Fame By Proxy NOW ON SALE in digital form!

Hey fools, get yourself to the iTunes store RIGHT NOW, because Fame By Proxy is NOW AVAILABLE. Do this favor for yourself.

And remember, the HiFi/White Wrench Conservatory "Search for Snufflegus" Tour 2008 is starting FRIDAY at Quenchers in Chicago! We're sharing the stage with our pals Bear Claw and the Ellie Maybe Experience. Do come down, won't you?

You probably noticed that Rev.Ever has set up a Twitter feed that'll be updated periodically from his phone while we're on the road. You'll be able to find proper tour reports here and at the Fan-Belt blog, but be sure to check the Twitter feed for up-to-the-minute drunk texting! Technology!

By the way, here's where we'll be for the next two weeks. Do it up.

9.26.08 Chicago, Il: Quencher’s (w/Bear Claw & Ellie Maybe Experience)
9.27.08 Lansing, MI: Mac’s (w/some high school ska/punk bands, hell yeah)
9.28.08 Indianapolis, IN: 4828 College St (House show w/We Are Hex)
9.29.08 Bloomington, IN: Uncle Festers (w/Tremendous Fucking and We Are Hex)
9.30.08 Columbus, OH: Andyman’s Treehouse (w/Swiss Army Mouth and maybe Lollipop Factory)
10.01.08 Athens, OH: The (Bruce) Manor (w/Fleshworld)
10.02.08 Philly, PA: The Fire -- ALL AGES
10.03.08 Kingston, NY: The Basement
10.04.08 Boston, MA: O'Briens 18+ 3 PM EARLY SHOW (w/Tyler Hollis Derryberry, Get Laid, Thunderhole)
10.04.08 Jamaica Plain, MA: TBD House Show, probably with the same bands as the early show
10.05.08 South Windsor, CT: Was gonna be at Club 645 Pizza & Pub but i guess it's being moved. I'm not worried.
10.06.08 New Brunswick, NJ: The Parlor (w/Ho-Ag and some others)
10.07.08 Brooklyn, NY: Death By Audio
10.08.08 Baltimore, MD: Current Gallery
10.09.08 Greenville, NC: Spazzatorium Galleria/Spazz House
10.10.08 Washington, DC: Velvet Lounge
10.11.08 Covington, KY: The Down Under


"Paulding Light" on WOXY!

We HiFi dudes have been fans of WOXY, the Future of Rock 'n' Roll, for years upon years. I personally discovered WOXY with my college roommate Kory as we drove to Hamilton, OH for a friend's wedding reception in 1995. We listened for hours as they played Lou Reed, Morphine, and Girls Against Boys, and we thought to ourselves, "what the hell? This is a commerical station?" Instantly, we were in love.

So imagine how excited we were to find out today that WOXY played "Paradise By the Paulding Light" off Fame By Proxy as part of its "New Tunes Tuesday!" Go to the WOXY website and email them a request to play it again, won't you?

And hey, WOXY--thank you! We thought you were the best station in the country before this; you've just cemented that spot in our hearts (very closely followed by CD101 in Columbus, who have been playing us since 2004. We love you Tom Butler!).


Sept. 5 & 6: Fame By Proxy release shows--a recap

Oh hai! Remember how we used to do show and tour reports? Now that we have a swank new website that can be updated easier than the last one, i'm gonna try to get back on that again.

So this weekend we officially began selling our new full-length, Fame By Proxy, via a pair of shows in Milwaukee and Madison. The first, on Friday, was at the Frequency in Madison, a new club opened by our good friend Darwin in the space where the Slipper Club used to exist. We spent the first couple hours of our time at the club drinking free PBR, eating pizza, and watching JJ Hardy hit a walkoff single to beat the Padres in extra innings.

After a lovely set by Cincinnati's Ampline, we took the stage and i immediately shat the bed. I've been having issues with the locking mechanism on my DW500 kick pedal since i bought it in June, but Friday night took the cake. Not halfway into "Defenestrate Me" my kick drum was on a 45 degree angle from my foot, and the pedal was getting wedged on the drum head about every third strike. Very frustrating, very distracting. And for some reason i decided to power through on "Paulding Light," and it just got worse.

I tried to adjust the pedal properly after "Paulding" and had no luck. My now-soured mood was being compounded by a complete lack of audience enthusiasm, so i threw the pedal toward the front of the stage, stormed downstairs, grabbed Ampline's drummer's pedal (in a funny moment, he yelled "HEY!" then ran up, adjusted something on it, then handed it back to me), came back upstairs, threw my kick pedal off the stage and into the stairwell leading to the back alley, and installed the Ampline pedal. From then on the set went off pretty much without a hitch, except that i was so thrown off that i played like shit the rest of the set.

Still, despite my frustration and the near-complete lack of audience response, we got nice comments from the sound guy and a few other people, and one dude bought $30 worth of stuff while explaining to Yale how he has a ton of friends in the UK who apparently LOVE us. Hey, cool, know someone who can get us over there?

As it turns out, it was a good thing that we got a less-than-solid performance out of the way the night before our proper CD release in Milwaukee, because our set at the Cactus Club on Saturday brought the pain. We took the stage in a fairly packed room, launched into "Defenestrate Me" (complete with a new Iron Cobra kick pedal which i bought earlier in the day--lesson learned, only buy Iron Cobras from now on. This is how brand loyalty happens), and proceeded to blaze through the best performance we've executed in months.

The show was free, so we were hoping for an insanely packed Cactus Club. As it stood, a wedding prevented a lot of our friends from showing up, and there were random other people i expected to see that didn't make it, and that was disappointing. But! The lack of familiar faces (and make no mistake, there were still plenty, and it was great to see all of them) was more than made up for by the large number of people there whom i didn't recognize. Having a ton of friends at your show is great; but having a crowd that's half friends and half people you don't know who still came out to see you? Even better.

The other bands last night were outstanding as well--King's Horses (subbing for a too-sick-to-play New Loud), White Wrench Conservatory (because obviously they're going to play our CD release, duh), and our Portland-via-Madison labelmates System & Station were all fantastic. All in all, we put together a solid night of free kickass rock 'n' roll for a packed room. That. is. awesome.

So hey, thanks to everyone who made it out! You made our CD release last night feel like an incredibly special moment with your dancing, your "hey hey!" singalongs on "Success!", and your demands for an encore which we didn't honor because we're jerks. Our next Milwaukee shows will be a pair of basement gigs in October, but before that, we're heading out on tour! See you when we get back.

By the way, final tally for CD sales at the release show:

Fame By Proxy sales on Friday: 1
Fame By Proxy sales on Saturday: 6
No More Music sales at its CD release in 2004: 7

So, we're on our usual pace! We'll be rid of these CDs by 2013, for sure.



9:30 PM TONIGHT (Saturday, September 6th, 2008) at The Cactus Club (2496 S. Wentworth)!

White, Wrench, Conservatory!
The New Loud!
System & Station!

And it's all going down for FREE!

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Interview with Dr.Awkward and CD release show preview HERE.




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