Hiding the office in the studio.

They’ve started showing our apartment to potential renters. I haven’t mentioned it here yet, but I’m moving. Anyway, before they started taking people through, I decided to pack up my home office which was located on our kitchen counter, next to the sink, where our frinternet signal was the strongest. I thought it might look a little tacky to have a computer, scanner, wacom tablet, hard drive, and other office miscellany spread out where there should be toasters and cookie jars and a Slap Chop. So as long as our home is on display, I’ve kept my scanner (etc) in my studio, where one might say it belongs, and can’t really be bothered to move it all back and forth to scan my comic. Which means I haven’t been drawing my comic. Which means I haven’t been drawing at all (yikes).

So that’s my latest excuse! I’ll hopefully get back on track soon, although July and August are incredibly busy for me, so comics may be only occasional. We’ll see.

Meanwhile, if you haven’t listened yet, check out my brother’s songs!

Take Your Money (to download, right click>”save link as”)

More here.

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Well, I wasn’t in the mood to color this, but to make it up for you, here is a song! It’s an example of my songwriting philosophy, which holds that if you end a song with enough chaos people will forget that the rest of the song was horribly out of tune! This one is about the weather, because Midwesterners love to talk (and sing) about the weather.

(Right click and “save link as” to download)

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Recreation Station Music

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Ooh cool – my favorite musician just put the bulk of his catalog online. Who am I talking about? My brother Shawn of course! I highly recommend you peruse at Recreation Station Music. Previews of the upcoming Recreation Station EP, along with all kinds of previous projects including Author & Autopilot, Pilot & Painter, Super Budgies, Family Band, and other solo miscellany. If you’re not sure where to start, I’ve picked out a few highlights and posted them here:

End is Near – Gorgeous new song.

Long Dark Road – We played this at our Mother Fools show, but this version has a whole new life.

Stegabach – This is an instrumental track. It’s best if you listen to it and imagine a big dopey brontosaurus tromping around. I love it.

Failure and Back – A track from the garage band era. Super catchy… represents the breadth part of the portfolio :) He can do it all!

Thermal power.

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Let me add, lest anyone question my safety (or my sanity) last night, this was not any kind of hard-core teeth-kicking mosh pit. In fact, there was a moment after one of the first few songs when a huge group of the slam dancers in front started holding people back in kind of a frantic crowd control, as if someone had gone down and was in danger of being trampled. But, when all was said and done it turns out that some guy had just dropped his glasses, and the other moshers were helping him to find them. How punk!

Also, the character at the bottom left is my friend Jason who took some awesome photos.

Photo by Jason Marx

Photo by Jason Marx

Check out the rest of Jason’s work here.

So I’m terrible at writing reviews of shows because usually all I can think to say is, “It was awesome!” but it was. Awesome. So that’s all I’ll say. :)

Friday’s Set List

If anyone was really interested, here are the songs we played on Friday:

1. A song our friend Andrew wrote (don’t know the name of it!)
2. Ektelon
3. Tyson
4. Long Dark Road
5. Decatur (Sufjan Steven’s cover)
6. You Are What You Love (Jenny Lewis cover)
7. Shipwreck (my friend Holly’s song that we used to play as The Art Table… sorry you missed that one Molly! I can play it for you on Friday :)

(That’s not a typo… Holly and Molly are different friends… I have multiple Holly/ees and Mollys…but each one is special!)

I’m no James Kochalka.

James, the American Elf, is pretty disciplined when it comes to his daily comic. That means, if he plays a rock show that lasts late into the night and doesn’t stumble home until 3am, he will sit down and draw his comic. Last night Shawn and I played a set at Mother Fool’s, and even getting home at 11 I was dead tired. I sat down to draw, remembered I had to get up early this morning to set up a volunteer group, and opted for sleep. To make up for it, I’ve got a 4 comic post today AND some photos from last night.

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My friend Jason took some awesome photos:

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Thanks to everyone who came out to see us last night! I had a blast, and would have probably choked if not for seeing the smiling faces of my friends in the audience :) And the rest of the music that night was awesome (Kelly Carrell and Macabret).

And then there was today…

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Also, happy birthday Reem!!

Excuses!

No comic today. It was laundry night, PLUS we had to practice for this:

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Come see us! Also, if you’re pulling your hair out (pun!) trying to figure out the answer to yesterday’s multiple choice comic, the answer is: A. Just a trim. Sorry Reem.

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