don't have too much to say, but I hoping we can all of us to blog today for once. You should go buy Bikeride's "37 Secrets I Only Told America" right now. Boss. Also, i am going to try and mix those songs tonight to show the world our musical genius. Whoopty Whoop !
in an extreme act of on-the-spot purchasement, i bought a copy of "animal farm" at the book store. i also bought a copy of "book of blues" by jack kerouac. this was the result of finally having to buy books for my nuclear weapons class. i have class tomorrow. and a reading assignment. and you know what? i was going out of my brain yesterday, trying to mix agent starling and fix my lame ass guitar sounds. but i think that today we are friends again, for i have reconciled.
Marcus, if you're going to quote me do it right. It's "dragged his ass down to Madison." We'll try to get those songs up as soon as we digitally re-master the shitty sounds. We're almost done. Oh yeah, and what's with Janel's crazy blog today. I hope she hasn't started sniffing glue again without me.
Hey "I finally dragged my ass to Madison," and recorded some vocals. When are you sons of men going to put them ont the website. I also wanted to let everyone know that My new band "the right arms" is starting to take-off and we are ready for the studio. I also watched Chris "short-round" Klopatek's band at Wisconsin Lutheran college last night. They are called Sloth Loves Chunk. I had a time with Chris at George Webb's. Coffee and falling asleep on the way are not a good combo when you have to wake up early to go to school. Damnit!
I'm thinking quite possibly that i could build a doll out of cigarette butts. However i am not certain about its flamability level. Or its beauty factor. But I'm gearing more towards the love/hate relationship with the stench attached. And there will be different body shapes available - the fat man, the dying voiceless woman, the voluptuous floozy, the waif, maybe a child or two. Then i plan to market these works of wonder. It will be big. Big!

Sunday, February 10, 2002

I have been reading "Our Band Could Be Your Life" and it is utterly fantastic. If you are into indie rock music of the 80's at all, you should start reading this. New Kentucky Quarter played in Neenah last night, which was actually cooler then expected. (Jukeboxed songs: The Plan - BTS, Across the Sea - Weezer, 3rd Planet - Modest Mouse, and Wandering Star - Portishead) It looks like DPC might hit up the Blue Moon cafe on our way to Manitowac in a month or so, so we have another mini tour in the making. Mertes was at the show, and said he was enjoying the blogger entries, so this is my shout out to him: Boss. Otherwise it was just drinking at the Paradise again last night, and crashing the Digital Ninja house to hang with Mike fucking Gilson. It was enjoyable and invites were given for the little party we are having this weekend. And that's all I have to say about that.
As craig already mentioned, marcus recorded vocals for three songs. Now we just have to do some mixing and they will be finished. If anyone is interested in taking a little piece of dpc home with them, we should have an eight song EP ready soon.
Last night, Janel, Nate and I were wandering around the neighborhood and we noticed activity at the digital ninja house. For those who are unaware of the digital ninjas--they are the only rock band in the world that has been able to renconcile rap-rock and emo into a coherent musical style. anyway, we stopped by and, lo and behold, Mike fuckin Gilson was representing. he looked dapper and cool holding a frosty plastic cup of beer. His first words were, "How art thou?" A direct quotation from Shakespeare's Henry V. I replied with a liberal quotation from Milton's Paradise Lost: "Fine."
Sometime afterwards a shot of whiskey was quaffed by all those involved.
We recorded a bunch of vocals yesterday, because Marcus finally dragged his ass down to Madison. Some new songs should be posted in the near future. In the meantime I'm going to do a butt load of homework. I'm a scholar!

Friday, February 08, 2002

I would like to speak a bit more eloquently about last night's activities. I was a bit late to the aftershow party, and found Tora! Tora! Torrance! fairly drunk when I showed up. Feeling that Madison was being unrepresented, I did my best to catch up very quickly. THe keyboard player to T!T!T! is supremely cool, hooking me up with the latest Twin City lingo (Boss), discussing Rainer Maria, and busting out the "college womens" rap and dance. The lead singer tried to get to the roof of the building via the extremely dangerous ladder on the side of the building. There was also a lot of furniture thrown off the third story porch. The party set a new standard for the postshow get together. After some consideration, I have decided to leave last nights post up as a tribute to T!T!T! and as a shameful testament to my rock and roll lifestyle. Boss.
This is Nate. in an all honosty, i am the slightest bit drunk at this moment. Tora! Tora! Torrence! is a really great band live, and i fell very good wearing thier shirt at this point in time. They are very enjoyable to drink with . Boss. I have now recieved my semi-offficial invitation to join the Band Blsat the Edison. Fuck Yeah. Exc ept their first show is on Valentine;s Day. Noooooo.....Alissa says she is tired, has a sleep mask on her head and she hates alcohol. Boss.

