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OMG OMG OMG!

Listening to rough cuts of the ENSMB CD that's nearly done production, this sounds SO AWESOME!
I mean, I was expecting the music to be good, but the quality is absolutely stellar! I seriously need to buy our engineer some beers for this one... And these are the ROUGH cuts that still need a bit of work!

More news (and buy-it links) once it's finalized...
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OMG OMG OMG!

Listening to rough cuts of the ENSMB CD that's nearly done production, this sounds SO AWESOME!
I mean, I was expecting the music to be good, but the quality is absolutely stellar! I seriously need to buy our engineer some beers for this one... And these are the ROUGH cuts that still need a bit of work!

More news (and buy-it links) once it's finalized...
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blueberry
Originally uploaded by rstrohmh.
So ENSMB spent a weekend in a makeshift studio, here are my few shots from the weekend. I expected to have a lot more downtime, so I didn't get as many pictures as I was expecting to, but here are the good ones that I did get.
full set at flickr
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blueberry
Originally uploaded by rstrohmh.
So ENSMB spent a weekend in a makeshift studio, here are my few shots from the weekend. I expected to have a lot more downtime, so I didn't get as many pictures as I was expecting to, but here are the good ones that I did get.
full set at flickr
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Catch up time!

I was sick as a dog this past weekend, and I made it worse by ignoring it for the first few days. I got a lot done by ignoring it though! It's funny, but when I'm sick I really don't want to do useful things like update LJ, process photos, do paperwork that's piling up on my desk, etc. All I want to do is use power tools and life heavy things. It's somewhat counter-productive I realize, but I can't change this fact about myself.

I'm going to separate this over a couple different posts to make life easier for myself, since there are (at last count) about 7 different topics I want to talk about. whee! I've been drafting this post for about 2 weeks now, so it's getting long.

Honkfest West - Seattle
This was a whole lot of fun, even if I had to play bass drum instead of upright for the whole weekend.
The HONK! participants are a crazy bunch of people. In Boston we usually feel like we're dressed pretty odd in our gig-wear and look rather conspicuous, but in the context of HonkWest we looked drab and boring. It was pretty impressive.

Meg and I loved checking out Seattle, it's a pretty cool town that would take a while to really wrap your head around. We got out into a couple different neighborhoods and checked out a handful of coffee hauses much to my delight. Meg has decided that maybe coffee isn't terrible when served with steamed milk, which is a shocking but welcome discovery (and leads into a later post I need to make).

We caught up with her old college roommate who's on LJ somewhere but I don't know her ID so I won't link her. Was good to see her again and meet her s/o (and cats!).

Seattle has the most amazingly super-sexy library I've ever been in. Seriously, if you ever go to that city you HAVE to check out the main library downtown. Awesome building, really well designed space, win-win!

Sunday evening we caught Circus Contraption's show, which was absolutely awesome. Some of the best aerials I've ever seen (and that's saying something): I didn't even know you could do a single-heel hang off a bar let alone do it fluidly and get back ON the bar from there. I mean wow. The framing of the show and individual acts was excellent, the theatrics were very very good, and the set and other visuals were spot on. The music was also excellent but a bit background-y for the most part, I'd have liked it to be a bit more prominent given the caliber of the musicians.
Also impressive was the fact that most of the people in the show did multiple things. The main clown also played stringed instruments in the band, including lap-steel and a musical saw (NEED ONE!). The trumpet player also played multiple instruments including accordion, was a main character in the show, and she also sang amazingly well. Only three of the musicians did NOT have a fairly sizable part in the circus part of the show.

Food:
Seattle also has some pretty amazing sushi, even the "cheap" conveyor-belt sushi place we went was on par with some of the best sushi I've had on the east coast, and the nice sushi place we went was just plain fantastic. Also I discovered that I like cloudy sake more than clear sake. I'm sure there are terms for them but I'm too lazy to look it up.
We had possibly the best brewpub meal I've ever eaten at Elysian Brewing's restaurant. 11 different beers for lunch on a Sunday, along with a giant plate of amazing fries covered in flank steak and blue-cheese sauce? Yeah, I'd almost quit my job and move out there just for that brunch every week. Also visited the Theo chocolate factory store. mmmmm chocolate.
inahandbasket: (Bass me)
Catch up time!

