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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.

2018 November

Nov 12, 2018   //   by Matthew   //   Tour Diary  //  No Comments

2018.11.07 – Nine Pin Cider Works | Albany NY | 7 PM

Oddly quiet show. Usually Nine Pin is packed, but Daylight Savings fucked with it. It was really dark in there and seemed a lot later than usual. Gabby, the bartender, apologized to me for a quiet night – that never happens. Typically, an empty place and you immediately start haranguing the musician for not bringing a lot of people. I usually do bring a nice crowd to Nine Pin, so this was an oddity.

Musically, this was a good show. Lots of debuts written for The Purple Stuff and translate nicely to the solo show. My mic stand was malfunctioning so I used only the boom from the keyboard stand – no vocal jam in Mortuo Homine CanticumWhat’s on Tap at Nine Pin Tonight? contained a fun list of the pricing.

2018.11.10 – Heritage Pub | Colonie NY | w/ Herb Carter Jr.

This place is a shithole. The floor is typically dirty. They had a benefit for one of their regular patrons who is dying of cancer, so it was really packed but no one gave a fuck about us playing there. Herb seemed to know a lot of the people given he used to live right there and frequented this place. I had some gas from eating a bunch of Thai chili meatballs, vegetables gyoza, pigs-in-a-blanket, and chicken cordon bleu balls – these were good. We played a bunch of garbage. Herb was too loud, as per usual.

2018.11.10 – The Klam’r Tavern and Marina. | Clifton Park NY | w/ Herb Carter Jr.

Klam’r is completely renewed. The place looks great and is much improved from the previous incarnations “Klamsteam Tavern” and “Hoss’ River House” – both places I’ve played with Herb and Brian LaP. Classic Herb all night as he was too loud. No one in the dining room except a nice young couple, so I started interacting with them. They requested Bad Moon Rising, we played it. They wanted Tom Petty, so I rocked out some harmonica on “You Don’t Know How It Feels” – then dude asked for Audioslave. I tell Herb to take a seat and perform “Like a Stone” and “I am The Highway” — when I am done, I apologize and basically say Cornell is impossible to emulate well, and I hope that was OK – they dug it.

Later, as we’re cleaning up, Herb says “let me know what Audioslave you want to learn, because I can do anything Cornell can do” Lots to unpack there.

Additionally, I looped a lot of drums and counted the measures loudly at him when he would lose rhythm. Lastly, the same couple requests Ring of Fire, and we play it. Herb basically gets the words right as I play the chords and trumpet melody together. Afterward, he says something like “you threw one at me, so here goes” and he goes into this obscure slow-ass Kris Kristofferson song. I remark something like “at least the one I picked was one they wanted to hear” but amazingly, the young chick knew that song – I would have bet anything she wouldn’t. I still have a drink chip from the bar from this one.