2018 December

Dec 16, 2018   //   by Matthew   //   Tour Diary  //  No Comments

2018.12.12 – Nine Pin Cider Works | Albany NY | 7 PM

Another par for the course fun-filled Wednesday evening at Nine Pin. Played  Doug’s song with Doug in attendance, played a few Christmas carols, and tossed in some notable holiday melodies in the middle of jams – most notably: Little Drummer Boy teases in almost every key.

I got real drunk on the Maple Applejack cider. (26er #25) and Gabi had to drive home.

Here is the setlist, as close as I remember:

Set 1: 
The Musical Exam
Frozen in Time^
Bluegrass Christmas^
Old Dog^
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Mortuo Homine Canticum
Comedy Song for Doug~

Set 2:
What’s on Tap at Nine Pin Tonight?*
Where We At?@
You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
Mele Kalikimaka
The No-Nuance Dance#
Purple Party >

^Little Drummer Boy teases
~Star Wars Main Title jam
&Good King Wenceslas Jam 
*Full run down of pricing 
@Star Wars Imperial March Jam
# Wonderful Christmastime Jam

2018.12.14 – Private Party | Troy NY | 7 PM

This event was a holiday party for some law firm held at the Ilium Cafe in Troy NY. It was packed with terrible sweaters and drunk attorneys.

Herb told me 7-10 first, then 6-9, then 6-10. I told him I’d be there for the previously agreed upon 7-10 PM and that is what I did.

Mr. Carter was deep in the middle of acoustic U2 acoustic exploration when I arrived. Parking was a nightmare so I didn’t bring much gear. I set up and joined the fun. Instead of the typical shitshow that is playing with Herb, he didn’t play guitar at all. He just sang and let me set up loops, play some fingerstyle bits, jam, and effectively act as musical director.

There was the typical sloppiness, room misreading, and poor song selections that characterize a majority of these shows, but there were some ones that were fun. Domenick the Donkey, however, is a detested song. A very large fellow named Michael, drunk on wine, begged for Journey. Don’t Stop Believin’ was oddly passable.

The real memories of this bizarre spectacle came at the hands of the party attendees and the frequency with which they commandeered the microphone. The main lawyer guy gave a long and well-received toast. There was some game played based on auto-correcting some fossil’s emails. The real insanity was drunk karaoke and an 8 person sketch called A Very Viking Christmas.  I didn’t pay a lot of attention and more laughs came from crowd-sourced comments and cast adlibs. (There was a 10 page script that stuck to very loosely).

Some drunk dude sang Ring of Fire. He was terribly off time. Later on, him and another extremely intoxicated law firm guy requested You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling which they only know from Top Gun. And they only know the parts from Top Gun. It was pretty terrible.

I ate some vegetables and meatballs from the party. All in all, this one was fine I guess.

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