I was sick as a dog this past weekend, and I made it worse by ignoring it for the first few days. I got a lot done by ignoring it though! It's funny, but when I'm sick I really don't want to do useful things like update LJ, process photos, do paperwork that's piling up on my desk, etc. All I want to do is use power tools and life heavy things. It's somewhat counter-productive I realize, but I can't change this fact about myself.

I'm going to separate this over a couple different posts to make life easier for myself, since there are (at last count) about 7 different topics I want to talk about. whee! I've been drafting this post for about 2 weeks now, so it's getting long.

Honkfest West - Seattle
This was a whole lot of fun, even if I had to play bass drum instead of upright for the whole weekend.
The HONK! participants are a crazy bunch of people. In Boston we usually feel like we're dressed pretty odd in our gig-wear and look rather conspicuous, but in the context of HonkWest we looked drab and boring. It was pretty impressive.

Meg and I loved checking out Seattle, it's a pretty cool town that would take a while to really wrap your head around. We got out into a couple different neighborhoods and checked out a handful of coffee hauses much to my delight. Meg has decided that maybe coffee isn't terrible when served with steamed milk, which is a shocking but welcome discovery (and leads into a later post I need to make).

We caught up with her old college roommate who's on LJ somewhere but I don't know her ID so I won't link her. Was good to see her again and meet her s/o (and cats!).

Seattle has the most amazingly super-sexy library I've ever been in. Seriously, if you ever go to that city you HAVE to check out the main library downtown. Awesome building, really well designed space, win-win!

Sunday evening we caught Circus Contraption's show, which was absolutely awesome. Some of the best aerials I've ever seen (and that's saying something): I didn't even know you could do a single-heel hang off a bar let alone do it fluidly and get back ON the bar from there. I mean wow. The framing of the show and individual acts was excellent, the theatrics were very very good, and the set and other visuals were spot on. The music was also excellent but a bit background-y for the most part, I'd have liked it to be a bit more prominent given the caliber of the musicians.
Also impressive was the fact that most of the people in the show did multiple things. The main clown also played stringed instruments in the band, including lap-steel and a musical saw (NEED ONE!). The trumpet player also played multiple instruments including accordion, was a main character in the show, and she also sang amazingly well. Only three of the musicians did NOT have a fairly sizable part in the circus part of the show.

Food:
Seattle also has some pretty amazing sushi, even the "cheap" conveyor-belt sushi place we went was on par with some of the best sushi I've had on the east coast, and the nice sushi place we went was just plain fantastic. Also I discovered that I like cloudy sake more than clear sake. I'm sure there are terms for them but I'm too lazy to look it up.
We had possibly the best brewpub meal I've ever eaten at Elysian Brewing's restaurant. 11 different beers for lunch on a Sunday, along with a giant plate of amazing fries covered in flank steak and blue-cheese sauce? Yeah, I'd almost quit my job and move out there just for that brunch every week. Also visited the Theo chocolate factory store. mmmmm chocolate.
inahandbasket: (Bass me)
Come out tonight as ENSMB rocks the Precinct in Union Sq. with Walri, who bring us their special Love Rock on this stop of their Cotton Candy Tour, and The Doctors Fox (plural nonpossesive, like their love for you).

you'll want to be a part of this charming and diverse night of entertainment in this suave Union Sq. spot.

Come down early to hang out with the circus and avail yourselves of the bar's excellent bourbon selection! feel free to buy one for someone in the band. ;D

11 PM Walri http://www.myspace.com/walrimusic
10 PM The Doctors Fox http://www.myspace.com/thedoctorsfox
9 PM ENSMB
8 PM Abbie Barrett http://www.abbiebarrett.com

Friday March 6
The Precinct
http://www.precinctbar.com/
show starts 8 PM 21+ $7

-Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band
http://www.reverbnation.com/ensmb
http://www.ensmb.com
http://www.myspace.com/ensmb
http://www.myspace.com/madcaprumpus
http://ensmb.livejournal.com
http://www.last.fm/music/ENSMB
inahandbasket: (Bass me)
Come out tonight as ENSMB rocks the Precinct in Union Sq. with Walri, who bring us their special Love Rock on this stop of their Cotton Candy Tour, and The Doctors Fox (plural nonpossesive, like their love for you).

you'll want to be a part of this charming and diverse night of entertainment in this suave Union Sq. spot.

