Also, while I’m here at this computer, as promised, tour dates. Not everything is ABSOLUTELY shored up, but most of it is:

the sea, like lead spring tour 2006

Friday, May 5 – Kiva Center, Northampton Community College, Bethlehem PA, with Belegost, October Skyline, Get to the Chopper. 7:30, $8.

Saturday, May 6 – Rudy’s New Haven, New Haven CT, with They and the Children. 10:00ish, $3, 21+.

Sunday, May 7 – Bang-a-Rang Collective House (I don’t ask questions), Lewiston ME, with The List Exists, Orange Lazarus, Hallowed Butchery of the Son, one more. 6:00, donation.

Monday, May 8 – Boston. This is yet unconfirmed.

Tuesday, May 9 – University of Delaware, Newark DE, with Wether, more. $5.

Wednesday, May 10 – Somewhere in College Park MD, hopefully.

Thursday, May 11 – Northsix (DOWNSTAIRS! Don’t go to the upstairs because you’ll see the Chinese Stars), Brooklyn, with Know Your Enemy, Hoover Flags, more. $7, 8pm?

Friday, May 12 – Be Happy House, Philadelphia PA, with Wether, more. $5.

Saturday, May 13 – Kansas House, Arlington VA, with My War.

That’s that. Please come see us if you’re in or around one of those places. If I don’t know you, introduce yourself. My goals for tour are: make new friends, don’t lose money, get some reading done, see some new things, rock out without breaking my fingers. Not necessarily in that order.

It’s an awful shame what happens when I get lazy and don’t keep my room straightened up (read: 80 percent of my life) — I start to dislike spending time there, because it’s just uncomfortable to have to step on/over so much stuff to get around, and because there’s a sense of shame at having such a disgusting hovel. I start to wonder when my sister will be by to feed me rotting food, and when my dad will start hurling apples at my back to see if they stick.

So, it’s an unusual and pleasant feeling of victory that greets me when I actually buckle down and clean up, as I spent a great deal of tonight doing, and will hopefully finish up tomorrow. Of all the cool stuff that I get involved with, cleaning my room may be the thing that gives me the most satisfaction. Hanging the stuff that I’ve been meaning to hang for months, and the stuff that I hung last year that fell sometime between then and now. Putting the shelves mentioned here a few days ago to work finally so that I have less stuff just sitting around on the floor in the corner. Vaccuuming, for Christs’ sake. If I wanted, I could probably actually show other people my most personal space again. I have some cool stuff, if I might say so myself. A Jim Lingo painting, some sweet Budai prints, small things that various people including Emma’s dad and I myself have made through the years. It’s not particularly fair to keep it all squirreled away where no one will ever find it.

I am still kinda snotty and sick but getting better. Everyone around me is falling to this cold now — roommate, student worker, coworkers, etc. Suckers.

Anyway, the reason I come to you now is to pass along this sad piece of information, brought to my attention via the always-interesting her jazz:

Boycott Yuengling Beer Products
From Daniel Grace, Secretary-Treasurer, Teamsters Local 830

http://phillyunions.com/teamsters830/

The Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters has announced that it supports Teamsters Local 830 in its efforts to protect its members’ jobs and officially endorses Local 830’s boycott of Yuengling products.

SITUATION:

On March 9, 2006, D.G. Yuengling & Son withdrew union recognition, declaring it would no longer continue negotiating with Teamsters Local 830 Mgmt. Yet, the contract between Teamsters Local No. 830 and D.G. Yuengling & Son did not expire until March 31, 2006. By these actions D.G. Yuengling & Son is jeopardizing the working standards, conditions and livelihoods of many hard-working Local 830 workers whose efforts and dedication have helped this local company achieve the national acclaim and success they now enjoy.

Several attempts by Local 830 management to resume good faith negotiations in hopes of coming to a fair and amicable agreement have been spurned by the beverage manufacturer.