Thursday, February 07, 2002

I apologize for the profane expressions below. They came from my esteemed colleague Ian Purvis, who should think before he speaks. Especially since he likes to eat his spaghetti with meat sauce. Everyone knows it's better to eat it with my mom's homemade tomato sauce and meat balls. Ian, if you make this mistake again, I'll kick you in your meat balls.
this afternoon i am going to make a little trip to the wisconsin academy art gallery w/ erica from electric earth. i hope that the paintings are good. by the way, what the fuck is fucking craig fucking talking about. shit. my mom's spaghetti is better than fucking craig's mom's. fuck you, craig. ...although, our personal differences are what help to shape us as individuals... i will fucking make spaghetti out of your fucking bones, mother fucker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ps: everyone in neena wisconsin, come to the blue moon coffee house on saturday night. you can see me play bass w/ new kentucky quarter. (this is what i am missing the new pornographers for?)

also, may pongo's hard drive rest in peace. it is with us no longer. long live the death star.
I had an omlet at the Catacombs and it was quite possibly the best plate of food I have ever, ever put into my tummy. You need to go their right now and buy some for yourself. Word.
Tonight I'm going home for my mom's nice homecooked spaghetti. It's the best food in the world!!!!! If you haven't tried it you definitely should. Of course, you would have to know where my mom lives and be friends with her. She's a nice lady. Probably not too hard to make friends with. If you ever fall into conversation with her, simply say, "Hi Mrs. Benzine. I heard about your wonderful spaghetti." And she'll say,"That crazy boy of mine. He won't stop talking about that spaghetti." But you shouldn't say, "Let's have some spaghetti Mrs. Benzine. Fuckin A." She'll probably walk away.

Monday, February 04, 2002

Tonight, I filmed nate in a bunny mask. Also, Tim from Kurmudgeon called. He's going on tour with Grickelgrass and they want to play in Madison on April 13th. Now I'm scrambling to find a place for them to play--a COOL place--since they rock and only COOL people should be able to listen to them. People who give them money can listen as well.

Sunday, February 03, 2002

Normally I'm not the Super Bowl type, but I was forced to watch it for my art class. It was fantastic, mostly cuz of all the beer I drank. Right now I'm drinking a Wisconsin Club. Holy shit!
well, last night was a great time. solid gold started off the night, five dollar played second, and paris texas finished up. it kicked some ass. i really appreciate how much the singer for paris texas jumped around on stage. bands in madison need to take a hint and get some cinderblocks. to jump off of. the party after the show was pretty nuts as well: when "were not going to take it" came on, the people started getting body passed. i was talkin' to erica a little about her paintings at electric earth. it looks like if you make a painting and hang it up at electric earth you can make some cold hard cash. also, if your band name is cesto and you are from rochester minnesota, you can also make some cold hard cash in madison. people really dig those handclaps!

Saturday, February 02, 2002

Last night, Craig, Marcus, and I played an acoustic set at the faust house. I don't want to talk about it. I was drunk and I couldn't hear craig because everyone was talking so loud. But we went into the garage later that night and sang the plastic constellations's song "Let's War." Afterward we got into a big circle and sang some gospel. It was great.
Moldy Peaches in the ear last night. We were able to convince Ben Edison to come to the show with us, so there was much dancing and merrymaking by him. The drummer for the Peaches was situated in the middle of the stage, which allowed for mcu more rocking, an idea I think the DPC should pull into full effect.

Friday, February 01, 2002

more wisconsin club
more wisconsin club
that's what i say.
more of it.
more.

more.
I just want to say that 30x30 levi's 517s are the hottest pants ever. You heard me right, I said EVER. Also their are very vague rumors of a DPC/Blast the Edison split ep. We saw them hugging and kissing with all their might...
super fuckk! the moldy peaches are playing tonight. i have been telling ben edison that he should check out the moldy peaches. in fact, i think i should probably check out the moldy peaches too, since i hardly know anything about them. funny how word can spread about bands. but i think that the show should be awesome. paris texas is at electric earth tomorrow night. i hardly know anything about them either... but that they are worth paying $five for. let's make it happen.
Tonight, Craig and I are going to whitewater to hang out with marcus. We are bringing are acoustic guitars so there may be some DPC unplugged action. "What's the occasion?" you ask. "You guys never go and visit marcus," you say further. "John Faust and John Steiger," I reply. "It's their three year anniversary. They have been roommates for three years!" You walk away and forget this horrible conversation.