Come down early to hang out with the circus and avail yourselves of the bar's excellent bourbon selection! feel free to buy one for someone in the band. ;D

11 PM Walri http://www.myspace.com/walrimusic
10 PM The Doctors Fox http://www.myspace.com/thedoctorsfox
9 PM ENSMB
8 PM Abbie Barrett http://www.abbiebarrett.com

Friday March 6
The Precinct
http://www.precinctbar.com/
show starts 8 PM 21+ $7

-Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band
http://www.reverbnation.com/ensmb
http://www.ensmb.com
http://www.myspace.com/ensmb
http://www.myspace.com/madcaprumpus
http://ensmb.livejournal.com
http://www.last.fm/music/ENSMB
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Band's playing!
TONIGHT!!!
We're part of Jerkus Circus at the Lizard Lounge!

Drag Kings! Burlesque! Comedy! A Stationary Marching Band! Mind Reading! A music Video! Dunce Caps! Other shit you do not want to miss!!!

You never know what will happen at these things, so come on down for the most entertainment you can get for $10!!!
Knock $2 off the cover if you dress like a schoolgirl. Male and female.

Be sure to get there early because it WILL fill up up quickly!
http://www.myspace.com/jerkuscircus

Friday 9/7 Lizard Lounge
http://www.lizardloungeclub.com
Doors at 8 Show at 9:30
ENSMB at 11:30
$10 21+
1667 Mass Ave Cambridge
show poster behind this door! )
inahandbasket: (Bass me)
Band's playing!
TONIGHT!!!
We're part of Jerkus Circus at the Lizard Lounge!

Drag Kings! Burlesque! Comedy! A Stationary Marching Band! Mind Reading! A music Video! Dunce Caps! Other shit you do not want to miss!!!

You never know what will happen at these things, so come on down for the most entertainment you can get for $10!!!
Knock $2 off the cover if you dress like a schoolgirl. Male and female.

Be sure to get there early because it WILL fill up up quickly!
http://www.myspace.com/jerkuscircus

Friday 9/7 Lizard Lounge
http://www.lizardloungeclub.com
Doors at 8 Show at 9:30
ENSMB at 11:30
$10 21+
1667 Mass Ave Cambridge
show poster behind this door! )
inahandbasket: (Bass yoda)
gig tonight!

Located in the Harvard-Epworth Church across from cambridge common (the park), Squawk is one of the off-beatest, most eclectic, schizolithically elevating and open open mikes in the country. Come one, come all. Freedom calls. Duty be squeemered. Desire is the password, the love of liberty a must. The complimentary coffee is hot, the complimentary tea freshly brewed, the complimentary cookies sweet, and the incomparable entertainment -- for a $3 suggested donation -- unchainably entertaining.

Starts at 9pm, we're playing promptly(ish) at 10, being preceded and postceeded by open mic entertainment ranging from theatrical monologues to singer-songwriters to slam poets. be sure to get there early so you don't miss us, and bring a little extra loot for the band for when we pass the hat. ;D


ENSMB
Thursday August 9, 9pm at Squawk Coffeehouse
1555 Mass. Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge
Cost : $3 to get in + whatever donation you want to give to the band
inahandbasket: (Bass yoda)
gig tonight!

Located in the Harvard-Epworth Church across from cambridge common (the park), Squawk is one of the off-beatest, most eclectic, schizolithically elevating and open open mikes in the country. Come one, come all. Freedom calls. Duty be squeemered. Desire is the password, the love of liberty a must. The complimentary coffee is hot, the complimentary tea freshly brewed, the complimentary cookies sweet, and the incomparable entertainment -- for a $3 suggested donation -- unchainably entertaining.

Starts at 9pm, we're playing promptly(ish) at 10, being preceded and postceeded by open mic entertainment ranging from theatrical monologues to singer-songwriters to slam poets. be sure to get there early so you don't miss us, and bring a little extra loot for the band for when we pass the hat. ;D


ENSMB
Thursday August 9, 9pm at Squawk Coffeehouse
1555 Mass. Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge
Cost : $3 to get in + whatever donation you want to give to the band

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