NIGHT SURFER 3-D BOX SET
I want to tell you about a few things, okay? First of all, the long awaited NIGHT SURFER 3-D BOX SET is now ready for pre-order: http://tinyurl.com/ph7to5e
Yep. You heard me. The 3D Night Surfer 7″ Singles BOX SET Collection. A total of seven 7" vinyl singles. 12 tracks from Night Surfer, plus 2 bonus tracks. And it comes with 3D glasses(!) This limited edition box features new artwork by the legendary John Foster and is guaranteed to be the envy of your friends and might even make Jack White a little jealous. Who knows? I mean we honestly doubt he'll hear about it, but it's certainly possible. It's just THAT good. Plus we have it on authority that Uncle Jack is a sensitive dude and gets his feelings hurt easily. Whatever. Oh yeah, one more thing about the box set: just to keep it interesting, we've sewed a couple California Lottery Superstar Crossword Scratchers in there under the artwork. Do you feel lucky? Well then, what you waiting for? Get with the program and pre-order here: http://tinyurl.com/ph7to5e
PS: I made a Spotify playlist for the occasion. Songs that inspired Night Surfer. You can get to it this-a-way: http://www.yeproc.com/nightsurfergiveaway/
Meanwhile, I think the Mountain Stage I taped last month was broadcast last night or over the weekend... Honestly, I'm a little confused with the whole consult-your-local-listings part but I do know it was my seventh Mountain Stage appearance because they told me so. [Again. Do you feel lucky? I know I do]. Always a treat to play with the Mountain Stage house band. Everyone there is so cool and fun to work with. It was really hard to say goodbye. So hard in fact, I thought I'd take home a souvenir or two and shoved a couple interns into a flight case. Rolled those kids right out of there and I've got them chained up in the basement now. They write my tweets! In fact, one of them is writing this newsletter. As is always the case, you can check it out on the interwebs: http://bit.ly/1kW1kSZ
Meanwhile back in Gigsville: We've got some Bay Area gigs to announce. We're playing New Years Eve in Berkeley. And we're also playing Santa Cruz and Mill Valley. [See below for the official dates]. Before then, I'll be making my way out to Chicago to play an acoustic show with my main man Joseph Arthur at the City Winery.
And then Stephie and I will be heading down to Todos Santos once again for Peter Buck's annual Todos Santos festival in Baja, California Jan 14-23 (which, after four years of playing, I'm pretty sure is in Mexico). We'll be there with way too many bands to name check but here goes: (Death Cab For Cutie, Jeff Tweedy, Old 97's, Drive-By Truckers, The Jayhawks, The Autumn Defense, La Santa Cecilia, Filthy Friends, Torreblanca, Tigir ... plus Mark Eitzel, Steve Wynn, Kevn Kinney, Joseph Arthur, and Surprise Guests!). Get more reliable deets here: http://todossantosmusicfestival.com/lineup
I had a great time out there on the Rock and Roll Indian Dance tour. Drove myself all over. Lots of East Coast shows. [Incidentally: People are nuts out there. Honking and yelling and drinking Dunken Donuts coffee. It's wild. I love it]. Played a ton of cool gigs. Plus, I had a great time visiting with Joe Belock at WFMU and enjoyed a nice on-air chat. http://bit.ly/1WTgwlt
One memorable gig was a last minute show at The Saint in Asbury Park. As soon as I walked in I was like, "I know this place. Last time I was here a fight broke out. ON STAGE. It was 1999" [Carmaig might remember. Carmaig, are you out there?] And the bartender says, "Wellllll, there were words. But we don't considerer it a fight, Chuck, unless the paramedics show."
Yep. Asbury Park. I wandered around the Boardwalk and was happy to see three or four surfers out there; drinking up the waist high waves on tap as the sun was going down. I walked around looking for a turkey sandwich but to no avail. I did press my face against the glass of a 4th wave coffee joint that sadly looked like the inside of an Apple Store and decided to keep on walking. Everything's changed. Nothing's changed.
Tons of gigs... . Also, I wanted to thank my new friends up in Halifax, Canada for the very cool HUFF fest. They speak French up there, you know. I almost started smoking again. [Wait, was that on this tour?].
And also thanks to the folks at Technocracy for including me at their conference. We played a few songs and I made my best effort to convince the tech nerds in the audience that Jumpin' Jack Flash is more interesting than anything Steve Jobs ever did. Ah, you know... doing gods work.