Local 830 has filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board, which are pending.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

1) In support of those local 830 workers whose livelihoods are now in jeopardy because of this very serious situation, the Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters is urging Philadelphia area union members, their families and supporters, as well as local tavern owners and liquor licensed establishments and all those who patronize these establishments, NOT TO PURCHASE the following Yuengling brands until further notice: Yuengling Premium Beer, Yuengling Light, Lord Chesterfield Ale, Dark
Brewed Porter, Traditional Lager, Light Lager, and Original Black & Tan.

2) Local 830 urges you to contact D.G. Yuengling & Son at the address and/or phone number below and express your support for the workers of Teamsters Local 830. Let them know you will not purchase or consume their products until they resume good faith negotiations with the Local, recognize the union, and demonstrate their willingness to maintain fair working conditions, wages and standards.

Yuengling Brewery
5th & Mahantongo Streets
Pottsville, PA 17901
(570) 622-4141

Additional information is available on the company web site at
http://www.yuengling.com/contact.htm.

3) FORWARD THIS MESSAGE to your fellow union members, family, friends, local taverns and liquor establishments, etc. and ask them to boycott Yuengling products and support Local 830 as well.

We thank you very much for your support!

home, sick

April 25, 2006

My body has decided to remind me that just because cold season is over doesn’t mean I can’t still get a cold. Today spent home sick meant watching the noon news (a rarity), getting some chores done, mixtaping for buds, finally building the shelves that my mom gave me for my birthday (I was a little busy for seven months, chill) and milkshakes and smoothies.

Tomorrow maybe will be when I post all of our tour dates — a couple still need to be shored up for certain. What we have so far is up on the EHP page.

neu friends

April 22, 2006

Some new friends made: in addition to the Columbus kids who are and who came here with Tin Armour, the three folks behind the Gadabout Traveling Film Festival. Three awesome sweet people showing some pretty great shorts; they stopped at the Art Institute Saturday night, it was a weird crowd but the films and songs were sweet. Also, Eric has a more extensive knowledge of Pearl Jam lyrics than anyone else I know, even including Joel.

Today I finished my piece on the Consumer Health Coalition for Rustbelt Radio. It’ll air tomorrow evening, 6-7, on WRCT. Listen to my stupid voice.

On a related note, I need to chill on doing stuff a little. I guess it’s mostly the seasonal ebb and flow of shows that need someone to book them, but I’ve been mad busy lately, without time to really concentrate on reading and/or making stuff. My project right now is not taking on more than I can handle. Wish me luck.

tonight come see!

April 21, 2006

Allies, Slingshot Dakota, .isha&zetta., Tin Armour. 7pm, Roboto. You should be there, these are sweet good bands.

Also, Joel turns 29 this coming week, my sister turns 28 the same day, and my nephew turns ONE! tomorrow. Good times. And pretty soon I can for real announce all our tour dates and stuff. Most of it is shored up — around the northeast, May 4-13. Philly, DC, NYC, Boston, et al., I’m coming your way.

No, not one of those stupid meme survey things where you tell everyone your middle name and how many times you’ve copulated. This is about blogging and zine culture and compatibility.

So I write this blog. You know that because you read it. What I don’t do, and have been meaning to, is publish a personal zine. Most of what I would put in a zine, though, is the same stuff I write about here.

I’m interested nonetheless in making a zine with a lot of the same content because there’s a different feel to reading this kind of stuff off of a page rather than off of a screen, and there’s a different accessibility level and a different overall approach to both creating and reading a zine as opposed to a blog. When I read a zine, I sit down, intent on some good reading, whereas when I’m reading blogs, I’m usually multitasking at the computer and I refresh my RSS reader and have little context for what I’m reading.

So, my question to you, dear reader: Is it a good idea to compile a zine of mostly/all stuff I’ve written here? Would it be worthwhile? Would people who don’t read this blog read it, do you think? Would people who DO read this blog want a copy?

These are my questions. Please give me opinions. I appreciate.