- Posted on Mar 20th 2011 1:00PM by Small Sins
The 10AM alarm clock felt like it went off about five hours too soon. Nothing better than playing a free beer party at noon. At least everyone involved had an understanding: The band, the audience, the crew, etc. WILL be hungover so just deal with it. And it WAS a party being put on by The Onion ('Helping nerds become snobs') so you knew everyone would see the humour in the situation.
Now on to the important stuff -- free stuff! As soon as the gig was done Thom and guitarist 'Scuba' Steve Krecklo went off to do a recording session for the website New Normal Music in the basement of a kick-ass winery in downtown Austin. Upon our arrival we heard a rumour concerning free clothing for the band. That was our cue! Our inquiry into the details of said freebies was met with "...Well there is a free gifting suite for artists. It's four blocks away. Here, ride these four 10-speed bikes over there. Tell them Rene sent you, they'll know what to do." Yes!
Smash cut to four dudes rushing through traffic on a mission. Sure, we got some free stuff even though the woman in charge kept asking, "What band are you again?" Her smile said "welcome" but her eyes said "who are these idiots and why should we be giving them anything?" Naturally we kept the bikes and booted around town for the rest of the night on them. I wonder if they ever got them back?
Top celebrity sighting Fri: J Mascis walking down 6th Ave, Adam Duritz (about whom we had a raging debate about in the van on the way down. Was he the one who dated Jennifer Aniston or did he date Courtney Cox? Turns out it was both...)
Quote of the day -- a chorus from singer Caleb Coy:
When I die I hope I get into heaven
but I don't know if they let cowboys in
If they don't just let me go to Texas
'cuz that's as close as I been.
Amen. One more day to go...