5 Weeks to 6 Weeks

It’s five weeks until our next tour. We just announced our North American tour, and while we admittedly don’t hit all the places we should (East Coast Canada, some spots in Ontario, a bunch of Southeastern States, to name a few), it’s a pretty big tour. Six weeks long, in fact. On a bus, with our friends; playing some shows with Krief and George’s band Black Diamond Bay, too, which will be a lot of fun. A lot of people have started asking us if “that’s gonna be weird” but really there is not much weirdness between us…BDB are probably the best new band in Canada so it was an obvious decision for us. Any ex-Dears weirdness lies elsewhere.

And while it will be spring, I will be missing the top of planting season in Montreal, and may have to temporarily place my iris bulbs in some unfrozen soil before we leave. But anyways I always love going out West, and seeing all our buds at Dangerbird. It’s kind of nice seeing the people you talk with every day on the phone or on email. Hugs are an important part of the business relationship too, you know.

Here’s a full list of all the tour dates. Shows in the US are with two awesome West Coast bands: Eulogies and Great Northern. While Canadian dates are with Black Diamond Bay and Jets Overhead. Except Toronto, which we are playing with Lioness.

April 30 Toronto, ON – Mod Club
May 1 Brooklyn, NY – Bell House
May 2 Albany, NY – Valentines
May 4 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
May 5 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
May 7 Washington, DC – Black Cat
May 8 Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel
May 9 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
May 10 Columbus, OH – Skully’s
May 11 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
May 13 Chicago, IL – Lakeshore Theater
May 14 Columbia, MO – Mojo’s
May 16 Denton, TX – Hailey’s
May 17 Houston, TX – Warehouse
May 18 Austin, TX – Parish
May 21 Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room
May 22 San Diego, CA – The Casbah
May 23 Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
May 24 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
May 26 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
May 27 Seattle, WA – Crocodile Lounge
May 29 Victoria, BC – Sugar
May 30 Vancouver, BC – Richards on Richards
May 31 Kelowna, BC – Habitat
June 2 Calgary, AB – Theatre Junction Grand
June 3 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
June 4 Saskatoon, SK – Amigos
June 5 Regina, SK – Distrikt
June 6 Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Center

Also, did I mention that Rob “Bench” Benvie is going to be playing bass on tour? How rad is that?

A Brief Obama Blog

While I have dabbled in the past, I don’t like to get into politics, religion and other things that tend to divide us. Which is why this post is remarkably how Barack Obama is bringing people together…people outside the USA, that is.

Anyhow, I was at the playground with Neptune earlier this week and it was lunch time at the school nearby. The park was filled with older kids…say around 10 or 11 years old, just climbing, playing, you know, being kids. Park Ex is a very ethnically diverse neighbourhood. So much so that when we went for an open house at our English primary school they told us that NONE of their grade 1 students (white, brown or black) have English as their first language. Essentially there were a handful of kids jumping up and down yelling: “O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA!” punctuated by one kid calling at the top of his lungs: “Obama is the best!” I was taken aback: not only are these kids Canadian, but they are also about eight years too young to vote.

In classic Canadian bandwagon style, our lame government called an election at the last minute, scheduled to happen just a few weeks before the US election. Stephen Harper (our conservative prime minister) must have thought: “Well, if everyone has election fever than let’s tack our election on to it!” So lame. Point being, that even if these kids at the park could vote, they would certainly not be chanting for the Liberal candidate: “Ste-phane Di-on! Ste-phane Di-on!” because he has zero personality. Anyway, I suggest all Canadians click here before voting in October.

Some Americans would probably be offended by the notion that everyone else in the world would like the US more if Obama was the president. Harded Republicans would be like: “That is none of their G-D business!” Even though without international trade, policy and oil, the US would crumble. Even if the the US had their debts to foreign countries called back, they would be screwed. In fact, $2,601 BILLION is owed to foreign countries, including $24 BILLION to Canada alone. But at the end of the day, when I did the math this foreign debt is a drop in the pan against the total US debt of $9,669 TRILLION.

Now my mind is boggled. Our world is delightfully fucked.